You are here19th July 2020

19th July 2020

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 15 July 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

Sunday 19 July 2020



The Collect for Sunday

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

 Church is now open for worship

We are delighted that our churches are now open again for worship. At St Michael’s we will enter church through the main door and exit through the south door. Seating on a Sunday will be in the central body of the church. All cushions have been removed, so do bring your own if you would find that more comfortable.

The services will be a Said Communion, with just bread being distributed. You will be asked to stand, not kneel, at the altar and follow a one-way system. There will be no singing and no service sheets, but all the words you need will be projected onto the screen.

Please sanitise your hands as you enter church and maintain social distancing at all times. We are not yet able to serve refreshments after the service, but toilet facilities are available.


Sunday Services

8am and 10.45am St Michael & St Wulfad, 9.15am St Saviour

Sunday afternoon Prayervia Zoom/telephone 4pm and 5pm

Thursday communionSt Michael & St Wulfad 10.30am

Regular Giving

To minimise the handling of cash, could you consider 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!


Please do not hesitate to contact us 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 Davis 01889 505094

Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers by telephone

Not all of ushas access to the internet, or will be coming out of lockdown so we will continue to offer a short service of Daily Prayer on a Sunday afternoon 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.

This service takes place on Sundays 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


Readings for Sunday 19 July

Genesis 28: 10-19a      Romans 8: 12-25       Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43

‘It’s Church Jim, But Not as We Know It’ (with apologies to Star Trek)

Last Sunday I presided at my first Eucharist since February. It was, as it always is, a privilege to administer the sacraments, but of course, it was very different to the last time. During the ‘lockdown’ the ministry team has been recording Sunday Mass and posted the recordings on the internet. This has been an interesting experience and hopefully has helped us all to stay connected in these strange times. I even recorded a Gospel reading for my former parish at the invitation of the incumbent.

But, back to last Sunday. A final check before setting off for Stone at 7.15 to be there in good time for the service – vestments, prayer book, face covering, hand sanitiser, communion tongs. Yes, all set.

The drive from home to church is a pleasant one, through Tixall, the Haywoods, Sandon and into Stone. The only other traffic on the road at that time tends to comprise of farmers in tractors and golfers on their way to a Sunday morning round. Somehow, I was more aware than I had been before of the beauty of the Staffordshire countryside and the wildlife, especially a majestic heron as it took to flight just in front of me.

Arriving at church, I noticed the first change. The stoup at the entrance of the church was covered over and so I was unable to cross myself with holy water as I entered. Something I always do as a reminder of my baptism.   Entering church much seemed the same, except that every other row of pews was cordoned off, there were no prayer books, instead, there was a screen above the altar upon which the words of the service were to be projected.

I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the congregation. Old acquaintances renewed, at a social distance of course.

To a large extent presiding at the service was much as before (no music at the 8.00am), with the added responsibility of making sure that the words shown on the screen matched those being said at the altar. Communion was distributed in one kind (no wine), which is common in the Roman Catholic tradition. I wore a face covering during the distribution and this was done in silence. Communicants formed an orderly queue, two metres apart.

For me, the strangest and hardest part of the service, was not being able to say the words at the distribution.

‘The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life. Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for thee, and feed on him in thy heart by faith, with thanksgiving’

Not being able to say those words at the distribution or to touch the hands of those receiving seemed cold and distant. In a strange way, the absence of those words served only to emphasise their importance.

The service ended and we bid each other a safe journey and a blessed week ahead.  It was strange and will take a bit of getting used to, but the overwhelming feeling of us all was ‘it’s good to be back!’     Fr John



Merciful Lord, strengthen all Christian people by your Holy Spirit,

that we may live as a royal priesthood and a holy nation

to the praise of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Lord, have mercy


Bless Michael our bishop, and all ministers of your Church, that by faithful proclamation of your word we may be built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets into a holy temple in the Lord.

Lord, have mercy


Empower us by the gift of your holy and life-giving Spirit, that we may be transformed into the likeness of Christ from glory to glory.

Lord, have mercy


Give to the world and its peoples the peace that comes from above, that they may find Christ’s way of freedom and life.

Lord, have mercy


Hold in your embrace all who witness to your love in the service of the poor and needy; all those who minister to the sick and dying; and all who bring light to those in darkness.

Lord, have mercy


Touch and heal all those whose lives are scarred by sin or disfigured by pain, that, raised from death to life in Christ, their sorrow may be turned to eternal joy.

Lord, have mercy


Remember in your mercy all those gone before us, who have been well-pleasing to you from eternity; preserve in your faith your servants on earth, guide us to your kingdom, and grant us your peace at all times.

Lord, have mercy


Hasten the day when many will come from east and west, from north and south, and sit at table in your kingdom.

Lord, have mercy


We give you thanks for the whole company of your saints in glory, with whom in fellowship we join our prayers and praises; by your grace may we, like them, be made perfect in your love.

Blessing and glory and wisdom,thanksgiving and honour and power, be to our God for ever and ever. Amen



Our weekly prayers 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,

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


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Mary Townsend, Gren Deakin, Margaret Baker


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

Elizabeth E. Furness 1985                  Thomas Christopher Maskrey 1984

Sally Elizabeth Marsden 1986            Brenda Margaret Brown 1987

Adah Mary Annora Brown 1994        Constance Marie Wright 1994

William Robinson 1974                      John Hilary Newton 1994

Doris Milborough Garratt 1964         Ierne Ruth Ecclestone 1999

Frederick William Robinson 1999      Eric Sims 1995

Keith Ronald Palmer 2000                 Anne (Nancy) Gunn 2000

Marie Catherine Spilsbury 2001        Barrie Sims 2002

Alan Thomas 2006                             Selwyn Robins 2009

Sarah Elizabeth Scotton 2009            Dorothy Barnes 2010

Mary Elizabeth Dyke 2010                 Millicent Emily Goodall 1957

Sam Potts 2012                                  Joan Betty Astle 2015

Vera (Kate) Shaw 2016                      Sarah Jayne Wright 2017


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