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30th May 2020

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 30 May 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

Sunday 31 May 2020


Jesus breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit”. (John 20: 22)


The Collect for this week

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,

ignite in us your holy fire;

strengthen your children with the gift of faith,

revive your Church with the breath of love,

and renew the face of the earth,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers by telephone

Not all of us as access to the internet, so during this time of lockdown each Sunday afternoon we will be offering a short service of Daily Prayer that you can join with via a telephone call.

This will take place each Sunday 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, and don’t worry, it’s quite straightforward! 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

When prompted:

  • 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

I 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. The order of service is enclosed with this newsletter so you will need to have that to hand when you ring.

If you have internet access, you can join the meeting via the following ‘Zoom’ link using the above meeting ID and password

During this Coronavirus lockdown we continue to regularly post readings and updates onto our website and Facebook pages and there are also videos of songs and services. The benefice website address is

and Facebook pages are St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviours Church, Aston


Please do not hesitate to contact any of us should you need to talk to someone.

Revd Preb Ian Cardinal 01785 812747    Dennis Abbott 01785 814134                         

Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246      Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838


Could we please encourage you to continue to put to one side your usual gift of money to the church which can then be put into the plate when we resume our gathered worship.

Alternatively, there is the option of 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!


A message from Amanda, daughter of Roy and Barbara Ball

Those of you who remember Roy and Barbara Ball will want to know that Roy died on Sunday 24th May, peacefully in his own bed, at the Spires Care Home where they have lived for the last 20 months. The carers all loved him as he remained the same gentle man he always was, despite having dementia and becoming more and more frail. He always remembered their names and always knew his family; his face would light up with his signature smile when we visited.

Roy was always very involved with St Michael’s; he assisted at the Altar and delivered home communion for 30 years, working first with his dear friend Bill Spray, then with Timothy, John Hargreaves and for a short time at the end of his service with Ian.  They gave a silver home communion kit to the Church to commemorate those 30 years. Roy and Barbara also managed and published the parish magazine for 20 years.

In a lovely full circle, The Spires comes under the parish of St Chad in Lichfield, where Rod Clarke is the Vicar. Rod was curate at St Michael’s years ago, so remembers Barbara and Roy from their younger days and before lockdown they both attended the fortnightly services that were delivered by St Chads at the home.

Barbara is being very well supported by the lovely Carers at The Spires who go above and beyond every day and I can’t praise them highly enough.

Readings for Sunday 31 May

Psalm 104: 26-36         Acts 2: 1-21          John 20: 19-23

This Sunday is the day of Pentecost, a day when we would usually be gathered together in church, to worship, to praise, to be nurtured and to be sent out in the power of the Holy Spirit. Yet we are each worshipping from within our homes, following services on the internet, television or radio. But the Holy Spirit is with us, moves among us, inspires us and unites us.

As I read through the service for Pentecost Sunday I was reminded once more of the different ways the Holy Spirit is at work in our church and in our lives and I thought I would share some of these with you.

Our gathered worship begins ‘In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit’.

In our prayer of preparation we ask God to ‘cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit’.

In the words of the creed we affirm that ‘We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets’.

At the introduction to the Peace, ‘God has set his seal upon us and, as a pledge of what is to come, has given the Spirit to dwell in our hearts’.

During the communion preface, ‘Jesus is our great high priest who has entered once for all into the heavenly sanctuary, evermore to pour upon your Church the grace and comfort of your Holy Spirit’.

As bread and wine are consecrated ‘by the power of your Holy Spirit these gifts of bread and wine may be to us his body and his blood’.

And as we bring our worship to a close we ask of God, ‘Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory’.

On the day of Pentecost, the disciples were sent out in the power of the Holy Spirit to Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth. These disciples, who had gathered in their homes in fear, until the day of Pentecost, were filled with boldness and courage when they experienced in wind and fire the promised outpouring of the Spirit.

Life for them was never the same, and nor will it be for us as we gradually emerge from our Covid-19 lockdown. It is a new world, but one with the same reassurance of the promise of the Holy Spirit to be with us always, as our comforter, our guide and the giver of life. We pray for an outpouring of the Spirit, so that more people will come to know this truth in their lives too.

Revd Alison


We pray for God to fill us with his Spirit.

Generous God, we thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit.

We ask that we may be strengthened to serve you better.

Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit


We thank you for the wisdom of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to make us wise to understand your will.

Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit


We thank you for the peace of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to keep us confident of your love wherever you call us.

Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit


We thank you for the healing of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to bring reconciliation and wholeness where there is division, sickness and sorrow.

Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit


We thank you for the gifts of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to equip us for the work which you have given us.

Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit


We thank you for the fruit of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to reveal in our lives the love of Jesus.

Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit


We thank you for the breath of your Holy Spirit,

given us by the risen Lord. We ask you to keep the whole Church, living and departed, in the joy of eternal life.

Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit


Generous God, you sent your Holy Spirit upon your Messiah at the river Jordan, and upon the disciples in the upper room:

in your mercy fill us with your Spirit,

hear our prayerand make us one in heart and mind. Amen

Our weekly prayers of intercession

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:


Mary Townsend, Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson,

Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson,

Peter Bowler, Catherine Ritchie, James Astle,

Miles Brain, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Mary Leigh, Gillian Wright,

Carl Hartley, Don Flinders, John Hargreaves, Pauline Bevans, Val Morris


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends at this time:


Graham Baker, Janet Johnson, Mary Shardlow, Margaret Harris,

Roy Ball


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


William Edward Hollins 1984                    Leonard Powell 1984

Reginald Sutton 1987                                Arthur Frederick Preston 1987

Ivo Douglas West Knowles 1985               Edith Wright 1986

Violet Isabelle Knowles 1993                    Elsa Newton 1972

William Hartley Norman Scotton 1997     John Dowsett 2000

Wilfred Harvey 2001                                 Margaret Tonkinson 1987

Arthur Tonkinson 1999                             Douglas A. Brassington 2003

Ruth Babb 2007                                         Cecil Albert Walker 2003

Veronica Mary (Bunty) Beechan 2013      Patricia Ann Scott 2016

Doreen Smith 2019                                   Eileen Jones



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

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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