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4th September 2011

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 04 September 2011



The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


                We live in an odd age, don’t we? If you take the results of the 2001 Census, then over 85% of people in Stone consider themselves to be Christians – yet nationally only 5% and less actually attend the Church. Whereas there are some good things about these statistics (more of this in a moment) one does tend to wonder how many would be happy to be classed as members of the Golf club and yet never turn up at any event!

            The good side is, of course, that so many do not consider themselves atheists in any shape or form: despite constant haranguing by the National Secular Society and the like, people by and large are unconvinced by the notion that there is no God. And this spills over into Church at various times: crises in life: obvious moments like Christmas and Easter: and think of the huge attendances we have seen on remembrance Sunday in the last few years

            But however one views it, the real fact of the matter is that most people are unconvinced by the need for Church! What’s it for? Why should I go? etc. seem to be the dominant feelings. But the answer is tucked away in today’s Gospel. “Where two or three are gathered in my name” says Jesus “I am there among them.” A staggering and yet wondrous claim!

            There is no such thing as the solitary Christian. However great our own devotions, however deep our life of prayer, there is no substitute for the Church. Despite all its spots and wrinkles we, together, form the body of Christ – and it is only in this fellowship that we find our true meaning and purpose

            “No man is an island” write the poet John Donne – and modern psychology agrees that the person we are is formed by our relationships. It is in our relationship with Jesus Christ, but also with our fellow Christians – and in our communion together that we become truly free to be the people we are intended to be


Ian Cardinal


Hymns for today

                                Aston                                    Stone   

            356                                             139        

            Ps 149                                       167

                                396                                         309

            343                                             535/352

                520                                         456

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Val Gerrard, Dorothy Burton, Mavis Pick, Frank & Dorothy Shelton, Helen Zeter, Mary Townsend, Francis Wright, Mavis Foster, Tristan Simms, Kerris Sutherland, Linda Timms, Malcolm Nixon, Pat Wynne, Margaret Stubbs, Amy Bolderstone, Malcolm Clark, Poppy Buckley, Gerard Wood, Christine Thomas, Terry Malkin, Emma Davis, Sarah Wright, Angela Rose, Ben King, Neil Wynne, Philip Hulme


And for the departed:


Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 6th September NO Drop Inn Café

            7.30pm Confirmation Group – Rectory (11 Farrier Close)

Thursday 8th 9.30am Holy Communion – The Moorings

            10.30am Holy Communion St Michael & St Wulfad



CONFIRMATION Bishop Geoff has kindly agreed to Confirm candidates from our Benefice at Aston on 2nd October at 6.30pm. Could candidates kindly meet at the Rectory this Tuesday evening (6th)

ST JOHN’S CHURCH, OULTON Outing to Worcester on 10th September – cost £10-£12. This includes a tour of the Cathedral and returns after Evensong. Places are available to anyone who would like to go – contact Janet Thorne on 01782 372324  


LAYING ON OF HANDS WITH PRAYER FOR HEALING Our next service for this will be at 6.30pm on Sunday 11th September at St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church