ChadNet – no 124

ChadNet – no 124 – Sunday 7th August 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

Gladys Jones

Aren’t we lucky! Many people would love to live in Pattingham. Even those many people in the village who are now suffering from the dreaded Covid can look out from their sick rooms and be cheered by God’s gift of creation; the sky is (often) blue, the sun is warm (when it shines), the birds are singing and we all thank our lucky stars that we are not living in a high rise block in some industrial town.

And in this beautiful place, we have friends. As someone who has recently left the choir, I have been forcibly reminded how friendly our congrgation is. Choristers arrive before everyone else and have little time to talk other than to check which tune we are to sing to a hymn or the necessity of robing. Now, I find myself walking to church with someone, or chatting before the service. And how lucky we are that, even in the absence of a Vicar, we have such a variety of services; BCP Holy Communion on Wednesdays, Communion, Youth Service, Family Service, Iona services and, once a month, my favoutire, Evensong; something for everyone!

For the children we have Familly Service, Sunday School, Holiday Club and, for those in school, Open the Book. We look forward to the arrival of Chill Out Clubs which should cover that awkward transition when young people go off to different schools and so risk losing contact with their friends. The Oldies among us have Who’s for Lunch, coffee and cake after the Wednesday communion when anybody, whether they have been to the service ir not, is invited to put the world to rights. (Secretly, Open the Book is also a source of entertainment to those who are prepared to make idiots of themselves in full view of the entire school.)

It occurs to me that there is very little offered to the generation who do all the work; the parents of our children. It also occurs to me that when the Church had a Young Wives’ group and a Church Mens’ Group, we organised them ourselves!

The more every generation can meet together, the more they can offer friendship, support and spread God’s love

Gladys Jones

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.

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).

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 7th August – Eighth Sunday after Trinity

At 10 am there will be a Service of Morning Worship, led by Ken Scott, with the theme “Remembering Ukraine”. There will be music, prayers and personal stories which will help us to remember those still suffering due to the war in Ukraine. It would be easy for us to forget after all these months that this war is still devastating the lives of so many people in that country and in the wider world.  This will give us an opportunity to renew our commitment to praying for them.  There will be an opportunity for those who feel able to do so to make a financial contribution to help Ukrainian refugees in the form of a retiring collection.

Some of the children who will be attending St. Chad’s Church Holiday Club later this month will be attending with their families and we look forward to welcoming them to church. Coffee (and tea and biscuits) will be available after the service.

There will not be a Communion service this week as no priest is available to take the service.

At 2 pm the baptism of Ianthe Georgakis will take place in church.

This week

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

Monday is the copy date for the August magazine. Send articles to Mike Moss at

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.

Sunday 14th August – Ninth Sunday after Trinity

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.

There is no Sunday School this month. It will resume in September. Contact Anna on or 07968 891927 for further information.

At 6.30 pm there will be an Iona Style Service, led by Ken Scott, in church.

Century Club draw – correction

There was an error in the list of winners of the July Century Club draw in last week’s ChadNet. The name of the winner of the third prize was actually Margaret Lea. The ball number was correct.

Apologies for the error.

The correct list of winners is:

    1st prize – £150 – Mike Coope (ball 69)
    2nd prize – £100 – John Fellows (ball 55)
    3rd prize – £50 – Margaret Lea (ball 25)

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

Covid comes to call

Ken Scott reflects on his recent experience of Covid

Positive lateral flow test

Many of us by now will have looked at this little piece of white plastic and felt a mixture of emotions. From worry and fear to resignation and relief at having an explanation for feeling so rotten.

My turn came in mid-July and the evidence is there for all to see. The effect is interesting because it changes your life so quickly. Everything you had planned suddenly becomes impossible in a moment. Shopping, visiting, holidays, special events like weddings or funerals, even taking church services are off limits straight away. 

Thanks to the amazing vaccinations we have all had very few of us now get seriously ill, but still life is put on hold for about 10 days. So what do we do with this enforced time of inactivity? Initially you do not feel like doing anything at all except sleeping but once that has passed you are faced with long seemingly empty days. That week does last a very long time.

 The wonders of the internet let you keep in touch with the world and family and friends. I got out a very long novel I read many years ago and re-read it.

It is strange how when we are given the time to think and reflect, which we always say we never have, how difficult that is. Another thing that is difficult is prayer. When you are really poorly prayer is obviously a good thing to do but not so easy to achieve.

The other thing you realise is how dependent we are on those whom we live with. Very fortunately Anne did not succumb to the virus. But it must be very hard for people who have nobody to care for them or when both partners are affected.

This is something as a caring church community we should be aware of and be prepared to help in the simple tasks of things like shopping and getting medicines.

There is a great deal of Covid going round at the moment so if you have it now rest assured it will finish and you will have that great experience when the little plastic device only shows the one line and freedom awaits. It’s a great feeling.

Very many thanks to all those who supported me with phone calls, offers of help, prayers and especially to Dorothy for taking Evensong at short notice so competently. At times like this you realise what a caring community is all about.

Ken  Scott

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 31st July and 14th August.

Colin George Hartley – 1st August 2008
Ellen Hayhurst – 2nd August 2007
Pauline Ann Moore – 2nd August 2011
Henry Parton – 4th August 1980
William Pugh – 4th August 1995
Phillippa Bullock Reeves – 5th August 2003
Christine Harley – 5th August 2013
Hilda Cecilia Whitty – 8th August 1993
Patricia Mabel Fildes – 8th August 1995
Daniel Wood – 9th August 1943
Kath Bennett – 10th August 2008
Hedley Charles Oxley Russell – 11th August 1982
Thomas Raymond Ellis ( Ray ) – 13th August 2019

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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