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11th July 2021

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 08 July 2021

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

11 July 2021


Sixth Sunday after Trinity



It will not be long now before our church services are able to return to ‘normal’ and we are certainly hoping to be able to sing together from 25 July. In the meantime, we continue to keep to government regulations on social distancing, using “track and trace”, hand sanitiser and wearing a face covering, as well as avoiding conversation or gatherings inside the building. We also continue to film an act of worship for you to follow each week on our website, church Facebook pages and myYouTube channel.       Ian Cardinal


Contact details

Please contact any of the team should you need to:

Revd Ian Cardinal 01785 812747    Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246 

Revd Jim Cartlidge 07770 098766          Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838

Mr Dennis Abbott 01785 814134                            Mrs Lin Davies 01889 505094


Weekly Services of Holy Communion

Thursday            10.30am St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone

Sunday               8am 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.


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!  


Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

Please do join us if you would like for this short time of prayer (approximately 30 minutes) at 4pm each Sundayvia phone or internet. This week we will be using the Ordinary Time Prayer Sheet.

To join:

  • 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’


Home Communion

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.


We are delighted to be able to start to offer baptisms again this month. In the first instance this will be subject to a restriction of 30 guests with current guidance adhered to. Please do pass this information on to anyone you know and to book a date contact Mrs Isabelle Newton on 01785 812539.


Visit of David Primrose

On July 18th at 10.45am we shall welcome, as our preacher, Canon David Primrose from Lichfield Cathedral. You will remember the process called “Shaping for Mission” that our Diocese is undertaking at the moment and David particularly wishes to come and speak to us about our part in the process. He writes:

“As part of my new role at the Cathedral, I am spending one Sunday (morning) a month in deaneries around the diocese supporting their Shaping for Mission plans. This often takes the form of a deanery service, but I’m keen to work with whatever seems best to the local Shaping for Mission team.”

David is the Canon dealing with issues of the Environment, Social justice and Community outreach. I hope very much that many of us will be able to be present and we look forward to hearing from him.


PCC Secretary

A secretary is needed for St Michael & St Wulfad PCC. This is not an onerous task, attend approximately 6 meetings per year and take minutes, hold PCC records and prepare paperwork for the Annual Parocial Church Meeting. If you feel that God is prompting you to consider this, do please have a chat with Nichola or Ian. Thank you.


Green Bus

The Green Bus service has now resumed. This is a free minibus that runs to the 10.45am service on Sundays. If you would like a lift please call Chris Melia to arrange this on 07779 228286.


Readings and Collect for Sunday 11 July

Amos 7: 7-15   Ephesians 1: 3-14       Mark 6: 14-29


Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as pass our understanding: pour into our hearts such love toward you that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen



What will this child become? That was the question that was asked, by his parents, when they celebrated of the birth of their son, John the Baptist. I don’t for one moment think they expected him to become the victim of a spiteful young girl and her scheming mother killed in such an appalling manner, and on the whim of the vengeful Herodias.


The sadness of the story, though, is tempered by the contrast between John and those responsible for his death.  A remarkable contrast between a godly man and a depraved family and a contrast that I think provides several object lessons in encouraging godly living. 


John’s message “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near”, was a call to repentance to religious leaders as well as the general population. And did he back away from pointing out the sins of the king? He certainly did not! Herod had married his brother Philip's wife, Herodias It was an unlawful marriage, for several reasons:
1) Philip was still living, making it adulterous. 2) She was Herod's niece, making it incest, and The Law prohibited marrying a brother's wife but rather than change his message to accommodate the king, John was willing to go to prison and ultimately die for the Word of God! 
And that should inspire us today to be true to God's Word, even when not politically correct. The faithfulness of John the Baptist, this godly man stands out, especially when contrasted with the members of the ungodly family he had the misfortune to become entangled with.  
Let’s begin with Salome, a shameless daughter of a shameless woman. Her dance, as translated from the Greek is described as "some kind of rapid motion ... a shameful exhibition of lewd dancing" (Robertson's Word Pictures) and, of course she danced this way, not just before Herod, but his guests as well.  
Now, much modern dance is described by some as similar to the lewdness of Salome’s dancing because it is designed to arouse fleshly passions, indeed, The Encyclopaedia Britannica includes in its definition of "The Art of Dance" thus: "Because of its physical appeal, dance lends itself to erotic purposes and has been practiced to these ends by both sexes." - So just watch out next time you’re boogying on down to the groovy beat, man!
The shamelessness of Salome contributed to the death of John the Baptist. From what I can find out she was estimated to be about 15 years of age at the time of this sordid episode. Not the sort of girl to take home for afternoon tea but this young girl was undoubtedly influenced by her mother ...the vengeful Herodias. It was in her vengefulness that she prompted Herod to imprison John. She wanted to have him killed, and though, temporarily prevented from doing so she prompted her daughter to ask for John's head on a platter.
If we are not careful such vengefulness can destroy lives today ... You can find many examples in the bible, the OT mainly, as the coming of Jesus brought with it a new way of thinking. Vengeance was left to God; as it is written in Paul’s letter to the Romans:Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”
And what about the weak Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great? We see his weakness manifested in his superstition, supposing Jesus to be John raised from the dead; his unfaithfulness, in leaving his first wife and marrying Herodias. His fear of the multitude and of John himself, which prevented Herod from killing him at first. His manipulation by Salome and Herodias; his fear of his guests before whom he was afraid of ridicule. This weakness eventually led to his death because Herodias later prompted him to join her in appealing for favours from Caesar, however they were accused of high treason and banished to Gaul, where, as the historian Josephus Flavius informs us, he died in great misery.
So, in "The Death of John the Baptist", it initially appears that evil was the winner ... Herod succeeded in imprisoning John, and Herodias and Salome succeeded in manipulating Herod and getting rid of John.
And there are times today when it seems that evil people are the ones who win in life, there have been a couple of lottery winners who have gone on to be convicted of various crimes, fraud, rape, drug abuse. We read of young people who gain popularity through shameless conduct, get hit with an ASBO and wear it as a badge of honour. For me, Psalm 73 says it all. Space prohibits including it all here, but I am sure you all have bibles to refer to. I will leave you with the last two verses:
“Indeed, those who are far from you will perish;    you will put an end to those who are false to you.
But for me it is good to be near to my God;    I have made the Lord my God my refuge,    to tell all of your works.”(NRSV)
Dennis Abbott




Those we include inourprayers

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, 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, Carl Hartley, Karen Hartley, Alison Holmes, Pam Miles, Kath Franks, Mark Green, Roy Richardson, Lewis Hubbard, Jean Gulliver, Margaret Tomlinson, Dave McGlynn, Heather Whittall


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Beverley John Richards, Neil Wynne, James Harrison


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

Elizabeth Furness 1985, Thomas Maskrey 1984, Sally Marsden 1986, Brenda Brown 1987, Adah Brown 1994, Constance Wright 1994, William Robinson 1974, John Newton 1994, Doris Garratt 1964, Ierne Ecclestone 1999, Frederick Robinson 1999, Eric Sims 1995, Keith Palmer 2000, Anne (Nancy) Gunn 2000, Marie Spilsbury 2001, Barrie Sims 2002, Alan Thomas 2006, Selwyn Robins 2009, Sarah Scotton 2009, Dorothy Barnes 2010, Mary Dyke 2010, Millicent Goodall 1957, Sam Potts 2012, Joan Astle 2015, Vera (Kate) Shaw 2016, Sarah Wright 2017, Grenville Deakin 2020


and from St Saviour’s:

Edgar Malkin 1987, Neil Gallatley 2016, Arthur Pattyson 1989, Ronald Burton 2018, Winifred Shepherd 1992, Graham Cooper 2019, Reginald Matthews 1992, Elizabeth Osborne 2019, William Cartwright 1995, Ernest Lear 2020, Doreen Kay 1996, Maurice Tomlinson 1999, Laura Challinor 2001, Marjorie Bowers 2004, Nora Clancy 2006, Kathleen Lockett 2006, Albert Henry Potts 2012, Terry Malkin 2013, Margaret Lane 2016


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