Decorating the Church for Christmas: Thursday 22nd from 9am. We will be decorating the church on Thursday morning. If you would like to help please either let Trudi know, or just come along. We would welcome donations of greenery, which should be brought to the church on Wednesday or early on Thursday morning. Thank you.


Christmas Communions: If you are going to be unable to get to church over Christmas or know someone in that position do get in touch with Mark or Jo and we can arrange communion at home for you.


Stay and Play: You are invited to Stay and Play on Wednesday 21st   December 10- 12.30pm. Don’t for get to bring your children to enjoy some create time together.


Pram Race: If you want to join the team for this year’s pram race all are welcome. We have a Raise the Roof theme. You need to come wearing wellies and bring an umbrella and we will provide you with a t-shirt to wear over the rest of your clothes, (black might work best if you can; for more details talk to Stephen.


Parish Book Group: Our current book is ‘The Shed That Fed A Million Children’ by Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow. Join a discussion group on Monday 9th January at 8pm, or Thursday 12th January at 10am. See the Book Group notice board for further information and sign-up sheets.


Pilgrim Course January 2017: We will be examining the section of the Pilgrim Course which explores The Creeds. The six-week Course will commence on 10th January at 10:00am in St Andrew’s Chapel – No previous experience of Pilgrim required!


If you would like to join in, please speak to either Mark, Jo or Roland. Otherwise, please add your name and telephone number to the ‘Pilgrim’ list on the noticeboard in the South Aisle by Sunday 1st January 2017.




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Weekly Pews News

No. 810

Colour of the season: P

Date: 18th December 2016


Fourth Sunday of Advent


Collect for the day: God our redeemer, who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of your Son: grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour, so we may be ready to greet him when he comes again as our judge; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Psalm response: Restore us, O God of hosts; show the light of your countenance and we shall be saved.


Post-Communion Prayer at the Advent Wreath: Lord Jesus, light of the world, blessed is Gabriel, who brought good news; blessed is Mary, your mother and ours. Bless your Church preparing for Christmas; and bless us your children, who long for your coming.  Amen.


Our Opportunities for Worship today


  Fourth Sunday of Advent                                          (P)
8.00am Holy Communion

Readings: Philippians 4: 4-7, John 1: 19-28

9.45am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Isaiah 7: 10-16, Psalm 80: 1-8, 18-end, Romans 1: 1-7, Matthew 1: 18-end  

Hymns: 482, 949, 634, 405 Communion: 690, 683, 355

5.00pm Evening Prayer – Compline


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 December

Intention: Pray for all seafarers, fishermen and lifeboatmen and women; for the work of the Mission to Seafarers.

Anniversary: Francis Atkinson (1976), Richard Kimbell (2005)


Monday 19th December

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

Anniversary: Samuel King (1976), Llewellyn Burnett (1988), Robert Breakspear (1993)


Tuesday 20th December

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


7.00pm           The Eucharist


Wednesday 21st December

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

Anniversary: Cecil Smith (1982), Sylvia Harvey      (2004)


10.00am         Holy Communion

1.30pm           Wednesday Tots at the Church Centre (opp Pagham FC)

2-4pm             Knit and Natter at Joan Dent’s -1 Church Way (265083)

8pm                 Compline


Thursday 22nd December

Decorating the Church 9am

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

Anniversary: Mary Cornell (1993), Philip Ray (1994)


Friday 23rd December

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

Anniversary: Christine Taylor (2001)



Saturday 24th December

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

5pm Crib Service

11.30pm Midnight Mass


Weekday Morning Prayer

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





We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Anthea Potter, Sue Smith, David Atkins, Sylvia, Elizabeth Dove, Bob Riding, Judi March, Jeanne Dalton, Pat and family, Jack O’Brien, Richard, Kevin, Sue Downey.


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


We pray for those who have died: Malcolm Pye, Edna Richardson.


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


We remember in our prayers: church members who live in residential care or receive communion at home. This week we pray for: Ken Little, Catherine Morrish, Pam Peach, Elizabeth Pett, Mary Ramsay, Pam Ryan.


We pray for God’s blessing upon all who live in Windmill Close and Willow Way.


We pray for Children’s Society whose work we support financially as a parish.




Church Website update: To add content to the website email


Revd. Mark Eminson can be contacted at 38 Kings Drive, Pagham, PO21 4PZ. Tel: 262713. Email: (day off Friday)


Revd. Jo King can be contacted on (day off Friday) or 01243 930247.


Pews News: Louise Gibbs (Editor) can be contacted by email: (Tel: 07773 135005) or telephone Mark Eminson 01243 262713


Next Sunday Christmas Day                                                         (W)
8.00am Holy Communion

Readings: Hebrews 1: 1-12, John 1: 1-14

9.45am Family Eucharist

Readings: Isaiah 9: 2-7, Luke 2: 1-14

Hymns: 479,776,508,266 Communion: 700, 745,859



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