ChadNet – no 129

ChadNet – no 129 – Sunday 11th September 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.

Death of Her Majesty the Queen

It is with great sadness that we note the death of Her Majesty the Queen. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who will miss and mourn her.

Appropriate prayers will be said at the services on Sunday and the church will be open as usual for private prayer every day. There may be changes to other arrangements during the period of mourning. Further information will be posted on the church website ( as it becomes available.

The church flag is flying at half mast and will continue at half mast until after Her Majesty’s funeral. When the bells are rung they will be half muffled. Information about a Book of Condolence and other arragements will be announced in due course.

For logistical reasons this edition of ChadNet has had to be published on Friday and so cannot be as up to date as we would like.

In this week’s ChadNet:

View from the Pews

Commonwealth Games Mascot

Whilst reflecting and preparing to write a few paragraphs about my experiences as a volunteer, I read Jill Parkers View from the Pews, about her experiences as a volunteer in the Chaplaincy at the local prison. 

As a teenager, when I started working towards my Duke of Edinburgh award, one of the elements was Volunteering, I started my volunteer journey teaching Sunday School, and recently as a volunteer at the Commonwealth Games, previously I took residents from a long stay hospital on holiday and days out, sat as an independent member of a Local Authority Adoption Panel, plus many local events including the Pattingham Bells Run.

There are numerous reasons why people volunteer, it may be to gain experience towards a career goal, as a means to meet new people or give back to society, or help with their mental wellbeing. To some people, it’s not even seen as volunteering it’s just giving back to the community or doing good work, others it’s being virtuous and the right thing to do.

Whatever people’s reason for volunteering, many organisations small and large, including our own Church, would not survive without people giving freely of their time. Within our local community events such as the Church Fete, the Scarecrow Festival, and even the day-to-day running of the Church through the PCC and the Church Wardens would not happen or the effectiveness of our church impacted. Within the Bible, it says we should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others.

During lockdown we saw many acts of kindness both locally and in the wider community, simply helping each other in difficult times.

My recent experience at the commonwealth games highlighted there is no barrier to who can get involved in volunteering, with all ages of people, from all backgrounds giving their time to help others, but sometimes you have to seek out the opportunities and don’t be afraid to put yourself forward. In today’s busy world finding spare time to help others is not always possible, but as our lives change, how we choose to use our free time may allow us to consider how we can use our gifts and skills to help others. 

When I was interviewed for the Commonwealth Games volunteer collective, I was asked why did I want to volunteer, for me, I have always found volunteering rewarding, often fun and for me sharing my time for the benefit of others is part of me. Like Jesus said it is more blessed to give than receive.

Lisa Ainsworth

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 11th September – Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

At 10 am there will be a service of Holy Communion, led by Revd James Makepeace, in church. During the service Iain Coleman will be welcomed as our new Reader.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 Iain Coleman, our new Reader, in church.

Following the death of Her Majesty the Queen both services will include suitable prayers.

This week

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

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.

18th September – Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

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 Sue Watson, for those who wish to stay.

At 11.30 am the Pattingham Litter Picking Event wll take place. For more information see below.

These are subject to alteration following the death of Her Majesty the Queen.

Iain Coleman – our new Reader

We welcome Iain Coleman to his new role of Reader after two years study. He was admitted, along with the other new readers, by the Bishop of Lichfield on Saturday 3rd September and Henry Ibberson shares his thoughts of the day.

The new readers with the bishop

Iain Coleman

I was indeed privileged to have been invited by Iain to act as his Sponsor for the special Licensing Service on Saturday 3rd September, when Iain, along with nine others, saw the culmination of 2 years hard work, all receiving their admission and authorisation to act as Readers in their respective parishes. It was a pleasure too to meet those with whom he has spent some time in the course of their studies which, by all accounts, were rigorous indeed and pretty challenging, so our tribute is to them all.

The day started at 10.00 am with detailed rehearsals, where nothing was left to chance and both Readers designate and we sponsors were walked through the whole service to take place in the afternoon, before a special Eucharist service at 11.30, presided over by Bishop Michael and followed by what amounted to a ‘pep talk’ by him to all the 10 candidates, from which we were excluded! Iain didn’t elaborate too much on this, but I suspect cards were marked, rather along the lines of the Chief Whip at Westminster!

A welcome light buffet lunch in College Close was provided at around 12.45 and then we returned to the Cathedral for the service at 2.00 pm, entitled a ‘Celebration of New Ministry’. It was packed with relatives and friends of the candidates and I must say it was a rousing service, full of colour and pageantry as you might expect, with all the deacons and archdeacons present in their finery, superb singing even though there was no choir ( ‘Great is thy Faithfulness’, ‘ A new commandment I give unto you ‘ ‘ Be Thou my vision’, ‘Brother, sister let me serve you’ ) and a wonderfully uplifting and encouraging sermon from Professor Clive Marsh, Principal of the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham. He encouraged all the new Readers to keep fully grounded, in tune with their own community and above all ‘to be thoroughly human’ at all times. He himself is a Reader in the Methodist Church, so he was speaking from his own experience and I think all the new Readers found what he had to say particularly valuable.

So now, we heartily congratulate Iain on his achievement, wishing him every success as he takes up his new role and assumes a different mantle, dipping himself once again into the cauldron of new ideas and plans for the future of St Chad’s. Welcome back Iain – we need you!


Litter Picking Event

Litter pick

Pattingham Litter Picking Event

Sunday 18th September – 11.30 am.

Limited kit available including Litter Pickers, Gloves & hi-vis.  Rubbish sacks will be provided.

To register you’re Interested  call or text Tony Ainsworth on 07748111816 or email

Garden Produce

At this time of year many people find they have excess produce from their garden or allotments. So we will have an area in the porch at St Chad’s for the next few weeks where you can leave any fresh fruit and vegetables you can spare. These are then available to anyone who would like to take them and if you would like to make a donation to the church, this can be placed in the wall safe, which is in the first pillar on the right, just beyond the font.

Thank you.

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 4th and 18th September.

Margaret Mary Bartlett – 6th September 2004
Ian Smart – 7th September 2006
Olive Bentley – 8th September 2001
Doris Scarth – 8th September 2003
Rosemary Anne Tonks – 8th September 2009
Edna Mara Broom – 8th September 2014
Lesley Margaret Dain – 10th September 2015
Michael Patrick Curtis – 10th September 2021
Thomas Harold Beach – 12th September 1995
Phyllis Mabel Price – 13th September 2007
Annie Mary Caddick – 13th September 2011
Jonathan Hassall – 13th September 2019
Reginald John Henshaw – 14th September 2006
Jan Zdanowski – 14th September 2011
George Price – 15th September 1961
Peter John Curtis – 15th September 2005
Dorothy Caddick – 17th September 2007
Dorothy Lavender – 18th September 2016
Harry Colin Robinson – 18th September 2021

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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