B Minor Mass
by J.S. Bach
Chichester Voices with Friends
and the Orchestra of Friends
perform in aid of
Friends of Chichester Hospitals Appeal
“Caring for Breast Cancer”
in St Thomas à Becket Church, Church Lane, Pagham
By kind permission of the Vicar and Churchwardens
on Saturday 7th March 2015 at 7.00pm
Leader Julia Kuhn
Conductor Andrew Naylor
Tickets £12 or £15 available on
07976 917271 and 07900 098197
Tickets also available on the door
To include interval refreshments

Bognor Regis Lions Club
Table Top Sale
on 21st February 2015
at the Rowland Rank Centre, Aldwick Road (opp Martletts)
Open to the public 10.30am to 1.00pm
Tables for sellers from £9.00
Setting up from 9.30am
For tables please contact
David on 01243 699791 or Chris on 07932622188
Refreshments available
Come in from the cold and have a tea or coffee

A Letter From The Vicar of Pagham

For a good part of this month we may find ourselves in an extended festival of St Valentine! In commercial terms, it is a bit like the extended Halloween-fest through October sandwiched between the barbecues of summer and the mince pies of Christmas. I don’t mean to sound too cynical about the motivations behind our various national celebrations or to even consider for a split-second to say to my wife, “I haven’t got you anything for Valentine’s Day, dear, because it’s all a commercial con, isn’t it?” No, it is merely an observation on a cultural trend and what may be challenging for me and others is the nearness of Lent and its fasting and simplicity when adverts will be telling me (and my sweetheart) to gorge on fillet steaks, chocolates and fizz. (Actually, this year Valentine’s Day gets in just before Lent, so I can have my cake and eat it and then eat nothing or nothing exciting for 40 days!)
But what may be interesting is the connection or otherwise between Valentine’s Day and Lent or between human love and divine love.

You may not ordinarily associate Lent with love, but on a closer look there is a profound connection. If we give something up that we rely heavily on or indeed give up a bad habit or take on a new good one, the point is that for short-term pain and self-denial we are hoping to gain long-term benefits. We are being pruned, we are having purged away a bit of our dross, of our worse selves. And isn’t this what human love is all about: being drawn out of ourselves, starting to put the needs of others first, having our edges knocked off and made smooth in the to-and-fro of human relations? But in terms of St Valentine’s Day, what about those who feel left out, who are on their own and would rather not be? It may feel like days where you want to crawl back into a wintry hibernation.

Yet here, God’s love in Lent is open to all. He loves everyone and wants to draw the best out of everyone. And, in fact, He turns out to be a bit of an old romantic! The kind of language sometimes used in the Scriptures and by the saints (both God’s language and His people’s) is like that used by passionate lovers: from our perspective, in Psalm 63, ‘O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water’; and then from God’s, in Hosea chapter 2, ‘therefore, I will now persuade her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her.’ And this isn’t even to mention the Song of Songs – you need to watch reading that book if you’ve got high blood pressure!

So let’s thank God for St Valentine’s Day insofar as in human love we are learning something more of God’s love for us all (and that still means get him/her a card and maybe more!)

Mark Eminson, Vicar

Grand Quiz Night
Saturday 7 March 2015 6.45pm for 7.15pm
St Mary’s Centre. Grassmere Lane,
Felpham PO22 7NU
Quizmaster – Bob May
Tickets £10 to include a Ploughman’s Supper (Bring own drink)
In aid of Chestnut Tree House,
the only Children’s Hospice in Sussex
Contact: Paula Puleston 01243 584843

Winter Warmer
Friday 6th February
@ St Andrews Chapel.,
St Thomas à Becket Church
7.30 for 8.00pm
£10.00 per person
and limited to 22 places.
Hearty Casseroles + Desserts / Cheese and Biscuits.
Bring your own drinks.

Pilgrim

The Pilgrim course is an opportunity to learn more about the Christian faith and the difference it makes to our lives. Combing silence, bible study and discussion the course encourages everyone to consider their own spiritual experiences in the light of what the Christian faith has to say. One participant said:
“I found it helpful being able to discuss my feelings and understandings with other people.”
New courses are starting soon to find out more email:
pilgrim@paghamchurch.org
or contact one of the clergy.

The Mulberries present
50s Pop/Rock Night
with The Generators
at the Pagham Village Hall,
at 7.30 pm. Saturday 21 February
Tickets in advance £7-00/children £5-00
on 01243 266823
Please bring your own food and drink
Proceeds to local charities Wheelchair access

Quiz Night
Saturday 28th February
Pagham Church Centre, Nytimber Lane.
7.00 for 7.30pm
£10.00 per person and £5.00 for children.
Fish & Chip supper
and bring your own drinks.
Make up your own team
no more than 8 people.

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)

We remember those who have died:
Alan Clift, Douglas Tyndall, Eddie Toogood and Pamela Bech.

Eliza Minett was baptized.

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.

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

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.