ChadNet – no 148

ChadNet – no 148 – Sunday 22nd 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

Jill Baker

Ukraine one year on …

After recently moving to Pattingham and several visits to the Wednesday morning Holy Communion services, the ‘Prayers for Peace’ meetings began at St. Chad’s. As someone with family connections to Russia and Ukraine, I decided to go along. This prayer group started as a response and hope for peace following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.  Prayers were said every evening at 6:00 pm for quite some time as the horrors of war unfolded around Europe and indeed the world, tensions were high. A candle was lit on the sound of the last ‘on the hour’ bell and in our group, sometimes as small as three – often as large as twelve people – we began to offer our prayers.  Someone takes the lead, others say their prayers to God silently. Music can be played, stories told, terrifying events relayed that have happened during the previous few days … two prayer meetings are never the same.  As we watched the flame of our candle melt further and further down, our fears have become real that soon in February 2023, a new candle will be needed.

Has it really been a year since Putin decided to invade? Thousands of lives have been lost. Millions of pounds spent. Families torn apart with grief. All in the space of one calendar year. It is hard to believe these events in modern times, but still we continue to pray. The Lord hears our prayers and we know with our faith and persistence, that peace will come in due course.

During the Winter months, prayers are held on a Tuesday, still at 6:00pm. If anyone would like to join us please come along, you can be sure of a warm welcome! A noticeboard for Ukraine has been installed at the back of the church now, this will be updated as more news and events unfold. Please pray for peace in Ukraine – as the atrocities and fighting continues, the stories are disappearing from the front pages and the media spotlight, but we shall continue to pray. In the words of Psalm 91:

“You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you…

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honour him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

We pray that 2023 will bring peace and stability once again to Ukraine.

Jill Baker

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 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

This week

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

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity continues until Wednesday.

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 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 Wednesday at 12 noon Who’s for Lunch? is held in the Village Hall.

Sunday 29th January – The Presentation

At 10 am there will be a service of Holy Communion, led by Revd. Roberta Maxfield, in church. It will include the baptisms of James Timmins and Ralphie Thomas. Coffee (and tea and biscuits) will be available after the service.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for we pray for: Businesses in the parish

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Anne, Lower Penn

Century Club

There are currently 16 vacancies for the Century Club and we need to try to recruit new members. If you know anyone who might like to help support the church and have a chance to win £150 each month then please tell them about it.

To join please send a cheque payable to Pattingham PCC to Alan Smith Cherry Cottage Marlbrook Lane.

Alternatively, you can make a bank transfer to the PCC account as follows:
Sort code:     20-97-78
Account no:    50655023
Account name:    Pattingham Parochial Church Council
Payment ref:     Century Club

For more details, please contact Alan Smith on 07757 688518 or
All surplus monies go to church funds.

To be included in this month’s draw please pay £55 by either method no later than 29 January, notifying Alan to ensure your number is entered.

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 15th and 29th January.

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
Ivy Rhodes – 25th January 2001
George Lloyd – 27th January 2000
Rex Pellow – 27th January 2011
Walter James Matthews – 29th January 1988

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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