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27th September 2020

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 23 September 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 27 September 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


Please do not hesitate to contact any of the ministry team

should you need to:


Revd Preb Ian Cardinal 01785 812747   

Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246    

Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838

Dennis Abbott 01785 814134                         

Lin Davies 01889 505094

  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.netfor St Michaels, or Paul Gerrard on 01785 818363 or email pagerrard@btinternet.comfor St Saviour’s. Thank you!


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, Angela Stott, Jim Hammersley, Christopher Davis, Will Spencer


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Olive Munden, Anthony Gulliver, Brian Turner


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

Ethel Rowley                                      Eliza Jane Maskrey

Wilfred Stanley Hope                         Francis Howard Sadler

Edith Mary Armstrong                       Gordon Wright

Kelvin Rose                                         Alice Hilda Porter

Elsie Doris Warrilow                          Allan Gordon Williams

Donald Leslie Riley                             Doreen Maskrey

Elsie Hollins                                        Allan Francis Richardson

Timothy Johnston                               Annie Baron

Gillian Marie Street                           Gwendoline Harvey

Kenneth John Salt                              Elizabeth Dytch

Walter Smith


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





Lord of faith and truth, we bless your holy name.


Lord, your Kingdom reaches from the heavens embracing the whole of creation. You call your Church to assist with your harvest, schooling people in your love. Give us willing hearts, hands and voices with which to respond to your summons.

Lord of faith and truth, we bless your holy name.


Lord, you search the secret motives of those called to leadership, and reveal hypocrisy and virtue alike. Be with our political leaders in these days of confusion and change, guide their hearts and minds in ways of truth and justice. Give us courage to scrutinize those who rule, and strengthen their integrity.

Lord of faith and truth, we bless your holy name.


Lord, you see more fully into our hearts and all that we can become.

We thank you for those who affirm and encourage our growth and development. Bring us to flourish in the warmth of your regard.

Lord of faith and truth, we bless your holy name.


Lord, you know our needs and concerns before we ask.  Hear us as we bring before you all who are ill or in special need …

Bless them and bring them to rejoice in you.

Lord of faith and truth, we bless your holy name.


Lord, there is no darkness that can extinguish your eternal light.

In this faith we entrust to you those who have died …

Raise us with them to your eternal Kingdom.


Merciful Father,

accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen


Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

This is a short service (approximately 20 minutes) that we are able to share in together at 4pm each Sundayvia phone or internet.

Just before 4pm, either 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 keypad897 6759 5340
  • you will be asked for a participant number - just enter #
  • enter the password which is 928354

Or join via the following ‘Zoom’ link

This week we will be using the Week 4 Service Sheet. Do contact Alison if you need a copy of this.



The Green Bus service to St Michael’s will resume on Sunday 4 October. Face masks must be worn and social distancing maintained. Speak to Chris Melia if you require any further information.


St Michaels PCC meeting will take place in church at 7.30pm on Monday 28 September.


Aston APCM will take place at St Saviour’s Church on Monday 5 October with Holy Communion at 7pm, followed by the meeting at 7.30pm


This year’s Harvest Festival services will be on 4 October at St Michaels and 11 October at St Saviour’s.

  The Beatitudes – via Zoom or in church


An Autumn Course will be run on Tuesdays 6, 13, 20 October and 3, 10, 17 Novemberin St Michael’s Church from 12-1pm. Bring a packed lunch and a drink. All resources will be on screen.

And also on Zoom online and by phoneat 7.30-8.30pm on the same dates. Joining instructions and an information sheet will be circulated.


Could you please let Revd Alison know if you are interested in joining either of these so that appropriate arrangements can be made.


The Collect for Sunday

O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers of your people who call upon you; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


A Reflection for Sunday 20 September

And so Steph and I have returned, after a holiday that we never thought we would have. It’s been to the Greek island of Kefalonia and it has been “interesting” featuring both an earthquake and a hurricane! However, more of that another time: As we returned, the year turned again – we have just passed the Autumn Solstice and are now heading into the last quarter of the year like no other!

We all know what this time of year normally brings - as October begins it is usually our Harvest Thanksgiving; we share in the fun of the Harvest Supper between our two churches and express our joy and thanks to the author of Creation. This year will be different, as we look to having further restrictions due to the rampant spread of Covid 19 – but does that mean that harvest should pass unnoticed – no, of course it doesn’t.

A retired clergyman once told the tale of Harvest in the Old Testament and how it made God’s people different from all the nations that surrounded them. Those pagan nations celebrated Harvest too, but always prayed that the cycle of the years would go on:- that the seed in the fruit they offered would turn into another year, another Harvest etc. Not so for Ancient Israel. They knew that Harvest was the reverse of that process. It was God that had given them their land – and that he was the God of change for the future. Harvest was a giving thanks for their God that made things better – that cared for them, however difficult their lives might be. He was their Father and the God of change.

How remarkably appropriate that thought is for us this year! We don’t look at the future and say how bleak it is. Instead we look at the future and know it is in the hands of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ultimately his plan for his humans is not to leave them to wallow in despair, but to raise them up in hope. Hope is a Christian virtue – and the God of the Harvest reminds us of this.

So let’s do something different this year. We can’t do all that we used to – but let’s so something positive and helpful. As we celebrate Harvest in the next couple of weeks, let’s each bring something to our worship. As we receive communion let’s leave a blessing behind us – something for the Stone Community Hub. There are people in great need, even in our town of Stone. The suggestions are:


Tinned MeatUHT MilkSmall Jars of CoffeeJamJars of SaucePotatoesCustardRice PuddingFruitBiscuits


And let us give thanks to the God who still leads us on.        Ian Cardinal