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9th September 2018

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 06 September 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


Hail and Farewell


And so this Sunday we have both a sad and a glorious day rolled into one. In the first place we are welcoming the Rev’d Alison Hudson to her first Sunday in our Benefice. For those who were able to gather at St M&W on Wednesday, you will already have met Alison – and I know we look forward to getting to know her better over time

Then, of course, this is the final Sunday we shall see the Rev’d Jane Morris as our Curate here. It seems amazing that Jane has been with us for 3 years already – and I know there will be many people who are sad to see her leave us

I’d like to suggest to you, though, that these two occasions are both ones in which we should rejoice. In the first place we have been honoured, yet again, that our Benefice has been seen to be such a good place for new Clergy to “cut their teeth!” Curates are not in supply as they were – and our Diocese has to carefully and prayerfully think about the right places in which to put new Clergy. Although they are “assistants”, in many ways Curates are here to learn. They are not “just another pair of priestly hands” – they are people on a journey – that’s a journey of faith of course – and we are pleased and proud to have travelled part of our own Christian journey with them

The we must also rejoice in what we see happening: in an age in which the media like to tell us that the Church is dying and irrelevant, we still see men and women offering themselves for this Ministry. That’s because God has called them – and the relevant people in the Church have recognised God’s call. So much for a dying Church!

So, maybe today is bitter-sweet. But the truth is – this is a sign of God at work. And with both Alison and Jane and their families we rejoice.


Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            467                              56                   

                        355                              53

                        425                              388

                        127/231                       506/222

188                              Sheet


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, Noelle Emery,  Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore, Wendy Gee, James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  Elsie Woodcock, John & Ann Shuttleworth


And for the departed:

Valerie Gilbert, Joseph Watson, Jean Lewington, Sheila Taylor, Graham Forrester

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 10th 7.30pm Aston PCC meeting – Church

Tuesday 10.15am for 10.30am Mothers Union & Ladies Guild – St M&W

            11.45am – 1pm DROP IN CAFÉ in CHURCH

Thursday 13th 9.30am Holy Communion – The Moorings

10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


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BENEFICE LUNCH this Sunday (9th) after morning services – about 12 Noon


MESSY CHURCH - Planning meeting this Monday (10th) at 5 Rolt Close. More volunteers needed! Next session is Saturday 29th September


HERITAGE OPEN DAYat St M&W Saturday 6th October. Lots of volunteers needed for the day when we often get a LOT of visitors!


HARVEST THANKSGIVINGHarvest Eucharist at St M&W 10.45am Sunday 7th October, at Aston Sunday 14th October. Harvest Supper Saturday 13th October at St Michael’s Hall 7pm with guest entertainment