Weekly Pews News

No. 18-12


25th March 2018

Palm Sunday                        


Collect for the day

Almighty and everlasting God, who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross: grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; 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. Amen.

Psalm response: I have trusted in you, O Lord.

Post communion prayer for the Year of Prayer

Go before us, O Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favour, and further us with your continual help, that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name, and finally by your mercy obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

                                   Palm Sunday                              (R)
8 am Holy Communion  

Readings: Philippians 2: 5-11, Matthew 27: 1-54

9.45 am Parish Eucharist with blessing of palms, procession and dramatic reading of the Passion

Readings: Isaiah 50: 4-9a; Psalm 31: 9-16;
Philippians 2: 5-11; Mark 14: 1–end of 15

Hymns: 756, 18, 626, 305

5 pm Evening Worship – Taizé

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

25th March: Palm Sunday

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

26th March: Monday in Holy Week

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

7 pm               The Eucharist

27th March: Tuesday in Holy Week

Intention: Peace, and the European Union and the United Nations.

7 pm        Seder (Passover) meal, concluding with the Eucharist
Anniversary: Kenneth Winfield (2002)

28th March: Wednesday in Holy Week

Intention: vocations to the ordained ministry, especially any within our own parish; theological colleges and all ordinands in training; vocations to the religious life.

10 am             Holy Communion
12 noon       Luncheon Club at St Ninian’s Hall: Jean Hunt (268818)
1.30 pm      Wednesday Tots at the Church Centre, Nyetimber Lane
2-4 pm        Knit & Natter at Joan’s, 3 Church Way (265083)
7.30 pm         Stations of the Cross

Anniversary: Frank Myatt           (1981)

29th March: Maundy Thursday (W)
Intention: our mission to our own parish; the outreach of our parish newsletter; all newcomers to Pagham, and to our church family.

8 pm               The Eucharist with foot-washing, followed by the Watch of the Passion overnight

Anniversary: Jean Jackson (2001)

30th March: Good Friday (R)

Intention: our neighbouring churches, and the work of Churches Together in Bognor Regis and District.

12 noon          Children’s Way of the Cross

2.30 pm         The Liturgy, including veneration of the cross and dramatic reading of the Passion

Anniversary: John Griffin (1988)

31st March: Holy Saturday/Easter Eve
Intention: our family and friends.

Anniversary: Amelia Rutterford (1973); Harold Archer (1995); Frank Hope (2008)


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit: Judi March, Sue Smith, Bill Mitchell, Ellen Earwaker, Lynette, Mary Edwards, Cosmo Mather, Zoe & Mo Ford, Gillian Grimmond, Velda Scully.

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

Those who have died recently: Edna Puttock, George Russell.

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

We remember in our prayers Church members who live in residential care or receive communion at home: John and Velda Scully, Daphne Sharrad, Edna Swinnerton-Beet, Daphne Woolnough, Maureen Yates.

We pray for God’s blessing upon all who live in our parish: Dukes Meadow, Durham Close, East Front Road.

We pray for Shelter Box, whose work we support financially as a parish.



Revd. Mark Eminson: The Vicarage, 38 Kings Drive, PO21 4PZ.

vicar@paghamchurch.org, 262713. (Day off Friday)

Revd. Jo King: curate@paghamchurch.org, 930247. (Day off Friday)

Church Website update: Email editor@paghamchurch.org to add content.

Pews News – Alison Blenkinsop, pewsnews@paghamchurch.org, 261131.



Next Sunday                  Easter Day                             (W)
5.30 am Easter Vigil and Dawn Eucharist
followed by champagne breakfast
8 am Holy Communion  

Readings: Colossians 3: 1-7; John 20: 1-10

9.45 am Family Eucharist

Readings: Acts 10: 34-43; John 20: 1-18
Hymns: 348, 336, 305, 672

5 pm Evening Prayer – Common Worship

Readings: Ezekiel 37: 1-14; Luke 24: 13-35


Holy Week sign-up sheets: please see the noticeboard for details of services and ministries and sign up where you can. As is usually the way, the more you can manage, the greater the spiritual blessings!

Easter Flowers: We are aiming to fill the church with flowers for Easter. To sponsor an arrangement, or contribute to the costs, please speak to Trudi Kearsley (263597). We will be decorating the church on Easter Eve, Saturday 31st, from 9.30 am. We would be very grateful for donations of greenery, delivered to church early Saturday morning.

Church Electoral Roll: deadline for the Annual Revision is today, 25th March. To update your status, fill in a form, or check with Mark.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): we have produced a consent form for everyone to fill in if and how you are happy for us to contact you about church life matters. Do please get these forms back to a church officer as soon as possible.

Safeguarding: the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is investigating the appropriateness of safeguarding, child protection policies and practice in the Church of England. Up-to-date information on the inquiry is available on iicsa.org.uk, and its ‘Q&A for Parishes’ can be seen in the north aisle with other safeguarding info.

The Friends of Pagham Parish Church are holding a Table Top Sale on Saturday 14th April, 11-2, at the Church Centre, Nyetimber Lane. Refreshments and soup lunch available. If you are interested in having a table (£10), please contact Mo Hatzfeld on 268576.

Cathedral Flower Festival: The Druces are raising funds to help our church create a good display, by providing a ‘Pop-Up’ restaurant at their home with a 3-course meal on Saturday 21st April, 7 pm. Menu on noticeboard. Tickets £25 (£20/takeaway) from Carole 07732 768890.

On Sunday 22nd April at 5 pm we are having another informal Songs of Praise, so do come along, armed with your favourite hymn suggestion to keep celebrating the joy of Easter!

Good News request: we are still seeking deliverers for Edwen Close (27), Honeysuckle Drive (60), Laurel Drive (20) and Lagoon Road (51). Please contact Mo Hatzfeld (268576) or Trudi Kearsley (263597).