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2nd May 2021

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 28 April 2021

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

2 May 2021

Fifth 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.


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.


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!  


Green Bus

The Green Bus service will resume on Sunday 23 May. This is a free minibus that runs to the 10.45am service on Sundays. If you would like a lift please call Chris Melia to arrange this on 07779 228286.


Contact details

Please 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

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’


St Michael & St Wulfad Spring Fair

Following the success of the event at Christmas we are holding a virtual Spring Fair. The list of items available to purchase is enclosed with this newsletter and all proceeds will go to much needed church funds.                                                                                                                    

                                                                                               Philip Leason


Christian Aid Week 10 - 16 May 2021

The focus of Christian Aid Week this year is on the Climate Change Crisis.

This climate crisis hurts us all. But people living in poverty fight the worst of it every day.

From drought to flooding, climate change robs people of control over their lives. Extreme weather means people are struggling to survive without a reliable source of water.

Your gift could help a community build an earth dam, so when the rains come, they will have the water they need to live. A reliable source of water will help families withstand long drought or relentless rainstorms. Every envelope. Every gift. Every challenge can change lives.

Please do support the work of Christian Aid this Christian Aid week if you are able to.  Envelopes will be available in both churches or you can donate through the Stone branch of Christian Aid Just Giving page:


Readings and Collect for Sunday 2 May

Acts 8: 26-end         1 John 4: 7-end           John 15: 1-8


Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect; through Jesus Christ our risen Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen



When my brother and I were young, my Father used to care greatly for the garden. In particular, he took great care of his geraniums, over-wintering them in our verandah and making sure they gave colour in their blooms in the summer months

Unfortunately two young boys with a football plus the geraniums were not a good combination! Despite being warned to avoid them, sure enough the day came when our games broke one of the carefully tended stems. I’m afraid your Rector was not as honest as he might have been – and elder brother and I simply poked the broken stem into the ground and hoped our parents wouldn’t notice. On this occasion, something must have worked in our favour - because the flower simply rooted itself – and Dad was surprised to find TWO plants in the Autumn, when he came to overwinter the flowers once again!

Normally, such things don’t happen, of course; anything that is disconnected from its nutrients withers and dies. Simply, it’s the “connectedness” that matters most of all – and that is the message that our Lord gives to us in the gospel this week. There are a huge number of references to “the Vine” in the Bible – often it’s a symbol of the Israelite Nation. But here Jesus uses it as a reference to himself – and he tells us that branches that are not connected to him are ones that are unfruitful, they wither and die.

In our commercial age there are so many things that are offered to us – creams that will stop us ageing, toothpastes that will “re-mineralise” our teeth – and very many other products and philosophies that we are told will simply improve our lives, if only we will sign up for them. I don’t think you will be surprised if I tell you that many, many of these claims are simply false! The sad fact is that we are offered something in Christ that is the “true vine” – that which fulfils, nurtures and really does make the difference. British people have known this for centuries – how sad that we have forgotten to act on that message.

So this week’s gospel asks us how good our connectedness is: is Christian faithfulness just a Sunday sport? Or is it something that gives that very sustenance we need to be fully human? We know how much we have missed our weekly communion these last months – but that’s just one aspect of life in Christ. What about a diet of daily prayer, of Bible reading and study. And then, what of our calling and service in Christ’s name?

Ultimately Jesus is the source of all that is good in our lives. But if we are not abiding in him we can wither away. Now is the time to be the people that we ought to be, in restarting our lives after lockdown. May all of us discover that which nurtures and fulfils.              

Ian Cardinal


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, you are the vine and we your branches. Keep us abiding in your life and love, that we may growth in faith and give you glory.

Prune and tend your Church that it may bear fruitful disciples of your grace.


Jesus, the Ethiopian official sought to understand your good news.

Expand the hearts and minds of all in authority to pursue truth and justice in all nations, particularly those where war and corruption oppress and damage society. Bring reason for all people to rejoice.


Jesus, your love sets our hearts ablaze. Open the hearts of all people to reflect this love in ways that nurture and foster character.

Strengthen all who parent and provide guidance for the young. May our schools be places of nurture and growth.


Jesus, your love precedes us and we respond with adoration and praise. Give to all who are afflicted grace to bathe in this affection as you bring healing to body, mind and spirit.

Raise us to delight in your loving purposes through good times and bad.


Jesus, we are made for your love. Do not forget the children you have made. Give peace to the lonely and comfort those who mourn. Welcome into your loving arms those who pass from this life to the next. May we all come to abide with you for ever.


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, Mark Green


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Revd Michael Fisher, Nina Owen, Ralph Moreton


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

William Hollins 1984, Leonard Powell 1984, Reginald Sutton 1987, Arthur Preston 1987, Ivo West Knowles 1985, Edith Wright 1986, Violet Knowles 1993, Elsa Newton 1972, William Scotton 1997, John Dowsett 2000, Wilfred Harvey 2001, Margaret Tonkinson 1987, Arthur Tonkinson 1999, Douglas Brassington 2003, Ruth Babb 2007, Cecil Walker 2003, Veronica (Bunty) Beechan 2013, Patricia Scott 2016, Doreen Smith 2019, Eileen Jones


and from St Saviour’s:

George Moore 1993, Susal Coles 1997, Eileen Jones 2001, T. A. Collier 2002, Hilda Carter 2002, Minnie Riley 2003, John Brown 2005, Edith Bate 2005, Geroge Tonge 2007, Margaret Britton 2012, William Dix 2012, Freda Booth 2014, Brian Booth 2014, Crystal Jenkins 2017, Rosemary Lee 2017


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