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ALTAR GUILD ♦ MAINTENANCE GROUP
♦ BELL RINGING ♦ EDUCATION
MOTHERS UNION

 

♦  ALTAR GUILD

Bringing Beauty

The St Chad's Altar Guild was established to provide flower arrangements in Church and to care for the Altar frontals and Linen.

It is a ministry of bringing the beauty of creation into the Church.

Flowers are arranged throughout the year (except during Lent and Advent) and the church is decorated for Easter, Harvest & Christmas.

Special arrangements throughout the year can be provided for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays & memorials.

There are more photographs of some of our displays on the photo page.  

Please get in touch if you think we can help.

 

♦  MAINTENANCE GROUP

Are you handy?

St Chad's maintenance group meets occasionally - about once a month - to do useful things such as polishing the parquet floors, minor repairs, and the essential job of setting up for big services and special events. 

There's a social side, and a lot of laughter can be heard when the workers are busy.

All are welcome to join, and being part of this group will help keep this fine building in good condition for the people of Rochdale to enjoy.

 

♦  BELL RINGING

St Chad's Bell Ringers play a very important part in the life of the Church: they call people to worship. The sound of the bells can be heard across the town on Sunday mornings, and during the Tuesday evening practice. Rev'd Mark Coleman (Vicar from 2014-2020, now retired) said, "We are so thrilled to have such a fine team of bell ringers, making joyful sounds echo across the town. When you hear the bells think about the good efforts of our ringers".

We are always looking for people to join us and learn this ancient art.

So if you are interested in what is happening up in the tower, or would like to try out bellringing, please get in touch and contact Debra either by phone 07941580940 or by email debra_holmes@sky.com you will be very welcome.

Plans are afoot to renew the bells in 2018-2020.

More info also available from Simon Ripley simonripley@gmail.com or 0779 871 5532

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Saturday 9 February saw a day of ringing at St Chad’s.

In the morning a visiting band of ringers, the Manchester Universities Guild, (MUGS for short), rang a quarter peal of Cambridge Surprise Major. The complex method together with our challenging bells tested their skills.

The details of the quarter peal are below.

Manchester Universities' Guild of Change Ringers

Rochdale, Lancashire

St Chad

Saturday, 10 February 2018 in 46 mins (15–1–23 in E)

1312 Cambridge Surprise Major

Composed by RJ Angrave

1 John M Lacy
2 Nicole Rolph
3 Maria T Jorysz
4 Iain D Scott
5 David P Lacy
6 Ian H Jorysz
7 Philippa Stokoe
8 James E Hibbert (C)

Rung as a birthday compliment to Philip Chandler, with thanks to David for standing in at no notice!

In the afternoon there was further ringing when the Rochdale Branch of the Lancashire Association of Change Ringers held their monthly ringing meeting at St Chad’s.  Over 20 ringers from throughout the branch plus visitors from further afield enjoyed an afternoon of ringing.  This is an opportunity for ringers from all the towers in the branch to meet up and ring and learn new methods.

Bell

Diameter

Strike

Note

Approx.

Weight

Date

Founder

Tenor

3’-10”

*321 c.p.s.

15-1-23

1812

John Rudhall, Gloucester

7th

3’-5⅛”

359¼ (2ᵇ)

11-2-0

1752

Abel Rudhall, Gloucester

6th

3’-2”

404½ (3#)

9-0-0

5th

3’-0⅛”

427 (1ᵇ)

7-3-19

4th

2’-9½”

478½(3¼ᵇ)

6-3-18

3rd

2’-8½”

537¾(2½#)

6-1-23

2nd

2’-6⅝”

607 (4¾#)

6-1-25

1787

John Rudhall, Gloucester

 

♦  EDUCATION 

Helping young people engage with Church and Christian Faith

The churches of St Chad's and St Mary in the Baum are buildings which tell stories,
both of faith and of the people of the town who built these fine buildings. 

We welcome schools and adult groups for educational visits and can organise
a programme to suit your age group and curriculum objectives. 

We have "modules" prepared which cover church history,
signs and symbols of faith, Christenings and Seasons of the Christian Year. 

We have also delivered a programme with Manchester Cathedral
on the Five PIllars of Christianity, an innovative programme that explores
the commonality between Christianity and Islam. 

At St Chad's

We have been delighted to welcome children from Broadfield Park, Lower Place,
Spotland, Newhey and Ashworth Valley Schools in the last few years.

We have prepared our programme for 2020
BUT EVERYTHING IS CANCELLED FOR THE TIME BEING
DUE TO RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED TO HELP COMBAT THE COVID-19 VIRUS

This page will be updated with more information as and when this is available.

We would love you to come to see us - get in touch. 

For more information please contact Jill Midgley

(Please ask for details of our current risk assessment.)

 

♦  ST CHAD'S MOTHERS UNION

The Mothers Union has been at the heart of Church life for years. 

Currently the group is in abeyance. 

If you would like to join please do let us know and we can tell you when it restarts.

 

♦  ST MARY IN THE BAUM'S MOTHERS UNION

St Mary's Mothers Union meets regularly.

More information to follow.