Current parish book is ‘Life of the Beloved – Spiritual Living in a Secular World’, by Henri Nouwen. Sign-up sheets on Book Group notice board. Discussion groups: Monday 24th Feb 8pm; Thurs 27th Feb 10am.


Confirmation – Mark has heard that the next confirmation is on Sunday 22 June at 5.30pm at the cathedral.  There will be formal preparation sessions starting straight after Easter, but in the meantime do ask Mark if you might be interested in taking this step in faith and there will be informal preparation opportunities through Lent.


Quiz Night Saturday 15th February, 6.30 for 7 pm at the Church Centre. Tickets £10 to include fish and chip supper, available from Michael in church or please phone 263537. Please sign up on sheet on notice board.


Quiet Gardens Movement – Runcton Manor, near Chichester, is affiliated to the national Quiet Gardens Movement and is involved in Christian meditation and offering days of reflection and other activities. There is a vacancy for one person (possibly two) to rent a room in the Manor and to be involved in developing activities there. For further information please email Kate Taylor at or phone her on 01243 776999 or 07808761696.


Good News delivery help required – Could anyone help deliver when people are on holiday or ill? Please contact Anthea (264466).


Lent Groups – Information on this year’s Ecumenical Lent Groups can be found on the notice board.  As in recent years, York Course material is being used – this time ‘Build on the Rock’. Please sign up on the sheet provided by 16th February, indicating which day/time would best suit you. We are also having a series of sermons on prayer this Lent with the opportunity to meet informally in the week to discuss the theme.


Envelopes for the next 12 Months commencing in February are in the pigeon holes in Church ready for their collection – thank you.


Church helpers required to keep our beautiful church clean and tidy. Just 1.5 hours one day per month light exercise. Join the team, enjoy the fellowship, and the rewards will speak for themselves! Contact Sue Miller; 01243 261839 or 07845 926766, email


Church Website update:  To add content to the website email


Revd. Mark Eminson can be contacted at the Vicarage, 38 Kings Drive, PO21 4PZ. Tel: 262713. Email:


Pews News: Sarah or Nikki can be contacted via Email:

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Weekly Pews News

No.661   9th February 2014

Colour of the season: Green


Fourth Sunday Before Lent


Collect for the day: O God, you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: grant to us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations; 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.


Response to Psalm 112: Light shines in the darkness for the upright.




Our Opportunities for Worship today

Fourth Sunday Before Lent                                      (G)


Holy Communion (Fifth Sunday after Epiphany)Readings: Colossians 3.12-17, Matthew 13.24b-30



Parish Eucharist Readings:Isaiah 58.1-9a, Psalm 112, 1 Corinthians 2.1-12, Matthew 5.13-20Hymns: 372, 77, 723, 60, 646


Evening Worship – Book of Common Prayer Readings: Amos 2.4-end, Ephesians 4.17-end




After the Parish Eucharist you are welcome to gather for refreshments in

St. Andrew’s chapel, where we can get to know each other better.

Sunday 9th February 

Intention: Pray for the Queen & Royal Family, our Nation & Government, our local MP & MEP.

Anniversaries: Elsie Breaker (1971) Rita Lloyd (1997)

8.00 am Holy Communion (Fifth Sunday after Epiphany)

9.45 am Parish Eucharist 

6.00 pm Evening Worship – Book of Common Prayer 


Monday 10th February            

Intention:  Pray for our local clubs & organisations, especially our Ladies Club,  The Luncheon Club and the Men’s Club.

7.30pm Prayer Group – 18 Old Place, Aldwick (Gillian Purvis)

8pm Standing Committee Vicarage


Tuesday 11th February 

Intention: Pray for Christian unity. Pray for our scouts, guides, cadets & other local youth organisations.

Anniversary: Francis (‘Frank’) Rowley (2009)

7.00pm Healing Eucharist


Wednesday 12th February  

Intention:  Pray for our local industry & commerce, our farmers & growers and the holiday industry. For the unemployed & unemployable.

Anniversary: Rose Humphries (2002)

10.00 am Holy Communion

2-4pm Knit & Natter – at Glenda’s, 31 Sea Lane, (263537)


Thursday 13th February 

Intention: Pray for our Organist and Director of Music, our choir & musicians, our Lay Ministers of Communion, altar servers & bell ringers.

Anniversary: Leonard M Pyefinch (1979)

8pm Pastoral Care Course – St Andrew’s Chapel


Friday 14th February Cyril and Methodius 

Intention: Pray for our Parochial Church Council, its officers & committees.

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


Saturday 15th  February

Intention: Pray for our local community, for the County, District & Parish Councils, for our Residents’ Associations.

Anniversary: Agnes Ray (2007)

11am Cursillo Group – 18 Old Place, Aldwick (Gillian Purvis Tel 267597)








Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer

Morning prayer: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 9.20am. Friday 8.30am

Evening Prayer: Monday to Thursday 5.20 pm. Friday 4.30pm

No evening prayer on Saturday


Prayers and Intentions



For urgent prayer contact Angela Halfacree to activate the Prayer Chain (Tel: 864353)


For longer-term prayer needs contact Gillian Purvis (tel 267597).


We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Joseph Griggs, Doris, Brenda Francis, Andrew Shipp, Barrie Moyle, Richard, Maggie and Lucia Elsom.


We pray for those who have died recently, Brian Rogers, Aaron Frost, Elsie Kennett and for those recorded in our Memorial Book whose anniversaries occur at this time. We pray for all those who mourn their passing.



We pray for Ashley Campbell and his family during his tour in Afghanistan.



Coffee and Scripture  at Glenda`s will restart after Easter.


Next Sunday

Third Sunday Before Lent                             (G)


Holy Communion (Septuagesima)Readings: 1 Corinthians 9.24-end, Matthew 20.1-16



Parish Eucharist Readings:Deuteronomy 30.15-end, Psalm 119.1-8, 1 Corinthians 3.1-9, Matthew 5.21-37Hymns: 171, 386×2, 99, 766×3. Communion 455


Evening Worship – Celtic