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28th February 2021

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 24 February 2021

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

28  February 2021



Second Sunday of Lent


Sunday Worship in our churches has resumed. These will each be a brief service of Holy Communion.

8am and 10.45am St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone

9.15am St Saviour, Aston

There will not be a Thursday morning service for the time being.


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



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!  


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 thisnumber  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.


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 28 February

Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16   Romans 4: 13-end   Mark 8: 31-end


Almighty God, you show to those who are in error the light of your truth, that they may return to the way of righteousness: grant to all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion, that they may reject those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen



Jesus called his disciples to follow him, they left their work and went around the countryside with him. It must have been a wonderful time, witnessing miracles, and crowds following them. Life was a great adventure. They were able to listen to the teachings of Jesus. Peter said that he knew Jesus was the Anointed one of God, that he was the Christ. Peter was very excited.

Jesus warned the disciples that there was trouble ahead. He told them the elders, the chief priests and scribes would reject him and he would be killed. Jesus didn’t want to be killed but he knew if he did God’s work he would face opposition. Jesus knew that evil is always against goodness. Peter would not believe it. He took Jesus to one side and told him it could not be so. Jesus wished it were not so, but he knew what trouble lay ahead.

Peter was trying to persuade him to run away, or hide or go somewhere else. Peter did this because he loved Jesus. Jesus could see that Satan was using Peter’s love to tempt him, and spoke very strongly to his friend and said, “Get behind me Satan, for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human ways.”

We do have to be careful and on our guard that our friends do not lead us astray inadvertently from what God wants us to do. Sometimes they cannot understand that we need to be willing to give everything up to follow the path God has chosen for us.

Jesus did not promise that following him would be easy. He said there would be times when we would have to deny even our own desires. If we are following the crucified one we too have to take up our cross.   Jesus knew that if we don’t follow God’s call we diminish ourselves.

I remember the reaction from some people when I was under training to be a Reader. I didn’t start with the intention of becoming one. I began with 12 months’ study for the Bishops Certificate, then 12 months’ Pathway to Ministry. Each step was harder, more studying, more reading. Some friends and family were asking me why was I putting myself through all this studying? When it became clear that my calling was to be a reader, that meant interviews and another 2 years of degree-level studying, submitting appropriate written assignments. I cannot tell you the number of times I was crying over an assignment and saying ‘I cannot do this’. Jim would make me a cup of tea and pass the tissues. But God strengthened me and I knew if I walked away from what God wanted me to be I would have no peace of mind. I understand that the training course has now been made easier because it had been very difficult for quite a few of us. Even so, I learned so much even though it had been tough going.

To follow Jesus means discipline and commitment. Whichever role God wants us to play, each is as important as the other.

Through the lockdowns over this past 12 months I think we have all missed the social side of our worship. The after-service cup of tea, coffee and natter, the singing of hymns, being able to smile at people, Church flowers, the pew cushions.  We can all look forward to when this pandemic is over.

                                                                                                    Lin Davies



Prayers of Intercession

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


For forgiveness for the many times we have denied Jesus,

For grace to seek out those habits of sin which mean spiritual death,

and by prayer and self-discipline to overcome them,

Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.


For Christian people, that through the suffering of disunity

there may grow a rich union in Christ,

Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.


For those who make laws, interpret them and administer them,

that our common life may be ordered in justice and mercy.

For those who have the courage and honesty

to work openly for justice and peace,

Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.


For those in the darkness and agony of isolation,

that they may find support and encouragement,

For those in the clutches of illness of body, mind or spirit

Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.


For those who, weighed down with hardship, failure, or sorrow, feel that God is far from them,

For those who are tempted to give up the way of the cross,

Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.


That we, with those who have died in faith, may find mercy in the day of Christ.


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, 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:

Valerie Fletcher, Rachel Eade, Brian Bill, Neil Jenkins, Jayne Walker,

Ken Bickerton


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