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24th March 2020

Up to 1 week ago, we were sharing Morning and Evening Prayer in our two churches during the season of Lent. Of course, all that came to a grinding halt a week ago, with the request that all public worship services should cease. It has since been superceded by Last night’s Prime Ministerial broadcast, telling us in no uncertain terms, that we must “Stay at Home.” 

 

22nd March 2020

Collect

God of compassion,

whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,

shared the life of a home in Nazareth,

and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:

strengthen us in our daily living

that in joy and in sorrow

we may know the power of your presence

   to bind together and to heal;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

21st March 2020

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday in Lent, better known as Mothering Sunday. I don’t like it being shortened to Mother’s Day, which is an entirely different thing, coming later in the year in America

The day reminds us of our relationships: all of us come from some sort of family or another, and it is our relationships with others that make us who we are. One of the most significant questions in the modern Marriage service is:

15th March 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Latest Coronavirus advice to Churches

The Bishop of Lichfield writes

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

 I am writing to draw to your attention updated guidance from the Church of England on the Coronavirus Covid 19. In particular, in light of the developing situation, you see that the advice is that at Holy Communion the sacrament should be offered by the priest to other communicants in one kind only, and that direct physical contact should be avoided at the sharing of the peace and in blessings. I fully endorse this guidance, and trust that it will be followed in all eucharistic services until further notice. Please note that this also excludes the practice of intinction and the use of small individual cups.

 At a time like this, it is particularly important that we have in mind those who are most vulnerable in our society, and I know that you and your people will have in mind the needs of those who are most affected, directly or indirectly, by this virus; thank you for all that you are doing in your ministry, and be assured of my prayers.

 +Michael 

And to clarify, this means

  • No sharing of the Peace, by direct contact with others
  • Communion will be taken by one kind only – wafer
  • Wine will be reserved for the Priest celebrating
  • The clergy will be using whatever hand sanitizers are currently available

This advice has been handed down from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York

 

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            343                              282

            77                                330

                        426                              426

53/159                        465/159

188                              442

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Mary Leigh, Gillian Wright, Carl Hartley

And for the departed:

Ted Anderson, Evelyn Cotterill, Eric Olley, Dorothy Weaver, Margaret Cann, Marguerite Daniel

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 16th 7.30pm Aston PCC meeting - Church

Tuesday 17th 9.30am Pirehill School visit to St M&W

11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 11th 7.30pm – Lent talk and Holy Communion – Aston Church

Thursday 19th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

12 Noon Frugal Lunch for Lent – St M&W

 

LENT MORNING AND EVENING PRAYERwill be said on Mondays at St M&W and Tuesdays at St Saviour’s, 9am and 5pm.  All welcome to join in

 

WEDNESDAYS IN LENT:a series of “Saints of encouragement” – Holy Communion at St Saviour’s Aston, at 7.30pm. Do come – a chance to worship and think together about our own sources of encouragement

 

FRUGAL LUNCHAssuming that we are able to carry on with such, a soup bread and cheese lunch will be held at St M&W from 12 Noon till 1pm each Thursday, in return for donations, shared between St Michael’s and Christian Aid

8th March 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

MOTHERS UNIONThis month’s meeting is the annual service of Holy Communion. This is to be celebrated at 11am in St Michael’s Hall – all welcome

 

OUR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, Fr John’s Mother’s funeral is to be held at Stafford Crematorium on Thursday 12th at 11.30am. All are welcome: attending or not, please remember him and his family in your prayers

 

The threat posed by COVID-19has been assessed by the Chief Medical Officer as ‘moderate’. This permits the Government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals remains low.

Guidance for Churches: Current Government adviceis that individuals should follow good hygiene practices including: 

  • carrying tissues and using them to catch coughs and sneezes, and binning the tissue;
  • washing hands with soap and water (for 20 seconds) or using sanitiser gel to kill germs.

Advice has also been issuedto travellers who have returned to the UK from a number of countries: Anyone who has returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu;
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country.

Long-standing government advice has been that ‘In a pandemic, it makes good sense to take precautions to limit the spread of disease by not sharing common vessels for food and drink.’ COVID-19 has NOT been declared a pandemic.

Churches should already be following best-hygiene practices that include advising parishioners with coughs and sneezes to refrain from handshaking during The Peace and to receive Communion in one kind only. At present, there is no Government advice that suggests the use of the Common Cup should be suspended.

 

It is also best practice for churches to have hand-sanitisers available for parishioners to use. In addition, priests presiding at the Eucharist, communion administrators and servers should wash their hands, preferably with an alcohol-based (minimum 60%) hand-sanitiser .Intinction is not recommended (even by celebrants or communion-administrators) as this represents an infection transmission route as well as a risk to those with certain allergies.

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            243                              243

            Ps 32                           5 (x2)

                        437                              261

316                              61/463

139                              148

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Mary Leigh

And for the departed:

Ted Anderson, Lillian Ward, Evelyn Cotterill, Eric Olley, Dorothy Weaver, Margaret Cann, Marguerite Daniel

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 9th 10.30am Ted Anderson’s funeral - Aston

Tuesday 10th 11am Mother’s Union Corporate Communion – St M’s hall

11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 11th 7.30pm – Lent talk and Holy Communion – Aston Church

Thursday 12th 9.30am Holy Communion – The Moorings

10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

11.30am Evelyn Cotterill’s Funeral – Stafford Crematorium

12 Noon Frugal Lunch for Lent – St M&W

 

TED ANDERSON’S FUNERALwill be held on Monday 9th March, 10.30am at Aston St Saviour

 

LENT MORNING AND EVENING PRAYERwill be said on Mondays at St M&W and Tuesdays at St Saviour’s, 9am and 5pm.  All welcome to join in

 

LADIES OUTING:  12.30pm Wednesday 11th March. Please see Steph for transport

 

WEDNESDAYS IN LENT:a series of “Saints of encouragement” – Holy Communion at St Saviour’s Aston, at 7.30pm. Do come – a chance to worship and think together about our own sources of encouragement

1st March 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

WEDDING FAIRChris and Margaret, Jean, Phil and Edith would like to thank everyone who ,by their support, encouragement and practical help ,made the Wedding Fair such a happy and resounding success. (And we want to thank all of them for the energy and commitment they put into arranging this event)

 

CAFE CHURCH FOR FAMILIESis on Saturday 7 March 3-5pm at St Michael's Community Hall. Families who like Messy Church and want to explore further what it means to live as a Christian family, are invited to come along. There are leaflets at the back of church.

If you would like to help in any way, or could make some cakes, please speak to Revd Alison. Also, kitchen roll cardboard tubes and large newspapers are wanted for the craft activity.

TED ANDERSON’S FUNERALwill be held on Monday 9th March at 10.30am at Aston St Saviour

LENT MORNING AND EVENING PRAYERwill be said on Mondays at St M&W and Tuesdays at St Saviour’s.  All welcome to join in

One of today’s readings this week is the traditional one from Genesis Chapter 3. It describes the Fall of Humanity: - how Adam and Eve become disobedient to God’s will and they eat of the tree on the centre of the garden of Eden. All things that are wrong in the world begin from there

But have you ever thought about what this figurative story is all about? God asks his children not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In other words, they would rely on him for judgement between right and wrong. What happens is nothing about women leading men astray! Rather it is about a human species that says to itself “I know best – I don’t need God to tell me what to do!”

I’d like to suggest to you that this is a very important story for our time. Humans make so many mistakes – from dire pollution of our planet, to the small ones we make in daily living. Lent is a time for us to think again about asking God for his wisdom and direction in our lives. Only is this way can we ever be really happy and fulfilled.

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            145                              145

            293                              285

                        319                              536

312/463                       276/231

73                                10

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Mary Leigh

And for the departed:

Joyce Crowther, Pauline Matthews, Patricia Lowe, Ted Anderson, Lillian Ward, Evelyn Cotterill,

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 2nd 7.30pm Messy Church Planning meeting – 5 Rolt Close

Tuesday 3rd 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 4th 7.30pm – Lent talk and Holy Communion – Aston Church

Thursday 5th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

Friday 6th 2pm World Day of Prayer – Christ Church: All welcome

Saturday 7th 3- 5pm – Café Church for families – St Michael’s hall

 

BISHOP MICHAEL’S VISITThis Sunday we welcome Bishop Michael to preach and preside at 9.15am and 10.45am

 

LADIES OUTING:  last chance to book your place and lunch this Sunday

 

MARCH 1ST GOLF CLUB LUNCH, this Sunday – 1.30pm for 2pm

 

HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICE:This Sunday March 1st 4pm St M&W. All welcome

 

WEDNESDAYS IN LENT:We start a series of “Saints of encouragement” – Holy Communion at St Saviour’s Aston, at 7.30pm. Do come – a chance to worship and think together about our own sources of encouragement

23rd february 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

BISHOP MICHAEL’S VISITThe Bishop of Lichfield will preach and preside at both 9.15am at Aston and 10.45am on that day. Do make a special effort to attend – we have not seen a Bishop of Lichfield at our services since 1996 and 2008 respectively!

 

HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICE:Sunday March 1st 4pm St M&W. All welcome

 

CAFE CHURCH FOR FAMILIES,is on Saturday 7 March 3-5pm at St Michael's Community Hall. Families who like Messy Church and want to explore further what it means to live as a Christian family, are invited to come along. There are leaflets at the back of church.

If you would like to help in any way, or could make some cakes, please speak to Revd Alison. Also, kitchen roll cardboard tubes and large newspapers are wanted for the craft activity.

When we lived in Lincolnshire, we shared one car. On Wednesdays, we would go into town together and Steph would go shopping, whilst I did other jobs, banking etc. The theory was that I would then catch her up in the Supermarket, and we would finish the shopping and go home together. All too often I would wander up and down aisles, looking for her, aware that if I had to ask, I couldn’t say what she was wearing!

How good are you at noticing things? This week’s gospel of the transfiguration is our last Sunday before Lent. The disciples with Jesus catch a glimpse of Jesus as he really is, the Lord of Glory. Most of the time, nobody saw Jesus as anything other than another ordinary man

So we are challenged this week to take another look. The sad truth of our age is that most people wouldn’t recognise the glorious Lord if they fell over him! Yet he is with us all the time and especially in our churches as he comes to us in word and sacrament. Maybe that’s what Lent is really all about:- stope, take time and look again

We shall have more details of our Lenten speakers next week. But in the meantime, let’s take time on Ash Wednesday to mark our new beginnings in Christ.

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            364                              Wedding Fair

            442                             

                        186                             

127/452                      

188                             

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Mary Leigh

And for the departed:

Joyce Crowther, Pauline Matthews, Patricia Lowe, Ted Anderson, Lillian Ward, Evelyn Cotterill,

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 24th 10.30am Holy Communion – Summerfield Court

Tuesday 25th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 26th 7.30pm – Blessing and imposition of Ashes with Holy

 Communion for both parishes – St Michael & St Wulfad

Thursday 27th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

WEDDING FAIR:THIS SUNDAY 23rd February. No 10.45am service at St M&W, but do come along to see what is happening – and, maybe, who you can encourage!

 

LADIES OUTING:  Wednesday March 11th 12.30pm, lunch at Amerton Farm. Please see Steph in order to book your place and get information. Final date to book and pay is March 1st

 

MARCH 1ST GOLF CLUB LUNCH, hosted by Aston Church Social Committee. – cost £17.50. Tickets available from all members and Sheets for choices are available at the back of each church

 

ASH WEDNESDAYis February 26th. There will a service of Holy Communion with the blessing and imposition of Ashes held at St Michael & St Wulfad at 7.30pm. Details of our Lent Speakers are to follow

16th february 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

BISHOP MICHAEL’S VISITThe Bishop of Lichfield will preach and preside at both 9.15am at Aston and 10.45am on that day. Do make a special effort to attend – we have not seen a Bishop of Lichfield at our services since 1996 and 2008 respectively!

 

This week’s gospel is one of those purple passages in the Scriptures that I imagine many of us remember: “Consider the Lilies of the field” says Jesus – with the obvious inference that we should not worry. “Your Heavenly Father feeds them” says Jesus about the wild birds of his day – so why be too concerned?

The problem is that it is so difficult not to worry. One of the things my Father used to say to me when I was anxious about something was that “people who are never worried have no imagination!” I confess to being a worrier – and sometimes things get on top of me like that

But I don’t think Jesus really means the passage as a criticism: he’s not decrying us as faithless when we toil and fret about something. And I don’t think for a minute he means us to do silly things – not bothering with insurance, or even locking the car or front door! No, he is rather pointing out that a lot of people spend their time chasing the wrong things! When we gnaw away about not having the latest fashion or passing the latest exam, then actually we are missing the point of life. Jesus would rather we were happy with what we have – contentment is a great thing

A friend tells the story of a professor who asked his students to get the air out of a drinking glass. Impossible! You can neither pour it out nor shake it out. What you can do is to fill it with a liquid like water, and hey presto! It’s done. Maybe Jesus suggests we fill our lives with faith in him and then the worries have less hold.

 

STOP PRESSZoe Anne Lough arrived on 12.2.20 at 22.21pm, weighing 6lbs 3oz.  Granny and Granddad Cardinal are thrilled! J

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            82                                82

            126                              126

                        544                              311

500/308                       61/73

342                              Sheet

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,    Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright, Norman Latham,

 

And for the departed:

Ken Johnson, Joyce Crowther, Pauline Matthews, Patricia Lowe, Ted Anderson, Evelyn Cotterell

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 18th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

Thursday 20th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

WEDDING FAIR:Sunday 23rd February – from 11am till 3pm.  Margaret Moss and Christine Connolly have a list of help they need over the weekend. Please do whatever you can!

There will be no 10.45am Service that day. Opportunities to take communion will be as usual at 8am and 9.15am that day

 

LADIES OUTING:  Wednesday March 11th 12.30pm, lunch at Amerton Farm. Please see Steph in order to book your place and get information. Final date to book and pay is March 1st

 

MARCH 1ST GOLF CLUB LUNCH, hosted by Aston Church Social Committee. – cost £17.50. Tickets available from all members and Sheets for choices are available at the back of each church

 

ASH WEDNESDAYis February 26th. There will a service of Holy Communion with the blessing and imposition of Ashes held at St Michael & St Wulfad at 7.30pm. Details of our Lent Speakers are to follow

9th February 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Ordinary Time

Some of you may have realised that the name “Joyce Crowther” in our intercessions is my Mother in Law. The last year has been difficult for her since Steph’s Father died in January 2019, but in recent months things became a lot worse:- frequent admissions to hospital, a severe bout of shingles and eventual admission to a Nursing Home

Sadly Joyce died on Monday last. This was fairly unexpected as she had been relatively well up to the time she died, enjoying visits from her close family. Steph and I were called early last Sunday morning and we are now in the process of organising all the details that need to be considered on these occasions

This Weekend begins “Ordinary Time” – a label much disliked by our former colleague and friend, Jane Morris. It signifies days when there is no special season e.g. Christmas, Epiphany etc. It was disliked because it doesn’t imply the riches of our time:- we live in the New Testament, where God’s love for his human family has been extravagantly shown in the birth and ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus. How could that ever be “ordinary”? Better to call all our days extraordinary – because for the Christian, that is what they are. What will God do next, for those he loves so much?

There have been some terrible years for the Rectory family, with deaths almost every year around Christmas and New Year. For Joyce and for us, what keeps us going is the firm knowledge that, behind every hurdle, there is still a blessing: and for every awful event, there is something better yet to come

God bless you all for your prayers and support in these days. May Joyce rest in peace – and Rise in Glory!

 

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            70                                70

            466                              53

                        309                              106

257/175                       257/463

388                              522

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright, Norman Latham,

 

And for the departed:

John Owen, Veronica Cooper, Ken Johnson, Joyce Crowther, Pauline Matthews

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 11th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

Thursday 13th 9.30am Holy Communion – The Moorings

10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

WEDDING FAIR:Sunday 23rd February – from 11am till 3pm.  Margaret Moss and Christine Connolly have a list of help they need over the weekend. Please do whatever you can!

There will be no 10.45am Service that day. Opportunities to take communion will be as usual at 8am and 9.15am that day

 

LADIES OUTING:  Wednesday March 11th 12.30pm, lunch at Amerton Farm. Please see Steph in order to book your place and get information

 

MARCH 1ST GOLF CLUB LUNCH, hosted by Aston Church Social Committee. – cost £17.50. Tickets available from all members and Sheets for choices are available at the back of each church