Weekly Pews News

No 20-10

8 March 2020

Second Sunday of Lent

Collect for the day Almighty God, you show to those who are in error the light of your truth, that they may return to the way of righteousness: grant to all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion, that they may reject those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Psalm response

My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

Today’s services

8 am Holy Communion Readings: 1Thessalonians 4: 1-8; Matthew 15: 21-28

9.45 am Parish Eucharist Readings: Genesis 12: 1-4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4: 1-5; John 3: 1-17 Hymns: 467, 312, 74, 295

4 pm Evening Prayer (Common Worship)

After the Eucharist, all are welcome to gather for refreshments and socialise in St Andrew’s chapel at the back of church.

The church is open every day for visitors and private prayer.

All welcome!

Sunday 8 March

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.

Anniversary: Jessie Towler (1983); Lilian Gilham (2007)

Monday 9 March

Intention: the Queen and Royal Family, our Nation and Government, our local MP Nick Gibb and MEPs.

Anniversary: Gladys Halling (1993)

Tuesday 10 March

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

7 pm Evening prayer with ministry of healing

Anniversary: Betty Wadlow (1996); Joyce Winfield (2006)

Wednesday 11 March

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

10 am Holy Communion

12 noon Luncheon Club at St Ninian’s Hall (Jean Hunt, 268818)

7.30 pm Stations of the Cross (see information opposite)

Anniversary: Norman Williams (1989); Robert Upton (1993); Neville Purdy (2012); Cynthia Brown (2015)

Thursday 12 March

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

Anniversary: Stanley Holder (1996); Harry Taylor (2010)

Friday 13 March

Intention: our organist and director of music Ann Gristwood, our choir and musicians; our lay ministers of communion, altar servers, welcome team and bell-ringers.

12 noon Funeral of Tony Spurle

Saturday 14 March

Intention: our Parochial Church Council, its officers and committees; all those who serve our Church in any way.


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit: Lynette, Chloe Green, Rosie Sims, Nicola, Richard Rundle, Terry Haskell, Jean Martin, Maddy, Gemma Green, Lila Cowee, Barbara Crew, Brenda Dobson, Keith Smith, June Evans, Zoe, Bea & Laurie Tucker, Karen Cox, Lesley Howlett, Jim Druce, Shelagh, Paul, Derek Hardie, Chris & family.

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

*Those who have died recently: Reg Smith, Ken Small, Tony Spurle, Judi March.

We remember in our prayers Church members who live in residential care or receive communion at home: Brenda Dobson, Kathleen Dudley, Ethel Huckle, Eileen Knight.

We pray for God’s blessing on all who live in our parish: Churchill Walk, Colt’s Bay, Conifer Way.

*We pray for the family and friends of several dear friends with a long connection to Pagham Church, as we all mourn their recent passing. We thank God for their lives, and extend our love and sympathies especially to their spouses: Betty Smith, Ann Small, Jenny Spurle and Stephen March.


Stations of the Cross: at 7.30 pm each Wednesday in Lent we walk around the church, with simple prayers and readings at each painting depicting Jesus’s last journey, from being sentenced to death by Pilate to his dying on the cross and burial. Do join us for this short service.


Churchwardens: Mike Wake and Stephen Cox-Rusbridge: churchwarden@paghamchurch.org, 07899 705632//07974 177905.

Church website update: email editor@paghamchurch.org to add content.

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

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

Sunday 15th Third Sunday of Lent

8 am Holy Communion Readings: Ephesians 5: 1-14; Luke 11: 14-28

9.45 am Parish Eucharist Readings: Exodus 17: 1 -7; Psalm 95; Romans 5: 1-11; John 4: 5-42 Hymns: 161, 45, 584, 252, Taizé 929

4 pm Evening Worship – Songs of Praise


Coronavirus (Covid-19) and communion: this Diocese has circulated the following advice:

“Do not intinct (dip the bread into the wine). The hands can be a greater source of infection than lips. With intinction fingers are likely to touch the inside of the chalice and even the wine, which puts other communicants at a greater risk of infection, particularly those with immune/allergic conditions.”

It was therefore decided that we should not offer the chalice for intinction. For those preferring not to drink from the chalice, the Anglican teaching that to receive the sacrament in one kind is to receive it in its entirety.

We will also not exchange the Peace by handshake or other physical contact, but simply say ‘peace be with you’, preferably whilst making eye contact. The full advice is on the notice board, and the Diocesan website.

Church roof: the work still remaining is stonework on the gables; ceiling decoration (where there is interior scaffolding); the porch; the east slope of the north transept. In that area, unfortunately, a small amount of decay has been found in some of the timbers, which we hope can be done within the budget. Please continue to take extra care, particularly when the contractors are working, to avoid trailing leads. Thank you to all who have contributed to help us reach the target.

Confirmation: Revd Canon Colin Wood is to run a preparation course soon. Contact him (264192) or the Churchwardens if you are interested.

Fairtrade fortnight continues to Monday 9th.

Funeral for Judi March will be held privately elsewhere on Monday 9th.

Funeral for Tony Spurle will take place in church on Friday 13th at 12 noon; refreshments afterwards at St Ninian’s Hall, Pagham Road.

Friends of Pagham Parish Church AGM: on Sunday 15th at 3 pm in St Andrew’s Chapel, followed by refreshments and Songs of Praise at 4 pm. Nomination forms are on the notice board. All welcome.

Do consider becoming a Friend to support this wonderful church!

Christian Aid: Count Your Blessings leaflets are available for those who wish to participate during Lent. The Lent Soup Lunch is on Thursday 26th, in St Andrew’s Chapel. Look out for further details.

Request for gloves: rough sleepers in Bognor Regis would appreciate warm gloves, preferably one size to fit all, and also fingerless types. Please give to Sue O’Neill.

Good News Deliverers: we are seeking deliverers for the following rounds in Nyetimber, off Pagham Road: Laurel Drive (20), Old Barn Close & Mill View Close (40), and Spinnaker View & Anchorage Court (41). If you can help, please speak to Trudi (263597) or Mo (268576).