St Chad's is now open on Sundays for Holy Communion at 11 am.
(St Mary in the Baum is still closed.)

The service on Sunday 26 July was led by Revd Dr Christopher Halliday.

The service on Sunday 2 August will be led by Revd Canon Roger Hill.

We will be observing all the necessary social distancing and Church of England guidelines. 

There will be music but no singing, and also no refreshments served after the service.

Reduced seating in accordance with guidelines.

* Please note that the wearing of face coverings in places of public worship will be compulsory as from 8 August 2020.

Welcome back - we've missed you and look forward to seeing you again soon!



We're running the St Swithun's Challenge again and would ask for your support more than ever this year as the Covid-19 lockdown has reduced our income whilst our outgoings still need to be paid. 
The newsletter for 12 July has an article about St Swithun and a sign-up form. 
You can also download a form here.  Thank you for your support.

The latest newsletter is for 2 August
Scroll down this page for the Newsletters from July 2019 to present date.

Details are on the Faith and Worship page.


The Scott Brothers Duo (Jonathan & Tom Scott) special 'Saturday Night Spectacular' of Duos for Piano and Organ from Rochdale Parish Church, including a much-anticipated version of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, premiered on YouTube at 7 pm on Saturday 18 July.






A free national phone line to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus has been launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. 

Please publicise the phone line to people you know who may not have access to the internet and live streamed services. 

The line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.



Standing Order Form (as mentioned in newsletters)

August 2        
July -- 12 19 26  
June 1 -- -- -- --
May 3 -- 17    
April 5 12 -- --  
March 1 8 15 -- --
February 2 9 16 23  
January 5 12 19 26  
December 1 8 15 22 29
November 3 10 17 24  
October 6 13 20 27  
September 1 8 15 22 29
August 4 11 18 25  
July 7 14 21 28  

The weekly newsletter was replaced with occasional on-line .pdf newsletters during the Covid-19 closure, but made its return when St Chad's re-opened on 12 July 2020.

  • our usual A5 booklet newsletter returns 12 July 2020 ...
    to view as the printed newsletter set your .pdf reader to a two-page display
  • June 2020 is to cover the month, with updates as required
  • 3 May 2020 onwards is in A4 format and not a stapled A5 size booklet
  • 7 July 2019 - 12 April 2020 ... to view as a printed newsletter would look,
    set your .pdf reader to a two-page display