Welcome to the church of St Chad Hopwas in the parish of Tamworth. St Chad's church serves the communities of Hopwas and Riverside. A small, yet friendly and welcoming, church community in an idyllic and charming setting. The church was instigated by Rev William McGregor, curate in the parish of Tamworth, in 1879.
Now that we are holding weekly services in church on Sunday at 1030, we have ceased the publication of our on-line recorded services. The readings and sermons for each Sunday will be published on the SERVICES section for you to read if you wish.
With the current changes in Government guidelines, the escalating numbers of people contracting the Covid-19 virus, the demographics of our congregation and the recommendation to stay indoors unless your journey is necessary, the DCC along with the Minister and Wardens have decided to suspend all services at St Chad for the time being. This means that St Chads will remain closed for services and private prayer/reflection until further notice. We will update everyone possible when there is a change in the circumstances and it is felt safe to open the church once again. Please note that our pr-recorded, on-line services will be published weekly as we have done since last March.
This year is going to be very different for remembering those who lost their lives in the two World Wars. Churches are closed, except for private prayer and reflection. We, at St Chads, have maintained a Sunday service online throughout these challenging times and this Sunday will be no different. The content, however, will be. We have spent quite a bit of time preparing this weeks Remembrance Service and it has all been filmed inside the church and at the memorial cross. It is the full Remembrance service as we have done in previous years, with a few clips added in, such as hymns, from our usual sources. Please do take a look in.
Many of you at St Chad's will remember Honor Evans, a stalwart member of our congregation until a short while ago. It is with sadness that we have to announce her recent passing (Friday 11th September). Honor turned 96 a few days before. The family (Perry and Roger) have been in touch and provided the following details regarding her funeral.
A funeral service is being held at Seven Hills Crematorium in Ipswich on 6th October at 1.30pm. Further details can be found on the following website link, which also gives you an opportunity to share your memories of Honor with us by posting a message. We have requested no flowers at the service, but Mom spent many hours volunteering at the Acorns children’s hospice charity shop in Tamworth, so we would love to be able to make a donation to them. Details on how to donate are also on the website link. https://honorevans.muchloved.com/
If you would have liked to have come to the funeral but are unable to get to Suffolk (& due to Covid restrictions, we are having to limit numbers), there will be a live webcast of the funeral which we can send you a link. Please contact Perry on 07738022223 or firstname.lastname@example.org & he’ll be able to give you details.
However, we will be scattering Mom's ashes at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium on 23rd October. Covid restrictions are also in place for this, so please contact Perry in advance if you wish to attend.
RIP Honor Evans.
St Chad Hopwas is one of four churches in the Parish of Tamworth. The other churches are St Editha in the town centre, St Francis in Leyfields and St Andrew in Kettlebrook.
The parish of Tamworth: St Editha is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Lichfield’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services."