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4th July 2021

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 30 June 2021

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

4 July 2021


Fifth Sunday after Trinity

In our face-to-face services, we continue to keep to government regulations on social distancing, using “track and trace”, hand sanitiser and wearing a face covering, as well as avoiding conversation or gatherings inside the building. We look forward to the impending announcement that church services are able to return to ‘normal’!


In the meantime we 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!  


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’



We are delighted to be able to start to offer baptisms again this month. In the first instance this will be subject to a restriction of 30 guests with current guidance adhered to. Please do pass this information on to anyone you know and to book a date contact Mrs Isabelle Newton on 01785 812539.


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.

Readings and Collect for Sunday 4 July

Ezekiel 2: 1-5  2 Corinthians 12: 2-10            Mark 6: 1-13


Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified: hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people, that in their vocation and ministry they may serve you in holiness and truth to the glory of your name; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen



 ’There will be no miracles here’ - A short essay on the artistic and spiritual meaning of this artwork is available from The Visual Commentary on Scripture-

In this Sunday’s gospel reading, we hear of Jesus returning to his home town to peach to the people there. He had known much success in the neighbouring towns, such as Capernaum, which might lead us to think that here too, in his home town, he would be well received. The audience was astonished at Jesus’ wisdom, but their amazement turned to negativity and unbelief as they remembered who he was and where he came from. As a result of their lack of belief Jesus was unable to perform any miracles. Perhaps they knew too much about him, and were too familiar with him? Certainly, they knew he was Mary’s son, but there was no mention of him being Joseph’s son too. Should we take this to mean that they believed he was illegitimate?

The unbelief of these people amazed Jesus, but his response was, "Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house."

These townsfolk felt they knew who Jesus was, perhaps he had grown up in front of them and they were familiar with him; and this stopped them from having ears to hear and faith to believe. But Jesus went on and continued his mission teaching in the other villages. He did not let this hinder him in what he had to do.

Later we read about the commissioning of the 12 as they too are sent out to teach in the surrounding areas. After having witnessed Jesus’ rejection, he now warns them that they too should expect to be rejected. He warns them about not being welcomed, and says if people refuse to hear them, they are to shake off the dust that is on their feet as they leave and move on to the next place.

In John 15:18 we read. “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” This verse and the passage from Mark are stark reminders that not everyone welcomes the message of the Good News. Not everyone has ears to hear, or eyes to see, and many will reject us because of what and who we believe in. This fear of rejection and of ridicule can make us afraid to share our faith out in the world and we simply keep it to ourselves, or amongst those within the safety of the church. However, just as Jesus and the disciples have shown us in the gospels, we are to shake the dust off our feet and move forwards when we face that unbelief.

As Christians we are called to proclaim the Good News, to those we know and to those we do not know. From personal experience, I know it is easier to share my faith with those I don’t know rather than those who have known me since I was a little girl. The people who know me best, are often the ones who respond in disbelief and that can be a hard pill to swallow. But in following the ways of Jesus and his teachings, I know that I am to simply shake the dust from my feet and move on. We are not responsible for whether the people who hear our words believe them, that’s God’s job, but we are responsible for getting the Good News out there. As Jesus followers today, we are part of that Great Commission.Ellie Cheetham-Wilkinson


Prayers of intercession

Gracious God, fountain of all wisdom, we pray for all Christian people;

for Bishops Michael and Matthew, for all Christian leaders,

and for those who teach and guard the faith.

May the word of Christ dwell richly in our hearts,

and knit us together in the bond of your love.

Hear us, good Lord.


We pray for the leaders of the nations, and for those in authority under them that they would recognise the needs of all people.

Give them the gift of your wisdom, and a right discernment in all things.

Hear us, good Lord.


We pray for the communities of Stone and Aston

for those who live and work here, and for those who visit this place, that we would know the peace, justice and joy of your Kingdom.

Speak your word of peace in our midst, and help us to serve one another as Christ has served us.

Hear us, good Lord.


We pray for those who do not believe, and yet who long to know you, the very Word of life. May the seeds that we sow in word and deed be brought to fruition by the power of your Holy Spirit.

Open their ears to hear your voice, and open their hearts to the knowledge of your love in Christ.

Hear us, good Lord.


We pray for those bowed down with grief, fear or sickness, that they would know your strength, comfort and healing in these times.

Prompt us to walk alongside them and hold them before you in prayer.

Hear us, good Lord.


We give thanks for all those who have died in the faith of Christ, for the souls of the recently departed and those whose year’s mind falls in this month, and we rejoice with all your saints, trusting in the promise of your word fulfilled.

Lord of life,hear our prayer,

and make us one in heart and mind

to serve you with joy for ever.Amen


Contact details

Please contact any of the team should you need to:


Revd Ian Cardinal 01785 812747    Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246 

Revd Jim Cartlidge 07770 098766          Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838

Mr Dennis Abbott 01785 814134                            Mrs Lin Davies 01889 505094

Those we include inourprayers

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, 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:

Beverley John Richards, Neil Wynne


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

Elizabeth Furness 1985, Thomas Maskrey 1984, Sally Marsden 1986, Brenda Brown 1987, Adah Brown 1994, Constance Wright 1994, William Robinson 1974, John Newton 1994, Doris Garratt 1964, Ierne Ecclestone 1999, Frederick Robinson 1999, Eric Sims 1995, Keith Palmer 2000, Anne (Nancy) Gunn 2000, Marie Spilsbury 2001, Barrie Sims 2002, Alan Thomas 2006, Selwyn Robins 2009, Sarah Scotton 2009, Dorothy Barnes 2010, Mary Dyke 2010, Millicent Goodall 1957, Sam Potts 2012, Joan Astle 2015, Vera (Kate) Shaw 2016, Sarah Wright 2017, Grenville Deakin 2020


and from St Saviour’s:

Edgar Malkin 1987, Neil Gallatley 2016, Arthur Pattyson 1989, Ronald Burton 2018, Winifred Shepherd 1992, Graham Cooper 2019, Reginald Matthews 1992, Elizabeth Osborne 2019, William Cartwright 1995, Ernest Lear 2020, Doreen Kay 1996, Maurice Tomlinson 1999, Laura Challinor 2001, Marjorie Bowers 2004, Nora Clancy 2006, Kathleen Lockett 2006, Albert Henry Potts 2012, Terry Malkin 2013, Margaret Lane 2016


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