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Weekly Pews News

No. 8378

Colour of the season: P

Date: 3rd December 2017


First Sunday of Advent


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: Show the light of your countenance and we shall be saved.


Post-Communion Prayer at the Advent Wreath: Lord Jesus, light of the world, born in David’s city of Bethlehem, born like him to be a king: be born in our hearts at Christmas, be King of our lives today. Amen.


Our Opportunities for Worship today


  First Sunday of Advent                                              (P)
8.00am Holy Communion

Readings: Romans 13: 8-end, Matthew 21: 1-13

9.45am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Isaiah 64: 1-9, Psalm 80: 1-8, 18-20, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-end

Hymns: 58, 224,100,449                                     Communion: 263,367,901

5.00pm Advent Carols and Readings

After the Parish Eucharist you are welcome to gather for refreshments in St. Andrew’s chapel, where we can get to know each other better


Sunday 3rd December

Intention: Pray for the Pilgrim Course – Leaders and participants. Pray for those baptised and confirmed here during the year, for their parents, godparents or sponsors; for our own godchildren.

Anniversary: John Morrish (2015), Charles Meyer (1990)


Monday 4th December

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

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


Tuesday 5th December

Intention: Pray for our children and young people, and their leaders; for our Children’s Groups, Wednesday Tots and Youth Group.


7.00pm           The Eucharist

7.00pm           Ladies Club Christmas celebration at The Church Centre. All welcome.


Wednesday 6th December – Nicholas

Intention: Pray for our Archbishops, Justin Welby of Canterbury & John Sentamu of York; for the work of the Archbishops’ Council and General Synod; for all teachers & learners, governors & administrators.

Anniversary: Charles Martin (1997)


10.00am         Holy Communion

1.30pm           Wednesday Tots at the Church Centre (opp Pagham FC)

2-4pm             Knit and Natter at Helen’s -3 Conway Drive (265911)

7.00pm           Compline

8.00pm           Standing Committee at the Vicarage


Thursday 7th December – Ambrose

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

Anniversary: Dorothy Hender (2000)


Friday 8th December – Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Intention: Pray for the Queen & Royal Family, our Nation & Government, our local MP & MEP.


Saturday 9th December

Intention: Pray for our local clubs & organisations, especially our Ladies Club, Luncheon Club and The Men’s Club.

Anniversary: Olive Bringan (1976)







We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: David Atkins, Elizabeth Dove, Judi March, Sue Smith, Margaret Mayhew, Ian Turner, Barbara Nash, Gillian Grimmond, Joan, Len, Maureen Howard, Al, Bob, Maureen Howland.


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


We pray for those who have died: Arthur Harrison, Eddie


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


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


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


We pray for the Children’s Society whose work we support financially as a parish.




Church Website update: To add content to the website email


Pews News: Trudi Kearsley can be contacted by email: (Tel: 01243 263597) or telephone Mark Eminson 01243 262713


Revd. Mark Eminson can be contacted at 16 Havelock Road, Bognor Regis, PO21 2EZ. Tel: 262713. Email: (day off Friday)


Revd. Jo King can be contacted on (day off Friday) or 01243 930247.


Next Sunday Second Sunday of Advent                                         (P)
8.00am Holy Communion

Readings: Romans 15: 4-13, Luke 21: 25-33

9.45am Parish Eucharist

Readings – Isaiah 40: 1-11, Psalm 85: 1-2, 8-end, 2 peter 3: 8-15a, Mark 1: 1-8

Hymns: 128,949,songsheet, 295

Communion: 655, 690, 825

5.00pm Evening Prayer – Book of Common Prayer

Readings: 1 Kings 22: 1-28, Matthew 11: 2-11




Advent and Christmas leaflet: Do please take one away with you and perhaps another to give to a friend or neighbour.


Year of Prayer: As Advent and a new church year begin, we also start the Diocesan Year of Prayer. There will be a range of opportunities over the year. To start with, if you like the idea of being paired with another church member as prayer partners for the year, then write your name on the piece of paper and place it in the box at the back of church.


Jo and family: We are pleased to announce that the Kings will be moving to North Bersted next year as Jo will become the next Priest-in-Charge of Holy Cross. Our loss will be their gain. We don’t as yet have any dates and timings and certainly have the Kings with us for now.


#God With Us: This is an Advent resource we commend to you and perhaps friends or neighbours. Do take a copy from church (leaving if possible a £1 donation) or you can get the resource free online at or by texting GODWITHUS to 88802.


Christmas Fair: Well done to all who helped in many ways with the Christmas Fair. Over £2000 was raised for our roof appeal, thank you all.


Parish Book Group: Our current book is ’The Warden’ by Anthony Trollope. Join a discussion group on Thursday 11th January at 10am or Monday 15th January at 8pm. See the Book Group notice board for further information and sign-up sheets.


Ladies Club Christmas Celebration: Come and join us for our Christmas celebration with Carols led by Glenwood Ladies Choir, Christmas Poems, Raffle, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine/Fruit Juice. All Welcome.


Diocesan Intercessions List: Our parish will be prayed for at Chichester Cathedral this Thursday 7th December 2017 at the 8am Holy Communion Service and 5.30pm Evensong. We are all invited to attend on this day, including complimentary tea in Cloisters Cafe at 4.30 pm.   If you would like to attend for tea followed by Evensong please sign the sheet on the notice board by today – for further information please contact out Parish/Cathedral Link June Baker on 01243262344.


Christmas Quiz: Your last opportunity to purchase this year’s Christmas Quiz from Mo Hatzfeld, priced £1.00. This year’s prize is a hamper filled with lovely Christmas goodies. All profits go to Raise the Roof Fund. Completed quizzes need to be returned to Mo by Sunday 10th December.


Christmas hospitality: If you know of someone who might appreciate company on Christmas Day, we have had an offer of hosting. Speak to Mark or Jo for details.


Decorating the Christmas tree and preparing Christingles: From 10am on Saturday 16th December – helpers are welcome.