ChadNet – no 192

ChadNet – no 192 – Sunday 26th November 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

Barbara Tritton

Someone left a tissue in their pocket: not usually a problem, but when the washing came out of  the washing machine, there were little bits of soggy tissue everywhere. How could one small tissue create such a mess? I suppose it’s like spilling a small amount of liquid in the kitchen on the worktop; it trickles and drips over the surface, down the front of the cupboard and maybe seeps into a drawer. Once again, something small making a big mess.

It’s often the way, isn’t it, that something little can have a big knock-on effect; unlike spills in the kitchen, a few kind words of encouragement, a smile, a letter or phone call, can make a huge difference in a positive way, to the people we meet.


We have recently been gathering shoe boxes for the Link to Hope Christmas appeal. These are now on their way to people in Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria and Ukraine, who have very little. This year we have collected 56 shoeboxes from people in the village, the school, friends and family, who have put together these boxes of essentials and small treats, which are going to bring such joy. Just a small shoebox, but added to those I saw at the collection point in Albrighton, these will make a huge difference to many people this Christmas. Over 56 boxes could well bring a smile to more than 150 people! So thank you to everyone who has helped. We will have made a difference.

We can’t influence the big issues of world peace, global warming or pandemics, but we must never underestimate the effects of small acts of kindness.

Barbara Tritton

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 26th November – Christ the King

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

At 6.30 pm there will be a Service in the Iona style, led by Ken Scott, in church.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for those who live or work in: Clive Road.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: Christ Church, Tettenhall Wood.

This week

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

The Century Club draw takes place on Monday.

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 Paul Brown, 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 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.

At 7 pm on Thursday episode 3 of series 3 of The Chosen will be screened at Christ Church, Tettenhall Wood. Refreshments and snacks provided! Contact Christ Church on 01902 238988 for more information. Catch up for free at

At 11 am on Saturday the funeral of Alan Stubbs takes place in church.

Sunday 3rd December – Advent Sunday

At 10 am there will be a Family Service, led by Sarah Yeomans and St Chad’s School, in church. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available after the service. There will be no Communion service.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for those who live or work in: Letchmere Close.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: Christ the King, Aldersley.

Looking ahead towards Christmas

The Christmas card from the church should be delivered to all homes in the parish in the next week or so. It includes details of services in December. Copies are also available in church.

Particular services to note are:

  • Sunday 10th December – 4 pm – Christingle Service
  • Sunday 17th December – 6.30 pm – Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
  • Sunday 24th December -4 pm – Crib Service
  • Sunday 24th December – 11.30 pm – “Midnight” Eucharist
  • Monday 25th December – 10 am – Christmas Morning Communion Service

It is hoped to arrange carol singing at some of the pubs in the parish. Details Will be available in due course.

Scarecrow Calendar

A reminder that the Pattingham Scarecrow Festival Calendar for 2024 is still available. The cost just £10 each with envelope.

Order forms are available from the church or by phoning Mike Coope on 01902 700426 or email  to or downloaded from <>

“Sleepers Wake” – reflections for Advent

In the first three weeks of December the Tettenhall Wood Team will be leading a series of reflections for Advent using music, art and scripture based on the book “Sleepers Wake – Getting Serious about Climate Change” by Bishop Nicholas Holkam. They will be held on Wednesday mornings at 11.00 am at St Chad’s Church, Patttingham and repeated on Thursday evenings at the Church at Perton. All are welcome.

  • Wednesday 6th December – The Writing on the wall
  • Wednesday 13th December – Being Human
  • Wednesday 20th December – What can I bring Him?

Century Club

This month’s Century Club draw will be held on Monday.

A reminder that annual subscriptions are due on 1st December. The annual subscription is £60.

For new members a payment of £65 will cover the November draw as well as the twelve draws from December. If you would like to join the Century Club or for more details, please contact Alan Smith on 07757 688518 or or see the website at <

Dementia Friendly Church

Weekly Prayer

Becoming Dementia Friendly Church 2023-24

Merciful God
As I face this year
My journey with dementia continues
As I do my best to walk the path set before me
Please guide my feet along the way
Guide my thinking and relating
See me though the rough patches
And help me enjoy the good times that come
God of all of living
Remind me of your constant presence when I feel alone
Open my eyes to those who show their care and support
And give me to help others as I am able
God of compassion
Soothe my anxiety
Help me sort out my confusion
Comfort my sadness
Hold me in my fear
And carry me when I can go no further


(“Reflections of Hope for people living with dementia Claire Craig and Rosemary Hurtley, published by CWR)

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!

Reverse Advent Calendar

The Well’s annual Reverse Advent Calendar is back. The idea is really simple – put the item on the calendar into a box/bag each day in December leading up to Christmas, then donate it to the Well food bank. Please leave it at the back of the church or, if collection is required, contact Alan Smith on 07757 688518. 

The calendar showing which items are requested for each day is on the church website at <> There is also a shopping list of the following items which can be used instead.

The items on the calendar for this week are:

  • Friday 1st December – UHT milk
  • Saturday 2nd December – shampoo
  • Sunday 3rd December – tea

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 19th November and 3rd December.

David William Burton – 19th November 2019
Glynne Charles Davis – 21st November 2004
Frank Davies – 21st November 2008
William Ernest Davis – 22nd November 1970
Marjorie Gwendoline Greenway – 22nd November 1996
Brenda Rose Pendrell – 23rd November 2015
David John Whittall – 25th November 2002
Vivienne Roper – 25th November 2009
Malcolm Alfred Sargeant – 26th November 2020
Alan Thomas Hastilow – 28th November 1975
Raymond Edward Perks – 30th November 1996
Edna Dorothy Wheeler – 30th November 2017
Harry Bramall – 1st December 1983
Olive Peever – 1st December 2004
Iris Bull  – 1st December 2009
Ethel Medlicott – 3rd December 1987

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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