Weekly Pews News

No 19-07



17 February 2019

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 Happy are they who walk in the law of the Lord.


                      Third Sunday before Lent          (G)
8 am Holy Communion (Septuagesima)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 9: 24–end;
Matthew 20: 1-16

9.45 am Parish Eucharist                                            

Readings: Jeremiah 17: 5-10; Psalm 1;
1 Corinthians 15: 12-20; Luke 6: 17-26

Hymns: 19, 202, 9, 60

5 pm Evening Worship – Celtic

After the Eucharist, all are welcome to gather for refreshments
and socialise in St Andrew’s chapel at the back of church

Sunday 17 February

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

Anniversary: Agnes Robbins (1991)

Monday 18 February

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

Anniversary: Betty Wilmott (2016)

Tuesday 19 February

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

7 pm               Healing Eucharist

Wednesday 20 February

Intention: all victims of violence, crime and oppression; all those who seek to support them.

10 am             Holy Communion

2-4 pm        Knit&Natter at Kim’s, 17 Silverdale Close (07770 870534)

7.30 pm      Julian Group at Julia Webb’s, 11 Church Way (266866)

Thursday 21 February

Intention: the sick in body, mind or spirit; those who are addicted, disabled or incurable; the work of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

8 pm           Chichester Voices rehearsal

Anniversary: Thomas Best (1985); Jack Field (1996)

Friday 22 February

Intention: our Deanery of Arundel & Bognor, our parishes, clergy and people; our Rural Dean Mark Standen, and the work of Deanery Synod.

Anniversary: John Fisk (2008)

Saturday 23 February – Polycarp

Intention: all those who do difficult work on our behalf, especially in the armed services and the emergency services.

Anniversary:           Eric Willmot (1993)          


No Daily Prayer in church this week


Registered charity number: 1134842


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit: Sue Smith, Judi March, Lynette, Zoe, Eugene West, Ann, Sheila King, Ray Radmall, Roderick Plastow, Simon Hill, Nicola, Ron Cusworth, John Corne, Des Scott, Keith Game, Jean, Betty, Frank, Gill, Judith.

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

Those who have died recently: Betty Williams, Edwin Hoskins, Velda Scully.

We pray for those recorded in our Memorial Book whose anniversaries occur at this time, and all who mourn their passing.

We remember in our prayers Church members who live in residential care or receive communion at home: Catherine Morrish, Pam Peach, Elizabeth Pett, Mary Ramsay.

We pray for God’s blessing upon all who live in our parish: Bridorley Close, Brookland, Brooks End.

Year of Vocation Cycle of Prayer for Work: we pray for the industry and workplaces of this parish.

Year of Vocation Cycle of Prayer for Church Roles: we thank God for the ministry of our Pews News editor, Good News editor and deliverers, website administrator and editor, church printer operatives and church diary compiler.


Revd. Mark Eminson: The Vicarage, 38 Kings Drive, PO21 4PZ.

vicar@paghamchurch.org, 262713. (Day off Friday)

Church website update: email editor@paghamchurch.org to add content.

Pews News: Alison Blenkinsop, pewsnews@paghamchurch.org, 261131.

(Deadline for notices: Wednesday afternoon)

Next Sunday           Second Sunday before Lent                 (G)
8 am Holy Communion (Sexagesima)

Readings: 2 Corinthians 11: 19-31; Luke 8: 4-15

9.45 am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Genesis 2: 4b-9; 15–end; Psalm 65; Revelation 4; Luke 8: 22-25 Hymns: 359. 68, 137, 509

12 noon Baptism of Lenny Rumball
5 pm Evening Worship Common Worship

Genesis 1: 1 to 2: 3, Matthew 6: 25–end


Velda Scully – we were sorry to hear of Velda’s death last week. Her funeral will be at 12 noon on Thursday 28th in church. May she rest in peace and may the Lord comfort John and all who mourn her passing.

Confirmation preparation: if anyone is interested in exploring confirmation, initial sessions will begin soon – do speak to Mark.

Formation of new Electoral Roll: this six-yearly process has come round, so everyone who wishes to join the new Church electoral roll must fill out a form, please.

Lent Courses start in the week of 11 March, and run for 5 weeks. Holy Cross Church in Bersted are running the Diocesan Year of Vocation course, Living Christ. Pagham will study this later in the year, so that we can take part in Churches Together in Bognor ecumenical groups, using the York Course Daring to See God Now. See the noticeboard for more information and dates. Please indicate your preference, and consider offering to host and/or lead sessions, by Friday 22nd.

Churches Together in Bognor Regis and District: AGM is on Thursday 28th at St Mary’s, South Bersted, 7 for 7.30 pm, with refreshments. The evening will include worship and prayer, and reports from different local organisations, and on progress in our work amongst youth and the homeless. Do come to support our joint work!


World Day of Prayer Service (formerly Women’s WDP): Friday 1 March, 10:30 am at Aldwick Baptist Church, 43 Gossamer Road, followed by refreshments. This year’s service has been written by Christian women in Slovenia. All welcome!

Women’s Day Event: ‘Cherished – Making peace between Mary and Martha’, Saturday 2 March 9.30–4 pm, at Opengate Baptist Church, Bognor Regis. Tickets £15. See flyers and posters for more information.

Parish Book Group: Our current book is ‘Bringing in the Sheaves’ by the Reverend Richard Coles. See the Book Group notice board at the back of church for dates of meetings next week.

Shrove Tuesday: Pancake Party at the vicarage 5 March, 4.30-7 pm; all are welcome to feast before the fast!

First Aid: see the list on the noticeboard of First-Aiders who have attended a recent one-day course. There are also others qualified and willing to come forward, if needed. The Church Wardens and Alex Brockhurst have practised different scenarios in case someone is taken ill during a Church Service, and will take the lead in such circumstances.