ChadNet – no 60

ChadNet – no 60 – Sunday 16th 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

Henry Ibberson

Well, it certainly does seem as though things are beginning to look up. The Arts and Entertainment venues, pubs, restaurants and cafes are all gearing up for Monday, when at last they will again be able to have customers indoors, albeit with certain caveats, and we will all cautiously be able to begin seeing family and friends once more. What a joy that will be when, even though we must still be careful and use our common sense as to what is and is not appropriate, we again relish that closeness of contact which we have all so sorely missed. Some easing of the restriction on numbers attending weddings and funerals also comes in, but social distancing and masks in Church are both still to be maintained for the time being.


But the anticipated joy here is tempered with extreme concern and sadness at what is happening elsewhere. Our thoughts are especially directed towards India, where every day we see signs of monumental suffering being caused by the Pandemic, with hospitals overrun and critical care supplies and equipment exhausted or dangerously depleted. We hope and pray that individual donations and massive global government support may soon get to grips with this appallingly tragic situation.


It’s hard to rationalise these scenes with those all around us here, of trees bursting into leaf amid bluebells and buttercups, blossoms and bees, rivers and lakes showing all the signs of new birth, renewal and revival. But with this period comes our own renewal, which will follow Maureen’s retirement at the end of the month, when we begin our own new journey, refocussing what we do at St Chads and determining how we may prepare, not just for a new incumbent to fill her shoes, but also to ensure that we can grow and develop both spiritually and practically, better to serve our whole community, embracing change where it is necessary whilst preserving the best of our worshipping life together.

A party to come too! On the bold assumption that the PM’s roadmap removes all restrictions from 21st June, there will be an Afternoon Tea Party on Sunday 4th July from 3.00pm in the Village Hall, which will be the first social event we will have been able to organise for over 14 months, when we will be celebrating Maureen’s life with us over the past 13 years, thanking her for all she has done for us and wishing her blessings in her retirement. All are welcome, so please note it in your diaries, tell your friends and neighbours and let us ensure she has a joyful and happy send-off!

Best wishes,

Henry Ibberson

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 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 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. Covid-19 guidance and restrictions continue to apply. Please wear a face covering, use the hand sanitizer and observe social distancing.

The service will be screened live for those who cannot or do not want to attend. It will be available then and later 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 23rd May – Pentecost

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.

Ascension Day and Thy Kingdom Come

Ascension Day was on Thursday and as well as commemorating Christ’s Ascension to heaven it also marks the beginnning of the time of prayer called Thy Kingdom Come. In the sermon which Maureen preached at the service on Thursday she encouraged us to take part in that and pray for five people who we know. The sermon is available on the church website at <>.

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

Further ahead

Sunday 30th May will be Maureen’s last Sunday as Vicar before her retirement. There will be two services of Holy Communion – one at 10 am and the other at 6.30 pm.

We will not be able to mark her retirement on that day in the way which we would like but expect to be able to do that at an Afternoon Tea Party on Sunday 4th July in the Village Hall.

Services from June

The pattern of the 10 am services on Sundays will be:

  • 1st and 5th Sundays – a Family Service followed by Communion
  • 3rd Sunday – a Service led by the Youth Group followed by Communion
  • 2nd and 4th Sundays – a service of Holy Communion.

Some of these may be recorded Worship on the Web services which are also shown in church as part of the church service. We will continue to stream the other services at least for the next few months, provided someone is available to operate the equipment.

We expect to resume 6.30 pm services from 27th June twice a month – on the 2nd and 4th Sundays.

The evening service on Sunday 27th June will be a Songs of Praise style service to mark the return to normal – or at least nearer to normal – in church.

The resumption of evening services depends on the progress in the lifting of restrictions.

The Wednesday morning Communion services will continue.

Sunday School will resume in September but will move to the 2nd Sunday of the month.

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 9th and 23rd May.

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
George Albert Elliott – 17th May 1996
Catherine Isabel Harrison – 17th May 2010
Ernest Parton – 18th May 2020
Bert Nicholls – 20th May 1996
Barrie James Gatt – 21st May 1997
Sylvia Gwenythe Giles – 21st May 2020
Olive Dora Williams – 22nd May 1982
Kathleen Mary Russell – 22nd May 2003
Peter Wood – 22nd May 2016
George Weaver – 23rd May 1959
Ronald James Smedley – 23rd May 1987

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 Feeding of the 5000 + Virtual Holiday Club Theme, which included the anouncement of the theme for the Virtual Holiday Club which is being held in August, and there will be a new one next Saturday.

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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