Lent Group

Recognising God in Hospitality is at St Chad’s on Thursdays during Lent from 11 am finishing with mid-day prayer. At 12 noon. Bring a sandwich if you can stay for lunch.


Bells News.

Saturday 9th 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 . 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. We are always looking for people to join us and learn this ancient art. This year we have been challenged to recruit new ringers to ring for the Armistice 100 Celebrations, Rochdale Council are planning to light a beacon as part of these celebrations and we have been asked to ring.. See link

It would be fantastic if we could ring all 8 bells but we need more ringers. So if you are interested in what is happening up in the tower please get in touch and contact Debra either by phone 07941580940 or by email you will be very welcome.


Deanery Roadshows.

Saturdays from 9.30am to 3.30pm. On the following dates are confirmed as: Manchester Archdeaconry: 14 April / Rochdale Archdeaconry: 2 June/ Bolton Archdeaconry: 30 June/ Salford Archdeaconry: 7 July.



Experience Easter and school visits.

We are organising for schools to come to St Chad’s in the run up to Easter. If you are interested in helping please email


Culture Club.

We are planning another trip to the Halle for our newly arrived in the town friends. The last trip was a great success and we are planning a trip on Thursday 15 March. The programme is : Bach - Piano Concerto in D minor BWV 1052 Mendelssohn - Psalm 114. Shostakovich - Symphony No.8. Conductor Sir Mark Elder. Featuring: Charles Owen, piano Choir: Hallé Choir and Hallé Youth Choir. We have already received a very generous donation towards some sponsored seats but need some more funds and others who may like to come along and share in this community outing. Could you sponsor a seat or come yourself ?


Dates for your diary

18 February Mosque Open Days

20 February 2pm St Mary’s Standing Committee

21 February St Chad’s Bells Group 730pm Vicarage

22 Feb 12 noon at St Chad’s Lent Course (BYO Lunch)

2-4 March. Retreat at Trafford Hall with Bamford, Norden and Ashworth. £100. More info from Revd Mark

6 March 730pm St Chad’s Altar Guild AGM

13 March St Mary in the Baum Standing Committee 2pm Vicarage.

15 February Baptism of Navid at St Mary’s


MUSIC AT St Chad’s  - Saturday at noon.

 Saturday March 3rd  - Celebrity Concert - Prize winning LOWRY BRASS Quintet [RNCM]

 Saturday April 7th - Kendal Bradshaw [RNCM] [Soprano] - Mozart, Bizet, Mahler and Floyd. James Heathcote & Jasmin Allpress – (Pianoforte& Violoncello)- [Univ of Mcr] Beethoven: 12 Variations on “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66 ; Janáček: Pohádka

 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.

· Feb 21   Ugnius Pauliukonis piano (Lithuania & RNCM Gold Medal)

· Feb 28   The Telemann Baroque Ensemble: Alistair Roberts flute, Alfred Pollard oboe, 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: 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

(NB United Service at 11 am on the fifth Sunday in the month, at either St Mary’s or St Chad’s)

St Mary’s: 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 Readers

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.