You are here4th October 2020

4th October 2020

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 01 October 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston


Sunday 4 October 2020



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


Please do not hesitate to contact any of the ministry team

should you need to:


Revd Preb Ian Cardinal 01785 812747   

Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246    

Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838

Dennis Abbott 01785 814134                         

Lin Davies 01889 505094

  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.netfor St Michaels, or Paul Gerrard on 01785 818363 or email pagerrard@btinternet.comfor St Saviour’s. Thank you!


Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

This is a short service (approximately 20 minutes) that we are able to share in together at 4pm each Sundayvia phone or internet.

  • Phone this number 0131 460 1196or 0203 481 5237
  • enter the meeting ID on your telephone keypad897 6759 5340
  • you will be asked for a participant number - just enter #
  • enter the password which is 928354

Or join online via ‘Zoom’.This week we will be using the Week 1 Service Sheet. Do contact Alison if you need a copy of this.



The Green Bus service to St Michael’s will resume this Sunday. Face masks must be worn and social distancing maintained. Speak to Chris Melia if you require any further information.


Aston APCM will take place at St Saviour’s Church on Monday 5 October with Holy Communion at 7pm, followed by the meeting at 7.30pm


This year’s Harvest Festival services will be on 4 October at St Michaels and 11 October at St Saviour’s. Our Harvest Festival donations will go to the foodbank at Stone Community Hub. They would be grateful for:

Tinned MeatUHT MilkSmall Jars of CoffeeJamJars of Sauce PotatoesCustardRice PuddingFruitBiscuits

Please either bring your donation into church or leave something in one of the collection points around town.


Congratulations to our Archdeacon Matthew Parker who has been named the next Bishop of Stafford.


  The Beatitudes – via Zoom or in church

Our Autumn Course will take place on Tuesdays 6, 13, 20 October and 3, 10, 17 Novemberin St Michael’s Church from 12-1pm. Bring a packed lunch and a drink. All resources will be on screen.

And also on Zoom online and by phoneat 7.30-8.30pm on the same dates. Joining instructions and an information sheet will be circulated.


Could you please let Revd Alison know if you are interested in joining either of these so that appropriate arrangements can be made.


The Collect for Sunday

Eternal God, you crown the year with your goodness and you give us the fruits of the earth in their season: grant that we may use them to your glory, for the relief of those in need and for our own well-being; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


A Reflection for Sunday 4 October

Peter Wilson, whose passing we mourn, and whose life we celebrate and give thanks for this week, instructed me when I set out to train for a ministry, to always preach on the Gospel, making it relevant to the here and now of the 21st century.

Well this week we have 2 Gospel passages available to us, as our 2 churches are celebrating harvest on different weeks, so we’ll start with the harvest passage for St Michael and St Wulfad's, (Luke 12:16-30). This is Jesus’ parable of the rich man who is thinking of pulling down his barns to build bigger ones, to fill them with the years’ rich harvest, and then take things easy and pass his time in idleness. He had forgotten that it is God who dictates our futures. That very night he formed part of God's eternal and paramount Harvest. This reminds us that we are more than just a corporal being with human needs, quoting the birds of the air being fed and the lilies of the field being clothed by our maker just as we will be. Jesus is clearly telling us in this parable that as it is God who creates the life we enjoy, then what we should really be striving for is to be (unlike the tares) people who live our life in a manner that will please God and see us gathered into his harvest barns.

St Saviours congregation have the reading for Trinity 17, St Matthew 21:21-end. The grisly parable of a landlord sending his servants at harvest time to collect his produce, and who finished up being stoned and killed. And then in a reference to himself, Jesus tells us that even if that landlord was to send his son, the tenants would kill him trying to keep the harvest for themselves. Now in his comments on this passage in 2011, the Rector reminded us that we should indeed be thankful for the natural harvests that feed us and clothe us, but that the real harvest that God is going to collect is of generous hearts, overflowing with love and concern for our neighbours. True fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Last week he told us that pagan harvests in the Old Testament, where people of the nations surrounding the Jews celebrating harvest by praying that the cycle of the years go on: seeds of the fruit they were now offering becoming fruits of the following years.

The people of Israel though, knew God had given them their land, and was the God of change for the future, and their harvest was to give thanks for their God who made things better, however difficult their lives might be at that time, and in an intriguing way, Jesus too was introducing a New Age of thinking, to people whose ways of thinking had been firmly set in the stone of the Laws of Moses and the Torah.

Just as now, with the new constraints that we are experiencing, these laws had been formulated during a time of new realities and uncertainty that the people of Israel faced, which were similarly daunting, similarly a new direction to a better world God wants us to inhabit.

The gist of both these passages is that our Creator God wants the ultimate harvest to be that of Christ orientated souls, committed to living in unity with love and concern for all people, and delighting in the caring stewardship of a world, where we can be in union with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.                                                                                               Berwyn Babb



Praise the Lord for he is good, sing to God with thanksgiving.


Lord of the vineyard, rooted and grafted in you, your Church bears fruit to your glory. Nourish and strengthen it for the task you purpose and tend the vine you have planted.


Lord of the vineyard, you expect nations to produce the wine of justice. Raise up leaders who will promote conditions in which all may flourish. Defend the poor and weak, the vulnerable and those easily overlooked.


Lord of the vineyard, you give all people the ability to choose between right and wrong. Guide us in all our moral dilemmas and the new challenges we face. Keep us from evil intent and sliding into destructive ways.


Lord of the vineyard, you prepare wholesome fruit to refresh and revive us. Quench our thirst for wholeness and healing and be with those who have asked for our prayers. Restore us in your mercy and bring us to declare your glory.


Lord of the vineyard, you hold before us the cup of salvation. Raise up all who have died and bring us to share in the new wine of your Kingdom.


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, Jim Hammersley, Christopher Davis, Will Spencer


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Brian Turner, Peter Wilson,Angela Stott


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

David Ernest Abbott 1991                 

Edna Waldron 1998

Ruth Bennett 2000                            

Jennifer Lyn Flower 2006

Thomas Baron 1963                          

Grace Mary Priddey 2008

Ethel Robinson 2009                         

Frederick William Dyke 2012

Lucy May Harvey 2013


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