ChadNet – no 15 – Sunday 5th July 2020
Welcome to the 15th edition of ChadNet – the eBulletin of St Chad’s Church, Pattingham with Patshull.
View from the Vicarage:
The PCC and I have been contemplating how we should begin to open up St Chad’s for public worship over the next few weeks – given that to do so we must put various measures in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Although what follows is shamelessly ‘borrowed’ from a colleague on Social Media, I think it sums things up pretty well…. and I would like to share it with you.
Guiding principles for ‘doing church’ in this next phase of #COVID19.
‘going forward, not back’ – we will learn from and build on, our experience of being church during this time – whatever is ahead will be different to pre-COVID life.
Inclusivity: However we do church in this next phase, we want as few as possible, and preferably no one to be excluded – whether through health vulnerabilities, lack of internet access, or any other reason – from a core part of church life that others are able to enjoy; this includes doing everything we can to ensure that we all stay connected together as one church community.
Safety; we will prioritise everyone’s health and safety, including minimising the risk of infection, in everything we do.
Integrity; we will continue to do church in ways that are authentic to our DNA – the values and ways of being that we have learnt and developed here.
Diversity; there will be no ‘one size fits all’ way of being church that will work for everybody – we will need to continue offering diverse opportunities to be part of the life of our church community.
Capacity; we will need to be realistic about what, between us, we are able to offer, and what we don’t (at least at the moment) have the capacity to do.
Gift led; ‘doing church’ is not something that some of us do for others to consume – we will strive to encourage and draw on the gifts of ALL church members to ‘make church happen’ together.
Communication; we will continue to communicate, as clearly, frequently and widely as possible, the latest information on what we are doing and why.
(with thanks to Revd. Al Barrett, Rector of Hodge Hill Church, Birmingham)
So starting from NEXT Sunday – 12th July, we will aim to continue preparing our Worship on the Web services as you have experienced them over the past three months, but we will also screen them in church at 10am on a Sunday for those who would like the opportunity of viewing them in the company of others and in St Chad’s building, albeit that we must sit spaced out around the church to maintain each other’s safety. Typically these are around 40 minutes in length. At their conclusion those who wish to may remain in church for around 10 – 15 minutes further while I conduct a very brief and said Communion Service. They will receive communion in one kind only before leaving. The building will then need to be locked, pending full cleaning. We will not insist on face coverings being worn – but if it makes you feel more secure, then by all means do wear them.
There will be no mid-week service for the time being, but the church will, I hope, be open for private prayer on Tuesday and Friday afternoons – again to facilitate cleaning routines in between.
No, it won’t be the same as before – but I refer you to the first in the list of principles above.
Do let me know if you have further suggestions of things you would like us to be doing or ways in which we can help you. Singing remains one of the activities which we are NOT permitted to do I am afraid. That may change – who knows – but it is better to err on the side of caution.
Stay safe and God bless,
Services in church
From Sunday 12th July we will restart services in church.
These will build on our successful Worship on the Web services and will enable us to join together in worship, either in church or online.
Those who wish to view the Worship on the Web service online can do so any time from 10 am on Sunday. It will also be available on the Dial a Service phone line.
It will also be shown in church at 10 am for those who wish to join together with others in a service which has Worship on the Web at its heart. For those who wish to stay there will be a very short communion service afterwards on some occasions.
Rotas for July and August will be sent to those who are normally on the rota by Peter Nicholls in the next few days. Because of the reduction in services they will only be for the 10 am service and only include sidesmen. Those who would have been on the readers or intercessors rota may be asked to contribute to the recorded Worship on the Web service, in which case they would be contacted in advance by Maureen or whoever is leading the service.
Parish News magazine
Publication of the magazine will resume with the August issue, which should be ready for distribution as usual in the last weekend of July. Please let Mike Moss () have anything for inclusion in the August issue by 15th July and for the September issue by 5th August.
The Century Club draw will restart on Monday 27 July.
Monthly subscribers will be contacted to arrange payment where necessary. Annual subscriptions will now be due on 1 December rather than 1 August to take account of the four month hiatus.
Prize winners will be notified in the usual way by the PCC treasurer.
If anyone is interested in joining the Century Club please contact Alan Smith on 07757 688518 for details.
Opening of the Church for Private Prayer
We hope to open the church between between 2.30 and 4.30 pm for private prayer each Tuesday and Friday if a volunteer is available to be in church while it is open.
If you are available to sit in church for 2 hours on Tuesday or Friday this week please contact Maureen.
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 5th 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. As usual the music will be provided 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 12th July – 5th Sunday after Trinity
There will be a service led by the youth group on the Worship on the Web page of the website from 10 am. It will also be screened on church at 10 am followed by a brief service of Holy Communion for those who wish to stay.
The collect and readings for the Eucharist, which would normally be on the pewsheet, are available on the website.
From the Registers for June
- 11th June – Sylvia Giles
- 20th June – Isabel Smith
From the Memorial Book
Those whose anniversaries occur between 28th June and 12th July.
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
Molly Dermot Pass – 5th July 2018
Bunty Genna – 6th July 2001
Campbell Harris – 10th July 1966
David John Rushton – 11th July 1995
Walter Newman Foggin – 11th July 2014
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.
Virtual Sunday School
In the absence of our own Sunday School we encourage children and families to look at the Virtual Sunday School YouTube channel. A new Sunday School video comes out each Saturday. This week’s is David & Goliath – how to make a slingshot!
They can all be found on the Sunday School on the Web page of our website as well as on YouTube.
They are running a Virtual Holiday Club fro 3rd to 7th August. There are details here – Virtual Holiday Club – All you need to know!
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 Church of England website at <https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer> has services of daily prayer which can be accessed in a number of ways, including as podcasts. Find it at <https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer>. Time to Pray app can be found at <https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/time-to-pray>
This bulletin is sent to those who have requested it. We now have 77 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 Who’s for Lunch lunches are suspended for the time being.
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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