ChadNet – no 7 – Sunday 10th May 2020
Welcome to the seventh edition of ChadNet – the eBulletin of St Chad’s Church, Pattingham with Patshull.
View from the Vicarage:
“Death is swallowed up in victory, Where, O death, is your sting?”
This is part of one of the responses that we use every day in Eastertide during Morning Prayer (said daily at 9am on Pattingham Church Facebook live). It comes from the first letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 15, and it seems a good place to begin this week as we have been celebrating and reminiscing about the 75th anniversary of VE Day – Victory in Europe – the beginning of the end of World War II.
It is especially poignant of course this year when it rather feels as though we are engulfed by fighting another world war – this time against an unseen but deadly virus. And the more so as it is the generation that can still recall those dark days of wartime that the virus seems especially to target.
Being born in the 1950s, I grew up with memories of WWII, and indeed WWI, as a real part of my childhood. My parents had lived through – indeed had met probably as a result of war. Perhaps unusually, it was my mother who had more direct exposure to the horrors of warfare than my father. He had a heart condition which was to keep him out of the armed forces – instead he worked on camouflaging airfields all around the UK and later on processing photographic exhibitions of air reconnaissance missions after the bombing raids on German cities and industrial targets. She worked in the American Embassy as a civilian ‘stenographer’ – (short-hand typist), and had, as part of her duties, to watch the films taken of the liberation of the concentration camps – many of which were judged too horrific to be shown to the British public, even as propaganda newsreels. It had a lasting effect on her, as one may imagine.
Living with such grim reality, I can understand that one of the qualities that attracted her to my father (aside from his good looks and dazzling footwork on the dancefloor!) was his optimistic, and ‘devil may care’ attitude. Maybe it was the realisation that his health might at any moment let him down ( in fact he lived till he was 57), or maybe it was the times they were living in – but he was the sort of character that wanted to keep dancing, even if the air-raid sirens were screaming overhead. He refused to be downhearted and depressed or to worry about things beyond his immediate control, and I am very grateful that I seem to have inherited aspects of his mental resilience. What would they have made, I wonder, of our current situation?
Without question, theirs was a tough generation, and when we see the likes of Colonel Tom, Dame Vera Lynn and others we can see some of the same quality of optimism. Friday was also the day the Church commemorates Julian of Norwich, the remarkable 15th Century Anchoress who lived at St Julian’s Church in Norwich and recorded a series of “showings” or visions that she had whilst desperately ill – probably suffering from some sort of virus or plague of the time. She emerged with an understanding of God’s infinite love and mercy and the famous saying “And all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” May we all have something of that faith and resilience as we continue to battle against the virus that has so disrupted our personal and public and church lives so that we can also pray, Death is swallowed up in victory, Where, O death, is your sting?
Maureen has circulated a printed booklet of prayers for use during this crisis to those who may be less happy or able to worship online. She has a few remaining so if anyone else would like one, please contact her (see below for contact details).
Contact details for other church officers can be found on the Contacts page of the church 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. It will also be available on our Dial a Service phone line – 01902 906585. 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 17th May – 6th Sunday of Easter – Rogation Sunday
Next Sunday is Rogation Sunday. Tune in for a ‘virtual’ realisation of that event 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.
Giving to the Church
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.
The Daily Hope phone line from the Church of England on 0800 804 8044 is also available.
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.
Maureen often shares inspirational posts on the Church Facebook page so it is worth looking at that from time to time.
ROOTS is an ecumenical partnership with weekly resources to enrich worship and learning. At the moment it has free “worship at home” resources for everyone.
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 (www.pattinghamchurch.org.uk/web/information/chadnet/sign-up-to-chadnet/) 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 www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pattingham-church. 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.
Changes due to the current situation
- 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.
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 (www.pattinghamchurch.org.uk/web/information/chadnet/sign-up-to-chadnet/) or by email to
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