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30th August 2020

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 26 August 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

Sunday 30 August 2020



“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves

and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16: 24)



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

  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.netThank you!


Please do not hesitate to contact any of 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 Davies 01889 505094

Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers by telephone

There is now just one Zoom prayer time at 4pm to which anyone is invited to join.

You do not need a computer to join, just a telephone. The instructions are as follows:

Just before 4pm 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 20 minutes.


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. Do contact Alison if you do not have a copy of the prayer sheet. This Sunday is Week 5 and so a new prayer sheet is included with this newsletter.

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 30 August

Jeremiah 15: 15-21           Romans 12: 9-21               Matthew 16: 21-28


For a clearer vision of the work you have set before us and for a better understanding of your gospel, Lord direct us.

For a deeper commitment in your service and a greater love for all your children, Lord, direct us.

For a fresh understanding of the task before us and for a sense of urgency in our proclamation, Lord, direct us.

For a greater respect and acceptance among Christians of different traditions and for a common goal in evangelism, Lord direct us.

Anglican Province of the Indian Ocean


What difficult times we live in today, not only in our own country, but there seems to be unsettling forces and powers at work everywhere.

Covid-19 outbreaks are still spiking in the UK, and it’s much worse in many other countries, and current restrictions are still causing many problems. We are now coming into the sixth month of an enforced change which is quite disruptive and irksome, but unavoidable.

Activities which were of benefit to many - choirs, clubs and other groups of people with shared interests - are closed.  Families are still separated and not able to meet as they used to.

It is now even harder to get a GP appointment and this is causing mental health issues for many people.  Some have turned to alcohol to cope, relationships are under stress, and there seems to be no end in sight.

The most difficult aspect for some, including myself is the effect of wearing a mask. I understand why they have to be used, but you cannot see a face, so cannot see a smile or a frown, and you may not be able to hear or be heard. You can overheat. And, if wearing hearing aids, the mask can accidentally catch them and flip them out of the ear.

But remember, the situation will change and improve even if we don’t know precisely when. So we need to put our trust in God; l learn to relax and let go. Be tolerant, pray for guidance, and look forward with a positive frame of mind. There are many worse off than you. Things will get better. Now please re-read the prayer at the beginning and hopefully gain a wider perspective.

Putting this together has helped me. I hope your reading it will help you too. Xx   Lin Davies


The Collect for Sunday

God of constant mercy,

Who sent your Son to save us:

Remind us of your goodness,

Increase your grace within us,

That our thankfulness may grow,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen



In peace, let us pray to Jesus our Lord, who ever lives to make intercession for us. Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name.

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


Lord Jesus, you shocked your disciples by making them face up to your cross and their own.

Give to your Church courage to emulate your sacrificial love in a world where self interest and self protection drown out the sound of your voice.

May we find our true life in you.

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

Lord Jesus, you spoke of suffering at the hands of elders and community leaders.

Give to all who lead due awareness of the awesome responsibility they hold and hearts of compassion for the people they lead.

May we never confuse kingdoms of this world with your eternal Kingdom.

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


Lord Jesus, Peter struggled to accept the danger and purpose of your actions.

Be with all who are anxious for a loved one whose job places them in grave danger, particularly at this time our NHS staff and key workers.

Give us grace to overcome evil with good.

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


Lord Jesus, you are with us as we stand staring into the darkness.

Preserve us in all our suffering and bring healing of body, mind and spirit to those who call out to you …

Grant us compassion to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. Bring your comfort to those who mourn the loss of a loved one …

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


Lord Jesus, you hold open the door to eternity.

Strengthen all who stand on its threshold in faith and fear …

We will rejoice in your hope.

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


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.  Amen

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:

George Beecham, Dorothy Poole, Nancy Moss, Olive Munden


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

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