ChadNet – no 23

ChadNet – no 23 – Sunday 30th August 2020

ChadNet - the eBulletin of St Chad's Church, Pattingham
        with Patshull

Welcome to the 23rd edition of ChadNet – the eBulletin of St Chad’s Church, Pattingham with Patshull.

View from the Pews:

Rob Colin-Stokes

Hello all,

I really hope that this short note finds you well.

As I sit here in our wonderful parish looking out of the window at a very windswept garden, a lot of the grain harvest is still waiting to be gathered in the fields and the weather is not helping anyone by being unseasonably autumnal.

 Our Plum and Damson trees are looking altogether lighter as most of the fruit that we have watched during this period of the pandemic, from the flowers in early spring to the mature fruit, lies on the ground. This in turn is being picked over by quarrelling wasps, flies, red admiral and comma butterflies. It seems such a waste thinking of all the plans for jam, crumble and gin in ruins!

Picking blackberries

Well, at least there are some apples in the trees and blackberries in the field hedgerows so there could be a chance of a good crumble!

With the British quarantine list growing longer daily (making general life globally harder) times are still difficult for everybody – whether you are a farmer, a gardener, holidaymaker or the young or old. We live in this relatively sheltered parish of Pattingham and Patshull, but we are not out of the woods yet and we all need to guard against complacency – nothing has changed the virus is as deadly today as at the start.

Gemma on holiday

Although my own summer holidays seem a long time ago, I can still remember standing facing the sea and giving praise for being fortunate enough to take a holiday.  The smell of fresh sea air and a change of scene lifted the body, mind and soul.

While some things that were suspended are restarting slowly, they are not the same as before. Restrictions in church continue, meaning that our weekly act of worship continues to be “Worship on the Web “ with some of the congregation together in church with face-coverings  while others watch from home, either at the same time or later at a convenient time for them.

Worship on the web has taken off in a way that I could not ever have imagined as we sat and discussed the different ways that we could engage with the people in the parish at PCC earlier on in the year, looking at ways that we could move worship , God’s love and his message out into the community. It’s been great to see lots of different people getting involved and having a go at recording themselves reading prayers and lessons! Please don’t be daunted by the prospect, give Maureen a call and have a chat with her – you have more skills than you know; we all have something to offer.

Personally, I love it – even when standing in the surf on Sunday mornings on holiday I was wondering what was the service all about and we’ve watched the ones we missed since we’ve come home.

Be safe and take care,

Robert Colin-Stokes

Annual church meeting

The annual church meeting will be held on Sunday 11th October. If you are not on the Church Electoral Roll and wish to vote at that meeting you have until Monday 14th September to submit a completed application form.

The PCC Annual Report and Accounts is available on the church website at

Elections will be held for Churchwardens, Deanery Synod Representatives and PCC Members. Information about those roles can be found on the church website at

As Churchwardens need to have DBS clearance anyone considering standing for election as Churchwarden should contact Gena to discuss obtaining the necessary certificate.

Face coverings in church

The wearing of face coverings is now mandatory. The requirement is the same as for shops and so those who are exempt from wearing them in shops are also exempt in church. Remember that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus (COVID-19) and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.

Church opening for private prayer

We normally aim to open the church for private prayer every Tuesday and Friday between 2.30 and 4.30 pm. We have a volunteer to act as steward for this Tuesday but not yet for Friday – unless there is a volunteer we will not be able to open the church.

If anyone would like to volunteer for Friday or any future Tuesday or Friday please contact Maureen. The church calendar (which can be found on the church website at will be updated to show that the church will be open when we have a volunteer to act as steward for that day.


Maureen can be contacted by phone, text or email. (01902 700257 – 07812 805371 – )

Contact details for other church officers can be found on the Contacts page of the church website.

Communications in relation to ChadNet should be sent to

Sunday 30th August – 12th Sunday after Trinity

The Worship on the Web service will be led by the Maureen. As this is the fifth Sunday of the month we have a Family Service or All Age Worship, which is intended to be for the whole church family. It is on the theme “Whoever said it would be easy?!” The music will be provided by Greg and the virtual choir with members of the Youth Group. It will be screened in church as the main part of the service at 10 am. This will be followed by a brief service of Holy Communion for those who wish to stay.

The Worship on the Web service will also be available as usual on the Worship on the Web page of the website from 10 am. For those without internet access it will also be on the Dial a Service phone line (01902 906585) from 9 am – until then last Sunday’s service is on the phone line.

If you want to join in the prayer activity at home you will need some paper or card, a pen or pencil, scissors, a bible and maybe a candle. The collect and readings for the Eucharist, which would normally be on the pewsheet, are available on the website.

During the week Maureen will stream Morning Prayer and Compline (Night Prayer) on Facebook Live. Morning Prayer will be at 8.30 am and Compline will be at 9.30 pm (there will be no Compline on Friday).

The church will be open for private prayer from 2.30 to 4.30 pm on Tuesday and may be open on Friday if we have a volunteer to act as steward.

Sunday 6th August – 13th Sunday after Trinity

The Worship on the Web service will be a Family Service for the first Sunday of the month led by Ken. The title is “Our wisdom, and God’s”. It will be screened in church as the main part of the service at 10 am, when it will be followed by a brief service of Holy Communion for those who wish to stay. It will also be on the Worship on the Web page of the website from 10 am.

The collect and readings for the Eucharist, which would normally be on the pewsheet, are available on the website.

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 23rd August and 6th September.

Alice Mary Bramall – 23rd August 1976
Tina Jandrell Poston – 23rd August 2011
Ethel May Haden – 24th August 1979
Joseph Caddick – 28th August 1979
Norah Patricia Chaplin – 28th August 2017
Dorothy Winifred James – 29th August 2010
Irene Painting – 31th August 2017
Gladys Thornton – 2nd September 1997
Margaret Mary Bartlett – 6th September 2004

You can see the pages of the Memorial Book for the second half of the year on the Memorial Book Online page of the Church website.

A Thank You from Karen and Tony Broom

Thank you

First of all I need to apologise for the very long delay in writing this.

Thank you so much for the very thoughtful gift with its connections to both Pattingham and Northumberland,      – ask Gina to explain.

Although it was a shame that we were not able to say goodbye properly to everybody it was nice that so many of you were able to join us for a glass of wine in our garden / kitchen.

With so few social events happening at the moment it is not easy meeting new people, At least there has been a service in church every Sunday, a zoom service each Wednesday, and I have been invited to a bible study group on Thursday mornings.

The Broom family

We are both enjoying being able to go for an evening walk along seemingly endless beaches as well as driving around the many small villages in this part of the county.

It was sad to leave Pattingham after so many happy years but we feel that we have made the move to what Kirstie and Phil would call our “forever” home at the right time in our lives.

with best wishes

Karen & Tony Broom

For those without internet access – listen to a Pattingham church service by phone

Several members of our congregation who do not use the internet are using the dedicated phone number – 01902 906585 – to listen to our services. Calls are charged at normal rate. The service for each Sunday will be available from about 9 am and will continue to be available until it is replaced be the next week’s. If you know someone who might find it useful please let them know.

The Daily Hope phone line from the Church of England on 0800 804 8044 is also available.

Virtual Sunday School

In the absence of our own Sunday School we encourage children and families to look at the Virtual Sunday School YouTube channel. A new Sunday School video comes out each Saturday. This week’s is John the Baptist and the locust eating challenge!

They can all be found on the Sunday School on the Web page of our website as well as on YouTube.

The Virtual Holiday Club is still available on their YouTube channel and on the Virtual Holiday Club page of our website.

Other resources for worship and prayer at home

In these times we are all needing to find different ways to pray and worship. There are a lot of different resources which have been made available in lots of different ways. Some of those are listed on the Resources Available Online page of the website. This not anything like a complete list of everything which is available. We also now have a Resources Available for Children, Young People and Families page.

Maureen often shares inspirational posts on the Church Facebook page so it is worth looking at that from time to time.

If you have found something which you have found useful please send the details to so that it can be shared with others.


This bulletin is sent to those who have requested it. We now have 82 subscribers but there may still  be some people who are not aware of it and would wish to receive it. If you know of anyone who might be interested please tell them about it and ask them to sign up using the form on the website ( or by email to

Giving to the church

If you are paying by cheque please make the cheque payable to “Pattingham PCC” or “Pattingham Parochial Church Council”.

In the current circumstances there will inevitably be a reduction in the money which the church receives. However we will need to continue to pay our bills and we would ask that those who can afford to do so should continue to give regularly.

As we are now starting to hold services again it is possible to put money in the plate again. However with the current problems surrounding handling cash we would prefer that you consider one of the other ways of giving your offertory if you can. There are a number of other ways in which you can give to the church. These include the Giving Direct scheme, Just Giving, a standing order or even one off transfers to the church bank account. Details of all of these can be found on the Giving page of the website. Those who normally use the green or yellow envelopes may wish to continue to put their donations in the envelopes ready to bring to church when they are able to come to a service.

We have set up 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.

If you wish to make a payment by bank transfer the details of our bank account are: Account name: Pattingham Parochial Church Council – Sort Code: 20-97-78 – A/c No: 50655023. If you wish to gift aid it contact the Gift Aid Secretary or the Treasurer.

You can also now give by text.
Text PATT 5 to 70085 to donate £5 – texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message.

You can donate any number of pounds between £1 and £20. Just replace the 5 by the amount you want to give.

For a regular monthly donation text PATTREG 5 to 70085 to donate £5 per month – texts cost £5 plus two standard rate messages.Again you can donate any number of pounds between £1 and £20. Just replace the 5 by the monthly amount you want to give. Donors receive a receipt message every time they donate – this tells them how to cancel their donation should they wish – which is by texting STOP to 70085 at any time.

Changes due to the current situation

Although the church building is closed for public worship the church community remains active. Further details can be found on the church website. There is an update page which gives more information.

  • The 2020 Scarecrow Festival has been postponed to 2021.
  • This year’s Holiday Club has been cancelled.
  • The Who’s for Lunch lunches are suspended for the time being.

The weekly bulletin for each Sunday will normally be sent on the preceding Friday or Saturday. Additional bulletins may be sent if required. It is only being sent to those who have requested it. If you know of anyone who might be interested please tell them about it and ask them to sign up using the form on the website ( or by email to

St Chad’s Church, Pattingham with Patshull Registered charity no 1151604