Weekly Pews News
Second Sunday of Advent
Sunday 5th December
08:00 Holy Communion
09:30 Parish Family Eucharist
14:00 Holy Baptism of Alfie, Lilly and Oliver Riddle
Collect Almighty God, purify our hearts and minds, that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as judge and saviour we may be ready to receive him, who is our Lord and our God. Amen.
Readings Malachi 3: 1–4; Luke 1: 68–79; Philippians 1: 3–11; Luke 3: 1–6
Sunday 5th December
Intention: our children and young people, and their leaders; our Sunday School and Saints (older children).
Monday 6th December
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.
09:00 Morning prayer (at church)
Tuesday 7th December – Ambrose, bishop, teacher of the faith, 397
Intention: our schools, colleges and universities; all teachers and learners, governors and administrators.
17:30 Evening prayer (on Zoom)
19:00 Tuesday@7 Eucharist
Wednesday 8th 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; our local charities Stonepillow and Bognor Regis Foodbank.
17:30 Evening Prayer (on Zoom)
Thursday 9th December
Intention: the Queen and Royal Family, our nation and government, and our local MP Nick Gibb.
09:00 Morning prayer (at church)
10:00 Holy Communion
Friday 10th December
Intention: our local clubs and organisations, especially our Ladies’ Club and Men’s Group, and Pagham Luncheon Club.
17:00 Choir practice
Saturday 11th December
Intention: our Scouts, Guides, Cadets and other local youth organisations.
Sunday 12th December – Third Sunday of Advent
Readings: Zephaniah 3: 14–20; Isaiah 12: 2–6; Philippians 4: 4–7; Luke 3: 7–18
PRAYERS AND INTENTIONS
We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit Lynette, Rosie Sims, Terry Haskell, Barbara Crew, Jean Martin, Karen Cox, Jim Fowler, Sheila King, Dawn Spurway Pearson, Mo Ford, Nicola Simpson, Betty Smith, Heather Marchant, Mike Hatzfeld, Andrew Naylor, Colin & Kerry May.
For urgent prayer, contact Gillian Purvis (267597) or Pat Rush (262561) to activate the Prayer Chain.
The recently departed Kathleen (Kay) Holladay-Segrave
Anniversary of death Jack Vagg (5th); Charles Martin (6th); Dorothy Hender (8th); Olive Bringan (10th); Rose Bailey (11th).
We remember Church family who live in residential care or usually receive communion at home: Beatrice Armstrong, Mary Baxter.
We pray for Alfie, Lilly and Oliver Riddle who are to be baptised today, and their parents and godparents.
Face Coverings In light of the Omicrom variant of Covid 19 now present in the UK, and around the world masks are now mandatory in shops and on public transport. You are asked to wear your face covering at all times when attending services/ events in the church, please, unless medically exempt. Mthr Lucy and the Wardens will continue to review our Covid-19 practices regularly, so please be aware of notices on the pew sheet and in church.
Transept seating These side areas are kept for those who wish to maintain social distancing. Please remember that there are ‘red crosses’ available for you to place on the seats beside you, if you wish to give a sign to others that you want to keep good social distance.
Advent preparation Mthr Lucy invites you to read the classic ‘The coming of God’ by Maria Boulding this Advent. ‘Rich with an Advent theme, this work explores the different ways in which God comes to us. Its central message is that God comes to the needy and empty. Whether our poverty is material or spiritual, the book aims to bring hope and promise.’ There will be an opportunity to reflect on this reading with tea and conversation on Thursday 16th at 14:30. We meet in the Committee Room of the Mosse Hall at St Richard’s church, Gossamer Lane. Plenty of parking available.
Mulled Wine and Christmas Rhyme Following the very successful ‘Hymns and Pimm’s’ event in September, St Richard’s will be hosting a Christmas edition: ‘Mulled Wine and Christmas Rhyme’ on Sunday 12th at 16:00, at St Richard’s, Gossamer Lane, Aldwick. Join us for a good carol sing, warming refreshments and a time of good cheer! Tickets £5 to include your first drink, available from Barbara (01243 266193).
Christmas Services Do take the leaflets about our Christmas services to pass on to neighbours and friends.
Sunday School Please note there will be no Sunday School during December. The next session will be Sunday 16th January. See the Christmas services flyer for details on the Christingle and Crib services.
Church bells We are still raising money for their maintenance: if you would like to make a donation, or dedicate ringing in memory or celebration of a loved one, Mike Wake can provide you with information on how to do this (contact below). Thank you to those who have contributed so far – we are not far off reaching the final total, even with the additional works!
Friends of Pagham Church annual fundraising quiz is now available for £2 from Mo Hatzfeld (268576) or Trudi Kearsley (263597) for a prize of £100.
NB Question 10 on The Antarctic: for BC, read AD!
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Priest-in-Charge: The Reverend Lucy Sullivan
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