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


Eleventh Sunday after Trinity   ~  12 Aug 2018 


Please pray for the Kasese family, victims of a racist attack in Milnrow last weekend. Revd Mark, in his role as Borough Dean of Rochdale organised an event which brought churches together in a show of support. A special collection will be held today and next week in support of the family’s costs. The photos shows the gathering at St James on Thursday.


Heritage Open Days. St Chad’s will be open 2 to 4pm on the Thursday,

Friday and Saturday, September  6th, 7th and 8th September, from 2-4 pm.

St. Chad's Altar Guild Heritage Weekend Afternoon Tea will be held on Saturday 8th September,  2:30 - 4:30pm;  Tickets £5 tel 358442

St Mary’s will be open 10am to 3pm on the 15th and Ipm to 3pm on the 16th.

The end of the open day will be followed by the festival of hymns at 3pm.


Free Social Media Training - is being provided by the Diocese. It would help our work as a church if some of us got trained up. Any interested ? These are the dates

Social media for beginners: 6 September | 10 September | 6 October

Social media for improvers: 17 October | 3 November | 12 November


Confirmation Bishop Mark will be coming to St Chad’s to do confirmations for our benefice on 16 Sept at 630pm. Confirmation preparation conversations will be as follows:. (Flexible for those with childcare responsibilities) Please bring a little food to share / Thursday 30 August 630pm at St Mary’s/ Thursday 6 Sept 630pm at St Mary’s /Thursday 13 Sept 630pm at Vicarage / Rehearsal Saturday 15 September at 945 am at St Chad’s


Dying to Talk ? Questions about death and dying but don’t know who to ask ? Join us for coffee, cake and frank conversation at St George’s Hall. Bury Road, OL11 4ED. More info from 01706 347163 


Children and Communion. Both St Mary’s and St Chad’s PCC have decided to move towards admitting children to communion but first want to ask you the congregation what you think. The admission to Communion would happen after a course of preparation, agreement from the child and parents/guardians.  The next step in the Autumn is for the PCCs to draw up a draft policy and submit to the Bishop.


Wedding Preparation Meeting. On Sunday 16th September after the morning service. Please pray for all preparing for marriage.


Church Watch is underway, opening St Chad’s on Weds and Thursdays from 2 to 4pm. Please let Graham Knox know if you can help . Thanks to all volunteers.


Dates for your diary


16 September 3pm A Festival of Hymns at St Mary’s

16 September Confirmation at St Chad’s with Bishop of Middleton 630pm

18 September Altar Guild St Chad’s Meeting in Church

30 September Baptism of Levi at St Chad’s at 11 am.

30 September Arnhem Service 130pm at St Chad’s

30 September Evensong at St Chad’s 630pm

6 October St Chad’s Decorate Church for Harvest

7 October Harvest Festival at St Mary’s and St Chad’s. Harvest Lunch at St Chad’s

8 October St Mary’s PCC

14 October Pet Service tbc

15 October St Chad’s PCC

21 October A service of thanksgiving for Healthcare Sunday 3pm at St Mary’s

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.

28 October Evensong at St Chad’s 630pm

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

4 November 3pm at St Mary's Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

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

11 November Evensong with Commemoration of the end of the 1st World War at St Mary’s 3pm

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

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

1 December St Chad’s Christmas Family Fun Day

9 December 3pm Festival of Lessons and Carols at St Mary in the Baum with the University of the Third Age Choir


MUSIC AT St Chad’s

Saturday 15th September 2018 12 noon – Philip O'Connor -Tenor, James Berry - Baritone-Bass, Christopher Stokes - Pianoforte, Cathedral Musicians 1

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

 Saturday 17th November 2018 – artiste tbc


 MUSIC at St Mary’s in the Baum.

Details to remember and please pass on: St Mary 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.

Aug 15 Toad Lane Concert Party: Rachael Brooks, Isabelle Coughlan, Adam and Joel Thetford, Chris Wilkinson, Dr Joe Dawson, et al.

Aug 22 More than Melody Ladies Choir, MD Jonathan Gibson

Aug 29 Toad Lane Concert Party: Isabella Despositos, Isabelle Whiteley, Chris Wilkinson, Dr Joe Dawson, et al.


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)


 Get in touch !

The Rev’d Mark Coleman, 01706  632809  07795 202955


Licensed Ministers

Reader: Wendy Cocks 07747 724804 Ordinand: Amy Sheridan  Churchwardens at 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.