ChadNet – no 14 – Sunday 28th June 2020
Welcome to the 14th edition of ChadNet – the eBulletin of St Chad’s Church, Pattingham with Patshull.
View from the Vicarage:
To meet, or not to meet? That is the question!…. to paraphrase the Bard a little.
I am writing this on Friday 26 June and this is the most up-to-date guidance from the C of E that I can find….
“Following the Prime Minister’s statement on 23 June, we are awaiting publication of the detail of the Government’s guidance before updating our advice. “
So yes, it will be permissible for churches to open for public worship from
4 July, but by no means certain how we are supposed to accomplish that and in what form. I am pretty sure that we will not be recommended to allow corporate or choral singing, and probably no live music – so the virtual choir under Greg’s excellent leadership will need to continue for the time being. And if I am permitted to offer communion, it will no doubt be in one kind only – i.e., wafers and no wine. And no use of service books or hymn books.
And I imagine that some of our congregation will not feel comfortable about coming into a building – even one as large as ours – in the company of other people – even with social distancing being respected. So nothing is going to change immediately, but I expect there will be a gradual return to what will be the new normality over the summer months. That is of course, unless this part of the world experiences a second surge or spike in infections. Let us pray to be spared! And please remember that the virus can survive for a considerable time on all hard surfaces, so try to touch items in church as little as possible.
But in the meantime, the church building has been opened for private prayer and I am very grateful to those people who have volunteered to help facilitate that. In the coming week the church will I hope be open as follows:
Sunday 28 June – 2.30pm
Monday 29 June – 2.30pm
Wednesday 1 July – closed due to funeral of Jill Cheetham at 1.15pm
Friday 3 July – 2.30pm
Saturday 4 July – 2.30pm
This week we are saying a fond farewell to Karen and Tony Broom, who are moving at the end of the week to their new home in Northumberland (and not Yorkshire as I think I said in this week’s worship on the web service! – sorry!!
Karen has contributed a lot to the life of this worshipping community over the years – long before I came to be the vicar here! Sunday School, Holiday Club, the PCC and the Serving rota have all benefitted from her faithful participation and leadership – and there may well be other areas of church life I have forgotten. We have shared in the ups and downs of her family life along with Vicky and Sally her daughters, and occasionally sympathetically winced at her unlucky injury tally – usually it has to be said, coinciding with her holidays abroad or in the UK. And we have enjoyed seeing the lovely photographs that she and Tony have taken of people and places.
Karen, thank you for all that you have contributed to church life over many years and we wish you and Tony a very long and happy (injury free!) retirement in Northumberland, where I am sure you will relish those beautiful open skies and empty beaches! We will miss you!
Good bye and God bless one and all. Maureen.
Opening of the Church for Private Prayer
The church will be open between between 2.30 and 4.30 pm for private prayer on the following days:
Saturday 27 June
Sunday 28 June
Monday 29 June
Friday 3 July
Saturday 4 July
If you come in, please read all the notices and respect the need for social distancing.
Contact details for other church officers can be found on the Contacts page of the church website.
Sunday 28th June – 3rd Sunday after Trinity
There will be a service on the theme “The kindness of strangers” on the Worship on the Web page of the website from 10 am. It is led by Maureen, recorded inside the church, with contributions from others, recorded in their homes. The music will be provided as usual by the virtual church choir. For those without internet access it will also be on the DIal a Service phone line (01902 906585) from 9 am – until then last Sunday’s service is on the phone line.
Join Maureen and other members of the congregation for a chat and a virtual cup of tea or coffee over Zoom from 11 o’clock. [The invitation to the Zoom meeting is only included in the edition of ChadNet which is emailed to subscribers.] You can join at any time up until 11.30 am.
The collect and readings for the Eucharist, which would normally be on the pewsheet, are available on the website.
During the week Maureen will continue to stream Morning Prayer and Compline (Night Prayer) on Facebook Live. Morning Prayer will be at 8.30 am and Compline will be at 9.30 pm.
Sunday 4th July – 4th Sunday after Trinity
There will be a Family Service led by Iain and Henry on the Worship on the Web page of the website from 10 am.
The collect and readings for the Eucharist, which would normally be on the pewsheet, are available on the website.
From Karen and Tony Broom
Pattingham has been home to my family since Tony and I moved here 36 years ago with our 2 young daughters. We were warmly welcomed into village life and have loved being part of the community these many years. Our daughters have long since grown and moved away – Sally to Australia, and Vicky to Newcastle – and now it’s time for us to say farewell too, as we retire to the Northumberland coast.
All four of us have many special memories of our lives in the village, and the people with whom we have shared life’s ups and downs. It was a privilege to serve alongside others in various roles at St Chad’s church, St Chad’s primary school PTA, and the Girl Guides.
We take with us fond memories of walking and bike riding around the lanes, celebrating milestones at the Crown and the Pigot, firework displays and barn dances at the school, folk nights and drama club productions in the village hall, church fetes in the Old Vicarage garden, and so much more!
I particularly remember the year all of the display grade fireworks were stored in our garage!
The village has changed since we arrived, and will continue to change, but we hope it continues to be a place where people throw themselves into the community and enjoy giving and receiving the blessings of village life long into the future.
Thank you and farewell
Karen and Tony Broom
From the Memorial Book
Those whose anniversaries occur between 21st June and 5th July.
Jasper Ronald Curtis – 23rd June 2004
Joan Morgan – 25th June 1991
Katie Margaret Dain – 26th June 2005
Eleanor Hayward – 29th June 1982
Pat Morgan – 29th June 2004
John Alfred Garbutt Harrison – 30th June 2016
Bertie Grainger – 1st July 1961
Guy Charles Benjamin Phillips – 1st July 2001
Dennis Thomas – 2nd July 1995
Dorothy Jean Haden – 3rd July 1996
John James – 4th July 2009
Giving to the Church
For those without internet access – listen to a Pattingham church service by phone
Several members of our congregation who do not use the internet are using the dedicated phone number – 01902 906585 – to listen to our services. Calls are charged at normal rate. The service for each Sunday will be available from about 9 am and will continue to be available until it is replaced be the next week’s. If you know someone who might find it useful please let them know.
The Daily Hope phone line from the Church of England on 0800 804 8044 is also available.
There is no Sunday School on the Web this month but there are other versions of Sunday School which are available online.
Virtual Sunday School is a YouTube channel started by the Spring Harvest Organisation. A new Sunday School video comes out each Saturday. This week’s is Mary & Martha, & the multi-tasking challenge! They can be found on the Sunday School on the Web page of our website as well as on YouTube.
There is also the Faith at Home material from the Church of England. All the videos are available at https://www.churchofengland.org/faith-action/faith-home/faith-home-videos
Other resources for worship and prayer at home
In these times we are all needing to find different ways to pray and worship. There are a lot of different resources which have been made available in lots of different ways. Some of those are listed on the Resources Available Online page of the website. This not anything like a complete list of everything which is available. We also now have a Resources Available for Children, Young People and Families page.
Maureen often shares inspirational posts on the Church Facebook page so it is worth looking at that from time to time.
The Corrymeela Community. Corrymeela is based in Northern Ireland. It is a movement of people rallied around one inspirational idea: ‘Together is better’. It is providing Prayers for Community in a Time of Pandemic through its website and Facebook page.
This bulletin is sent to those who have requested it. We now have 76 subscribers but there may still be some people who are not aware of it and would wish to receive it. If you know of anyone who might be interested please tell them about it and ask them to sign up using the form on the website (www.pattinghamchurch.org.uk/web/information/chadnet/sign-up-to-chadnet/) or by email to
Giving to the church
While normal services are not being held there will inevitably be a reduction in the money which the church receives. However we will need to continue to pay our bills and we would ask that those who can afford to do so should continue to give regularly.
Although it will not be possible to put money in the plate there are a number of other ways in which you can give to the church. These include the Giving Direct scheme, Just Giving, a standing order or even one off transfers to the church bank account. Details of all of these can be found on the Giving page of the website. Those who normally use the green or yellow envelopes may wish to continue to put their donations in the envelopes ready to bring to church when services resume.
We have set up a JustGiving page to enable people to make one off donations. It’s at www.justgiving.com/pattingham-church. 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.
If you wish to make a payment by bank transfer the details of our bank account are: Account name: Pattingham Parochial Church Council – Sort Code: 20-97-78 – A/c No: 50655023. If you wish to gift aid it contact the Gift Aid Secretary or the Treasurer.
Changes due to the current situation
Although the church building is closed for public worship the church community remains active. Further details can be found on the church website. There is an update page which gives more information.
- The 2020 Scarecrow Festival has been postponed to 2021.
- This year’s Holiday Club has been cancelled.
- The Church Fete has been cancelled for this year.
- The Century Club draws are suspended until further notice.
- The Who’s for Lunch lunches are suspended for the time being.
- Publication of the magazine is suspended for the moment.
The weekly bulletin for each Sunday will normally be sent on the preceding Friday or Saturday. Additional bulletins may be sent if required. It is only being sent to those who have requested it. If you know of anyone who might be interested please tell them about it and ask them to sign up using the form on the website (www.pattinghamchurch.org.uk/web/information/chadnet/sign-up-to-chadnet/) or by email to
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