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6th June 2021

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 02 June 2021

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

6 June 2021


As we reach the next stage of unlocking, it is still important we keep to the current rules and regulations. So far the only major change for Churches is that we can now have up to 30 people attending Weddings.


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.


We do understand some people being wary, although we have managed to keep everybody safe through all of this. The ministry team 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!  


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.


Contact details

Please 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

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’


St Michael & St Wulfad Spring Fair

Our virtual Spring Fair has proved to be very popular with over £525 being raised so far, and there are still items for sale! Thank you to all those who have contributed an item for sale, or purchased something.  

Philip Leason


Ministry Team Sponsored Walk

The team will be doing a sponsored walk for Christian Aid on Tuesday 8 June. They will attempt three circuits of Trentham Garden Lakes! Sponsor forms are at the back of each church, please do continue our support for Christian Aid by sponsoring us if you are able to and if anyone would like to join us please book a ticket for Trentham Gardens for 10.30am entry. Thank you


Royal School of Church Music Sunday

Sunday 6 June is RSCM Day as they encourage us to celebrate the role ofmusic in worship and give thanks to all those who minister through music. A special service from Lichfield Cathedral, the 'Big Music Sunday Service', will be broadcasting at 6pm on RSCM’s YouTube channel

New Organist

Today we formally welcome Alex Goldsmith who joins us as the new organist at St Michael & St Wulfad’s following David Stott’s retirement. We will of course look for an occasion to thank David and bid him farewell, but warmly welcome Alex and Emma into our church life.


Readings and Collect for Sunday 6 June

1 Samuel 8: 4-11, 16-20         2 Corinthians 4: 13-5: 1          Mark 3: 20-end


God of truth,

help us to keep your law of love

and to walk in ways of wisdom,

that we may find true life

 in Jesus Christ your Son. Amen


Reflection – ‘Ordinary Time’

After the great celebration of Easter, followed by Ascension Day, Pentecost and Trinity Sunday we have now entered into that period within the church calendar known as ‘Ordinary time’. On the face of it, the name suggests that we can expect little of significance to happen, but that is far from the case.


June (in particular, Petertide) is commonly a time when Ordination to the Diaconate and Priesthood takes place. On a personal note 18th June marks my tenth anniversary as a priest (where has the time gone?). Later in the month our new curate will be ordained as a Deacon. We pray for Jim and look forward to his future ministry with us in the Benefice.


Ordinary Time is called "ordinary" not because it is common or mundane, but simply because the weeks of Ordinary Time are numbered. It is derived from the Latin word “ordinalis”, which refers to numbers in a series, and stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order.


Green is the standard liturgical colour used during Ordinary Time. The colour is meant to represent the anticipation and hope in the resurrection of Christ. Green symbolises the hope and life of each new day. It also represents a time of growth and expansion of the Church following the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Green is a very natural colour and is often a symbol for growth and new life.

Like all liturgical seasons, Ordinary Time is meant to be lived! We aren’t passive receptors of the liturgy – or at least we shouldn’t be. We are called to be active participants! Participating in Ordinary Time means participating in the everyday life of Jesus.


To quote the Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) - “The Sundays and weeks of Ordinary Time, take us through the life of Christ. This is the time of conversion. This is living the life of Christ. Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ.”


A Very Blessed Ordinary Time To Everyone                                    Fr John


Prayers of intercession

Lord God, through your grace we are your people:

through your Son you have redeemed us;

in your Spirit you have made us as your own.


Lord Jesus, crowds flocked to see you.

As we kneel before your presence, draw us together to become your body, the Church, in unity and diversity.

Give us thankful hearts with which to praise you.

We will wait for the Lord, our hope is in your Word.

Lord Jesus, some questioned your sanity and motives.

Stand alongside leaders and elected representatives as they grapple with the pace of change and shifting social landscapes. Give wisdom to our leaders in these weeks ahead as consideration is given to lifting lockdown restrictions.

Hold before us a vision of Your Kingdom to guide us through the mist of uncertainty.

We will wait for the Lord, our hope is in your Word.


Lord Jesus, you said that a closed heart shuts out your forgiveness.

Confront our stubbornness with your grace and truth that we may be honest with ourselves and love our neighbours as you command.

In humility and peace bring us to delight in you.

We will wait for the Lord, our hope is in your Word.


Lord Jesus, you call servants of your will not just friends but members of your family.

Look in compassion on your brothers and sisters in their need, bring sustenance, relief and hope to those who live in poverty or amidst disaster. Bring your healing to those who suffer in body, mind or spirit.

We place our trust in your mercy.

We will wait for the Lord, our hope is in your Word.


Lord Jesus, you prepare for your family an eternal weight of glory.

Bring into your eternal presence all who have died trusting in you, as we have been enriched by their earthly presence.

Raise us to live with you for ever.

We will wait for the Lord, our hope is in your Word.


Lord of life,

hear our prayer,and make us one in heart and mind

to serve you with joy for ever. Amen

Those we include inourprayers

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, June Stringer, Jim Hammersley, Duncan Leak, Carl Hartley, Karen Hartley, Alison Holmes, Pam Miles, Kath Franks, Margaret Moss, Mark Green, Roy Richardson, Lewis Hubbard,

Jean Gulliver


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

Garry Bond, Barbara Goldsmith, Susan Doran


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

Elizabeth Sadler 1986, Kenneth Williams 1986, John Horne 1991, Arthur Bolderstone 1994, Geoff Wright 1994, Alfred Downing 1985,Edward Miles 1999, Irene Long 1999, Annie Holliman 2003, Dennis Long 2004, Richard Stubbs 2003, Rose Lloyd 1990, Roy Hodgkinson 1990, Noel Banks 1976, Peggy Sims 2013, Maureen Evans 2013


and from St Saviour’s:

Revd Laurence Waldron 2005, Arna Barlow 1993, John Benbow 2005, Fraser Munro 1993, Rita Biggs 2010, James Illing 1993, Mary Sedgwick 2011, Kevin Butterworth 1994, Elsie Pattyson 2017, George Northfield 1995, Margery Allen 2019, Vernon Brown 1996, Mary Shardlow 2020, Frances Plant 1999, Andrew Kane 1999, Beatrice Dix 2000, Meg Stanley 2002, Anthony Hulse 2003, Patricia Finney 2005






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