ChadNet – no 205

ChadNet – no 205 – Sunday 25th February 2024

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

Dorothy Steel

I recall the day after we moved to Pattingham in December 1999, popping into church one weekday morning to have a few moments of solitude after a rather hectic move. I was overjoyed the church was open and I can still remember the feeling of ‘welcome’ which the village and the church gave me. In church, I was particularly impressed by the stained-glass windows, which were amazing when the church was lit up, and are still, for me, outstandingly beautiful. I made sure to purchase one of the booklets explaining that most of the glass is Victorian and they tell Bible stories and follow the events in Christ’s life. But these windows are more than beautiful; they are part of our worship and provide an opportunity to become lost in wonder and praise. As our two boys grew up, I would encourage them to look at the pictures telling a story in the glass, and after my mother died, I gazed at the glass which gave me a sense of stability, comfort, and permanence when coping with such a huge sense of loss.

I know very little about stained glass but have read that a couple of our windows are the work of Charles Eamer Kempe (1837-1907), a renowned designer and manufacturer of stained glass, who studied medieval stained glass and reinterpreted the spirit of the 14th – 16th century work, to inform his Victorian designs. How fortunate we are to benefit from his insight and skill all these years later!

At St. Chad’s we know the ‘church’ is far more than the building; it is the way we as Christians live our lives and the outreach work across our community which we know is demonstrating the light of Christ in all our lives. In both the Old and the New Testament, the Bible reminds us that we are led by God’s guiding hand, and we are part of God’s plan – Isaiah 26:12-19 tells us “Lord …. all that we have accomplished you have done for us…”. Matthew 5:16 “…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”.

It would be wonderful to have the skills to do amazing work as Charles Kempe did, but we can achieve so much in small ways, by sharing a moment of our time to stop and speak to enquire after others; to join us at Prayers for Peace; to help with ‘Who’s for Lunch’, to be a good neighbour, and if you can, share a smile to cheer someone up! This is our ‘church’ and for me the way we can live and share our faith.

God Bless,
Dorothy Steel

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 25th February – Second Sunday of Lent

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 of Evensong, led by Ken Scott, in church.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for:
Those who are in residential care.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for:
St Aidan, Penn Fields.

This week

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

Contractors are continuing work on various repairs and work to the church this week. The contractors will be working in and around the church. The church and churchyard will remain open but please take care while using them. Access to the toilets will be kept unlocked. See below for more details.

On Monday at 7.30 pm the second session of the Lent Course “Act on Poverty” takes place in The Loft. More details below.

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

There is no Pattingham Shower Singers this week.

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

On Thursday at 10.30 am the repeat of the second session of the Lent Course “Act on Poverty” takes place at Christ Church, Tettenhall Wood. More details below.

Saturday is St Chad’s Day.

Sunday 3rd March – Third Sunday of Lent

At 10 am there will be a Family Service, led by Gladys Jones and Debbie Francis, in church. It will be followed by a short service of Holy Communion, led by Revd Paul Brown, to which you are all most welcome. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available after the service.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for:
Village organisations.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for:
All Saints, Trysull.

Disposal of old screen and work to the Church

We are in the process of refurbishing the West door at the back of the church so it can be used in connection with funeral and wedding services and help to keep our heating costs down. The decorative screen in front of the door is currently being dismantled and will be disposed of by the end of March. The PCC has decided to make the timber available to those who feel they can make use of it before then in return for a donation to church funds. If anyone is interested, please speak to one of the churchwardens.

The contractors have completed the repairs to the roof and are now working on the area by the west door. The west door itself has been taken away to be draught proofed. While it is away the doorway has been boarded up. Work to remove the wooden screen inside the west door has started. Once this work is complete the west door will be visible in all its splendour both from inside and outside the church and there should not be draughts through the door while it is closed.

Century Club

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

There are currently five vacancies for the Century Club. For an annual subscription is £60 there is a chance every month to win £150, £100 or £50.  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 <>. TO be included in this draw a new member will have to pay their subscription by Sunday evening – a payment of £50 will cover the remaining 10 draws in the subscription year.

Lent and Easter

Lent Lunches

Lent Lunches will be held at 12.30 pm on Wednesday 6th March (at the home of Sue Riches) and Thursday 21st March (at the home of Sue Stirk). There will be sign up sheets at the back of the church in due course.

Lent course

Act on Poverty

We are sharing in the Lent Course with Tettenhall Wood.

The Act on Poverty resources have been produced by Christian Aid, with other partners, to enable churches and individuals to gain a deeper understanding of poverty, local and global, and to offer inspiration for actions we can take to tackle poverty together.

Each session contains:
    • A short Bible study
    • Audio recordings of conversations featuring anti-poverty practitioners and activists, many with lived experience of poverty
    • Questions and prompts for small group discussion
    • Inspiring videos from churches taking practical action on poverty
    • A guide to simple steps your church can take to advocate for change

When and Where?
Monday Evenings, 7.30pm, St Chad’s, Pattingham (begins 19th February)
Thursday Mornings, 10.30am, Christ Church, Tettenhall Wood (begins 22nd February)

Also available online:
Wednesday afternoons, 3.00pm led by Bishop Sarah (from 14th February)
Thursday evenings: 7.00pm led by Bishop Matthew (from 15th February)
(Details of the online course can be found at <>)

Lunchtime Lent Talks in Wolverhampton

“Praying the Lord’s Prayer… Our Father…”

There will be a series of Ecumenical Lent Lunchtime Talks in St Peter’s Church, Wolverhampton every Monday from 19th February to 26th March from 12 noon to 1 pm.

Soup and rolls will be available from 12.00 noon, the talk will begin at 12.30 pm promptly and finish by 1.00 pm including time for discussion.

Holy Week

There will be the usual services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

  • Maundy Thursday (28th March)
    • 7.30 pm – Holy Communion and stripping of the altars
  • Good Friday (29th March)
    • 10.00 am – Building the Easter Garden – service for children and families
    • 2.00 pm – Good Friday devotional service

Easter Day

In addition to the Communion Service at 10.00 am there will be a service of Evensong at 6.30 pm.

The Well – the Wolverhampton Food Bank

The Well continues to need our donations and prayers.

The box remains at the rear of the church for donations of food and toiletries and the wishing well for donations of cash. Foreign coins can be put into the wishing well (in a separate bag please) and they will also go to help the needy in Wolverhampton.

Thank you for your support.

Dementia Friendly Church

Weekly Prayer

Becoming Dementia Friendly Church 2023-24

Friend of the Friendless

When I look around me, I see friends and acquaintances with dementia.  It is tempting to look away and tell myself it is somebody else`s problem.
Shepherding Christ,  you went out of your way to find the lonely and the lost. Grant me compassion and insight to feel what it is like for someone who is losing their memory, increasingly adrift in a once familiar world.  Let me be the one to hold out a hand that can anchor them to the life and friendships they knew.
Grant me the wisdom to see how I can help their carer and the will and energy to act on that knowledge.  Let me not make excuses.  Save me from being the one who passes by on the other side of the road.
Lord, you were always ready to speak out for those in need.  Guide me to find out more about dementia.  Give me commitment to be a Dementia Friend and to advocate greater understanding in the community.
May I have your courage not to back away from the unfamiliar, but to reach out the hand of love.

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

If you would like to suggest (or write) a prayer for inclusion in this series please let Tracey Williams, our Dementia Friendly Church Co-ordinator, know.

Dementia Friendly Songs of Praise

A Dementia Friendly Songs of Praise is being held at Lichfield Cathedral on Tuesday 23rd April – the service is 10.45 until 11.30 and will be filmed by the BBC for Songs of Praise. Tony Christie will be joining the choir. The details can be found on a poster that is on the Dementia Notice Board and on the Dementia Friendly Church page of the church website at <>.
Canon David Primrose would like you to register your interest and to receive further details by contacting him: or 07946 222667.

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 18th February and 3rd March.

Pauline Jones – 18th February 2011
Mary Stubbs – 19th February 2019
Clive Brough – 20th February 1979
Lillian (Marg) Nicholls – 20th February 2007
Joseph Ernest Penny – 20th February 2009
Thomas James Heath – 20th February 2017
Muriel Noreen Swift – 21st February 1999
Victor James Jordan – 22nd February 2009
Tom Knight – 23rd February 1997
Kathleen Simpson – 23rd February 1999
Teresa Margaret Richards – 23rd February 2002
Iris Freda Thomas – 25th February 2004
Thomas Lockley – 26th February 1974
John Barry Hebditch – 26th February 1998
Simon Andrew Mackriel – 27th February 2019
Lily Bates – 28th February 1997
Jocelyn Ida Alice Mayne – 28th February 1999
James Andrew Potts – 28th February 2007
Andrew Woodroffe – 1st March 1976
Edith Margery Whitty – 2nd March 1999
Gordon Frederick Roberts – 3rd March 2010

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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