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



9 December 2018—Advent 2


Today at 3pm we welcome Littleborough U3A Choir to St Mary’s for their Catrol Service. St Chad’s host the Mayor’s Carol Service also at 3pm. The St Chad’s Asian Fellowship meets after the Mayor’s service from about 430pm


Baptism today Please pray for those being baptised today - Sahar, Moni, Abdullah, Farzaneh and Dina. Thank you to Linda Goddard for helping prepare the candidates. Sahar, Farzaneh and Ali Reza’s own words have been combined into this beautiful prayer for their baptism:


Dear Lord

Thank you for putting us on this path, and welcoming us into your family.

By our baptism today we are cleansed, having confessed our sins and mistakes and asking for your forgiveness.. We have chosen you, the God of kindness and mercy, who has filled our souls with your love and made a place in our hearts. We pray for your guidance and comfort to us all as we continue on our life-long journey of faith. Allow us to forever grow in our faith, becoming closer to you with every day.  Thank you for all that we have, and for strengthening us with your love. In the name of Jesus Christ, your son and our guiding light. Amen.


St Chad’s Christmas Fair was a great success with over £900 raised and much good fun had. Thanks to all the organisers. Here’s Donald with the hamper.


A note from Bishop David about Holy Communion: We are becoming increasingly aware of the severe reaction some people have to gluten. As a result, churches are now used to providing gluten-free bread in services of Holy Communion. However, what is often overlooked is that dipping wafers in the wine can introduce gluten which others then drink. It is already advised nationally that, for reasons of hygiene, the intinction of wafers should be avoided. When a wafer is given into the hands of a communicant, it may become contaminated by germs lying on the skin. Intincting the wafer then introduces those germs directly into the wine; there is also the possibility of finger tips inadvertently dipping into the liquid. Please keep these considerations in mind when reviewing your practice. Should a communicant not wish to drink from the chalice, perhaps through having a heavy cold, then he or she may be assured that to receive the sacrament in one kind alone (bread or wine) is to receive the sacrament in its entirety. 22 November 2018


Welcome to Arian, (pictured left) son of Mersad and Samira. Congratulations and best wishes from us all .


New Vicar at Milnrow and Newhey. I'm pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Janet Pitman as the next Vicar of Milnrow and Newhey. Janet is currently serving as Assistant Curate at St Paul's Oldham and St Thomas Werneth. We are hoping that a licensing date will be set for late January/early February. Please pray for Janet as she prepares to move to Newhey and take on this new ministry.


 Popcorn not provided ! But  a very powerful drama and good discussion for Advent as we continue to watch the TV series Broken, written by Jimmy McGovern, and starring Sean Bean. The course is running in our sister parishes or at our vicarage. Choose where suits you. Don’t worry that you missed the last one – they are stand alone stories.. St Edmund’s Vicarage (89 Clement Royds St)10 and 17 December at 2pm. Or join us on Tuesday  11th or 18th December either at St. Ann’s Belfield in the Parish Meeting Room at 2.00pm or 7.00pm at 54,Waingap Rise, please bring your Bible and a pen and notepad. We look forward to seeing you there.


Homeless ? Another meeting of the Rochdale churches who are setting up a housing project  for destitute asylum seekers and refugees has been held at St Mary’s. (see photo left) We hope to be able to borrow a Presbytery from the Diocese of Salford. In the meantime we are looking for people who may be able to give short term use of  a spare room. Could that be you ?


Rochdale CommuniTree exhibition! With support from the Safer Rochdale community fund, we are creating a forest of themed Textile Trees for an exhibition that celebrates communities in Rochdale. The Place of Welcome will be hosting a workshop on Thursday 20 December—watch this space for more info.



Dates for your diary

St Mary’s in the Baum

Red Cross Hub 10 am to 4pm each Monday

St Chad’s

Every Thursday Place of Welcome #GlobalConversation 1030 am to noon

14 December Beech House School Carol Service

18 December Petrus Carol Service

20 December Communitree Workshop at the Place of Welcome


Ecumenical and Community events

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


MUSIC AT St Chad’s

Watch this space….


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.


December 12:   More than Melody Ladies Choir with seasonal items.

December 19:    Margaret Ferguson soprano, and Jonathan Ellis piano present their Christmas Concert Party – with complimentary sherry and mince pies!!

December 26:    Closed – Happy Christmas and New Year.

January 02:         Rochdale’s own Kay Jordan (soprano) and Friends.

Yours harmoniously


Services of Worship

St Chad’s:

Easy Church—fun activities being planned for 2019

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)


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)

Ordinand: Amy Sheridan  

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


Book Christenings and Weddings. Our office hour for the Churches of St  Mary in the Baum, St Chad, St Ann, Belfield and Christ Church Healey is held Wednesdays from 6pm to 7pm in the vestry of St Mary's in the Baum,, St Mary’s Gate/Toad Lane, Rochdale OL16 1DZ from 6pm to 7pm