Weekly Pews News

No 19-48

8 December 2019

Second Sunday of Advent

Collect for the day O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness we are grievously hindered in running the race that is set before us, your bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Psalm response In his time shall the righteous flourish.

Prayer at lighting of Advent wreath Lord Jesus, light of the world, the prophets said you would bring peace and save your people in trouble. Give peace in our hearts at Christmas and show all the world God’s love. Amen.

Today’s services

8 am Holy Communion Readings: Romans 15: 4 -13; Luke 21: 25-33

9.45 am Parish Eucharist Readings: Isaiah 11: 1-10; Psalm 72: 1-7, 18-19; Romans 15: 4-13; Matthew 3: 1-12 Hymns: 406, 447, 690, 221

4 pm Christingle service

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

All welcome!

Sunday 8 December

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: Dorothy Hender (2000)

Monday 9 December

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

Tuesday 10 December

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

7 pm Evening Prayer 7.30 pm Standing Committee meeting in St Andrew’s Chapel

Anniversary: Olive Bringan (1976)

Wednesday 11 December

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

10 am Holy Communion

7 pm Compline

Anniversary: Rose Bailey (1987)

Thursday 12 December

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

11 am Funeral of Zelma May 8 pm Chichester Voices rehearsal

Anniversary: Dorothy Player (1989)

Friday 13 December – Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, c. 304

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.

Anniversary: Gladys Markworth (1975)

Saturday 14 December – John of the Cross, Mystic, 1591

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

Anniversary: Cecelia Fielder (1998)


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit: Judi March, Lynette, Zoe, Chloe Green, Rosie Sims, Nicola, Richard Rundle, Simon Hill, Diane Wills, Terry Haskell, Jean Martin, Derek Hardie, Madge Breakspear, Carole Turner, Ron Cusworth, Graham.

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

Those who have died: William Dix, Zelma May, Stanley Woodruff.

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

We pray for God’s blessing upon all who live in our parish: Webb Close, Well Road.


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.

(Deadline for notices: Thursday morning)

Sunday 15th Third Sunday of Advent

8 am Holy Communion Readings: 1 Corinthians 4: 1-5; Matthew 11: 2-11

9.45 am Parish Eucharist Readings: Isaiah 35: 1-10; Psalm 146: 4-10; James 5: 7-10; Matthew 11: 2-11 Hymns: 480, 99, 580, 631, Taizé 938

4 pm Evening Prayer


Church Roof update: our Raise the Roof appeal, launched three and half years ago, has enabled us to get very near the target of £350,000. See the board at the back of the church for progress pictures and funding updates, and under ‘Raise the Roof’ on the parish website. It’s not too late to sponsor and sign your name and dedication on more tiles, for £10!

Advent and Christmas services: please take the mauve leaflet listing these services, and share with neighbours and friends.

Our annual Christingle Service takes place this afternoon, at 4 pm. Envelopes and candle money-boxes for Children’s Society donations are available at the back of church.

Chichester Voices provide an evening of festive music, entitled ‘A Boy was born’, in church on Thursday 19th at 7.30 pm. Tickets are available from June Baker after the 9.45 am service. See posters and flyers.

Parish Mosaic: see the board in the south aisle for wonderful mosaics of our Pagham photos, organised by Graham Jones. There’s more to come!

Christmas card board: this has been erected in the south aisle for those who would like to display a joint card or other Christmas message to our Church family. This can reduce the environmental impact of cards, save time, and increase direct giving to charities, but is entirely by choice. More information from Alison, 261131.

Nyewood Infant and Junior Schools are looking for new School Governors. If you might be interested, or know someone with an interest in education and skills for a governing body, do please speak to one of the churchwardens.

Bognor Regis Foodbank: urgently needed items include tinned goods: soup, fish, vegetables, fruit and rice pudding; also UHT milk, fruit juice/squash, coffee (100g jars); and spreads (Marmite, peanut butter, jam, chocolate spread etc). See the website of the Trussell Trust for details of the Christmas appeal for funds to provide extras in this season: www.trusselltrust.org. Please leave food items in the crate by the church door. Monetary donations should be made directly to the Foodbank in Argyle Road, Bognor Regis, or online. Thank you!

My Sisters’ House: this Women’s Centre works across the coastal area of W Sussex, and provides a range of support needs to women from all backgrounds and with various challenges. It is based at 108c London Road, Bognor Regis, PO21 1BD; www.mysistershouse.info/, tel 697800.

Thank you to those that have been sweeping leaves on Saturday mornings to ensure that the church path does not become slippery.