Weekly Pews News

No 20-07

16 February 2020

Second Sunday before Lent

Collect for the day

Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth

and made us in your own image: teach us to discern your hand in all your works and your likeness in all your children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things, now and for ever.


Psalm response For his mercy endures for ever.

Today’s services

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

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 16 February

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

Anniversary: Gertrude Bradley (1977); Darren Callaway (2013); Peter Downey (2016); Anne Martin (2017); Ray Radmall (2019)

Monday 17 February – Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda, Martyr, 1977

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

Anniversary: Agnes Robbins (1991)

Tuesday 18 February

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

7pm The Eucharist with Archdeacon Luke

Anniversary: Betty Wilmott (2016)

Wednesday 19 February

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

10 am Holy Communion)

Anniversary: Rose Humphries (2002)

Thursday 20 February

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: Leonard Pyefinch (1979)

Friday 21 February

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

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

Saturday 22 February

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

Anniversary: John Fisk (2008)


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, Lila Cowee, Barbara Crew, Brenda Dobson, Keith Smith, Tony Spurle, June Evans, Zoe, Bea & Laurie Tucker, Ann, Karen Cox, Lesley Howlett.

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

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

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: Bowling Green Close, Bramble Close, Briar Close.

We pray for Harry MacDonald who is being baptised today, and his parents and godparents.


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 23rd Sunday next before Lent

8 am Holy Communion (Quinquagesima) Readings: 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13; Luke 18: 31-43

9.45 am Parish Eucharist Readings: Exodus 24: 12-18; Psalm 99; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17: 1-9. Hymns: 105, 117, 88, 25

4 pm Evening Prayer (Common Worship)


Coronavirus (Covid-19) and communion: this Diocese has circulated the following advice:

“Do not intinct (dip the bread into the wine). The hands can be a greater source of infection than lips. With intinction fingers are likely to touch the inside of the chalice and even the wine, which puts other communicants at a much greater risk of infection, particularly those with immune and allergic conditions.”

It is therefore decided that we should follow that advice and not offer the chalice for intinction. If anyone is unhappy with drinking from the chalice then it is perfectly in order to take Communion in one kind (ie just the bread). The Anglican teaching that to receive the sacrament in one kind is to receive it in its entirety. Full details of the advice is available on the notice board or the Diocese of Chichester website.

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, focusing on Henri Nouwen’s book The Return of the Prodigal Son. Those unable to attend a group may be interested to join in a global online discussion, starting on Ash Wednesday. More information here: http://wp.henrinouwen.org/.

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

Church roof: the porch is now being retiled. Please take extra care, particularly when the contractors are working, to avoid trailing leads. We’ve reached the funding target: thanks be to God, and to you!

‘Quiet garden’ space for meditation on Wednesday 19th, 10.30 for 11 am to 1 pm 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 their entry in this year’s Cathedral Festival of Flowers, 28-30 May. The flowers are provided, but other materials need to be bought by the Team.

Julian group: our next meeting for contemplative prayer is on Thursday 27th at 7.30 pm, at Julia’s (266866).

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. See the notice board for more details, and to sign up to help.