Weekly Pews News

No. 18-4




Date: 28th January 2018



Date: 28th January 2018



Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)


Collect for the day


Almighty and ever-living God, clothed in majesty, whose beloved Son was this day presented in the Temple, in substance of our flesh: grant that we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts, by your Son Jesus Christ 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


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

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

9.45am Parish Eucharist with Sunday School play

Hymns: 438, 28, Sheet, 419

5.00pm Evening Worship – Common Worship

Haggai 2: 1-9; John 2: 18-22


After the Parish Eucharist, all are welcome to gather for refreshments in St. Andrew’s chapel at the back of the church, where we can get to know each other better.

Sunday 28th January

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

Anniversary: Eileen Tooze (1992); Leonard Cowee (2001)

Monday 29th January – Ordinary Time begins

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

Anniversary: Frank Ashton-Gwatkin (1976); Daniel Humphries (1997); Bill Clark (2015); Sylvia Pepper (2015)

Tuesday 30th January – Charles, king and martyr

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

7.00pm          The Eucharist

Anniversary: Eric Atkins (2015)

Wednesday 31st January

Intention: our family and friends.

10.00am        Holy Communion

12.00              Luncheon Club at St Ninian’s Hall: Jean Hunt (268818)

1.30pm          Wednesday Tots at the Church Centre

2-4pm            Knit & Natter at Judith’s, 40 The Causeway (267678)

Anniversary: Bernadette Harrison (1979)

Thursday 1st February

Intention: our Parish Team – Clergy: Mark Eminson, Jo King, Trevor Marshall, Colin Wood, Bill Meyer. Reader: Roland Ell. Churchwardens: Mike Wake, Stephen Cox-Rusbridge.

Anniversary: Phoebe Ryan (2014)

Friday 2nd February

Intention: our hospitals, doctors, district nurses, home care assistants, pharmacists, therapists, opticians, dentists; all who provide health care.

Anniversary: William Burrow (1993); Albert Barker (2002)

Saturday 3rd February – Anskar

Intention: the Pilgrim Course – leaders and participants; for those baptised and confirmed here during the year, for their parents, godparents or sponsors, and for our own godchildren.

9.20 am          Year of Prayer taster session

Anniversary: Hubert Sheppard (1979)



We pray for all in need, and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Judi March, Sue Smith, Margaret Mayhew, Barbara Nash, Maureen Howard, Brian Crane, Jim, Jill, Graham, Bill Mitchell, Susan, Bob, Maureen Howland, Ethel Huckle, Muriel Taylor, Irene Hathaway, Pat Misselle, Gerald, Edna Puttock, Ellen Earwaker, Lynette.

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

Those who have died recently: Ken Little, Elizabeth Dove, Mollie Cann, John Powell Rutter.

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

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

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

We pray for Christian Solidarity Worldwide, whose work we support financially as a parish.



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


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

E: vicar@paghamchurch.org T: 262713. (Day off Friday)

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

Pews News – Alison Blenkinsop, E: pewsnews@paghamchurch.org T: 07784 544981, or Mark Eminson as above.

Next Sunday Second Sunday before Lent                               (G)
8.00am Holy Communion (Sexagesima)

Readings: 2 Corinthians 11: 19-31; Luke 8: 4-15

9.45am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Proverbs 8: 1, 22-31; Psalm 104: 26-end; Colossians 1: 15-20; John 1: 1-14

Hymns: 684, 172, 477, 6

12 noon Baptism of Ellie Green
5.00pm Evening Worship – Informal


Palm Crosses: please return last year’s palm crosses to church by Sunday 11th February, so they can be burnt on Shrove Tuesday ready for Ash Wednesday.


Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday: all are welcome to join us for pancakes and a glass of something at the Vicarage, 38 Kings Drive, on Tuesday 13th February, 4.30-7pm (no Eucharist that evening). On 14th February, all are encouraged to mark the beginning of Lent at one of the services with ashing (on the forehead) at 10am, 4pm and 8pm.


Lent Groups: options for the Diocesan Lent Course during this Year of Prayer are on the noticeboard. The course is called “Inspiring Vision”, and includes several speakers reflecting on a favourite piece of religious art.


Confirmation: if anyone feels that God may be calling them towards this step in faith, do please speak to Mark for more information.


Prayer requests can be placed in the box at the back of church, and will be included in Sunday intercessions. This is for wider local or international situations, and can be a fully-worded petition. The prayer board nearby is for the names of those who are sick, or who have died.


Mollie Cann: we were saddened to hear of Mollie’s passing, and pray for her and for her family at this time. Mollie’s funeral will be on Monday 5th February at 2pm at Chichester Crematorium.


Stewardship: thank you to those who have responded to last October’s stewardship appeal. If anyone wishes to know more about ways to give financially for the life and mission of our church, do speak to Frank Parvin (264346).


Parish Book Group: our current book is ’The Rebirthing of God’ by John Philip Newell. Join a discussion group on Monday 26th February at 8pm or Thursday 1st March at 10am. See the Book Group notice board for further information.


The Tea and Coffee Rota needs you! Speak to Jan Brockhurst (862606) or Kate Congdon if you can join in this simple and helpful form of service.