Weekly Pews News
No 18-48

2 December 2018

Advent Sunday

Collect for the day

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Psalm response To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

                                 Advent Sunday                         (P)                  
8 am Holy Communion
Romans 13: 8–end; Matthew 21: 1-13
9.45 am Parish Eucharist
Readings: Jeremiah 33: 14-16; Psalm 25: 1-9;
1 Thessalonians 3: 9–end; Luke 21: 25-36
Hymns: 263, 949, 303, 557
5 pm Advent Carols & Readings

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

Morning Prayer: 9 am Monday–Thursday, 8.30 am Friday,

9.30 am Saturday

Evening Prayer: 5 pm Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

Registered charity number: 1134842

Sunday 2 December

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

Monday 3 December

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

Anniversary: John Morrish (2015); Charles Meyer (1990); David Atkins (2017)

Tuesday 4 December – Nicholas Ferrar

Intention: all imprisoned in any way; and the prisoners, staff, chaplains and visitors at HMP Ford.

7 pm               The Eucharist
7 pm           Ladies’ Club Christmas Celebration at the Church Centre

Anniversary: Brian Jenkin (1993); Greta Garland (2004)

Wednesday 5 December

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

10 am             Holy Communion

12 noon       Luncheon Club Christmas meal at the Bear Inn

2 pm           Knit & Natter at Joan’s, 3 Church Way (265083)
7 pm               Compline

Anniversary: Jack Vagg (2017)

Thursday 6 December – Nicholas

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.

8 pm           Chichester Voices rehearsal

Anniversary: Charles Martin (1997)

Friday 7 December – Ambrose

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

Anniversary: Dorothy Hender (2000)

Saturday 8 December – Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Intention: the hungry, homeless, refugees and asylum seekers; the work of Church Army, Christian Aid and all relief agencies.

2.30-4 pm   Bell-ringing

4 pm               Bell-Ringers Carol Service


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit: Sue Smith, Judi March, Bill Mitchell, Lynette, Zoe, Eugene West, Ann, Sheila King, Diane Wills, Ray Radmall, Mary Ramsay, Isaac, Jacob, Daphne Woolnough, Roderick Plastow, Oliver and Val, Ethel Huckle, Ron Cusworth.

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

We pray for those recorded in our Memorial Book whose anniversaries occur at this time, and all who mourn their passing.

We remember in our prayers Church members who live in residential care or receive communion at home: Isobel Aldred, Beatrice Armstrong, Anne Atkins, Madge Breakspear, Brenda Dobson.

We pray for God’s blessing upon all who live in Viscount Drive, Warwick Close.

We pray for Tearfund, whose work we support financially as a parish.




Revd. Mark Eminson: The Vicarage, 38 Kings Drive, PO21 4PZ.

vicar@paghamchurch.org, 262713. (Day off Friday)

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

Pews News: Alison Blenkinsop, pewsnews@paghamchurch.org, 261131. (Deadline for notices: Wednesday afternoon)


Next Sunday        Second Sunday of Advent            (P)                  
8 am Holy Communion
Romans 15: 4-13; Luke 21: 25-33
9.45 am Parish Eucharist
Readings: Malachi 3: 1-4; Canticle: Benedictus; Philippians 1: 3-11; Luke 3: 1-6
Hymns: 527, 923, 282, 110
5 pm Christingle


Raise the Roof Quiz Night: many thanks to quizmaster Simon and all who helped to raise £300 for the Roof Appeal last weekend.

Advent and Christmas: do take a copy of the leaflet for these holy seasons (and another for a neighbour?).

Ladies Club Christmas Celebration is at 7 pm (not 7.45, as previously stated) at the Church Centre, Nyetimber Lane. Readings & Carols, music by Glenwood Ladies’ Choir, light refreshments and raffle. All welcome!

Our annual Christingle Service takes place on Sunday 9th, at 5pm. Envelopes and candle money-boxes for Children’s Society donations are available at the back of church. To celebrate 50 years of Christingle, cake will be served after the service!

Festive Music with Chichester Voices in church on Thursday 20th at 7.30 pm, in aid of Rotary charities. More information on flyers; tickets (£12/£10 concessions) available from June Baker in church.

Pagham Community Choir Christmas concert takes place in the Village Hall on Friday 21st at 7 pm, and not as advertised in Good News. Entry and refreshments by donation; profits to Save Pagham Beach and Village.

Family Support Work, one of our parish charities, are asking for Christmas gifts for the children they support: new, unwrapped toys (particularly for ages 5-12), and gift vouchers for teens and parents (which are easier to transport). See the noticeboard for more information. Contact Jacqui Herrington on jacqui@familysupportwork.org.uk, 07889 308883.

Friends of Pagham Parish Church Christmas Quiz: available from Mo (268576) for £1. Win a bumper hamper in the draw on January 6!

Chichester Diocese Year of Vocation: with the start of a new church year, we gradually look to the Year of Vocation by hearing feedback each Sunday in Advent from Prayer Partners. The full launch is on 13 January, the Baptism of Christ.


2018 Parish Share deficit The vicar writes:
Brothers and sisters, thank you again for your ongoing generosity in straitened times and with a Roof Appeal. This year we will have paid £61,159 Parish Share. However, our Parish Ministry Costs are £71,883. This clearly isn’t sustainable, and over the coming years parishes that can’t pay their costs are likely not to have a full-time priest. If any Church members feel they can help, do please speak to Trudi. Nothing is impossible with God.