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8th November 2020

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 05 November 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

Sunday 8 November 2020



They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.



Church open for private prayer only during lockdown

Sadly we are once again in lockdown and the church will only be open for private prayer at our normal services times:


8.00-8.45am St Michael & St Wulfad

9.15-10.15am St Saviour

10.45-11.45am St Michael & St Wulfad


10.30-11.30am St Michael & St Wulfad

 Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers

This time of prayer online continues on a weekly basis. It is a short service (approximately 20 minutes) that we are able to share in together at 4pm each Sundayvia phone or internet.

  • 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 week we will be using the Week 2 Service Sheet.


Sunday Services will be recorded

Keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for a pre-recorded Sunday service each week. If you would like a DVD of this, please let Ian know.


Regular Giving

To minimise the handling of cash, could you consider making regular donations to the church via standing order from your bank?

If you are able or would prefer to do this, please contact John Baddeley on 01785 815397, or email johnandpat@allaboutimage.netfor St Michaels, or Paul Gerrard on 01785 818363 or email pagerrard@btinternet.comfor St Saviour’s. Thank you!





Green Bus

There will be no Green Bus service during lockdown.


All Souls Service

The annual All Souls Service was recorded last Sunday and is available to watch on the church website, Facebook page or Ian Cardinal’s You Tube page. If you would like a DVD of the service please contact Ian.


The Beatitudes – our Autumn Course

The final two sessions of our Pilgrim Course will be held in January. Actual dates will be published nearer the time!


Shoebox Appeal

If you have taken a shoebox to fill, could you please endeavour to return the filled boxes to one of our churches or to Mary Babb this weekend. Alternatively go to to buy a pre-filled Christmas Shoe Box. Our support for Operation Christmas Child is as vital this year as any other.


Contact details

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the ministry 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


The Collect

Almighty Father, whose will is to restore all thing in your  beloved  Son, the  King of all: govern the hearts and  minds of those  in authority, and bring the families of the nations, divided and torn apart by the ravages  of sin, to be subject to  his just and  gentle rule: who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the  Holy Spirit, one God, now  and forever. Amen

A Reflection based on the readings for Sunday 8 November

Solomon 6: 12-16       1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18        Matthew 25: 1-13


There is a little poem, just three lines, by Steve Turner:


History repeats itself.

Has to.

No-one listens.


Not very nice, as a thought, is it? But it does seem to me to very apposite. As we go back into lockdown, it now seems possible that Stone might not be having a Remembrance Sunday service, just a very small, socially distanced, act of Remembrance at the War memorial. How very sad for us all!


Remembering is vital, at this time of year. The Great War was what began it all, of course. Naively, it was thought to be the “War to end all wars” – and how it would “all be over by Christmas.” In actual fact, there is ample evidence that the fabric of society, all over the world was damaged, or at least changed irreparably, by 4 years of hellish fighting, blood and death. The erection of the Cenotaph in London was supposed to be, not just a monument to those who had died, but also a pledge to the future that it would never happen again. Just 20 years after the first “Poppy Day” we were at War with Germany all over again!


So This Sunday, in 2020 is a time to remember, not to forget, even if we have to do it at home. As our society deals with the biggest threat to our existence for many, many years, we also have a pledge to make. This time it is not just about Peace; this time it is to ask ourselves a very big question about the way our society has been working. Does the consumer society, which always values brighter and shinier possessions, hoards wealth above all things, that declares “me first” at every opportunity, does it have any future? Is this not the time to start to ask what really matters in life?

The vision for society after that first terrible War was to create a society “fit for heroes to live in.” We may not have achieved it yet, so maybe, amidst the sadness of a Remembrance when we cannot meet, it is also a time to look for a better future! Maybe it’s time to turn back to our God and Father. Maybe it’s time to look for his new Creation in Jesus Christ. And maybe, just maybe, history won’t have to repeat itself too often, after this.                                                                              Ian Cardinal


Prayers for Remembrance Sunday

In peace let us pray to the Lord.


We pray for the leaders of the nations,

that you will guide them in the ways of freedom, justice and truth.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.


We pray for those who bear arms on behalf of the nation,

that they may have discipline and discernment,

courage and compassion.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.


We pray for our enemies, and those who wish us harm,

that you will turn the hearts of all to kindness and friendship.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.


We pray for the wounded and the captive,

the grieving and the homeless,

that in all their trials they may know your love and support.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.


Most holy God and Father,

hear our prayers for all who strive for peace and all who fight for justice.

Help us, who today remember the cost of war, to work for a better tomorrow; and, as we commend to you lives lost in terror and conflict, bring us all, in the end, to the peace of your presence;

through Christ our Lord. Amen


Prayers for this time of lockdown

Let us pray to the Lord, who is our refuge and stronghold. 


For the health and well-being of our nation,

that all who are fearful and anxious

may be at peace and free from worry:

Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.


For the isolated and housebound,

that we may be alert to their needs,

and care for them in their vulnerability:

Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.


For our homes and families,

our schools and young people,

and all in any kind of need or distress:

Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.


For a blessing on our local community,

that our neighbourhoods may be places of trust and friendship,

where all are known and cared for:

Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.


We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,

to the mercy and protection of God.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen


Our weekly prayers 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, Carl Hartley, John Hargreaves, Val Morris, Alan Holmes, June Stringer, Jayne Walker,

Sue Kenchington, Jim Hammersley, Christopher Davis


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:


Ellan Engley, Vera Rutherford


And those whose year’s mind falls in this month:


Dorothy May Bolderstone 1994               Mabel Cartledge 1986

Herbert Tarpley Collieer Jnr 1986             Robert William Davies 1989

Vera Emma Till 1990                                 Ann Carol Wright 1985

Lauren Elizabeth Playfair 1994                 Leslie Hodson 1996

John Lamsdale 1973                                  George Garratt 1976

Sarah Perkins 1947                                    Fred Taylor 1994

Donald Geoffrey Shaw 1999                     Rita Scott 2000

Geoffrey Woodcock 2003                         Frederick James Smith 2006

Christopher John Bullock 2010                 Melanie Johnson 2014



If you would like any names to be added to this list, please email rector.stone@gmail.comor ring Revd Ian Cardinal on 01785 812747

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