ChadNet – no 91 – Sunday 19th December 2021
Welcome to this week’s edition of ChadNet – the eBulletin of St Chad’s Church, Pattingham with Patshull.
In this week’s ChadNet:
- View from the Pews – Henry Ibberson
- Sunday 19th December – Fourth Sunday of Advent
- This week
- Friday 24th December – Christmas Eve
- Saturday 25th December – Christmas Day
- Sunday 26th December – St Stephen’s Day
- Rotas – January to March 2022
- Area by Adam and Eve window
- From the Memorial Book
- Resources to use at home and Virtual Sunday School
- Giving to the Church
Face coverings must now be worn in church, except by those who are under 11 or exempt for medical or other reasons. This is as a result of the change in the rules announced by the government this week. They may be removed while singing.
The church doors will remain closed during services to help to keep the church warm. The PCC has considered the official guidance on the need for ventilation and is content that there is sufficient ventilation with the doors closed. It will, of course, continue to monitor the guidance.
So that those who wish to ensure that they can maintain social distance feel comfortable social distancing must be maintained in the pews by the wall in the South Aisle.
Do not attend church if you have any covid symptoms or are meant to be isolating.
View from the Pews
The approach of Christmas gives me the perfect opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all of you who have responded to our invitations to contribute ‘A View from the Pews’ over these past few months, albeit sometimes, I know, with a certain amount of trepidation! I can tell you, though, that from the feedback I am hearing, all (and there have been over 23 of you) have been extremely well received and appreciated, moreover many have commented how refreshing it is to have thoughts and observations from such a wide cross-section of our village, parish and community. So, certainly for the time being, we are aiming to continue this important and stimulating section of our weekly ChadNet bulletin, so ably conceived and compiled by Geoffrey.
And as we have been hearing in our services this month, the four principal themes of Advent, symbolised in each of the candles by the chancel steps – the Candles of Love, of Hope, of Peace and of Joy – are just as relevant today as ever they were, as we continue to grapple with the implications, anxieties, fears and restrictions placed on our everyday lives. Our thoughts and prayers remain with those who have suffered illness, the families who have lost loved ones and especially those who do not have the home comforts that we too often take for granted. Faced with the blizzard of appeals coming over our thresholds, may we prayerfully respond as best we can, giving that hope and semblance of peace and joy to some of those whose lives are blighted by homelessness, addiction, loss of income and self-worth and, worse still, neglect and cruelty.
But it would be wrong not to celebrate the festival of Christmas, as I did last weekend along with members of the Choral Society to which I belong, in our first concert for over 2 years; a joyful occasion in Beckminster Methodist Church, both with choral favourites and new works, heralding the joy of that new birth, as well as the wassailing and festivities attending it. And on another note, my four-year-old granddaughter puzzled her mother this week by constantly reciting “cheeses scratch your son “. It was only when she realised her six-year-old brother had been explaining to her what he had learnt at school, that “Christmas is not just about Santa and toys, but really about the birth of Jesus Christ God’s Son“ that she understood what she had been trying to say! Out of the mouths indeed………! How good to know though that, not just here in St Chad’s but in primary schools up and down the land, the message to our children is still cutting through the tinsel and the tawdriness to seek the heart of the Christmas story.
No-one put it better than John Betjeman in his poem “Christmas”:
And is it true? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things,
Bath salts and inexpensive scent
And hideous ties so kindly meant.
No love that in a family dwells,
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple-shaking bells
Can with this single truth compare.
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine.
With my very best wishes for a Happy Christmas to come, and a healthy and peaceful New Year.
We do not have a VIcar at the moment. For matters which would normally be dealt with by the Vicar the churchwardens are the first point of contact. The Vicarage phone (01902 700257) is redirected to the churchwardens. When they are not available a message can be left on the voicemail and they will return the call when they are available. Emails to will be received by the churchwardens.
Contact details for church officers can be found on the Contacts page of the church website. You can use if you are nore sure who to contact and the churchwardens will be able to forward it to the correct person.
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Sunday 19th December – Fourth Sunday of Advent
At 10 am there will be a service in church, led by the Youth Group. The theme is “Searching for the Light” and as part of the service “The Lockdown Nativity” will be shown again. It will be followed by Holy Communion, led by Revd Sue Watson, for those who wish to stay. Coffee (and tea and biscuits) will be available after the service.
At 6.30 pm the traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, led by Iain Coleman, will be held in church.
The collect and readings for the Eucharist, which would normally be on the pewsheet, are available on the website.
The church will be open as it used to be before the pandemic every day. Look out for the “church open” sign outside the porch. Please observe the instructions in the notice on the door.
On Tuesday there will be a funeral in church at 3 pm.
On Wednesday there will be a service of Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer, led by Revd James Makepeace, in church at 10.00 am which will be followed by tea, coffee and cake.
On Wednesday there will be a funeral in church at 12.30 pm.
Friday 24th December – Christmas Eve
At 4 pm the Crib Service, which will be led by Lisa Ainsworth, will take place in church. Join Joseph and Mary on the journey to Bethlehem and help us to build our Crib Scene in Church.
At 11.30 pm the “midnight” Communion Service, which will be led by Revd Alison Storer, will take place in church.
At 10 am there will be a Family Communion Service, which will be led by Revd Glynn Watkins, in church.
Sunday 26th December – St Stephen’s Day
At 10 am there will be a non-communion Service for St Stephen’s Day, led by the churchwardens,in church.
There will be no evening service.
The rotas for January to March 2022 have been sent to those volunteers who act as sidespersons, servers, readers, intercessors and serve coffee. They are also available on the church website (and will be in the magazine as usual).
As ever we are grateful to Elaine Lavender and Peter Nicholls for compiling the rotas and to all those who are included in the rotas.
The Adam and Eve window is between the west door and the choir vestry. The application for a faculty to install storage cupboards below it and replace the wooden floor with tiles to match the existing tiles has been approved. Work will start some time in the new year.
From the Memorial Book
Those whose anniversaries occur between 12th and 26th December.
Eliza Newton – 16th December 1953
Brian John Darrell – 16th December 2013
Raymond William Haden – 17th December 2005
Margaret Alice Gardener – 19th December 2003
Stanley Charles Bentley – 21st December 1989
Elsie May Nickholds – 21st December 1999
Audrey Mary Vaughan – 21st December 2008
John Stanley Scriven – 22nd December 2008
Graham Bartlett Smith – 22nd December 2019
Dorothy Shepherdson – 23rd December 1995
Dorothy Amy Harris – 24th December 1977
Ruby Sampson – 24th December 2007
Thomas Howe Pattison – 25th December 1994
Kim Harley – 26th December 1964
Kathleen Williamson – 26th December 1988
You can see all the pages of the Memorial Book on the Memorial Book Online page of the Church website.
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 there are still a number of services which are available online, including a weekly service on the Church of England website.
Giving to the church
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 www.justgiving.com/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.
You can make a bank transfer to our bank account (Account name: Pattingham Parochial Church Council – Sort Code: 20-97-78 Account No: 50655023).
If you are paying by cheque please make the cheque payable to “Pattingham PCC” or “Pattingham Parochial Church Council“.
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