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26th January 2020

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 23 January 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone



LADIES OUTING:  Wednesday March 11th 12.30pm, lunch at Amerton Farm. Please see Steph in order to book your place and get information


“..immediately they left the boat and their Father and followed him”  It all sounds glamorous and slick, doesn’t it? I’m sure it can’t have been as bald as it sounds in this week’s gospel! You could imagine Zebedee following his sons and shouting “Come back here – your mother wants you home for your tea!” otherwise. There are those who recognise that last week’s reading of John’s gospel, where they have already met Jesus with John the Baptist is not necessarily contrary to this week’s account. Maybe James and John had already been preparing for this day

I said glamorous, because there are those who ache for the “top jobs” even in churches. They imagine that to be the street preacher, Bishop (or even Rector) is a nice easy task where there is a lot of glory. Believe me they are mistaken! More importantly still, this is not necessarily what vocation is all about! When Bishop Michael set us his direction of travel as “Discipleship, Vocation and Evangelism” he was very clear that the Vocation element was not about calling a lot more people to be Priests and Deacons. It may be for some, but for most of God’s people, Vocation is much more about learning to serve God where he has already put us. In other words, for every James and John that are called to live a nomadic life, preaching the gospel, there are many who are called to stay mending the nets and telling their fellow fishermen about the good news of God’s love for them.

So the question is – where is God calling you today? Sometimes it’s an easy path, chiming with our own desires – but sometimes it can be the very reverse. How many times have I found myself in situations that I feel I cannot cope with? By the Grace of God, we are still standing!

Let’s seek God’s purpose for our live and his Church in these two parishes today.


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            82                                70

            500                              113

                        531                              531

341/404                       341/404

513                              394


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Joyce Crowther,


And for the departed:

Jeff Smith, John Owen, Veronica Cooper, Ken Johnson

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 27th 7.30pm Stone PCC meeting - Church

Tuesday 28th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 29th 2pm – 4pm Craft Café – St Saviour’s

Thursday 30th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


SUNDAY SCHOOLcontinues this Sunday in the vestry of St Michael & St Wulfad’s church. Do keep the leaders and children in your prayers and pray for its success


WEDDING FAIRSunday 23rd February – from 11am till 3pm.  What can you do to help and encourage this event? Please contact Margaret Moss or Chris Connolly

There will be no 10.45am Service that day. Opportunities to take communion will be as usual at 8am and 9.15am that day


THE NEXT CRAFT CAFEat St Saviour's Church will be on Wednesday 29 January from 2-4pm. We will be making silk painted cards. Refreshments and craft materials are provided, please let Revd Alison know if you are coming along, or 07725 467246