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

 NEWS (Please take one and pass it on) Second Sunday before Lent  -  24 February 2019


Ash Wednesday is on the 6 March. There will be services of Holy Communion with Ashing at St Mary’s in the Baum at 10 am and a special joint service for the team at 730pm at Christ Church Healey. There will also be a short civic inter-faith event at 12 noon Penitence for the Planet. The Lent programme will be published next Sunday.

Thank you to Amy – with prayers and best wishes for the future. Amy Sheridan is to move on to new pastures, continuing her training at St Martin’s Castleton. Please pray for Amy as she prepares for her role in the new parish. Her last Sunday in the benefice is today Sunday 24 February – please come and share in some refreshments after the services at both St Mary’s and St Chad’s on that day, as we wish her well.

Oberammergau. Canon Roger Hill is leading a holiday to Austria, taking in the Oberammergau Passion Play, 15 - 22 July 2020. There is one twin/double room still available. Please contact Roger for further details if you are interested. 01706 374719

Please help at St Chad’s Big Clean Day on Monday 4 March 10 am. Please come and get the church clean and tidy. Refreshments and a job for everyone suitable for age/interest. It helps if you sign up.

 St Chad’s Stay to Lunch Sunday, 17th March after the 11am service.  Soup & cake lunch £5

 Please pray for those to be baptised on Sunday 3 March at St Chad’s: Archie Noah, Sakineh Ahmadigohari (Ferishte) and on 5th May at St Chad’s Banke, and Joanaha

 St Chad’s looks forward to welcoming Rochdale Scouts for a special service on Sunday 28 April 2-3 pm. Also on the same theme…. 40th Rochdale (Syke) Scouts Open Day will be held on Sunday 3rd March 2019, from 2pm – 4pm at the Syke Community base. Come along and join us! For volunteering and membership enquiries Email

Launch of Farsi Liturgy.  St Mary’s and St Chad’s will be represented at this important event on 2 March at the Wakefield Cathedral.

New Electoral Roll. This year the rolls are being revised. Any questions please ask the Vicar or Ann Sutcliffe at St Mary’s or Jill Midgley at St Chad’s if you need more info.

Weddings. Please pray for those to be married at St Chad’s  8th  March Thomas and Faye ** 16th  March Dean and Joanne  ** 6th April Bradley and Nicole **  20 April Matt and Louise ** 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.


 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

6 March at 10 am Ash Wednesday service

11 March Monday at 330pm PCC at the Church

20 March Wednesday PCC at the Church 730pm

14 April Annual Meetings 1045 am 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

6 March Rochdale Central Team Ash Wednesday Service at Christ Church Healey 730pm

12 March 730 pm Altar Guild AGM

13 March PCC

17 March St Chad’s Stay to Lunch Sunday. £5.

7 April Annual Meetings am after the morning service

8 May Archdeacon’s Visitation 730pm

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

25 February to 10 March Fairtrade Fortnight

3 March Sunday 12-4pm Open Day at Neeli Mosque—all invited.

Weds 27 March Engage Conference Breaking Barriers to healthcare Rochdale MIND at Castlemere Community Centre.

Feb– June 2020  - Dippy comes to Rochdale


MUSIC AT St Chad’s

Programme now published for 2019 – please see the leaflet


Saturday 23rd MARCH: Bach/Busoni Nun komm der heiden heiland  Bach Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 869;        Schubert Sonata in A minor, D.784 ; Haydn String Quartet Op. 20 G minor. Jason Taing (Pianoforte) and  LUX Quartet


Saturday 13th APRIL: Debussy -Preludes no. 7 'La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune' and no. 8 'Ondine' from Book II of Preludes, Ligeti-Etude no. 1 from book I of piano etudes - Chopin. - Ballade no. 2 in F major - Barber - Canzone     TelemannFantasy;  Copland -Duo for Flute and Piano. Max Bilbe (Pianoforte) & Georgia Brown (Flute)


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.


Feb 27   to be confirmed

Mar 06  Telemann Baroque Ensemble: Alistair Roberts flute,   Alfred Pollard oboe, Roger Bisby cello & Peter Collier harpsichord

Mar 13  Meraki Duo: Meera Maharaj flute James Girling guitar

Mar 20 Commemorative 900th Concert featuring Voci voices:

Elizabeth Ambrose, Margaret Ferguson, sopranos, Eric Cymbir tenor, Simon Horsfield baritone & Jonathan Ellis piano

Mar 27  Susanna Yttri Solsrud soprano Olivia Dance piano RNCM


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