Weekly Pews News

no 21-51



Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday 19th December   

08:00              Holy Communion

09:30              Parish Eucharist

Collect 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.

Readings  Micah 5: 2–5a; Canticle: Luke 1: 46b–55; Hebrews 10: 5–10; Luke 1: 39–45

Canticle response  My spirit rejoices in God my saviour.


Today’s bell ringing is dedicated by Helen Barnett

in memory of her sister-in-law, Angela Millen, who has passed away


Sunday 19th December – O Radix Jesse

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

18:00              Festival of Carols by Candlelight at St Richard’s (see below)

Monday 20th December – O Clavis David

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 (at church)

11:00              Memorial for Ann Eden, RIP

Tuesday 21st December – O Oriens

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

13:00              Funeral of Kay Holladay-Segrave

17:30            Evening prayer (on Zoom)

19:30              ‘In the bleak midwinter …’ ‘God is with us’ carol service (see below)

Wednesday 22nd December – O Rex Gentium

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

13:00              Memorial for Frank Williams, RIP

17:30            Evening Prayer (on Zoom)

Thursday 23rd December – O Emmanuel

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

09:00            Morning prayer (at church)

10:00              Holy Communion

Friday 24th December – Christmas Eve

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

16:00 & 18:00 Crib Services (see below)

21.30              Bethlehem Midnight Mass

Saturday 25th December – Christmas Day

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.

09:30              Parish Eucharist for Christmas Day

Sunday 26th December –Stephen, deacon, first martyr (First Sunday of Christmas)

Readings: 2 Chronicles 24: 20–22; Psalm 119: 161–168; Acts 7: 51–end; Matthew 10: 17–22



We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit Lynette, Rosie Sims, Terry Haskell, Barbara Crew, Karen Cox, Jim Fowler, Sheila King, Dawn Spurway Pearson, Mo Ford, Nicola Simpson, Betty Smith, Heather Marchant, Mike Hatzfeld, Andrew Naylor, Colin & Kerry May, Lucy Gammon.

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

The recently departed Ann Eden, Kathlyn (Kay) Holladay-Segrave, Jean Martin.

Anniversary of death Samuel King, Llewellyn Burnett, Robert Breakspear (19th); Cecil Smith,  Sylvia Harvey (21st); Mary Cornell, Philip Ray (22nd); Christine Taylor (23rd); Audrey Hunt (25th).

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


Face coverings It is now mandatory to wear face coverings when in places of worship. You are asked to wear your face covering at all times when attending services/events in the church including when singing, please, unless medically exempt. We also ask that you use the hand sanitizer available at the door on arrival. Mthr Lucy and the Wardens will continue to review our COVID-19 practices regularly, so please be aware of notices on the pew sheet and in church.

Transept seating These side areas are kept for those who wish to maintain social distancing. Please remember that there are ‘red crosses’ available for you to place on the seats beside you, if you wish to give a sign to others that you want to keep good social distance.

Christmas cards and greetings As last year, a board is available in the south aisle for you to post Christmas cards to the congregation. As we continue to consider how we can be wise stewards of the whole of creation, you are encouraged to simply pin one card for the whole congregation rather than sending individual cards. You might like to consider making a donation to charity with the money saved in sending these cards. The pigeon holes will not be available this year.

Christmas Services Do take the colourful flyers detailing Christmas services to give to neighbours and friends.

Sunday 19th, 18:00 The Traditional Festival of Carols by Candlight at St Richard’s, Aldwick, with the joint choir of Pagham and Aldwick, followed by refreshments in the Mosse Hall.

Tuesday 21st, 19:30 A reflective carol service, with the joint choir of Pagham and Aldwick.

Friday 24th, 16:00 and 18:00 Crib services with dressing up, suitable for all the family

Friends of Pagham Church annual fundraising quiz is available for £2 from Mo Hatzfeld (268576) or Trudi Kearsley (263597) for a prize of £100. Entries should be returned by Sunday 9th January; the draw will be made after the Parish Eucharist on Sunday 16th.
NB Question 10: for BC, read AD!

Sunday School The next session will be 16th January.

Support the Square Meal Project as you shop (see flyer with a recent Church Communications email). This scheme, set up by the Rotary Club, provides food vouchers to families in need. The scheme is registered with Co-op stores: shoppers register as Co-op members (at no cost), and choose this charity to support; funds are raised by buying ‘own brand’ items (1p in every £1).

NTACT DETAILS        –      find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @StThomasPagham

Priest-in-Charge: The Reverend Lucy Sullivan
19 Willowhale Avenue, Bognor Regis, PO21 4AU  mthrlucy.pagham@gmail.com, 01243 941551.

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

Church website update: email editor@paghamchurch.org.

Safeguarding Officer: Jan Brockhurst, safeguarding@paghamchurch.org.

Pews News: Alison Blenkinsop, pewsnews@paghamchurch.org, 261131, 07784 544981.

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