ChadNet – no 121

ChadNet – no 121 – Sunday 17th July 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:

View from the Pews

Philip Sims

The recent shenanigans in parliament regarding the position of Boris Johnson as he desperately tried to hold on to power, set me thinking about the qualities required for leadership and how that relates to our present circumstances at St. Chad’s.

Irrespective of his abilities, the ultimate question as far as the Prime Minister is concerned relates to his integrity and surely this is an essential pre-requisite for any leader. Indeed it probably transcends any other quality or ability. In respect of abilities however, the best definition of leadership I ever heard surrounds the difference between management and leadership. Management is about doing things well and leadership is about doing the right things. In other words the leader determines what should be done and his/her team ensures it is done well. It is maybe that which has prompted matters to break down in parliament.

Turning to St. Chad’s we are obviously operating without a Vicar as our natural leader. This you might expect would inevitably mean that we cease to consider our strategic direction and future development as a Church. “Let’s wait for the new Vicar” is a frequently heard phrase in these circumstances, but not here at St. Chad’s I hasten to emphasise. We are blessed with energetic and committed Wardens and a PCC which is committed to working through a plan. In addition to maintaining a programme of regular services and ensuring that baptisms, weddings and funerals are accommodated, we are currently involved in delivering the following projects: the reconfiguration of the West Door and the Adam & Eve window area, plans to re-order the North Aisle, a new and exciting Holiday Club proposition, an innovative plan to develop opportunities for the youth of the Village as well as the introduction of a new Home Communion facility and classes for Confirmation preparation. There are also other ideas which are still at an embryonic stage of their development and which we will share in due course.

Are we waiting for a new leader? The simple answer is no, although we continue to push the authorities to enable us to advertise the post. In the meantime we have a PCC which is determined to see the sphere of influence of the Church develop until such time as we have a Vicar appointed. I suppose you could say that we are currently benefiting from collective leadership, hence the reason why we will not implode in the same way that the government seems to have done.

I am not suggesting that we are dealing with anything as complex as the economy or national government, but if any organisation is to thrive it depends on good leadership. Where we are similar to the government is that you, the congregation, will quickly let us know if you are being failed!

May God continue to bless all of us

Philip Sims

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 17th July – Fifth Sunday after Trinity

At 10 am there will be a service led by the Youth Group in church. The theme is “These are a few of our favourite things” and it will include favourite hymns, prayers, readings and other things. It which will be followed by a service of Holy Communion, led by Revd Roberta Maxfield, for those who wish to stay. Coffee (and tea and biscuits) will be available after the the whole service – with an extra treat served by the Youth Group.

This week

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

On Tuesday the School End of Year service will take place in church at 9.30 am.

On Tuesday and Thursday Prayers for Peace will be said in church at 6 pm. On other days of the week the church will remain open until at least 6.30 pm and there will be a sheet of prayers left in the Lady Chapel for people to use if they wish. If you would like to join the team of people who take turns to lead the Prayers for Peace please contact Mary Hayward ().

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 Thursday the funeral of Jennifer Green takes place in church at 2.00 pm.

On Friday at 2.00 pm the ashes of Christine Macdonald will be interred in the churchyard.

Sunday 24th July – Sixth Sunday after Trinity

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

After the 10 am service the ashes of John Breakwell will be interred in the churchyard.

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

Long Lost Family

You will have seen the note in last week’s ChadNet about the episode of Long Lost Family which was due to be on ITV on Monday 11th July at 9 pm. Hoipefully those of you who watched it will have spotted the three clips filmed from the church tower. There was also a nice clip of  the presenter driving past the church. If you missed it you should be able to find it on the ITV Hub.

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 10th and 24th July.

Campbell Harris – 10th July 1966
David John Rushton – 11th July 1995
Walter Newman Foggin – 11th July 2014
Jennifer Anne Baxter – 14th July 2007
Henry Charles Peever – 15th July 1991
Charles Herbert James Gosling – 16th July 1989
Florence Gladys Roberts – 17th July 1998
George Derek Thomason – 21st July 1990
Agnes Victoria Louise Fellows – 23rd July 1992

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

Those entries which have been added recently are all included so there should now be up to date images of all pages.

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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