The United Benefice of St Chad, St Mary in the Baum and St Edmund, Rochdale


NEWS: 14 October 2018

20th Sunday after Trinity

Eco church ? How shall we, the people of God in Rochdale live in the next 12 years  - the timescale in which the scientists tell us we may have time to change our ways and thus limit global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius ? Do we continue with our same priorities and same concerns or do we embrace the mission of God in protecting the precious life He created? Already many are dying through extreme weather and this will get worse. But we have hope and know the power of small acts of love. We know throughout it all God will not desert us. St Mary's PCC have decided to work towards becoming an Eco Church. How shall we make our hopes a reality ?  One idea is to make us a cycling-friendly church—what do you think ?


Wild About Rochdale  = an  event with the Rochdale naturalists. I understand that over a dozen organisations are attending and there will be lots of encouraging ways to engage with nature. Why not come and bring a friend ?


Harvest Thank you. St Chad’s collection of tins resulted in 60kg for the Foodbank. The Harvest Lunch raised £135.


An invite for you: Next Sunday the 21 October Licensing of Revd Gill Barnett at Christ Church Healey. Please come and welcome our new priest. The service is at 7pm refreshments afterwards.


 Mark’s Gospel Bible Study ! . You are invited to Bible Study and Lunch on Tuesday 16th October at 12 noon at the vicarage. Please bring a sandwich. All welcome.


Listening to Refugees and Asylum Seekers. An opportunity to hear from those who have come to Rochdale and surrounding communities from various parts of the world to be held on Saturday 27th October 2018 at St. Chad’s Church. An opportunity to hear from Refugees and Asylum Seekers. In small groups we shall listen to individuals and learn about their journeys to Rochdale. A wide range of nationalities will be represented. There is no charge for the day. More info in the leaflet at Church.


Armistice. There are three services in the benefice this year marking the end of the 1st World War. The memories of this horrendous war have been brought to life by various events over the last 4  years and we shall reflect deeply on the stories of Rochdalians who gave up their lives in the war. Please pause to look at the display at St Chad’s which tells the story of 12 individual men from Rochdale. Some of their words will be used in the Town Centre Churches Together civic service on 10th November at St Chad’s. A special service at St Mary's in the Baum on 11 December will bring to mind the individuals of that parish and pray for peace and justice between the nations. St Edmund’s service, with the bishop of Manchester, on 18 November, will remember 33 hitherto forgotten lives lost from the parish. For details see the diary section below.


ESOL Class, lass for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Every Tuesday, 10.00am to 12noon at the Salvation Army, Newgate, Rochdale.


 Dates for your diary

St Mary’s in the Baum

Red Cross Hub 10 am to 4pm each Monday

11 November Service to commemorate the end of the 1st World War at St Mary’s 3pm

24 November Rochdale Naturalists Event “Wild about Rochdale”

9 December 3pm Festival of Lessons and Carols with the University of the Third Age Choir


St Chad’s

15 October St Chad’s PCC  730pm at the Vicarage

27 October Listening to Refugees conference with Christians Aware and friends.

28 October Evensong for SS Simon and Jude at St Chad’s 630pm

3 November 11 to 2pm St Chad’s Autumn Fair

10 November 4pm at St Chad’s The Battle is Over Civic ecumenical service.

24 November St Chad’s with Ukrainian Holodomor 85 years event at 1pm

1 December St Chad’s Christmas Family Fun Day

6 December Springhill Hospice 6pm

14 December Beech House School Carol Service

18 December Petrus Carol Service


Ecumenical and Community events

First Saturday in every month Friends of Shamwari at St Andrews 130-4pm. Social event for asylum seekers and Refugees

18 November at 3pm Churches Conservation Trust Re-dedication at St Edmund's with the Bishop of Manchester


MUSIC AT St Chad’s

Saturday 20th October 2018 – George Herbert – organ (Chethams School of Music/ Manchester Cathedral Organ Scholar)

Saturday 17th November 2018 – Joseph Donmall (Violon Cello)


 MUSIC at St Mary’s in the Baum.

St Mary’s Gate/Toad Lane, Rochdale OL16 1DZ. 12:30 to 1:30 pm every Wednesday, 1230pm refreshments available from 11:30 am, admission £4.


Oct 17   Oldham Community Choir MD Jonathan Gibson

Oct 24 Voci voices: Eliz Ambrose, Margaret Ferguson sops, Eric Cymbir tenor, Simon Horsfield baritone, Jonathan Ellis piano

Oct 31   Margaret Ferguson soprano Jonathan Ellis piano


Services of Worship

St Chad’s:

930 am Easy Church.

11am Sung Eucharist Common Worship (1st 3rd and 4th) Sundays, Matins (2nd Sunday).

3pm Asian Fellowship


St Mary’s in the Baum:

9.30 am Sung Eucharist (BCP/Common Worship Order Two)

Wednesdays each week: 10 am Holy Communion (BCP)


Contact Info: Vicar: The Rev’d Mark Coleman, 01706  632809   or 07795202955

 Reader: Wendy Cocks 07747 724804

Ordinand: Amy Sheridan  

Churchwardens: St Chad’s:  Paul Bollington 07566983798  Alan Wild  07905 837847. St Mary’s:   Vacant


 To arrange Christenings, Banns, Marriage, Services after civil marriage and Funerals please contact the Vicar.