Weekly Pews News

No 20-11

15th March 2020

Third Sunday of Lent  

Collect for the day Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; 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.   Amen.

 Psalm response  O that today you would hearken to his voice! Harden not your hearts. 

Today’s services
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

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.

Sunday 15 March

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

3 pm            Friends of Pagham Parish Church AGM in St A’s Chapel

Anniversary: Derek Luke (1992); George Wise (1996)

Monday 16 March

Intention: those married here and preparing for marriage this year; family life, and especially any families facing adversity.

Anniversary: Philip Bateman (1998)

Tuesday 17 March – Patrick, Bishop, Patron of Ireland, c.460

Intention: the press, radio and television corporations, and all who influence public opinion; also Christian publishing and broadcasting.

7 pm               The Eucharist

Anniversary: William Wadlow (1980); Thomas Hender (1994)

Wednesday 18 March

Intention: all seafarers, fishermen and lifeboat crews, and the work of Mission to Seafarers.

10 am             Holy Communion

7.30 pm         Stations of the Cross

Anniversary: Christopher Rathbone (1960); Terence McCarthy (2001)

Thursday 19 March – Joseph of Nazareth

Intention: Church finances, national and international finance; consider what the words poverty and wealth mean to us.

7.30 pm        PCC in St Andrew’s Chapel

Friday 20 March – Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, 687

Intention: all victims of violence, crime and oppression; those affected by domestic and other forms of abuse, and all who seek to support them.

Anniversary: Dennis Mackenzie (2003)

Saturday 21 March – Thomas Cranmer, Reformation Martyr, 1556

Intention: the sick in body, mind or spirit; those who have life-limiting conditions; the work of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

Anniversary: Patricia Bratt (2013)


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, 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: Catherine Morrish, Daphne Sharrad, Bett Steenerson.

We pray for God’s blessing on all who live in our parish:Conway Drive, Downlands Close, Drift Road.

Thanksgiving: we rejoice with Maddy that her long course of treatment has been successful. She is very grateful for our prayers, and we are grateful for her friendship.

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 22nd  Fourth Sunday of Lent/Mothering Sunday   
8 am Holy Communion

Readings: Galatians 4; 21–end, John 6: 1-14                                                                               

9.45 am Family Eucharist

Readings: Exodus 2: 1-10; Luke 2: 33-35

Hymns: 184, 304, 605, 819

4 pm Evening Prayer – Common Worship


Coronavirus (Covid-19): C of E advice is being updated frequently to limit the spread of the virus. Until further notice, communion at the Eucharist will be offered to the congregation in one kind only, ie bread. (Anglican teaching is that to receive the sacrament in one kind is to receive it in its entirety.) There should be no physical contact at the sharing of the Peace; we will simply say ‘peace be with you’, preferably whilst making eye contact, and avoid any other physical contact with each other. 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.

Friends of Pagham Parish Church AGM: today, 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.

Our Super Soup lunch will be on Thursday 26th, 12-2 pm in St Andrew’s Chapel. Please sign up if you are able to join us for delicious home-made soup, wonderful company and fundraising for Christian Aid.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) takes place on Thursday 23rd April. It would be good to see some new people put their names forward for election to the PCC. Please give this some thought, and have a word with the churchwardens if you would like to know more about what it involves.

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).