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17th January 2021


By Alison Hudson - Posted on 14 January 2021

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

17 January 2021

 

 

 

With much sadness and reluctance our services are cancelled for the time being …

 

This will be as big a disappointment to many of you as it is to me. You will appreciate that, as an old fashioned Catholic Anglican, I would prefer to be able to give people the sacrament of Holy Communion each week. However, with widespread consultation, I have ultimately had to decide that this is simply not safe at the present time.

 

The advice from on high is fairly dire. I have resisted closing Church as long as possible, but cases are mounting daily. We are now told that any time in Church must be as brief as possible – which makes almost any kind of public worship nigh on impossible. Chris Whitty has said that “every single unnecessary contact creates a link with a vulnerable person.” I would not be doing my duty if I were to continue in the way that we have been. We know our local hospitals are on the highest stage of alert and that even Cancer wards are being closed to help nurse Covid-19 patients.

 

The Wardens at Stone wish to close the Church completely, including for private prayer right now. At Aston the Wardens hope to remain open for one hour for those who wish to come for an act of private prayer between 9.15am and 10.15am on a Sunday. This will be reviewed at the end of this month, January 2021. If you come, please can you keep your distance with everyone, log in to “track and trace”, use the hand sanitiser and avoid conversations inside the building.

 

Bishop Michael has given the Clergy legal dispensation to stop worship until March 31st. We hope very much to be well on the way to more normal services by then; but who would have guessed we would still be here after the first lockdown?

 

 

In the meantime our prayers are with you all. A recorded act of worship for each Sunday is available at www.stmichaelschurchstone.co.uk, on our Facebook pages and on theIan Cardinal Channel of YouTube. This will continue during this time.

 Ian Cardinal

 

 

Notices

Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

This time of prayer online continues each week. It is a short service (approximately 20 minutes) that we are able to share in together at 4pm each Sundayvia phone or internet. To join us:

  • Phone this number 0131 460 1196or 0203 481 5237
  • enter the meeting ID on your telephone keypad897 6759 5340
  • you will be asked for a participant number - just enter #
  • enter the password which is 928354

or join online via ‘Zoom’.

This month we will be using the Epiphany Season Prayer Sheet.

 

Virtual Sunday School

Our young children will continue to meet via Zoom each Sunday afternoon at 5pm, hosted by Jill Bramham.

Please do hold our children, Jill and this valuable

ministry in your prayers.

 

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 johnandpat@allaboutimage.net

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

Introducing Ellie

I want to start by saying a big thank you to Ian and all of the team for allowing me to share this time with you all.

 

My name is Ellie Cheetham Wilkinson and I am currently an ordinand, training with All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry. My course is for 3 years part-time, so I am simultaneously working as a teacher at Springfields First School in Yarnfield.

 

I had my interviews for the Bishop’s Advisory Panel in July of last year. This was supposed to be a 3-day residential in Ely, however due to COVID my entire interview experience was on Zoom. Presentations and all! It was quite daunting and I was convinced I had done very badly. However, the panel clearly didn’t think so and I was recommended for training.

 

I am now in my first year of training and this is my first placement. Hopefully I will be with you all until Easter.

 

I am married to Joe and have 5 children. 2 boys who are grown up, 1 doing a PhD at Liverpool University and the other on the Aldi Graduate Scheme. My 3 girls are aged 12, 14 and 16 and go to school in Stone.

 

I grew up in Stone and was even Christened at St Michael's. I think some of you will know my parents and may remember me as a little girl! When I did my degree, I moved away to Hull, but came back to Stone afterwards. We have been living in Eccleshall for nearly 11 years.

My home church is Holy Trinity, which is not far removed from St Michael’s in style. However, I spent the first 16 years of my Christian life in the Baptist church, so the Anglo-Catholic tradition is quite new to me!

 

The aim of my placement is for me to gain experience of a different setting, I am expected to preach and this is recorded for the college as part of my preaching module.

 

I look forward to meeting you all, either in person, or through recordings, and I am excited to be on placement with you.

 

 

Contact details

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the team should you need to:

Revd Preb Ian Cardinal 01785 812747   

Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246        

Dennis Abbott 01785 814134

Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838              

Lin Davies 01889 505094

 

 

Readings and Collect for Sunday 17 January

1 Samuel 3: 1-10         Revelation 5: 1-10      John 1: 43-51

 

Almighty God,

in Christ you make all things new;

transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,

and in the renewal of our lives

make known your heavenly glory;

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

 

 

Reflection

We have celebrated the birth of Jesus. We have celebrated the coming of the Persian wise men to Bethlehem. They were the first non-Jews to believe in Jesus. Later Jesus invited his Jewish neighbours to follow him.  Andrew accepted the offer, inviting his brother Peter to join him. Philip followed, and invited Nathanael. So the Christian Church began to grow, and the good news of God’s love began to spread across the world.  Sharing the good news is called evangelism, epiphany is another word for revelation, and mission means being sent. So in the Sundays after Epiphany we think of God’s call to every Christian to tell their neighbours the good news that God loves each one of us. The task of evangelism has to be repeated in every generation.

 

In 1984, the American evengelist Billy Graham came to the UK for his second mission here. He called it Mission England.  I attended his first mission in the 1960’s.  This second time different churches reacted in different ways: some people gladly accepted the offer of God’s grace which he made, and decided to become committed followers of Christ. Some were profoundly changed, but didn’t reach the point of commitment at that time. Others ignored it, and some were deeply offended. The gospel of Jesus Christ always creates a mixed reaction. But church growth reached a peak in the 1980’s.  Some churches of all denominations were full again for the first time in years.  Hardly any churches were unaffected, and many adopted an entirely new approach to evangelism. Those who hadn’t sung any new hymns for a generation learnt lively modern songs from the specially compiled Mission Praise. The growth of the Church in the 1980’s was caused by many factors, but Billy Graham’s evangelistic campaign left a lasting impression. The Church of England had its own Decade of Evangelism.

 

Many people criticized Billy Graham’s approach.  Christians should respond with love to persecution. But those who criticize should think about the effect their words may have on those who are wavering on the edge of faith. Some who were uncertain, when they discovered the campaign was controversial lost their nerve, and never went to any meetings. There are many ways of expressing the one Gospel.  Only closed minds are unwilling to learn from other traditions. Some people refused to go to meetings from fear that they would be challenged to change. Religious prejudices go deep against those who are different from them.  You only have to look at the persecution of Christians going on round the world.

 

Some people are afraid of being challenged to give up bad habits. But even painful change is better than persistence in wrongdoings.

 

Society has changed a lot since the 1980’s, yet in every church which calls itself Christian, there must be strong challenge from the pulpit for every individual to make a moment of commitment, when they surrender their lives and their futures to Jesus Christ.  And from everyone who believes, there must be concern to pray for each of our neighbours and friends, and help them to realize that they are precious in God’s eyes. The word conversion may be unpopular, but it simply means turning around, depending not on our own achievements but only in God’s proffered forgiveness to bring us to eternal life. This fresh beginning is what Jesus meant when he said everyone must be born again. It may be an emotional experience, it may not be. Personal feelings are no barometer of God’s love. It is not the fluttering of the heart, but the determination of the will to follow Jesus that counts.

Now more than ever, with the spread of Covid and the time it will take for vaccinations to help protect us, we can see how important relationships with people are, and how necessary for our mental well-being.

 

Whether we are in a formal Church service or not, there is still the need to spread the Gospel to others in our every thought, word and deed.

Lin Davies

 

 

Prayers of Intercession

The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who chairs the Church of England’s Covid Recovery Group, says: 

“I would urge everyone in our churches to pray for those on the front line in our public services - the NHS and those working in social care, for schools and many others on whom we depend; and for parents and carers of children at this anxious and stressful time.

There is hope. The vaccination programme is underway and, as Christians, we have a deeper hope in God that comforts us beyond fear itself. As we have been remembering this Christmas Season, even in the midst of our darkest fears, that hope brings light.”

So let us pray to the Lord, who is our refuge and stronghold. 

 

For the health and well-being of our nation,

that all who are fearful and anxious

may be at peace and free from worry:

Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For the isolated and housebound,

that we may be alert to their needs,

and care for them in their vulnerability:

Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For our homes and families,

our schools and young people,

and all in any kind of need or distress:

Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

 

 

 

For a blessing on our local community,

that our neighbourhoods may be places of trust and friendship,

where all are known and cared for:

Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For those who suffer

and are in need of God’s healing touch on their lives,

for those known to us …

and those known only to God.

Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For those who mourn,

that they would be aware of God’s comfort and peace.

For those who have recently passed from this life to the next …

Those who have inspired us on our own journeys of faith over the years …

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

Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

 

We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,

to the mercy and protection of God.



Merciful Father,

accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. 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, Alan Holmes, June Stringer, Jayne Walker, Jim Hammersley, Duncan Leak, Christopher Davis, Margaret Tomlinson, Berwyn Babb, Carl Hartley, Karen Hartley, Alison Holmes

 

For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Ivy Ravenscroft, Heather Sutton, Sheila Turner, Dorothy Winfield,

Beryl Seville

 

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

Patricia Blackhurst 1986, Lawrence King 1992, James Harvey 1981, Douglas Bowman 1982, Edward Buckley 1970, Fred Bennett 1983, Ellen Downing 1999, Leonard Oxer 1999, Kathleen Sherratt 1999, Constance Shaw 1988, Samuel Robinson 1999, Lilian Devall 1983, Frederick Burgess 2002, Reginald Elkin 1991, Donald Knight 2004, Winifred Baron 2000, Ruth Waghorn 2010, Meg Knox 2014, Margaret Sutton 2016, Celia Dabbs 2017, Ida Smith 1980

 

and from St Saviour’s:

Sidney Emery 1987, Constance Shaw 1988, Jessie Stanfield 1989, James Smith 1989, Percy Bate 1991, Eric Deakin 1991, Alan Barrett-Green 1991, Kenneth Lockett 1991, Dorothy Leese 1997, Wilfred Howells 2000, Reginald Riley 2000, Florence Bratt 2009, William Lewington 2009, Charles Bowers 2009, Pamela Sangster 2011, Mary Hughes 2015, Dorothy Burton 2016, William Robinson 2016, Ronald Osborne 2017, Charles Mitchell 2018, Jessie Moore 2018, Mirella Mason 2019, George Wright 2020, Norman Goodwin 2020, Charles Smith 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

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