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13th November 2011

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 13 November 2011


The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone



ASTON CHRISTMAS FAIR Saturday 3rd December – date for your diaries in what looks like being a very busy weekend!

Have you got everything yet? Silly question – of course you haven’t Gift hunting is the name of the game this week as well begin to look forward to what is coming

But gift hunting in our readings means something else – it’s not about presents for others – it’s about the gifts that YOU have from God! Each of us has something precious to contribute – and, just like a jigsaw puzzle, no-one can take your place.

So how are you using your gifts? For the benefit of the Church community and for others we hope. Long ago when I was a Curate in Yorkshire the notion of everyone in Church having a blessing to contribute was greeted with great scepticism –“what are you Vicars trying to get out of now?” was something someone actually said! What an impoverished view of the Church that person had – a bit like the adage once quoted to me that “lay people are there to turn up, to shut up and to pay up!” The saddest things were that someone had taught that man such, and that he still believed it!

No, the parable today is about our using our gifts. It’s all too easy to take our bats home over some imagined insult or upset – or simply to be too lazy to use them in God’s great work. But the truth is that God has given us all lavishly – and each of us is a key player where our gifts are needed.


Ian Cardinal




Hymns for today

            Aston                                         Stone                   

            139                                             All on sheet





Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Val Gerrard, Dorothy Burton, Mavis Pick, Dorothy Shelton, Helen Zeter, Mary Townsend, Francis Wright, Mavis Foster, Tristan Simms, Kerris Sutherland, Linda Timms, Malcolm Nixon, Neil & Pat Wynne, , Malcolm Clark, Poppy Buckley, Christine Thomas, Sarah Wright, Terry Malkin, Emma Davis, Angela Rose, Ben King, John Allbutt, Philip Hulme, Mervyn Griffiths, Shirley Myerson, Joan Morris, Peggy Sims


And for the departed:

Amy Bolderston, Ethel Irving, Henry Hooker, Wal Brough

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 15th  11am Visit of Year 2 to StM&W Church

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

Thursday 17th 10.30am Holy Communion St Michael & St Wulfad

Saturday 19th Come & Sing – St Michael’s Hall and Church


COME AND SING English Choral Classics - November 19th with Stone Choral Society- 10-5.30pm. This is a day in St Michael’s Hall, culminating in a Presentation of the Music in Church at 5pm. Cost is £10 (for the whole day – own lunch) and the repertoire will include Handel, Balfour Gardiner, Finzi, Howells and Parry.


STIR UP SUNDAY 20th November. As per last year, St Michael & St Wulfad’s will be making Christmas puddings as a part of the service at 10.45am. There are slips at the back of each Church if you would like to order one (or more!)


CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2nd -4th December St M&W Lots of help needed to staff  the Church, provide refreshments etc. Please see Jean Sutton for volunteering for a very good cause! Coffee Morning on Saturday 3rd