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22nd May 2020

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 22 May 2020

During this Coronavirus lockdown we continue to regularly post readings and updates onto our website and Facebook pages and there are also videos of songs and services.

This weekly newsletter is emailed to all those we have addresses for, if you are aware of anyone else who would benefit from receiving a newsletter or a phone call, could you please let one of the ministry team know.Also please do not hesitate to contact any of us yourself should you need to talk to someone.

Revd Preb Ian Cardinal 01785 812747

Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246      Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838

Dennis Abbott 01785 814134                          Lin Davies 01889 505094


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!

The benefice website address is

and on Facebook pages are St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviours Church, Aston

Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers by telephone

Not all of ushas access to the internet, so during this time of lockdown, starting this Sunday 24th May, we will be offering a short service of Daily Prayer that you can join with via a telephone call.

This 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, and don’t worry, it’s quite straightforward! 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

When prompted:

  • 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

I 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

 This is an initiative that runs each year from 21st to 31st May - Ascension Day to Pentecost and calls for a global wave of prayer. The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Advisor on Evangelism and Witness, explains this year’s plan: “We encourage every person taking part in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ to pray for 5 others who don’t know the love of Christ and then to resolve to invite them along to something appropriate once our church buildings are reopened. This prayer is reliant and expectant that the Holy Spirit would draw more and more to encounter God’s love in Christ, so we might be and bring the difference in the world he sends us to stake everything on.” Go to on prayer ideas and resources or just pray for 5 people each day to come to know the love of Christ in their lives.


Readings for Sunday 24 May

Psalm 68: 1-10         Acts 1: 6-14                        John 17: 1-11

Between Good Friday and Pentecost are 53 days - 53 days of uncertainty for the disciples. They probably released a bit of the tension they must have felt when they encountered the risen Christ on the third day, wherever that was, but there were still 40 days until the day we celebrate today. Christ’s ascension, and then yet 10 more days until the Holy Spirit descends onto the apostles at Pentecost. All were waiting to see what would happen, whether Christ’s promise would come to fruition. 

So, we might ask: 'Where was Jesus during the forty days after his resurrection, when not with his disciples? The Gospels contain the answers to this question. They describe how on Easter Sunday evening, having eaten with his disciples, Jesus told them they would be his witnesses, and was carried up into heaven. During those forty days, therefore, Jesus I believe was already in heaven, from where he returned, repeatedly, to speak to his disciples. The actual Ascension event was a powerful confirmation of the exalted status Jesus already possessed. To where did Our Lord ascend? Not to outer space, as if we could reach him in a rocket, although some sensationalist authors would have it like that! Remember Erich von Daniken and his factually incorrect Chariots of the gods book in 1968? Authors of the Scriptures knew they must use imagery to express realities the human mind cannot comprehend. Jesus' body, crucified and raised, does not belong in our known universe, but through God's saving power. The Holy Spirit enters this universe so that we too may journey to glory, following Jesus. 

So, let me put this waiting into some context. We entered full lockdown on March 23rd. I make that 60 days up to today. We are still waiting for release into what is being described by some as a “new normal”. I think the disciples went through a similar process to that we are going through. They had to experience and adapt to a new normal when their Lord, our Lord, their teacher, our teacher left. We have the benefit of knowing that our new normal, whatever it looks like will always have Christ close to us. He doesn’t need social distancing. He is in our hearts and on our minds all the days of our life. Amen

Dennis Abbott

The Collect for this week

O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen



Let us join our prayers with those of our Saviour Christ, seeking the Father’s blessing and the gifts of the Spirit.

Jesus Christ, great high priest, living for ever to intercede for us, pray for the Church, your broken body in the world, that we may proclaim your kingdom through word and deed, reaching out to the lost, the lonely and the unloved.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.


Jesus Christ, king of righteousness, enthroned at the right hand of the majesty on high, pray for the world, and make it subject to your gentle rule, give wisdom, integrity and compassion to leaders and politicians. Give hope, sustenance and salvation to all people.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.


Jesus Christ, Son of Man, drawing humanity into the life of God, pray for your brothers and sisters in need, distress or sorrow, that they may know your comfort and healing in their lives …

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.


Jesus Christ, pioneer of our salvation, bringing us to glory through your death and resurrection, surround with your saints and angels those who have died trusting your promises, remembering those who have died in this benefice recently and those whose year’s mind falls in this month …

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.


Jesus Christ, Lord over all things, ascended far above the heavens and filling the universe, pray for us who receive the gifts you give us for work in your service in whatever shape or form that may take.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.


Jesus Christ, keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace, and bring the whole created order to worship at your feet; for you are alive and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 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, Don Flinders, John Hargreaves, Pauline Bevans, Val Morris


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


Brynley Griffiths, Dianna Hylands, Margaret Clapham, Frank Griffiths, Daphne Baggs (neé Lavender), Frank Woodward, Graham Baker,

Janet Johnson


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


William Edward Hollins 1984                    Leonard Powell 1984

Reginald Sutton 1987                                Arthur Frederick Preston 1987

Ivo Douglas West Knowles 1985               Edith Wright 1986

Violet Isabelle Knowles 1993                    Elsa Newton 1972

William Hartley Norman Scotton 1997     John Dowsett 2000

Wilfred Harvey 2001                                 Margaret Tonkinson 1987

Arthur Tonkinson 1999                             Douglas A. Brassington 2003

Ruth Babb 2007                                         Cecil Albert Walker 2003

Veronica Mary (Bunty) Beechan 2013      Patricia Ann Scott 2016

Doreen Smith 2019                                   Eileen Jones


If you would like any names to be added to this list, please email

or ring Revd Ian Cardinal on 01785 812747