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24th January 2021

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 21 January 2021

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

24 January 2021




With much sadness and reluctance our regular services

are cancelled for the time being …


The Wardens at Stone have made the difficult decision to close the Church completely, including for private prayer at the moment.

At Aston the Wardens hope to remain open for one hour for those who wish to come for an act of private prayer between 9.15am and 10.15am on a Sunday. This will be reviewed at the end of this month, January 2021. If you come, please can you keep your distance with everyone, log in to “track and trace”, use the hand sanitiser and avoid conversations inside the building.


Bishop Michael has given the Clergy legal dispensation to stop worship until March 31st. We hope very much to be well on the way to more normal services by then; but who would have guessed we would still be here after the first lockdown?


In the meantime our prayers are with you all. A recorded act of worship for each Sunday is available at, on our Facebook pages and on theIan Cardinal Channel of YouTube. This will continue during this time.

 Ian Cardinal




Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

This time of prayer online 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. To join us:

  • 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 month we will be using the Epiphany Season Prayer Sheet.

Virtual Sunday School

Our young children will 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.


Churches Together in Stone

There will be a service of Praise and Prayer in this week of prayer for Christian Unity via Zoom on Sunday 24 January 7-8pm. To join the service use this link:

or sign in with Meeting ID: 958 9081 6112and Password: unity21

You will need to have to hand a piece of paper, a pen and a tea light. Please do support this important part of our corporate prayer life in the community.


A Church of England phone line for hymns, reflections and prayers

This is a free 24 hr recorded phone line. As well asmusic, prayers and reflections there is a Sunday service and daily Morning and Evening Prayer to listen along to. Archbishop Justin Welby gives a lovely introduction when you phone in and then there are options to listen to hymns, reflections, prayers or a daily service.


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!  

Contact details

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the 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


Readings and Collect for Sunday 24 January

Genesis 14: 17-20       Revelation 19: 6-10    John 2: 1-11


Almighty God,

whose Son revealed in signs and miracles

the wonder of your saving presence:

renew your people with your heavenly grace,

and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power;

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



The miracle of the changing of water into wine is interested and challenging in so many different ways. At a surface level it prompts a number of questions, such as, why was it so important that the wine supplies at the wedding should not run out?  Did the servants who knew the story behind the transformation tell anyone their secret and did it have any effect on them (the story, not the wine) and so on. Suggested answers to these and other questions may be found in any good commentary. I’ve made reference to Jeffrey John’s book ‘The Meaning Behind the Miracles’ before but I have no hesitation in recommending it again, not least because it really goes to town on this particular miracle story.

A few years ago, on a visit to the Holy Land we went to Cana and visited the place where the miracle is thought to have taken place. We were shown the type of water jugs that are referred to in the story. They were so big that an average size person can stand inside and look over the top – that’s an enormous amount of wine!

For me, perhaps the most interesting and challenging aspect of the story is the dialogue between Jesus and Mary. Mary is the one who notices the need and without hesitation she turns to Jesus for a response. The response she gets seems dismissive, declaring that the lack of wine is no concern either of hers or his. His time has not yet come. He’s not ready. Let it go. Leave me alone. Mary is not to be put off by his dismissive response and orders the servants to do whatever Jesus tells them. At Christmas, Mary’s role is seen as crucial to the birth of Jesus, to his presence on earth as the bearer of Christ and in this story, we see Mary as the prompter of the beginning of his earthly ministry. The Gospel goes on to declare that through this first of his signs, Jesus revealed his glory and his disciples believed in him. Through Mary’s promptings, Jesus is glorified and believed in.

Fr John

Prayers of Intercession

We pray that Christ may be seen in the life of the Church.


You have called us into the family

of those who are the children of God.

May our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ

be strengthened by your grace.

Jesus, Lord of the Church, in your mercy hear us.


You have called us to be a temple

where the Holy Spirit can dwell.

Give us clean hands and pure hearts

so that our lives will reflect your holiness.

Jesus, Lord of the Church, in your mercy hear us.


You have called us to be a light to the world,

so that those in darkness come to you.

May our lives shine as a witness

to the saving grace you have given for all.

Jesus, Lord of the Church, in your mercy hear us.


You have called us to be members of your body,

so that when one suffers, all suffer together.

We ask for your comfort and healing power

to bring hope to those in distress …

and comfort to those who mourn …

Jesus, Lord of the Church, in your mercy hear us.


You have called us to be the Bride,

where you, Lord, are the Bridegroom.

Prepare us for the wedding feast,

where we will be united with you for ever.

Jesus, Lord of the Church, in your mercy hear us.


Jesus, Lord of the Church,

you have called us into fellowship with all your saints.

We unite our prayers with theirs and ask for grace to serve you with joy where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for all eternity. Amen

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus 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, Mike Ward


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Heather Sutton, Dorothy Winfield, Beryl Seville, Diane Hanman,

Frank Herbert, Derek Cartledge


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

Patricia Blackhurst 1986, Lawrence King 1992, James Harvey 1981, Douglas Bowman 1982, Edward Buckley 1970, Fred Bennett 1983, Ellen Downing 1999, Leonard Oxer 1999, Kathleen Sherratt 1999, Constance Shaw 1988, Samuel Robinson 1999, Lilian Devall 1983, Frederick Burgess 2002, Reginald Elkin 1991, Donald Knight 2004, Winifred Baron 2000, Ruth Waghorn 2010, Meg Knox 2014, Margaret Sutton 2016, Celia Dabbs 2017, Ida Smith 1980


and from St Saviour’s:

Sidney Emery 1987, Constance Shaw 1988, Jessie Stanfield 1989, James Smith 1989, Percy Bate 1991, Eric Deakin 1991, Alan Barrett-Green 1991, Kenneth Lockett 1991, Dorothy Leese 1997, Wilfred Howells 2000, Reginald Riley 2000, Florence Bratt 2009, William Lewington 2009, Charles Bowers 2009, Pamela Sangster 2011, Mary Hughes 2015, Dorothy Burton 2016, William Robinson 2016, Ronald Osborne 2017, Charles Mitchell 2018, Jessie Moore 2018, Mirella Mason 2019, George Wright 2020, Norman Goodwin 2020, Charles Smith 2020


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