ChadNet – no 6

ChadNet – no 6 – Sunday 3rd May 2020

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

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

View from the Vicarage:

In place of the usual View from the Vicarage Maureen draws our attention to a new initiative from the Church of England, which was launched on Thursday.

Church of England launches campaign to help families pray together

faith at home

As the Archbishop of Canterbury prepared to lead the ‘largest ever’ school assembly, the Church of England on Thursday 30th April launched a new programme to make prayer a household habit once again.

#FaithAtHome will feature weekly video content to help families to talk about faith and pray together. The videos will be led by children, young people, staff and school leaders from across the country. Over the next three months, #FaithAtHome will explore themes including courage, patience, generosity, resilience, love and hope.

‘Hope’ is the topic for the first assembly at the Oak National Academy on Thursday, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, which aired from 10am. The Oak National Academy was set up to provide video lessons and curriculum resources to assist teachers as they support pupils through the current COVID-19 restrictions.

The assembly will be followed by weekly collective worship, provided in partnership by the Church of England and Oak National Academy, with content drawn from #FaithAtHome.

The #FaithAtHome programme will run for an initial 11 weeks and can be accessed at

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said “These aim of these resources is to offer simple ways for families and households to approach complex and difficult topics, such as illness, fear and bereavement. The coronavirus pandemic has forced people of all ages to confront difficult and painful questions that none of us can explore on our own; we need one another to help navigate them. My hope and prayer is that #FaithAtHome will not only equip children and young people to engage with difficult questions, but also inspire them to explore how they can become the answers to their own prayers, and, when this crisis is over, they are freshly inspired to love and serve those around them.”

The Church of England’s Chief Education Officer, Nigel Genders, said “Home is the new normal, and faith at home is a habit we need to rediscover. We are delighted that #FaithAtHome will be available to many children and young people through our partnership to provide collective worship with Oak Academy, and through church and school networks. It will offer people of all ages and faith backgrounds a chance to pause, think and reflect, and to rebuild lost habits of prayer and faithful reflection in the home.”


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 3rd May – 4th Sunday of Easter

There will be a service on the Worship on the Web page of the website from 10 am. Ken Scott will be leading a First Sunday family type service with help from one of our church families. The virtual choir led by Greg will be providing the music. Maureen and Greg explain the process involved in putting these services – and the virtual choir – together on the How to build Worship on the Web page of the website.

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

During the week Maureen will continue to stream Morning Prayer at 9.00 am and Compline (Night Prayer) at 7.30 pm on Facebook Live. Sunday School continues to be available online on the Sunday School on the Web page of the website.

Sunday 10th May – 5th Sunday of Easter

There will be a service on the Worship on the Web page of the website from 10 am. This will be led by the Youth Group.

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

From the registers for April


  • 17th April – Dorothy Davis
  • 24th April – Peter Harvey
  • 27th April – John Pryce Owen

For those without internet access – listen to a Pattingham church service by phone

We recognise that some people cannot follow our services on the internet either because they do not have internet access or are not comfortable using it. We now have a dedicated phone number – 01902 906585 – which has a recording of part of our latest service. It is easy to use – just dial the number and listen. After a short welcome message and a pause the recording of the service starts playing. You can listen to the whole of it or hang up part way through. Calls are charged at normal rate. The service for each Sunday will be available from 10 am and will continue to be available until it is replaced be the next week’s.

This, of course, is aimed at people who do not read this bulletin. If you know someone who might find it useful please let them know.

Daily Hope phone line from the Church of England

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus.
Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

More details can be found at

Other resources for worship and prayer at home

In these times we are all needing to find different ways to pray and worship. There are a lot of different resources which have been made available in lots of different ways. Some of those are listed on the Resources Available Online page of the website. This not anything like a complete list of everything which is available.

The Iona Community are providing an interactive form of daily prayer, which uses Powerpoint slides, which can be accessed at

Until 11th May Wild Goose Publications (the publishing house of the Iona Community) are making the audio version of the play ‘Every blessed thing – an evening with George MacLeod’ available as a free audion download. Details are at

Maureen often shares inspirational posts on the Church Facebook page so it is worth looking at that from time to time.

If you have found something which you have found useful please send the details to so that it can be shared with others.

Dan Fox

Martin Fox was one of the organists here until 2018 and his wife, Cath, sang in the choir. Their son, Dan, had a brain injury last year. They have produced an update giving details of his progress since then. He is making progress and is now in a Rehabilitation Unit. Find the update on the website here.


This bulletin is sent to those who have requested it. We now have 65 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

While normal services are not being held 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.

Although it will not be possible to put money in the plate there are a number of other ways in which you can give to the church. These include the Giving Direct scheme, Just Giving, a standing order or even one off transfers to the church bank account. Details of all of these can be found on the Giving page of the website. Those who normally use the green or yellow envelopes may wish to continue to put their donations in the envelopes ready to bring to church when services resume.

We have set up 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 wish to make a payment by bank transfer the details of our bank account are: Account name: Pattingham Parochial Church Council – Sort Code: 20-97-78 – A/c No: 50655023. If you wish to gift aid it contact the Gift Aid Secretary or the Treasurer.

Parish News magazine

Due to the current lockdown restrictions we have to suspend publication of the magazine. We will resume as soon as it is possible to distribute it safely. Sue Riches’ recipes for May are on the church website at

Codsall Community Arts Festival 2020

All of the events have been cancelled. For those who have bought tickets information about refunds is available on their website at

There is a deadline of 14th June to request a refund.

Worship on the Web

While the church building remains closed there are a number of opportunities for worship and prayer online. Details of these are on the Worship on the Web page of the website. Maureen is offering daily prayer from the Vicarage which is streamed live on Facebook and is then available on the Worship on the Web page. Every Sunday there will be a service on the Worship on the Web page.

There is a page of Resources Available Online which gives links to various resources which you may find helpful.

Changes due to the current situation

The church building is closed but the church community remains active. Further details can be found on the church website. There is an update page which gives more information.

  • The Century Club draws are suspended until further notice.
  • The Who’s for Lunch lunches are suspended for the time being.
  • The church clock has stopped as guidance from the Church of England prevents it from being wound. The carrilon continues to play automatically three times a day.
  • The same guidance also prevents us from flying the flag for Easter.
  • Publication of the magazine is suspended for the moment.

Pattingham Friends

The piece in the April magazine about the Pattingham Friends, who can help those in need, is on the website together with the list of contacts.

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