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May 2011

Rectory Ramblings

 

            If you have ever seen the film “Jurassic Park”, then you will know that the re-creators of the Dinosaurs believe that they have been very clever: they have brought back the megabeasts of yesterday in such a way that they, and only they, can control them. Specifically they believe they have arranged things in such a way that they cannot reproduce outside of help from their laboratory. Of course things go terribly awry and a seminal moment is when they discover a “nest” of dinosaur eggs that isn’t supposed to happen. One of the main characters reflects “Life always finds a way!”

1st May 2011

 

 

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

24th April 2011

 

 

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia

 

17th April 2011

 

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Holy Week Services

 

Monday 18th April Holy Communion 7.30pm in St M&W

10th April 2011

 

 

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

DROP INN CAFÉ is now closed for 2 weeks, reopening April 26th. Can we say again how much we appreciate the ladies who look after our needs on a Tuesday lunchtime?

 

EASTER LILIESEaster just 2 weeks away – if anyone wishes to purchase a lily in memory of a loved one, please see Norma at St Michael’s or Christine at St Saviour’s. Donations towards other Easter flowers would, of course be very welcome

 

What is the most expensive present you have ever been bought? Is it something you treasure and value? Or are you rather put off by the cost? Imagine owing a fur coat – only to discover the small hole where the animal that produced it had been shot so you can wear it! e can be easily embarrassed by such things

April 2011

 

Rectory Ramblings

 

            Are you feeling brave?  Probably not – after all, anyone that begins by asking “Can I ask a favour?” usually puts us on our guard. As Clergy we are often warned about people that begin by asking you to keep total silence about something they are going to tell you: although the seal of the confessional binds, if it is a crime (say, child abuse) that they are about to confess, one has a legal duty to protect those who are in danger

March 2011

 

Rectory Ramblings

 

            And so to Lent: Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 9th this year, almost as late as it can feasibly be. If you are unfamiliar with the way that the date of Easter is calculated, then there are a couple of (fairly complex) systems in the Book of Common Prayer. Basically it is governed by phases of the moon and lunar months that are used to decide the date of Passover. But for those who like life easier, the lectionary of “Common Worship” gives us a table up to 2020!

February 2011

 

Rectory Ramblings

 

            A very Happy New Year to you, especially those I have not been able to greet so far! May 2011 be a blessed time for you all. Of course this magazine comes out after one of the worst and coldest December that any of us can remember! One member of my household is still muttering darkly about January being worse than December – but with this country’s climate, who can tell?

December 2010 & January 2011

Rectory Ramblings

 

            Recently Steph and I were able to spend a day in York: it’s one of our favourite cities, being the place we had our honeymoon amongst other things. From time to time we have been able to spend time there, but in 1996 we rented a house and spent most of the week “within the walls”