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23rd August 2020

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 19 August 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

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

Sunday 23 August 2020



Sunday Services

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

Sunday Afternoon Prayervia Zoom/telephone 4pm

Thursday CommunionSt Michael & St Wulfad 10.30am

  Church is open for worship

We are delighted that our churches are open for worship. At St Michael’s we enter through the main door and exit through the south door. Seating 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. 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. There are no refreshments, but toilet facilities are available.


Face Masks

Current government guidance is that we are required to wear a face mask in church, unless exempt on medical grounds. The ministry team will wear masks or visors at the door, but not during the service, apart from at the distribution of Bread.

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 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

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, June Stringer, Jayne Walker, Sue Kenchington


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Mo Stanway, Michael Timmis, Brenda Hodson, George Beecham, Dorothy Poole, Mary Burton, Nancy Moss, John Slater


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

John Larkins 1979                              Edward Samuel Snape 1985

Ada King 1986                                    Ivy Lees Rawlings 1978

Herbert William Sproston 1991         Sylvia May Harding 1996

May Buckley 1990                              Margaret Mellor 1998

Alan Hanmer 1998                             William Mitchell 1999

Matthew Lewis Cox 1999                  Wendy Anne Jones 2015

Kathleen Joan Tingay 2003                Peter Waghorn 2004

Albert Arrowsmith 2005                    Hilda Grainger 2005

Mary Burgess 2008                            Kate Elizabeth Walker 2010

George Harry Goodall 1974               Fred Leason 1995

Julia Frances Johnson 2017              

Clarissa Margaret Craven-Smith 2002


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

Son of Man, you build your Church on both the strength and frailty of your disciples.

Pour out the riches of your grace, that with diverse gifts your Church may further your Kingdom …

Nothing shall prevail against your will.

Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name.


Son of Man, before you nations are humbled.

Remove the fear that leads to oppression and contempt that diminishes human worth …

Strengthen all that leads to cohesive living.

Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name.


Son of Man, you bring to birth hope and new life.

Bless all who work in maternity services and care for the newborn …

Wrap all life in your tender love.

Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name.


Son of Man, you fulfil the hopes and dreams of all ages.

Be with all who long for relief from their suffering …

Anoint us with your Holy Spirit.

Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name.


Son of Man, your glory is revealed in your death and resurrection.

We entrust to you all who have died …

Unlock the gates of paradise that all may enter in.

Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name.


Let us 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

Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers by telephone

From this Sunday, there will be just one Zoom prayer time at 4pm to which anyone is invited to join.

You do not need a computer to join, just a telephone. The instructions are as follows:

Just before 4pm 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 20 minutes.


The weekly prayer sheets that we use for Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4 are generic, so please keep a copy of each and have it to hand for the service. Do contact Alison if you do not have a copy of the prayer sheet. This Sunday is Week 4.


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


We are delighted to announce that Jim Cartlidge will be joining us as a self-supporting Curate next summer. Please do hold Jim and his family in your prayers as he completes his ordination training.


Readings for Sunday 23 August

Isaiah 51: 1-6              Romans 12: 1-8                        Matthew 16: 13-20


“Who do you say that I am?”

Today’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel has popped up in my life in many different places and times. Even when I was not a regular church attender it felt like this reading was always co-incidentally the appointed lectionary reading for that week.


Many years ago, I was enjoying a family holiday visiting relatives near Toronto, Canada. As a ‘treat’ we were taken to a service at the Cathedral in London, Ontario. This was the appointed reading then. Several years later, Jane and I were on holiday in Llandudno and decided to go to an open-air service at the top of the Great Orme. It was a beautiful, sunny morning and the views across the Welsh countryside were magnificent. Again, this gospel passage featured in the readings for the day. More recently, in Hong Kong at a service at St John’s Cathedral, you’ve guessed it! Three different continents, completely different contexts but the same unavoidable question – ‘who do you say that I am’.


In the reading Jesus starts by asking his disciples to tell him who other people say that he is. The responses are quite varied – John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or one of the prophets – close but not close enough. And what about you he asks – who do you say that I am? Peter hits the nail on the head ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God’.

It’s an unavoidable question (it certainly feels like that to me!). I wonder how you would answer it? Maybe it’s worth asking yourself that question. Perhaps when some sort of normality is in place it would be worth having a session to explore the question?


Those who answered the question by referring back to prophets of old had recognised the links with the past but seem to have missed the connection with the present and the future. And that’s understandable, after all they did not have the Gospels to refer to nor indeed had the full story of Jesus’ death and resurrection played out at that point. We have the Gospels, the teaching of the church through the ages and countless other sources of information to help us to form our answer. At the end of the day though our answer must lie not only in our heads but also in our hearts. 


 This year our holiday is a more home based affair but the question stays the same – ‘Who do you say that I am?”

Father John


The Collect for Sunday

God of glory, the end of our searching,

help us to lay aside all that prevents us from seeking your kingdom,

and to give all that we have to gain the pearl beyond all price,

through our Saviour Jesus Christ.




In peace, let us pray to Jesus our Lord, who ever lives to make intercession for us. Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name.