Weekly Pews News

No. 762

Colour of the season: White

                                                                Date: 24th January 2016


Third Sunday of Epiphany


Collect for the day:


Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power; 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.




Response to Psalm:


Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life.



Our Opportunities for Worship today


  Third Sunday of Epiphany                                (W)                                                                                                                                                             
8.00am Holy Communion

Readings: Romans 12: 16-end, Matthew 8: 1-13

9.45am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Nehemiah 8: 1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a, Luke 4: 14-21

Hymns: 3152, 17, 221, 752

Communion: 264, 202, 60

5.00pm Evening Prayer – Common Worship

Isaiah 49: 1-13, Acts 22: 3-16


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 24th January – Conversion of Paul

Intention: Pray for the Church’s worldwide mission; for all the missionary societies and for The Bible Society. Anniversary: James Turton    (1994), Florence Plummer (2006)


Monday 25th January

Intention: Pray for our Diocese of Chichester, our Bishops, Martin, Mark and Richard; the archdeacons, clergy and people; for the work of Diocesan Synod and Church House; for the witness of Chichester Cathedral. Anniversary: Cyril May (1998)


10.00am         The Eucharist


Tuesday 26th January – Timothy and Titus

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


7.30pm           The Eucharist

7.30 pm          Julian Group at The Studio (telephone 266866)

8.00pm           PCC Meeting – St Andrew’s Chapel


Wednesday 27th January

Intention: Pray for Peace; for the European Union and the United Nations Organisation. Anniversary: Winifred Turner (1984), Isobelle Gray Summerside (1989), Phyllis Perkins (1995)


10.00am         Holy Communion

1.30pm           Wednesday Club at the Church Centre opposite Pagham FC

2-4pm             Knit and Natter at Glenda’s (263537)

Thursday 28th January – Thomas Aquinas

Intention: Pray for vocations to the ordained ministry, especially any within our own parish; for the theological colleges and for all ordinands in training and for vocations to the religious life. Anniversary: Eileen Tooze            (1992), Leonard Cowee (2001)


2.00pm           Burial of ashes of Barry Williams


Friday 29th January

Intention: Pray for our mission to our own parish; for the outreach of our parish newsletter; for all newcomers to Pagham and to our church family. Anniversary: Frank Ashton-Gwatkin (1976), Daniel Humphries (1997), Thomas Clark (2015), Sylvia Pepper (2015)


8.00pm           Open Gardens Committee Meeting at the Church Centre


Saturday 30th January – Charles, king and martyr

Intention: Pray for our neighbouring churches, and for the work of Churches Together in Bognor Regis and District. Anniversary: Eric Atkins (2015)


7.30pm           Pagham Concert: Cross Currents – The Best of Nations


We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Sue Smith, Anthea Potter, Frank Lawton, Barbara Waldron, Greg Huet, Mary, Pat, Stella Clarke, Rita and David Thompson, Velda Scully, Audrey Nicholls, Peter Downey, Joe Fuller.

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


We pray for those who have died recently: Roger Wardale, Don Maltby and Paddy Chesterton.


We pray 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 God’s blessing upon all who live in Bay Court, Beach Close, Beach Road.


We pray for love and cooperation between Christians in this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.


We pray for the ministry of the Arun Angels, whose charitable work we support as a parish.




Church Website update: To add content to the website email editor@paghamchurch.org


Revd. Mark Eminson can be contacted at the vicarage, 38 Kings Drive, PO21 4PZ. Tel: 262713. Email: vicar@paghamchurch.org (day off Friday)


Revd. Jo King can be contacted on curate@paghamchurch.org (day off Friday) or 01243 276949.


Pews News: Louise Gibbs (Editor) can be contacted by email: louise.gibbs1109@rocketmail.com (Tel: 07773 135005) or telephone Mark Eminson 01243 262713


Next Sunday Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)                                                                                                                                                           
8.00am Holy Communion

Readings: Malachi 3: 1-5, Luke 2: 22-40

9.45am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Malachi 3: 1-5, Psalm 24, Hebrews 2: 14-end, Luke 2: 22-40

Hymns: 36, 574, 28, 438    

Communion: 690, 195

5.00pm Evening Prayer – Compline




Don Maltby: We are sorry to hear of Don’s death and pray for him as we pray also for Eva and the family in their grief. Funeral details will follow.


Paddy Chesterton: We are sorry to hear of Paddy’s death. He and Esther alternated between here and North Mundham and some will remember their wedding here. Paddy’s funeral is at St Stephen’s North Mundham on Monday 1st February at 11am. We pray for Paddy and for Esther and all who mourn his passing.


Lent Groups: Do sign up on the board if you wish to attend, our priority will be the Year of Mercy course either at North Bersted or in-house.


Freewill offering booklets: For the coming year are now available for collection from the pigeon holes in Church.


Cathedral Flower Festival: A big thank you from the flower team to all those who so generously supported their coffee morning, to help them raise funds for the Cathedral Flower Festival in June.


Food bank: Thank you for continued donations for the food bank, please remember that only non-perishable food can be accepted, with at least three months before the expiry date.


Grave Talk: After a very successful pilot event we are holding another one on Tuesday 2nd February at 7.45pm in St Andrew’s Chapel. Do try this out or indeed come again and feel free to sign up on the noticeboard to say you are coming.


Aaron Frith: Aaron is a singer/song writer who has produced a new EP reflecting on the beauty of God in the brokenness of our lives. He is coming to Pagham on Sunday 7th February at 7pm in St Andrew’s Chapel to do a jazz cafe style gig in our very own chapel. Sign up on the board or on Facebook as space is limited to about 25.


Shrove Tuesday Celebration: 9th February, 3-5pm at the Vicarage. Join us for delicious pancakes and the burning of palm crosses. Adults £1, children 50p. No need to bring anything – all will be provided!


Parish Book Group: Our current book is “The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.” edited by Clayborne Carson. See the Book Group notice board for further information and sign-up sheets. Join a discussion group on Monday 14th March at 8pm or Thursday 17th March at 10am.


Confirmation: There is a Confirmation at the Cathedral on 19th June. If you are interested in being part of a group exploring and working towards this please speak to Mark or Jo. We will begin to meet during Lent.