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


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Palm Sunday 14 April 2019

Holy Week begins

St Chad’s Asian Fellowship

14th April     Palm Sunday                                3.00-5pm

18th April Holy Thursday service with foot washing 4.00-6pm

19th April Good Friday Service 1.00-3pm

21st April Easter Sunrise 5.00-8pm


Let’s think about Easter—11 am at St Mary’s on Thursday. Followed by lunch and service.

Communitree. St Chad’s has been involved in the making a stitched artworks with other places of worship and groups. The finale of this project will take place on Thursday 25 April at 2pm. Please do come and create !

HSBC/Christian Aid. Worried about the climate ? Do something and keep despair at bay ! Please join Revd Mark at the HSBC on Wednesday at 1130 am

Time Machine. See posters about the collaboration between St Mary’s, Town Centre Management, the National Trust, Heritage Open Days, the Baum, and the Pioneers Museum. The events take place on 1-2 June.

Annual Meeting – at St Mary’s TODAY after the morning service

PCC at St Chad’s. Congratulations to those elected, many thanks to those standing down.

Heating Appeal at St Chad’s—now open for donations. Two donations totally £380 already pledged !

Organ appeal at St Mary’s. We are making good progress—thank you to all our donors. See the latest totals in the church display.

Please pray for those to be baptised at St Chad’s on 5th May Alireza


Please pray for those to be married  20 April Matt and Louise ** 21 June Tina and Margaret  **21 Sept Sanjay and Jayde

The National Citizens Service are coming to visit Saint Chad’s on Sat 20 July from 1 to 3pm. This “Dragons Den” experience is really good for young people … helpers will be required. More information will follow.

Black and Ethnic Minority Vocations in the C of E. We look forward to the visit by Revd Aaron Jackman on 7 July at St Chad’s

Rochdale Churches on film ! Come and tell your story to Eve from the Diocese who is coming to make a film about church life (in all its many dimensions) in Rochdale,. Come along to St Chad’s on Thursday 23 May at 1030 am and be part of it.

Sidesman or Sideswoman ? Remember 8 May Archdeacon’s Visitation 730pm at St Chad’s. If you can’t attend please ask the vicar for details of where else you can be sworn in.


Dates for your diary


St Mary’s in the Baum

Red Cross Hub 10 am to 4pm each Monday

Caring and Sharing Drop in – Tuesdays 1030am to 1230 pm

14 April Annual Meetings after the morning service

1-2 June 2019 Time Machine Event with Rochdale Town Centre Management and the National Trust

29 Sept Harvest Festival


St Chad’s

Every Thursday Place of Welcome 1030 am to noon

The First Thursday in the month 2-3pm Just Music with the Rotary Club

7 April Annual Meetings am after the morning service

22 June  - Concert by Oldham Choral Society

29 Sept Harvest Festival


Ecumenical and Community events

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

Feb– June 2020  - Dippy comes to Rochdale


MUSIC AT St Chad’s

Sat 27 April. Katherine Stonham (Violin)  Jack Redman (piano) : Nadia Eskandari (Viola) Ives – Violin Sonata no. 2  Franz Biber - Mystery Sonata No. 10 ;  Manuel De Falla – Spanish Folk Songs arr Viola ; George Enescu- Concert piece for viola Future 12 Noon concerts: Saturday’s 18th MAY , 8th JUNE , 29th JUNE 2019 ….                 Cameron Biles-Lidell (Pianoforte) & Isla Atay (Flute) / ELKA Quartet with James Gillett (Clarinet)/ Mackenzie Paget - (Pianoforte)


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 £5

Following our 900th concert in March, it was felt that to help us reach our next 900th we needed to raise our entry fee. Having resisted this for several years but we hope it is not too discouraging: from £4 to £5. This still represents fantastic value for what is on offer.

Apr 17   Despina & Duncan Reid Violin Duo (RNCM graduates)

Apr 24   Margaret Ferguson soprano Jonathan Ellis piano

May 01 Angelika-Rose Stangl violin Catherine Strachan cello David Hammond piano 

May 08 Jessica Hope soprano (Arts Ed London & RNCM)

May 15 Rochdale Retirement Choir conductor Freda Farnworth

May 22 Angela Rowley soprano Tim Kennedy piano

May29  ‘In Harmony’ Choir: conductor Vicky Redburn

June 05 Maria King concert pianist extraordinaire

June 12 Telemann Baroque Ensemble: Alistair Roberts fl, Elaine Turnock vl John Goodstadt vla Roger Bisby cello Peter Collier harpsichord

June 19 Jonathan Ellis piano Isobel Williamson cello

June 26 Margaret Ferguson soprano Jonathan Ellis piano


Services of Worship

St Chad’s:

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

 St Mary’s in the Baum:

Sundays at 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

Asian Fellowship ایشیائی فیلوشپ

Leader Elizabeth Julius 07931 846942 (please text)

Priest in Charge at  Healey, Hamer and Belfield: Revd Gill Barnett

0161 971 6318


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