ChadNet – no 109

ChadNet – no 109 – Sunday 24th April 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

Philip Sims
Philip Sims

I have been much encouraged by the size of our congregations on Palm Sunday and over the Easter weekend. We are so fortunate to enjoy the support of so many visiting clergy whilst I think we like to claim that James Makepeace is one of our own! He is always such a joy and never fails to give us plenty to think about. Our sincere thanks go to them all.

Whilst the numbers attending any service give us all a lift, I want to make mention of the magnificent flower arrangements in Church on Easter Day. We are so fortunate to have the members of the Pattingham Flower Club using all their skills and artistry to make our Church so beautiful and our huge thanks go to each one of them. The next time we shall see such splendour is during the weekend of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee when the Flower Club will once again be decorating our Church. This will be an event not to be missed, along with many others that weekend, and so I would urge you to put the date into your diaries.

Many churches tend to go into decline during the period of an interregnum and I am delighted to say that I see no evidence of that at St Chad’s. One of the reasons for that is that we have a committed and energised PCC which takes seriously its responsibility to grow our church. It is currently involved in the organisation of arrangements for the Jubilee celebrations in the village, several re-ordering projects, including the much talked about north aisle project, how we augment our choir and other musical activities, the development of our community presence and the possible recruitment of a community resource, the recruitment of a Vicar and how we respond to the need to develop our relationships with other churches within the deanery. This is not an exhaustive list and there are other issues which are also exercising our minds.

I do, however, wish to make an appeal. The PCC is a small group and whilst we need additional hands, we also need fresh ideas, we need to be challenged and therefore, irrespective of your church experience to date, would you join us? It is an exciting place to be at present, a place where we do not wish to restrict our future by limiting it to our past, a place where we encourage innovation and new thinking. Would you consider being part of that future? Do bear in mind that the PCC is not a talking shop, it is a team of doers also and we do need to augment that team.

This is an appeal to everyone, please do not wait to be asked but rather be a volunteer and speak to me, the Wardens or anyone else on the PCC if you would like to be part of making a difference to our Church. It may be that you would prefer to do other things rather than sit on the PCC. Well there is an endless list – from sidespeople to servers to choir members, from supporting Anna with our young people to taking responsibility for health and safety or helping Gena with safeguarding.

If we are to be a vibrant Church we need everyone to play their full part and can I again appeal to you to consider what you might do in the further development of our Church?

Philip Sims
PCC Chairman

Would you like to write a View from the Pews?

We welcome contributions for View from the Pews from anyone who would like to write one, It does not need to be on any particular subject. If you would like to write one please send it to or contact Henry Ibberson ( / 01902 701136).


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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Notices, which should be received by Friday evening for inclusion in that week’s ChadNet, and other communications in relation to ChadNet should be sent to

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

Sunday 24th April – Second Sunday of Easter

At 10 am there will be a service led by the Youth Group in church. At the end of that part of the service there will be a break for coffee, tea and biscuits after which the service will resume with a service of Holy Communion, led by Revd Lin Vawer, for those who wish to stay.

There will be no service in the evening.

This week

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

The Century Club draw will take place by Zoom on Monday. See below for the link.

On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Prayers for Peace will be said in church at 6 pm.

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.

Sunday 1st May – Third Sunday of Easter

At 10 am there will be a Family Service in church, led by Iain Coleman, which will be followed by Holy Communion, led by Revd Anne Furness, for those who wish to stay. Coffee (and tea and biscuits) will be available after the service.

Thank you to all Flower Club members

Our Easter service on Sunday was a joyous celebration of Our Risen Lord!

The church was wonderfully decorated with floral arrangements, visible from every angle in church. The aroma of the flowers as everyone walked into church was tremendous! We are truly grateful to all who contributed in any way, your skills and the gift of your time for the joy of us all is very much appreciated.

Our church  was full at the 10.00 am service and more attended at 6.30 pm so there were many people admiring your work, the results of which added to our prayer and praise!

Thank you.

Clive and Dorothy

Century Club draw

Thus month’s Century Club draw will be held on Monday at 9.30 pm and can be seen by Zoom. [The Zoom link in the edition of ChadNet emailed to subscribers.]

The are no vacancies at the moment. For any further information please contact Alan Smith on 07757 688518 or

Annual Church Meeting

The Annual Church Meeting will be held in church at 11.15 am on Sunday 8th May (after the 10 o’clock service).

At that meeting there will be various reports on the activities of the church as well as presentation of the Annual Report and Accounts for 2021. The churchwardens and up to eight members of the PCC will be elected. Nomination forms for Churchwardens and Elected PCC Members are on the church website and at the back of the church. Reports for the meeting will be available on the church website and at the back of the church about a week before the meeting.

The revision of the Church Electoral Roll has been completed. The revised roll can be checked on the church door.

Prayers for Peace

Thank you to all who have supported our daily Prayers for Peace in Ukraine during Lent.

We will continue to hold Prayers for Peace at 6pm but from week commencing Sunday 24th April our 6 pm Prayers for Peace in Church will only take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Please be assured our Sunday services will include prayer for Ukraine as will our weekly Wednesday morning service in Church. On Mondays and Fridays we ask you to take a few moments in private prayer for peace at 6pm wherever you are.

If you would like to use one of the prayers we have used in Church, please see below:

The Universal Prayer for Peace

Loving God,
Lead us from death to life,
From falsehood to truth.
Lead us from despair to hope,
From fear to trust.
Lead us from hate to love,
From war to peace.
Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.

If you would like to join the team of people who take turns to lead the Prayers for Peace we would love you to let us know – please contact Mary Hayward ().

God Bless

Dorothy Steel and Mary Hayward

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 17th April and 1st May.

Stuart Hammersley – 19th April 1991
Keith Campbell Harris – 19th April 2012
Elizabeth Anne Thomason – 20th April 2008
Graham Sheldon – 21st April 1996
Alan Coverley Robinson – 21st April 2003
Archie Proctor – 23rd April 2009
Betty Winifred Lovering – 23rd April 2012
Emily Hannah O’Byrne – 23rd April 2020
Annie Smith – 25th April 1962
Bob Frost – 25th April 2008
Roger Douglas Fildes – 26th April 1965
Royston Granville Green – 26th April 2008
John Stanley Scriven – 27th April 1954
Cliff Fletcher – 27th April 2013
Florence Maud Layland – 28th April 1999

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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