ChadNet – no 102

ChadNet – no 102 – Sunday 6th March 2022

ChadNet - the eBulletin of St Chad's Church, Pattingham
        with Patshull

Welcome to this week’s edition of ChadNet – the eBulletin of St Chad’s Church, Pattingham with Patshull.

In this week’s ChadNet:

We are returning to something closer to normal.

It is up to each individual to decide whether or not they should wear a face covering in church.

The church doors will remain closed during services to help to keep the church warm.

In the pews by the wall of the South Aisle we will continue to ask that social distancing be maintained so that those who wish to maintain social distancing can do so.

Do not attend church if you have any covid symptoms or are meant to be isolating.

View from the Pews

Jo Bramall

(This View from the Pews has been in the editor’s in tray for two weeks)

In the sunshine today, I have been marvelling at the cheery bright daffodils and primroses that are in bloom in my garden, and the dramatic hellebores that have provided colour throughout the darkest winter months.  Last night we were battered by Storm Dudley.

Today, it feels like, despite the dreadful Storm Dudley last night, spring may be on the way very soon.

As many of you know, I sadly lost my Dad in December, so the past winter has been harder than usual.  He was a passionate gardener and, right to the end, he was always planning ahead for the next season.  He would, about now, be chitting his seed potatoes ready for another harvest.  Every year he planted a garden full of vegetables.  It gave him great pleasure to see how the earth, with a little help from the rain and sun, would produce an abundance of fruit & vegetables from tiny seeds.  It also gave pleasure to others who were fortunate enough to receive the produce he loved to give to family and friends.

It is amazing to think that life and beauty can spring from a seed, that to all intents and purposes, appears dead.  And yet, each flower and vegetable has its own season.  While not every season is as fine and rose-filled as June, each season brings its own fruit and blessings.

I am reminded of this in Psalm 1:
1 Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
  or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season  and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

Despite the seasons and storms that life brings to us, if we hold fast to God, then he assures us we will weather them and delight in blossoms and bring forth fruit in the right season.  Such a promise can be a great comfort when life brings a desolate winter season or a “Storm Dudley.”

Jo Bramall

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We do not have a VIcar at the moment. For matters which would normally be dealt with by the Vicar the churchwardens are the first point of contact. The Vicarage phone (01902 700257) is redirected to the churchwardens. When they are not available a message can be left on the voicemail and they will return the call when they are available. Emails to will be received by the churchwardens.

Contact details for church officers can be found on the Contacts page of the church website. You can use if you are nore sure who to contact and the churchwardens will be able to forward it to the correct person.

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Articles for the magazine should be sent to (note – this is different to the address used before November 2020 which no longer works).

Sunday 6th March – First Sunday of Lent

At 10 am there will be a Family Service in church, led by Rob Colin-Stokes, which will be followed by Holy Communion, led by Revd Roberta Maxwell, for those who wish to stay. Coffee (and tea and biscuits) will be available after the service.

At 2 pm Esme Louise Myatt will be baptised in church. Esme’s parents, Jayde and Kearon, would like it known that if anyone from church would like to attend to celebrate with their families they would be very welcome.

This week

The church will be open every day. Look out for the “church open” sign outside the porch.

Every day (except Sunday) Prayers for Peace will be said in church at 6 pm.

On Tuesday evening there is a PCC meeting in church.

On Wednesday there will be a service of Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer, led by Revd James Makepeace, in church at 10.00 am which will be followed by tea, coffee and cake.

On Wednesday the funeral of Keith Bishop takes place in church at 12 noon.

Sunday 13th March – Second Sunday of Lent

At 10 am there will be a service of Holy Communion, led by Revd James Makepeace, in church. Coffee (and tea and biscuits) will be available after the service.

Sunday School will be held in The Loft during the 10 am service and be led by Anna Davies. Contact Anna on or 07968 891927 for further information.

At 6.30 pm there will be a service of Evensong, led by Ken Scott, in church.


We are all aware of the current situation in Ukraine. It may seem that there is little or anything that we in Pattingham and Patshull can do but we can pray and those of us who are able can give either money or items which are needed. These can either support the aid efforts in Ukraine or support those refugees who have left Ukraine, particularly those who have come to this country.

Prayers for Peace

We are saying Prayers for Peace in church every evening (except Sundays) at 6 pm. This normally lasts about 15 minutes. We have a rota so that at least two people are present to lead the prayers although anyone else who wishes to come and join them is welcome to do so and can also say a prayer if they wish. Those who are not able to come to church may wish to pause and say a prayer of their own at that time.

So far the prayers have been led by members of the PCC and they have been joined by between 2 and 6 other people. We would like to extend the pool of people who are leading the prayers to other members of the congregation. If you can offer to join the rota – or even just do one or two evenings – please let one of the churchwardens know.


The PCC has already made donations to the the UNICEF Ukraine Appeal and the British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal on behalf of our congregation.

Since then the Disasters Emergency Committee have launched their Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. The UK Government will match pound-for-pound up to £20 million donated by the public to this appeal. To donate or find out more go to . We would encourage those who can afford to do so to give to that appeal or to any of the other charities which are trying to help in this crisis.

There are also a number of groups and charities who are collecting food, clothing and other items for refugees.


Lent course

There will not be a Lent Course in Pattingham this year but we are invited to join the course at The Church at Perton for their course on Living in Love and Faith. There are two sets of sessions – Tuesday mornings (11 am to 12.30 pm) from 15th March and Thursday evenings (7.30 to 9 pm) from 17th March. If you would like to attend please let Julia Cody, the Vicar of Perton, know (01902 750232 / ).

The course is also being run at Trysull on Monday evenings from 7th March, at Tettenhall Wood on Thursday mornings from 10th March and at Castlecroft on Saturday mornings from 5th March. (For Trysull contact Rev’d Richard Fisher / 01902 476843 / . For Tettenhall Wood and Castlecroft contact Rev’d Phil Wootton / 01902 751116 / )

#LiveLent: reflections

TThe Church of England’s daily emailed reflections for Lent started on 2nd March. The theme in 2022 is Embracing Justice. You can sign up on the Church of England’s website:

Century Club draw

The winners of the February Century Club draw were:

    1st prize – £150 – Sue Stirk (ball 52)
    2nd prize – £100 – Joan Burton (ball 10)
    3rd prize – £50 – Gillian Andrews (ball 66)

Congratulations to all of them.

There are currently three vacancies. It you are interested in joining please contact Alan Smith on 07757 688518 or

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 27th February and 13th March.

Simon Andrew Mackriel – 27th February 2019
Lily Bates – 28th February 1997
Jocelyn Ida Alice Mayne – 28th February 1999
James Andrew Potts – 28th February 2007
Andrew Woodroffe – 1st March 1976
Edith Margery Whitty – 2nd March 1999
Gordon Frederick Roberts – 3rd March 2010
Roy Meredith Wilcox – 5th March 2016
Anthony John Harley – 11th March 1997
Gordon Francis Thomas – 12th March 1992
Dennis William Lovering – 12th March 2012
Emily Margaret Ada Pugh – 13th March 1991
Ronald Lacey – 13th March 1998

You can see all the pages of the Memorial Book on the Memorial Book Online page of the Church website.

Resources for worship and prayer at home

Some of resources which can be used at home are listed on the Resources Available Online and the Resources Available for Children, Young People and Families pages of the website.

For those who are unable to attend church there are still a number of services which are available online, including a weekly service on the Church of England website.

Giving to the church

Details of the various ways in which you can give can be found on the Giving page of the website.

We have a JustGiving page to enable people to make one off donations. It’s at You will be asked if you want to make a contribution on top of your donation. If you do it will go to JustGiving and not to charity. If you do not want to make such a contribution select “other”. If you are a taxpayer please consider gift aiding your donation.

You can make a bank transfer to our bank account (Account name: Pattingham Parochial Church Council – Sort Code: 20-97-78 Account No: 50655023).

If you are paying by cheque please make the cheque payable to “Pattingham PCC” or “Pattingham Parochial Church Council“.


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