ChadNet – no 99 – Sunday 13th February 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 – Ken Scott
- Sunday 13th February – 3rd Sunday before Lent
- This week
- Sunday 20th February – 2nd Sunday before Lent
- Lent – starts 2nd March
- Platinum Jubilee
- Church fete – Saturday 16th July
- From the Memorial Book
- Resources to use at home
- Giving to the Church
We are returning to something closer to normal.
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.
In the pews by the wall of the South Aisle we will continue to ask that social distancing be maintained so that those who wish to maintain social distancing can do so.
Do not attend church if you have any covid symptoms or are meant to be isolating.
View from the Pews
Getting back to normal at St. Chad’s
It is almost exactly 2 years this week since the whole drama of Covid 19 took off in this country. Who would have thought then that in February 2022 we would just be beginning to feel we are emerging from this long nightmare?
As a Church community we have been very restricted in what we could do for all this time, but we can now gradually get back to something like normal. So far, we have lifted restrictions on face coverings, social distancing, and ventilation with no obvious adverse repercussions.
So, the PCC, having regard to the guidelines issued by the Church of England, feels it can go to the next stage, particularly regarding Holy Communion.
The guidelines at present are:
There are three ways currently for the administration of Communion: 1) the communicant can receive the bread alone; 2) the president may dip the bread in the wine before giving to the communicant; 3) the communicant can receive wine from the common cup in the way they did so before the pandemic.
The PCC opinion is that while we are not ready to move to option 3 yet we can adopt option 2. So as from this Sunday 13th February the presiding priest will offer a wafer which they have dipped in the chalice and place it in the communicant’s hand. The official term for this is intinction. If someone wishes to receive the wafer only, they should indicate this to the priest.
We will continue to have the administration from the Chancel step as before. We trust that this will restore to all members of the congregation a sense of participating more fully in the Communion service.
This change will also be implemented at the Communion services on Wednesday mornings.
One other change will be the return to the pews of the Green envelopes for Gift Aided donations. However, these will not be collected from the pews during the service but should be left on the plate at the rear of the Church when leaving at the end of the service.
So, we begin to return to what we knew before February 2020 as normal worship and the PCC believe that this is the right time to make these changes.
The Wardens will explain before the service begins what is going to happen so that we can all take part in a safe way that enhances our worship.
The PCC and the Wardens are very conscious of the support and forbearance of the congregation through this whole episode which has been further complicated by the interregnum. However, we trust that as another Spring comes in 2022, we can look forward together to a more normal year in our worship and work in Pattingham.
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Sunday 13th February – 3rd Sunday before Lent
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 Ken Scott, in church.
The church will be open every day. Look out for the “church open” sign outside the porch.
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 evening the inaugural meeting of those interested in being involved in the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations will be held in the Loft. See below for more information.
On Saturday there will be a Service of Baptism in church at 11 am.
Sunday 20th February – 2nd Sunday before Lent
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 Roberta Maxfield, for those who wish to stay.
Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, which is on 2nd March (which is also St Chad’s Day). There will be the usual 10 am Holy Communion service on that day but not an evening service.
There will not be a Lent Course in Pattingham this year but we are invited to join the course at The Church at Perton for their course on Living in Love and Faith. There are two sets of sessions – Tuesday mornings (11 am to 12.30 pm) from 15th March and Thursday evenings (7.30 to 9 pm) from 17th March.
The Church of England’s daily emailed reflections for Lent will start on 2nd March. The theme in 2022 is Embracing Justice. You can sign up on the Church of England’s website: https://www.churchofengland.org/embracingjustice
There will be an inaugural meeting of those interested in being involved in the events to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June. It will be held in the Loft in the church on Wednesday 16th February at 7.30 pm. It will include members of the Parish Council and the PCC. If anyone else would wish to become involved they are welcome to attend. Contact Philip Sims for more information (700955 or ).
This year’s Church Fete will be held on Saturday 16th July.
This is a later date than usual but as the Platimum Jubilee celebrations will be taking place in the first weekend of June the PCC thought it would be better not to hold the fete only four weeks after that.
From the Memorial Book
Those whose anniversaries occur between 6th and 20th February.
Beville Bentley – 7th February 1999
David Stephen Patrick – 8th February 2008
Brian William Broxton – 8th February 2011
James Christopher Maclean – 11th February 2009
Margaret Watton – 11th February 2020
Ida Annie Knight – 13th February 2002
Patrick Curtis – 14th February 1959
Harold Taylor – 14th February 1976
William Stanley Smith – 15th February 1966
Alfred Ernest Davis – 15th February 2004
Stanley Frederick Chaplin – 15th February 2016
Alan Sadler – 16th February 1998
Florence Irene Steele – 16th February 2003
Pauline Jones – 18th February 2011
Mary Stubbs – 19th February 2019
Clive Brough – 20th February 1979
Lillian (Marg) Nicholls – 20th February 2007
Joseph Ernest Penny – 20th February 2009
Thomas James Heath – 20th February 2017
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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