ChadNet – no 147

ChadNet – no 147 – Sunday 15th 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

Philip Sims

Good news

This week I have some good news to share with you.

On Wednesday evening your PCC met with Bishop Clive to discuss the process for identifying a Vicar for St Chad’s. As you are aware, this had become a long drawn out and laborious process, largely because we had become embroiled in the Church at large undertaking a review of its network of churches and staffing called “Shaping for Mission”. We have also gone through a process of considering whether Pattingham should consider amalgamating with another Parish or whether we should retain our independence. You should know that your PCC has remained adamant that we wished to retain our independence.

We have always recognised that recruiting a Vicar to what is only a half-time post was going to be difficult, but we had confidence in the attractiveness of our Parish, prayed often and believed we would be successful. The good news is that we have now been told that the Diocese is creating a new role which demands a half-time post and, given that the Pattingham role is also a half-time post, then one full timer is to be recruited and they will effectively fill both roles. This is great news from our perspective for the reasons which I have outlined. It also mirrors the arrangement which we had when Maureen Hobbs was in post as she also covered a Diocesan role as well as her role at Pattingham.

We are confident that this combined role should be attractive to a younger and more dynamic candidate than may otherwise have been the case. Additionally, we understand that the combined role has been approved by the Bishop and once the combined criteria are complete (our Parish element is already virtually complete) then we can proceed to advertisement. We therefore believe that the likelihood of appointing a good candidate in a relatively short timescale is suitably enhanced.

We are richly blessed in Pattingham as we have been sustained throughout the interregnum by so many talented people. Nonetheless, the prospect of this appointment is one we should all relish and I would ask you all to please pray that the right candidate might soon be identified, so that we might welcome them into our midst.

Philip Sims
PCC Chairman

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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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Articles for the magazine should be sent to (note – this is different to the address used before November 2020 which no longer works).

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

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 Tuesday evening there is a PCC meeting in church.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity starts on Wednesday.

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.
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.

On Saturday the PCC Awayday will be held at Boningale Church.

Sunday 22nd January – Third Sunday of Epiphany – Fifth Day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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

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

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for those who live or work in: Wolverhampton Road, Newgate, Merchant Close

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Paul, Pendeford

Food Bank Donations for The Well

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 8th and 22nd January.

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
Sheila Galbraith – 17th January 1987
Eileen Mary Rowley – 17th January 2005
Annie Guest – 18th January 1994
John Neville Hayward – 18th January 2009
Peter Victor Lingford – 19th January 2001
Raymond H Sampson – 20th January 1990
Mabel Pritchard – 20th January 2006
Jim Pritchard – 21st January 2004
Geoffrey Victor Giles – 21st January 2019

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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