ChadNet – no 97 – Sunday 30th 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 – Alan Smith
- Sunday 30th January – The Presentation
- This week
- Sunday 6th February – 4th Sunday before Lent
- Century Club – draw on Monday
- Maude Collinge RIP
- From the Memorial Book
- Resources to use at home
- Giving to the Church
There is no longer a legal requirement to wear face coverings in church. Face coverings not only protect the wearer but also other people. It is up to each individual to decide whether or not they should wear a face covering in church.
The church doors will remain closed during services to help to keep the church warm.
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
It’s funny how things stick in your mind.
Many years ago (late 60’s?) Billy Graham did an evangelical crusade tour of the UK. I guess I was an early teenager and the church and youth club organised a coach trip to see him preach at Maine Road football stadium, then the home of Manchester City. I have a number of recollections.
One was how our old fashioned turnstile didn’t work and it took us ages to get in. Another was the size of the place. I had only seen a smaller and increasingly ramshackle Molineux plus the odd trip up the A41 to they who shall not be named. Then there was the sheer number of people, thousands of them, mostly standing in those days of course.
To those who saw him Billy Graham was a mesmerising preacher. He spoke for over an hour and kept the crowd virtually silent. I have no recollection whatsoever of what he said; it is over fifty years ago! But I do vividly remember the final hymn:
‘Who is on the Lord’s side, who will serve the King
Who will be His helper, other lives to bring
Who will leave the world’s side, who will face the foe
Who is on the Lord’s side, who for Him will go?’
The singing produced a wonderful sound and a great climax to the evening.
I recall the vicar trying to re-enact it shortly after, suggesting we should make as much noise as the crowd at Maine Road, but I don’t think it worked very well.
Billy Graham’s reputation become (unfairly) tarnished in later life due to his views on race and abortion, and unfounded suggestions he took cash for crusades. But I will always remember that night in Manchester when we sang ‘who is on the Lord’s side’ and I ask myself, am I?
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 30th January – The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)
At 10 am there will be a Family Communion Service, led by the Archdeacon of Walsall, Ven Julian Francis, in church. Coffee (and tea and biscuits) will be available after the service.
The Archdeacon, together with the Bishop of Wolverhampton and others, will be involved in the process of helping us find a new Vicar. This will be an opportunity for him to meet members of our church family and see something of what we do as well as leading our worship.
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.
The Century Club draw will take place by Zoom on Monday. See below for the link.
On Wednesday there will be a service of Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer, led by Revd Philip Wootton, in church at 10.00 am which will be followed by tea, coffee and cake.
Sunday 6th February – 4th Sunday before Lent – 70th Anniversary of the Accession of HM The Queen
At 10 am there will be a Family Service in church, led by Gladys Jones, which 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.
Century Club draw
Thus month’s Century Club draw will be held on Monday at 9.30 pm and can be seen by Zoom. [The link is available in the edition of ChadNet emailed to subscribers.]
We have heard from her son, John, that Maud Simmons Collinge passed away peacefully on 24th January 2022, aged 93. She lived in Wolverhampton Road from 1964 until 2019 when she moved into a residential home in Milton Keynes.
From the Memorial Book
Those whose anniversaries occur between 23rd January and 6th February.
Ivy Rhodes – 25th January 2001
George Lloyd – 27th January 2000
Rex Pellow – 27th January 2011
Walter James Matthews – 29th January 1988
Ethel Brough – 30th January 1979
Dorothy Eileen Cooper – 30th January 2020
Norman Bartlett – 31st January 2003
John Stuart Hague – 1st February 2010
Sean Peter Mark Lingford – 2nd February 1995
William Ritchie Farquharson – 2nd February 2007
William John Evans – 2nd February 2010
Gordon Kennedy Morrison – 2nd February 2016
Nigel Martin William Vaughan – 4th February 2000
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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