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5th September 2021

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 02 September 2021

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


TWO MORE COVID RESTRICTIONS RELEASEDFrom this Sunday we shall revert to using service sheets, books and hymnbooks. We do wish to be careful about this and will ask you to return them to a table at the rear of Church, rather than sidespeople putting them away immediately.

We do not yet feel it safe to withdraw other measures and, particularly note that “the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed settings to protect themselves and others.”


Some of you may remember the 1966 song by The Kinks – “dedicated follower of fashion. It rather lampooned the 1960s cult of high fashion, and deservedly so. But nothing very much has changed, has it? So many people still rush to follow the latest trend. Woe betide anyone who isn’t “in” with the crowd, still in 2021

So who’s “in” and who’s “out”? In a rather different way that’s a question in this Sunday’s Gospel reading. By Mark 7, Jesus is already in trouble with the religious leaders and he’s gone off to areas of the country that are definitely “out”. People who lived there were not ethnic Jews – and to the people of that time, it would be unheard of to associate with them – it would make you ritually “unclean”

Jesus, of course, doesn’t concede anything – and he breaks all the rules of polite society by conducting two healings of people who were definitely not acceptable! By so doing he proclaims and lives a gospel for the outsiders. Just as he welcomes the tax gatherers and sinners, he goes to the people who need him. And all who do so are welcomed into his Kingdom.

Church is not just for the people who wear the right clothes or even speak in the right way. To follow Jesus you don’t have to be a “dedicated follower of fashion” – rather the reverse! 


Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone (Civic service)

            431                              31

            63 (for Psalm)            I vow to thee

                        316                              27

244                              427, 518

56                                177


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler, Catherine Ritchie, Miles Brain, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Margaret Wright, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Gillian Wright, John Hargreaves, Val Morris, June Stringer, Jim Hammersley, Duncan Leak, Alison Holmes, Pam Miles, Kath Franks, Mark Green, Lewis Hubbard, Jean Gulliver, Margaret Tomlinson, Dave McGlynn, Sue Kenchington, Elsie Woodcock, Jacqui Acey, Lindsey Knowles


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Gordon Smith, Cynthia Rose, Thomas Babb, John Simkin, Karen Hanmer


Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Monday 6th 7.30pm Aston PCC meeting - Church

Wednesday 8th. Messy Church Planning meeting – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 9th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


LADIES GROUP RECOMMENCES  Wednesday 22nd September. For this first “outing” this is planned to be an “afternoon tea” – take away in St Michael’s Community Hall, at the cost of £15 per person. Obviously we are still going to do our best to keep people safe.  If you would like to book your place, please see Steph or ring her on 01785 812747


HARVEST SUPPER Aston Village Hall on October 2nd.  This will be a “bring and share” event – more details still to come, but save the date.  The Speaker will be the Rev’d Jim Cartlidge