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15th November 2020

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 12 November 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

Sunday 15 November 2020



The Parable of the Talents


Church open for private prayer only during lockdown

Sadly we are once again in lockdown and the church will only be open for private prayer at our normal services times:


8.00-8.45am St Michael & St Wulfad

9.15-10.15am St Saviour

10.45-11.45am St Michael & St Wulfad


10.30-11.30am St Michael & St Wulfad

 Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

This time of prayer online continues on a weekly basis. It 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 3 Service Sheet.


A Sunday Service will be recorded

Keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for a pre-recorded Sunday service each week. If you would like a DVD of this, please let Ian know.


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!

Virtual Sunday School

Our young children are now meeting with Jill and Laura via Zoom every Sunday afternoon at 5pm. Please do hold this valuable ministry in your prayers.



Green Bus

There will be no Green Bus service during lockdown.


Lockdown Talents & Promises Sale

To help raise funds for St Michael’s Church, can you offer something homemade for sale? i.e. a cake, homemade jam or chutney, a Christmas decoration, card, or wreath, or indeed anything of your own choosing. Material costs can be deducted. Please let Philip Leason know what you are able to offer, the quantity and suggested selling price and a full list will then be circulated around in December.

A leaflet about  it is attached.

p.leason@btinternet.com01785 817980


Prayer for the Nation

The Church of England have issued a call to prayer during the current lockdown. Prayers and themes can be found on the attached leaflet.


Shoebox Appeal

If you have taken a shoebox to fill, could you please endeavour to return the filled boxes to one of our churches or to Mary Babb this week. Alternatively go to to buy a pre-filled Christmas Shoe Box. Our support for Operation Christmas Child is as vital this year as any other.


Contact details

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    

Dennis Abbott 01785 814134

Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838        

Lin Davies 01889 505094

The Collect

Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son was revealed to destroy the works of the devil and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life: grant that we, having this hope, may purify ourselves even as he is pure; that when he shall appear in power and great glory we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


A Reflection based on the readings for Sunday 15 November

Zephaniah 1: 7, 12-18      1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11    Matthew 25: 14-30


Isn’t it exciting when co-incidences occur and Godly connections are made. The Gospel reading for this Sunday is the Parable of the Talents, and co-incidentally, Philip is publicising a ‘Lockdown Talents and Promises Sale’ at the same time!


I love this idea of a Christmas Fayre type event, albeit without sadly the social aspect of gathering together. My wider family have already decided that we will have a homemade Christmas this year, a joy for some of us, more of a challenge for others. But it encourages us to think creatively about what we can commit time to making for one another. In the same way our lockdown talents and promises sale allows us the opportunity to use our creativity in ways that benefit both church funds and those people who will purchase the items. This is something that we can all get involved in, whether by making, buying, delivering or even receiving. We all have gifts and talents that we can share with one another.


In the parable of the talents three slaves are each given a different number of talents to invest whilst their master is away. Two of the slaves traded them and increased their holding, whilst the third, fearing his master, dug a hole and buried his talent in the ground. The first two were rewarded with the words we all hope to hear one day ‘well done good and faithful servant’ whilst the third slave was chastised and thrown out into the darkness. Of course this parable of the talents is a reminder to us that as we hear the call of Christ, we are to respond and share the good news of what we know with others, thus increasing God’s kingdom, whilst those who hear yet fail to respond miss out on the eternal promises of God.


A talent in Jesus’ time was a unit of money that represented such an enormous amount, possibly about 15 years income, that it could not be equated. Our use of the word talent now means gifts or skills that individuals possess, something that cannot easily have a price put against them. A modern day reading of this parable therefore points us to those inherent, or God-given, gifts and talents that we all possess, and that we are encouraged not to hide away, but to bring to the market place, to use for our own benefit, for the benefit of those around us and to further God’s kingdom in this place.


So I would like to encourage you to prayerfully consider what you are able to offer to our talents and promises sale, remembering that even just a word of encouragement to others is a gift in itself and plays its part. Let’s make the best use of the time we have available during lockdown to dust off those skills we might have laid aside and bring forth good gifts that enrich the lives of others.

Alison Hudson


Prayers of Intercession

In peace, let us pray to Jesus our Lord, who ever lives to make intercession for us.


Saviour of the world,

be present in all places of suffering, violence and pain, and bring hope even in the darkest night.

Inspire us to continue your work of reconciliation today. 

God of love, hear our prayer

Lord of the Church,

empower by your Spirit all Christian people and the work of your Church in every land.

Give us grace to proclaim the gospel joyfully in word and deed 

God of love, hear our prayer


Shepherd and Guardian of our souls,

guide and enable all who lead and serve this community and those on whom we depend for our daily needs.

Grant that we may seek the peace and welfare of this place. 

God of love, hear our prayer


Great Physician,

stretch out your hand to bring comfort, wholeness and peace to all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit.

Fill us with compassion, that we may be channels of your healing love. 

God of love, hear our prayer


Conqueror of death,

remember for good those whom we love but see no longer.

Help us to live this day in the sure and certain hope of your eternal victory. 

God of love, hear our prayer


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


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, Val Morris, Alan Holmes, June Stringer, Jayne Walker,

Sue Kenchington, Jim Hammersley, Christopher Davis


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:


Ellan Engley, Vera Rutherford


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


Dorothy May Bolderstone 1994               Mabel Cartledge 1986

Herbert Tarpley Collieer Jnr 1986             Robert William Davies 1989

Vera Emma Till 1990                                 Ann Carol Wright 1985

Lauren Elizabeth Playfair 1994                 Leslie Hodson 1996

John Lamsdale 1973                                  George Garratt 1976

Sarah Perkins 1947                                    Fred Taylor 1994

Donald Geoffrey Shaw 1999                     Rita Scott 2000

Geoffrey Woodcock 2003                         Frederick James Smith 2006

Christopher John Bullock 2010                 Melanie Johnson 2014



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