Weekly Pews News

No 19-05

3 February 2019

Presentation of Christ in the Temple



Collect for the day

Almighty and ever-living God, clothed in majesty, whose beloved Son was this day presented in the Temple, in substance of our flesh: grant that we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts, by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Psalm response The Lord of hosts, he is the king of glory.


             Presentation of Christ in the Temple  (Gold)
8 am Holy Communion

Readings: Malachi 3: 1-5; Luke 2: 22-40

9.45 am Parish Eucharist                                                    

Readings: Malachi 3: 1-5; Psalm 24;

Hebrews 2: 14–end; Luke 2: 22-40

Hymns: 379, 574, 100, sheet

5 pm Evening Worship – Contemplative

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

Registered charity number: 1134842  



Sunday 3 February

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: Hubert Sheppard (1979)

Monday 4 February

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

8 pm           Pagham Ringers AGM in St Andrew’s Chapel

Anniversary: Baby Lavinia Caraccioli (2007)

Tuesday 5 February

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

7 pm               The Eucharist

7.45 pm      Ladies’ Club at the Church Centre, Nyetimber Lane

Anniversary: Mary Pryde (1977)

Wednesday 6 February – Accession of Queen Elizabeth II

Intention: the Queen and Royal Family, our Nation and Government, our local MP Nick Gibb and MEPs.

10 am             Holy Communion

2-4 pm        Knit & Natter at Sue’s, 1 Church Way (262915)

Thursday 7 February

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

11 am            Funeral of Dudley Newman

8 pm           Chichester Voices rehearsal

Anniversary: Ethel Funnell (1972)

Friday 8 February

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

Saturday 9 February

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.

Anniversary:           Elsie Breaker (1971); Rita Lloyd (1997)


Morning Prayer: 9 am Mon–Thurs, 8.30 am Friday, 9.30 am Saturday
Evening Prayer: 5 pm Monday, Wednesday & Thursday


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, Ray Radmall, Mary Ramsay, Roderick Plastow, Ethel Huckle, Simon Hill, Nicola, Ron Cusworth, John Corne, Des Scott, Keith Game.

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

Those who have died recently: Carol Powell, Daphne Woolnough, Mary Griffin, John Evans, Clive Miller, Dudley Newman, Betty Williams.

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 our parish: Beech Close, Bishops Close, Boleyn Drive.

Year of Vocation Cycle of Prayer for Work: we pray for the industry and workplaces of this parish.

Year of Vocation Cycle of Prayer for Church Roles: we thank God for the ministry of our Pews News editor, Good News editor and deliverers, website administrator and editor, church printer operatives and church diary compiler.


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

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

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

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

Next Sunday           Fourth Sunday before Lent        (Green)
8 am Holy Communion (Epiphany 5)

Readings: Colossians 3: 12-17; Matthew 13: 24-30

9.45 am Parish Eucharist                                                

Readings: Isaiah 6: 1-8; Psalm 138;
1 Corinthians 15: 1-11; Luke 5: 1-11

Hymns: 367, 733, 286, 32

5 pm Evening Worship – Contemplative


Candlemas Year of Vocation: today we hear from one or two church members about their faith and vocation as we will continue to do through the year, usually on a first Sunday.

We also commission Allyssia Congdon as our Senior Server – thanks be to God!

Mary Ramsay: we are pleased that Mary has been able to leave hospital and we wish her well as she has moved into residential care near her son in Farnham after over 20 years here in Pagham.

Confirmation preparation: if anyone is interested in exploring confirmation, initial sessions will begin soon – do speak to Mark.

Modern slavery: following Mark’s sermon about modern slavery last week, there is a poster for this, with the “We See You” logo, in the church porch. Further information and videos are available from The Clewer Initiative: https://www.theclewerinitiative.org/

My Sisters’ House: based at 108c, London Road, Bognor, this supports vulnerable women with a range of issues such as physical, emotional and sexual abuse, addiction, bereavement, unemployment hardship, and relationship breakdown. See the website for their latest drop-in times and training programmes. Tel: 697800, https://mysistershouse.info/

Ladies’ Club: Tues 5th at 7.45 pm. Ian Limb from Portsmouth Water talks about the wise use of our fresh water supply. All welcome.

Friends of Pagham Parish Church Event: join the “Friends” for an evening of good food to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Saturday 16th at 7 pm in St. Andrew’s Chapel. £15 per head (£12 for members). Add your name to the sign-up sheet on the notice board.

Men’s Breakfasts: run monthly by Immanuel Church, Chichester, for friendly company with talks by various speakers. Next is Saturday 23rd at 9 am in the Harvester, Barnfield Drive, Chi, with James Courtis-Pond. https://immanuelchichester.com/community/mens-breakfast

Churches Together in Bognor Regis and District: AGM is on Thursday 28th at St Mary’s, South Bersted, 7 for 7.30 pm, with refreshments. The evening will include worship and prayer, reports from different local organisations, and a focus on progress in our work amongst youth and the homeless. All welcome!    http://www.bognorchurchestogether.org

Women’s Day Event: ‘Cherished – Making peace between Mary and Martha’, Saturday 2 March 9.30–4 pm, at Opengate Baptist Church, Bognor Regis. Tickets £15. See flyers and posters for more information.