ChadNet – no 222

ChadNet – no 222 – Sunday 23rd 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

Jo Bramall

Forgive and Forget

As some of you know, I have recently taken up painting as a new hobby.  And like everyone taking up a new skill, it involves making lots and lots of mistakes!  In painting, there are often ways of hiding or disguising these mistakes.  In oil painting or with acrylics, if you wait for the paint to dry, you can just paint over it.  With watercolours you can add more water and dilute out the error and blot away the mistake.  With pencils, you can use an eraser.  With ink, it is almost impossible to erase you error, but if you are skillful, you can disguise it.  In my Chinese Brush Painting class, if someone makes an erroneous blot on the paper, the tutor is able to disguise it by turning it into a bird or a dragonfly!

However, in all these media, there remains traces of the original error.  Anyone who has watched art programmes such as “Fake or Fortune” will know that modern technology allows us to look below the surface paint and it often reveals different pictures underneath.  With watercolours there is often still a tinge of the unwanted colour left behind: the paper is never pure white again.  With pencils, faint indentations can belie the error that has been erased.

How different it is with forgiveness that comes from God!  When we repent and receive God’s forgiveness, we washed whiter than snow.

Psalm 51:7 – “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean, wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”

And this is not something we can do for ourselves.

Job 9:30 -“Even if I washed myself with soap and my hands with cleansing powder, you would plunge me into a slime pit so that even my clothes would detest me.”

In the general confession from the Book of Common Prayer, we pray:“We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us.”

This reminds us that we need forgiveness for sins of commission (the things we have done wrong) and the sins of omission (the things we should have done but did not.)  And yet, God is able to forgive all and to wash us so clean that no trace of the sin is left to accuse us.  We become blameless and pure in his sight!  What amazing grace he shows us!

Jo Bramall

(This is the Pause for Thought which Jo gave at the Youth Service on 19th May)

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.

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

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 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.

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 ().

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

On Wednesday at 10.00 am there will be a service of Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer, led by Revd Roberta Maxfield, 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.

At 2pm on Friday a Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Gladys Jones tales place in church. Revd Maureen Hobbs will be leading the service which follows the cremation which is taking place earlier.

On Saturday the PCC meets at Boningale Church for an Awayday revewing the Mission Action Plan.

Sunday 30th June – Fifth Sunday after Trinity

At 10 am there will be a service of Holy Communion, led by Revd Lin Vawer, including the Baptism of Vivienne Oakley, in church. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available after the service.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for:
Those who work in health care.

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

Village Fete – Saturday 6th July, midday onwards

Village Fete

Please can you help with the following:

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

RAFFLE TICKETS. Please can you sell them to family, friends, anybody you can think of. We will be selling tickets outside the Co-op on Saturday. If you have taken books to sell, thank you, and please can you get the stubs and cash to Graham or Alan

BOTTLE STALL. The collection box is at the rear of the church. Please can you get the word out to all you know to help with a bottle or two. They don’t all need to be expensive bottles of wine etc, water, squash, pop are just as valuable to us.

COMPETITIONS. Please get your entries in to Alix and Keith or the collection points before the deadline date.

If you’d like to be involved, please do email Alix Jones 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.

Century Club

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

There are currently four 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 £30 will cover the remaining 6 draws in the subscription year.

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

Certificate for 2024-25

Becoming Dementia Friendly Church 2024-25

The Bishop has signed our Dementia Friendly Church certificate for 2024-25 and it is on the website and displayed in church.

Weekly Prayer

A Prayer for Comfort

Dear God
Please guide me as I walk down paths new and unknown and hold my hand should I get lost on my journey.
Give me the wisdom to take steadying breaths, to hold my head high and take each step with the confidence that comes from knowing I will be caught should I fall.
Help me see the lights in the darkness, to feel their warmth and remember that I am part of that warmth, for I have walked kindly in this world and given it my love.

(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 16th to 30th June.

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
Susan Caton – 24th June 2018
Joan Morgan – 25th June 1991
Katie Margaret Dain – 26th June 2005
Eleanor Hayward – 29th June 1982
Pat Morgan – 29th June 2004
David Sydney Woodall – 29th June 2023
John Alfred Garbutt Harrison – 30th June 2016

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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