St Chad's Christmas Fair

2 December 2017

All welcome to join in the celebration. Fun includes: 

  • Santa's grotto with present (& photo) 
  • Home produce cakes etc.
  • Christmas food & Beauty hampers
  • Tea/coffee biscuits for customers
  • Bottle stall 
  • Books, CDs DVDs
  • Bric-a-brac
  • Tombola
  • Guess the weight of the cake
  • Hot turkey/beef muffins, sandwiches, cakes
  • Chocolate tombola.
  • Bath bombes
  • Children's Corner



Congratulations to Mersad Hesaraki, Samira Safapour, Hamidreza Karimi, Niloufar Zohri who were confirmed last Sunday at St Mary’s. Elyas Joya was baptised and confirmed. We welcome our new brothers and sisters and pray thay they may grow in faith, peace and joy.



We have a special Schubert Concert at St Chad’s on Sunday November 19th (NB 7pm start time) when John Powell & Russell Lomas will give a performance of "Winterreise"

On Sunday January 7th 2018 at 5pm there will be another special event: a rare performance of Messaien's iconic                         organ suite  "La Nativite du Seigneur" given by Jeff Ramsdale (Worsley Parish Church) with                                                                       Epiphany-tide hymns, readings and special refreshments (Retiring collection for charity)


Rest in Peace


The funeral of Iris will take place in St Chad’s Church on Wednesday this week at 1230 pm. Followed by Committal at Rochdale Crematorium. Please pray for Norman and the family.



The funeral of Ken will take place in St Chad’s Church on Monday this week at 12 noon. Followed by Committal at Rochdale Crematorium.


Day Retreat at Katherine House    7th December 2017 10.30am -3.30pm

'Joseph builds a home'  A reflection on the journey of Joseph using video clips. How does the Christ Child enter into your life and change it? This will be an inspiring and encouraging time for us in the season of Advent. Please sign up on the list in Church. Take a packed lunch. The donation suggested is £15 per person.


Remembrance Sunday. Please note that the service at St Chad’s will start at 10.45 am. Usual time of 930 am at St Mary’s


Mission Action Plan. Over the last 9 months we have been discussing our mission. PCCs and congregations have all been asking the question how we focus our resources in service of God and neighbour. Both PCCs have now had their final discussions on this and the plan has been sent to Bishop David. A summary is available in Church today. The full version is available on request or as a download from our church web site


Feeding Rochdale Homeless are moving on from St Chad’s today to a new base at Champness Hall. We wish them well and thank God for their work with the marginalised of our parish.


Proposed Church Trip to the Halle on Thursday 16 November 2017, 7.30pm for the Vera Clegg Memorial Concert. Wagner Tannhauser: Overture and Venusberg music 26' R. Strauss Don Juan 19' Verdi Four Sacred Pieces 41' Sir Mark Elder conductor • Halle Choir. If you are interested in going, or can sponsor a place for one of our newcomers to church, please sign up at the form at Church.


English My Way Classes at the The Salvation Army, Newgate Rochdale.OL11 4AW

Please ring 07925017204 to register.


Bell Ringing Calendar. Do buy one for Christmas. Available now in church or from 


 Asian Church, Rochdale’s Asian community church (in Urdu language mostly) meets at St Chad’s. Meeting at 3pm each Sunday for song, prayer and teaching, and occasional holy communion,  this fellowship extends a warm invitation to all. More information from the Vicar or Elizabeth Julius on 07931 846942


Concerts  - Toad Lane


Come and be inspired by some of the finest talent around.

Concerts take place in the iconic Grade 1 Listed St Mary's Church and only cost £4. For a little extra you can have a tasty lunch of pie and peas beforehand. Your contribution supports developing talent and the maintenance of this fine building.

For more information about the Toad Lane Concerts please contact Dr Joe Dawson on 01706 648872

Nov 08  Angela Rowley soprano Ann Durnford flute Tim Kennedy piano

Nov 15  The Telemann Baroque Ensemble with Peter Collier harpsichord (Guildhall, London alumnus)

Nov 22  Robert Brooks baritone (Manchester University) Elin Rees (RNCM)

Nov 29  Bernadette Wijnhamer violin Hector Leung piano (RNCM post-graduates)

Dec 06   Duncan Glenday piano  (RNCM & Manchester University Joint Course alumnus)

Dec 13 Kay Jordan & Friends + Tim Walker piano

Dec 20 Christmas Concert Party


Dates for the Diary

19 November Sunday Concert at St Chad’s 7pm

2 December St Chad’s Christmas Fair 11am to 2pm

10 December Mayor’s Carol Service at the Town Hall All Welcome

16 December Decorate St Chad’s for Christmas (morning). All welcome

16 December (afternoon) Rochdale Youth Orchestra Christmas Concert

16 December (evening) Asian Fellowship Christmas Worship

17 December 3pm Nine Lessons and Carols at St Chad’s

19 December Christmas Carols with Petrus and community partners

24 December United Service at St Mary’s at 930 am (No morning service at St Chad’s)

24 December Christmas Eve Asian Style Banquet at St Chad’s at 1pm

24 December Christmas Worship Asian Fellowship at 6pm

24 December Midnight Mass at St Chad’s 11.30pm

25 December Christmas Day United Service Sung Eucharist 11 am at St Chad’s (no Christmas Day service at St Mary’s)