Bognor Friends of Chestnut Tree House
at Manor Nursery,
Tuesday, 12th November 3pm – 5pm
a cream team
contact: 01243 584843 at Manor Nursery
St Thomas a’Becket Church AUTUMN CRAFT FAIR
Saturday, 19th October
Pagham Village Hall
10 am – 1 pm
on display and for sale
Jewellery, pens, paintings,
knitted goods, cards, shellcraft, glass work
and much more
Entry by donation
Following the Council of London’s order to remove the See for the Sussex Diocese from Selsey to Chichester in 1075, construction of a new cathedral commenced in 1075 under Bishop Stigand who had been the last Bishop of Selsey.
Ralf Luffa, Bishop of Chichester from 1091 to 1123, dedicated the new cathedral in 1108. However, a fire in 1114 completely destroyed the structure, but Bishop Ral managed to secure financial assistance from King Henry I to rebuild the church and he took the opportunity to expand the building westwards. William of Malmesbury, a the leading English historian of the 12th century acclaimed Ralf Luffa for his piety and actions as bishop and it is said that he toured his diocese three times a year. Bishop Luffa was also praised by contemporaries for being thorough in seeking worthy candidates for the priesthood.
In 1963 the Diocese of Chichester opened a Voluntary Aided Comprehensive Secondary School to the west of Chichester, dedicated to Bishop Luffa, On October 5th 2013; the School celebrates its Golden Jubilee.
A majority of pupils at Bishop Luffa School are from church families, living predominantly in the Anglican deaneries of Arundel & Bognor, Chichester and Westbourne. The school welcomes students living in the local community who have no church connection and also has places set aside for children with exceptional needs. There is a strong Christian ethos which is distinctively Anglican. The Christian culture encompasses every aspect of school time and prepares the children for life beyond their academic studies. Nevertheless, every individual in the school family may follow their own spiritual journey without fear or discomfiture.
By the same token, we are all on a unique journey through this earthly life and our stay here has a clear beginning and definite finish. What lies in the heart of each one of us, is in all that we do and in the manner of our thinking; in addition it is who we are and the way we conduct our lives that is important. Our life is full of potential so none of us will get anywhere if we continually feel sorry for ourselves. We have adapt the way we think to avoid being negative and develop a frame of mind that aims to be positive.
“Being thankful is to appreciate God’s love and everything He has given us and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of being is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, and is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience that is what makes all the difference.” Thomas Merton
Giving from the heart is spiritual and is expressed through good things. God blesses us so that He can do things for others through us; it is not always about you and me. It is our responsibility to do all the good we can, by utilising whatever channels are at our disposal; in all situations and at all times when the opportunity arises; to help all the people we can, for as long as we are able to. Countless people may never read a Bible, but they will observe our conduct.
Is there anyone there?
I bought an Ipad mini just before I went on holiday. You can sync it with your Kindle so that any books you have purchased from Kindle can be downloaded onto this gadget. It can take photos, then miraculously send them to your PC where you can then print them off, so no camera needed.
Hey presto, one handbag size gadget, so no need to worry about looking after so many things, and their chargers. I could keep in touch with the family via emails, so no need to worry about taking my mobile phone, plus charger. Well, this was the plan. However, the words of my dear late mother in law sprang to mind. `Man proposes, God disposes`. What that means is that you can chose to do what you wish, but God has the final word in his almighty plan.
We arrived at our holiday destination only to be advised that there was no
wi-fi in the hotel and the mobile phone signal generally was pretty useless. I struggled, but managed for one whole week not to get in touch with the family by phone. After all they could contact the hotel if needed in an emergency. The camera gadget worked, but I did not need to print them before I got home anyway. I could connect my ipad mini to the wi-fi by using the signal of the `android` phone on the coach. Why would I want to send e-mails whilst travelling? I could not `send` at the same time as admiring God`s wonderful creations from the coach window.
It was at this point that I realised that if I wanted to `connect with someone` I could freely and without battery chargers simply chat with God. He knows my thoughts and needs and all I had to do was to focus. I enjoyed admiring the beautiful scenery of Cornwall and feeling the warmth of the sunshine. The less I connected with my nearest and dearest, and the more I focussed on God, the more I realised that real conversations with real people, and chatting to strangers and more messages sent to God were a surer bet. I adore my family and friends, but now allow more time for God in my daily thoughts. I receive responses to my prayers, even if in God`s way. He knows what I need, not just want and desire.
The only batteries I need to recharge, are my own, the only clouds I need are those real ones in the sky. I can rely on my messages getting through and don`t have to rely on other people`s signals.
Modern technology is wonderful and there is a place for it, but we must not forget to look beyond cyber space and `cloud` (this is a storage system, which please don`t ask me to explain). God is always all around us and always switched on. If no connection can be made, perhaps we should look at ourselves more thoroughly and then connect with God more frequently.
May God bless you, listen to you, and comfort you.
Sunday each week
8.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
9.45 am Parish Eucharist and Children`s Groups
6.00 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:
George Garland, Diana Holder, Tony Perez, Kitty Trotter
Recent Baptisms: Daniel Lowe, Ruben Payne, Bella Jennings
Recent Wedding: Ian Leahy & Kim Mitchell
Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer
Morning Prayer 9.20am Monday to Thursday and Saturday 8.30am Friday
Evening Prayer 5.20pm Monday to Thursday and 4.30pm on Friday
No Evening Prayer in Church on Saturday
Public Neighbourhood Planning Meeting
7pm on 8 October in the Village Hall
The Parish Council and Pagham Neighbourhood Planning are holding a public meeting where developers may present their proposals for housing development in the parish. Pagham is required by Arun to allocate land for building a minimum of 100 houses by 2028. Pagham’s Neighbourhood Plan will incorporate the approach which finds most favour with the residents.
Each developer has been asked to present for 15 minutes, there will then be a 10 minute Q&A session where members of the public may ask questions of each developer.
At the end attendees will then be asked to complete a simple form stating their preference and also asked to write comments to the Parish Clerk for consideration before the final decision is made.
This is a crucial meeting for the future of Pagham. Your views will shape our parish for years to come – please make every effort to attend.
Cllr Iain Balch Chairman Pagham Neighbourhood Planning
Pagham Luncheon Club This month`s gatherings of the Luncheon Club
at the United Reformed Church hall will be on Wednesdays 2nd, 16th and 30th October at 12 noon. If you would like to join us please contact Anthea on 264466
The vicar, Mark Eminson can be contacted at the Vicarage on 262713
or email eminson.mark
Editor: Bill Meyer 920023 or email bill.meyer
Those who pay regard to vain idols
forsake their hope of steadfast love.
This issue sponsored by David Morrison in memory of his dear wife Betty