ChadNet – no 58

ChadNet – no 58 – Sunday 2nd May 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:

Some subscribers (particularly those with btinternet email addresses) did not receive last week’s ChadNet as it was treated as spam. If you find it in your spam folder then it is worth selecting the treat as safe sender option which may help in the future. It can be found on the church website or can be sent again on request to if you cannot retrieve it.

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

Dorothy Steel

I recently attended a ZOOM workshop run by the Lichfield Diocese to support the ‘Shaping for Mission’ programme, which St Chad’s Church Pattingham (together with the rest of the Trysull Deanery) is taking part in. The programme is looking at how we live our lives in the light of Christ and where and how we need to change, to share and use resources more effectively.

I found the session interesting and extremely thought provoking and I want to share with you one of the opening tasks which went something like this:
“Think about at what age you remember being influenced to be a Christian and who was the major influence in your developing Christian life?”

Rural scene

The answers from the group ranged from babyhood up to adulthood and the influencers included parents, family, friends, school, Sunday School, and Church. For many people these questions bring back fond memories of our early years on our Christian journey. For others, the questions may evoke difficult times when we were lost in grief, depression or even despair. The point for me, though, is that God works through others and yes, God is working through you! (Philippians Ch 2 v 13).

So, I have set myself a challenge and wish to share my challenge with you. Try to recall how you began, or who helped you on your Christian journey and try next week to be an influence on someone else. This could be in a very small way, taking little time, such as sharing your ChadNet or Parish Magazine news with someone who doesn’t access it, or talking with someone about the beauty of God’s creation in our lovely village of Pattingham.

We are too often filled with doubt about what we can actually achieve, and this brings to mind how some years ago I encountered the story of the life of the poet William Cowper (1731 -1800), who you will all know from the first two lines of his poem:
“God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform…”

William Cowper suffered from periods of depression and doubt in his life but at other times on his Christian journey was able to put into his poetry feelings about the love and works of God. Let’s all try this week to put our doubts behind us and to positively influence just one person in the light and love of Christ.

Take care, God bless,

Dorothy Steel


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.

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Sunday 2nd May – Fifth Sunday of Easter

There will be a Family Service led by Ken, followed by Holy Communion led by Maureen, in church at 10 am. Covid-19 guidance and restrictions continue to apply. Please wear a face covering, use the hand sanitizer, observe social distancing and remember that congregational singing is not allowed.

This is Ken’s first service since his retirement as a Reader at the end of April and we will be able to thank him for his service as a Reader over the years.

The service 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 at <>

It will also be on the Dial a Service phone line (01902 906585) but not until about 12.30 pm.

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.

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

Sunday 9th May – Sixth Sunday of Easter – Rogation Sunday

There will be a service in church at 10 am.

Worship on the Web will be led by the Youth Group. 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 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.

Century Club draw

The winners of the April Century Club draw were:

    1st prize – £150 – Terry Clayton (ball 39)
    2nd prize – £100 – Roger Magowan (ball 87)
    3rd prize – £50 – Graham Walker (ball 54)

Congratulations to all of them.

For more information please contact Alan Smith on 07757 688518 or

Sale of pews

Four of the nine free standing pews which are no longer required have now been sold. The PCC is now inviting bids of at least £200 each for the remaining five pews. Bids should be delivered to Gena Richards, indicating the identifying number of the pew and the price offered.

Full details of the pews and the process can be found on the church website at

Enquiries should be directed to Gena Richards on 01902 700188.

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 25th April and 9th May.

Annie Smith – 25th April 1962
Bob Frost – 25th April 2008
Roger Douglas Fildes – 26th April 1965
Royston Granville Green – 26th April 2008
John Stanley Scriven – 27th April 1954
Cliff Fletcher – 27th April 2013
Florence Maud Layland – 28th April 1999
Lily Evelyn Woodall – 2nd May 2003
Neville William Joseph Rhodes – 3rd May 1998
William Henry Critchley – 5th May 2000
Alice Scriven – 6th May 1991
Terence Curtis – 6th May 2000
Donald Victor Newill – 8th May 1995

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 12.30 pm (or earlier if there is a recorded service) 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 now comes out every two weeks on a Saturday. Last week’s was The Lord’s Prayer + The Bread Quiz! and there will be a new one next Saturday. They will be holding a Virtual Holiday Club in August and there is a Save the Date video at <>

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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