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11th April 2021

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 07 April 2021

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

11 April 2021

Second Sunday of Easter


We offer services of Holy Communion on Thursday and Sunday mornings at St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone and St Saviour Church, Aston


Health and safety advice will be rigorously adhered to. If you come into church, please maintain a social distance from others, log in to “track and trace”, use hand sanitiser and wear a face covering, as well as avoiding conversation or gatherings inside the building.


Please do not feel under any pressure to attend church before you are ready to! Our prayers are with you all, and the ministry team will continue to film an act of worship for you to follow each week on our website, church Facebook pages and myYouTube channel.

Ian Cardinal


Weekly Services of Holy Communion

Thursday            10.30am St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone

Sunday               8am and St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone

                9.15am St Saviour, Aston

                10.45am St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone

Please do join us if you are able to.


Home Communion during Eastertide

If you do not yet feel able to come back into church, but would like to receive Holy Communion in your home, please contact Revd Ian,

John or Alison and one of us will be happy to come and visit you.


Virtual Sunday School

Our virtual Sunday School will now be taking a break, but please do continue to hold our leaders Jill and Laura, the children and the future of this valuable ministry in your prayers.


Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

This time of prayer continues each week. It is a short service (approximately 30 minutes) that we are able to share in together at 4pm each Sundayvia phone or internet.

For the next few weeks we will be using the Easter Prayer Sheet.


To join us:

  • Phone this number 0131 460 1196or 0203 481 5237
  • enter the meeting ID on your telephone keypad 897 6759 5340
  • you will be asked for a participant number - just enter #
  • enter the password which is 928354

or join online via ‘Zoom’

Regular giving

Would you consider making regular donations to the church via standing order from your bank?

If you are able to do this, please contact John Baddeley on 01785 815397, or email

for St Michaels, or Paul Gerrard on 01785 818363 or email pagerrard@btinternet.comfor St Saviour’s. Thank you!  


St Michael & St Wulfad Spring Fair

Following the success of the event at Christmas we are going to hold a virtual Spring Fair. If you have any spare flowering plants, tomato plants etc. that you have grown from seed or cuttings, or if you would like to make a hanging basket, container or alternately bake a cake, scones, shortbread etc. or make a craft item we will put a list at the back of church for you to sign up to until 25th April. We will then circulate a list of what is available and who to contact. All proceeds will go to much needed church funds. Philip Leason


Contact details

Please do contact any of the team should you need to:


Revd Preb Ian Cardinal 01785 812747   

Dennis Abbott 01785 814134

Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246      

Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838

Lin Davies 01889 505094


Readings and Collect for Sunday 11 April

Acts 4: 32-35   1 John 1.1-2:2John 20: 19-31


Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred: open the doors of our hearts, that we may seek the good of others and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace, to the praise of God the Father. Amen


A few weeks ago I began to experience palpitations, raised blood pressure and nose bleeds. I thought it might be stress. But what was there to be stressed about? I wasn’t as busy as usual. But I also had quite a few phone calls from friends who were telling me about their own similar symptoms and those of their families and friends.

I reflected on the past 12 months. I had experienced a few deaths of long term friends. All the organisations I had been involved with for a long time had either, closed, been indefinitely postponed, or transferred to Zoom. That in itself can cause stress to those not computer literate! I also saw people becoming more irritable and intolerant. We have all had to seek ways of dealing with stress especially when even limited congregational worship has been forbidden.

Now let’s look forward to our lives having to change again from April 12th - for the better we all hope.But we need to be ready for new and different stresses. One stress will be having to re-learn how to communicate with people.

As Christians we have an advantage over others because we are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the Good News that that brings, and I have some words by Nancy Koester which I hope you may find helpful.

“The day after a big stock market crash, investors big and small crawled out from under the wreckage to survey the damage. Although financial superheroes had lost billions of dollars, the real story was how much ordinary people had lost. No one knew how long it would take the market to recover. Some financial advisers said that after the crash was the best time to invest to get bargain prices. But for most investors, only a miracle would convince them to reinvest, that is if they had anything left to invest.

The day after the crash. Maybe that is what it was like for Jesus’s followers after Good Friday. The disciples had ventured a lot for Jesus, leaving behind work, home and family. Following Jesus had looked so promising. He could heal the sick, cast out demons, speak with authority, and even forgive sins; something it was thought only God could do. The disciples hoped that with Jesus they had got in on the ground floor of the Kingdom, and could ride with Jesus all the way to the top.

On the Palm Sunday, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem and the crowds cheered ‘Hosanna’, the disciples stock in Jesus soared. At the Last Supper they even argued about who would have the best place in the Kingdom.

Then came the Good Friday crash. When Jesus died on the cross the disciples had lost everything. All their hopes were crucified with the Master. Joseph gave Jesus’s body a decent burial, and the disciples buried their hearts with him.

On the first day of the week a few close friends of Jesus took burial spices to the tomb. They could see in the half light there was no-one in the tomb. It was empty. The perplexed, confused women saw two men in dazzling clothes, who asked the women why they were looking for the living amongst the dead. The women were seeking the dead amongst the dead. They were then reminded about what Jesus had told them would happen. Now they realised Jesus had risen.

The disciples invested everything in Jesus and lost, or so it seemed. The truth is Jesus invested everything in them, and in us, and has won. The crash on Good Friday shook the world. But that crash was the sound of Satan’s kingdom falling, like a massive prison opened by an earthquake. Jesus broke it down with obedience and love. Then he broke death’s grip by walking out of the tomb.“

“Jesus is not here He is Risen” He is Risen indeed. Alleluia!

O Jesus you burst the bonds of death and rose victorious from the grave. Because of you, we have new life now and forever. We praise and bless your holy name. AmenLin Davies


Prayers of Intercession

We pray to Jesus who is present with us to eternity.


Jesus, light of the world, bring the light and peace of your gospel to the nations, that wars may cease and humanitarian needs take centre stage. Give wisdom and integrity to all world leaders.

Jesus, Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us.


Jesus, bread of life, give food to the hungry, shelter to the homeless and comfort to the lonely.

Jesus, Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us.


Jesus, our way, our truth, our life, be with us and all who follow you in the way. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear you.

Deepen our appreciation of your truth and fill us with your life.

Jesus, Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us.


Jesus, Good Shepherd who gave your life for the sheep,

recover the straggler, bind up the injured, strengthen the sick

and lead the healthy and strong to new pastures.

Jesus, Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us.


Jesus, the resurrection and the life,

we give you thanks for all who have lived and believed in you.

Raise us with them to eternal life.

Jesus, Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us,

accept our prayers and be with us always.Amen



Those we include inourprayers of intercession


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler, Catherine Ritchie, James Astle, Miles Brain, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Margaret Wright, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Mary Leigh, Gillian Wright, John Hargreaves, Val Morris, June Stringer, Jim Hammersley, Duncan Leak, Margaret Tomlinson, Carl Hartley, Karen Hartley, Alison Holmes, Pam Miles,

Kath Franks


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Alan Holmes, Murial Tomasik


For those whose year’s mind falls in this month from St Michael’s:

Benjamin Dunkey 1977, Reginald Rowley 1984, John Simpson Fox 1991, Jack Smith 1992, Emily Voyle 1992, Elsie Bowman 1977, George Wright 1963, Eileen Peel 1994, Arthur Warrilow 1976, Stan Barnes 1987, Lady Anna Shepard Johnson 1980, Daisy Gadsby 1999, Fred Brassington 2000, John Bailey 2001, Revd Laurence Waldren 2005, Arthur Porter 2004, Herbert Douse 2005, Alfred Grainger 1997, William Rushton 1993, Donald Noding 2014, Nancy Leason 2001, Florrie Metters 2001


and from St Saviour’s:

Justina Pinney 1986, William Pattyson 1986, Stanley Bradley 1988, Anne Davies 1991, Percy Woodman 1991, Olive Benbow 1998, Norman Gadsby 1999, Alice Hilling 2000, Ruby Forsbrooke 2001, Eileen Jones 2001, Evaline Buckle 2002, Joyce Collier 2002, Elizabeth Burton 2003, George Clayton Allen 2004, Jon Shaw 2004, Eileen Burgess 2005, Florence Burgoyne 2007, Francis Chell 2008, Stanley Pearson 2009, Ethel Talbot 2012, Edith Shirley 2012, Edith Barker 2012, Patricia Watkins 2015, Helen Reaney 2015, Frank Beech 2015, June Cornes 2016, Annie Sutton 2018, James Shardlow 2019, Patrick Collier 2019, Margaret Bott 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad and St Saviour Church


Cycle of Prayer for our benefice


Week 1

Church St, The Coppice Estate, George Rd, Hempbutts, High St, Mill St, Morrisons, Crown St, Joules Court, St Michaels Close, Lichfield St, businesses in High St and Mill St


Week 2

Priory Estate, Abbey St, Lichfield Rd, Grange Rd, Millwalk, Shepley Close, Redlands, Brookfield Court, Pingle Lane, Ridgeway, Flax Croft, Westover Drive, Parkhouse Drive, Old Rectory Road, Claremont Close, Cedar Park, Parkway, Aston Lodge Park, Aston


Week 3

Stone Golf Club, Stone Cricket Club, Community Fire Station, Trent Clinic, Doctors Surgeries, Dental Surgeries, Pharmacies and all the staff, St Michaels First School, Pirehill First School, Manor Rise, Walton Priory, The Moorings, Summerfield Court, Autumn House


Week 4

Walton Grange, Stafford Rd, Stafford Close, Stonehouse Hotel, Stone Business Park, Aldi, Farms within the parish, Eccleshall Rd, Cherryfields Estate, Walton Way, Walton Community Centre, Whitemill Lane and Air Ministry Estate


Week 5

Pirehill Lane, Beacon Rise and environs, Longhope Rd, Fillybrooks, Residents on A34, Udell Grange, Anwyl Homes, Sweepers Ave, Blundell Drive and environs, Common Lane, Crestwood Drive, Foxwood Close, Tilling Drive Estate