ChadNet – no 40

ChadNet – no 40 – Sunday 27th December 2020

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

Welcome to the last edition in 2020 of ChadNet – the eBulletin of St Chad’s Church, Pattingham with Patshull.

View from the Pews

Gena Richards

This email in being sent out on the Feast of St Stephen. He was the first Christian Martyr and according to the Acts of the Apostles a deacon in the early church at Jerusalem. He was condemned by the Jewish Council in Jerusalem for committing blasphemy against the Jewish Temple and stoned to death around the year AD36 for accusing them of murdering Jesus.

The non Christian day after Christmas is called Boxing Day. There are a few theories which include:-
 – The name is a reference to holiday gifts. A “Christmas box” is another name for a Christmas present. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off  for servants, when they received a gift from their employer. The servant would then go home to give gifts to their families.
 – Reference to Charity giving. A box to collect money for the poor, placed in churches on Christmas Day and opened next day and its contents given to the poor.
Well that’s enough of the history.

I would like to bring you up to date with the events St Chad’s made available to you all.
The Carol Service on the playing field saw over 100 adults and children. Thank you all for coming and your singing echoed around the field. The collection after the service for the Children’s Society raised £75.15, this will soon be making its way to the charity.
The Nine Lessons and Carols Service was on the web on the Sunday evening for you to watch and we also had a screening in church on the Monday evening with lighted candles, Christmas tree lights and the lit Christmas Crib.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services of said communion took place. This year we asked our congregation to book a place to enable us to social distance where necessary. A total of 44 people attended the two services.

I hope you have noticed that this year we have two stars on the Church Tower shining over Pattingham; hopefully next year we will have one on each side.

I would like to thank the Flower Club for decorating the Church so beautifully. We haven’t seen the church look so nice since last Christmas.
With the help of volunteer stewards we were able to open the Church for private prayer in the summer for 2 days a week. My thanks go to them, particularly when autumn came and it became cold. You will now find the Church is open most days (without stewards) if you wish to come in for few moments of quiet prayer.

A lot of people have given their time and effort to make Church Life a possibility. We have learned new initiative ways to provide Sunday services to the community. Thank you all, I know it is appreciated.

On behalf of myself, my fellow church warden Clive, Maureen and the PCC I wish you all a happy and maybe a different New Year.

Gena Richards


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 27th December – First Sunday of Christmas

There will not be a service in church but there will be a Worship on the Web service for the First Sunday of Christmas led by Maureen. It will be on the Worship on the Web page of the website from 10.00 am. For those without internet access it will also be on the Dial a Service phone line (01902 906585) from 9 am – until then the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols 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

Maureen and Ken are taking a break from streaming Daily Prayer on Facebook Live. It will resume on Saturday 2nd January.

There will not be a service on Wednesday.

The church will be open for private prayer every day except Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The times may vary depending when the keyholders are able to open and close the church. Look out for the “church open” sign outside the porch. Please observe the instructions in the notice on the door, which include the need to wear a face covering, using hand sanitiser and not going into the church if someine else is already in there.

Sunday 3rd January – Epiphany

The Worship on the Web service is a Family Service led by Elaine Dow. 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 available 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 20th December and 3rd January.

Stanley Charles Bentley – 21st December 1989
Elsie May Nickholds – 21st December 1999
Audrey Mary Vaughan – 21st December 2008
John Stanley Scriven – 22nd December 2008
Graham Bartlett Smith – 22nd December 2019
Dorothy Shepherdson – 23rd December 1995
Dorothy Amy Harris – 24th December 1977
Ruby Sampson – 24th December 2007
Thomas Howe Pattison – 25th December 1994
Kim Harley – 26th December 1964
Kathleen Williamson – 26th December 1988
Jane Sarah Dulson – 27th December 1958
Maurice Scarth – 27th December 2005
Evelyn Annie Taylor – 28th December 1982
John Earl Titley – 28th December 1983
A.B. Thorma Bridge – 28th December 1990
Eileen Shelton – 28th December 1999
Iris Postance – 31st December 2011
Percy George Williams – 1st January 1976
Stanley James Potts – 2nd January 1999
Harriet Minnie Clinton – 3rd January 1960

You can see all the pages of the Memorial Book on the Memorial Book Online page of the Church website.

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 resources 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 normally comes out each Saturday. This week’s will be available from 7 pm on Saturday.

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


This bulletin is sent to those who have requested it. We now have 90 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

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”

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