We are now in an interregnum following the retirement of the Vicar and so the monthly letter for the Parish News is written by the Churchwardens
Welcome to 2022 ! A new year, new resolutions, new challenges! What will the year bring?
After the joy of celebrating the birth of Christ we journey together again as we continue our Christian path to explore, discover and make a difference in Pattingham and beyond.
What does that journey look like? The PCC asked the same question and agreed our mission statement: “Following Christ in the footsteps of St Chad, by living out our faith; taking the church to the community and growing the church.”
It sounds very positive but what will we actually do? Well, the PCC has a clear direction about this, and it comes from you, because you have shared some of your ideas with us. Some members of the congregation have been disappointed that after the Family Service, and Youth Service there is no time to enjoy refreshments with the families before the short Holy Communion service starts.
Therefore, after considering our options, we have decided to have a three-month trial so that at the end of the Family and Youth Service, coffee and refreshments will be served for about half an hour and the Communion service will be at 11.15 am.
We will do our best to achieve our vision to be an inclusive welcoming Church. We are working really hard with the Diocese towards finding a new vicar and we are trying to make our church more comfortable for us all with good lighting and effective heating.
We are hoping to mark the platinum jubilee celebrating 70 years reign of the Queen and we are planning to make 2022 a year to remember with fellowship, prayer and praise!
Some of you, who must spend time at home due to health reasons, have asked about the possibility of receiving Holy Communion at home and we are looking into how we can achieve this. Covid-19 and the multiple variants still affect our lives and we remain mindful of the risks in all we do; we will continue to make our activities as safe as possible so that we can welcome you to our worship and, hopefully, in the better weather share some outdoor village events.
Our ‘Shaping for Mission’ exploration has helped us think about sharing more with our deanery and we will let you know how this progresses.
Our Eco-church journey continues: we are hoping to hold a village ‘eco-event’, maybe a Grand Litter Pick around our village, to show our love and appreciation of the beautiful place in which we live and to support the litter pickers who regularly work helping to clean our village. We may also be able to plant more trees.
What about you: how do you feel starting the new year? Some people will feel energised and ready to take on a new challenge. Others may feel troubled, unsure, or insecure about the continuing health risks, money, or family worries. Our prayers are with you and please can you continue to pray with us and for us, in making more progress with our work. If you do think of how we can help you, or how you can help us achieve our vision please do get in touch.
We wish you all a joyous Epiphany as you journey into 2022 thinking about the visit of the Magi (Three Wise Men), taking gifts to our Lord Jesus and thinking about what gifts we can all share this year to carry out God’s work!
Clive Pendrell and Dorothy Steel