The people of Walsall came together on Sunday 21 January to commemorate Sister Dora in the annual Thanksgiving service.
Held at St. Paul’s Church, the service concluded with a procession to her statue at the Bridge where floral tributes were laid.
In attendance was Deputy Mayoress Mrs. Christina Harris, who said:
“It has been an honour to continue the tradition of remembering such an important figure in this town’s history.
It is so important that we keep Sister Dora’s memory alive and continue to take inspiration from her life.”
Sister Dora, also known as Dorothy Pattison, was a remarkable British nurse and Anglican nun who lived in the 19th century. She was born on January 16, 1832, and passed away on December 24, 1878. Sister Dora is celebrated for her dedication to nursing and her pioneering work in healthcare.
She worked tirelessly to improve healthcare practices and conditions for patients, particularly in Walsall, Staffordshire, where she spent a significant part of her career. Sister Dora’s commitment to nursing and her compassionate care for patients earned her widespread recognition and respect.
Church services may be subject to change in line with national and local restrictions, so you will need to contact individual churches before attending in order to book your space. Many of our churches were unable to provide details before we went to press.
Aldridge Methodist Church
Anchor Rd, Aldridge WS9 8PT
Christmas Day 10.30am: Christmas Day service
Our carol service will be via Zoom and we are exploring the possibility of a Christingle service.
Please call or check our facebook page for updated details.
Tynings Lane Church
Tynings Lane, Aldridge WS9 0AS
Sat 19th Dec 4-8pm: Church is open to drop in for a carol and prayer experience (no need to book, spend as much or as little time as you like).
Sun 20th Dec 4pm: All Age Christmas experience. Come dressed up and explore Christmas as a family.
Christmas Eve 6pm: Christingle on Zoom. Get in touch for your Christingle in a bag and a zoom invite to join in Christingle wherever you are.
Christmas Eve 9:30pm: Midnight in Bethlehem. A communion service.
Christmas Eve 11:30pm: Midnight Communion
Christmas Day 9:30am: Christmas morning Communion for all ages
The Calvary Pentecostal Church
Brickiln Street, Brownhills, WS8 6AU
Christmas Day, Communion Service 11am-12noon
Sunday 27th December, Communion Service, 10.30am
Clayhanger Methodist Church
Clayhanger Lane, Clayhanger WS8 7DS
Sunday Services have recommenced fortnightly at 4pm.
1st & 3rd Sundays in the month
Contact for details of Christmas services.
Pelsall Evangelical Church
Old Town Lane, Pelsall WS3 4NJ
Sun 13th Dec 6pm: Carol Services
Sun 20th Dec 6pm: Carol Service
Christmas Day 10am: Christmas Morning Family Service
Sun 20th Dec Carol Service: A pre-recorded version available to view online via our Facebook page
Christmas Eve 6pm: A pre-recorded children’s Christmas bedtime story which will go online via our Facebook page
Christmas Eve 10pm & 11.30pm: Midnight Mass services
Christmas Day 10am: Holy Communion service
Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions on numbers, places will need to be booked at these services by ringing the church office on 0121 357 8941 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and social distancing must be observed, face coverings worn and sanitising guidelines followed.
St Matthew’s Church
Aldridge Road/Birdbrook Road, Perry Beeches, B44 8RA
For these services you will need to ‘book a pew’ by phoning the office on 0121 360 6964
Sun 20th Dec 6pm: Carol Service
Christmas Eve 6pm: Crib Service for all ages
11.30pm: Midnight Mass
You can join in our phone-in worship now and over the Christmas period. All you need is your phone, and it’s a free number from most phones (if in doubt check with your provider.) Every Tue. and Thur. at 8pm, and Sundays at 10.30am. Just phone 0333 011 0616, and then when asked enter the code 1499 488#. For regular updates please visit www.stmatthewsperrybeeches.org.uk
Beacon Evangelical Church
Sandwell Road, Handsworth, B21 8NH
Our Christmas services should be available online on our YouTube channel, Beacon Evangelical Church Handsworth:
Sun 20th Dec 11am: live streaming of our Christmas Family Outreach Service (Those who wish to attend in person should contact the church in advance to access our booking system).
Christmas Day service will premiere at 10.30am on YouTube.
Perry Hall Methodist Church
Rocky Lane, Perry Barr, B42 1QF
At the time of writing we are unsure how we will celebrate Christmas this year, but we will be celebrating! If you would like to join us, please look at the latest information on our website https://www.perryhallmethodist.org.uk/
Can you help an elderly person in Aldridge by referring them to Linking Lives?
Linking Lives Aldridge is a befriending service offering friendship and support across Aldridge. Specifically aimed at helping elderly people in Aldridge, this project is run by Aldridge Methodist Church and friend of The Pioneer, the Reverend Bev Boden.
Linking Lives exists to help older people suffering from loneliness and social isolation, which was a huge problem even before the lock-down owing to the coronavirus crisis! Experts agree that many older people fear loneliness more than lack or money or poor health.
They recently put out a call for volunteers and were amazed by the response from local people in Aldridge. The immediate needs of fetching prescriptions and shopping for people already befriended by the charity have been sorted. Our own staff here at The Pioneer are amongst those who have volunteered.
Linking Lives has the capacity to help more elderly people in Aldridge. You could put yourself forward or refer someone you know. Usually they offer a 1:1 visiting service, but this has for the time being switched to telephone befriending, but people still get a dedicated volunteer who is matched by taking into account their personality, experience and interests.
Between April and October 2020 Pelsall Methodist Church will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of its church building. This church building replaced the old Wesleyan Church on Chapel Street and the chapel in Paradise Lane.
There are lots of events planned for the celebrations and they hope the local community and businesses will join them to mark this special milestone in the life of the church and the wider Pelsall village. For example, they will be running a competition for children to design their posters; they are also planning to decorate the village clock with knitted spring flowers (and have already started recruiting local crafters to make knitted and crocheted flowers for this display). Events will include concerts, a carnival stall with children’s activities, a memories exhibition, and a flower display.
Look out for information of the different events in The Pioneer Magazine, posters around the village and on their Facebook page.
Please mention The Pioneer or Great Barr Gazette when responding to adverts.