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


3rd Sunday of Easter   15 April 2018




· Easy Church has started each Sunday at St Chad’s at 930 am to 10.15. Please tell people about it. See the Facebook page for more information and the photo in this issue of the Easter Egg Hunt. It’s a great way to do Church for those with children or with limited English.

· St Chad’s Stay for Lunch Sunday will be on Sunday April 29th after the service. Tickets £5 include a raffle ticket. If you would like to donate any prizes please do.

· · Welcome back to Jane Hyde from her placement. We will see more of Jane until the ordinations on 1 July. Please quiz her on what she’s being doing and where she’s going.

· · Cancer Research 'Songs of Praise' for Pentecost.  Friday 18th May at 7pm at Christ Church Healey Come and enjoy an evening of favourite hymns and raise money for Cancer Research. Refreshments after the service

· ·  Dementia Friends. 26th May 11am - 2pm at Christ Church Healey. There is an Information Session at 11am. Followed by a light lunch raising funds for the Alzheimer's Society please spread the news.

· · Feeding Rochdale Homeless: Hats, Coats, Gloves, Scarf. If you have anything to give please pass to Revd Mark or Wendy Cocks

· Rochdale Foodbank. Donations for the Foodbank required please. Long life Milk, Coffee, Sugar, Pasta, Packet Soups, Toothpaste & brushes. Toiletries.Data protection. Please would you complete the data permission form and place in the box provided. The government is changing the regulations in May and if we at the church are to get in touch with you we need your express permission. We do hope you'll give it !! Oberammergau 2020. It may seem a long way off but now is the chance to think of a special journey. In a tradition dating back to 1634 the villagers of Oberammergau in Bavaria, will again perform their Passion Play in the summer of 2020. The play was originally written and staged as an act of thanksgiving for the village being spared in the bubonic plague. Canon Roger Hill is hoping to lead a party to Oberammergau. The eight day holiday will include six nights in the Austrian Tirol and one night in Oberammergau itself.  The full programme will be published in March. Canon Hill invites anyone who is interested is coming on the trip and who would like to have full details when they are available to get in touch with him. Please email to or ring  01706 374719

· · Deanery Roadshow for the Rochdale Archdeaconry. We need your involvement and ideas as we seek to become a Church for a Different World. Please do come to what promises to be an inspiring event. Saturday 2 June from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Please sign up if you would like to go.

· · Just Music. Working with the Rotary Club of Rochdale St Chad’s will be hosting a project which will bring people together through listening to music. We are piloting on 17 May. Please come

· · Fair for All. The Fairtrade shop in Rochdale is back on the high street. It’s in the walk. Please buy what you need and support justice and mercy in the marketplace.

· · Christian Aid Week is coming. Volunteers needed to organise a Big Brekkie or a simple “coffee morning”



Dates for your diary

15 April 11 am Baptism of Reese at St Chad’s

15 April St Chad’s APCM

16 April St Chad’s Worship Committee  - postponed

17 April St Mary’s Standing Committee and Worship planning NOW 330pm at the vicarage

21 April 11 – 2 Community Litter pick in Wardleworth (details available from Vicar)

29 April Stay to lunch Sunday at St Chad’s—all welcome (Tickets £5)

2pm Baptism of Charles Thomas Clifford Webster at St Chad’s

6 May at 11 am St Chad’s Baptism of Noah Jacob Rueben Ashworth

8 May Near Neighbours training event in Rochdale with the Bishop of Middleton

10-20 May Thy Kingdom Come

13-19 May Christian Aid Week

17 May Music in Churches event with Rochdale Rotary Club 1030 am at St Chad’s

17 May Rochdale Deanery Visitation at St Chad’s with Archdeacon Cherry. (all sidespeople should attend)

2 June Rochdale Archdeaconry Roadshow

1 July Ordinations at the Cathedral

6-9,13-16 September Heritage Open Days—programme tbc

18 September Altar Guild St Chad’s Meeting in Church

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

1 December St Chad’s Christmas Fair


MUSIC AT St Chad’s  - Saturday at noon.

 Saturday April 28th  - Rhiannon Ashley & Emyr Lloyd-Jones (Soprano & Baritone) - [RNCM] Mozart, Handel, Mendelssohn, Quilter and Welsh composer, Robat Arwyn.

Admission £5.50 on door *- Refreshments available from 11.20am  (*ROCHDALE PARISH CHURCH - (St Chad’s) Church Stile/Sparrow Hill Rochdale  OL16 1QT.  For further information: please contact


MUSIC at St Mary’s in the Baum. Wednesdays at 12.30pm.

Apr 18   ‘In Harmony’ (Trinity Singers) MD Vicky Radburn

Apr 25   Margaret Ferguson soprano (Ghana, Poland & RNCM) and Jonathan Ellis piano (RNCM & Manchester University)

May 02 Kell Wind Trio: Alastair Roberts flute, Geoffrey Smith clarinet & Ian Harvey bassoon

May 09 Sarah Simmonds soprano (Nottingham University) & Dr Sarah Murphy piano (Nottingham University, RNCM, etc)

May 16 Alyson Brailsford soprano and Graham Ascroft tenor with Elaine Marsden piano

May 23 Rochdale Retirement Choir conductor Freda Farnworth

May 30 Telemann Baroque Ensemble: Alistair Roberts flute, Elaine Turnock violin, John Goodstadt viola, Roger Bisby cello & Peter Collier harpsichord 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, refreshments available from 11:30 am, admission £4.


Services of Worship


St Chad’s:

930 am Easy Church

11am Sung Eucharist Common Worship (1st 3rd and 4th) Sundays, Matins (2nd Sunday except March when Matins will be on 18 March).

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) 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 Ministers

Wendy Cocks 07747 724804 and Jane Hyde 0773 488 6893

Ordinand: Amy Sheridan



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.