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14th June 2020

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 12 June 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

Sunday 14 June 2020

Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby.

When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent

to meet them and bowed low to the ground. (Genesis 18: 2)


The Collect for Sunday

God of truth, help us to keep your law of love and to walk in ways of wisdom, that we may find true life in Jesus Christ your Son, Amen


Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers by telephone

Not all of ushas access to the internet, so during this time of lockdown each Sunday afternoon we will be offering a short service of Daily Prayer that you can join with via a telephone call.

I apologise to those who have tried to join and not been able to get through, please do try again as Zoom does experience some glitches! The Meeting ID and Password will be the same each week.

These prayers will take place each Sunday at 4pm for Stone and

5pm for Aston, but please feel free to phone in at whichever time suits you best. You do not need a computer for this - just a telephone. The instructions are as follows:

Just before 4pm or 5pm on Sunday phone one of these numbers (the cost should be the same as a normal phone call):

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

We will welcome everyone who has phoned in and we will all be able to hear each other speak. We will then say prayers together. The service will last about 15 minutes. The order of service is enclosed with this newsletter so you will need to have that to hand when you ring.

If you have internet access, you can join the meeting via the following ‘Zoom’ link using the above meeting ID and password

Churches open for private prayer from Monday 15 June


We are delighted to be able to say that we are now able to open the church buildings for people to come in and pray.


The churches will be open each week at the following times:

St Michael & St WulfadStone – Tuesdays 6-7pm,

Thursdays 10.30-11.30am and Sundays 8-9am, 10.45-11.45am

St Saviour Aston– Sundays 9.15-10.15am

Please note that entry to St Michael & St Wulfad Church will be via the South Door and seating will be available in the George Chapel. In both churches toilet facilities will not be available. There will be quiet music playing, some prayer prompts on the screen and a member of the ministry team in attendance should you wish to have a quiet conversation.

We will also continue to regularly post readings and updates onto our website and Facebook pages and continue with our Sunday afternoon prayers by Zoom or telephone. But please do not hesitate to contact any of us should you need to talk to someone.

Revd Preb Ian Cardinal 01785 812747    Dennis Abbott 01785 814134                         

Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246      Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838

Regular Giving

Could we please encourage you to continue to put to one side your usual gift of money to the church which can then be put into the plate when we resume our gathered worship.

Alternatively, there is the option of making regular donations to the church via standing order from your bank. If you are able or would prefer to do this, please contact John Baddeley who will forward the relevant form to you. John can be contacted on 01785 815397, or email johnandpat@allaboutimage.netThank you!


Readings for Sunday 14 June

Genesis 18: 1-15         Romans 5: 1-8          Matthew 9: 35-10: 8

As we end the 12th week of lockdown, due to Covid 19, I have been reflecting a little on the experience. Up to March 15th we were still meeting in Church for regular worship and so I had been carrying on at my usual 100mph. Even on Sunday March 22nd we had Church open for private prayer – and as everything ground to a halt on Monday evening 23rd, I suddenly felt rather redundant!

It didn’t last too long. Apart from anything else we had to start quickly, drawing on a blank sheet of paper, to try and keep in touch with people. Internet skills had to be quickly learned as we began filming the services for the special days – Passiontide, Palm Sunday, and the Easter sequence of services. I am immensely thankful to all of my colleagues for their support and help in this – we would never have had the telephone service, for example, had not Rev’d Alison discovered how to do it! And sadly, we have been at full tilt with funerals, having done more than half of our average total by the end of April!

Somebody said to me on the telephone how useless they have been feeling – unable to go out, unable to deliver leaflets etc. I think we can all sympathise with feeling, but I would like to suggest to you that it is far from the truth. In this week’s gospel reading, we see Jesus sending out his first disciples on their mission – and we might feel that our mission, or our part in it, has been completely ended by the pandemic. Truly, it is not so!

One thing that isn’t ended, ever, is our ability to pray. Can you imagine what might happen if every single one of us strove in prayer for the Mission of God’s church in these circumstances? There have been some staggering statistics coming out in this time: one in four adults in Britain has been watching acts of Christian worship, either on TV or online during lockdown. That’s hugely more than usually attend church, of course. What if we all sought to pray for those people, that they might come to a deeper faith in Christ and might become regular members of our congregation. The only guarantee that it will NOT happen is if we don’t pray for those people!

So we are not redundant. In fact, far more than when it is usually said, we are all in this together! As we think of Jesus’s disciples going out to proclaim the coming of God’s Kingdom, let’s all make a big effort to pray together. Let us pray for:

  • The reopening of our churches for private prayer: that people will be safe and sensible, but will find and discover how much God loves them
  • The start of (very limited) funerals in church that will be allowed from 15th June
  • The time when we can begin to worship together, albeit in different ways, without handling books etc.
  • For those who will be keeping our churches clean, so as the virus does not spread through church contacts
  • For the time when we can restore full communion and fulfil Jesus’s command to “do this is remembrance of me”
  • For our choirs, organists, vergers and Ministers as we all seek to make this “new normal” better than anything that went before

God bless you all. Keep praying                                 Ian Cardinal


Lord of the harvest, send labourers for your Church to proclaim your Kingdom. Stir up vocations to ordained and lay ministries and help each of us recognise the part we play in praying for your Kingdom

Strengthen all the baptized to live and announce your glory.

Lord of hosts we put our trust in you.


Lord of all the world, inspire men and women to political service.

Transform unjust structures that all may have cause for rejoicing.

We give thanks for lives dedicated to the good of all.

Lord of hosts we put our trust in you.


Lord of hospitality, as Abraham welcomed strangers and received your blessing, so we give thanks for all who share their table with others.

Bless the work of day centres, night shelters and food banks.

Lord of hosts we put our trust in you.


Lord, in proclaiming the Kingdom to have come near, the sick were healed and good news announced for all.

Pour out your Spirit on all who are sick, those known to us and those known only to you …

Restore us to wholeness with you.

Lord of hosts we put our trust in you.


Lord of life, you prove your love for us in your death and resurrection.

Open the gates of heaven to all who believe in you who have recently departed this life …

And for those whose year’s mind falls in this month …

Grant to all your faithful servants eternal peace.

Lord of hosts we put our trust in you.


Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray, to the mercy and protection of God for the sake of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Our weekly prayers of intercession

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:


Mary Townsend, Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson,

Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson,

Peter Bowler, Catherine Ritchie, James Astle,

Miles Brain, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Mary Leigh, Gillian Wright,

Carl Hartley, John Hargreaves, Pauline Bevans, Val Morris, Alan Holmes


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends at this time

Don Flinders, Vera Naylor

And those whose year’s mind falls in this month:

Elizabeth Sadler 1986                                Kenneth Williams 1986

John Henry Horne 1991                            Arthur Bolderstone 1994

Geoff Wright 1994                                    Alfred (Harry) Downing 1985

Edward Thomas Miles 1999                      Irene Long 1999

Annie E. Holliman 2003                             Dennis Long 2004

Richard Craig Stubbs 2003                        Rose Lloyd 1990

Roy Hodgkinson 1990                               Noel Guy Wilfred Banks 1976

Peggy Louise Norman Sims 2013              Maureen Joyce Evans 2013


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, both rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen

If you would like any names to be added to this list, please email rector.stone@gmail.comor ring Revd Ian Cardinal on 01785 812747

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