Bell Ringing Calendar

The Branch Calendar has now been printed. It includes every tower in the branch. Debra, our Tower Captain says " We had fun arranging 19 towers over 12 pages. We hope you will enjoy the result. It costs just £5 and the profits from the proceeds are in aid of the LARC Bell Restoration Fund. Copies are available directly from And don't forget the calendar will be an ideal Christmas present for your family and friends."


Asian Church

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

New vocation for Jane and hello to Amy

Jane Hyde was licensed recently at the Cathedral and we celebrated the start of her ministry as Reader. Now Bishop David has invited her to train for the ordained ministry. This is wonderful news and we thank God for Janes’ many gifts and her commitment. Jane will start training this September and continue to minister with our two parishes as she goes to college in the week. Jane will spend some time on placement at other churches as part of her training. 

Amy Sheridan is also training for ordination and is just about to begin her 3 year "mixed mode" training with the St Mellitus course. I met Amy on Bishop Mark’s pilgrimage through the Deanery in May when she was doing a great job helping him with press and publicity. Amy is doing an MA in creative writing and loves to write and blog. Amy is married, lives in Ashton under Lyne and is a mother of 5. Amy is hoping to join us here in Rochdale in September and is looking forward to meeting the people of Rochdale and particularly the parishioners of St Chad's and St Mary's. Please pray that all necessary matters may be sorted out so that Amy can join us in September.


Please pray for the amazing people who care for the homeless at St Chad’s on Sundays and during the week. They expect to move in the next few weeks to new premises – we thank God for our small part in this ministry of care.

Strawberry Tea

Saturday 9th September 2:30 - 4:30pm Altar Guild STRAWBERRY TEA in St Chad's church, tickets £5.  Cakes/homemade produce; Books; Bric-a-brac and Raffle.  Donations gratefully received for the stalls. Thank you.

Mothers Union

Margaret Brown is recuperating well and hopes to be back soon. She hopes soon to be living in a more manageable home. Together Vicar Mark and Magaret hope the MU at St Chad's will be back in action soon.

Val writes: "The St Mary's MU Garden Party of Hope at Millcroft Tea Gardens, was a great success and everyone had such a good time. By virtue of the raffle and quiz (brilliantly devised by Gaye) we raised a total of £80 which is to go to the MU HQ to boost the funds of their Summer campaign."

Mission Action Planning

Responding to Bishop David’s request that we prepare a plan for our mission in 2017, we have made good progress with some excellent discussions at St Mary’s and St Chad’s. In early September a small group will start to pull the many good thoughts together. Thanks to all for your bright ideas, do pray that we may hear the call and respond ! 

St Swithun at St Chad's

St Chad’s big weather-watch is underway.   Saturday 15 July is St Swithun’s Day, and we are running the annual St Swithun’s Challenge again this year. We have run the fundraiser every year since 2008, and it has raised thousands to pay for essential jobs in and around church.   Helped with the organ re-build, paid for new choir robes, came to the aid when emergencies have struck. Norman Weather-Watcher Frisby is still giving out his St Swithun’s calendars. There can be a down-side to the Challenge.   Everything depends on the weather, and  in 1976 it rained in Rochdale only TWO days in the 40.


Churchwatch at St Chad's

Churchwatch is up and running again this summer.   Church is open to drop-in visitors Wednesday and Thursday afternoons 2-4 pm. We started the first week in June and will run up to the national Heritage Open Days Weekend in September.

We’ve shortened the hours for Heritage Open Days a bit this year.  We’ll be opening Friday 8 September to Sunday 10 September, for two hours each afternoon, like Churchwatch. Heritage fans will get a bonus on the Saturday.   St Chad’s Altar Guild will be having their annual Strawberry Tea in church that afternoon, so drop-in callers will be able to have a cup of tea and a biscuit.  


Place of Welcome

Hospitality for all. Each Thursday 2pm to 330pm at St Chad’s. Art, Conversation and friendly welcome

New roles for Clergy

Revd Mark is stepping down from the role of Area Dean so that he can focus energies on the role of Borough Dean, and work with the Churches in Rochdale to build a partnership for mission. The new Area Dean will be be REvd Karen Smeeton from Oakenrod and Spotland.

Revd Denise Owen will be licensed to a ministry at St Thomas Moorside, St Barnabas Clarksfield, and Holy Trinity Waterhead on Sunday 17 September at 6pm. All welcome.


Dates for the Diary

3 September after the service at St Chad’s – Fold Trustees meeting

4 September Mission Action Planning Steering Group 7pm Vicarage

5th September PCC Standing Committee (new date)

9th Sept from 11 am - Food Festival in Falinge Park

10th Sept at 1pm – Arnhem Service at St Chad’s

Heritage Open Days – 7th to 10th September. More info to follow – we will need your help please.