ChadNet – no 146

ChadNet – no 146 – Sunday 8th January 2023

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

Ken Scott

Epiphany with a difference.

This Sunday as we in the west celebrate the coming of the Wise Men to Bethlehem those in most of the Orthodox Churches will celebrate Christmas. In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII decided to adopt a new calendar, which now has his name, instead of the Julian Calendar, which took its name from Julius Caesar. 13 days is the difference between the two and it was done to get a more accurate length of the solar year using leap years.

The Peace Tree at the Christmas Tree Festival

It all seems a bit archaic but this year the difference has assumed a greater significance because of the war in Ukraine. The Church in Ukraine has been trying to distance itself from the Russian Orthodox Patriarch, Kirill, who actively supports Putin’s aggression. So there has been a move in the Ukrainian Church to celebrate Christmas at the time we do, on the 25th of December. As we know from our news bulletins the people of Ukraine have been subjected to continued missile attacks throughout the festive season making celebration difficult. Kharkiv is now known as the city with no windows after months of constant bombardment, but people celebrated in bomb shelters deep underground where most of the women and children are staying.

In Pattingham we are trying to do our small part in supporting these people suffering through no fault of their own and it was lovely to see the Tree for Peace in the Christmas tree festival being recognised as the best one. The baubles on the tree all had a significance in Ukrainian culture. It was done by members of the group of people who have kept up the prayers for peace since the war began. The prayers are continuing in 2023 at 6pm on Tuesdays and anyone who wishes to join will be most welcome. Those who have come have found the experience both moving and personally helpful. We do believe that God will answer our prayers, but of course in His time and in His way. We can also continue to support the charities which are helping with relief efforts in Ukraine.

We take our freedom from tyranny so much for granted here, that the least we can do is acknowledge the suffering of the Ukrainian people who before February 2022 were going about their everyday lives in freedom just the same as we were.

So, this Epiphany we can make a special effort to pray for peace in a very troubled world.

With best wishes to everyone for a peaceful New Year that will enable us all, as people of faith, to take the work and witness of St. Chad’s forward in Pattingham and further afield as well.

Ken Scott

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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Sunday 8th January – The Epiphany

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.

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, in church.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for those who live and work in: Moor Lane, Elms Paddock, Little Moor.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Mary the Virgin, Enville

This week

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

On Tuesday Prayers for Peace will be said in church at 6 pm. Prayers for Peace now takes place on Tuesdays only during the winter months. Please do join us and if you would like more information or are willing to lead a session, please contact Mary Hayward ().

On Wednesday there will be a service of Holy Communion by Extension according to the Book of Common Prayer, led by Ken Scott, in church at 10.00 am which will be followed by tea, coffee and cake.
After the service the church will be open from 10.30 am until at least 11.30 am as a Place of Welcome when anyone who wants to will be welcome to share in the coffee, cake and chat, whether they have been to the service or not. The church heating will be on so those attending will be warm as well as receiving a warm welcome.

Wednesday is the copy date for the February magazine. Send articles to Mike Moss at

On Wednesday evening there is a PCC meeting in church.

Sunday 15th January – Second Sunday of Epiphany

At 10 am there will be a service led by the Youth Group in church.This will be followed by a service of Holy Communion, led by Revd. Sue Watson, for those who wish to stay. After the whole service there will be refreshments and tea and coffee.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for: St Chad’s School and the other schools attended by children in the parish.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Benedict Biscop, Wombourne

Thanks from Gordon Bramall …

Gordon would like to thank everyone for their good wishes, cards and gifts over Christmas and to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

… and Thanks for Food Bank Donations for The Well

Food and toiletries weighing 123 lbs (56 kg) were donated to the Well over the Christmas period, plus cash of £34 collected in the wishing well, all of which goes towards helping the needy in our community.

Thank you for your generosity.

The need for the Food Bank continues and the box for donations for the Food Bank at The Well in Wolverhampton continues to be at the back of the church. Details of the items wanted are on the table and can also be seen on the church website at <>.

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 1st and 15th January.

Percy George Williams – 1st January 1976
Stanley James Potts – 2nd January 1999
Harriet Minnie Clinton – 3rd January 1960
Paul Kemp – 4th January 2007
Trevor John Davis – 4th January 2012
Elizabeth Toy – 6th January 1995
Alan Johnson – 6th January 1999
Caroline Mary Bradford – 6th January 2005
Leslie Harry Hawkins – 7th January 1984
Winnie Sheldon – 7th January 1993
Barrow Samuel Woodhall – 8th January 1999
Ewart Eardley Jones – 8th January 2009
William Ernest Whitty – 9th January 1986
Lisa Norman-Smallwood – 11th January 2001
Edward Albert Morgan – 11th January 2009
Kathleen Charlotte Gardener – 12th January 1981
Catherine Eugenie Warner – 12th January 2004
Cyril George Wheeler – 12th January 2012
Tony Douglas Warrilow – 13th January 2004
Alice May Woodroffe – 13th January 2022
Cis Harris  – 14th January 1990
Mary Elizabeth Hughes – 15th January 1980
Horace Charles James – 15th January 1987
Kathleen Parker – 15th January 2005

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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