Distribution of Harvest Gifts – Please will you help deliver our harvest gifts locally. Please arrive at the church at 10 am tomorrow (Monday 23rd September). All help will be very much appreciated for a very worth while task. Thankyou

Next Men`s Group Saturday 5th October 8pm at the Lion

Quiz Night Saturday 12th October Tickets available from Michael £10 each to include fish and chip supper. Please see notice board. (263537)

Girl`s Pub Club will meet again on Friday 18th October, from 8pm at The Lamb. No need to sign up, just turn up! Elise.

Shoe Box Appeal – The leaflets are now available at the back of the church. Please fill a box if you can. Filled boxes to church by 3rd November please.

We need more shoe boxes urgently please. No need to buy more shoes! Just ask at the shoe shop where they are always pleased to dispose of the boxes.

Chichester Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts recommence in September. Come and go as you please, take your own lunch, coffee provided – Programme and details on church and porch notice boards.

We pray for Stefan Kemp and Andrea Brown to be married on Saturday

Our new parish book is `Blessings` by Mary Craig. As ever, information and sign-up sheets can be found on the Book Group notice board at the back of the church. Discussion groups will be taking place on Thursday 7th November at 10am and Monday 11th November at 8 pm. Elise.

Our new website is now ready to view at To add content about your group/photos/descriptions of recent events, email (Elise)

Rev. Mark Eminson can be contacted at the Vicarage,

38 Kings Drive, PO21 4PZ. Phone 262713. email vicar

Pews News – Glenda can be contacted on 263537 or email glendabiggs

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Weekly Pews News

No.642 22nd September 2013

Colour of the season: Green

Harvest Thanksgiving

Collect for the day:

Almighty God, you have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you; pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself, and so bring us at last to your heavenly city where we shall see you face to face; 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.

Our Opportunities for Worship today

8.00 am Holy Communion

Readings: Philippians 4: 4-9, John 6:25-35

9.45 am Parish Eucharist – Special Service Sheet

Readings: Philippians 4:4-9, John 6:25-35

12 noon Baptism of Bella Jennings

6.00 pm Evening Prayer – Book of Common Prayer

Readings: Ezra 1, John 7:14-36

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 22nd September Harvest Thanksgiving

Intention: Pray for our Deanery of Arundel & Bognor, for our parishes, clergy

and people; for our Rural Dean Mark Standen, and for the work of Deanery Synod.

8.00 am Holy Communion

9.45 am Parish Eucharist

12 noon Baptism of Bella Jennings

6.00 pm Evening Prayer – Book of Common Prayer

Monday 23rd September

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

10.30 am Coffee and scripture at Jenny Moore`s (263731)

7.30 pm Prayer Group at Gillians, 18 Old Place, (267597)

Tuesday 24th September Lancelot Andrewes,Bishop of Winchester, 1626

Intention: Pray for Christian Unity: Pray for the Church`s worldwide mission; for all the missionary societies and for the Bible Society.

7.00 pm The Eucharist

Wednesday 25th September

Intention: Pray for our Diocese of Chichester, our Bishops, Martin and Mark, the archdeacons, clergy and people; for the work of Diocesan Synod and Church House; for the witness of Chichester Cathedral.

10.00 am Holy Communion

2.00 pm Knit and Natter 31 Sea Lane, (263537)

Thursday 26th September Wilson Carlile, Founder of the Church Army, 1942

Intention: Pray for the elderly, lonely and bereaved; for all those in residential care and those who care for them.

8.00 pm Chichester Voices Rehearsal.

Friday 27th September Vincent de Paul, Founder of the Congregation of Mission,1660 Intention: Pray for Peace. For the European Union and The United Nations Organisation.

Saturday 28th September

Intention: Pray for those married here and preparing for marriage this year; for family life and especially for any families facing adversity.

10.00 am Burial of ashes of Kitty Trotter

2.00 pm Wedding of Stefan Kemp and Andrea Brown

Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer

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

Evening Prayer: Monday to Thursday 5.20 pm. Friday 4.30 pm

No evening prayer on Saturday

Prayers and Intentions

Prayer for the Sick

For urgent prayer

contact Angela Halfacree to activate the Prayer Chain (tel. 864353)

For longer-term prayer needs contact Gillian Purvis (tel. 267597)

We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Frank Lawton, Elizabeth Pett, Geoff

We pray for those who have died recently, Kitty Trotter, Alan, Anthony Perez

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

We pray for Bella Jennings who is being baptised here today

Parish Pastoral Care Course: There will be a course next January to equip a team of `parish visitors`. Start thinking and praying about whether this might be where God is calling you and if interested, see Mark. Examples of visiting would be the bereaved, baptism families, the sick and housebound.

Communion before Confirmation: Preparation course to start Tuesday 8th October at 4 pm in St. Andrew`s Chapel. Mark is happy to do another weekday at about that time if several are free, and if necessary to make private arrangements with one or two.

Changes to Worship: We are continuing for the next weeks with our trial period of small changes to Sunday 9.45 am worship. Any feedback please directly to Mark.

Intinction (i.e dipping the wafer into the wine). I want to encourage people to reflect why they do this and is it really necessary? Intinction will be sensible for a few with health concerns either long-term or temporary, but there are all sorts of ways by leaving our front door where we will give and receive germs. More importantly, however, we really show how much we are brothers and sisters in the Lord by drinking from the common cup. Given that for centuries the people of God were denied the chalice (only the priest received) it seems a pity that with our privilege and freedom to receive it we are merely dipping and not drinking thankfully

Pet Blessing Sunday 6 October 4 pm – All are welcome to bring their pets and animals for a service of thanksgiving and blessing for these creatures of God with whom we share our lives.

Next Sunday Michael and All Angels (w)

8.00 am Holy Communion

Readings: Revelation 12:7-12, Matthew 18: 1-10

9.45 am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Genesis 28: 10-17, Revelation 12: 7-12, John 1: 47-end

Psalm: 103: 19-end

Hymns: 314, 286, 102, (Sheet) onward Christian Soldiers

6.00 pm Evening Prayer – Common Worship

Readings: Daniel 10: 4-end, Revelation 5