ChadNet – no 30 – Sunday 18th October 2020
Welcome to the 30th edition of ChadNet – the eBulletin of St Chad’s Church, Pattingham with Patshull.
View from the Pews
October can be a beautiful month, the seasons changing from summer into autumn but, while I love the beautiful colours, and the slight chill in the air in the mornings, I must admit, I’m always a bit sad when we’re pulling the curtains earlier each evening and putting the lights on.
One evening last week, I was persuaded by Barbara to take a turn around the village after our evening meal. It was only about 7 o’clock but already dark outside. As we walked around the streets, all seemed very quiet; people were home from work, and lights glowed from the windows we passed. Suddenly we noticed a very bright star in the sky. “What’s that? Is it a planet?” asked Barbara. On my phone I have an App which identifies objects in the night sky so I held it up and read that we were looking at Saturn, and that close to it was Jupiter, also visible to the naked eye. Up to this point we had been walking and chatting, but we stopped as we realised what a magnificent display the night sky was showing us. All other thoughts disappeared; we forgot whatever it was we’d been discussing five minutes ago.
The vastness and brightness of the sky filled us with wonder; how small and insignificant were we, two people walking around a little English village on an October evening. And to cap it, we could see a red dot in the south east which was Mars at its biggest and brightest right now. It brought to mind lines from one of our favourite hymns – How Great Thou Art – which we sang at the marvellous outdoor harvest celebration recently:
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hand has made
I see the stars … how great Thou art.
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Annual church meeting
At the annual meeting last week Gena Richards and Clive Pendrell were elected as churchwardens. Clive will continue as Treasurer. Some of the members of the PCC whose terms of office were finishing were re-elected but no new members were elected. There are vacancies for six members of the PCC (including one for a Deanery Synod representative). If anyone would be interested in considering joining the PCC they should have a word with Maureen or any member of the PCC.
Those who retired from the PCC were Rob Colin-Stokes, Gladys Jones, Philip Morgan, Colin Ringrose, Tony Taylor and Graham Tritton. We are grateful for all they have done over the years.
Sunday 18th October – St Luke’s Day
In The Worship on the Web service, as it is St Luke’s Day, we will be thinking about him and about all the “beloved physicians” whio care for us – nurses, doctors and care workers. The service is led by Maureen and music will be provided by Greg and the virtual choir as usual. It will be screened in church as part of the service at 10 am, which 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. For those without internet access it will also be on the Dial a Service phehone line (01902 906585) from 9 am – until then last Sunday’s service is on the phone line. The collect and readings for the Eucharist, which would normally be on the pewsheet, are available on the website.
During the week Maureen (or occasionally Ken) 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 on Tuesday and Friday between 2.30 and 4.30 pm if a volunteer is available. If anyone would like to volunteer for this week or a future week please contact Maureen. The church calendar (which can be found on the church website at https://www.pattinghamchurch.org.uk/web/information/calendar/) will be updated to show that the church will be open when we have a volunteer to act as steward for that day.
On Wednesday there will be a service of Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer in church at 10.00 am.
Sunday 25th October – Bible Sunday
Ken will be leading the Worship on the Web service for Bible Sunday. 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 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.
On Sunday 1st November Elaine Dow will be leading the Worship on the Web service which will be online and shown during the service at 10 am. The traditional All Souls Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance will be available online only. It will be available from 6.30 pm on the Worship on the Web page of the website. During the service the names of those who have died since 1st January 2016 are read out. If anyone wants an additional name to be read out, please email the Vicar () or deliver it to the vicarage by Wednesday 28 October.
Sunday 8th November is Remembrance Sunday. There will not be a service in church but there will be a service outside the Village Hall. There will also be a Worship on the Web service online. Further details will be announced nearer the time.
From the Memorial Book
Those whose anniversaries occur between 11th and 25th October.
Graham Roger Gilbert – 12th October 2002
Carol Jane Higginson – 12th October 2004
Emily Elizabeth Penny – 14th October 1993
Philippa Ciceley Bramall – 15th October 2017
Doris Pugh – 16th October 1987
Lilian Mary Monckton – 17th October 1982
June Hazel Wilcox – 17th October 2009
Thomas Stanley Inett – 18th October 1992
Gillian Bloomfield – 18th October 2003
David Thornton – 20 October 1997
Hazel Jeanette Frost – 20th October 2004
Violet May Watkins – 21st October 1977
Margaret Gosling – 21st October 2012
John Robert (Bob) Pinches – 21st October 2013
Mary Margaret Parker – 23th October 1994
Derek William Littleford – 24th October 1998
Ian Beavis Hall – 25th October 1999
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.
Link to Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal
A reminder that the boxes for The Link to Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal need to be with Barbara Tritton by Sunday 1st November.
Information is in the October magazine and on the church website at https://www.pattinghamchurch.org.uk/web/news-and-events/shoe-box-appeal-2020/ or contact Barbara Tritton (01902 700065)
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.
Resources for worship and prayer at home
Some of resiources which can be used at home are listed on the Resources Available Online and the Resources Available for Children, Young People and Families pages of the website.
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 Rob plays with fire! 😲 Moses & the burning bush
They can all be found on the Sunday School on the Web page of our website as well as on YouTube.
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Giving to the church
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. Details of the various ways in which you can give can be found on the Giving page of the website.
If you are paying by cheque please make the cheque payable to “Pattingham PCC” or “Pattingham Parochial Church Council“.
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