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2nd August 2020

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 30 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 2 August 2020



 “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” 

Matthew 14: 1-7


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


 Church is open for worship

We are delighted that our churches are open for worship. At St Michael’s we 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.

All 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.


Face Masks

Current government guidance is that congregation members are 'strongly advised' to wear a face mask in church. 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 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, June Stringer, Jayne Walker, Sue Kenchington


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Eileen Smith, George Beecham, Peter Hallas and Mo Stanway


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



Inspire us to continue your work of reconciliation today. 

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer


Lord of the Church, empower by your Spirit all Christian people,

and the work of your Church in every land.

Give us grace to proclaim the gospel joyfully in word and deed.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer


Shepherd and Guardian of our souls, guide and enable all who lead and serve this community and those on whom we depend for our daily needs. Protect lives and livelihoods, give strength and hope.

Grant that we may seek the peace and welfare of this place. 

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer


Great Physician, stretch out your hand to bring comfort, wholeness and peace to those who have asked for our prayers and all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit …

Fill us with compassion, that we may be channels of your healing love. 

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer


Conqueror of death, remember for good those whom we love but see no longer, for those recently departed this life …

And for those whose year’s mind falls in this month …

Help us to live this day in the sure and certain hope of your eternal victory. 

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer


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.  


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.

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.

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.

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 2 August

Isaiah 55: 1-5      Romans 9: 1-5      

Matthew 14: 13-21 - Feeding the Five Thousand

13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.


Look and See.

Last Sunday I gave a sermon at both churches.   It was also broadcast on the website.  I was repeating what Jesus had said about not judging people, because that is exclusive to God.   However, we can observe behaviours, and speak out where appropriate about injustice, and where victimisation is going on against men women or children because of their Christian faith, which in some cases leads to their death.

Have you noticed how recently there is more intolerance towards Christianity?  There is also the loss of peoples’ freedoms in some countries, such as in China, Hong Kong, and Pakistan, to name a few.

Free speech is also under attack, and the rule of the mob seems to take centre stage.

The Haghia Sophia, which means ‘the Church of Holy Wisdom’, was originally the Greek Orthodox Church  in Istanbul which was inaugurated by  Emperor  Justinian in 537 AD.  During the Latin occupation 1204-1261 the Church was converted into a Roman Catholic Cathedral. In the 15th century the Ottomans converted it into a Mosque.  In 1934 Ataturk converted it into a museum as part of his policy for Turkey to become a modern secular state.

This next event happened on July 24th 2020.  The Haghia Sophia was changed back into a mosque, and on that day the Muslim call to prayer restarted.  All the Christian symbols and artwork were covered by draped cloth.  The Greek Orthodox Church protested, and the Turkish Leader informed them that it was the business of Turkey.  This event really struck a chord for me because I visited this place in 2015, and the artwork is wonderful.   It is yet another example of the suppression of Christianity.    Lin Davis


The Collect for Sunday

Lord God, your Son left the riches of heaven and became poor

for our sake: when we prosper save us from pride, when we are needy save us from despair, that we may trust in you alone;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen



In peace, let us pray to Jesus our Lord, who ever lives to make intercession for us.


Saviour of the world, be present in all places of suffering, violence and pain, and bring hope even in the darkest night. Banish all traces of discrimination and affirm each person and race as precious to you.