Welcome to St Chad’s, Romiley What we’re about What we do Who’s who
Welcome to St Chad’s, the vibrant Parish Church of Romiley. Whether you are just curious or already a committed follower of Jesus, we believe there is a place for you in our diverse Christian family. Our desire is to bless our community and give everybody a taste of God’s kingdom so that they encounter Jesus and have the opportunity to know him.
Whether you are looking for somewhere to ask questions about faith or somewhere to worship in traditional or contemporary ways, somewhere to connect with a small group or find support in the struggles of your life, or if you want to commit yourself to making a difference in the world, we are excited about you journeying with us.
Meet the St Chad’s Staff Team
Richard Pennystan - Vicar
Joe Pienaar - Curate
Richard joined St Chad’s in October 2011 after serving as Associate Vicar at Christ Church Fulham for five years. Richard is married to Nells and they have 4 boys, Luke, Jack, Caleb and Micah, aged 7 and under.
Joe joined St Chad’s 9 years ago and he is now our Curate having trained at St John’s on the mixed-mode course. He is married to Cat and have a son, Reuben and daughter, Faith. He loves to see people released and empowered in ministry through identifying their spiritual gift and helping the church engage in relational mission.
Alex, Lottie & James Children’s & Youth Work
Jan, Ian & Johanna Church Staff
What makes St Chad’s tick? Going We aim to be a missional church primarily through “Missionshaped communities” or ministry teams, where groups of people united around a common focus, serve a neighbourhood or group of people. We also seek to affirm and equip people in their individual mission wherever they are - at work, at home, in their school or on their street.
w We want to be a healthy church where everyone is becoming more like Jesus. We believe that this is most likely to happen when people join in small purposeful discipling relationships, where they can journey and grow together. We also seek to encourage people in their personal spiritual lives, with prayer ts and bible study, pastoral support and groups such as Alpha and YTime for those who want to find out more.
Gathering We want to be a worshiping church where people experience God’s presence in joyful celebrations and God’s healing in a loving community. With three congregations each Sunday, and many mid-week groups, there are lots of opportunities for people to gather together. We help people feel connected through social times and keeping people informed about what’s going on.
We aim to be: Christ-centred - seeking His glory in all we do Missional - responding to His call Relational - loving others in authentic relationships Transformational - intentional about following Jesus as a lifestyle Biblical - applying the message of Jesus to all areas of life Generous - resourcing others in Kingdom ministry
St Chad’s: A Community building communities Small Groups We believe that people find their sense of belonging and grow best spiritually when meeting in a small group.
Christians Against Poverty (CAP) St Chad’s has a CAP team who offer hope and a solution to anyone in debt through courses and support.
Our small groups come in all shapes and guises, but all are encouraged to use our discipling material, Digging Deeper, in order to help each individual grow to be more like Christ.
We are part of Churches Together which links up local churches in Woodley, Bredbury and Romiley.
Small groups are also where people find out more about their spiritual gifts and how they can use them to serve the church, the community, their workplace – in fact, wherever they find themselves!
Alpha If you have big questions about why you are here or if there’s more to life, then Alpha is the place for you. It is a relaxed, low-key environment to find out more with dinner and a discussion. Call the church office for more info.
Our SHAPE appointments help us in this, looking at each person’s spiritual gifts, their heart, abilities, personality and experiences.
Ladies Society Meets between 2-4pm on the first Tuesday of the month in the church Lounge.
Overcomers Outreach 6.30pm Sundays in Lifecentre This group, which is based on the 12-step programme, is open to those and their families/supporters who are seeking to overcome addictions.
Mothers Union Meets at 2pm on the second Wednesday of the month in the church lounge.
Romiley Lifecentre The Romiley Lifecentre puts us in the heart of the community. It provides a home to the church office, as well as offering a Christian bookshop, conference facilities and a vibrant café with an adjoining “stay and play” facility for preschoolers and their carers. Staffed almost entirely by volunteers, the Lifecentre provides a warm welcome to local groups including Romiley Depression Group the Alzheimers Society, National Childbirth Trust, head teachers, SMBC departments, NHS teams and more. Cherry Tree Our Cherry Tree Mission Shaped Community Team seeks to develop relationships with the community of Cherry Tree. The team pay visits to people at home and host a range of fun socials including BBQs, fireworks parties, roaming Christmas carols and more! The team works with local partners to run the Youth Club on the estate and offer weekends away for young people, who otherwise might not get the chance.
Supporting individuals and relationships Our Lifecare Team provides a listening and support service to anyone who is struggling whilst the Bereavement Team offer support to those who are grieving. The PitStopTeam runs a range of courses and provides support to married couples, partners and those preparing for marriage. These teams are based at the Lifecentre. Our Visiting Team is dedicated to seeking out and befriending lonely and elderly people in Romiley. Members of the group take communion to the housebound and others meet to pray for the people they visit each week. The group has links with social services and local GPs. Our Families 2:46 Mission Shaped Community Team is committed to supporting young families new to St Chad’s; particularly those bringing babies and young children for baptism. The team offers baptism briefing sessions and monthly lunches to welcome new families.
Children’s Work 0 to 11 years
St Chad’s is committed to families, children and young people. Here is a flavour of the activities available for those aged 0 - 11… Babies and Prampushers Morning sessions for babies, preschoolers and their carers are held daily from Tuesday to Friday during term time. All sessions take place in the Guywood Centre on Guywood Lane from 1011.30am. 4-7s - Fireworks Mon 3.30-4.45pm Guywood Fireworks takes place on Mondays during term time. Aimed at children aged 4-7, this group includes games, bible stories, craft and many other activities to show the love of God. 7-11s - Fuel Tues 5.45-7.15pm Guywood Fuel is our mid-week group for 7-11s. We use games, stories and group activities to talk to children about God’s love for them and good principles to live by. Children can apply this to their lives whether they would call themselves Christians or not.
Sundays Children join their parents for the start of the 10.45am service then move on to their own program. On the first Sunday of the month families worship together for 1BigSunday. Fully Charged Each year during spring half term over 80 children aged 7-11 join us for an actionpacked week of fun. Staffed by trained sports and dance coaches and our own team, this is a phenomenal week of investing in our local children. Schools Our team members are well known faces in our local primary schools with children, teachers and teaching assistants alike. Whether on playground duty or helping with assemblies, these are great opportunities to share the Christian faith.
Youth Work 11 to 18 years
Our faithful staff team and volunteers are committed to local teens! Hereâ€™s a snapshot of our work with 11 - 18s 11-14s - Core Wed 7.00-8pm Guywood Core is a chance for young people to hang out with one another, build relationship and learn kingdom values. We have a mixture of free time and upfront games/ discussions. Deeper Wednesday Wed 6.30 - 7.00 Guywood This is a chance young people to explore faith and various issues arising in the world and in their lives. Deeper Sunday - Church/ Lifecentre Sun 10.45 - 12.00 This is a chance for young people to expand on what we do on Deeper Wednesday. 14-18s - Pulse Sun 6.30pm - 9.00 Guywood We have an hour to hang out, catch up, play some games and then we explore what living a Christian life is all about, through worship, discussion and creativity.
Once a half term we attend ONE One is a youth event from churches around the area, working together to help young people connect with one another but also learn more about living out their faith in the world. Cherry Tree Youth Wed 4.15-5.15pm Cherry Tree Shop Cherry Tree youth (from September) will have a mixture of chill out and purposeful activities such as football and social enterprise things, we are working to help young people raise their aspirations while sharing the Love of God with them in words and actions. Schools Our youth team are involved in local secondary schools, building relationships with young people and teachers. With opportunities to share Christian principles during breaks, assemblies, lessons and more, these are real opportunities to bless young people, see them grow and share with them the love of Jesus.
At our weekly services Parish Communion - Sun 9.15am A traditional service of Holy Communion with liturgy, hymns, prayer, bible readings and sermon. Healing prayer is offered and coffee served. Morning Celebration - Sun 10.45am An informal time of worship with contemporary music, bible reading, teaching and a time to respond, including prayer ministry. Coffee is served following the service.
Family Service - Sun 10.45 am First Sunday in the Month On the first Sunday in the month, families worship together at this contemporary morning celebration. With quizzes, active time, lively worship and all-age teaching, this is a fun-packed opportunity to worship together as 1Bigfamily! Midweek Communion - Wed 11am A prayer book service held in the church lounge.
Children start in the service in church then move to their own programmes, rejoining parents at the end of the service.
To find out more, talk to one of us or contact us... address Church Office 1-5 Stockport Road Romiley Stockport SK6 4BN
phone (0161) 430 4652 phone (0161) 430 1130 (Lifecentre) email firstname.lastname@example.org web www.stchadsromiley.co.uk office hours Mon - Thurs 9 - 5pm