ChadNet – no 213

ChadNet – no 213 – Sunday 21st April 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

Henry Ibberson
Henry Ibberson

That’s awesome

Recently, a good friend of mine posted this on his Facebook page. You may have already seen it, but there’s something here,= to make us pause a while and to make us think.

“The problem is:
We look for someone with whom to grow old together,
While the secret is to find someone to stay a child with!
(Charles Bukowski)

What does love mean to 4-8 year old children?
Slow down for a few minutes to read this…

A body of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, ‘What does love mean?’ The answers they got were broader, deeper, and more profound than anyone could have ever imagined!

‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore… So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’ Rebecca – age 8

‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’ Billy – age 4

‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on after shave and they go out and smell each other.’ Karl – age 5

‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’ Chrissy – age 6

‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’ Terri – age 4

‘Love is when my mummy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’ Danny – age 8

‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and just listen.’  Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)

‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.’ Nikka – age 6  (we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)

‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day.’ Noelle – age 7

‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’ Tommy – age 6

‘During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’ Cindy – age 8

‘My mummy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’ Clare – age 6

‘Love is when Mummy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’ Elaine – age 5

Love is when Mummy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’ Chris – age 7

‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’ Mary Ann – age 4

‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’ Lauren – age 4

‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ (what an image!) Karen – age 7

‘Love is when Mummy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross…’ Mark – age 6

‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’ Jessica – age 8

And the final one: The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbour was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.
Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked what he had said to the neighbour, the little boy said, ‘Nothing, I just helped him cry.’ (this made me cry!) “

The message ended with the exhortation to take a few seconds and post this for others to inspire and spread Love like butter.

And then go be a child again today!

Henry Ibberson


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).


.Contacts

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 afternoon 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 21st April – Fourth Sunday of Easter

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 Roberta Maxwell, 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:
Those who live and work in: Westbeech Road, College Farm Close, Patshull Road.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for:
Clergy & Lay Ministers in the Deanery.


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.

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.

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.


Sunday 28th April – Fifth Sunday of Easter

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 Ken Scott, in church.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for:
St Chad’s School and the other schools attended by children in the parish.

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


Revision of the Church Electoral Roll

The annual revision of the Church Electoral Roll is taking place at the moment. Those already on the roll do not need to do anything but anyone who wishes their name to be added to the roll should complete and return an application form, which are available at the back of the church or from the website at <https://www.pattinghamchurch.org.uk/web/church-electoral-roll/>

To be able to vote at this year’s annual meeting the completed application must be received by this Thursday (25th April).

Membership of the Church Electoral Roll is open to baptised members of the Church of England or of a church in communion with the Church of England who are at least 16 years old and are either resident in the parish or have habitually attended worship in the parish within the previous six months.

For more information contact Michelle Pass, who is the Electoral Roll Officer – telephone 01902 700466 – email:


Fill a pencil case for Ukraine

The children of Ukraine are some of the forgotten victims of the ongoing war. Many have lost all they have including items needed for school. Jane Whittall has a friend who is able to transport supplies to Ukraine and is looking for filled pencil cases to help such children.

So to help a child in one of Ukraine’s bombed out schools get back to normality can you help fill a pencil case with the following items?

  • Boys/Girls pencil case
  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Glue stick
  • Coloured crayons
  • Small note book.

If you are able to help there is a clearly marked box at the back of Church where you can place your contribution. The closing date is the 20th May.

Your help will be much appreciated. 


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


Dementia Friendly Church

Weekly Prayer

Becoming Dementia Friendly Church 2023-24

Lord, as doubt and the perplexity of daily life
become even more confusing and uncertain,
thank you for being always present and gently
guiding and protecting me.
Thank you for family and friends who continue to
Love, support and encourage me without judgement
or disdain.
I pray that I may always be aware of your loving, guiding
Presence in this life and that I will come to meet with you in the next.
Amen

(This prayer, written by Ann Shepherd, a Deacon in the Methodist Church who lives with dementia, was taken from “Share a Prayer” for Dementia Awareness Week.)

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 14th and 28th April.

Christine Ann Trubshaw – 16th April 2000
Stuart Hammersley – 19th April 1991
Keith Campbell Harris – 19th April 2012
Elizabeth Anne Thomason – 20th April 2008
Graham Sheldon – 21st April 1996
Alan Coverley Robinson – 21st April 2003
Archie Proctor – 23rd April 2009
Betty Winifred Lovering – 23rd April 2012
Emily Hannah O’Byrne – 23rd April 2020
Annie Smith – 25th April 1962
Bob Frost – 25th April 2008
Roger Douglas Fildes – 26th April 1965
Royston Granville Green – 26th April 2008
John Stanley Scriven – 27th April 1954
Cliff Fletcher – 27th April 2013

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 www.justgiving.com/pattingham-church. 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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