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|IWelcome to St Chad's Church, Pattingham...
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: "Give
me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown." And
he replied: "Go out into the darkness and put your hand
into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light
and safer than a known way." So I went forth, and finding
the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards
the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East."
Spoken by George VI in his Christmas 1939 broadcast to the Empire
these words struck a chord with a country facing the uncertainly
of war. They were the preamble to an obscure poem, God Knows,
written in 1908, but nobody was able to identify the poet. Finally
at midnight on Boxing Day the BBC announced that the author was
Minnie Louise Haskins, a retired academic from the London School
of Economics - LSE. The poem was just a small part of a career
which had encompassed working in India and the East End, industrial
welfare and academia.
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of Sunday Services...
Because of the problems with the Church heating system and the
cold weather, we are now holding our main SUNDAY SERVICES in
other village locations from 29th January.
Service - School Hall, Westbeech Road
6.30pm Service - Upstairs room of the Pigot
The 8.00am Service and the 10.00am Communion Service on Wednesdays
will continue to be held in the Church Loft. This arrangement
will continue for at least 6 weeks and then be reviewed.
|Bishop Michael's Presidential Address more >>
of Music / Organist at St Chads...
Could you be our
next Director of Music?
We need someone who can communicate a love of music in worship
to all ages. Two-manual Walker Pipe-Organ in excellent condition;
enthusiastic 4-part choir (children and adults); strong choral
tradition, open to a variety of musical styles. This is a church
at the heart of a thriving village community in glorious countryside,
yet close to Wolverhampton
Two sung services every Sunday - Weekly choir practice. Comparable
RSCM rates plus fees
For more information contact the Revd. Preb.Maureen Hobbs - 20
Dartmouth Avenue, Pattingham, South Staffs WV6 7DP. Tel: 01902
700257 or email: email@example.com
|Mrs Wilhelm Rose
The Pattingham Church
Fete was opened this year by Mrs Wilhelm Rose MBE, who birthday
this year matched that of the Queen... her 90th. Congratulations
was approximately 430 people, giving a profit of £4200.
Well done, Kate and all those that helped in anyway.
Most of the new stalls did really well. The Pimms and Prosecco
was very successful, helped by the sunshine arriving just in
time! The larger Farmers Market was popular with Produce stall
was just as successful as ever (over £700), with the Free
Range Eggs and Preserves stalls both also selling out through
the afternoon. Vintage Vinyl did really well also, making over
£100 which is a great achievement for a first time
stall. The bags went well, being sold not only on their own stand
but also on the Produce and Cakes stall so we look forward
to seeing many more old bags from Pattingham walking
around the village! In terms of attractions, the cars (of course)
were a huge success with many people commenting on them; Toby,
our new guitarist, entertained us through the afternoon; and
it was lovely to see the school choir enthusiastically singing
for us later on. The date for next year's Fete will be Saturday
1st July 2017.
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|New Audio Visual System
for St Chad's Church
After some three years in planning, work began on Monday 25th
April 2016 installing the new Audio Visual System in St Chad's
The reasons for installing it
The new AV system will overcome the problem of limited sight
lines within the church allowing all the congregation, no matter
where they are seated, to see all the activity of the service
or event and to feel a closer involvement.
It is envisaged that the system could be used in many ways to
enhance services of worship, baptisms, weddings, funerals, youth
services, together with events such as Holiday Club, Fellowship
Meetings, Concerts, Illustrated Talks and TV screening of important
The screen and monitors in the system could be used to display
many things such as:
* The images from the installed camera(s) showing scenes around
* Photographs, DVD and internet video, Powerpoint presentations,
Hymn texts, etc., all through the laptop computer situated in
the control console.
It is felt that the system, although not being used all the time,
will enhance the content of many activities in St Chad's and
open the way to encourage more people, both young and old, to
become part of the church. It will be of particular benefit when
the school are visiting the church, enabling parents/grandparents
and carers better to view the activities of young worship leaders
The System - Screen and Monitors
The central main screen of 2.2 metres wide x 1.65 metres high
will be in the chancel, positioned behind one of the wooden beams
and lowered into viewing position by motor control when required.
A concealed high power projector positioned in the roof area,
will operate with this screen. This is positioned in such a way
that the view of the altar and reredos is not obscured when in
Also in the Chancel, and for viewing by the Church Choir, there
will be two 27" LED monitors, one positioned in the corner
by the organ and the second on the opposite wall, above the Priest's
A further two larger 40" LED monitors will be mounted to
cover both the North and South aisles. These will both be wall
mounted a). above the arch opposite the vestry door and b). by
the back of the organ in the Lady Chapel. They will be mounted
on hinged brackets and be pushed back against the wall when not
in use and covered with a concealing decorative cloth.
A remotely controllable camera, mounted on a bracket will be
positioned to monitor the font and South aisle, particularly
for use during Baptism Services.
To monitor other views around the church, particularly down the
church aisle towards the altar, a second fully controllable camera
could be moved to a second wall mounting bracket.
A new wooden cased control console will be built into the area
of one of the rear pews and this will include the controls of
the existing sound system at present situated in the Choir Vestry.
If you need more details of this exciting new system, or would
like to join the team of operators, please contact Mike Coope
on 01902 700426.
(Photograph : Engineers from Cornerstone Systems Ltd. installing
the large motorised screen on one of the beams above the chancel.)
|New Bishop of Lichfield...
Following the announcement of Bishop Michael Ipgrave's appointment
on the 10 Downing Street website yesterday morning, Bishop Michael
made a whistle-stop tour of the diocese, beginning by meeting
staff and clients of the YMCA Black Country with Bishop Clive
in Wolverhampton. And his first media interviews as Bishop-designate
of Lichfield, with Rob Golledge of the Express and Star and Joanna
Writtle of BBC Midlands Today. Then a drive through the sleet
to Stoke, to meet clergy and clients of the Sanctus refugee project
at St Mark's church Shelton.
And he pinned a yellow ribbon to the Sentinel Cross, ahead of
the annual walk of witness by combined churches across Newcastle-Under-Lyme
and Stoke-on-Trent. Before heading to Shropshire to meet the
Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, volunteers at the Market Drayton
Food Bank and CAP, clergy of Hodnet Deanery chapter and the team
behind the 'TGI Monday Show' led by the Diocese of Lichfield's
Finally, it being St Chad's Day he went to the Cathedral Church
of St Mary & St Chad, in Lichfield and was prayed for by
the Dean, the Very Revd Adrian Dorber. He was welcomed by, and
addressed, the Greater Cathedral Chapter before attending a special
service of Evensong which included the St Chad's Day commemoration
of Benefactors and the installation of three new Prebendaries.
A Confirmation Service took
place at St Nicholas Church, Codsall on Sunday 6th December 2015
|SCARECROW FESTIVAL BREAKS ALL RECORDS...
CONGRATULATIONS to absolutely everyone
who helped give Pattingham the most successful Scarecrow Festival
ever at the end of September. Your scarecrows were fabulous -
your help serving refreshments or by selling trail guides or
stewarding in church invaluable - your many home baked cakes
delicious - your support of the weekend events by getting friends
and relatives to come along - ALL QUITE FANTASTIC - we
cannot thank you enough.
We are now able to give you the RECORD BREAKING RESULT: £12,758.00
profit!! The Steering Committee have donated £5000.00
to St.Chad's School for the purchase of new IT equipment
for the children - and the remainder will go to St.Chad's Church
for the restoration of the stone cross over the porch (which
will complete the porch project started with the 2011 Scarecrow
Festival) with the balance going towards another Church project
as yet undefined.
Chrissie, Dave & Liz, Mike & Kath, Christine &
Dave C - the 2015 Festival Steering Committee
It is with deep regret that we announce that the Revd. John Daimond
passed away on Monday 7th September 2015.
The funeral was held at Holy Trinity Church, Uffington, Shrewsbury
on Tuesday 15th September 2015 at 1.00pm.
would like to sincerely thank all those who have expressed their
kindness and symphathy.
All donations received will be given to Holy Trinity Church,
|Wedding - Bethany Dunham & Gordon Wright
Friday 31st July 2015 at 3.00pm, Bethany Dunham and Gordon Wright
were married in St Chad's Church.
Plans are now available on this web for the Churchyard Graves
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Ness Tobin is ordained at Lichfield Cathedral
At the morning service on Sunday 28th June 2015, Ness Tobin was
ordained as a Deacon at Lichfield Cathedral by the Bishop Of
Lichfield, along with several other candidates. Around 40 friends
and relatives joined the large congregation to witness the ordination,
followed by a celebratory lunch at a local restaurant. Congratulations,
Rev Ness !!!
|Our Patron, Lady Barbara dies, aged 97 more >>
is installed as a Prebendary at Lichfield Cathedral
Choral Evensong Service conducted by the Bishop of Lichfield
was held at Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday 22nd September 2012
which included the Installation of Prebendaries, The Revd Maureen
Hobbs (Prebend of Bishopshull), Revd Dr Jeff Leonardi
(Prebend of Longdon) and Revd David Vestergaard (Prebend
of Dernford). Our congratulations to Maureen in achieving
this acknowledgment of her dedication.
Lichfield Cathedral at the start of the Service, The 'Bishopshull'
stall, Revd Maureen Hobbs installed in the stall.) Download
Order of Service
Churchyard Tree is removed...
the collapse of several large branches from a tree in the Churchyard,
it was decided, after consultation with tree surgeons, that the
whole tree should be removed. A new tree will be planted in replacement.
A quick count of the rings of the final stump, gave the tree's
age at approximately 250 years.
unforgettable rendition of "The Lord's Prayer." Watch
|Visit Caroline's page...
Ringrose left England to go to live in Thailand and work as a
missionary spreading the Christian faith amongst young people.
She emails a monthly letter telling us of the latest news from
Thailand, which we publish on this website.
more photos >>
an expanding congregation and a lively bunch of people. You will
find in our new website activities for children and various regular
services. There is a welcome here for you along with our regular
Most of our services are well attended and we use a mixture from
both Common Worship and The Book of Common Prayer. In some ways,
we are a Traditional village Church and cater for our local population.
This means we are used regularly for Marriages and Funerals.
The church is open for visitors and for Private Prayer.
|News from Kenya...
We have received
a new photograph, more information and another reply from Austine,
our sponsored child in Kenya.
In 2005, St Chads P.C.C. agreed to embark upon on a ten year
project to sponsor a six year old child called Ostine.
The sponsorship money is being used to provide basic essentials
such as clean water, adequate food, healthcare, farming tools
as well as educating Ostine through his school years.
St Chad's - a Church ready to
written by Stuart Jones.
The history of
St Chad's Church...
out more about St Chad's and St Mary's Churches.
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Visit the Photo
hundreds of pictures showing glimpses of what goes on at St Chad's
Church in Pattingham
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PARISH MAGAZINE, please contact...
MARTIN & JILL PARKER
who will arrange distribution to you.
|St Chad's Church
in for a tea/coffee and
Wednesday mornings from 10.45 am.
of this month's draw:
1st Prize - £150
2nd Prize - £100
3rd Prize - £50
The 100 Club draw takes place on the last Monday of the month.