It was announced during the service on Sunday 28th May that Fr Andrew and his family will be leaving St Chad's to take on the post Vicar at St Mary the Virgin and All Souls, Bulwell, Nottingham. Bulwell is very closee to Andrew and Louise's wider family, and Nottingham is an old stamping ground for the two of them.
The decision to accept the post was not an easy one to make. Andrew and Louise feel that they are saying goodbye to many friends, not merely parishioners, colleagues or members of the congregation.
During the service Fr Andrew spoke, saying "The decision to move has not been an easy one for us, and I know there will be a whole range of emotions for folk hearing the news. However, we go knowing that St Chad's is in good hands. The important thing for St Chad's is that, during the vacancy, the church continues to pull together, to work together, and to build upon everything that has been achieved over the last 4-5 years. A lot has been achieved and the mission and ministry of St Chad's is held in high regard by the parish, the community and the Diocese".
The date for Fr Andrew's licensing has yet to be confirmed, but should be at the beginning of September. Do come and support him, and please pray for the folk at St Chad's and in Wood End, for Andrew and his family, and the folk at St ary's as Andrew is unleashed upon them.
NB Now that the announcement has been made, the Archdeacon and Area Dean will come and speak with the congregation, and meet with the ChurchWardens and Parochial Church Council, and begin the process of discernment for the next Vicar. During the vacancy, which will begin during the summer holidays, all enquiries should be directed to the Churchwardens.
Welcome to St Chad’s. God has been worshipped here for over 50 years, when the Wood End, Henley Green and Manor Farm estates were created. The Grade II listed church building, designed by Sir Basil Spence, stands in a changing parish as a sign of God's unchanging love for us, whoever we are and whatever our need.
St Chad’s is the spiritual home for a loving community of people who share a faith in Jesus Christ. St Chad's is a church where all are welcome. We strive to be friendly, caring and accepting. This year, we entered into a partnership with St Aidans Missional Community to broaden our ministry with special attention to the 20-30 year old age group. We have been joined by Rev Gareth Irvine, and Rev Jenny Irvine, whom we welcomed as a wonderful addition to our team. We are all looking forward to great things happening within this new partnership!
Please watch our service listing for our regular Afro-Caribbean service - a lively time for all!
On Sundays at 10am children are invited to Breakfast Church in the hall; a free breakfast followed by fun, age appropriate arts and crafts and Bible stories. Grown ups worship at 10.30am and we all come together to share Holy Communion during the service. There are refreshments and a tuck shop after the service.
At 3pm on the 5th Sunday of the month we enjoy Messy Church, a free, fun time filled with themed arts and crafts (and Lego), informal worship and a good meal. Parents are welcomed to attend with their children.
During the week, we run the following activities in the hall, which are well worth a visitFellowship Group and Bible Study Wednesday 1.30pm The Credit Union are open on Tuesday 9.30-11 for free financial help and advice KidzKlub (6-11 years old) Wednesdays 7-9pm Little Chad's Stay & Play Toddler Group (with free lunch and supersize play area) Fridays 1pm 12th Coventry Boys' Brigade & Girls' Association (5-9 years old - Wood End's only uniformed organisation) Thursdays 6.15-7.30pm (resuming in September) Breakfast Drop-In & Church Open Fridays 9.30-11am - a great breakfast (pay what you can, if you can't enjoy it on us with Gods Blessings), and a good chance to catch up with friends/make new friends
We also visit Loxley Court, St Clement's Court and Alexandra House sheltered housing complexes, and Moathouse Community Primary School and Castlewood School in the parish.
Also new is our prayer ministry on a Sunday, and a soon-to-start workplace chaplaincy, where our chaplains will be available to discuss those troubling matters in your life.
Enquiries regarding Christenings, baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funeral care are welcome. Our contact details can be found on these pages. We are here for you if you need a listening ear, someone to laugh with you or a shoulder to cry on.
Thank you for visiting these web pages. God bless you and we hope to see you at St Chad's soon.
The Revd. Andrew Fisher, Vicar.
Quote for the Week : " God is quick to clasp us to himself, for we are his joy and his delight, and he is our salvation and our life"
Julian of Norwich (C14 English mystic)
Visit us at stchadswoodend.org for a more in depth look at the church!