Weekly Pews News

no 22-14


Fifth Sunday of Lent

Passiontide begins

NB No 8 am Communion service

09:30              Parish Family Eucharist

Collect Gracious Father, you gave up your Son out of love for the world: lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion, that we may know eternal peace through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Readings  Philippians 3: 4b–14; John 12: 1–8

Sunday 3rd April

Intention: those baptised and confirmed here during the year, their parents, godparents or sponsors, and our own godchildren.

Monday 4th April

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

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

Tuesday 5th April

Intention: our children and young people, and their leaders; our Sunday School.

18:00            Evening prayer (on Zoom)

19:00              Tuesday@7 Eucharist

Wednesday 6th April

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

18:00            Evening prayer (on Zoom)

21:00            Compline (Facebook video @StRichardAldwick)

Thursday 7th April

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

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

10:00              Holy Communion

Friday 8th April

Intention: the hungry, homeless, refugees and asylum seekers; the work of Church Army, Christian Aid and all relief agencies; our local charities Stonepillow and Bognor Regis Foodbank.

11:30              Funeral of Peter Holden RIP

Saturday 9th April

Intention: the Queen and Royal Family, our nation and government, and our local MP Nick Gibb.

10:00            Children’s Lent Group (last one)

Sunday 10th April – Palm Sunday Bring your own palms! (see Lent leaflet)

Readings: Isaiah 50: 4–9a; Psalm 31: 9–16; Philippians 2: 5–11; Luke 22: 14 – 23: 56


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit Lynette, Rosie Sims, Terry Haskell, Barbara Crew, Karen Cox, Jim Fowler, Sheila King, Dawn Spurway Pearson, Mo Ford, Nicola Simpson, Betty Smith, Heather Aprilant, Mike Hatzfeld, Andrew Naylor, Colin May, Beryl Turner, Tyler Rankin.

For urgent prayer, contact Gillian Purvis (267597) or Pat Rush (262561) to start the Prayer Chain.

Anniversary of death Ellen Earwaker (3rd); Robert McCleland, Edward Balk (4th); David Morrison (5th); Nellie Horlock, Joyce Burns, Jim Saunders (6th); John Fairclough (7th); Philip Smith (8th); Derek Bech (9th).

We remember Pagham Church family who live in residential care or usually receive communion at home: Beatrice Armstrong, Mary Baxter.

We pray for peace especially for and with the people of Ukraine, and we pray for the innocent, the frightened and those who have lost loved ones, homes, and family.


Face coverings We encourage you to continue wearing face coverings at all times when attending services/events in the church including when singing, please, unless medically exempt. Mthr Lucy and the Wardens will continue to review our COVID-19 practices regularly.

Lent, Holy Week and Easter Please see the additional sheet for details on our offering for Lent and beyond.

Friends of Pagham Church AGM will take place this Sunday in St Andrew’s Chapel, immediately after the 9:30 Family Eucharist. All are welcome. Please consider joining the committee: there is sign-up sheet on the notice board.

‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’ Growing the Household of Faith pilot programme There is a display sharing more information about GiTF in the church. This will be updated at regular intervals.

Women of Holy Week by Paula Gooder All are welcome to join us for quiet reading/meditation on this text during Holy Week, here and at St Richard’s; details on separate flyer.

Good Friday Walk of Witness in Bognor Regis this year is co-ordinated by the RC, Salvation Army and Methodist Churches. The walk begins with prayer at 10 am at Our Lady of Sorrows, Clarence Road, proceeds through the town centre with ‘Reflections at the cross’ and music, and ends at the Methodist Church for final worship (outside, weather permitting) and refreshments.

Good Friday Children’s Workshop This year we will be holding a children’s fun activity morning on Good Friday 10:30–12:00; this event will be held at and shared with St Richard’s, Aldwick. I hope this will be an exciting invitation to offer to all local families. A small team of volunteers are coming together – but if you would like to join us, please speak to Mthr Lucy.

Easter flowers For the past two years we have not been able to celebrate Easter in church because of the pandemic. This year we are hoping to fill the church with flowers to celebrate Easter. If you would like to sponsor an arrangement, or contribute to the costs of the flowers, please contact Trudi Kearsley (263597/07703 597353, trudikearsley@hotmail.co.uk). We will be decorating the church on Easter Eve, Saturday 16th April, time TBC.

St Ninian’s URC Guild are holding their anniversary service on Monday 4th April at 14:30. The invitation extends to local Churches. All are welcome to the service and refreshments afterwards.

Tea & Chat will not take place this month, as the second Wednesday falls in Holy Week. Instead, you are invited to the Teapot Café at St Ninian’s URC hall, Pagham Road, which is open on the first Tuesday of each month: Tuesday 5th April, 10–12 noon. All welcome.

Men’s Breakfast is at Pagham Beach café again on Wednesday 6th April at 09:30. Cost is between £5.00 and £10.00. More information from Alex Brockhurst on 07792 544259.

Churchyard maintenance: urgent call for volunteers! The Payback Community Team who normally cut the grass are unable to help us at the moment. So to keep on top of the churchyard maintenance, we need the help of volunteers. We will have sessions this Monday, Tuesday and Saturday from 9:00 until about midday. If you are able to help, do please come along. Thank you!


CONTACT DETAILS        –      find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @StThomasPagham

Priest-in-Charge: The Reverend Lucy Sullivan
19 Willowhale Avenue, Bognor Regis, PO21 4AU  mthrlucy.pagham@gmail.com, 01243 941551.

Churchwardens: Mike Wake and Alex Brockhurst: churchwarden@paghamchurch.org,07899 705632//07792 544259.

Church website update: email editor@paghamchurch.org.

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

Pews News: Alison Blenkinsop, pewsnews@paghamchurch.org, 261131, 07784 544981.