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Each week Rector Ian Cardinal writes an article for the pew sheets and includes details of intercessions, diary dates and other information. Here you will find an archive of some of these, to read the full article please click on link on the navigation menu to the right.

22nd May 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

CONFIRMATION: We are hoping to have a confirmation service later in the year. If you, or anyone you know may be interested in Confirmation, please speak to Dennis or Rev Jim

 

 

 

EVENTS TAKING PLACE:

 

THURS DAY 2ND JUNE:   Lighting of the Beacon – as part of the National Chain of Beacons, our Beacon will be lit at 9.45pm. Activities in the church yard from 9pm. All welcome to attend.

 

SATURDAY 4TH JUNE: Jubilee Thanksgiving Service at Ss Michael & Wulfad at 2pm. All welcome to attend.

 

SATURDAY 4TH JUNE: Afternoon Tea and Songs of Praise Service at St Saviours. Tea at 5pm and service at 6.30pm. All welcome. Please sign the list at the back of church if you wish to attend the tea.

 

SUNDAY 5TH JUNE: Jubilee Lunch at Ss M&W at 12.30pm. All welcome to attend, but you must purchase a ticket for catering purposes. Tickets cost £5 and are available from Nichola at church or by telephoning 814134. All dietary requirements can be catered for.

15th May 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

PARISH JUBILEE LUNCH: in Church on Sunday 5th June at 12.30pm. Tickets now on sale priced at £5 which includes a glass of fizz for a toast. Tickets available from Nichola either in church or by telephoning 01785 814134. You must purchase a ticket so we know how many to cater for. Everyone welcome. Special Dietary requirements can be catered for.

 

 

OPEN DOOR PROJECT:We have been asked by St Michaels First School to run this project again this year on Friday 20th May between 9.30am and 3.30pm. We are appealing for helpers on this day as several regular helpers are not available. The children will be going on a Pilgrimage, making replica seals, learning the ropes of bellringing,writing prayers and making stained glass windows If there is a particular activity that you fancy helping with, please have a word with Margaret Moss, Dennis Abbott or Edith Leason. You do not have to commit to the whole day, any help you can give on the day will be appreciated.

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A New Commandment I give unto you:

 

8th May 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

7th May 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

OPEN DOOR PROJECT:We have been asked by St Michaels First School to run this project again this year on Friday 20th May between 9.30am and 3.30pm. We are appealing for helpers on this day as several regular helpers are not available on this day. The children will be going on a Pilgrimage, making replica seals, learning the ropes of bellringing,writing prayers and making stained glass windows If there is a particular activity that you fancy helping with, please have a word with Margaret Moss, Dennis Abbott or Edith Leason. You do not have to commit to the whole day, any help you can give on the day will be appreciated.

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The 4th Sunday of Easter is traditionallly celebrated as “Good Shepherd Sunday”, because in todays Gospel, Jesus speaks of himself as the Shepherd who is prepared to lie down his life for his sheep.

The Gospel tells us that the Good Shepherd owns his sheep and cares for them accordingly – a different prospect from the hired hand charged with taking care of the flock, since the hired man may run away to save his own life if the sheep are attacked, leaving them potentially injured or scattered. The Good Shepherd though puts his flock first rather than thinking of his own well beingand will go the extra mile to find one of his lost or injured sheep. Furthermore, the Good Shepherd knows his sheep just as they know him. There is an indefinable and comforting bond of recognition. He also speaks of those sheep who do not belong to this fold – meaning those who do not know or have not yet come to Christ. Evangelisation isa t the core of the Church’s mission so that we may all be “one flock” with “one Shepherd”. In following Jesus we are all able to give witness to the generous love of God which is given willingly through the sacrifice of his son. A sacrifice which is perpetuated in the ministry of our Bishops and ordained Priests. This Sunday is also known as Vocations Sunday and many Diocese use it as an opportunity to pray for those who might be considering ordained or religious life. It might also be a time when we are asking ourselves if god might be calling us to do some definite service for him. Today, let us remember especially Rev Jim and as he preparees for his Priesting and for Ellie as she continues her training. Pray for our Rector and for our Readers Dennis, Berwyn and Lin as they continue in their ministry.

 

Nichola Abbott

1st May 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

OPEN DOOR PROJECT:We have been asked by St Michaels First School to run this project again this year on Friday 20th May between 9.30am and 3.30pm. We are appealing for helpers on this day as several regular helpers are not available on this day. The children will be going on a Pilgrimage, making replica seals, learning the ropes of bellringing,writing prayers and making stained glass windows If there is a particular activity that you fancy helping with, please have a word with Margaret Moss, Dennis Abbott or Edith Leason. You do not have to commit to the whole day, any help you can give on the day will be appreciated.

LADIES GROUP:A date for at 12.30pm our diary – our next outing will be lunch on Weds 24th August. Further details to follow.

 

In todays Gospel the disciples are back in Galilee, returning to fishing. When Simon Peter, still in the role of leader, announces he is going fishing, the other Disciples follow. They spent an unsuccesful night fishing. Jesus called to the disciples from the shore but they did not recognise him immediately.Still, they followed the strangers instructions and brought in a large haul of fish. At this point, one of the disciples (the disciple who Jesus loved) realised that Jesus was appearing to them. Simon Peter, leading the way, jumped from the boatand swam to shore; the other disciples following in the boat dragging the fish. On the shore, they saw that Jesus had already prepared bread and fish on a charcoal fire. He instructed the disciples to bring their catch of fish as well. Jesus was the host at the meal that followed, feeding the disciples the bread and fish.We see allusions to the miracle of the five loaves and fishes as told in John 6.

In the Eucharist, we too are fed by Jesus in the Bread and Wine that have become his body and blood. The gifts we bring to the altar are made from gifts that God  gave first to us – grain and grape, the fruits of the earth. He has no need for anything else, He accepts the gifts we bring and transforms them into the gift of his very presence.

After the meal, Jesus directed himself to Simon Peter.This dialogue with Simon Peter is a reversal of Peters 3 denials. Petwer was forgiven. Simon Peter was then sent on a mission – Feed my Lambs, Tend my Sheep, Feed my Sheep. These commands indicate Peter is to be as Jesus, even unto sacrificing for the flock. As Jesus fed Peter at this meal and feeds us at the Eucharist, so he also sends us out to followhim, asking that we offer our lives in service and sacrifice. Nichola.

24th April 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

OPEN DOOR PROJECT:We have been asked by St Michaels First School to run this project again this year on Friday 20th May between 9.30am and 3.30pm. We are appealing for helpers on this day as several regular helpers are not available on this day. The children will be going on a Pilgrimage, making replica seals, learning the ropes of bellringing,writing prayers and making stained glass windows If there is a particular activity that you fancy helping with, please have a word with Margaret Moss, Dennis Abbott or Edith Leason. You do not have to commit to the whole day, any help you can give on the day will be appreciated.

 

 

The Second Sunday of Easter is the eighth day after Easter using the mode of inclusive counting, according to which,  Easter itself is the first day of the eight. Christian traditions which commemorate this day recall the Biblical account recorded to have happened on the same eighth day after the original Resurrection. “Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them and said “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas “Put your finger here and see my hands, put out your hand and place it in my side, do not be faithless but believing.” Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe." It is because of this scriptural episode that this day is called Thomas Sunday in the Eastern Tradition.

Western Christianity – In early Roman Rite Liturgical books, Easter Week used to be known as “White Week” because of the white robes that were worn that week by those who were baptised at the Easter Vigil.

Another name traditionally given to this Sunday in the English Language is “Low Sunday”.The word "low" may serve to contrast it with the "high" festival of Easter on the preceding Sunday.

In the Roman Catholic Church, this Sunday was designated by Pope John Paul II on 30th April 2008 as Divine Mercy Sunday.

Nichola Abbott

17th April 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

Alleluia, Alleluia

 

 

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A Very Happy Eastertide to you all.

 

 

Our Grateful thanks go to all who have taken services, cleaned, decorated and prepared  both our churches and contributed in any way to enable us to celebrate this Easter.

10th April 2022

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

11                                11                   

            359                              492

                        287                              322

386/342                       276/386

435                              435

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler, Catherine Ritchie, Miles Brain, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Margaret Wright, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Gillian Wright, John Hargreaves, June Stringer, Pam Miles, Jean Gulliver, Margaret Tomlinson, Dave McGlynn, Sue Kenchington, Carl Hartley, Mike Thompson, Helen Tallent, Gillian Robins

For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

 Terry Thorley, Diane Bradbury, Judith Harris  & Kathleen Whittle

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 11th  7.30pm Holy Communion St M&W

Tuesday 12th 10.00am Holy Communion St M&W

Wednesday 13th  7pm “Pathways of prayer” via Zoom

Thursday 14th   10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

EASTER LILIESIf you wish to purchase a Lily in remembrance, there is a list at the rear of St M&W. At Aston, please see the Wardens

 

LADIES GROUP. Wednesday 20th April Afternoon Tea at the Vintage tea Emporium in Uttoxeter. This has now been booked for 1pm. The cost is £15. Please pay your money to Steph or Nichola.

DROP INN  The Drop Inn Café will be closed on 5th, 12th, 19th  & 26th April. It will re-open on Tuesday 2nd May.

PATHWAYS OF PRAYER this Wednesday at 7pm via Zoom. This week – Ignation Prayer. To join:

•           Phone this numbers:  0131 460 1196 or 0203 481 5237

•           enter the meeting ID on your telephone keypad 871 1835 9468

•           you will be asked for a participant number - just enter #

•           enter the password which is 784381

or join online via ‘Zoom’ link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87118359468?pwd=QjRlY2VhTWlVNWxucUxmZGNlL0IwZz09

3rd April 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

HELP FOR UKRAINEThe lists are at the back of Church. Carl Hartley has helped to arrange goods from the back of St M&W Church to a depot nearby Dunelm, Greyfriars, Stafford

 

PRAYER VIGILS (An hour of quiet prayer) are being held at Christ Church on Tuesday, St Dominic’s on Wednesday – both 6.30pm until 7.30pm. Come and go as you please. PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER VIGILS AT ST MICHAELS. Apologies for any inconvenience.

 

MAUNDY THURSDAY IN THE CATHEDRAL:  The Chrism Eucharist. A list to sign if you wish to go with us is at the rear of Church.

 

 

This Sunday we move in to Passiontide.

 

Passiontide (in the Christian Liturgical Calendar) is the name given to the last two weeks of Lent, beginning on the fifth Sunday of Lent, long celebrated as Passion Sunday and ending on Holy Saturday.

Passiontide is observed in many provinces of the Anglican Communion for example in the Church of England. In the Common Worship liturgy, material proper to Passiontide is used from Evening Prayer on the Eve of the Fifth Sunday of Lent to the evening of Easter Eve. Such "proper material" includes prefaces to the Eucharistic Prayer, special orders for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer, and seasonal material for Night Prayer and Prayer During the Day. Although the Sarum Use used crimson as the liturgical colour for the whole of Passiontide, Common Worship recommends continuing in purple (or Lenten array) throughout the fifth week of Lent, changing to red for Holy Week.

 

Nichola Abbott