Weekly Pews News

No 20-06

9 February 2020

Third Sunday before Lent

Collect for the day

Almighty God, who alone can bring order to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity: give your people grace so to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, among the many changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through 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.


Psalm response Light shines in the darkness for the upright.

Today’s services

8 am Holy Communion (Septuagesima) 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27; Matthew 20: 1-16

9.45 am Parish Eucharist with Bishop Martin Readings: Isaiah 58: 1-9a; Psalm 112: 1-9; 1 Corinthians 2: 1-12; Matthew 5: 13-20 Hymns: 367, 180, 684, 429

4 pm Evening Worship – Evening Prayer (BCP)

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 9 February

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

Anniversary: Elsie Breaker (1971); Rita Lloyd (1997)

Monday 10 February – Scholastica, Abbess of Plombariola, c.543

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

1 pm Funeral of Stephen Wheeler

Tuesday 11 February

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

7pm The Eucharist with Archdeacon Luke

Anniversary: Frank Rowley (2009)

Wednesday 12 February

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

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

Anniversary: Rose Humphries (2002)

Thursday 13 February

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: Leonard Pyefinch (1979)

Friday 14 February – Cyril & Methodius, Missionaries to the Slavs, 869 & 885

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

Anniversary: Lydia Perez (1997); Emily Lee (2012)

Saturday 15 February

Intention: our local community; our Parish Pastoral Care Team, local Residents’ Associations, and the County, District and Parish Councils.

6.30 pm Friends’ Winter Warmer in St Andrew’s Chapel

Anniversary: Agnes Ray (2007)


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit: Judi March, Lynette, Chloe Green, Rosie Sims, Nicola, Richard Rundle, Terry Haskell, Jean Martin, Maddy, Gemma Green, Naomi, Lila Cowee, Barbara Crew, Brenda Dobson, Keith Smith, Tony Spurle, June Evans, Zoe, Bea & Laurie Tucker, Ann, Karen Cox.

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

Those who have died recently: Lawrence Sercombe, Alan, Stephen Wheeler, Merope Wardroper.

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: Bridorley Close, Brookland, Brooks End.


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 16th Second Sunday before Lent

8 am Holy Communion (Sexagesima) Readings: 2 Corinthians 11: 19-31; Luke 8: 4-15

9.45 am Parish Eucharist Readings: Genesis 1: 1 to 2: 3; Psalm 136: 1-9, 23-26; Romans 8: 18-25; Matthew 6: 25-34 Hymns: 671, 455, 32, 60, Taizé 949

12 noon Baptism of Harry MacDonald

4 pm Evening Worship – Songs of Praise


We welcome Bishop Martin as he presides and preaches at our Eucharist service today.

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

Lent groups are starting in early March across the Bognor Churches Together area. The focus is on Henri Nouwen’s book The Return of the Prodigal Son, which looks closely at Jesus’s parable in St Luke’s gospel, ch 15. See the notice board for more details, and sign up today.

Church roof: work on the east-facing slope of the North Transept has revealed condensation, leading to mould, from a lack of felt under the old tiles. The ceiling below this and in the balcony area are being treated and repainted, which is why we now have scaffolding inside the church. The cost of this extra work is £15,000, offset by an extra £5,000 from National Churches Trust towards it. Please continue to take extra care, particularly when the contractors are working, to avoid trailing leads. Thank you for continued donations to help us reach the target.

Palm crosses: please bring last year’s crosses and place in the basket at the back of church. They will be burnt in preparation for Ash Wednesday (26th).

A thanksgiving service for the life of Lawrence Sercombe, a long-term supporter and committee member of Pagham Luncheon Club, will be held this Thursday 13th at 2 pm, at the place where he worshipped for many years: Grace Church, Terminus Road, Chichester PO19 8TX.

‘Quiet garden’ space for meditation on Wednesday 19th, 10.30 for 11 am to 1pm at Runcton Manor, Runcton Lane, PO20 1PS. Donation invited, light lunch offered afterwards. See runctonmanor.com.

Cake sale, Sunday 23rd: after the Eucharist, our Flower Team will be selling yummy home-made cakes to raise funds for this year’s Cathedral Festival of Flowers, 28-30 May. The Cathedral supplies the flowers, but our team needs to buy other materials, so come prepared to spend!

World Day of Prayer 2020 (formerly Women’s WDP): St Thomas à Becket’s is hosting the service (which features Zimbabwe) on Friday 6 March, and we need helpers for this. See the notice board for more details, and sign up to support the Pagham team.

Bognor Foodbank: please see the notice about food urgently needed on the donation crate by the church door. Thank you for your support.