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8th March 2020

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 05 March 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


MOTHERS UNIONThis month’s meeting is the annual service of Holy Communion. This is to be celebrated at 11am in St Michael’s Hall – all welcome


OUR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, Fr John’s Mother’s funeral is to be held at Stafford Crematorium on Thursday 12th at 11.30am. All are welcome: attending or not, please remember him and his family in your prayers


The threat posed by COVID-19has been assessed by the Chief Medical Officer as ‘moderate’. This permits the Government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals remains low.

Guidance for Churches: Current Government adviceis that individuals should follow good hygiene practices including: 

  • carrying tissues and using them to catch coughs and sneezes, and binning the tissue;
  • washing hands with soap and water (for 20 seconds) or using sanitiser gel to kill germs.

Advice has also been issuedto travellers who have returned to the UK from a number of countries: Anyone who has returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu;
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country.

Long-standing government advice has been that ‘In a pandemic, it makes good sense to take precautions to limit the spread of disease by not sharing common vessels for food and drink.’ COVID-19 has NOT been declared a pandemic.

Churches should already be following best-hygiene practices that include advising parishioners with coughs and sneezes to refrain from handshaking during The Peace and to receive Communion in one kind only. At present, there is no Government advice that suggests the use of the Common Cup should be suspended.


It is also best practice for churches to have hand-sanitisers available for parishioners to use. In addition, priests presiding at the Eucharist, communion administrators and servers should wash their hands, preferably with an alcohol-based (minimum 60%) hand-sanitiser .Intinction is not recommended (even by celebrants or communion-administrators) as this represents an infection transmission route as well as a risk to those with certain allergies.


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            243                              243

            Ps 32                           5 (x2)

                        437                              261

316                              61/463

139                              148


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,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Mary Leigh

And for the departed:

Ted Anderson, Lillian Ward, Evelyn Cotterill, Eric Olley, Dorothy Weaver, Margaret Cann, Marguerite Daniel

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Monday 9th 10.30am Ted Anderson’s funeral - Aston

Tuesday 10th 11am Mother’s Union Corporate Communion – St M’s hall

11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 11th 7.30pm – Lent talk and Holy Communion – Aston Church

Thursday 12th 9.30am Holy Communion – The Moorings

10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

11.30am Evelyn Cotterill’s Funeral – Stafford Crematorium

12 Noon Frugal Lunch for Lent – St M&W


TED ANDERSON’S FUNERALwill be held on Monday 9th March, 10.30am at Aston St Saviour


LENT MORNING AND EVENING PRAYERwill be said on Mondays at St M&W and Tuesdays at St Saviour’s, 9am and 5pm.  All welcome to join in


LADIES OUTING:  12.30pm Wednesday 11th March. Please see Steph for transport


WEDNESDAYS IN LENT:a series of “Saints of encouragement” – Holy Communion at St Saviour’s Aston, at 7.30pm. Do come – a chance to worship and think together about our own sources of encouragement