ChadNet – no 194

ChadNet – no 194 – Sunday 10th December 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

Girl with christingle

It’s Christingle ……. that magical family service where we hear about the love and light of Christ being available to all – this time using the image of an orange, red ribbon, sweets on cocktail sticks and a candle. The Orange represents the World and God’s creation – fruits and sweets on the four cocktail sticks remind us of the seasons of the Earth – the red ribbon represents the Blood of Christ and God’s love for us in the death and resurrection of Jesus – and the Candle represents God’s love in sending Jesus “the light of the World” to be with us always.

It’s Christingle ……. our service is at 4pm on Sunday 10th and as always our collection is given to The Children’s Society, a charity which brings hope and support to all – especially vulnerable children and young people – because whatever a young person is going through they shouldn’t have to face it alone.    If you are not able to attend the service bringing along your collection candle, but would like to donate to help the Society, you can do so on-line via our link St Chad’s Church, Pattingham | The Children’s Society (<>) – for whatever you feel able to give the Society thanks you.

It’s Christingle …….and as we hold our Christingle and watch the candle shining brightly, remember that as we pray we are never alone because that red ribbon joins us to everyone else who is praying around the world, and that the light of Christ shines through however dark it may seem around us.  Let us go out in the Light of Christ, to bring light and joy to all people we meet this Christmastide.  With the help of God, Amen.

Happy “Christingle” to you all

Chrissie Ringrose

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.

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Sunday 10th December – Second Sunday in Advent

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 4 pm the Christingle Service will be held in church. It will be a short but lively service with Christingle oranges for the children.Collection candles are available from the font in church.

There is no service at 6.30 pm.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for those who live or work in: Westbeech Road, College Farm Close, Patshull Road.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Peter, Kinver.

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. Please do join us and if you would like more information or are willing to lead a session, please contact Mary Hayward ().

At 7.00 pm on Tuesday there will be Carol Singing in the Dartmouth Arms, Burnhill Green. Everyone is welcome either to join the choir in singing or simply having a drink and listening to the carols.

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 11.00 am the second of the “Sleepers Wake” Reflections for Advent will take place in church. Details were in last week’s ChadNet. Coffee and cake will be available beforehand.

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 . This is the last Shower Singers this year.

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 7.30 pm on Thursday the repeat of the second of the “Sleepers Wake” Reflections for Advent will take place at The Church at Perton. Details were in last week’s ChadNet.

On Saturday from 10.30 am the Covenanting Churches of Wolverhampton West, of which we are part, will be singing carols on the Upper Green at Tettenhall. All are welcome to join them.

#Follow the Star Wolverhampton – On Saturday afternoon there is an interdenominational City Centre Nativity and Lantern Parade beginning at St John’s in the Square at 3 pm and ending in St Peter’s Square around 4.30 pm. Bring a lantern (LED lights only) and join Mary and Joseph and the alpacas for storytelling and Christmas carols!

Sunday 17th December – Third Sunday in Advent

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. At 6.30 pm the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, led by Iain Coleman, will be held in church.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for those who live or work in: Dartmouth Avenue, Marlbrook Lane, Chesterton Road, West End Gardens, Copley Lane.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: Christmas Services across the Deanery.

Further ahead

There will be Carol Singing in the Pigot Arms at 8 pm on Wednesday 20th December.  Everyone is welcome either to join the choir in singing or simply having a drink and listening to the carols.

Christmas Eve
There will be the usual Sunday Family Communion service at 10 am for the 4th Sunday in Advent.
The Crib Service will be at 4.00 pm. This is particularly suitable for children and families. Help to build the Nativity Scene.
The “Midnight Eucharist” will be at 11.30 pm. For those who are still awake this is a wonderful way to celebrate the birth of Jesus as Christmas Day starts.

Christmas Day
The Christmas Morning Communion Service will be at 10.00 am. All are welcome to come and celebrate with us the birth of Jesus.

Prayers for Peace will be taking a break after this week and will resume on 9th January.

Prayers for Peace

At the beginning of November, a request was displayed on the ‘Prayers for Peace’ notice board at the rear of the church above the well. The request was in direct response to the situation in Ukraine, with the invasion of Russian forces still continuing and fatal drone attacks on Kyiv.  Also in our hearts and minds was the terrifying hostage situation and fighting in Israel, Gaza and Palestine. The request was for the local congregation of Pattingham and Patshull at St. Chad’s to compose their own individual ‘Prayers for Peace’ anywhere in the world.  These prayers once gathered, would then be shared with God by our Tuesday group in the Lady Chapel.

There were several prayers left anonymously in the little envelope provided and they were heartfelt, sincere and very welcome at a time of such unrest.  We offered these prayers up to the Lord on November 28th by candlelight in our group and prayed with all our hearts for peace.

For anyone who wrote a prayer but could not attend that evening, or for anyone who would like to pray for peace, here is a summary of the thoughts and prayers written by local people in the congregation of St. Chad’s Church, Pattingham.

Prayer one
Father of all
Protect all in Ukraine
Guide the peacemakers to end this terrible war.
Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Prayer two
Stop all wars.
Give us peace.

Prayer three
Mine is just a simple prayer
Bless the world and keep it in your care.
God bless,

Prayer four
God has said, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”
Peace will come soon around the world.

Prayer five
Psalm 4:8
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
For you alone, Lord,
Make me dwell in safety.
Find rest and renewal for your soul every night, people of Ukraine.

Prayer six
Our Father who is in heaven
Help the wars to stop
We hope that everyone is okay and the fighting will stop.

By Oliver age 7.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to write a prayer and if anyone would like to join us in our Prayers for Peace meetings, come along at 6:00pm on a Tuesday. You will be assured of a warm welcome!

God bless.
Jill Baker

Note – Prayers for Peace will be taking a break after this week (12th December) and will resume on 9th January.

ChadNet – feedback needed

We know that some people see the photos which are included in ChadNet and some do not and some people see some of them but not all. There are also other differences in the appearance of ChadNet. In November a different method of sending ChadNet was used which meant that some people who had not seen photos before were able to do so. For all I know it may be that some of those who had previously been able to see photos were not able to. We do know that the ability to click on the contents to go straight to that section did not work.

This month we have gone back to the previous method of sending and have had comments from one person who can no longer see the photos again. To help us decide how to proceed in future  it would be helpful if you would tell us your views. Do you find the ability to click on the contents useful? Were you able to see photos in November but not now or before then? Did you stop being able to see photos in November? Was there no apparent difference in November? Do you have any other comments?

Please email your comments to

Geoffrey Dann
ChadNet editor

Dementia Friendly Church

Weekly Prayer

Becoming Dementia Friendly Church 2023-24

Healing prayer for dementia

Lord God, our loving and compassionate Father, we praise and glorify you for the grace of health in mind and body.  Thank you for keeping us well and healthy.  Thank you for the beautiful gift of life and health.
We pray to you heavenly Father, asking for your healing touch to all those living with dementia.  We know you are the source of all healing; nothing is beyond your power.  We beg you to pour forth your grace and mercy to our brothers and sisters who have this condition, as well as comfort and serenity for their loved ones and caregivers.

We humbly ask that you bring healing and restoration to their minds and bodies and comfort to their loved ones who care for them.  Please restore their cognitive capacities-memory, thinking and reasoning.  We pray to you to ease the emotional and psychological pain those living with dementia often experience, such as anxiety, depression, and feelings of isolation and loneliness.
We also pray for their carers who frequently face a great deal of stress.  Please grant them courage and help to show compassion and patience to their loved ones.  May they sense your presence among them and experience your infinite kindness and grace.

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!

The wishing well

The wishing well was installed into the church a year ago for the concert at the time of the Christmas tree festival. During the last twelve months over £300 has been donated and passed to the Well food bank. It all goes towards the costs of helping the needy of Wolverhampton and the surrounding area.

Demand is ever increasing and everyone associated with the Well is extremely grateful for your support.

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:

  • Sunday 10th December – stuffing mix
  • Monday 11th December – toilet roll
  • Tuesday 12th December – shower gel
  • Wednesday 13th December – coffee
  • Thursday 14th December – tinned peas
  • Friday 15th December – squash
  • Saturday 16th December – tinned fish
  • Sunday 17th December – marmalade

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 3rd and 17th December.

Ethel Medlicott – 3rd December 1987
John Reynolds – 4th December 1985
Lorna Briscoe – 4th December 1994
Stanley William Thomas Jones – 4th December 2007
Harry Burton  – 5th December 1975
James Ellis – 5th December 2019
Julie Amanda Morgans – 6th December 2011
Mary Elizabeth Inett – 7th December 1996
Norman Alfred Bramall – 8th December 2021
Robert James Hayhurst – 9th December 1994
David John Jennings – 10th December 2012
Robert Lewis Pass – 10th December 2016
Alec Christopher Harley – 10th December 2016
Eliza Newton – 16th December 1953
Brian John Darrell – 16th December 2013
Raymond William Haden – 17th December 2005

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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