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11th August 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

            And so Jesus talks to us about money again, in this week’s gospel. It’s a sign of our times that everyone gets terribly excited about sexual ethics in Church, but the subject of money hardly gets a mention! It’s one of those truisms that the Bible has far more to say about money and the way in which God’s people use it, than it does about almost anything else. I remember being accused of being a “leftie” back in Lincolnshire, when I read out a part of this gospel: it was fashionable to accuse the Church of being “Marxist” back then and the gentleman concerned was quite stunned when I pointed out I had been reading the words of the Lord!

            But this time, there is an added frisson. The words of Jesus go on to a sort of Advent flavour, when he talks about the times “when the Master” comes, asking the question – what will he find? One thing is certain, we know – all of us will find ourselves, at the end of our lives, with the realisation that the things of this world are passing and temporary. No-one will ask us whether we lived in a mansion, or if we were successful in this world’s terms. Instead we will be asked about the kind of way in which we lived – and about our relationships with God. Are we ready for that day? That is the essential question.

            I once talked with a potential bridegroom about his faith and his reasons for wanting to marry in church. With great honesty he replied that he felt he could do more good by not attending on a Sunday, “droning through old fashioned hymns” (he obviously had never heard our singing!)  Honest, I say, but mistaken. I wonder what Jesus will have to say to all of us when we reach this position?

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone  

            318                              566

            73                                73

                        26                                473

566/342                       287/53

285                              246

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall,

Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler,   

Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker,

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright

 

And for the departed:

Michael Tranmer, Doreen Pearson, Catherine Brookes

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 13th NO DROP INN CAFÉ

Thursday 15th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

LADIES OUTINGBook your places for Afternoon Tea at Aston Marina on Wednesday 18th September at 3.30pm. See Steph (from 21st July) – cost £16.

 

CREAM TEA AND EVENSONGNext week, at Aston St Saviour, Cream Tea will be served before the service of Evensong. Do please sign the list at the back of both Churches if you would like to partake

 

HISTORY AFTERNOON Saturday 24th August at 2.30pm Come and learn some of the interesting history of St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church.

Tickets £5.00, includes cream tea (tea, coffee, scones) and cake.

Contact Philip Leason for tickets (01785 817980).




4th August 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

            What’s important in your life? And what is of lasting value? I remember a preacher asking the question as to what we would do if we suddenly and unexpectedly gained a large sum of money? I was then shocked at myself, when the preacher followed with the words “of course, most of us would want to make sure that our children were well looked after first”. I had been thinking of all the things I could enjoy and do! A good insight into the state of my innermost feelings for me.

            This week’s parable has a man coming to Jesus and asking him to adjudicate over property between him and his brother. That wasn’t unusual in itself; where religious law is mixed with the law of the land, it was not unusual for a Rabbi to be asked to judge in such cases. But Jesus sees through the question and starts warning against every kind of greed, telling the story of the rich man who stores up goods is this world, but has no thought of the things that really matter in the eyes of our heavenly Father.

            So what does really matter to you? What fills your waking and sleeping thoughts? Jesus warns us that it is all too easy to become obsessed and worried about those things which will simply fade away at the end of our lives. “You can’t take it with you” was the old adage – but there are an awful lot of those things, and money is only one of them

            We are asked by Jesus to concentrate instead on the things of eternity. Jesus calls them “treasure in Heaven” – and they are certainly the things that we CAN take with us

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone  

            55                                56

            Ps84                            520

                        316                              158

520                              339/342

427                              285

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall,

Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler,   

Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker,

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott

 

And for the departed:

Michael Tranmer, Doreen Pearson

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 6th NO DROP INN CAFÉ

Thursday 8th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

            2pm Deanery Standing Committee - Rectory

 

LADIES OUTINGBook your places for Afternoon Tea at Aston Marina on Wednesday 18th September at 3.30pm. See Steph (from 21st July) – cost £16.

 

HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICEThis Sunday (4th August) at 4pm. All welcome for a time of calm reflection and music




28th July 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Bishop Geoff to retire

 

The Bishop of Stafford, the Right Revd Geoff Annas, has announced that he is to retire from his role at the end of November.

Bishop Geoff and his wife Ann came to the Diocese of Lichfield in 2010 to join the episcopal team led by the Bishop of Lichfield. As Area Bishop of Stafford, he has overseen a region that includes Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Burton-on-Trent and many rural communities across North Staffordshire. He will leave shortly before his 66th birthday and he and Ann will return to live in Southampton, where he previously served, close to their family.

Bishop Geoff said: “We will be leaving many friends but taking with us happy memories of this special part of Britain that was previously unknown to us. The creativity and warmth of the people of North Staffordshire and the glorious and beautiful countryside make it a most attractive place to live and we are only sorry that bishops are expected to move away from the area and diocese they have served!

“When we came to the diocese, it was making plans until 2020. Now, we are starting a new Direction of Travel which looks way beyond then and, as I shall be 66 at the end of November it seems a really good time to move and allow a new bishop to work with Bishops Michael, Clive and Sarah in guiding the diocese in its exciting journey.

“I do not regard myself as ‘retiring’ but simply joining that magnificent band of clergy and lay ministers who work their socks off but for no financial payment and without whom the Church of England as we know it would collapse!”

The Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, said: “Bishop Geoff has served the communities and churches of North Staffordshire faithfully for almost a decade – making him one of the longest serving Bishops of Stafford. I will be very sad to see Ann and Geoff leave but I am pleased that they will now be closer to family and have more time to spend with them.”

By way of farewell to Bishop Geoff and Ann, Bishop Michael will lead a service of celebration of the good things happening in Church of England churches and the communities they serve across North Staffordshire in Stoke Minster on Sunday 24 November at 4pm. All are welcome.

 

Bishop Geoff will also be with us that day, Stir up Sunday, when we make our annual Church Christmas puddings at 10.45am

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone Civic service               

            432                              427

            316                              565

                        26                                425

325/120                       518

188                              National Anthem

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall,

Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler,   

Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker,

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott

 

And for the departed:

Liz Osborne, John Wood, Mary Wesson, Michael Tranmer, Doreen Pearson, Gillian Bond and Dorothy Read

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Thursday 1st Aug  10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

LADIES OUTINGBook your places for Afternoon Tea at Aston Marina on Wednesday 18th September at 3.30pm. See Steph (from 21st July) – cost £16.

 

A BIG THANK YOUto the ladies from the Drop Inn Café for their stalwart service throughout the year. The café is now closed until September, but the job they do in supporting us is legendary!




2019-07-21

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Dear Friends,

 

Today’s Gospel Reading tells of the visit of Jesus to the house of Martha and Mary and it both follows and complements the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke’s Gospel. The reading opened last week with the words “a certain man”, and todays reading with “a certain woman”. The story of the Good Samaritan is exactly how a disciple should act and the story of Mary is exactly how a disciple should listen. Mary, as a woman is a marginalised woman in society, like the Samaritan. Both do what is not expected of them. Mary, as a woman, would be expected, like Martha to prepare hospitality for a guest. Just as a Samaritan would not be a role model for neighbourliness, so the woman would not sit with the men round the feet of a teacher.

 

Both stories show how a disciple is to fulfil the dual command which begins chapter 10 – the love of God (Mary) and love of a neighbour (the Samaritan). These are 2 essentials of life in the Kingdom. By using these examples, Jesus is telling us something more – social codes and boundaries were very strict in Jesus time. Yet, to love God and ones neighbour with all ones heart might require us to break those rules. The Kingdom of God is a society without distinctions and boundaries between its members. It is a society that requires times for seeing and doing and times for  listening and learning at the fee

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            485                              63

            39                                39

                        231                              Sheet

392/404                       506/392

388                              388

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall,

Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler,   

Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker,

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott

 

And for the departed:

Simon Howard, Liz Osborne, John Wood, Mary Wesson, Graham Cooper, Michael Tranmer, Doreen Pearson, Gillian Bond and Dorothy Read

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 23rd 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 25th  10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

LIZ OSBORNE’S FUNERALtimes are now confirmed as 11.30am for a private family Committal at the Crematorium, followed by a Thanksgiving and memorial service at Aston St Saviour at 12.30pm on Thursday 25th July. All are welcome at Aston

 

MARY WESSON’S FUNERALwill be held at St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church on Friday 26th July, 1.30pm. It will be followed by a private cremation. The family would like to invite everyone back to Aston Mill Farm after the service.

 

LADIES OUTINGBook your places for Afternoon Tea at Aston Marina on Wednesday 18th September at 3.30pm. See Steph (from 21st July) – cost £16.



t of a teacher.

 

 

 

 

Nichola Abbott




14th June 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Dear Friends,

 

As I prepare this pewsheet, I have just been to see an amazing performance of the musical Godspell. Performed entirely by a cast of youngsters who sang and danced their socks off.

For those of you unfamiliar with the musical, it is based on the parables in the Gospel According to St Matthew.

 

The word “Gospel” is derived from the old Anglo Saxon word “Godspell” meaning good message or good news.

 

One of the parables got me thinking about todays’ Gospel reading – which is from St Luke – the parable of the Good Samaritan. In Matthews Gospel, Jesus is asked about the greatest commandment, but in Luke, the lawyer asks what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus responds with amongst other things, love your neighbour as yourself. The lawyer asked who was this neighbour whom he should love as himself.

We all know how the story of the Good Samaritan goes. – the hated enemy is the compassionate neighbour in this parable.

Jesus has demolished all boundary expectations.  It is not social definitions such as class, religion, gender, or ethnicity that determines who is our neighbour. A neighbour is a person who acts with compassion toward another. The point becomes not who deserves to be loved as I love myself, but that I become a person who treat

6th July 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

The new Bishop of Shrewsbury, Sarah Bullock looks forward to discovering Lichfield Diocese.

 

When I read the Bible I hear the voices of God’s people and their stories of faith. These are not always straightforward or easy, but God is faithful and his heart is for all people to come to know him. In the New Testament we encounter God in his son, Jesus, and the Good News he brings is a message of love and justice for all people.

As Christians we are called to live out this message of love and justice in our relationships as we share in God’s transformational work among his people and build communities of hope. Together we need to be open to the transforming message of God’s love for us.

As Bishop of Shrewsbury I will be taking every opportunity to connect with people as we journey together as ‘pilgrims on the road’, discovering this message of hope for ourselves, our families, friends and communities, through conversation, relationship, worship, prayer and encounter. I believe that God has gifted me with a loving heart and a passion to walk with others as together we discover our place in God’s story and our home in God’s heart.

The gospel message is also a call to dynamic living - stimulating progress, hopeful in attitude and encouraging of others as we live the Good News. We need to be brave and ambitious, creative and entrepreneurial if we are to be truly outward-facing believers, engaged with the world.

I am really looking forward to our journey together!

Sarah Bullock

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            349                              164

            Ps 125                        285

                        325                              172

197                              525/429

532                              532

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall,

Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler,   

Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker,

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott

 

And for the departed:

Bob Philips, Simon Howard, Liz Osborne, Peter Gallagher, John Wood, Errol Hiscock, Mary Wesson, Graham Cooper

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 9th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 11th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICE4pm this Sunday (7th) at St Michael & St Wulfad’s. All welcome for a half hour of quiet prayer and reflection

 

LIZ OSBORNE’S FUNERALtimes are now confirmed as 11.30am for a private family Committal at the Crematorium, followed by a Thanksgiving and memorial service at Aston St Saviour at 12.30pm on Thursday 25th July. All are welcome at Aston

 

MARY WESSON’S FUNERALwill be held at St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church on Friday 26th July, 1.30pm

 

LADIES OUTINGBook your places for Afternoon Tea at Aston marina on Wednesday 18th September at 3.30pm. See Steph (from 21st July) – cost £16




30th June 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

            One of the things that is remarkable about the modern world is how fast things are changing – and the Church is not immune. This Monday (1st July) marks 35 years since I stood in Ripon Cathedral and was Ordained Deacon by the Bishop. The Church where I served a Curacy had a huge congregation – if there were less than 200 Communicants at the main Mass of the day, then it was a poor Sunday! But from my angle, one of the major differences was that there were three Clergy – a Vicar and two full time Curates! Lay people were there to carry the Cross and candles – and very little else!

            In 2019 things are very different. I do not know any Church where there is more than one Curate! And each Church has seen the important fact that Lay people are not there to be just those who turn up on Sundays, but are there as God’s ambassadors. From those who tend gardens and polish brasses, to those who preach and lead services, every one of us is valuable in God’s sight. We are a part of Christ’s cosmic jigsaw puzzle, and when we are missing or don’t play our part, everyone is weaker for it

            Sadly, there are still some places which haven’t got the message: I was helping to review a Curate’s Ministry this week:- one of the parts of this a form from various members of the congregation. One had written on this “We don’t want to be helped to lead; we need Clergy to lead us!” How very sad – and how very different from St Paul’s vision of the Church as Christ’s body, with all of us playing an important role

            This week’s Gospel has a number of people anxious about committing themselves to Jesus. His answer is fairly acerbic to them all – the Kingdom of God is for those who are wholehearted only! It sounds fierce, but remember that it also means he has ultimate faith in us as his people – and he leaves us his Holy Spirit. When the angel asks Jesus after Ascension what happens next, he replies he will leave his work to the people of the Church he has left behind!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            139                              122

            39                                39

                        106                              228

359/73                        54/127

122                              77

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall,

Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler,   

Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker,

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott

 

And for the departed:

Bob Philips, Mick Tranmer, Jayde Hall, Simon Howard, Liz Osborne, Peter Gallagher, John Wood

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 1st 7.30pm Ministry Team meeting – Rectory

Tuesday 2nd 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 4th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

COACH TRIP TO LLANDUDNOhas sadly has had to be cancelled – only 9 takers so far




23rd June 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

In a potentially ground-breaking move, the Roman Catholic Church on Monday cracked open the door to ordaining married, elderly men to the priesthood, to meet the pastoral needs of Catholics in remote areas of the Amazon.

The proposal would respond to the dearth of priests in the region by ordaining “viri probati,” or men of proven character, as they are known in Latin. It is the kind of exception to the celibacy requirement that church experts say – and church traditionalists worry – could be a step toward the ordination of married men in other areas of the world.

While affirming that “celibacy is a gift for the Church,” the Vatican document notes that there have been requests to consider, for the most remote areas of the Amazon, “the possibility of conferring priestly ordination on elderly men, preferably indigenous, respected and accepted members of their community.” Such men, the document said, could be ordained “even if they already have an established and stable family.”

Pope Francis has said in the past that he would entertain the possibility of ordaining viri probati in remote areas that are deprived of the sacraments. But he has also made clear that the church’s broader commitment to celibacy for priests remains intact.

The Vatican proposal was drawn up after consultations with Catholics in the Amazon region.

If the proposal is accepted, these married men would not be the first to serve as Catholic priests. The pope’s predecessor, Benedict XVI, permitted the ordination of some married Anglican priests who converted to Catholicism to serve as Catholic priests. And some Eastern Catholic churches that are in communion with Rome, like the Melkites and Maronites, have long allowed married men to become priests.

But an exception for remote areas of South America would be different, addressing an extreme version of the shortage of priests that plagues the church in many parts of the world.

The much-anticipated proposal marks a potential pivot for the church, especially in the Southern Hemisphere, where it sees its future.

 

Taken from the internet version of the “Irish Times”

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            343                              343

            316                              316

                        501                              274

220/334                       261/96

362                              362

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall,

Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler,   

Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, J

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Mary Wesson, Liz Osborne

 

And for the departed:

Bob Philips, Mick Tranmer, Jayde Hall, Simon Howard

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 25th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

2pm Confirmation preparation – 14 Sheridan Way

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

            7pm St Michael’s School Governors

 

COACH TRIP TO LLANDUDNOJuly 13th depart Stone approx. 8.30am, leave Llandudno 5.30pm. Cost approx. £15, depending on numbers. To book seats speak to Nichola Abbott 07866 101988

 

CONGRATULATIONSTo Laura Williams,and Debbie Hodson who were Confirmed last weekend and to Dave McGlynn on his renewing his vows. We rejoice with you and pray for you




16th June 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

LADIES OUTINGto Buzzard’s Valley vineyard. Steph now has directions, drivers and passengers sorted. Please see her for details

 

So this week sees our two parishes celebrating Confirmation. This is a most ancient service, with roots right back into Biblical times – Jesus said to Nicodemus that to be one of his folk entailed being born again of Water and the Spirit. Many, though not all, of us will not remember our baptism, as we were infants, brought into the New Covenant by the promises of parents and Godparents. But whereas that promise was important, it is nothing like as important as the promise that God makes to us in the ancient rite of Confirmation

So the Bishop of Stafford will be with us, on Sunday and Monday; he will lay his hands on the candidates at both occasions and pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit upon them. After that he will anoint them with oil and seal them with that “outward and visible sign of inward and invisible grace.” All of us that are present will be blessed in remembering our own profession of faith and will celebrate the wonderful sacrament of the Eucharist together. What a privilege for us all!

One of the things of which we shall be reminded is that it is never too late! Since coming to Stone, we have seen 90+ year olds being confirmed, both at Summerfield Court and the former Manor House Nursing Home! On that occasion, a former Bishop of Stafford spoke words that are almost prophetic:- “for the Christian, the best is always yet to be!” They have stayed with me over the years and they continue to ring true. God always has plans for us, whether we are 90 or 9 weeks

So do pray for the candidates – two at Summerfield Court and two in Church. What shall we see from the seeds that are being sown is part of the wonder of God at work. Do come and support us in the special moments

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            133                              212

            514                              124

                        567                              567

10/315                        126/10

212                              133

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall,

Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler,   

Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, J

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Mary Wesson

 

And for the departed:

Josephine Ryland, Thomas Weaver, Bob Philips

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 17th 10.30am CONFIRMATION – Summerfield Court

Tuesday 18th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

2pm Confirmation preparation – 14 Sheridan Way

Wednesday 19th 9.30am Visit of St Michael’s school yr 1 to Church

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

 

CONFIRMATION:6pm this Sunday with Bishop Geoff. PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT THE CANDIDATES!! Also 10.30am at Summerfield Court – all welcome

 

GARDEN PARTY AT ASTON MILL.  Sadly, with Mary Wesson poorly in hospital, the family have asked for the Garden party scheduled for June 22nd to be postponed. Our love, prayers and understanding are with them all

 

COACH TRIP TO LLANDUDNOJuly 13th depart Stone approx. 8.30am, leave Llandudno 5.30pm. Cost approx. £15, depending on numbers. To book seats speak to Nichola Abbott 07866 101988




9th June 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

SONGS OF PRAISE FOR STONE FESTIVAL6PM THIS SUNDAY  Do come along for a good sing!

 

MOTHERS UNION MEETING Tuesday 11th IN CHURCH this week – Speaker is Steph Cardinal – a Rectory life. All welcome

 

LADIES OUTINGto Buzzard’s Valley vineyard. Steph now has directions, drivers and passengers sorted. Please see her for details

 

From its holy dusters and flower arrangers to its tea mashers and tour guides - the 400-strong team of volunteers at Lichfield Cathedral have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

It is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities, and is the equivalent of an individual MBE. On behalf of Lichfield Cathedral’s volunteers, Kath Toothill and Pete Harris joined fellow recipients of this year’s award at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May.

 

The Dean of Lichfield, the Very Revd Adrian Dorber said: “Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our cathedral and it is wonderful for them to be recognised in this way.

"They are an extraordinary group of individuals who give of their time and talents generously. Without them and their tireless support, our mission, our ministry and our hospitality would be so much less.

“I am proud as punch for them all."

 

There will be a Thanksgiving Service in Lichfield Cathedral for all its volunteers on 23 June followed by a garden party and a presentation of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Ian Dudson CBE KStJ.

 

A certificate signed by the Queen will be received at a later date.

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            184                              184

            69                                69

                        90                                90

92/410                        92/456

356                              380

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall,

Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler,   

Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, J

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott

 

And for the departed:

Josephine Rylands, Thomas Weaver

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 11th 10.15am Mothers Union meeting – Church.

11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – IN CHURCH this week

2pm Confirmation preparation – 14 Sheridan Way

Wednesday 12th 7.30pm Aston PCC meeting - Church

Thursday 13th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

Friday 14th 7pm Cantiamo Choir Concert – St Michael & St Wulfad’s

 

CONFIRMATIONBishop Geoff has agreed to come for a Confirmation service on Sunday 16th June at 6pm. We are meeting on Tuesdays – 2pm 14 Sheridan way

 

GARDEN PARTY AT ASTON MILL .  Sadly, with Mary Wesson poorly in hospital, the family have asked for the Garden party scheduled for June 22nd to be postponed. Our love, prayers and understanding are with them all

 

COACH TRIP TO LLANDUDNOJuly 13th depart Stone approx. 8.30am, leave Llandudno 5.30pm. Cost approx. £15, depending on numbers. To book seats speak to Nichola Abbott 07866 101988