Christmas Appeal: FRIENDS OF FAMILIES 

St Chad's Parish Church has for the past number ofyears supported this charity, 

'The Friends of Families', as the group is now known. 

The charity works with children who are carers. These children will care for 

parents who are sick or disabled as well as continuing with their education. 

They are able to survive from day to day but Christmas gives them an added 

burden as many do not have an extended family close by. 


For the past, 5 or 6 years, we have been making up Christmas Hampers for 

named families, as many churches in Rochdale do. 


I have a collection box and with your support and generosity collect the money 

and then buy the products for the hampers. We will be offered three or four 

families, size not known, who will require food and a Christmas gift for each 

member. I am sure we will be able to achieve this target. 

I appreciate Christmas is a time of expense for all families, but it is also a time 

when our Christian values come to the fore. A gift of £2 minimum per person 

will help greatly towards a lovely hamper for these families. 


We await in anticipation. The collection box will be at the back of church at the end of the Sunday services. 

S. Arkle 




Advent…what are we singing?

What is your favourite Advent carol…?

What does it say about the season of Advent…?

Where do the themes of Advent come from…?

Join us on an Advent journey, looking at some of the hymns and songs we use during this special season of “waiting”.

“On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry...” 

“O come, O come, Emmanuel…”

“Now from the heavens descending…”

Meetings will be for about an hour on Monday afternoons at 2pm (4th/11th/ 18th December) meeting at 152 Syke Road, Rochdale, OL12 9TE. Please bring your bible as we explore and study the meaning behind the words we sing.

“Come thou long expected Jesus,

born to set thy people free;

from our fears and sins release us;

let us find our rest in thee.”         

For more info, contact Jane on 07734 886893.



Day Retreat at Katherine House    7th December 2017 10.30am -3.30pm

'Joseph builds a home'  A reflection on the journey of Joseph using video clips. How does the Christ Child enter into your life and change it? This will be an inspiring and encouraging time for us in the season of Advent. Please sign up on the list in Church. Take a packed lunch. The donation suggested is £15 per person.


Christingle making at St Mary's in the Baum

On the 16th December at 10 am to 11 am we will be making the Christingles for the service that afternoon. Please bring a packet of jelly tots or dolly mixture for the oranges, if you can. We shall have the ribbons and candles etc. The service is at 4pm that day

An Invitation to the congregations of St Mary's and st Chad's

Amy and family would like to invite the congregations of St Mary’s and St Chad’s to a Christmas gathering at their home (All Saints Hamer Vicarage) on Saturday the 23rd December at 4pm. Please bring your own bottle or soft drink. Festive food will be served. We are looking forward to having you over! Please contact me if anymore information is needed. Amy



Christmas Services #Godwithus

and other highpoints of the season

2 December St Chad’s Christmas Fair 11am to 2pm

Saturday 16 December 

Rochdale Youth Orchestra Christmas Concert at St Chad's in the afternoon

St Chad's Asian Fellowship Christmas Worship

Sunday 17 December

You are invited to St Chad's at 3pm for our Nine Lessons and Carols. This candlelit service features St Chad's Choir and looks forward to the joy of Christmas. Festive refeshments will be served afterwards.

Tuesday 19 December

Community Christmas Carol Service at St Chad's with Petrus and community partners working with homelessness

This Carol Service is for ALL members of the local community. Working with Petrus and other local organisations who do a great job of caring for, and advising local members of the community in need, this happy service will inspire and celebrate the joy and hope of Christmas. Starts at 5pm. Followed by soup and refreshments for all, provided by Rochdale Soup Kitchen.

Thursday December 21st at St Chad's Christmas Fun Day

12pm - 2pm  For families and children

Come and enjoy some fun Christmas crafts, food,and festive play!

Contact Rev Mark Coleman or Amy Sheridan for more info.

Sunday 24 December

On Christmas Eve the two parishes come together for a United Service at St Mary’s at 930 am (No morning service at St Chad’s)

Christmas Eve Asian Style Banquet at St Chad’s at 1pm. (If you would like to be a helper at this it is important you let Revd Mark know)

St Chad's has been blessed to host a Christmas Eve lunch for those who have no homes, or insecure housing, for a few years. Inspired by local barrister Ahmed Nadim and working with the excellent Petrus and other dedicated local groups, this community event provides an Asian style banquet for some of our local citizens who may otherwise not have a great Christmas

Christmas Worship Asian Fellowship at 6pm

Midnight Mass at St Chad’s 11.30pm

25 December Christmas Day

United Service Sung Eucharist 11 am at St Chad’s (no Christmas Day service at St Mary’s)

Wednesday 27 December

There will be no mid week service on at St Mary's

Sunday 31st December

United Service at St Chad's at 11 am (no service on this "low" Sunday at St Mary's)


Other NEWS

Mission Action Plan. Over the last 9 months we have been discussing our mission. PCCs and congregations have all been asking the question how we focus our resources in service of God and neighbour. Both PCCs have now had their final discussions on this and the plan has been sent to Bishop David. The full version is available on request or as a download from our church web site


English My Way Classes at the The Salvation Army, Newgate Rochdale.OL11 4AW

Please ring 07925017204 to register.


Bell Ringing Calendar. Do buy one for Christmas. Available now in church or from 

Asian Church, Rochdale’s Asian community church (in Urdu language mostly) meets at St Chad’s. Meeting at 3pm each Sunday for song, prayer and teaching, and occasional holy communion,  this fellowship extends a warm invitation to all. More information from the Vicar or Elizabeth Julius on 07931 846942

Concerts  - Toad Lane

Come and be inspired by some of the finest talent around.

Concerts take place in the iconic Grade 1 Listed St Mary's Church and only cost £4. For a little extra you can have a tasty lunch of pie and peas beforehand. Your contribution supports developing talent and the maintenance of this fine building.

For more information about the Toad Lane Concerts please contact Dr Joe Dawson on 01706 648872

Dec 06   Duncan Glenday piano  (RNCM & Manchester University Joint Course alumnus)

Dec 13 Kay Jordan & Friends + Tim Walker piano

Dec 20 Christmas Concert Party

St Chad's Concerts

Sunday 7th January 2018 at 5pm

La Nativité du Seigneur –
Olivier Messiaen
Jeff Ramsdale—Organ
Messiaen’s iconic suite together with readings, congregational hymns and special refreshments.
Retiring collection for charity


Dates for the Diary

2 December St Chad’s Christmas Fair 11am to 2pm

10 December Mayor’s Carol Service at the Town Hall All Welcome

16 December Decorate St Chad’s for Christmas (morning). All welcome

16 December (afternoon) Rochdale Youth Orchestra Christmas Concert

16 December (evening) Asian Fellowship Christmas Worship

17 December 3pm Nine Lessons and Carols at St Chad’s

19 December Christmas Carols with Petrus and community partners. 5pm at St Chad's. All welcome

24 December United Service at St Mary’s at 930 am (No morning service at St Chad’s)

24 December Christmas Eve Asian Style Banquet at St Chad’s at 1pm

24 December Christmas Worship Asian Fellowship at 6pm

24 December Midnight Mass at St Chad’s 11.30pm

25 December Christmas Day United Service Sung Eucharist 11 am at St Chad’s (no Christmas Day service at St Mary’s)

7th January 2018 at 5pm La Nativité du Seigneur – Olivier Messiaen with Jeff Ramsdale—Organ. A celebration for Epiphany



Why not have a look at our Ordinand Amy's contributions to the Diocesan website about vocations...

Services of Worship on Sundays

St Chad’s:

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

(NB United Service at 11 am on the fifth Sunday in the month, at either St Mary’s or St Chad’s)

St Mary’s

9.30 am Sung Eucharist

Wednesdays each week

10 am Holy Communion (BCP) at St Mary’s


Get in touch !

The Rev’d Mark Coleman

St Edmund's Vicarge, 89 Clement Royds Street,

Rochdale OL12 6PL.

Phone:  01706  632809  Mobile 07795 202955 



Licensed Readers

Wendy Cocks 07747 724804 and Jane Hyde 0773 488 6893


Amy Sheridan



St Chad’s:   Paul Bollington 07566983798  Alan Wild  07905 837847

St Mary’s:   Vacant