Inherit the Earth

The Inherit the Earth Exhibition is at St Chad’s to view and enjoy. A Candle-lit Supper in aid of Christian Aid will be held this Thursday at 7pm. Speakers from local solicitor and Christian Aid, and the excellent More than Melody Choir.


Tickets are still available at £10. Tickets are £10 (suggested donation) available in advance from 07871 525 647 (please leave a message if unanswered) or by an email to

Language Classes for Refugees

These will be taking place on Tuesday afternoons at the Salvation Army from 2pm. Starting soon. More information from 07708391667  


Bell Ringing Calendar

The Branch Calendar has now been printed. It includes every tower in the branch. Debra, our Tower Captain says " We had fun arranging 19 towers over 12 pages. We hope you will enjoy the result. It costs just £5 and the profits from the proceeds are in aid of the LARC Bell Restoration Fund. Copies are available directly from And don't forget the calendar will be an ideal Christmas present for your family and friends."

Heritage Weekends

These were a great success with many people visiting both Churches and lots of good conversations had. Thanks to all the hard working volunteers at both churches who made it all happen. A delicious Strawberry Tea was served at St Chad’s. St Mary’s had a memorable display of Rose Queen artefacts. (On a related matter -  Some of us are working with the Churches Conservation Trust on a Heritage Trail round the churches of Rochdale. If you’d like to help speak to Pete Maguire at St Chad’s)


Confirmation Class

These start this Thursday at 2pm at Mitchell Hey, College Bank Way and runs on 28 Sept, 5, 12, 19 and 26 October. Those who have been confirmed are welcome to come along and add to the discussion. Call Mark on 07795202955 for exact details of meeting venue


MacMillan Cancer Care Coffee Morning -you are invited

Create a Gingerbread man with your child and the winner takes home a prize!!

Friday 29th Sept 2017 @10.00 am – 11.30 am

Come along and join us take part in some fun packed games to raise money for Cancer.

Come dressed in GREEN!!

Mcmillan coffee morning will be held at Seeros Central Nursery; 28 Church Stile, Rochdale, OL16 1QE, 01706 632585  


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


Soup Kitchen

Revd Mark went to the first night of the soup kitchen in their new premises at Champness Hall. They do a fantastic job each evening during the week. He met the staff from Morrisons who donate a lot of the food. Kindness and care abounding. See Photo.


Mission Action Planning

Responding to Bishop David’s request that we prepare a plan for our mission in 2017, we have made good progress with some excellent discussions at St Mary’s and St Chad’s. A draft plan for discussion is now being circulated to the PCCs for discussion.


St Swithun at St Chad's

Thank you to all who took part in this great fund-raising venture and to Norman Frisby who organised it. I understand that 26 days of rain fell in the 40 days.


Place of Welcome

Hospitality for all. Each Thursday 2pm to 330pm at St Chad’s. (we are considering how we might take this project forward – please let any of the ministers know what you think we should be doing to serve the isolated and needy)


New Area Dean

The new Area Dean will be be Revd. Karen Smeeton from Oakenrod and Spotland. Karen will be licensed at St George’s on Sunday 8 October at 3pm. All are welcome to attend



A small group is going to Bradford with the Archdeacon and Vicar on Wednesday 27th to see Sorted, a new church plant by the Church Army. If you are interested in going please let the Vicar know.


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


Sep 27   George Strickland oboe Hector Leung piano (RNCM post graduates)

Oct 04   Jonathan Ellis piano (RNCM & Manchester University Joint Course alumnus)

Oct 11   Oldham Community Choir MD Jonathan Gibson (RNCM alumnus)

Oct 18   Anna Rosa Mari flute (Athens Conservatoire and RNCM alumnus)

Oct 25   Ann Wilkes soprano Emma Wheeler mezzo soprano + piano Rachel Fright piano (RNCM students)

Nov 01  Margaret Ferguson soprano (Ghana, Poland and RNCM alumnus) Jonathan Ellis piano

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


St Chad's - Concerts

The Director of Music, Phlip Lowe, has organised for a number of years a series of concerts parading up and coming international talent. 

Concerts are held on Saturdays at 12 noon except where indicated otherwise

Refreshments are served before the concert

Saturday October 7th 2017

Hayley Parkes - Pianoforte. BEETHOVEN 10 Variation on ‘La Stessa, la stessissima’, BRAHMS 3 Intermezzi Op. 117, KAPUSTIN Variations Op 41

Saturday November 4th 2017

Elkaruna Wind Ensemble. Abreu - Tico Tico; Sayers - Raisins and Almonds, Mozart - Selections from The Abduction from the Seraglio, Grundman - Bagatelle; Brahms - Hungarian Dance no. 5, Gershwin - Three Preludes

Sunday November 19th 2017 at 7pm

John Powell - Baritone & Russell Lomas - Pianoforte. Schubert’s Wintereisse.  (Please note the date and time)


Sermons and Dates

Please do check out the sermons and latest news and dates on the church web site



Ruth Hughes – helping out at St Mary’s from Christ Church Healey. Ruth is undertaking ALM training.


Prayers please

Elizabeth Julius and Caroline Lucas undertaking the Diocesan Foundations for Ministry Training starting soon at Church House in Manchester

Jane Hyde and Amy Sheridan – our ordinands in training, starting their respective courses and having a lot of essays to write

Mr Nadim and all those working with St Chad’s to plan the Christmas Eve lunch for those who have precarious lives, suffer from poverty or insecure housing.

Please pray for Donna and Dale, and Chris and Lina, married in September at our churches



Dates for the Diary

27 Sep Deanery Mission and Pastoral Committee at St Barnabas

2 Oct St Mary’s PCC at the vicarage

3 Oct St Chad’s PCC at the vicarage

25 Oct Standing Committee now moved to this new date because of Literature Festival Finale at St Mary’s on the 23rd.

29 Oct United Service 11 am at St Chad’s (no morning service at St Mary’s)

29 Oct 630pm Confirmation and Baptism at St Mary’s in the Baum with the Bishop of Middleton

4 November Coffee Morning at St Mary’s from 10 am

6 November PCC standing Committee cancelled

2 December St Chad’s Christmas Fair