ChadNet – no 185

ChadNet – no 185 – Sunday 8th October 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 Parker

For more than forty years Prison Week has prepared prayer literature to enable the Christian community through individual and churches to pray for the needs of all those affected by prisons , prisoners and their families, victims of crime, and their communities. This includes those working in the criminal justice system, and the many people who are involved in caring for those affected by crime on the inside and outside of our prisons.

Prison Week raises awareness and generates prayer. It motivates volunteers to step forward and give their time and gifts in prison and their own community. It provides an annual focus for Christians to work together to make a difference for people who are out of sight and often out of mind. Prison Sunday – the second Sunday in October – marks the start of a week of prayer.

This is the prayer we are asked to offer:
Lord , you offer freedom to all people.
We pray for those in prison,
Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist,
Support with your love prisoners, their children, families & friends,
Heal those who have been wounded by their activities especially the victims of crime ,
Help us to forgive one another
To act justly, love mercy and walk humbly together with Christ in His strength and in His Spirit now and every day,

Psalm 19 verse 1 – The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

There are those times when we feel distant or doubt God’s presence in our lives even crying out in anger or sadness “where are you now?” But he has promised never to leave us and as we search for truth , love, purpose or forgiveness , there comes the response “look up child”.

After twenty years as a Magistrate and twelve as a Chaplaincy Volunteer at HMP Oakwood I feel very privileged to have  experienced both sides of prison life but I have keys!

Jill Parker, MBE, JP, MCSP

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.

Notices, which should be received by Friday evening for inclusion in that week’s ChadNet, and other communications in relation to ChadNet should be sent to

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

Sunday 8th October – Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

At 10 am there will be aservice of Holy Communion, led by Revd James Makepeace, in church. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available after the service.

At 4 pm in The Loft in church Kidz Club takes place. It is for children ages 3 to 11. Ask Anna Davies for details – 07968 891927.

At 6.30 pm there will be a Service of Evensong, led by Ken Scott, in church.

This is Prisons Sunday, the first day of Prisons Week, which raises awareness and generates prayer for those affected by prisons. More information can be found at <> and below.

In the Parish Prayer Diary  we pray for those who live or work in: Great Moor Road, Nurton Brook, Nurton Bank, Warstone Hill Road and Hollies Lane.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Chad, Pattingham.

This week

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

Prisons Week continues until Saturday.

Bellringing practice takes place on Monday at 7.45 pm. Anyone interested in finding out about ringing should contact Geoffrey Dann or any of the ringers.

On Tuesday Prayers for Peace will be said in church at 6 pm. Please do join us and if you would like more information or are willing to lead a session, please contact Mary Hayward ().

On Wednesday at 10.00 am there will be a service of Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer, led by Revd James Makepeace, in church which will be followed by tea, coffee and cake.

After the service the church will be open from 10.30 am until at least 11.00 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. Those attending will receive a warm welcome.

On Wednesday at 6 pm in church the Pattingham Shower Singers meet in church. All are welcome – just come and sing and have fun! If you need more information, contact Alix at

At 7 pm on Wednesday Choir Practice takes place in church. Anyone interested in joining the choir should contact any member of the choir.

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

Sunday 15th October – Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

At 10 am there will be a service led by the Youth Group in church.This will be followed by a short service of Holy Communion, led by Revd Sue Watson, to which you are all most welcome. Immediately after communion we will be serving refreshments, tea and coffee.

In the Parish Prayer Diary  we pray for those who live or work in: Letchmere Lane, St Chads Close, Yew Tree Road and Retreat Gardens.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: Good Shepherd, Castlecroft.

Prisons Week

Prisons Week

This is Prisons Week. Information, including a leaflet with prayers and readings from the Psalms for each day, can be found at <>.

Prisoners’ Week began in England and Wales in 1975. The Prisoners’ Week Committee, consisting of Prison Chaplains and other Christians involved in work with prisoners and their families, was formed to encourage prayer within churches and the wider Christian community for the needs of prisoners.

In 1993 Prisoners’ Week became a registered charity and in 1995, seeking to focus attention not only on the needs of prisoners but on all those involved and affected by prison (including prisoners families, victims of crime, prison staff, those working in other parts of criminal justice and many volunteers) the week became known as Prisons Week, and the committee known as the Prisons Week Committee.

Link to Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Link to Hope

It’s time to think about doing our shoeboxes now. This year the countries include Ukraine.  I do hope that we can do something to help these people, for whom life really is a struggle, especially in these difficult times.

There are other options, including making a donation, but hopefully we can gather up lots of actual boxes this year.  More details can be found on the Link to Hope website at <> and on the church website at <>.

I will take the filled boxes to the local co-ordinator.

Why support the Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal?

  • They ask people to fill a Shoebox for a family or an elderly couple – not just a child.  Their list contains items for all family members and includes items such a shower gel/shampoo, family games, stationery items, gift for mum and dad as well as sweets, soft toys, hats, scarves etc.
  • Their annual Family Shoebox Appeal has been running since 1992 and has delivered smiles to thousands of people in Eastern Europe over the years. Over 1,000,000 shoeboxes have been sent to hundreds of different locations!
  • It’s a really simple idea, anyone can get involved.

There are leaflets at the back of church.  It is important to check the leaflet as they are very particular what can, and cannot, be  included.  Alternatively, download a copy from the website noted above.

There are only 3 weeks to go, so I ask that these boxes are brought to me, or left at the back of church, by Sunday 29th October – to allow me time to take them to the collection point.

Barbara Tritton
17 High Street, Pattingham
(01902 700065)
email –

Dementia Friendly Church

Weekly Prayer

Becoming Dementia Friendly Church 2023-24

God who has made the Church one Family, you went out of your way to include those on the edges of society.
May our doors and our hearts be open to all.
Grant us the insight to see when one of our members is increasingly in need of help.
Let us be quick to ask what we can do and faithful in offering that support.
Give us the wisdom to see the person with dementia as you see them: as a unique individual, valued and loved.
Show us the many ways in which they can still be part of our community, the avenues of service still open to them.
Guide us to show them new ways in which they can be valued.
May we make time in our busy lives to include them and assure them of our continued love.
Teach us to be a Dementia friendly church.

(Prayers for Dementia and how to live well with it, Fay Sampson)

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. The wishing well is also at the back of the church if you have any spare loose change. Donations, however small, go towards running costs. Don’t be shy, every little helps!

From the Memorial Book

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

David Simpson – 1st October 2002
John Edward Lavender – 1st October 2018
George Weaver – 3rd October 1930
Stephen Young – 3rd October 2018
M.G. Stuart Jones – 5th October 2017
Janet Sampson – 6th October 2009
Sidney Herbert Guest – 8th October 1976
John Beagle – 8th October 1982
Clive Fordham Parker – 9th October 1993
Barbara Alice Titley – 9th October 2003
Colin Charles Robinson – 9th October 2020
Evelyn Eileen Carlile – 10th October 2010
Graham Roger Gilbert – 12th October 2002
Carol Jane Higginson – 12th October 2004
Emily Elizabeth Penny – 14th October 1993
Philippa Ciceley Bramall – 15th October 2017

You can see all the pages of the Memorial Book on the Memorial Book Online page of the Church 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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