ChadNet – no 94 – Sunday 9th January 2022
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 – Dorothy Steel
- Sunday 9th January – Baptism of Christ
- This week
- Sunday 16th January – Second Sunday of Epiphany
- A Message from Good Shepherd Relief in Need
- 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. 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
I was thinking the other day about how beautiful our Church building is, inside and out. If you attend a service, there is a tendency to have a quick chat or a coffee after the service and leave to go about our very busy lives. Our Church represents the ‘house of God’, it is a sacred place where Christians can meet and worship together; a place where the chimes of our church bells welcome us and encourage us to attend every Sunday. But, as well as a place of worship, it is also a quiet place where individuals or families can visit to explore the beauty of the building and what it has to offer.
I have recently taken a little time to look more carefully at our Church and I appreciate the opportunity to go to the front of the Church (to the right hand side, where the votive candle stand is), and light a candle to remember a dear one. The candle represents a prayer to remember with love a friend or family member, or to give thanks for the joys God has given us.
The wonderful stained-glass windows tell bible stories and also are a beautiful acknowledgement of the skills and crafts from years ago. There is a leaflet at the back of church which you can purchase explaining all the lovely glass.
Sometimes, because we live in or close to Pattingham, we can take for granted the wonderful church building we have.
Have you ever written anything in the Visitors Book or read what others have written? I have read some of the recent entries:
“Very beautiful and tranquil place of worship. Thanks for the doors being open”.
“Thank you so much for keeping your lovely church open – as in former days. God bless you and all the people of Pattingham”.
“What a beautiful church”.
Our Church is open every day in daylight hours and of course on Sundays and Wednesday morning for services. If you are unable to join us at a service, why not pop in with the family or friends and have a look round, feel the tranquility, appreciate the beauty and maybe light a candle to remember a loved one?
In better weather, sit outside for a few minutes on one of the benches and give yourself a few minutes of peace in our busy world. There is a corner of our graveyard which we try to leave ‘wild’ to encourage and welcome insects, bees and the occasional hedgehog visitor! In the peace of our church and graveyard it is possible to appreciate the many and varied skills different people have, which are gifts from God, developed by hard work. Would you like to join our Choir or read a bible reading in a service, hand out hymn books or even become a Bell Ringer? Let us know if you have interest in contributing in any way, anyone, any age is welcome.
The wonders of God’s creation can be found in the life and beauty around us and sometimes in the small things we can connect with God just as when we appreciate His glory in a wonderful seascape or in the magnificence of a mountain range. In these Covid times when travel opportunities are restricted perhaps you can find time to visit our Church, write a comment in the Visitors book and enjoy the here and now.
God bless you!
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 9th January – Baptism of Christ
At 10 am there will be a service of Holy Communion, led by Revd James Makepeace, in church.Coffee (and tea and biscuits) will be available after the service.
At 6.30 pm there will be a service of Evensong, led by Iain Coleman, in church.
The church will be open every day. Look out for the “church open” sign outside the porch. Please observe the instructions in the notice on the door.
There is a PCC meeting in church on Tuesday evening.
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.
Sunday 16th January – Second Sunday of Epiphany
At 10 am there will be a service led by the Youth Group in church. At the end of that part of the service there will be a break for coffee, tea and biscuits after which the service will resume with a service of Holy Communion, led by Revd Sue Watson, for those who wish to stay.
On the third Sundays in January, February and March we are trialling a change to the arrangements for coffee after the service. On these Sundays refreshments will be served for about half an hour after the first part of the service (which is led by the Youth Group) before the service resumes with Holy Communion for those who wish to stay. An explanation about this can be found on page 3 of the January Parish News and on the website at <https://www.pattinghamchurch.org.uk/web/services/trial-of-break-after-youth-services/>
A Message from Good Shepherd Relief in Need
Good Shepherd Relief In Need (Reg Charity 1177783) would like to thank each and everyone of you who have donated in 2021. Whether it is clothes, household items or house clearances, passing our telephone numbers on has made a huge difference in many peoples lives. Our charity gives away over £1,000 worth of furniture and household items which are necessary to take up a tenancy (at second hand value) every month often satisfying the needs of 10 or more families. The charity cannot exist without your generosity so we urge you to keep standing by our side in 2022. We keep all our donors in our daily prayers and we wish each and every one of you a Happy and Healthy New Year.
A box is available at the back of our church just inside the door and you can put items which you wish to donate inside it. You can ring for collections whatever your donation if you cannot get it to church. Call Ann Reaney on 07845003656 or Jai Jai Sahni on 07773706922 to arrange to your convenience.
From the Memorial Book
Those whose anniversaries occur between 2nd and 16th January.
Stanley James Potts – 2nd January 1999
Harriet Minnie Clinton – 3rd January 1960
Paul Kemp – 4th January 2007
Trevor John Davis – 4th January 2012
Elizabeth Toy – 6th January 1995
Alan Johnson – 6th January 1999
Caroline Mary Bradford – 6th January 2005
Leslie Harry Hawkins – 7th January 1984
Winne Sheldon – 7th January 1993
Barrow Samuel Woodhall – 8th January 1999
Ewart Eardley Jones – 8th January 2009
William Ernest Whitty – 9th January 1986
Lisa Norman-Smallwood – 11th January 2001
Edward Albert Morgan – 11th January 2009
Kathleen Charlotte Gardener – 12th January 1981
Catherine Eugenie Warner – 12th January 2004
Cyril George Wheeler – 12th January 2012
Tony Douglas Warrilow – 13th January 2004
Cis Harris – 14th January 1990
Mary Elizabeth Hughes – 15th January 1980
Horace Charles James – 15th January 1987
Kathleen Parker – 15th January 2005
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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