ChadNet – no 31

ChadNet – no 31 – Sunday 25th October 2020

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

Welcome to the 31st edition of ChadNet – the eBulletin of St Chad’s Church, Pattingham with Patshull.

Remember that the clocks go back this weekend.

View from the Pews

Gladys Jones
Gladys Jones

“Change and decay in all around I see”

(This has always struck me as a very strange football anthem. If you’re so miserable supporting football, take up some other hobby.)

I hope everybody is benefitting from the extra hour in bed this weekend. Personally, I see this as a ‘decaying’ change. I much prefer to get up in the dark and have lighter and warmer afternoons. However, I appreciate that Greenwich Mean Time was not invented for my benefit.

Another change: we are now, officially, in autumn, season of ‘mellow fruitfulness’. But decay can be beautiful: just take a look at the trees outside the Village Hall; never mind New England in the Fall, Old England in the Autumn is good enough for us. Just as well this year as we can’t get to the other one.

You will all have heard by now that Maureen is leaving us in the spring, I hope the change will be very pleasant for her. (Just prepare yourself, retirement is spent wondering how you had time to go to work.) We, at the moment, regard that as a worrying change. But it is not ‘change and decay’: it is up to every one of us to think and pray about what we can do in the coming interregnum and beyond. We want a new Vicar to look forward to a time of growth and challenge.

One person in this parish who seems hardly to have changed at all in the considerable time that she has lived here is Ann Hawkins. Happy 100th birthday, Ann. Don’t change.

It is not the fact of change that seems to be worrying most people at the moment. The real problem seems to be not knowing what is going to happen. It is very disconcerting to have so many items of breaking news on our televisions during the day.

o we must hope for the best; prepare for the worst, and, sing with the football supporters:
‘O, Thou who changest not, abide with me’

Gladys Jones

For those in need

We know that there may be some families struggling financially, particularly now that half term has started and the children will not get school meals. A number of people, including the Vicar, have posted the following message on Facebook.

With yesterday’s announcement of no Free School Meal vouchers for FSM receiving children during half term or Christmas holidays, at a time where previously a full wage was stretched but now on furlough is 2/3rd. Meaning 2/3rd food, 2/3rd rent, 2/3rd utility bills…. Just so you know, if you run out of food or necessities, or times are just tough, please don’t let you or your kids go to sleep on an empty stomach.
Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to send me a private message. I will do anything I can to help. It may simply be a case of dropping off a food parcel and leaving. No one has to know and where others are concerned, it never happened.

As Maureen says “It’s not just me, there are lots of Pattingham folk, Christian and of other faiths offering this help if there is need. Not a (party) political statement – just an expression of loving our neighbours and especially wanting to support those caring for families at this challenging time.”

The Pigot Arms is offering free takeaway breakfasts from Monday to Friday this week for any child who might go without. Details are on Facebook.


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 25th October – Bible Sunday

Ken will be leading the Worship on the Web service for Bible Sunday. The 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.

This week

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 between 2.30 and 4.30 pm (and on Friday if a volunteer is available). If anyone would like to volunteer for Friday or a Tuesday or Friday in a future week 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.On Wednesday there will be a service of Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer in church at 10.00 am.

Sunday 1st November – All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Sunday

Elaine Dow will be leading the Worship on the Web service, which will be a Family Service for the first Sunday of the month 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 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.

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

Further ahead

Sunday 8th November is Remembrance Sunday. There will not be a service in church but the Worship on the Web service, which will be avaiable only online, will be an Act of Worship and Remembrance for Remembrance Sunday. For those who wish to gather together there will also be an Act of Remembrance starting at 10.45 am outside the Village Hall during which we will observe the 2 minutes’ silence at 11 o’clock. Those who attend must observe social distancing between households and are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings. At the conclusion of ceremony any wreaths that have been presented will be carried into church by the Vicar and Churchwardens and laid at the War Memorial.

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 18th October and 1st November.

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
James Albert Monckton – 26th October 1962
Dennis Selby – 26th October 1981
Norman Tooth – 26th October 1995
Gordon Roy Pymer – 26th October 2011
Christopher David Wilde – 28th October 2008
Janet Eileen Owen – 28th October 2016
Paul James Potts – 28th October 2019
Marion Katie Potts – 29th October 1987
Kenneth John Bowley – 30th October 1988
Norman (Jim) Smith – 30th October 2012
Elsie Lyon – 31th October 2005
Kenneth Ernest Wilde – 31th October 2013
Cyril Edward Godwin – 1st November 2003

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.

Century Club

The winners of the September Century Club draw were:

  • 1st prize – £150 – Mrs E A Gosling (ball 59)
  • 2nd prize – £100 – Steve Batchelor (ball 71)
  • 3rd prize – £50 – Roger Green (ball 53)

Congratulations to all of them. If you would like to join the Century Club with a chance to win in a future draw contact Alan Smith on 07757 688518. As the draws were suspended for four months the subscriptions which were due on 1st August will now be due on 1st December.


There are some photos of the open air Harvest Service on the Harvest 2020 page of the church website. There is also a video of the choir singing We Plough the Fields and Scatter.

Good Shepherd Wolverhampton

We have received a letter of thanks from the Good Shepherd.
“Thank you so much for the donations which your parishioners have kindly collected for the Good Shepherd.

Your support is much appreciated, especially during these extremely difficult times when we have had to adapt our services and have lost a lot of potential fundraising due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are still delivering our services in line with the Public Health guidelines and your donation will help us continue to do that and help people in the community just when they need it most.

Generous and loyal support from the public continues to play a crucial role in everything that we do to help the homeless and vulnerable among our community, so once again – a huge thank you.”

The full letter is on the Harvest 2020 page of the church website.

Link to Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Link to Hope

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 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 Halloween: Our God is BIGGER – Rob & Jordan Epic Pumpkin Carving

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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