“A Light in the Stable”

A concert of Christmas music

CHICHESTER VOICES

Perform in aid of The Rotary Club of Bognor Regis

in St Thomas à Becket Church, Church Lane, Pagham

(by kind permission of the Vicar & Church Wardens)

on Thursday 18th December 2014 at 7.30pm

To include music by Bullard, Mendelssohn & Rutter

Organ & Piano: Richard Allum

Directed by Andrew Naylor

Tickets available from Box Offices on

01243 582528 or 07900 098197

TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR

To include interval refreshments

TICKETS £10.00

Charity No. 261998

 

Pagham Action Group

 

We have produced a fantastic Pagham Calendar. Pictures featuring Now and Then. These would make beautiful Christmas presents and are a reminder of the lovely place which we need to preserve for all. Profits go to sea defences. £7 each; £6 each for 3 or more. Contact Sue Miller 01243 261839 or mobile 078459 26766. Can deliver.

 

A Letter from The Vicar of Pagham Parish

This is only my third year in the parish and already it isn’t easy to think what to say for Christmas – don’t we all know the story so well?! Of course, I can start by saying that I hope you will all have a blessed Christmas, wherever you will be and whatever your situation in 2014. If all is well, Christmas will be great. If all is not so well, at least Christmas may provide a temporary escape. If all is ill, our struggles feel compounded by the seemingly universal reign of joy and celebration.

But maybe I have stumbled upon something, in that the message of Christmas is “Emmanuel,” which means “God with us”; God born as man to take upon himself all of man’s joys and sorrows. If God is eternal and unchanging, man is not. So, into the very heart of God, each fresh human person and human situation is taken up and new hope and life offered.

I wonder what situation each of us has then, calling out for that Christmas transformation by virtue of God being with us? Looking back a year and looking out now I am most conscious of last winter’s storms and now this winter’s miniscule Pagham beach and wonder when deliverance will come? This past year of storms and scouring, rocks and revetments, meetings and ministers, fundraising and fear seems far removed from the Nativity scene we know so well.

Yet the breaking of the waters is the signal that new life is about to enter the world. God Incarnate entered that maelstrom of the waters of birth as the Virgin Mary underwent the labour-pains all mothers have known only too well. Through danger and pain, the wonder and creativity of new life came and we can have the same hope and prayer for our beach, our community, our lives in all their complexity. It might have taken the crisis on the beach to bring about governmental intervention and our own lives often play out that truth. There’s a lovely old phrase, “Man’s extremities are God’s opportunities”, which means it is sometimes only when we have ceased to trust in ourselves, ceased to act as total masters of ourselves and all around us, it is only then that we allow God in to work through us to bring transformation and new life. And as it were such “humility” on God’s part shouldn’t be a surprise because the almighty Creator who made and governs the seas as He does all things chose to express Himself most fully as a vulnerable, dependent newborn babe.

That brings me hope here in Pagham and I pray that all of you will find your own part in the new life and hope and transformation offered this as every Christmas.  God bless you and yours this Christmas and in the year to come.                    Mark

 

Weekly services at St Thomas a’Becket

Sunday each week

8.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

9.45 am Parish Eucharist and Children`s Groups

5.00 pm Evening Worship

Tuesday 7.00 pm Eucharist in Church

Each Second Tuesday Healing Service in Church during the Eucharist

Wednesday    10.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

 

Sunday evenings in Advent:

30 November 4.00pm Advent Carols & Readings

7 December 5.00pm Celtic Evening Prayer

14 December 4.00pm Christingle

21 December 6.30pm Compline

 

We remember those who have died:

Alison Aldridge, Betty Sharp, Peggy Rowley, Bill Powell, Colin Bond, Stan Lowen and Roland Hall.

 

Mark Green & Rebecca Applin, Marc Norton & Helena Ablett were married.

 

Oliver Crow, Riley Foyn, Jospeh Fuller, Oliver Fuller, Luke Salter, Sophie Steen and Will Tyler were welcomed to receive Holy Communion.

 

 

Wednesday Club for Carer/Baby and Toddler Group Come and have a cuppa and a chat on Wednesdays from 1.30 pm to 2.45 pm at the Church Centre, Nyetimber Lane. How about joining in and lending a hand on a rota basis.

Joiners and new members always welcome.

 

Pagham Harbour WI meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at Pagham Village Small Hall 2pm-4pm. New members are most welcome, please phone 01243 268463 for details.  16th December CATRA singing group.

Competition: Home-made Christmas Cracker with present inside.

 

Pagham Church Ladies Club.  Meetings at the Church Centre on first and third Tuesday each month at 7.45pm:

2nd December Christmas Tree Drive: Open Meeting commencing 7.00pm

17th December Ladies Club Christmas Party commencing 7.00pm.

 

 

 

Pagham and District Residents’ Association

Our beautiful 2015 Calendars are now on sale.  A snip at only £3.95 each.

Contains pictures of local scenes taken by residents.

Ring Judy or Ron on 264622

 

Allotments

‘We have approval from Pagham Parish Council for allotments Please let us know if you wish to be included on the waiting list for one of these.  200+ people said they wanted allotments in Pagham – are you one of them?  If you are willing to go on the committee we would welcome you as we now need  to apply for grant funding. Please contact David Huntley 01243 264479 or email: davidandfiona.57@btinternet.com

 

Carols

Sunday 7 December 6.00pm Carols in Hotham Park

Monday 15 December 7.30pm Carols at The Bear Inn

Thursday 18 December 9.15am Rose Green Infants

Friday 19 December 10.00am Rose Green Juniors

Friday 19 December 6.00pm Carols around Rose Green Christmas Tree

 

Christmas Services in the Parish Church:

 

Sunday 14th December 4.00pm Christingle

Christmas Eve 5.00pm Crib Service

Christmas Eve 11.30pm Midnight Mass

Christmas Day 8.00am Holy Communion

Christmas Day 9.45am Family Eucharist

 

The Pagham Association for the Elderly

Members meet fortnightly on a Wednesday morning 10.00am to 11.15am at St Ninian’s Church Hall (URC) in Pagham Road.  The Association was formed in 1967 by the three churches, the Parish Council, the Doctor’s Surgery and the Nyetimber and Pagham Residents’ Association.  Today the membership is composed of those who attend the Coffee Mornings.  The goal of the association is to reach their Jubilee Year 2017.  To this end they need help in the positions of Vice Chairman, Assistant Secretary and Kitchen Helpers.  If you can help please contact the Reverend Frank Jones, Chairman, c/o St Ninian’s United Reformed Church, Pagham Road, Pagham.