Dates for 2015 – do please take a leaflet with next year’s key dates and write them into your diaries/calendars/phones/hearts, etc.

Churches Together United Service – during the week of Prayer for Christian Unity is today at 4pm at Bognor Methodist Church – all are welcome and there will be no evening prayer here that day. The AGM follows on Thursday 22 January at 7pm at Our Lady of Sorrows when the future format of Churches Together will be discussed.

Pilgrim Groups – New Pilgrim groups starting soon, please get in touch if you are interested.

Burns night – Friday 23rd  January, tickets £15-00 and selling fast! Tickets can be purchased from David smith ( church warden).

Freewill Giving Envelopes – for the year commencing 1st February 2015 can now be collected from the pigeonholes in Church.

Parish/Cathedral Link News –  Dates for your diary: Saturday 14 February 2015 – 3.30 p.m.   Installation of The Venerable Stephen Waine as Dean of Chichester. Friday 27 February 2015 will be Parish Day for Pagham. Further details to follow.

Family Activities – Friday 20th  February – 3 p.m.   “Ugly Mugs”.  Step back in time to the Normans (1066 and all that!)   Find out about the Norman Cathedral by following a short trail.   Collect a prize on completion from the Shop.  Create your very own gargoyle in clay or out of collage materials.   There will be a charge of £2 per child.   No need to book – just go along to the Eastern Arm of the Cloisters. Monday 30 March 10a.m. – 3 p.m.  Easter Family Activity – “Feathered Friends”.   Activities working with the RSPB   No need to book just go along to the Eastern Arm of the Cloisters. Further details for both these events can be obtained from the Cathedral Education Department TeL: 01243 812497. The diary of all events at the Cathedral until the end of March is displayed on the bookcase.   There is also a limited number of Event Leaflets available for anyone who would like one.

Parish Book Group – Our current book is ‘A Morbid Taste For Bones’ by Ellis Peters. See the Book Group notice board for futher information and sign-up sheets. Discussion groups: Wednesday 25th Feb at 8pm & Thursday 26th Feb at 10am.

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Weekly Pews News

No.709                                                                     18th January 2015

Colour of the season: White

Second Sunday of Epiphany (Week of Prayer for Christian Unity)

Collect for the day: Heavenly Father, you have called us in the Body of your Son Jesus Christ to continue his work of reconciliation and reveal you to the world: forgive us the sins which tear us apart; give us the courage to overcome our fears and to seek that unity which is your gift and your will; 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 139: I will thank you because I am marvellously made.

0ur Opportunities for Worship today

Second Sunday of Epiphany                         



Holy Communion

Readings: Romans 12: 6-16, John 2: 1-11


Parish Eucharist 

Readings: 1 Samuel 3: 1-10, Psalm 139: 1-5, 12-17, Revelation 5: 1-10, John 1: 43-end

Hymns: 609, 86, 552, sheet Communion: 408, 658


United Service – Bognor Methodist Church

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 18th January

Intention:  Pray for all seafarers, fishermen & lifeboatmen. For the work of the Mission to Seafarers.

Monday 19th January Wulfstan

Intention:  Pray for Church finances, National & international finance; for what the words poverty & wealth mean to us.

Anniversary: Helene Shaw (2003)

Tuesday 20th January

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

Anniversaries: Colin Knight (2010), Jason Clarke (2012)

7.00pm The Eucharist

7.45pm Pastoral Care Team meeting – St Andrew’s Chapel

7.45pm Ladies Club – Church Centre – Open Evening – Stamp Collecting, speaker Ken Stone

Wednesday 21st January Agnes

Intention:  Pray for the sick in body, mind or spirit; for the addicted, handicapped or incurable; for the work of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

10.00am Holy Communion

12noon Luncheon Club – St Ninian’s Hall (Jean Hunt 268818)

2-4pm Knit & Natter at Glenda’s (Tel: 263537)

8.00pm PCC meeting – St Andrew’s Chapel

Thursday 22nd  January

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

Friday 23rd  January

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

Saturday 24th  January Francis de Sales

Intention: Pray for the Church’s worldwide mission; for all the missionary societies and for The Bible Society.

Anniversaries: James Turton (1994), Florence Plummer (2006)

Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer

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

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

No evening prayer on Saturday

Prayers and Intentions

We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Anthea Potter, Bruce Allinson, Esther Chesterton, June Evans, Eric Atkins, Patricia Pooley, Sheila Lee, Doris Watts, Brian Howlett, Ross and Christine Parker, Norma Tuckett, Sue Downey, Norman Saunders, Hazel Swan, Joyce, Jayne

For urgent prayer contact Gillian Purvis to activate the Prayer Chain (Tel: 267597)

We pray for those who have died recently: Barbara Mosse, Pearl Dennis, Betty Wade, Alan Clift, Douglas Tyndall, Pamela Bech, Eddie Toogood, Jeff Hauxwell, Sydney Earwaker 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 greater friendship and united action between Christians, in this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Flowers in Church:  Flowers in Church today are given by Sandy Knight, to celebrate the life of Colin Knight.

Contact Details

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. EmailL (day off Friday)

Jo King – Curate can be contacted on 01243 276949 (day off Friday) 

Pews News: Editor Nikki can be contacted by email:

(Tel: 01243 828445) or tel Mark Eminson 01243 262713

Next Sunday Conversion of Paul                                                         (W)


Holy Communion

Readings: Acts 9: 1-22, Matthew 19: 27-end


Family Eucharist with Sunday School Play 

Hymns: 337, 29, 32, 281 Communion: 626, 872, 850