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5th July 2020

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 05 July 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone and St Saviour Church, Aston Sunday 5 July 2020

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are  carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”  (Matthew 11:28)

Church open for worship from Sunday


Following the latest government advice we are delighted that our churches will be open for worship from Sunday 5 July. Services times are 8am and 10.45am at St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone and  9.15am at St Saviour, Aston.  Thursday morning mid-week communion in Stone will resume on 9 July at 10.30am.


These 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. We are not yet able to serve refreshments after the service.


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 who will forward the relevant form to you. John can be contacted on 01785 815397, or email Thank you! 

We will continue to produce this newsletter and offer a telephone/ Zoom prayer service on a Sunday afternoon for the time being as we know that not all of you will feel ready or able to come out of lockdown just yet. Please do not hesitate to contact 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

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, Gren Deakin, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Mary Leigh, Gillian Wright,  Carl Hartley, John Hargreaves, Pauline Bevans, Val Morris, Alan Holmes


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:  Don Flinders, Janet Hyde, Mary Townsend


And those whose year’s mind falls in this month: Elizabeth E. Furness 1985 Thomas Christopher Maskrey 1984 Sally Elizabeth Marsden 1986 Brenda Margaret Brown 1987 Adah Mary Annora Brown 1994 Constance Marie Wright 1994 William Robinson 1974 John Hilary Newton 1994 Doris Milborough Garratt 1964 Ierne Ruth Ecclestone 1999 Frederick William Robinson 1999 Eric Sims 1995 Keith Ronald Palmer 2000 Anne (Nancy) Gunn 2000 Marie Catherine Spilsbury 2001 Barrie Sims 2002 Alan Thomas 2006 Selwyn Robins 2009 Sarah Elizabeth Scotton 2009 Dorothy Barnes 2010 Mary Elizabeth Dyke 2010 Millicent Emily Goodall 1957 Sam Potts 2012 Joan Betty Astle 2015 Vera (Kate) Shaw 2016 Sarah Jayne Wright 2017


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. 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 or ring Revd Ian Cardinal on 01785 812747


For the Church of Christ, for Michael our Bishop, and for the whole people of God, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.


For the nations of the world, for peace and justice to prevail, for Elizabeth our Queen and for all in authority, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.


For this town and surrounding communities, for our neighbours and our friends,  for all who travel through or work here, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.


For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.


For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, for the sick and suffering and for all in any need, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.


For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed  and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.


For the dying, for those who mourn, for the faithful whom we entrust to the Lord in hope, as we look forward to the day when we share the fullness of the resurrection, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.


Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,  to the mercy and protection of God. Amen 

Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers by telephone

Not all of us has access to the internet, or will be coming out of lockdown so we will continue to offer a short service of Daily Prayer on a Sunday afternoon that you can join with via a telephone call. 

I apologise to those who have tried to join and not been able to get through, please do try again as Zoom does experience some glitches! The Meeting ID and Password will be the same each week.

This service takes place on Sundays 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. 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 1196 or 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 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 HVLbHdla3dZdz09

Readings for Sunday 5 July 

Genesis 24: 34-38, 42-49, 58-end Psalm 45: 10-end

Romans 7: 15-25a Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-end


 I wonder if you have a favourite verse of the Bible? There are so many, of course – the obvious one is John 3:16 – “God so loved the World….” But I imagine a close second might be a part of this week’s Gospel reading: “Come to me all ye that are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest….” – Matthew 11: 28. It is part of the “comfortable words” that we read in the Book of Common Prayer Communion service, as many of you will know

 “It’s Church, Jim, but not as we know it!” (to paraphrase Star Trek). Well, this week, we are back – to a degree. We are re-starting Church services – but not quite as we have known them. There will be no books, no hymns – and the words of the service will be projected for us. Things may look and feel a little strange – please bear with us. We are on the way back, but there are small sacrifices we will all need to make along the way

 But it does feel appropriate that those words of Jesus are a part of the gospel when this is the week we can start again. For one thing, Jesus is calling his hearers to repentance. That’s literally a turning around and starting again – a transformation from the road in which we have been on. As we get a new chance we will all have to think about the way we have lived our lives. Carrying on in the same old way is simply not an option! Jesus calls us to start over – and above all, to return to the God who lovingly calls us all

 And that second part? Well, the clue is in the expression “comfortable words.” To us in 2020, comfortable means relaxing soft and reminds us of a favourite armchair or cushion. That is exactly the criticism of Christian faith voiced by people like Adolf Hitler or Josef Stalin. They misunderstood our faith as being a crutch – something to lean on when life was too tough for us, an excuse for behaving badly and the like

 It’s a far cry from what Jesus means. For him, the call to “come to me” was about being refreshed so that we can take up the cudgels once again!

Here emphasis is our misunderstanding of the world “comfortable” – it literally means “with courage” or “strength”. In the Bayeux tapestry when Duke William is comforting the troops before the Battle of Hastings, he is not putting his arm around them – he is chasing them with a rod – “get out there and fight!”

 So we are called to be renewed in our Communion this week; To find “rest” so that we can start again. Far from retreating from the world, Jesus calls us to be strengthened in him in order that we can renew our task to bring in God’s Kingdom – that better world that is God’s plan for all his creation

 Our prayers, of course, are with the people of Leicester this weekend – and with all the people, all over the world who are suffering with this terrible virus. But as the Government repeals the laws which have kept us away from Church for so long (it is 800 years since English people have been denied the sacraments!), then let us also take the opportunity and invitation in Christ, to rediscover that rest and refreshment along the way. Ian Cardinal


The Collect for Sunday Gracious Father, by the obedience of Jesus  you brought salvation to our wayward world:  draw us into harmony with your will,  that we may find all things restored in him,  our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen


Prayers We pray for the Church and for the world and we thank God for his goodness. 


For the peace that comes from God alone, for the unity of all peoples, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.