Weekly Pews News

no 22-6


Fourth Sunday before Lent

08:00              Holy Communion

09:30              Parish Family Eucharist

17:30              Evening prayer and Accession Service (see below)

Collect Lord of the hosts of heaven, our salvation and our strength, without you we are lost:

guard us from all that harms or hurts and raise us when we fall; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Readings Isaiah 6: 1–8; 1 Corinthians 15: 1–11; Luke 5: 1–11.

Today’s bell ringing is dedicated by Peter and Carol-Anne Pocock
‘in memory of Jessica (our Jack Russell), 22.10.2005 – 27.01.2022’

Sunday 6th February

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.

Monday 7th February

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

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

Tuesday 8th February

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.

18:00           Evening prayer (in church and on Zoom)

19:00              Tuesday@7 Eucharist

Wednesday 9th February

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

14:30            Tea & Chat at the Pagham Parish Church Centre on Nyetimber Lane (until 16:00)

18:00            Evening prayer (in church and on Zoom)

Thursday 10th February

Intention: our local clubs and organisations, especially our Ladies’ Club and Men’s Group, and Pagham Luncheon Club.

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

10:00              Holy Communion

Friday 11th February

Intention: our Scouts, Guides, Cadets and other local youth organisations.

16:00           Choir practice

Saturday 12th February

Intention: our local industry and commerce, our farmers and growers, and the holiday industry; the staff and guests of Church Farm Holiday Village.

Sunday 13th February – Third Sunday before Lent

Readings: Jeremiah 17: 5–10; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15: 12–20; Luke 6: 17–26


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 Marchant, Mike Hatzfeld, Andrew Naylor, Colin May, Lucy Gammon, Beryl Turner.

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

Recently departed John Millen, Brian Barton.

Anniversary of death Ethel Funnell (7th); Elsie Breaker, Rita Lloyd (9th); Frank Rowley (11th); Rose Humphries (12th).

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

We pray for the Rev’d Helen Garratt and the Rev’d Martha Mutikani as they are commissioned as Dean and Assistant Dean of Women’s ministry in the Diocese of Chichester, today.


Face coverings We ask that you continue to wear face coverings when in church, to make sure that this remains a place of welcome for those who are vulnerable with the recent changes in Covid restrictions. You are encouraged to wear your face covering at all times when attending services/events in the church including when singing, please, unless medically exempt. We also ask that you use the hand sanitizer available at the door on arrival. 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. There are ‘red crosses’ available to place on the seats beside you, to signal that you want to keep social distance.

Evening prayer will now run both online and in church, as noted above. To join online you will need either the mobile app, or a copy of the Common Worship Daily Prayer book. Copies of this book can be borrowed from church. Please speak to Mthr Lucy if you would like more details.

‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’ Growing the Household of Faith pilot programme This week we ask you to pray for The Revd. Dr Jack Dunn from the Department of Apostolic Life and those participants visiting us from the parish of Rustington, on Thursday evening.

Accession Service Sunday 6th February marks the 70th anniversary of HM The Queen’s accession to the throne. We will commemorate this with Evening Prayer and Accession Service according to the Book of Common Prayer at 17:30 on Sunday 6th. All are welcome.

Tea and Chat Our next meeting is on Wednesday 9th, 14:30–16:00 (NB new start time) at the Church Centre in Nyetimber Lane. All welcome! For more info, contact Carole Druce, 07732 768890.

Bell ringing How about learning to ring for HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee? There will be 4 days of national celebrations from 2nd June when we are encouraged to ring the bells to mark this historic event. Bell ringers do not have to be big, strong, musical or mathematical. Anyone from the age of 10 with reasonable coordination and a sense of rhythm can learn to ring. If you would like to know more, please speak to Mike Wake 07899 705632.

Foundation Governors for Nyewood Infant and Junior Schools Both of our Church of England schools are urgently seeking foundation governors at this time. The support of local parish churches in this essential role is critical to the mission of the Church in the wider community, with Foundation Governors being critical to helping foster a distinctive Christian identity in the schools. If you have any interest in learning more about this, please speak to Mthr Lucy, who is now an Ex-Officio Governor of both schools, for more information.

Music at Pagham church Since returning to public worship last spring we have been fortunate to enjoy the organ playing of Freddy, a music student from the university, he has greatly encouraged the singing of our choir too. I’m sorry to share that Freddy won’t be returning to us this term as he pursues other opportunities in his final year at the university. On behalf of us all I have thanked Freddy for all that he has contributed to the music and life of the parish. We will now review the way forward for the choir and music in our worship – but I wish to reiterate that all those who enjoy singing are most welcome to join the choir, details of practices are noted above.

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.

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