Weekly Pews News

no 21-45


Third Sunday before Advent

Sunday 7th November   

09:30              Parish Family Eucharist

16:00              All Souls’ Memorial Service

Collect  Heavenly Lord, you long for the world’s salvation: stir us from apathy, restrain us from excess and revive in us new hope that all creation will one day be healed in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Readings Jonah 3: 1–5, 10; (Psalm 62: 5–end Hebrews 9: 24–end;) Mark 1: 14–20 


Sunday 7th November

Intention: COP26 – rest day.

Monday 8th November – Saints and martyrs of England

Intention: COP26 – Adaptation, Loss and Damage: delivering the practical solutions needed to adapt to climate impacts, and address loss and damage.

09:00            Morning prayer (at church)

Tuesday 9th November

Intention: COP26 – Gender: progressing gender equality, and the full participation of women and girls in climate action. Science and Innovation: demonstrating that these can deliver climate solutions to meet, and accelerate, increased ambition.

17:30            Evening prayer (on Zoom)

19:00              Tuesday@7 communion service

Wednesday 10th November – Leo the Great, bishop, teacher of the faith, 461

Intention: COP26 – Transport: driving the global transition to zero emission transport.

17:30            Evening Prayer (on Zoom)

Thursday 11th November – Martin, bishop, c.397

Intention: COP26 – Cities, Regions and Built Environment: advancing action in the places we live, from communities through to cities and regions.

09:00            Morning prayer (at church)

10:00              Holy Communion

Friday 12th November

Intention: COP26 – Closure of Negotiations.

17:00            Choir practice in church

Saturday 13th November – Charles Simeon, priest, evangelical divine, 1836

Intention: COP26 – commitment by all to the implementation of pledges made.

10:00–10:45  Preparation for Holy Communion in St Andrew’s Chapel (see below)

11:00-14:00   Early Christmas Fair

Sunday 14th November – Remembrance Sunday (2nd Sunday before Advent)

Readings: Daniel 12: 1­–3; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10: 11–14, 19–25; Mark 13: 1–8


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.

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

The recently departed Agnes Grimsdell, Stuart Meyer.

Anniversary of death Trevor Ribbons (9th); Douglas Smith (10th); Sylvia Evans (13th).

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


COP26 The annual ‘Conference Of Parties’ arose from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992, and has run since 1995. The UK is host to the 26th meeting in Glasgow, where at least 30,000 reps of over 200 countries, businesses, NGOs and faith groups will gather for the next 12 days. COP26 is crucial: it’s probably our last chance for world leaders to commit to actions to save the Earth from climate catastrophe. Follow the prayer stations in church and COP-related daily intentions in Pews News; greenchristian.org.uk/cop-26-glasgow-2021/ has info & resources.

Admission to Holy Communion before Confirmation The next preparation sessions will run on  13th, 20th & 27th, 10:00–10:45. Children will be admitted to Holy Communion for the first time, having completed this preparation, on Advent Sunday, 28th November.

Bishop Luffa applications Appointments with Mthr Lucy are available until 17th November.

Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal Return filled boxes by Sunday 7th  for blessing at Family Eucharist.

All Souls’ Memorial Service, Sunday 7th at 16.00. If you have someone to be remembered or prayed for, please PRINT the name on the sheet at the back of church, or email details to Mo Hatzfeld on admin@paghamchurch.org.

Early Christmas Market and Craft Fair, Saturday 13th November 11:00–14:00 at the Village Hall. This event is next Saturday so do please spread the word and invite your neighbours and friends – the more the merrier!

Thank you to those who have already left donations for this event. If you still have donations at home (NB No Bric-a-brac) please these at the back of church or speak to Trudi  – 263597. Books can be left in church or brought to the hall on Saturday. Home-made cakes (wrapped if possible) would be very welcome, delivered to the hall on Saturday morning.

Church bells Thanks to the wonderful work of Nicholson’s and their able assistants from the parish work on our bells is going well. There have been a few extra tasks and the related costs involved but it looks very likely that the bells will be back in action, as planned, by next Sunday (14th). We are still raising money for this project: if you would like to make a donation to this fund, or to dedicate ringing in memory or celebration of a loved one we would be very pleased to hear from you. Mike Wake can provide you with information on dedicated ringing. Thank you to those who have contributed so far- we are not far off reaching the final total, even with the additional works!

Pagham Beach update Pagham Flood Defence Trust’s work to cut the Church Norton spit, to help protect Pagham residents from further erosion, has been successful! Water is now flowing through the new cut, and we pray that this will reduce the risk of flooding of nearby homes.

Book group Our next meeting is on Friday 3rd December at 14:30 in St Andrew’s Chapel. We will be discussing ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ by Sue Monk Kidd. More information from Linda Tempest, lindatempest@hotmail.com, 07443 905893.

Advent 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 December 4pm. With an evening meeting possible if there is interest in this. Venue TBC.

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Priest-in-Charge: The Reverend Lucy Sullivan

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

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