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27th November 2011

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 27 November 2011



The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


DELIVERIES, DELIVERIES!! At the back of St Michael and St Wulfad’s are letters to the 61 candidates we have baptised this year, inviting them to adorn the baptism tree in the Christmas Tree Festival. They need delivering – please can you help?

And this year we are sending a CHRISTMAS CARD to every house in our benefice with service times for our Christmas services! They will need delivering too – please see Andy King at St Michael’s and Mary Babb at St Saviour’s. The Cards will be printed this week – YOUR PARISH CHURCH NEEDS YOU!


CHRISTINGLE SERVICE supporting the work of the Children’s society. This will be held on Sunday 4th December at 4pm, and includes the children from our Church school. Please come and support them! (the Town Mayor will be announcing the winner of the Christmas tree displays at this service)


COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS   few devotional addresses/Bible studies on the well-known Christmas readings: A busy time of year, but do come! At the  Rectory 7.30pm – this week Isaiah Ch 11. Just bring yourself and a bible

How do most people become Church attending Christians? Is it dynamic and impassioned preaching? wonderful clergy? (of courseJ) fervent prayer?

Probably all those things matter, but by far the most important factors are statistically shown to be (a) quality of welcome and (b) relationships with other people in Church!

On Advent Sunday we can reflect on what we are really trying to do with Christmas Fairs, Tree Festivals and Christmas Cards – that is, to extend a generous hand of friendship to the people of Stone and Aston to their Parish Churches, in order that they might catch a glimpse of the truth of the Christmas season!


Ian Cardinal



Hymns for today

                                Aston                                    Stone                   

            358                                             358

            49                                               78

                                447                                         513

            196/10                                      98/566

                513                                         307

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 Allbut, Philip Hulme, Mervyn Griffiths, Shirley Myerson, Joan Morris, Peggy Sims, Sam Potts


And for the departed:

Susan Gray, Michael Fletcher

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Sunday 27th 3.30pm Carol Concert – Walton Community centre (see below)

Monday 28th 7.30pm Countdown to Christmas – Rectory (11 Farrier Close)

Tuesday 29th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 30th Aston PCC meets – Thornbury, Willowdale

Thursday 1st 10.30am Holy Communion St Michael & St Wulfad

Friday 2nd 10am Christmas Tree festival begins St M&W

Saturday 3rd – 10am -12Noon Coffee morning – St M&W

                        2pm Christmas Fair – Aston Village Hall


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


ASTON CHRISTMAS FAIR Saturday 3rd December –starting 2pm in Aston Village hall


CHRISTMAS CONCERT with the children of St Michael’s School, Walton Community centre 3.30pm this Sunday Collection in aid of the bells appeal