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4th April 2021

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 31 March 2021

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

4 April 2021

Easter Sunday

We celebrate the gloriously risen Christ


Triumphant in his glory now,

his sceptre ruleth all,

earth, heaven and hell before him bow,

and at his footstool fall.                              (Fulbert of Chartres)


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


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 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 virtual Sunday School will now be taking a break, but please do continue to hold our leaders Jill and Laura, the children and this valuable ministry in your prayers.


Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

Please note that there will not be a 4pm Prayer Service on Easter Sunday. This time of prayer will resume next week, using an Eastertide pattern of prayer.


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!  



St Michael & St Wulfad Spring Fair

Following the success of the event at Christmas we are going to hold a virtual Spring Fair. If you have any spare flowering plants, tomato plants etc. that you have grown from seed or cuttings, or if you would like to make a hanging basket, container or alternately bake a cake, scones, shortbread etc. or make a craft item we will put a list at the back of church for you to sign up to until 25th April. We will then circulate a list of what is available and who to contact. All proceeds will go to much needed church funds. Philip Leason


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 4 April

Acts 10: 34-43      1 Corinthians 15: 1-11       John 20: 1-18


God of glory, by the raising of your Son

you have broken the chains of death and hell:

fill your Church with faith and hope;

for a new day has dawned

and the way to life stands open

in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen



Have you ever wondered about this whole business of Jesus and the cross and the resurrection? Have you ever asked yourself if your faith is really only a superstition? Have you ever wondered, “Am I a Christian only because my parents were?” Often, we’re afraid to face our doubts because we’re afraid of what we might find. We’re afraid of what others might think. People might find out how weak our faith really is, so we keep our doubts to ourselves. And yet, our doubts don’t go away – they’re always there, slowly eating away at our faith, until we believe in Jesus less and less, and we become more and more sceptical, like the so-called Doubting Thomas.

What can you do to get rid of doubt? Nothing, really. There is no cure on this earth that will take away your doubts. If they found Noah’s ark up in the mountain, if they found the burial shroud of Christ – neither of those things could cure you of your doubt. Only one thing can.

That one thing happened to Thomas one week later. On the Sunday after Easter, the disciples were together, and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked again. Suddenly, Jesus was standing in the middle of them. “Peace be with you,” Jesus says, and then he focuses on Thomas. He invites Thomas to do what he said he wanted to do – to touch the wounds he had sustained on the cross. “Stop doubting and believe,” Jesus told Thomas.

This is what cured Thomas of his doubt. Thomas responded by saying, “My Lord and my God!” Thomas had become a man of faith, a man who believed in Jesus, even though everything he knew about the world would tell him otherwise.

The only solution, the only way, that you can get rid of the doubt in your heart is to have moments with Jesus Christ, like Thomas had that Sunday after Easter. “Now wait a second,” you might say. “Jesus appeared to Thomas. How am I supposed to have a moment like that?” When does Jesus come to you, and speak to you, like he spoke to Thomas? When does Jesus chase away your doubts? When does he transform you into someone who strongly believes in him, like Thomas did after it was all over?

Well, today, Jesus comes to you in an invisible way, through his Word. Every time you hear the Word of God, Jesus steps into your life and says, “Peace be with you.” Every time you receive the Lord’s Supper, Jesus is right there, through his body and blood, and he chases away your doubts, and fills you with faith and hope and trust in him. Through the Word, through the Sacraments, that’s how Jesus appears to you and speaks to you, just as he spoke to Thomas.

So all these people who doubt the resurrection, all these people who want to get rid of their doubts by trying to grasp something tangible will be out of luck, all these people swimming in a sea of doubt trying to rely on their reasoning to find proof that God exists, that Jesus rose from the dead.

It doesn’t work that way. You don’t get rid of your doubts that way.   the only thing that will cure them of their doubt is if they turn to the Word of God, to find a foothold.


That’s how Jesus changes you today. Jesus said to Thomas: “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen me and yet have believed.” Jesus is talking about you. You have not seen him with your own eyes like Thomas. But you have believed. You have believed by having Jesus come to you in an invisible way, through his Word and Sacrament.  So, this Holy Week, stay close to the Word of God. Let Jesus speak to your heart, just as he spoke to Thomas. Let Jesus take away any doubts. Let Jesus change us into Christians who strongly believe that Jesus is the Christ, even though we have never seen him. May God grant us the same heart he granted to Thomas, a heart that says “My Lord and my God.” Then, on Easter Sunday we can say, and we can believe that Christ is risen. He is risen indeed, Alleluia Amen.                                                                                             Dennis Abbott


Prayers of Intercession

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things.

Risen Lord, in the early morning freshness, with spices to anoint,

three friends approached your empty tomb.

May your Easter rising continue to surprise your Church with new life and hope …

Shape us as witnesses of your grace and power.

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things.


Risen Lord, news of your rising was greeted with alarm and fear.

Free us from all that shrouds your people in death and despair …

Set our hearts at peace with thanksgiving.

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things.


Risen Lord, your appearing changed lives and made witnesses from broken people.

Give hope to all who seek your transforming love …

Form us in your grace and like3ness.

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things.


Risen Lord, you make the day dawn with promise.

Raise the spirits of all who are ill …

Strengthen and uphold them in your life and love.

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things.


Risen Lord, in your rising we see salvation.

Draw to yourself all who have died …

Wipe away tears from our eyes that we may rejoice and be glad in you.

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things.


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:

Alan Holmes, Murial Tomasik


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

Benjamin Dunkey 1977, Reginald Rowley 1984, John Simpson Fox 1991, Jack Smith 1992, Emily Voyle 1992, Elsie Bowman 1977, George Wright 1963, Eileen Peel 1994, Arthur Warrilow 1976, Stan Barnes 1987, Lady Anna Shepard Johnson 1980, Daisy Gadsby 1999, Fred Brassington 2000, John Bailey 2001, Revd Laurence Waldren 2005, Arthur Porter 2004, Herbert Douse 2005, Alfred Grainger 1997, William Rushton 1993, Donald Noding 2014, Nancy Leason 2001, Florrie Metters 2001


and from St Saviour’s:

Justina Pinney 1986, William Pattyson 1986, Stanley Bradley 1988, Anne Davies 1991, Percy Woodman 1991, Olive Benbow 1998, Norman Gadsby 1999, Alice Hilling 2000, Ruby Forsbrooke 2001, Eileen Jones 2001, Evaline Buckle 2002, Joyce Collier 2002, Elizabeth Burton 2003, George Clayton Allen 2004, Jon Shaw 2004, Eileen Burgess 2005, Florence Burgoyne 2007, Francis Chell 2008, Stanley Pearson 2009, Ethel Talbot 2012, Edith Shirley 2012, Edith Barker 2012, Patricia Watkins 2015, Helen Reaney 2015, Frank Beech 2015, June Cornes 2016, Annie Sutton 2018, James Shardlow 2019, Patrick Collier 2019, Margaret Bott 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