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21st March 2021

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 17 March 2021

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

21 March 2021



Fifth Sunday of Lent - Passiontide


Sunday Worship in our churches area brief service of Holy Communion at 8am and 10.45am St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone

and 9.15am at St Saviour, Aston

There will not be a Thursday morning service for the time being.


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 on Ian Cardinal’s channel of YouTube.  Ian Cardinal



Virtual Sunday School

Our young children continue to meet via Zoom each Sunday afternoon at 5pm, hosted by Jill and Laura. Please do hold our leaders and children 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

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

This time of prayer 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. This week we will use the Lent 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’


Easter Lilies

If you would like to purchase a lily for £2.50 to be displayed in Church over Easter in memory of a loved one, please contact one of the Church Wardens at St Michael’s, or Christine Burton at St Saviours.

Lent Course

This week is the final session of our Lent course, following  ‘A Way Through the Wilderness’ by Paula Gooder. We meet over Zoom at 7pm on Wednesday using the enclosed handout. Please do feel free to join us, even if you have not been at previous sessions.


To joinonline via ‘Zoom’


  • Or phone one of these numbers 0131 460 1196or 0203 481 5237
  • enter the meeting ID on your telephone keypad 861 0620 0794
  • you will be asked for a participant number - just enter #
  • enter the password which is 476093


Giving thanks for your vaccine

The Diocese of Lichfield has partnered with Christian Aid to give people an opportunity to give thanks for their Covid-19 vaccine and help others facing this crisis across the world.

Bishop Michael says. “The vaccine is bringing with it a deep sense of relief and hope for families across our diocese and many people want to express their gratitude by reaching out to others. While the pandemic affects all of us, it has highlighted the deep disparities in how communities and families are able to protect themselves both within our country and around the world. My hope is that people will give generously to the work of Christian Aid from a place of thanksgiving and a desire to see all people being able to live safely.”

To make a donation online go to:



National Day of Reflection

There will be a minute’s silence held at 12 noon on 23 March to show support for all those who’ve been bereaved due to Covid over the last year. You might like to say this prayer:

God of Love,

As we think about all that has changed this year,

help us to trust that you are always with us.

As we remember those who have died,

help us to trust they are at peace with you.

As we reach out to others with kindness and care,

may hope shine out in every heart and home. Amen 


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 21 March

Jeremiah 31: 31-34  Hebrews 5: 5-10  John 12: 20-33


Gracious Father, you gave up your Son out of love for the world: lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion, that we may know eternal peace through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen



So, once again, we get to the last part of Lent, which is called Passiontide. We often think of the word “passion” as meaning that of extreme emotion: that’s not inappropriate, but also not quite what the name refers to.  The root word means “to suffer” – and in this solemn season we start to look forwards to the Cross, the depths of God’s love for us as demonstrated in Jesus.

Last year we were forbidden to access our churches and all of our services came from our dining room table, filmed and put on the internet. This year that is not so. THERE WILL BE:


  • A SERVICE FOR MAUNDY THURSDAY at 10.30am in the morning in St Michael & St Wulfad’s. Although this is not a traditional time for it, this service will end with the sacrament reminding us of Jesus at the altar of repose. The Church will remain open for those who wish to pray with Jesus for one hour after the service ends. No, not as it should be, but so much better than 2020!


  • SERVICES FOR GOOD FRIDAY at 12 Noon in both Churches. We know we cannot risk the procession of Witness this year, through the town – but how important it will be for us to kneel at the foot of the Cross and look at the depths of Jesus love for us.


  • EASTER DAY – sadly we do not feel we can begin at 6am this year – but there will be celebrations of Jesus’s wonderful sacrament at 8am, 9.15am and 10.45am as usual, subject to the usual restrictions for Covid-19. We celebrate with joy that life and love which cannot be extinguished by human hatred!


That is all looking forwards, though – for this week we contemplate the gospel as Jesus tells his disciples what still lies in store for him: - “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”  Jesus knows exactly where he is going and what humanity will do to him!

And from all of this we get to the word compassion. Literally – to suffer with. There is that wonderful poem/prose “The long silence” which we have sometimes read on Good Friday. Humans demand that God should suffer all the worst that they have – racial hatred, unjust sentences, torture etc. In the long silence that follows they see Jesus – and recognise that God has already served his sentence, long ago, and he is larger than all of it!                                                                 Ian Cardinal


Prayers of Intercession

Let us pray to the Father through his Son who suffered on the cross for the world’s redemption.


Fill with your Spirit Christ’s broken body, the Church. Give to Christian people everywhere a deep longing to take up the cross and to understand its mysterious glory.

By the Saviour’s cross and passion,Lord, save us and help us.


Bless those who lead the Church’s worship at this solemn time.

In the preaching of the word and the celebration of the sacraments

draw your people close to you.

By the Saviour’s cross and passion,Lord, save us and help us.


Look in your mercy upon the world you loved so much that you sent your Son to suffer and to die. Strengthen those who work to share the reconciliation won at such a cost upon the cross.

By the Saviour’s cross and passion,Lord, save us and help us.


Bring healing by the wounds of Christ to all who are weighed down by pain and injustice. Help the lonely and the betrayed, the suffering and the dying, to find strength in the companionship of Jesus, and in his passion to know their salvation.

By the Saviour’s cross and passion,Lord, save us and help us.


Welcome into paradise all who have left this world in your friendship. According to your promises, bring them with all your saints to share in all the benefits of Christ’s death and resurrection.

By the Saviour’s cross and passion,Lord, save us and help us.

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, Jim Hammersley, Duncan Leak, Margaret Tomlinson, Berwyn Babb, Carl Hartley, Karen Hartley, Alison Holmes, Pam Miles


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Kizzy Smith, Winifred Knight, Clare Girling


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

Ethel Ball 1972, Paul Harrison 1988, Louis (Bill) Holiman 1991, Hilda Purslow 1995, Gladys Street 1996, Horace Street 1996, Nellie Lamsdale 1976, Harry Roden 1995, John Shaw 1995, Gina Switzur 1998, Florence Holiday 1985, John Daly 2009, Stan Gerrard 2010, Arthur (Bud) Barnett 2016, Bridget Donaldson 2013


and from St Saviour’s:

Marion Bright 1987, Edith Woodman 1987, Fred Oakes 1988, Harold Biddulph 1990, Charlotte Borthwick 1991, Dorothy Clay 1991, Lilian Large 1992, Mary Smith 1994, Richard Phillips 1994, Clifford Plant 1995, Kate Cartwright 1995, Valerie Munro 1995, Pery Bate 1996, Mary Pointon 1997, Eunice Lloyd 1999, Ronald Adkins 2002, Joan Adkins 2002, Eunice Buckley 2002, Christopher Northfield 2003, Ethelinda Watson 2004, William Heeley 2004, Rita Lockley 2007, Mary Chell 2010, Guy Waldron 2011, Audrey (Brindy) Allen 2014, Barrie Farnham 2015, Audrey Langley 2016, Dorothy Barratt 2016, Jean Ball 2020, Edward (Ted) Anderson 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