ChadNet – no 55

ChadNet – no 55 – Sunday 11th April 2021

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:

RIP – HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Government guidance following the news of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh is that books of condolence should be online only as a safe way for the public to leave messages for HM the Queen and members of the Royal Family. An online book of condolence has been opened by the Church of England and can be found at <>

Anyone who wishes can submit a message there. Maureen has already posted the following message:  “Deepest condolences from the parish of Pattingham with Patshull on the death of HRH the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Prayers will be offered for the repose of his soul and for a sense of God’s never ending love and strength for HM the Queen and all his family. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”

You may care to use one or both of the following prayers.

God of our lives,
we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for the love he shared among us,
and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen

Merciful God,be close to all who mourn,
especially The Queen and all members of the Royal Family.
May they know the hope of your promises
and the comfort of your love,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

In the Communion Service this Sunday we will remember the Duke of Edinburgh using the recommended prayers from the Church of England.

Services in church have resumed. The church remains open for private prayer except on Sunday and there will be a combination of streamed services and recorded Worship on the Web online. Covid-19 guidelines should be observed in church at all times.

View from the Pews

Spring is here and change is in the air

Well it is – but as I write, though the sun is shining, the wind blows strong and it’s mighty cold! But, the daffodils bravely bow and straighten, the birds stoically swoop and sing and everything is greening up nicely, though perhaps a little more slowly than this time last year when, as I recall, it was at least 18 degrees warmer and shirt-sleeve weather.


And change too is very much with us. Not just, thankfully, on the Covid front, where every day the news improves and ever more people are getting their vaccination protection, as we look forward to the day, hopefully in June, when restrictions are removed and we can begin to resume some new version of normal life.

Easter has changed our perceptions too. As Maureen so eloquently reminded us in her address last weekend, Easter is the time for brand new beginnings, for putting the past behind us; for realising that “ whatever has happened in the past, for good or ill, is gone “. The resurrection of Jesus Christ not only implores us to love one another as He loves us, but it is “ an expression of faith in the measureless power of God and offers a fresh start to us all “. I suspect we will each have those words ringing in our ears as we move towards the day of her retirement, when with enormous gratitude we shall say our fond farewells, extending to her our warmest and heartfelt good wishes for the change in her life, and begin our journey through the inevitably long interregnum.


We have had the privilege of speaking personally to most, if not all of you to outline a number of the ideas resulting from the detailed planning which has been going on since the New Year, some of which may profoundly change what we have become accustomed to. If we are to ensure that St Chads is fully fit to respond to the needs of our community in the 21st century, embracing and involving all generations within the village, change is inevitable. Maybe we shall need some courage to remind ourselves to keep an open mind when faced with change, which can be unnerving to many of us. But what may help is the realisation that if we keep on doing what we have always done, the results will be those that we have always received. As I was told as a young man, our minds are like parachutes – they only work when they are open.

So, lots more to come in the weeks to follow, which will include details as to how we are aiming to give Maureen a fitting retirement celebration. In the meantime, may God bless us all as we celebrate the resurrection and the power and opportunity it affords to us.

Henry Ibberson


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 11th April – Second Sunday of Easter

There will be a service in church at 10 am. Covid-19 guidance and restrictions continue to apply. Please wear a face covering, use the hand sanitizer and observe social distancing.

Worship on the Web will be led by the Youth Group. It will be available on the Worship on the Web page of the website from 10 am. It will also be on the Dial a Service phone line (01902 906585) from 9 am – until then last Sunday’s service will be available.

It will also 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, during which we will remember the Duke of Edinburgh using the recommended prayers from the Church of England.

The second part of the service in church will be streamed live from about 10.40 am. It will be available on the Worship on the Web page of the website and also on YouTube at

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 every day except Sunday. 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 keeping apart from anyone else who is already in there.

There is a PCC meeting by video conferencing on Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday there will be a service of Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer in church at 10.00 am.

Wednesday is the copy date for the May magazine. Send articles to Mike Moss at

Sunday 18th April – Third Sunday of Easter

There will be a service of Holy Communion led by Maureen in church at 10 am.

It will be screened live for those who cannot or do not want to attend. It will be available on the Worship on the Web page of the website and also on YouTube.

The Annual Meeting will be held in church after the service. It will start at 11.15 am. More information can be found below.

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

Annual meeting and electoral roll

The Annual Church Meeting will be held in church at 11.15 am next Sunday – 18th April (after the 10 o’clock service). Reports for the meeting will be available on the church website at <>. Nomination forms for Churchwardens and Elected PCC members are on the church website and at the back of the church.

The revision of the Church Electoral Roll has been completed. The revised roll can be checked on the church door.

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 4th and 18th April.

Margaret Rogers – 6th April 2012
Stanley Medlicott – 7th April 1982
Dorothy Vera Perks – 7th April 2013
Margaret Lesley Slater – 7th April 2018
Ida Sarah Bentley – 9th April 2008
Joanna Freeman Morgan – 9th April 2018
Albert Edward Bentley – 11th April 1982
Douglas Edwin Shelton – 12th April 2003
Sally Anne James – 13th April 2018
Christine Ann Trubshaw – 16th April 2000

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.

For those who are unable to attend church to make their communion there is a form of Spriritual Communion on the Church of England 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 is The Beatitudes + an EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!

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

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.

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.

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


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