Weekly Pews News

No. 18-7


18th March 2018


Fifth Sunday of Lent

Collect for the day Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world: grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross we may triumph in the power of his victory; 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 Lord, how I love your law.

Post communion prayer for the Year of Prayer

Go before us, O Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favour, and further us with your continual help, that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name, and finally by your mercy obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Our opportunities for worship today


            Fifth Sunday of Lent – Passiontide begins         (P)        
8 am Holy Communion  

Readings: Hebrews 9: 11-15; John 8: 46–end

9.45 am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Jeremiah 31: 31-34; Psalm 119: 9-16; Hebrews 5: 5-10; John 12: 20-33
Hymns: 662, 738, 418, 448

5 pm Choral Evensong
Hosea 11: 1-9; Luke 2: 41-end

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

Sunday 18th March

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

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

Monday 19th MarchJoseph of Nazareth

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

Tuesday 20th March – Cuthbert

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

10 am                  Lent course in St Andrew’s Chapel
7 pm               The Eucharist

Anniversary: Dennis Mackenzie (2003)

Wednesday 21st March – Thomas Cranmer

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

10 am             Holy Communion
2-4 pm        Knit&Natter at Pauline’s, 27 Chawkmare Coppice (864461)
7.30 pm      Stations of the Cross

Anniversary: Patricia Bratt (2013)

Thursday 22nd March

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

Friday 23rd March

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

Anniversary: Norman Teulon (1988); John Pegnall (2007)           

Saturday 24th March
the Church’s worldwide mission; all missionary societies and The Bible Society.

9.30 am      Passion Reading rehearsal
11 am                  Burial of ashes of Jack Vagg
10 am–4 pm         Cursillo Ultreya in Church/St Andrew’s Chapel

Anniversary: Frank Sutton (2008)


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit: Judi March, Sue Smith, Bill Mitchell, Ellen Earwaker, Lynette, Maureen Howland, Jane Prater, Mavis Eede, Bo Campling, Clare, Joe, Mary Edwards, Cosmo Mather, Zoe Ford, Gillian Grimmond, Velda Scully.

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

Those who have died recently: Edna Puttock, George Russell.

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, Pam Ryan.

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

We pray for Shelter Box, whose work we support financially as a parish.



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

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

Revd. Jo King: curate@paghamchurch.org, 930247. (Day off Friday)

Church Website update: Email editor@paghamchurch.org to add content.

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

NB – clocks go forward on Sunday 25th

Next Sunday                       Palm Sunday                               (R)
8 am Holy Communion  

Readings: Philippians 2: 5-11, Matthew 27: 1-54

9.45 am Parish Eucharist with blessing of palms, procession and dramatic reading of the Passion

Readings: Isaiah 50: 4-9a; Psalm 31: 9-16;
Philippians 2: 5-11; Mark 14: 1–end of 15

Hymns: 756, 18, 626, 305

5 pm Evening Worship – Taizé



Holy Week sign-up sheets: please see the noticeboard for details of services and ministries and sign up where you can. As is usually the way, the more you can manage, the greater the spiritual blessings!

Easter Flowers: We are aiming to fill the church with flowers for Easter. To sponsor an arrangement, or contribute to the costs, please speak to Trudi Kearsley (263597). We will be decorating the church on Easter Eve, Saturday 31st, from 9.30 am. We would be very grateful for donations of greenery, delivered to church early Saturday morning.

Buy a Real Easter Egg after the main service next Sunday 25th.

Church Electoral Roll: the deadline for the Annual Revision is 25th March. To update your status, fill in a form, or check with Mark.

Friends of Pagham Parish Church AGM, today at 4 pm, in St Andrew’s Chapel, followed by refreshments. Nomination forms are on the noticeboard. All welcome; please stay for Choral Evensong.

We are raising money for Christian Aid again this year through our Super Soup Lunch on Thursday 22nd, 12-2 pm at The Vicarage. Please sign up on the sheet on the noticeboard.

Cathedral Flower Festival: The Druces are raising funds to help our church create a good display, by providing a ‘Pop-Up’ restaurant at their home with a 3-course meal on Saturday 21st April, 7 pm. Menu on noticeboard. Tickets £25 (£20/takeaway) from Carole 07732 768890.

Safeguarding: the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is investigating the appropriateness of safeguarding, child protection policies and practice in the Church of England. With reference to its past history, Chichester Diocese is being used for a case study. Up-to-date information on the inquiry is available on https://www.iicsa.org.uk/, and its ‘Q&A for Parishes’ can be seen in the north aisle alongside the other safeguarding information.

Good News request: we are still seeking deliverers for Edwen Close (27), Honeysuckle Drive (60), Laurel Drive (20) and Lagoon Road (51). If you can help with this important part of our parish outreach, contact Mo Hatzfeld (268576) or Trudi Kearsley (263597).