Weekly Pews News

no 21-38


Harvest Festival
(Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity)

Sunday 19th September  

08:00              Holy Communion

09:30              Parish Family Eucharist   

Collect Lord of creation, whose glory is around and within us: open our eyes to your wonders,

that we may serve you with reverence and know your peace at our lives’ end, through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

Readings  (Jeremiah 11: 18–20; Psalm 54;) 1 Timothy 6: 6-10; Matthew 6: 25–33


Sunday 19th September

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

Monday 20th September – John Coleridge Patteson, bishop, and companions, martyrs, 1871

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

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

11:00              Funeral of Jennifer Sear


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

17:30            Evening prayer (on Zoom)

19:00              Tuesday@7 communion service (see below)

Wednesday 22nd September

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

17:30            Evening Prayer (on Zoom)

Thursday 23rd September

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

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

10:00              Holy Communion

Friday 24th September

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

12:00              Funeral of Madge Breakspear (see below)

Saturday 25th September – Lancelot Andrewes, bishop, spiritual writer, 1626

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

13:00            Wedding of Clinton and Lorraine

Sunday 26th September – 17th after Trinity

Readings: Numbers 11: 4–6, 10–16, 24–29; Psalm 19: 7–end; James 5: 13–end; Mark 9: 38–end.

We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit Lynette, Rosie Sims, Terry Haskell, Barbara Crew, Jean Martin, Karen Cox, Jim Fowler, Sheila King, Dawn Spurway Pearson, Mo Ford, Nicola Simpson, Steve Lomas.

For urgent prayer, contact Gillian Purvis (267597) or Pat Rush (262561) to start the Prayer Chain.

The recently departed Madge Breakspear, Jennifer Sear.

Anniversary of death Jack Pickett, Joyce Potter (18th) omitted in error last week; Frank Goldsmith (19th); Doris Howell (20th); Alan Swan (21st); Thelma Hughes, Dorothy Denyer (22nd); Ethel Baldwin,  Evelyn Jenner, George Harrison (23rd); Alice Julius, Elsie Billing (24th); George Summerside, Leonard Vallerine (25th).

We remember Church family who live in residential care or usually receive communion at home: Ethel Huckle, Daphne Sharrad.

We pray for Clinton and Lorraine as they prepare for their wedding.


Current Covid restrictions It is currently not necessary to book in for services.

South Transept seating From this week all the seats will be returned to the transepts. These areas continue to be for those who wish to maintain social distancing – please collect a red cross card on your way in to church to place on the seat next to you. This will show others you would like to keep the seats next to you free. Please do not sit on a seat that has a red cross on it. Thank you.

Harvest We give thanks for and celebrate the harvest today; collections will be given to the Bognor Regis Foodbank.

Harvest Festival Flowers: If you would like to contribute to the cost of the Harvest flowers, please speak to Trudi: 263597/07703597353.

Tuesday@7 This service is offered to attract families and those who find Sunday morning services a little difficult to get to. Length 30-40 mins. Everyone is very welcome.

Madge Breakspear RIP Madge’s funeral will take place in church on Friday 24th at 12:00. All are welcome to attend; family flowers only. The service will be followed by a reception at The Lamb. If you hope to attend this please let Mthr Lucy know, to help the family with catering.

Book group Our next meeting is on Friday 1st October at 14:30 in St Andrew’s Chapel, to discuss ‘Galileo’s Daughter’ by Dava Sobel. If you have any questions please contact Linda Tempest: lindatempest@hotmail.com, 07443 905893.

Admission to Holy Communion before Confirmation A course of preparation for this will run on Saturday 16th October and 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th November, 10:00–10:45. Children will be admitted to Holy Communion for the first time, having completed this preparation, on Advent Sunday, 28th November. If you have a child/children in school year 6 or above who are interested in this, please contact Mthr Lucy. Please note, children must be baptised before being admitted to Holy Communion; please also speak to Mthr Lucy about this.

Sunday School We look forward to returning to Sunday School on Sunday 17th October at 09:30. To begin with, this will run once a month, on the third Sunday, and will be open to those in primary school years. To find out more, contact Linda Tempest: lindatempest@hotmail.com, 07443 905893.

Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal 2021 Leaflets are now available from Trudi – contact as above. If you are unable to fill a box but would like to contribute, perhaps you could donate some items, or help with monetary donations to cover costs of transport etc. Please return boxes by Sunday 7th November for blessing at the Family Eucharist.

Tea & Chat Following the success of last month’s Tea & Chat I would very much like to see this as a monthly time of fellowship on our calendar. We seek a volunteer or two to co-ordinate this, and also to set up, serve and tidy away on an irregular basis – ideally three volunteers for each meeting. Please contact Mthr Lucy if you think you could help with this. Many thanks.
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Priest-in-Charge: The Reverend Lucy Sullivan

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Churchwardens: Mike Wake and Alex Brockhurst: churchwarden@paghamchurch.org 07899 705632//07792 544259.

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