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26th July 2020

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 23 July 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 26 July 2020



The Collect for Sunday

Generous God, you give us gifts and make them grow: through our faith is small as mustard-seed, make it grow to your glory and the flourishing of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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

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,

Eileen Smith, George Beecham and Peter Hallas


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


We pray to Jesus who is present with us to eternity.

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


Jesus, light of the world,

bring the light and peace of your gospel to

nations in turmoil and conflict.

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


Jesus, bread of life,

give food to the hungry through the generosity of others

and nourish us all with your word.

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


Jesus, our way, our truth, our life,

be with us and all who follow you, giving glimpses of your kingdom in the world around us.

Deepen our appreciation of your truth

and fill us with your life.

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


Jesus, Good Shepherd who gave your life for the sheep,

recover the straggler, bind up the injured,

strengthen the sick, especially …

and lead the healthy and strong to new pastures.

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


Jesus, the resurrection and the life,

we give you thanks for all who have lived and

believed in you …

Raise us with them to eternal life.

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

accept our prayers and be with us always.


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 26 July

Genesis 29: 15-28      Romans 8: 26-end       Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52

In our Sunday readings recently we have been taken through some of the parables of Jesus, together with explanations given to the disciples of their meaning and this week is no exception. In fact this week we get an array of parables used to describe the kingdom of heaven: a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; yeast that was mixed with three measures of flour; treasure hidden in a field; a merchant in search of fine pearls; a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; and treasures old and new.

There is much to be thought through and discovered in these parables about the way Jesus described the kingdom of heaven. Ordinary objects and occurrences that people could relate to being given a depth of meaning beyond the obvious. The kingdom of heaven cannot be defined absolutely, but we do know that it is here among us and we are given glimpses into what that looks like and means.

The parables help us to make connections between the ordinary and the extraordinary in our day to day life and that is how Jesus describes the kingdom to his followers – as a catch of fish for fishermen, as a pearl of great price to merchants, as a mustard seed to farmers, yeast to cooks and indeed as treasures, both old and new, to be discovered and cherished.

Over the last few months, with schools, shops and businesses closed or just offering a restricted service, many people have found more time to connect with the natural world and contemplate God in the ordinary. Something that some of our great hymn writers have done for themselves and turned their findings into songs of praise for us to join in with, I think particularly of the words of the nation’s favourite hymn – ‘How Great Thou Art’ that reminds us of the kingdom of heaven around us in all of creation.

O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder

Consider all the works Thy Hands have made

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder

Thy power throughout the universe displayed

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees

When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur

And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze

Then sings my soul …

And when I think of God, His Son not sparing

Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in

That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing

He bled and died to take away my sin

Then sings my soul …

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation

And lead me home, what joy shall fill my heart

Then I shall bow with humble adoration

And then proclaim, my God, how great Thou art

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art

I hope that you are able to sing God’s praises as you go about your day and make these Godly connections in the ordinary and the natural world around us.                               Revd Alison