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13th June 2021

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 09 June 2021

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

13 June 2021


Second Sunday after Trinity


As we await the outcome of the next stage of unlocking, it is still important we keep to the current rules and regulations.


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.


We do understand some people being wary, although we have managed to keep everybody safe through all of this. 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 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

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,

John or Alison and one of us will be happy to come and visit you.


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!  


Green Bus

The Green Bus service has now resumed. This is a free minibus that runs to the 10.45am service on Sundays. If you would like a lift please call Chris Melia to arrange this on 07779 228286.


Contact details

Please 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

Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

Please do join us if you would like for this short time of prayer (approximately 30 minutes) at 4pm each Sundayvia phone or internet. This week we will be using the Ordinary Time Prayer Sheet.

To join:

  • Phone this number 0131 460 1196or 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

or join online via ‘Zoom’


St Michael & St Wulfad Spring Fair

Our virtual Spring Fair has proved to be very popular with over £525 being raised so far, and there are still items for sale, including some tomato plants grown and donated by Sue Gamble. Thank you to all those who have contributed an item for sale, or purchased something.                  

Philip Leason


Christian Aid Sponsored Walk

Thank you to those who sponsoring us on our walk to raise money for Christian Aid last Tuesday. We managed two extended circuits of Trentham Garden Lakes in fine English weather, followed by much needed refreshments! We will be collecting in the sponsor money on Sunday. Thank you too for your generous contributions via the envelopes during Christian Aid week, which raised £532.50.


Readings and Collect for Sunday 13 June

Ezekiel 17: 22-end      2 Cor 5: 6-17   Mark 4: 26-34


Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth: send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most

excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you. Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen



As I write this, a few of us have just returned from our sponsored walk around Trentham Lakes, raising money for Christian Aid,

As well as pleasurable conversation, we also had the joy of seeing the Gardens in all their splendour as we walked around. I’m not an expert gardener, I really don’t know what I’m doing, apart from trial and error, but I am like the person who scatters seed and then sleep and rise night and day, and the seeds sprout and grow, but I don’t know how!

The parables of Jesus that take on an earthly organic theme steer our gaze towards something beyond our own human endeavours and in our Gospel reading for this Sunday we hear about the seeds that are scattered on the ground that simply sprout and grow while the gardener sleeps, and also of the mustard seed, the smallest of all the seeds that grows into a great shrub and provides shade for the birds to nest in.

This parable tells us not to disregard small beginnings, because we have no idea what great things may come out of them. Indeed the parables themselves are like small seeds that break open to reveal a greater understanding of some of the mysteries of the kingdom of God and they point us towards something of the ways of God that are unseen yet at work before our very eyes.

The Kingdom of God grows in ways beyond human control, yet we are invited to be a part of His work and we should expect to be surprised and delighted at what happens as we see seeds that have been sown start to germinate and then grow.


Thank you so much for your generous support of Christian Aid this year, they are an organisation that sow seeds of human kindness to people in need around the world. At a time when we could quite easily focus on our own needs and tending our own garden, it has been heartening to see such a desire to maintain our global perspective and hold a level of compassion and support for others that is truly kingdom building.Revd Alison


Prayers of intercession

We pray for our own needs and for the needs of others, following the pattern Jesus gave when he taught us to pray to God our Father.


Through our love of the countryside,

through our care for animals,

through our respect for property and tools:

Father, hallowed be your name.


On our farms and in our homes,

in our colleges and schools,

where machinery is made,

and where policy is planned:

Father, your kingdom come.

By our seeking your guidance,

by our keeping your commandments,

by our living true to our consciences:

Father, your will be done.


For the millions who live in poverty and hunger,

for our own needs, and the requirements of our


by co-operation, sympathy and generosity:

give us today our daily bread.


Because we have broken your commandments,

doing what we ought not to do and neglecting

what we ought to do:

forgive us our sins.


If any have injured us by injustice, double dealing

or exploitation:

we forgive those who sin against us.


When prosperity lulls us to false security,

or hard times prompt us to despair,

When success makes us boastful,

or failure makes us bitter:

lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.


In the assurance of faith,

in the confidence of hope,

in the will to serve,

help us to love Christ as Lord,

and our neighbour as ourselves.

for the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,

now and for ever.


Those we include inourprayers

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, Carl Hartley, Karen Hartley, Alison Holmes, Pam Miles, Kath Franks, Mark Green, Roy Richardson, Lewis Hubbard, Jean Gulliver, Margaret Tomlinson, Dave McGlynn


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Doreen Sproson


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

Elizabeth Sadler 1986, Kenneth Williams 1986, John Horne 1991, Arthur Bolderstone 1994, Geoff Wright 1994, Alfred Downing 1985,Edward Miles 1999, Irene Long 1999, Annie Holliman 2003, Dennis Long 2004, Richard Stubbs 2003, Rose Lloyd 1990, Roy Hodgkinson 1990, Noel Banks 1976, Peggy Sims 2013, Maureen Evans 2013


and from St Saviour’s:

Revd Laurence Waldron 2005, Arna Barlow 1993, John Benbow 2005, Fraser Munro 1993, Rita Biggs 2010, James Illing 1993, Mary Sedgwick 2011, Kevin Butterworth 1994, Elsie Pattyson 2017, George Northfield 1995, Margery Allen 2019, Vernon Brown 1996, Mary Shardlow 2020, Frances Plant 1999, Andrew Kane 1999, Beatrice Dix 2000, Meg Stanley 2002, Anthony Hulse 2003, Patricia Finney 2005






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