ChadNet – no 59

ChadNet – no 59 – Sunday 9th 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:

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

Ken Scott

Time for change

Last Sunday morning was a bit of a milestone for me in terms of my involvement in the life of the Church. I formally finished my time as a licensed Lay Reader in the Church of England. Looking back to my long distant youth, growing up in the West of Scotland, I would never have imagined that I would spend 41 years as a lay minister in the Anglican Church. It just shows you that you never know where life and the Spirit will lead.

But here we are and after stints of varying lengths in three different parishes and with five different clergy the time has come to move on. It has been a rewarding position to hold but often a challenging one. It was obviously more demanding when I was working full time before retirement. The most important aspect is to be able to function in a team with the incumbent and the church officers. As far as my time in Pattingham is concerned Maureen and I have worked well together over eleven years, almost all the time that she has been here. During that time, I have got to know the congregation well and also a considerable number of villagers who do not come to church. An important way this happens is meeting people when they are bereaved and planning funerals for their loved ones.  Possibly even more difficult is dealing with the questions of those who are facing terminal illness. Sometimes a medical background is a help.

In all of this of course I have had the unwavering support of Anne. Always my honest critic, everyone needs one!

Anne and I have made many friends in the village and enjoyed a new type of life having previously lived in large towns. We have been made most welcome in Pattingham and the move was good for us and hopefully for others too.

Having given up the role, I become an Emeritus Reader. It sounds very grand but just means retired! I do hope to be able to continue to participate in services as what is known in ecclesiastical circles as an “Occasional Preacher”.

It was never planned that Maureen and I would finish at the same time, but it has worked out that way, partly because of the pandemic. However, it does give an opportunity for a fresh start with new people who will have different abilities and fresh visions.

I should extend my thanks for the very fine gift which I received from the church last Sunday after the service.

As we enter an interregnum there will be plenty of opportunity for church members to take part in services and maybe extend their activities in areas they have not considered before – for instance, we do require more members on the PCC!  Could you be a sidesperson, a lesson reader or do intercessions for instance?

So, this could be a time for change for more than just me! 

Ken Scott

Could you contribute a View from the Pews?

We welcome contributions for View from the Pews from all members of the congregation. If you would like to write a View from the Pews please email or contact Geoffrey Dann or any member of the PCC.


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 9th May – Sixth Sunday of Easter – Rogation Sunday

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).

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, which will not be streamed online.

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.

Thursday 13th May – Ascension Day

Ascension Day is one of the Principal Feasts of the christian year.

There will be a service of Holy Communion in church at 7.30 pm.

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

Sunday 16th May – Seventh Sunday of Easter – Sunday after Ascension Day

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

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension Day (13th May) and Pentecost (23rd May) for more people to come to know Jesus. There are a number of resources available which can be used to take part.

Find out more at and

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 2nd and 16th May.

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
Lilian Graham – 10th May 2002
Ernest Brian Lindley – 10th May 2003
Paul James Claxton – 10th May 2008
Jennifer Jane Nicholson – 10th May 2017
John Weaver – 11th May 2001
George Williamson – 12th May 1995
Neville Jeffrey Dulson – 13th May 1962
Ada Caddick Booth – 13th May 1977
Margaret Crowther Reynolds – 13th May 1986
Pamela Ann Stephens – 13th May 2017
Violet Hughes – 14th May 1977
Edna Mary Beagle – 14th May 1999
Edwin Harold Woodroffe – 14th May 2013

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. This week’s video is Feeding of the 5000 + Virtual Holiday Club Theme, which includes the anouncement of the theme for the Virtual Holiday Club which is being held in August

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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