Weekly Pews News

No 20-03

19 January 2020

Second Sunday of Epiphany

Collect for the day

Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; 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

I love to do your will, O God; your law is in my heart.

Today’s services

8 am Holy Communion Readings: Romans 12: 6-16a; John 2:1-11

9.45 am Parish Eucharist Readings: Isaiah 49: 1-7; Psalm 40: 1-12; 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9; John 1: 29-42 Hymns: 120, 658, 374, 756, Taizé 923

12 noon Baptism of Hadley Green

4 pm Evening Worship – Taizé

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

Sunday 19 January – Wulstan, Bishop of Worcester, 1095

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

Monday 20 January

Intention: all victims of violence, crime and oppression; those affected by domestic and other forms of abuse, and all who seek to support them.

2.30 pm Funeral of Jean Robinson-Morgan

Anniversary: Colin Knight (2010); Jason Clarke (2012); Anthea Potter (2017)

Tuesday 21 January – Agnes, child martyr at Rome, c.304

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

7pm Evening prayer with ministry of healing

Wednesday 22 January

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

10 am Holy Communion

7.30 pm PCC meeting in St Andrew’s Chapel

Thursday 23 January

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

Friday 24 January – Francis de Sales, Teacher of the Faith, 1622

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

Anniversary: James Turton (1994); Florence Plummer (2006)

Saturday 25 January – Conversion of Paul

Intention: our Diocese of Chichester, Bishop Martin and Archdeacon Luke; the work of Diocesan Synod and Church House; the witness of Chichester Cathedral.

9.30 am – 4 pm Cursillo training in church and St Andrew’s Chapel

Anniversary: Cyril May (1998)


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit: Judi March, Lynette, Chloe Green, Rosie Sims, Nicola, Richard Rundle, Diane Wills, Terry Haskell, Jean Martin, Madge Breakspear, Carole Turner, Maddy, Gemma Green, Naomi, Lila Cowee, Barbara Crew, David Holt, Brenda Dobson.

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

Those who have died recently: Jean Robinson-Morgan.

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: Barrack Lane, Barrons Mead, Barton Close.

We pray for our former Bishop Richard, who has now left the Diocese to become Bishop of Hereford.

We pray for Hadley Green 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 26th Third Sunday of Epiphany

8 am Holy Communion Readings: Romans 12: 16–end; Matthew 8: 1-13

9.45 am Parish Eucharist with baptism of Harriet Williams Readings: 1 Corinthians 1: 10-18; Matthew 4: 12-23 Hymns: 70, 797, 752, Shee

4 pm Evening Worship – Evening prayer

The church is open every day for visitors and private prayer.

All welcome!


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity runs 18th – 25th January.

Pagham Church is a member of Churches Together in Bognor Regis and District. CTBRD exists to draw local Christians into greater understanding and unity by witnessing, worshipping, praying, socialising and studying together. It is chaired by Revd Tim Crook, vicar of St Mary Magdalene, S Bersted; our Lay Champion Linda Tempest is secretary, and our parish representative is Sue O’Neill. http://www.bognorchurchestogether.org/.

Lent Groups will be offered next month across our area, based on Jesus’s parable of the lost son in St Luke’s gospel, ch 15, and Henri Nouwen’s book The Return of the Prodigal Son. Watch this space!

Church flowers this week are sponsored by Sandy Knight, in memory of her husband Colin. Thank you, Sandy!

Church roof: the workmen are awaiting delivery of materials before they can continue with the rest of the tiling. Thank you for your continued donations to help us reach the target.

Church Heating – we are having a few problems at the moment with the heating system in church. In the meantime, please come prepared and dress warmly!

Julian group: our next meeting for contemplative prayer is on Wednesday 29th at 7.30 pm at Julia’s, 11 Church Way (266866). Julian meetings are inspired by Dame Julian of Norwich, author of the 14th C book Revelations of Divine Love. Their purpose is to foster the teaching and practice of contemplative prayer and meditation in the Christian tradition, and to encourage people to practise this in their daily lives. We meet God most profoundly in silence, but need to make space for this!

Chichester Flower Festival fund-raiser: pop-up restaurant at Carole and Rich Druce’s home (3 Tinghall, Aldwick) on Saturday 8 February at 7.30 pm. Tickets £25 per head. HURRY TO BOOK, AS ONLY 12 PLACES AVAILABLE! See sign-up sheet at back of church for details and menu choices. Contact Carole on 07732 768890 for further details.

My Sisters’ House: embedded in the Bognor Regis community, this Women’s Centre works across the coastal area of West Sussex. It provides support to women from all backgrounds who are facing various issues, in which strengths are recognised, difficulties acknowledged and and positive change achieved. Contact details: 108c London Rd, Bognor Regis, PO21 1BD; 01243 697800; website mysistershouse.info.