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21st February 2021

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 18 February 2021

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

21 February 2021



First Sunday of Lent

Worship in our churches resumes this week with Sunday morning services: 8am and 10.45am St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone and 9.15am St Saviour, Aston


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.


Please do not feel under any pressure to attend church before you are ready to! Our prayers are with you all, and the ministry team will continue to film an act of worship for you to follow each week on our website, church Facebook pages and on Ian Cardinal’s channel of YouTube.  Ian Cardinal


Sunday Services resume this week

These will be a brief service of Holy Communion. There will not be a Thursday morning service for the time being.


Virtual Sunday School

Our young children continue to meet via Zoom each Sunday afternoon at 5pm, hosted by Jill Bramham. Please do hold our children, Jill and this valuable ministry in your prayers.


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!  


Prayer for the Nation

Following the devastating milestone of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called for a time of prayer for the nation at 6pm each day during the month of February. They encourage us to remember before God those who have died and pray that God's love will surround all who mourn them, now and always.


Gracious God, as we remember before you

the thousands who have died,

surround us and all who mourn with your strong compassion.

Be gentle with us in our grief, protect us from despair,

and give us grace to persevere and face the future

with hope in Jesus Christ our risen Lord.



Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

This time of prayer continues each week. It is a short service (approximately 20 minutes) that we are able to share in together at 4pm each Sundayvia phone or internet. This week we will use a Lent Prayer Sheet.


To join us:

  • 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’


Lent Course

For our Lent Course this year we will be following ‘A Way Through the Wilderness’ by Paula Gooder. We will run this over Zoom and provide a weekly handout for you to follow. There will be 5 sessions, on Wednesdays at 7pm, starting on 24 February. The course uses readings from Isaiah 40 to explore different aspects of the comfort God seeks to offer us when we need it most! Please let Alison know if you are hoping to take part. alison.hudson4@gmail.comor 07725 467246


To join:

  • Phone thisnumbers:  0131 460 1196or 0203 481 5237
  • enter the meeting ID on your telephone keypad 861 0620 0794
  • you will be asked for a participant number - just enter #
  • enter the password which is 476093


or join online via ‘Zoom’

Many of you will have a copy of the Stone with Aston ‘Journey in Lent’ booklet that you might like to revisit this year. It is such a lovely collection of reflections that will continue to prompt our thoughts and prayers.


Congratulations to Norma Deakin who celebrates her 90th birthday this Sunday. We wish you many blessings Norma.


Contact details

Please do 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


Readings and Collect for Sunday 21 February

Genesis 9: 8-17           1 Peter 3: 18-end        Mark 1: 9-15


Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit; and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save; 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



I think one of the quotes from the quotable Oscar Wilde sums up how a lot of people see Lent. He says “I can resist everything except temptation”

Ahh what to resist? What to give in to, what to give up. Decisions, decisions! My 10 year old grandson Jacob’s class were discussing Lent and giving up things, the teacher asked what she should give up for Lent. Jacob suggested “Teaching!” Personally, I gave up giving up things, far easier to stick to.

Was, I wonder, Jesus speaking figuratively or literally when he said give up everything, testing those who would be followers. 2,000 years ago, it was probably easier to give things up. There wasn’t a lot around anyway was there, an ass or two, a fishing net, less to give up but maybe just as a hard a decision to have to make then as now.  Is it much different now though? A car or two, a tv, mobile phone, perhaps a family who might think you were barmy if you said, right that’s it I renounce all my possessions, I’m off to follow Jesus. We are I know, all followers of Christ, but how many Christians would give up everything, truly give up if push came to shove, to follow Him the way He wanted people to 2,000 years ago?

Let me ask you this, why give anything up? Lent isn’t necessarily about giving things up. It’s about preparation, contemplation, planning. It’s about renewal. Gen 9, 1 Pet 3 and Mark 1 verses for this first Sunday of Lent all echo this. So, don’t give up, renew your faith, just as Jesus who was in the wilderness preparing; praying. Preparing himself for what he knew was going to happen to him. However, he was not alone in the wilderness; he was in close communication with God. He was not trying to make it on his own. No need to, is there?

Likewise, during this period of Lent you need not try to make it on your own. For our Lent Course this year we will be following ‘A Way Through the Wilderness’ by Paula Gooder. We will run this over Zoom and provide a weekly handout for you to follow. There will be 5 sessions, on Wednesdays at 7pm, starting on 24 February. The information and Zoom links are on the previous page. Please do let Alison know if you are interested in taking part and let’s journey through this Lent together.Dennis Abbott


Prayers of Intercession

We pray to the Lord for courage to give up other things and to give ourselves to him this Lent.

Lord Jesus, for forty days you fasted and were tested to your core.

Give your Church the faith to set aside all that masks the spiritual struggles within, that we would worship you with all our hearts.

God of our salvation, we trust in your promises.


Lord Jesus, in the wilderness you went without securities and confronted your fears.

Give to the nations courage to put away the politics of suspicion and panic and instead to work for unity and justice.

Protect us from all that seeks to divide and exploit the vulnerable.

God of our salvation, we trust in your promises.


Lord Jesus, you placed yourself at the mercy of hunger and weakness.

Give to the satisfied concern and compassion for those who are not sure of their next meal, that none should go without.

Preserve us from gluttony and excessive living.

God of our salvation, we trust in your promises.


Lord Jesus, you endured the dry places and the discomfort of stones for your bed.

Give to all who feel their life is parched the refreshment of your living streams. Give comfort and healing to those who are unwell and bring us all to trust in your mercy.

God of our salvation, we trust in your promises.


Lord Jesus, alone you became at one with the Father and the Spirit.

Be with us that we may enter the silence of your eternity. As we remember those recently departed this life, we stand alongside those who mourn, praying for your comfort and peace for them.

As we call on your name, bring us to your salvation.

God of our salvation, we trust in your promises.


We commend ourselves and all for whom we pray to the mercy and protection of our heavenly Father, in the Name of Christ. Amen


Those we include inourprayers 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, John Hargreaves, Val Morris, Alan Holmes, June Stringer, Jayne Walker, Jim Hammersley, Duncan Leak, Christopher Davis, Margaret Tomlinson, Berwyn Babb, Carl Hartley, Karen Hartley, Alison Holmes, Maddy, Pam Miles


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Derek Cartledge, Valerie Fletcher, Rachel Eade, Joan Lilian Cooper (not from Aston!), Brian Bill, Neil Jenkins


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

Neil McDougall 1984, Robert Ball 1945, Dorothy Ball 1943, Florece Laugher 1987, Albert Purslow 1988, Marjorie Sandland 1993, Jean Robinson 1976, Harry Perkins 1976, John Newton 1976, Hilda Perkin 1997, Ida Watson 1985, Lucy Taylor 1998, Merla Buxton 1999, Francis Moss 2003, Alfred Hazelhurst 2003, Wendy Warrillow 2004, Violet Cadagan 2009, Bernard Rose 2011, Mathew Emery 2011, Michael Ravenscroft 2012, Laurie Broadhurst 2010, Andrew Lindsay 2014


and from St Saviour’s:

Frederick Mellor 1987, Mabel Ferneyhough 2013, Frank Mellor 1988, Constance Pearson 2013, Frank Pick 1991, Harry Townsend 2016, Evelyn Dunkey 1994, Veronica Cooper 2020, Nancy Betts 1994, Pauline Matthews 2020, Edith Northfield 1998, Cyril Tomkinson 2000, Sarah Bates 2001, David Livingstone MacKinnon 2003, Brigita Goode 2004, Pearl McFarlane 2004, Peter Clayton 2005, Margaret Emery 2009, Ronald Plant 2010, Millicent Faulkner 2011, Dorothy Shelton 2012, Anne Rodgers 2013

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