ChadNet – no 209

ChadNet – no 209 – Sunday 24th March 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

Olive Barnett

A poignant Easter Story

Yesterday I started to think about Easter abroad and my mind went back to the times we were in a town called Almunecar which was about 4 miles from the little village in which we were living.  We usually watched the huge processions which took place during Holy Week which commence on Palm Sunday.  Throughout Andalusia, the week of Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ is lived with great devotion, in every city, town and village where processions are celebrated.  These consist of carrying on the shoulders of the “costaleros” (float bearers) an image of a specific moment of the Passion of Christ and is also accompanied by a great parade of penitents, bare-footed and with their classic hats in a cone shape.

Whilst in Spain -few years ago – we decided to venture into Almunecar on Good Friday, to listen to the Trial which was going to be held in the gardens there.  A huge crowd had assembled.  The dialogue was of course in Spanish, but when everyone started to shout “Crucify Him,” “Crucify Him” there was a great surge forward urging the person who was taking the part of Christ to pick up the cross.  I should say at this point, this person had been taking the part for a number of years and the locals decided that in order to make it more difficult, they should put the cross into the sea to make it even heavier!  The procession then started the steep climb up the winding hill.  Christ was being whipped en route.  I could hardly bear to watch it. Finally, the procession reached the high point where three crosses had been erected and the two either side of the main cross were already occupied.  Jesus was lifted onto the cross and duly nailed into position.  Within a minute it suddenly went from being bright sunlight to nearly dusk and a soft wind came up us a crown of thorns was placed on the head of Christ.

It really was a truly emotional moment, and one which I will never forget.

Olive Barnett

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).


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Sunday 24th March – Palm Sunday

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 and work in: Dartmouth Avenue, Marlbrook Lane, Chesterton Road, West End Gardens, Copley Lane.

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

This week- Holy 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.

The Century Club draw takes place on Monday. See below for details of how to join.

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 Shower Singers this week. It will return after its Easter break on 10th April.

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 Maundy Thursday Service of Holy Communion and stripping of the altars, led by Revd Paul Brown, takes place in church.

At 10.00 am on Good Friday the Building of the Easter Garden service for children and families, led by Gladys Jones, takes place at church.  It will be followed by an Egg Hunt.

On Friday from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm the Good Friday devotional service, led by Iain Coleman, takes place in church.

Sunday 31st March – Easter Day

At 10 am there will be a service 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 Philip Sims, in church.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for:
Those who teach and look after children.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for:
Easter Sunday.

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 £45 will cover the remaining 9 draws in the subscription year.

Pets Service – Sunday 7th April 2024 – 10.00 am

Come & join us for our celebration and All Age Worship, followed by coffee, tea and treats!

Pets must be accompanied by a well-behaved human !!! “It’s a long time since a Pet’s Service has been held at St Chad’s, so we have decided this is long overdue! It will be a joyous celebration of all our pets, dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, birds , hamsters……whatever beloved animal you look after as part of your family, please bring them along. Oh, and they will be under your care of course, but we will be celebrating all that our animals give to us, what we can learn from them and, of course highlighting what they do for others in very special circumstances.

So, a note for your diary and we look forward to having you all, and your animals, with us!

Alan & Henry”

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.

Covenant Prayer

We are a member of the Covenanting Churches of Wolverhampton West, which is an ecumenical group of churches of different denominations. You may wish to include its Covenant Prayer in your prayers from time to time.

The Covenant Prayer

Lord we thank You for calling us into the company of those who trust in Christ and seek to obey His will. You have made us strangers no longer, but pilgrims together on the way to Your kingdom.
Guide us closer to You and to one another, in the unity of the Spirit and bond of peace and strengthen us together in mission and service to Your world.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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 support.
Give us the wisdom to see the person with dementia as you see them: as a unique individual, valued and loved.  Let us not write them off because they have a disability.  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)

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.

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 17th and 31st March.

Thomas William Roberts – 17th March 1973
James Keith Bradshaw – 17th March 2006
Lilian Ross Beach – 17th March 2006
Phyllis Alice Wood – 18th March 2016
Ronald Arthur Painting – 20th March 1980
Olive Harris – 20th March 1990
David Spencer Haddock – 21st March 1996
Leslie Thomas Price – 21st March 1997
Dennis David Cave – 23rd March 2017
Geoffrey Warrilow – 24th March 1956
Lillian Elkin – 26th March 1991
Christine May Watton – 29th March 2007
Bert Hughes – 30th March 2009
Christopher John Harrison – 30th March 2015
Isaac John Fellows – 31st March 1990
Kathleen Mary Parkes – 31st March 1999
Joan Selvey Fellows – 31st March 2019

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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