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2nd June 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

SONGS OF PRAISE FOR STONE FESTIVAL6PM next Sunday (9th). If you would like to choose a hymn or a reading, please sign the list at the back of church

 

            There is a story I occasionally use for school worship. A flock of quails was being decimated by the fowler, who caught them with his net whilst they fed on the ground; so the quails got together and realised that, if they worked together, they could lift the net into the air. Ando so they did, to the amazement of the fowler who lost several nest in this way

            All would have been well, had the quails not become quarrelsome. They began to imagine that various of them had been the instigator of the idea =- and when the fowler next cast his net, instead of working together, they fought and bickered – until they realised they were ALL destined for the market in the fowler’s catch!

            An illustrative story – and sadly, one that could be a parable of Church history. Although there have been wonderful times when the Church has been identified by the phrase “See how these Christians love one another”, there have been far more when we too have fought and bickered. Is the genuine Church one where women and men can both be priests and Bishops? Or one where the Pope is Head of the Church? And so on and so forth

            In this week’s gospel, we are reminded of Jesus’s prayer at the Last Supper – that “they may be one, as we are one”! And perhaps we are reminded also that, when we are fighting and lashing out at each other, we are far from doing the Will of God. The simple fact is that, the closer we are to the cross, the nearer we will be to each other! There is no room in God’s Kingdom for divisiveness or back biting. If we have the Spirit working within us, we shall be leaving such behind

            So this week, as we lead up to Pentecost, let’s pray for our divided nation. And let’s pray for that Spirit that calls us to be one in Christ to be active, not only in the Church, but in the World

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            484                              432

            Ps 97                           81

                        288                              Sheet

148                              40 (x2)/148

103                              103

 

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

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 4th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 6th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICEThis Sunday (2nd) at 4pm St M&W – all welcome

 

CONFIRMATIONBishop Geoff has agreed to come for a Confirmation service on Sunday 16th June at 6pm. We are hoping to meet on Tuesday afternoons for preparation

 

TWO DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES:

June 14th – Cantiamo Chamber Choir concert – St M&W

June 22nd – Garden Party at Aston Mill Farm in aid of BOTH Churches

 

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




26th May 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

ASCENSION DAYas USUAL OUR Deanery meets together for a Deanery Eucharist on Ascension Day. This year the service is at Christ Church, Hilderstone at 7.30pm – Thursday 30th. Preacher – the Rural Dean

 

Alleluia, Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

          And so to the end of Easter; not that it can really be an end, of course – The Resurrection of Jesus is not an event – it’s an experience that keeps on growing! But this Sunday is now called Easter 6 – and that means that Thursday is Ascension Day, when we celebrate the Lord going up “on high” – and yet his promise that he is “with us to the end of time.”

          But have you considered what that really means? If the language, as we all know, isn’t so much about Jesus going “up” as his being crowned as King and Lord, what does it mean for us? The first Christians had to think very carefully about it indeed. Their coinage had an image of the Roman Emperor, surrounded by the words “Caesar Dominus est” – Caesar is Lord! If they then proclaimed that “Jesus is Lord” instead, they knew they could be accused of treason. The early Emperors were celebrated as Gods themselves – and they didn’t take kindly to any rivals

          So, the Ascension is a day for us to consider carefully – what does Jesus want of our lives? Not just Sunday mornings, certainly – he has things to say about the way we behave on the other 6 days of the week – how we vote, what we eat, how we consume the world’s resources, what we do to our fellow men and women – and a whole host of other things. But the other side of this is perhaps more comfortimng too. Whatever mess the world gets itself into, ultimately our God is in control and has a lot to say and do with its future

          Enjoy Ascension Day.

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            80                                80

            39                                375

                        259                              259

139/127                       139/127

188                              188

 

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

 

And for the departed:

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 28th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 30th – ASCENSION DAY10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

                        7.30PM Deanery Eucharist – Christ Church, Hilderstone

 

MESSY CHURCH- The next session is on Saturday 1st June from 3pm until 5.30pm. The theme is to be “Fathers Day”. If you are able to help at this session, please speak to Edith Leason or Mary Babb.

 

CONFIRMATIONBishop Geoff has agreed to come for a Confirmation service on Sunday 16th June at 6pm. We are hoping to meet on Tuesday afternoons for preparation

 

TWO DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES:

June 14th – Cantiamo Chamber Choir concert – St M&W

June 22nd – Garden Party at Aston Mill Farm in aid of BOTH Churches

 

HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICENEXT Sunday (2nd) at 4pm St M&W – all welcome




19th May 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Alleluia, Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

The new Area Bishop of Shrewsburywill be The Venerable Sarah Bullock, who is currently serving as Archdeacon of York. No 10 Downing Street announced that the Queen has approved Sarah’s nomination in succession to the Right Revd Mark Rylands, who moved to parish ministry in Exeter Diocese in July 2018 after almost nine years as Bishop of Shrewsbury.

Sarah (55) trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall, University of Durham, a theological college in the evangelical tradition of the Church of England. She was ordained 26 years ago after a short career in teaching and children’s and youth work in the Diocese of Manchester. She then served there in a variety of parish and diocesan roles including Bishop’s Adviser for Women’s Ministry and Borough Dean for the City and Borough of Manchester. She was made an Honorary Canon of Manchester Cathedral in 2007

In 2013 Sarah was appointed Archdeacon of York, a largely rural area which includes market towns, the deep rural communities of the Vale of York and the edges of the Yorkshire Wolds as well as the City of York. Building relationships in the rural communities has been a vital part of supporting and encouraging the churches and she has worked creatively with colleagues to develop new approaches to mission and ministry in such communities. While Archdeacon she has also learned to drive a tractor, operated a milking parlour, led a Carol Service in a cowshed at Askham Bryan (Agricultural) College and ridden a racehorse!

She said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been invited to become the Bishop of Shrewsbury. I’m looking forward to really getting to know the communities of this area and those who live, work and worship here.

Sarah is married to Peter, a physicist, and they have one son, Joseph, who is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Durham

 

From the Diocesan Website

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            232                              501

            355                              355

                        563                              563

404/359                       4/359

321                              321

 

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

 

And for the departed:

Doreen Smith

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 21st 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

            7.30pm Archdeacon’s Visitation for Wardens, Clergy etc. Stafford

Wednesday 22nd 7.30pm Stone PCC meets - Church

Thursday 23rd 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

MESSY CHURCH- The next session is on Saturday 1st June from 3pm until 5.30pm. The theme is to be “Fathers Day”. If you are able to help at this session, please speak to Edith Leason or Mary Babb.

 

LADIES OUTING– Wednesday 19th June to Buzzard’s Valley Vineyard and distillery. Final day to book your place – See Steph

 

CONFIRMATIONBishop Geoff has agreed to come for a Confirmation service on Sunday 16th June at 6pm. If you would like to consider this in any way, please see the Rector as soon as possible.

 

TWO DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES:

June 14th – Cantiamo Chamber Choir concert – St M&W

June 22nd – Garden Party at Aston Mill Farm in aid of BOTH CHurches




12th May 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Alleluia, Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is known as Good Shepherd Sunday. The name derives from the Gospel Reading for the day which is from the tenth chapter of John’s Gospel. In this reading, Jesus is described as The Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep.

Jesus emphasises that in giving his life for his sheep, he is doing so of his own will. His death was to be the living proof that the greatest love a person can show is to give ones’ life for ones friends. Proof that Jesus truly is a Good Shepherd.

 

Nichola Abbott

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            484                              484

            246                              117

                        13                                26

495/325                       325/293

237                              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, J

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

 

And for the departed:

Marjorie Griggs, Michael Edensor, Doreen Smith

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 13th Open Door with St Michaels and Pirehill First School

Tuesday 14th Open Dorr with St Michaels and Pirehill First School

Tuesday 14th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 16th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

CRAFT FAIRin St Michaels Hall on Saturday 18th May 10am – 3pm. Free entry. Various craft stalls. Refreshments available. Proceeds to the continued refurbishment of the hall.

 

MESSY CHURCH- The next session is on Saturday 1st June from 3pm until 5.30pm. The theme is to be “Fathers Day”. If you are able to help at this session, please speak to Edith Leason or Mary Babb.

 

LADIES OUTING– Wednesday 19th June to Buzzard’s Valley Vineyard and distillery. Final date for booking a place and paying is 19th May – please see Steph

 

CONFIRMATIONBishop Geoff has agreed to come for a Confirmation service on Sunday 16th June at 6pm. If you would like to consider this in any way, please see the Rector as soon as possible. Preparation starts soon!


5th May 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Alleluia, Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

Another Bank Holiday already? But it’s only just gone Easter! True enough, but the May day Bank Holiday weekend is upon us. Holidays are all properly called “Holy days” of course – something that is worth remembering. However much our Christian culture may be eroded in our modern age, its roots are still deep within our society

And May is a very specific collection of holy days – in fact the whole of the month is traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Certainly the last day of May is hers, as we celebrate the Visitation of the Virgin to Elizabeth. Being (as we hope) warmer weather, the whole of nature seems to celebrate with freshness of fecundity

But it’s worth our pondering what Mary might mean for us: we live in a time of disillusionment with our leaders – too often they have feet of clay, and at the moment there are siren voices that call to us that they represent a new future, strong leadership etc. Just remember that Hitler, Mussolini and Franco used exactly the same arguments, whereas they actually represented intolerance, bigotry and hatred. By contrast Mary is associated with all kinds of different values – kindness, meekness, obedience and purity – things, which I hope we all find rather more appealing!

So, as Easter progresses, let us ponder the rather more realistic hope of a better world, as represented by our Christian values, prayer and faithfulness. And let us hear the words of the Lord himself:- “Blessed is she who hears the Word of God and keeps it!”

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            474                              474

            Psalm 8                       509

                        488                              25

367                              257/73

501                              186

 

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

 

And for the departed:

Marjorie Griggs, Michael Edensor, Doreen Smith

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 6th 3-5pm Shallowford House – Matlosane talk and tea

Tuesday 7th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s hall

Thursday 9th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICE  next Sunday, May 5th at St M&W 4pm. All welcome

 

AFTERNOON TEA AT SHALLOWFORD HOUSE, Monday 6 May 3-5pm. There will be time to look around the house and gardens, and hear about Revd Alison's recent visit to the Diocese of Matlosane in South Africa. Please sign up on the sheet at the back of church for catering purposes and to share lifts. Please indicate if you would like a place on the Green Bus

 

LADIES OUTING– Wednesday 19th June to Buzzard’s Valley Vineyard and distillery. Final date for booking a place and paying is 19th May – please see Steph

 

CONFIRMATIONBishop Geoff has agreed to come for a Confirmation service on Sunday 16th June at 6pm. If you would like to consider this in any way, please see the Rector as soon as possible. Preparation starts soon!




28th April 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Alleluia, Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

And so it’s Easter – and what a Lent and Passiontide we have had. I was much encouraged by the response to our shared Morning and Evening Prayer at both churches this year:- having not been able to do it last year, this year there were sometimes as many as 8 of us getting to our churches in order to start and end the day in this way. The journey of prayer and saying the Daily Office this way has been really quite inspirational – and I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who has made the effort to share with us in this way. I hope you have found it as good as I have

Then, of course, we have had our series of speakers in Lent Holy Communion. Again the attendance has been extremely good and much better than last year (I don’t think the “Beast from the East” helped us in 2018!) I will happily confess that this was rather thrown together this year, as there were so many other things on my mind earlier in 2019. But again the reaction has been most positive, with almost all of us saying how helpful it was to hear the Christian journey of those we know on their calling to their various ministries. To my gratification I was also told that Bishop Michael and the Ministry department are thinking of taking up the idea for other parishes, as he leads us in our direction of travel in Discipleship, Vocation and Evangelism. Stone with Aston leads the way!

The biggest question will be “What is next?” of course – and I hope our Ministry Team will be able to meet and decide what kind of thing will help us most in our own journey of faith very soon. But in the meantime, I simply want to remind you that Easter is always a beginning and not an end in itself. Christ is raised – but he calls us all, ever onwards, to better and brighter things; the best is yet to be!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            80                                563

            355                              355

                        351                              237

272/488                       506/452

532                              474

 

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

 

And for the departed:

Marjorie Griggs

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 29th 10.30am Holy Communion – Summerfield Court

Tuesday 30th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café resumes – St Michael’s hall

Thursday 2nd 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICE  next Sunday, May 5th at St M&W 4pm. All welcome

 

LADIES OUTING– Wednesday 19th June to Buzzard’s Valley Vineyard and distillery. Final date for booking a place and paying is 19th May – please see Steph

 

UKULELE BAND CONCERT & FRIENDS: Saturday, 18th May 2019 at Aston Village Hall – 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets - £10 – (includes a glass of wine or a soft drink & light refreshments) Tickets available from Christine Burton – 813475

 

CONFIRMATIONBishop Geoff has agreed to come for a Confirmation service on Sunday 16th June at 6pm. If you would like to consider this in any way, please see the Rector as soon as possible. Preparation starts soon!




21st April 2019

Alleluia, Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

THANK YOU

  • To everyone who has decorated, cleaned and prepared so many services this Easter
  • To those who have so faithfully joined in Morning and Evening Prayer each week in Lent
  • To those who have attended our Holy Week services, especially the Triduum on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and 6am this Sunday
  • To our speakers and the many who have attended our benefice Lent course, which was really rather inspiring

 

 

Hymns for today

            6.30am            Aston                          Stone              

Exsultet           267                              267

563                  324                              274

267                  274                              80

311/488                       488/222

503                              503

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

And for the departed:

James Shardlow, Patrick Collier

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 23rd 11.45am – NO Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s hall

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

 

LADIES OUTING– Wednesday 19th June to Buzzard’s Valley Vineyard and distillery. Cost £20. See Steph for leaflet, to book your place and to pay – as soon as possible, please

 

UKULELE BAND CONCERT & FRIENDS: Saturday, 18th May 2019 at Aston Village Hall – 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets - £10 – (includes a glass of wine or a soft drink & light refreshments) Tickets available from Christine Burton – 813475

 

CONFIRMATIONBishop Geoff has agreed to come for a Confirmation service on Sunday 16th June at 6pm. If you would like to consider this in any way, please see the Rector as soon as possible. Preparation starts soon!

 

AFTERNOON TEA AT SHALLOWFORD HOUSE, Monday 6 May 3-5pm. There will be time to look around the house and gardens, and hear about Revd Alison's recent visit to the Diocese of Matlosane in South Africa. Please sign up on the sheet at the back of church for catering purposes and to share lifts. Please indicate if you would like a place on the Green Bus




14th April 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Come; follow Christ, in the footsteps of St Chad

Holy Week

 

Monday 15th April Holy Communion 7.30pm

 St Michael & St Wulfad’s

Tuesday 16th        Holy Communion 10.00am

St Michael & St Wulfad’s

Wednesday 17th    Holy Communion 6.00pm

St Saviour’s

MAUNDY THURSDAY 18th

                        7.30pm Eucharist of the Last Supper

                        & Watch of the Passion till Midnight 

St Michael & St Wulfad’s

GOOD FRIDAY 19th

                        10am Procession of Witness

starting from St Michael & St Wulfad’s

                        12 Noon Liturgy of the Cross – St Michael & St Wulfad’s

                        12 Noon Good Friday service – St Saviour’s

 

EASTER DAY 21st APRIL

                        6.00am Service of light, Easter Vigil

and first Eucharist of Easter

                        Followed by Paschal breakfast  St Michael & St Wulfad’s

                        8am Holy Communion St Michael & St Wulfad’s

                        9.15 am Holy Communion St Saviour’s

                        10.45am Festal Sung Eucharist St Michael & St Wulfad’s

 

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            11                                11

316                              492

287                              322

386/342                       276/386

435                              435

 

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

And for the departed:

Owen Roberts, James Shardlow, Patrick Collier

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 15th 9am & 5pm Morning & Evening Prayer St M&W

Tuesday 16th 9am & 5pm Morning & Evening Prayer St Saviour’s

                        11.45am – NO Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s hall

Thursday 17th 9..00am Bus leave for Lichfield Cathedra Chrism Mass

10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

LADIES OUTING– Wednesday 19th June to Buzzard’s Valley Vineyard and distillery. Cost £20. See Steph for leaflet, to book your place and to pay – as soon as possible, please

 

MAUNDY THURSDAY WATCH OF THE PASSIONAs usual we shall hold our Maundy Thursday Eucharist at St Michael & St Wulfad’s at 7.30pm. This is followed by the Watch, where we take it in turns to watch with Jesus, before his arrest. Please can you complete the slot you would like to take, in 30 minute periods. List at the rear of each Church

 

PASCHAL BREAKFASTEaster begins at 6am for us! For those brave enough, there is the reward of a light breakfast in St Michael’s Hall, after the Easter mysteries. If you would like to break your fast like this, there is a list to sign!

 



 

7th April 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

MAUNDY THURSDAY WATCH OF THE PASSIONAs usual we shall hold our Maundy Thursday Eucharist at St Michael & St Wulfad’s at 7.30pm. This is followed by the Watch, where we take it in turns to watch with Jesus, before his arrest. Please can you complete the slot you would like to take, in 30 minute periods. List at the rear of each Church

 

PASCHAL BREAKFASTEaster begins at 6am for us! For those brave enough, there is the reward of a light breakfast in St Michael’s Hall, after the Easter mysteries. If you would like to break your fast like this, there is a list to sign!

Said Judas to Mary, "Now what will you do

with your ointment so rich and rare?"

"I'll pour it all over the feet of the Lord,

and I'll wipe it away with my hair," she said,

"I'll wipe it away with my hair."  Sydney Carter

 

For those of us that can remember the 60s and 70s , a famous modern hymn, of course. But it refers to this week’s gospel, where Mary does exactly this to Jesus, famously recorded in slightly different forms in each of the gospel stories

Judas is famously embarrassed by Mary’s action: nice women just didn’t do this sort of thing in Palestine – and a real Rabbi would never have permitted his dignity to have been so compromised, he reasons. Perhaps we are sympathetic? Having been to some flesh creepingly awful acts of worship in my time, I can’t say it doesn’t include me! But each of us needs to remember that Jesus commends Mary. Her extravagant heart has realised what she owes to the Lord of Life.

So this week we are confronted with an extravagant God – one who spends everything he has for love of you and me. That is the meaning of Passiontide – an extravagant God who will not allow anything to get in the way of our coming home to him

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            243                              220

Ps 126                        159

159                              346

344                              389/255

255                              148

 

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

 

And for the departed:

Owen Roberts, James Shardlow, Patrick Collier

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 8th 9am & 5pm Morning & Evening Prayer St M&W

            7pm Holy Communion before ASTON AGM

Tuesday 9th 9am & 5pm Morning & Evening Prayer St Saviour’s

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

            12 Noon Stone Deanery Chapter – 11 Farrier Close

            1pm Trinity Skills Easter service – St M&W

            7.30pm STONE DEANERY SYNOD – St John’s Oulton – all welcome

Wednesday 10th Lent Holy Communion & Address – St M&W

Thursday 11th 9.30am Holy Communion – The Moorings

10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

1pm Pirehill School Easter Service – St M&W

 

LENTEN ADDRESS AND HOLY COMMUNION:St Michael & St Wulfad’s Wednesday 7.30pm. This week our speaker is Richard Hume. Richard began as a Non stipendiary Curate in Longton, but is now serving a stipendiary Curacy at St Gabriel’s Walsall

 

LADIES OUTING– Wednesday 19th June to Buzzard’s Valley Vineyard and distillery. Cost £20. See Steph for leaflet, to book your place and to pay – as soon as possible, please




24th March 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

MAUNDY THURSDAY WATCH OF THE PASSIONAs usual we shall hold our Maundy Thursday Eucharist at St Michael & St Wulfad’s at 7.30pm. This is followed by the Watch, where we take it in turns to watch with Jesus, before his arrest. Please can you complete the slot you would like to take, in 30 minute periods. List at the rear of each Church

 

 

What are you doing on Thursday lunchtimes? At St Michael’s we are holding a Frugal lunch at 12 Noon each week, where proceeds are collected for Christian Aid and for Church funds

 

Lent is a time for reflection and self-denial, of course.   We have various opportunities on offer in our Benefice – Morning and Evening Prayer on Mondays and Tuesdays, the Lent talks on our separate vocations on Wednesdays – and, of course, Bishop Michael’s Lent appeal for help in Mental Health concerns. But I should like to commend to you especially these Thursday lunchtimes. They  give us an extra time to meet together, to “live simply, that others may simply live” – and, of course to help a world that is all too often of people in the most severe need across our Globe

 

So do come and join us. Frugal does not mean the same as “hunger” – and we are offered some delicious home-made soups, bread and cheese and the like. Fellowship in Christ is priceless, of course – and we celebrate the good things we have in our own lives

 

“What can I do to change the world?” is a question we often ask ourselves. This gives us a small chance to do what we can – and you will be warmly welcomed as meet together

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            249                              249

343                              339

259                              426

316/312                       506/536

282                              22

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

And for the departed:

Richard Kempa,

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 25th 9am & 5pm Morning & Evening Prayer St M&W

Tuesday 26th 9am & 5pm Morning & Evening Prayer St Saviour’s

                        11.45am – 1pm Drop In Café – St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 27th Lent Holy Communion & Address – St M&W

Thursday 28th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

LENTEN ADDRESS AND HOLY COMMUNION:St Michael & St Wulfad’s Wednesday 7.30pm. This week’s speaker is Julie Birkin, Ordinand in training who was with us in 2017 on placement

 

CHURCH STREETis now a one way street around the entrance to St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church. Please be aware you can no longer turn left on to Church Street from the Church entrance there! Signage will be arriving in due course, but it is likely that enforcement will be strict from this point onwards

 

PLEASE HOLD REVD ALISON IN YOUR PRAYERSduring her trip to the Diocese of Matlosane in South Africa from 15-30 March. Please pray for safety in travel and good health, for positive learning experiences and good social interactions with fellow curates, the host families, and churches she visits. There will be an opportunity to hear about her visit over afternoon tea at Shallowford House on Monday 6 May.