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28th March 2021

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 24 March 2021

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

28 March 2021

Palm Sunday

Sunday Worship in our churches area brief service of Holy Communion at 8am and 10.45am St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone

and 9.15am at St Saviour, 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



Easter services


Maundy Thursday  10.30am St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone

Good Friday            12 noon St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone

                     12 noon St Saviour, Aston

Easter Sunday        8am and 10.45am St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone

                     9.15am St Saviour, Aston


Please do join us if you are able to.


Our midweek Communion Service will resume at 10.30am on Thursday 8 April at St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone


Easter Lilies

If you would like to purchase a lily for £2.50 to be displayed in Church over Easter in memory of a loved one, please contact one of the Church Wardens at St Michael’s, or Christine Burton at St Saviours.


A community act of Remembrance on Holy Saturday

From 1-5pm on Holy Saturday we invite people to place flowers at the entrance to St Michael’s Church to remember and grieve together for those who have died, particularly those lost to the pandemic over the past year. These will then be moved into the vestibule ready for Sunday morning as a fitting reminder of the hope of Resurrection.


Home Communion during the season of Easter

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 or Revd Alison and one of us will be happy to come and visit you. If we get a lot of requests please be aware that it may take some time to visit everyone.


Virtual Sunday School

Our young children continue to meet via Zoom each Sunday afternoon at 5pm, hosted by Jill and Laura. Please do hold our leaders and children and this valuable ministry in your prayers.


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!  


Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

This time of prayer continues each week. It is a short service (approximately 20 minutes) that we are able to share in together at 4pm each Sundayvia phone or internet. This week we will use the Lent 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’


Giving thanks for your vaccine

The Diocese of Lichfield has partnered with Christian Aid to give people an opportunity to give thanks for their Covid-19 vaccine and help others facing this crisis across the world.

Bishop Michael says. “The vaccine is bringing with it a deep sense of relief and hope for families across our diocese and many people want to express their gratitude by reaching out to others. While the pandemic affects all of us, it has highlighted the deep disparities in how communities and families are able to protect themselves both within our country and around the world. My hope is that people will give generously to the work of Christian Aid from a place of thanksgiving and a desire to see all people being able to live safely.”

To make a donation online go to:


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 28 March


Isaiah 50: 4-9  Philippians 2: 5-11      Mark 11: 1-11


Almighty and everlasting God,

who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son

our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh

and to suffer death upon the cross:

grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,

and also be made partakers of his resurrection;

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


Our Gospel reading for this Sunday recounts Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter that begins the Holy week. It is the day that we remember when Jesus entered into Jerusalem as Saviour and King. As Jesus rode a donkey into the town of Jerusalem a large crowd gathered and laid palm branches and their cloaks across the road. Hundreds of people shouted "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"


The bible tells us the people cut palm branches and waved them in the air, laid them out on the ground before Jesus as He rode into the city. The palm branch represented goodness and victory and was symbolic of the final victory He would soon fulfill over death.


Jesus chose to ride in on a donkey, a fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy of Zechariah 9:9. In Biblical times, it was common for kings or important people to arrive by a procession riding on a donkey. The donkey symbolized peace, so those who chose to ride them showed that they came with peaceful intentions. Jesus even then reminded us that He is the Prince of Peace.


We are told that Jesus wept for Jerusalem. In the middle of the praise, He knew in His heart that it wouldn't be long that these same people would turn their backs on Him, betray Him, and crucify Him. His heart broke with the truth of how much they needed a Saviour. Jesus was willing to die for these people, and for all humankind.

                                                                           Ellie Cheetham-Wilkinson


Prayers of Intercession

Let us pray to the Father through his Son who suffered on the cross for the world’s redemption.

God of our salvation, we trust in your promise.


You come to meet us, O Lord, long before we search for you.

Make your Church a gateway to encountering your presence and glory.

May we show forth your love and always direct hearts to you.

God of our salvation, we trust in your promise.


You come to meet us, O Lord, amidst the struggles and tensions of life.

Give leaders of the nations and all people courage to stand up for justice and peace.

Bring in your Kingdom of truth and liberty.

God of our salvation, we trust in your promise.


You come to meet us, O Lord, in moments of faithfulness and failure.

Give us grace to confront the darkness within and to embrace your new life that transforms and redeems us.

Help victims and offenders to be set free from all that burdens them.

God of our salvation, we trust in your promise.


You come to meet us, O Lord, in strength and weakness.

As you shared our frailty, give comfort to all in distress or adversity.

In all our infirmity we share in your passion.

God of our salvation, we trust in your promise.


You come to meet us, O Lord, in your cross and resurrection.

Draw to yourself all who have died and comfort those who mourn.

As we sing the praise of Him who died, so may we come to triumph in His victory.

God of our salvation, we trust in your promise.


Merciful Father, accept these prayers, for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen


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


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Clare Girling, Alan Holmes


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

Ethel Ball 1972, Paul Harrison 1988, Louis (Bill) Holiman 1991, Hilda Purslow 1995, Gladys Street 1996, Horace Street 1996, Nellie Lamsdale 1976, Harry Roden 1995, John Shaw 1995, Gina Switzur 1998, Florence Holiday 1985, John Daly 2009, Stan Gerrard 2010, Arthur (Bud) Barnett 2016, Bridget Donaldson 2013


and from St Saviour’s:

Marion Bright 1987, Edith Woodman 1987, Fred Oakes 1988, Harold Biddulph 1990, Charlotte Borthwick 1991, Dorothy Clay 1991, Lilian Large 1992, Mary Smith 1994, Richard Phillips 1994, Clifford Plant 1995, Kate Cartwright 1995, Valerie Munro 1995, Pery Bate 1996, Mary Pointon 1997, Eunice Lloyd 1999, Ronald Adkins 2002, Joan Adkins 2002, Eunice Buckley 2002, Christopher Northfield 2003, Ethelinda Watson 2004, William Heeley 2004, Rita Lockley 2007, Mary Chell 2010, Guy Waldron 2011, Audrey (Brindy) Allen 2014, Barrie Farnham 2015, Audrey Langley 2016, Dorothy Barratt 2016, Jean Ball 2020, Edward (Ted) Anderson 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