Weekly Pews News

No 20-08       23 February 2020

Sunday next before Lent  

 Collect for the day Almighty Father, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross: give us grace to perceive his glory, that we may be strengthened to suffer with him

and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Psalm response  He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud.

Today’s services
8 am Holy Communion (Quinquagesima)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13; Luke 18: 31-43

9.45 am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Exodus 24: 12-18; Psalm 99; 2 Peter 1: 16-21; Matthew 17: 1-9

Hymns: 105, 117, 88, 25

4 pm Evening Prayer (Common Worship)

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

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

All welcome!

Tuesday 25 February

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

Wednesday 26 February – Ash Wednesday

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

10 am Holy Communion with imposition of ashes

(Readings: Joel 2: 12-17, Matthew 6: 16-21)

11.30 am Funeral of Reg Smith

12 noon Luncheon Club at St Ninian’s Hall (Jean Hunt, 268818)

7.30 pm The Eucharist with imposition of ashes

(Readings: Isaiah 58: 1-12; Psalm 51: 1-18; 2 Corinthians 5: 20b to 6:10; Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-21)

Anniversary: Alan Faulkner (1976); Edith Warren (1982)

Thursday 27 February – George Herbert, Priest and Poet, 1633

Intention: all who work for peace and justice, and for good relationships with the United Nations and all other countries.

7.30 pm Julian Group at Julia’s, 11 Church Way (266866)

Anniversary: Ernest Cornell (1993); Audrey Nicholls (2016)

Friday 28 February

Intention: vocations to the ordained ministry, especially in our own parish; theological colleges and ordinands in training; our own Parish ordinand Gemma Green; vocations to the religious life.

Anniversary: Lilian Hamerton (1992)

Saturday 29 February

Intention: our mission to our own parish; the outreach of our parish newsletter; all newcomers to Pagham, and to our Church family.


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit: Judi March, Lynette, Chloe Green, Rosie Sims, Nicola, Richard Rundle, Terry Haskell, Jean Martin, Maddy, Gemma Green, Lila Cowee, Barbara Crew, Brenda Dobson, Keith Smith, Tony Spurle, June Evans, Zoe, Bea & Laurie Tucker, Karen Cox, Lesley Howlett.

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

Those who have died recently: Merope Wardroper, Ken Small, Reg Smith.

We remember in our prayers Church members who live in residential care or receive communion at home: Edna Swinnerton-Beet, Jane Upton, Maureen Yates.

We pray for God’s blessing on all who live in our parish: Buckland Drive, Canterbury Close, Cardinals Drive.

We pray for the family and friends of Reg Smith, who died recently after a stroke. His funeral takes place on Wednesday. With his wife Betty, Reg was a long-standing member of Pagham Church. We will miss him, and extend our sympathies and love to Betty and all the family.


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 1 March First Sunday of Lent

8 am Holy Communion Readings: 2 Corinthians 6: 1-10; Matthew 4: 1-11

9.45 am Parish Eucharist Readings: Genesis 2: 15-17 and 3: 1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5: 12-19; Matthew 4: 1-11 Hymns: 626, 412, 572, 503

4 pm Evening Prayer – Book of Common Prayer


Coronavirus (Covid-19) and communion: this Diocese has circulated the following advice:

“Do not intinct (dip the bread into the wine). The hands can be a greater source of infection than lips. With intinction fingers are likely to touch the inside of the chalice and even the wine, which puts other communicants at a greater risk of infection, particularly those with immune/allergic conditions.”

It was therefore decided that we should follow that advice and not offer the chalice for intinction. If anyone is unhappy with drinking from the chalice then it is perfectly in order to take Communion in one kind (ie just the bread). The Anglican teaching that to receive the sacrament in one kind is to receive it in its entirety. Full details of the advice is available on the notice board, and on the Diocese of Chichester website.

Fairtrade fortnight starts tomorrow, Monday 24th.

Church roof: the retiling is nearly finished! Please take extra care, particularly when the contractors are working, to avoid trailing leads. We’ve reached the funding target: thanks be to God, and to you!

Flower Team fundraising: our Flower Team are raising funds for their entry in this year’s Cathedral Festival of Flowers in May. Flowers are provided, but other materials need to be bought. Please support them! Cake sale today after the Eucharist. Cream tea, Monday 2 March: 1.30–3.30 pm at 7 Kings Drive, Pagham, PO21 4PY. Tickets £5 from Sue Smith (263560).

Lent groups start next week, focusing on Henri Nouwen’s book The Return of the Prodigal Son. A global online discussion begins on Ash Wednesday. More information here: http://wp.henrinouwen.org/.

Christian Aid support: Count Your Blessings leaflets are available during Lent for those who wish to participate. The Lent Soup Lunch is on Thursday 26 March, in St Andrew’s Chapel – details to follow.

Julian group: our next meeting for contemplative prayer is this Thursday 27th at 7.30 pm, at Julia’s (266866).

Ladies’ Club meets on Tuesday 2 March at 7.45 pm with a speaker from one of our parish charities, the Children’s Society. All welcome. NB At our recent AGM, the possibility of changing the time and format of meetings was considered. We will discuss it further at this meeting.

World Day of Prayer 2020 (formerly Women’s WDP): St Thomas à Becket’s is hosting the service (which features Zimbabwe) on Friday 6 March. See the notice board for more details, and to sign up to help.

CAP Money Courses: see the poster on the noticeboard about sessions taking place in March, in Chichester on Mondays (2nd, 9th, 16th: 7.30-9.30 pm) and Bognor on Thursdays (5th, 12th, 19th: 10–12 noon).