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25th April 2021

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 22 April 2021

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

25 April 2021

Fourth Sunday of Easter


We offer services of Holy Communion on Thursday and Sunday mornings at St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone and Sunday at

St Saviour Church, Aston

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 myYouTube channel.

Ian Cardinal



Weekly Services of Holy Communion

Thursday            10.30am St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone

Sunday               8am and St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone

                9.15am St Saviour, Aston

                10.45am St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone

Please do join us if you are able to.


APCM time:St Michael & St Wulfad will hold their Annual Parochial Church Meeting this Sunday after our morning service at 10.45am.


Our times are still extraordinary and many normal regulations on Church government are still suspended, but we hope to plan for a brighter year ahead. Do join us if you can.


Home Communion during Eastertide

If you do not yet feel able to come back into church, but would like to receive Holy Communion in your home, please contact Revd Ian,

John or Alison and one of us will be happy to come and visit you.





Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

This time of prayer continues each week. It is a short service (approximately 30 minutes) that we are able to share in together at 4pm each Sundayvia phone or internet.

For the next few weeks we will be using the Easter 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’


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!  


St Michael & St Wulfad Spring Fair

Following the success of the event at Christmas we are going to hold a virtual Spring Fair. If you have any spare flowering plants, tomato plants etc. that you have grown from seed or cuttings, or if you would like to make a hanging basket, container or alternately bake a cake, scones, shortbread etc. or make a craft item we will put a list at the back of church for you to sign up to until 25th April. We will then circulate a list of what is available and who to contact. All proceeds will go to much needed church funds. Philip Leason


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 25 April

Acts 4: 5-12     1 John 3: 16-end     Psalm 23     John 10: 11-18


Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life: raise us, who trust in him, from the death of sin to the life of righteousness, that we may seek those things which are above, where he reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen



The Fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally observed as ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’, reflecting the lectionary readings for the week.


Our image of Jesus as a shepherd is a very familiar and integral part of  Scripture, an analogy that was much more apparent to a Middle Eastern culture that lived and observed the nomadic life of a shepherd as part of their everyday experience.


Through these shepherds, who provided for their sheep in so many varied ways, we can identify some of the qualities that Jesus represents when he said ‘I am the Good Shepherd’.


He is good - the Greek word Kalos is translated ‘good’, but describes that which is noble, wholesome, and beautiful. This is about temperament, not looks, and is a quality that makes people want to follow and to listen. It has integrity, compassion and strength.


He knows - Jesus knows the sheep. His knowledge of them, and his familiarity with them as he draws them in his loving care, reflects the closeness of the Father and the Son, yet invites us into that relationship. To be seen and known is a nurturing attitude that enables us to see the good in ourselves, and helps us to flourish and thrive.


He protects- Jesus is the Good Shepherd who gives his life for his sheep. That protection is emphasized against the self-preserving behaviour of the hired hands who flee at the first sign of danger, who have no vested interest in the well being of their flock!


He guides -a sheep’s natural instinct is to be led from one pasture to another, trusting the one who is leading to know the best route to take and Psalm 23 beautifully reminds us that we are led to green pastures and still waters that restore our souls.


Jesus’ guidance of his sheep extends to those who are yet to be drawn to Him. His love extends beyond the confines of those who are already accounted for and gives us a manifest to go and make known the Shepherd’s voice to a world that needs to hear Him.


He lays down his life -In doing the Father’s will Jesus showed the world the redeeming force of his love when he walked the road to the Cross. In this season of Easter, we are reminded once more that the Good Shepherd, who laid down His life for us, has risen from the dead. His promise is of belonging to His one flock that offers life in all its fullness, leading to life everlasting.


With the many conflicting and loud voices in the world today, let us make sure that the voice we are listening to and being guided by is that of the Good Shepherd.        Revd Alison


Prayers of Intercession

In the joy and hope of Easter, let us pray that our risen Saviour may fill us with the knowledge of his glorious and life-giving resurrection.


Jesus, Good Shepherd, we come to you, the true guardian of our souls.

Keep your Church focused firmly on you and your Kingdom that we may follow your paths and show others the way to life in all its fullness.

Draw us closer in unity and fellowship in your name.

Jesus, Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us.


Jesus, Good Shepherd, we come to you, our true defence.

Give us courage to place our trust in following your way of peace. Inspire our world leaders to be mindful of the poverty of our world and draw the nations closer in a commonwealth of shared humanity.

Jesus, Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us.


Jesus, Good Shepherd, we come to you with the injured and the weak.

Protect and hold in your love all who cry to you in their time need … Bring healing and comfort as you revive us in your mercy.

Jesus, Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us.


Jesus, Good Shepherd, you lay down your life for our salvation.

Gather us in our final hour to your eternal fold and welcome into your arms those who have recently departed this life …

As you know us, so may we hear you call us by name in your Kingdom.

Jesus, Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us.


Jesus, Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us,

accept our prayers, and be with us always.





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, June Stringer, Jim Hammersley, Duncan Leak, Margaret Tomlinson, Carl Hartley, Karen Hartley, Alison Holmes, Pam Miles,

Kath Franks, Margaret Moss


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Ruth Brock, Revd Michael Fisher


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

Benjamin Dunkey 1977, Reginald Rowley 1984, John Simpson Fox 1991, Jack Smith 1992, Emily Voyle 1992, Elsie Bowman 1977, George Wright 1963, Eileen Peel 1994, Arthur Warrilow 1976, Stan Barnes 1987, Lady Anna Shepard Johnson 1980, Daisy Gadsby 1999, Fred Brassington 2000, John Bailey 2001, Revd Laurence Waldren 2005, Arthur Porter 2004, Herbert Douse 2005, Alfred Grainger 1997, William Rushton 1993, Donald Noding 2014, Nancy Leason 2001, Florrie Metters 2001


and from St Saviour’s:

Justina Pinney 1986, William Pattyson 1986, Stanley Bradley 1988, Anne Davies 1991, Percy Woodman 1991, Olive Benbow 1998, Norman Gadsby 1999, Alice Hilling 2000, Ruby Forsbrooke 2001, Eileen Jones 2001, Evaline Buckle 2002, Joyce Collier 2002, Elizabeth Burton 2003, George Clayton Allen 2004, Jon Shaw 2004, Eileen Burgess 2005, Florence Burgoyne 2007, Francis Chell 2008, Stanley Pearson 2009, Ethel Talbot 2012, Edith Shirley 2012, Edith Barker 2012, Patricia Watkins 2015, Helen Reaney 2015, Frank Beech 2015, June Cornes 2016, Annie Sutton 2018, James Shardlow 2019, Patrick Collier 2019, Margaret Bott 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