ChadNet – no 221

ChadNet – no 221 – Sunday 16th June 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

“A day without laughter is a day wasted…” (Charlie Chaplin)

The blessing of a sense of humour is a great gift!  Something amusing, I have been keeping a secret until I could share it with you !

 A few weeks ago, I was walking the short distance between my home and church for a service. It was only Tuesday, but it already felt like a long week!  My journey back from work had been long and hot, standing in a packed train. We had recently heard that we were once again unlucky in not receiving any applicants for our post of Vicar and it all felt a bit uncertain and hard going. I am sure this is because we need patience, to wait for God’s plan to unfold. But I am an impatient human being, and as I walked, I prayed to Our Lord, “… you show so many other people a sign, could we not have a small sign that we are doing your will?”

At this moment a bird flew quite close above me and then a ‘poop’ landed on my arm! Do I think this was a ‘sign’ from Our Lord or just a bird relieving itself in flight?  I think the latter, but having said that, it really did make me stop in my tracks, physically and mentally. I wiped away the mess and re-focused on how blessed we are to live in our beautiful village, to have a supportive wide community and all the ‘team’ of people who work so hard with us to carry on the work of Our Lord. So maybe it was a ‘sign’?

You must judge for yourself, but for me this was a moment to make me think less about my own discomforts and more outwardly about the wider picture and how best I can do my part, working with you to share the light of Christ.

Thank you for all you do, be careful what you wish for, and watch out overhead!

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.

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 16th June – Third Sunday after Trinity

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 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:
Those members of the congregation who live outside the parish.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for:
The Church at Perton.

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 ().

On Tuesday evening there is a PCC meeting in church.

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.

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 23rd June – Fourth Sunday after Trinity / Eve of John the Baptist

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 for the Eve of John the Baptist, led by Ken Scott, in church.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for:
The Parish Council and all elected representatives.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for:
Church Wardens across the Deanery.

Village Fete – Saturday 6th July, midday onwards

Village Fete

Tempus fugit!

Preparations for our fete on 6 July are progressing well, however we need help, particularly with the following:

VOLUNTEERS TO MAN STALLS. It doesn’t have to be all afternoon, but please can you spare an hour or two on the day?

VOLUNTEERS TO MAN THE GATES. Stints of 12-2 and 2-4

RAFFLE TICKETS. Donors have been very generous (including cash prizes of £100 and £50) but we need to get them out there. Please can you sell them to family, friends, anybody you can think of. Books of tickets are available from Dorothy, Graham, Alan or any PCC member……and don’t forget to buy your own!!

BOTTLE STALL. A real money spinner over the years. Please can you get the word out to all you know to help with a bottle or two and bring them to the back of the church. If there are too many to carry we will happily collect!
They don’t all need to be expensive bottles of wine etc, water, squash, pop are just as valuable to us.

GENERATOR. Ideally we would like to have the PA in a more central position this year, also to avoid the risk of tripping over wires etc. Do you know of anybody who can loan us a generator?

COMPETITIONS. The entry date has been extended so please get your entries in to Alix and Keith or the collection points.

If you’d like to be involved, please do email Alix Jones on or Keith Eden on

Volunteers needed

A lot of people are involved in ensuring that our services run smoothly and that those attending are made to feel welcome. We are very grateful to those who give their time in various ways – as servers, sidespersons, serving coffee, reading, leading intercessions, arranging flowers, cleaning brasses, bellringing, singing in the choir, operating the AV equipment , etc – but there is always a need to recruit more volunteers.

We are in particular need at the moment of additions to the ranks of sidespersons. The duties are not onerous but are important as they have a big role in making all those who attend services welcome and comfortable. If you feel you could volunteer to join the rota please speak to Clive or Dorothy (or any members of the PCC). If you would like to offer to help in any other way (or to find out more about what is involved) again speak to Dorothy or Clive (or any members of the PCC).

The more people we have in each role the less often everybody’s turn comes round.

The Well – the Wolverhampton Food Bank

The Well

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

Collection for Alzheimer`s Society

Becoming Dementia Friendly Church 2023-24

The collection in church for the Alzheimer`s Society has raised £118.66 which has been sent to the society.

My grateful thanks to all who kindly contributed.

Tracey Williams

Weekly Prayer

As the sun rises, we prayer that we have kind hearts
So we can always treasure memories even though some people may forget.
We pray for the charities who help to raise money and pray that you always bring comfort to those living with Dementia.

(From “Share A Prayer” Author Unknown)

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 9th and 23rd June.

Nellie Elizabeth Warrilow – 9th June 1967
Henry Parkes – 9th June 1989
Violet Agnes Davies – 11th June 1992
Gwendolyn Mary Pellow – 11th June 2010
Geraint Samuel Jones – 12th June 2013
Annie Parton – 13th June 1987
Gerald Victor Rowley – 14th June 1993
Frederick Seymour Toy – 15th June 1971
Ian Brian Price – 15th June 1973
Winifred Jane James – 15th June 2006
Audrey Wilhelmina Rose – 15th June 2022
Anthony Robert Kiddle – 16th June 2015
Mitchell James Lingford – 18th June 1989
Kenneth Joseph Russell – 19th June 2010
Wilfred Leslie Darlington – 20th June 1981
Jasper Ronald Curtis – 23rd June 2004

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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