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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”

November 2010

Rectory Ramblings

 

            “Remember, remember The 5th of November” runs the old rhyme, but of course this is a relatively late tradition. In 1605 Guy Fawkes and other Roman Catholics were discovered trying to blow up King James I in the Houses of Parliament; Their subsequent trial and execution is remembered each year in our Bonfire Night. At the time it was a “No-popery” celebration, though I doubt that many will remember that as the rockets ascend this year

October 2010

 

Rectory Ramblings

 

            As I write a catastrophic earthquake has hit New Zealand and Christchurch on the South island has been very badly hit: Incredibly there seems to have been no widespread loss of life and even injuries have been mercifully few. This contrasts with the appalling scenes in Haiti earlier this year, when a similar sized event hit an impoverished nation with devastating effects

September 2010

 

Rectory Ramblings

 

I was idly flicking through my databases on the computer the other day when I came across the statistics for the years I have been here with you. The funerals remain roughly static – by July we have roughly undertaken 30 or so each year, and although we seem to be in a “run” again as I write, one wouldn’t expect there to be a lot of change

Healing service

Continuing our thinking about the Ministry of healing, there will be another service of Holy Communion with the opportunity for laying on of hands and anointing for Healing on July 25that St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church. All welcome

DISCIPLESHIP COURSES

 

As per the last issue of the magazine, we shall be running the final sessions of the Emmaus “nurture” course in the first few weeks of July. Everyone is welcome – just bring yourself and a Bible – and offers of hospitality are gratefully received 

Celebration Lunch

Just as per last year, we hope to celebrate Sally’s Ordination to the Priesthood with a lunch, on July 11th. There will be sheets to sign for numbers at the back of both Churches, but there will be no cost!

Confirmation

Our most likely first engagement with our new Bishop will be a service of Confirmation on December 5th, already booked into our diary. As things stand we already have around 5 Candidates (all adults) who have indicated their interest in investigating what Confirmation means – if there are others, please have a word with the Rector. Preparation classes are likely to begin early in the Autumn, as the next issue of the magazine hits the mats of Stone!

Intercessions

 

Date/service

8am Stone

9.15am Aston

10.45am Stone

4th July

Malcolm Clark

Bryan Fletcher

Paul Harvey

11th July

Roy Ball

Rector

DennisAbbott

18th July

Curate

BerwynBabb

Andy King

25th July

Rector

Lin Davies

Rector

1st August

Ted Pick

Mary Babb

Sue Coles

8th August

Annette Hawkins

Sheila Howells

Nichola Abbott

15th August

Malcolm Clark

Mike Ducie

Bob Davies

22nd August

Roy Ball

Curate

Paul Harvey

29th August

Curate

Steph Cardinal

Curate

5th September

Rector

Bryan Fletcher

Steph Cardinal

 

July 2010

Rectory Ramblings

All things being equal, by the time you read this our Benefice will have a second Priest. In accordance with tradition received from Biblical times, Sally will have had Episcopal hands laid upon her and the prayer intoned “send down your Holy Spirit for the Office and work of a Priest”. But how do people ever come to this point? Does God still write upon walls, as he did in the book of Daniel? And how do we know that we are being called by God?