Beating the Bounds – today – please follow the one way system at Copyhold farm for lunch/ pick up/ drop off, plenty of parking available in the paddock.


Craft & Gift Fair, Pagham Village Halls, Bank Holiday –  Tomorrow (26th May) 10-4pm

Our “new look” craft fair will span the whole day, and refreshments will be available, from breakfast rolls, to ploughman’s to cream teas. Events for children include a table top sale, and a cake bake-off competition, raffle, face painting and hand-made gifts. See flyers and entrance forms at back of church. Contact for more information and booking forms. We also need small and large cakes. If you can help please bring cakes to the fair after 9.30 tomorrow and help to make this a fun day for all.


Ascension Day – Thursday 29th May – This is a major festival in the Church year, so all church members ought to attend worship. Therefore we are having 10am Holy Communion, 4pm Eucharist, 8pm Sung Eucharist and all followed by feast-day refreshments (e.g 4pm more child-friendly fizz and 8pm champagne). There is no Tuesday or Wednesday communion this week.


Parish Book Group – Our current parish book is ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’, by Rachel Joyce. Sign up sheets on Book Group notice board. Discussion groups: Mon 2nd June at 8pm & Thurs 5th June at 10am.


Men’s Group – Please wear or bring something to do with the Armed Forces, for the meeting on the 6th June at the British Legion.


Picnic – Eartham Woods Sunday 8th June. It will be straight after the family Pentecost Eucharist. We will travel in convoy from the church car park.  The field is off the main road and there is ample parking. We hope to play rounders or something similar, treasure hunt and general ourdoorsy stuff.  Please bring a picnic. Further details will follow or you can contact Jenny on 07798555472 or at


Ordination – of our curate, Jo King, is on Saturday 28 June 4pm at Chichester Cathedral. Please keep her, Mike, Lucy and Amy in your prayers. If anyone would like to attend Mark has a few tickets – first come, first served.


Youth Songs of Praise – this is now taking place on Sunday 29 June at 3.30pm followed by refreshments.  Do please come along and support our young people.”


Financial Presentation:  Following on from the Financial Presentation – copies of the presentation are available at the back of church.  Please take one, especially if you were not in church for the presentation. This is also available on our website.  Please read and consider prayerfully how you might help.  Thank you. 


Friends – a great time was had by all on the Chichester Ship Canal and £209 was raised for the Church fabric. Upcoming events include ‘Open Gardens’ 15th June and the ‘Cream Teas & Glenwood Ladies Choir’ on 21st June 3pm.


Please note there will be no Coffee & Scripture until 17th June




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Weekly Pews News

No.675                     25th May 2014

Colour of the season: White


Sixth Sunday of Easter 



Collect for the day: God, our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son; grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy; 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 66: (Bless our God you peoples;) let the sound of his praise be heard


0ur Opportunities for Worship today



  Sixth Sunday of Easter (Rogation Sunday)             (W)                                 


Holy Communion (Easter 5)

Readings: James 1: 22-end, John 16:23-end



Parish Eucharist (followed by Beating the Bounds)

Readings: Acts 17: 22-31, Psalm 66: 7-end, 1 Peter 3: 13-end, John 14: 15-21

Hymns: 637, 123, 754, 680(communion 475)


Evening Worship – Informal evening prayers (concluding Beating the Bounds)


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 25th May

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

8.00 am Holy Communion (Easter 5) 

9.45 am Parish Eucharist, followed by Beating the Bounds 

5.00 pm Evening WorshipInformal evening prayers 

   (Concluding Beating the Bounds)


Monday 26th May Augustine of Canterbury

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

Anniversary:    Frank Baker (1994)

10.00am-4.00pm Craft & Gift Fair – Pagham Village Hall

7.30pm Bell Ringers


Tuesday 27th May

Intention: Pray for Peace. For the European Union & The United Nations Organisation.

Anniversary: Maude Teulon (1982)


Wednesday 28th  May Lanfranc

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

Anniversaries: John Blackman (1994)

12.00noon Luncheon Club

2-4pm Knit and Natter at Sue’s – 1 Church Way, Pagham (Tel: 262915)


Thursday 29th  May Ascension Day

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.

10.00am Holy Communion

4.00pm The Eucharist

8.00pm Sung Eucharist

The nine days after Ascension Day until the eve of Pentecost are observed as days of prayer and preparation for the celebration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.


Friday 30th  May

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

Anniversary:  Louie (‘Cis’) Humphries (1998)


Saturday 31st May The Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth 

Intention: Pray for our family & friends.



Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer

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

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

No evening prayer on Saturday


Prayers and Intentions


We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Lea-Ann, Terry, Steven Prince, Ann, Norman Saunders, Joan Wiseman, 

David Biddle, Baby Erin, Robin & Anthea Potter


To add someone to the prayer list either write their name on the board near the church door or let Mark or the editors of Pews News know. We will pray for that person for about a month.  After a month the name can be added again, but it is the responsibility of the one who made the initial request.


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 those who have died recently, Celia Huxley 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 Richard who is on a six month tour in Afghanistan.


Church Website update: To add content to the website email


Revd. Mark Eminson can be contacted at the Vicarage, 38 Kings Drive, PO21 4PZ. Tel: 262713. Email:


Pews News: Nikki can be contacted via Email: (tel: 828445) or tel. Mark Eminson 262713


Next Sunday

Seventh Sunday of Easter                                       (W)                                  



Holy Communion (Sunday after Ascension Day)

Readings: 1 Peter 4: 7-11, John 15: 26-16:4 



Parish Eucharist 

Readings: Acts 1: 6-14, Psalm 68: 1-10, 32-35, 1 Peter 4: 12-14, 5: 6-11, John 17: 1-11

Hymns: 137, 644, 408, 438 


Evening Worship – Book of Common Prayer 

Readings: 2 Samuel 23: 1-5, Ephesians 1: 15-end