Weekly Pews News

No 20-09

1 March 2020

First Sunday of Lent

Collect for the day Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;

and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Psalm response I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.

Today’s services

8 am Holy Communion Readings: 2 Corinthians 6: 1-10; Matthew 4: 1-11

9.45 am Parish Eucharist Readings: Genesis 2: 15-17 to 3: 1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5: 12-19; Matthew 4: 1-11 Hymns: 626, 412, 572, 503

4 pm Evening Prayer – Book of Common Prayer

After the Eucharist, all are welcome to gather for refreshments and socialise in St Andrew’s chapel at the back of church

The church is open every day for visitors and private prayer.

All welcome!

Sunday 1 March

Intention: our Parish Team – Clergy: Colin Wood, Bill Meyer; Reader: Roland Ell; Churchwardens: Mike Wake, Stephen Cox-Rusbridge.

Anniversary: Alan Dalrymple (1990); Phyllis Burrow (2000)

Monday 2 March – Chad, Bishop and Missionary, 672

Intention: our hospitals, doctors, nurses and midwives, home care assistants, pharmacists, therapists, opticians, dentists; all who provide health care.

Tuesday 3 March

Intention: the Pilgrim Course – leaders and participants. Those baptised and confirmed here during the year, their parents, godparents or sponsors, and our own godchildren.

7 pm The Eucharist with Archdeacon Luke

7.45 pm Ladies’ Club at the Church Centre (Barbara Crew, 264071)

Anniversary: Michael Fielder (1989); Ronald Bosher (2006)

Wednesday 4 March

Intention: all imprisoned in any way, and those caught up in modern slavery; the prisoners, staff, chaplains and visitors at HMP Ford.

10 am Holy Communion

7.30 pm Stations of the Cross (see information opposite)

Anniversary: Margaret Bell (1994); Douglas Pennicott (1999)

Thursday 5 March

Intention: our children and young people, and their leaders; our Sunday School and Saints (older children).

Anniversary: Frank Stedman (1959); Dorothy Tapping (1996); Olive Lewis (2005); Irene Plumb (2007)

Friday 6 March

Intention: our Archbishops, Justin Welby of Canterbury and John Sentamu of York; the work of the Archbishops’ Council and General Synod; the worldwide Anglican Communion.

10.30 am World Day of Prayer service prepared by women of Zimbabwe, with the theme: ‘Rise! Take your mat and walk.’

Anniversary: Roland Hunt (2011)

Saturday 7 March – Perpetua, Felicity & Companions, Martyrs, 203

Intention: our local schools, colleges and universities; all teachers and learners, governors and administrators.

Anniversary: Ronald Knight (1955)


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit: Lynette, Chloe Green, Rosie Sims, Nicola, Richard Rundle, Terry Haskell, Jean Martin, Maddy, Gemma Green, Lila Cowee, Barbara Crew, Brenda Dobson, Keith Smith, June Evans, Zoe, Bea & Laurie Tucker, Karen Cox, Lesley Howlett.

For urgent prayer, contact Gillian Purvis (267597) or Colin Wood (264192) to activate the Prayer Chain.

Those who have died recently: Reg Smith, Ken Small, Tony Spurle, Judi March.

We remember in our prayers Church members who live in residential care or receive communion at home: Beatrice Armstrong, Mary Baxter, Madge Breakspear, Lila Cowee.

We pray for God’s blessing on all who live in our parish: Channel View, Church Lane, Church Way.

We pray for the family and friends of several more dear friends with a long connection to Pagham Church, as we all mourn their passing. We thank God for their lives, and extend our love and sympathies especially to their spouses: Ann Small, Jenny Spurle and Stephen

Stations of the Cross: at 7.30 pm each Wednesday in Lent we walk around the church, with simple prayers and readings at each painting depicting Jesus’ last journey, from being sentenced to death by Pilate to his dying on the cross and his burial. Do join us for this short service.


Churchwardens: Mike Wake and Stephen Cox-Rusbridge: churchwarden@paghamchurch.org, 07899 705632//07974 177905.

Church website update: email editor@paghamchurch.org to add content.

Safeguarding Officer: Jan Brockhurst: safeguarding@paghamchurch.org.

Pews News: Alison Blenkinsop: pewsnews@paghamchurch.org, 261131.

Sunday 8th Second Sunday of Lent

8 am Holy Communion Readings: 1Thessalonians 4: 1-8; Matthew 15: 21-28

9.45 am Parish Eucharist Readings: Genesis 12: 1-4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4: 1-5; John 3: 1-17 Hymns: 467, 312, 74, 295

4 pm Evening Prayer (Common Worship)


Coronavirus (Covid-19) and communion: this Diocese has circulated the following advice:

“Do not intinct (dip the bread into the wine). The hands can be a greater source of infection than lips. With intinction fingers are likely to touch the inside of the chalice and even the wine, which puts other communicants at a greater risk of infection, particularly those with immune/allergic conditions.”

It was therefore decided that we should not offer the chalice for intinction. For those preferring not to drink from the chalice, the Anglican teaching that to receive the sacrament in one kind is to receive it in its entirety. The full advice is on the notice board, and the Diocese of Chichester website.

Confirmation: Revd Canon Colin Wood is to run a preparation course soon. Contact him (264192) or the Churchwardens if you are interested.

Fairtrade fortnight continues to next Monday 9th.

Church roof: the retiling is nearly finished! Please take extra care, particularly when the contractors are working, to avoid trailing leads. We’ve reached the funding target: thanks be to God, and to you!

Flower Team fundraising: our Flower Team are raising funds for their entry in this year’s Cathedral Festival of Flowers in May. Flowers are provided, but other materials need to be bought. Please support them! Cream tea, Monday 2nd: 1.30–3.30 pm at 7 Kings Drive, Pagham, PO21 4PY. Tickets £5 from Sue Smith (263560).

Lent groups start this week, focusing on Henri Nouwen’s book The Return of the Prodigal Son. A global online discussion begins on Sunday. More information here: http://wp.henrinouwen.org/.

Ladies’ Club meets on Tuesday 3rd at 7.45 pm at the Church Centre (see diary entry inside). Our speaker will be Fiona Mackay, the Children’s Society Diocesan Ambassador. All welcome. NB At our recent AGM, the possibility of changing the time and format of meetings was considered. We will discuss it further at this meeting.

World Day of Prayer 2020: Friday 6th at 10.30 am, with other local Churches. Refreshments will be served afterwards. All welcome!

The funeral for Tony Spurle will take place in church on Friday 13th at 12 noon; refreshments afterwards at St Ninian’s hall, Pagham Road.

Christian Aid support: Count Your Blessings leaflets are available for those who wish to participate during Lent. The Lent Soup Lunch is on Thursday 26th, in St Andrew’s Chapel. Look out for further details.

Good News Deliverers: we are seeking deliverers for the following rounds in Nyetimber, off Pagham Road: Laurel Drive (20), Old Barn Close & Mill View Close (40), and Spinnaker View & Anchorage Court (41). If you can help, please speak to Trudi (263597) or Mo (268576).