Weekly Pews News

No 19-36

8 September 2019

Education Sunday

Collect for the day Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than either we desire or deserve: pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Today’s services

8 am Holy Communion (12th Sunday after Trinity) Readings: 2 Corinthians 3. 4-10; Mark 7: 31–end

9.45 am Family Eucharist Readings: Philemon 1-21; Luke 14: 25-33 Hymns: 629, 88, 163, 503 Gloria 964

5 pm Evening Prayer – Celtic worship

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

All welcome!

Saturday 7 September (omitted in error last week) Anniversary: Ena Groves (1995); Hazel Hope (2000)

Sunday 8 September

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.

Monday 9 September

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

Anniversary: Tony Perez (2013)

Tuesday 10 September

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

7 pm Evening Prayer

Wednesday 11 September

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)

2 pm Knit & Natter at Carole’s, 31 Grange Court (865167)

7.30 pm Standing Committee meeting in St Andrew’s Chapel

Anniversary: Eileen Piper (2008); David Dewing (2011)

Thursday 12 September

Intention: our local industry and commerce, our farmers and growers, and the holiday industry.

8 pm Chichester Voices rehearsal

Friday 13 September – John Chrysostom, Bp of Constantinople, 407

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.

Saturday 14 September – Holy Cross Day

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

11.30 am Wedding rehearsal


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit: Judi March, Lynette, Zoe, Eugene West, Chloe Green, Rosie Sims, Nicola, Simon Hill, Derek Pugh, Richard Rundle, Tilly & Ottilee, Brian Lewis, Arthur Guppy and family, Christopher Gibbons.

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

Those who have died: Norman Smith, Audrey Guppy, Gladys Barnard, Jack Avery, Jean Dawson.

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

We pray for God’s blessing upon all who live in our parish: Sea Way, Sefter Road, Shirley Close.

Year of Vocation Cycle of Prayer for Work: the unemployed and those living in poverty.

Year of Vocation Cycle of Prayer for Church Roles: Luncheon Club helpers, caterers, tea and coffee helpers, Foodbank coordinator, Charity representatives.


Churchwardens: Mike Wake or Stephen Cox-Rusbridge: churchwarden@paghamchurch.org, 262713. NB corrected email address

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.

(Deadline for notices: Thursday morning)

Sunday 15th Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

8 am Holy Communion Readings: Galatians 3: 16-22; Luke 10: 23-37

9.45 am Parish Eucharist Readings: Exodus 32: 7-14; Psalm 51: 1-10; 1 Timothy 1: 12-17; Luke 15: 1-10 Hymns: 552, 584, 337, sheet

12 noon Baptism of Ivy Cox

5 pm Evening Worship – Songs of Praise


Church Roof update: we are still awaiting a report from the Structural Engineer and an indication of the increased costs to repair unexpected, serious faults in the stonework. As soon as we have an indication of the increased cost we will update you. We are still short of our funding target; if anyone is able to assist with a pledge or loan to help us reach it, please speak to the churchwardens.

Photographic record of the repairs: we would like to document the progress of repairs to the roof, to keep our donors and sponsors informed. If you have some spare time on weekdays (ie while the work is taking place), and a good quality camera, please contact Mike Wake for more information: 264254, mikewake@talktalk.net.

Songs of Praise, Sunday 15th at 5 pm: an opportunity to choose and sing a favourite hymn – one with special meaning for you, or one completely new to us all. Come and lift your voices!

Harvest Festival flowers: we will be decorating the church in readiness for Harvest Festival on Saturday 28th from 3.30 pm onwards (please note time as there is wedding on that day). Donations of produce and greenery would be much appreciated. Monetary donations towards the costs of the flowers in memory of a loved one or to celebrate an event would be welcome; please contact Trudi Kearsley 263597/07703 597353.

Pets R Us: by popular demand, there will be a Pet Blessing Service on Sunday 6 October at 3.30 pm.

Good News leaflets: we need deliverers for the following short rounds: 1: Laurel Drive, Old Barn Close, Mill View Close (in Millfarm Estate); 2: Brooks End (off Pagham Rd); 3: Edwen Close (off Hook Lane); 4: Boleyn Drive, Tabard Gate, Wolsey Close (off Nyetimber Lane roundabout). Offers to Trudi or Mo.

Revd Mark Eminson: our former vicar has now been installed as Team Rector in Merton! A coachload of us were privileged to attend the service, led by the Bishop of Kingston, in Wimbledon last Wednesday. Let us continue to pray for Mark as he gets to know the parishes and develops his ministry. We also pray for his children in their new schools, and his wife Elise as she continues her PhD studies. The family are very grateful for the monetary and other gifts they were given at their farewell – their thank-you letter and new contact details are on the noticeboard.