Faith and Worship

 Sunday Services of Holy Communion
9.30 am at St Mary in the Baum (BCP)
11.00 am at St Chad's

The services on SUNDAY 27 SEPTEMBER will be led by: 
Rev Canon Roy Chow at St Mary in the Baum
and Rev Canon Roger Hill at St Chad's.

We will be observing all the necessary social distancing and Church of England guidelines. 

There will be music but no singing, and also no refreshments served after the service.

Reduced seating in accordance with guidelines. 

* Please note that the wearing of face coverings in places of public worship will be compulsory as from 8 August 2020.

Welcome back - we've missed you and look forward to seeing you again soon!



Sunday 27 September, 16th Sunday after Trinity  
Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley leads this week's Harvest Festival service, reflecting on on climate change, farming and the beauty of nature.

Sunday 20 September, 15th Sunday after Trinity    
Rev Zoe Heming leads this online service, featuring the gifts of Christians with disabilities and celebrating how everyone is made in the image of God. 

Sunday 13 September, 14th Sunday after Trinity  
This week's service is from All Saints Kings Heath, in south Birmingham. Reflecting on the theme of forgiveness, the service includes contributions from Professor Nicola Slee, poet and theologian.

Sunday 6 September, 13th Sunday after Trinity  
This service recognises school staff as unsung heroes, with prayers for the academic year. Led by Rev Tim Bateman from Gas Street Church, the online service features contributions from St Thomas CofE Academy, Dean of Birmingham Matt Thompson, and Diocese of Birmingham Director of Education Sarah Smith.

Sunday 30 August, 12th Sunday after Trinity 
This week's online service comes from Holy Trinity Platt ahead of the new term.  In his sermon, Rev Dr. Paul Mathole reflects on what makes life meaningful.  Led by Rev James Spence and Sarah Bradley, the service includes a reflection from Manny and Jo Oladipo, and their baby daughter Amaya-Joy, sharing the challenges of parenthood and furlough, and the love and support the family have received from their church.  Find and follow the Order of Service at
Readings*  Jeremiah 15.15-21; Psalm 26.1-8; Romans 12.9-end; Matthew 16.21-end

Sunday 23 August, 11th Sunday after Trinity
We are never alone ...Rev Fergus Butler-Gallie leads Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer for this online service. His sermon reflects on how we are never alone and that God walks with us through life's journey.
Readings*   Isaiah 51.1-6; Psalm 138; Romans 12.1-8; Matthew 16.13-20

Sunday 16 August, 10th Sunday after Trinity
This online service is led by the community of Mucknell Abbey, located near Worcester, in the West Midlands.  The Abbey is part of the Order of St Benedict, and the service includes contributions from Sister Jessica, Brother Stuart, Brother Adrian, Sister Gregory and Brother Thomas.
Readings*  Isaiah 56.1, 6-8; Psalm 67; Romans 11.1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15.21-28

Sunday 9 August, 9th Sunday after Trinity   
This week's online service from Christ Church Cambridge is led by Rev Dr Lee Gatiss, the Director of Church Society. In his sermon, Lee reflects on God's kindness and mercy. The prayers are led by Ros Clarke, with readings from Gideon Emmanuel and Niv Lobo.  
Readings*  1 Kings 19.9-18; Psalm 85.8-13; Romans 10.5-15; Matthew 14.22-33

Sunday 2 August, 8th Sunday after Trinity 
This week's online service comes from the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.  Fr Kevin Smith presides at the Mass, with Bishop Philip North preaching on how Jesus feeds us so that we can go and feed a hungry world.  The music is provided by CJM and the prayers are led by the Holborn Group. 
Readings*  Isaiah 55.1-5; Psalm 145.15-end; Romans 9.1-5; Matthew 14.13-21

*Weekly readings as listed in The Lectionary (CW) and on Church Times website.


The Church of England's website offers you:

Light A Virtual Candle       Today's Prayer        ► Church Online 
Services of Daily Prayer    ►Time to Pray podcasts


St Chad's and St Mary in the Baum are Anglican churches, and so we use the Anglican liturgies of Common Worship at St Chad's, and the Book of Common Prayer on Sundays and Wednesdays at St Mary in the Baum.  

Each of services are easy to follow with a handy booklet - if it's a bit confusing at first please don't give up, we think it is worth the effort. 

Our goal is to help you come closer to God, to be renewed and refreshed, and be inspired to live in the way of Jesus Christ.

Services are as follows:


9.30 am - Eucharist at St Mary in the Baum (BCP) 

If you come to St Mary's in the Baum for the 9.30 am Sunday service you will be assured of a good welcome.  The service is from The Book of Common Prayer (BCP), we sing a number of hymns, listen to Bible readings and a sermon is preached.  Afterwards, the congregation usually stay for a cup of tea and perhaps some toast.  

11 am - Sung Eucharist at St Chad's (Matins on the 2nd Sunday in the month)

The choir sings an anthem or a Psalm and the congregation sing a number of hymns, both traditional and modern.  We are keen to provide a good experience for younger people, providing a children's play area and usually an activity.  Access is good with no step into the church and there is also a disabled toilet with additional fold-down table baby change unit.  Everyone is welcome.

3 pm - Asian Fellowship at St Chad's

St Chad's Asian Fellowship started in July 2017, and this congregation brings together people from around Rochdale for weekly worship in Urdu.  You will be most welcome to join us.

We start around 3 pm, and refreshments are served afterwards.

The congregation has a Facebook page - the link will appear here.

To make donations to the Asian Fellowship please donate to St Chad's, making it clear that your gift is for the Fellowship.  Bank details:  Yorkshire Bank - Sort Code: 050722  Account: 24990011

6.30 pm - Evensong at St Chad's

This is a beautiful service according to the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) with the St Chad’s Choir and friends.


10 am - Holy Communion at St Mary in the Baum

This service is according to the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and takes place in the delightful small chapel at St Mary in the Baum.  There is a short sermon, really more of a thought for the day.

Many of the congregation stay for tea and biscuits, and conversation, afterwards.  We hope you will join us.


New start date to be announced.


Please look at our Facebook page and also the News section of this website for details about Special Services and Events.

Each year there are many concerts at our churches.  St Chad's has a series of concerts, usually on a Saturday, and St Mary in the Baum host a weekly Wednesday lunchtime concert from the Toad Lane Performing Arts.

There are usually some discussion groups, and some special prayer meetings.


Both and St Chad's and St Mary in the Baum's Parochial Church Councils have adopted the Inclusive Church statement:  "We believe in inclusive Church - church which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality. We believe in Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ."  We seek to fully welcome and involve ALL in our worship and community and worship.


The Vicar is very willing to help those of the same sex who wish to give thanks to God for their Wedding or Civil Partnership to come into Church for prayers and thanksgivings.  If you would like to discuss how we can help then please do get in touch.