Weekly Pews News

no 21-11


Mothering Sunday

Sunday 14th March

10:00 Online Eucharist (see notice below)

Readings: Exodus 2: 1–10; Psalm 127: 1–4; 2 Corinthians 1: 3–7; John 19: 25b–27

Collect God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living

that in joy and in sorrow we may know the power of your presence to bind together and to heal;

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.


Lockdown 3.0: Public worship continues to be suspended at Pagham church, and the church remains closed for private prayer. The PCC will review these arrangements at their meeting this week and an update, including the plans for Holy Week and Easter, will follow next week.

Let us continue to pray for all those affected by the far-reaching effects of Covid-19, the work of the NHS, who we continue to support by staying at home, and for all those making difficult decisions in response to the changing degrees of Lockdown at this time.

Sunday 14th March

Intention: our Parochial Church Council, its officers and committees; all those who serve our Church in any way.

11:00–12:00  Online coffee meeting (see below)

Monday 15th March

Intention: our local community; our Parish Pastoral Care Team, local Residents’ Associations, and the County, District and Parish Councils.

09:00            Morning prayer (online, see below)

17.30            Evening prayer

19:30            Lent course 4

Tuesday 16th March

Intention: those married here and preparing for marriage this year; family life, and especially any families facing adversity.

09:00            Morning prayer

17.30            Evening prayer

21:00            Compline

Wednesday 17th March – Patrick, bishop, missionary, patron of Ireland, c.460

Intention: the press, radio and television corporations, and all who influence public opinion; also Christian publishing and broadcasting.

15:00            Lent course 4

17:30            Evening Prayer

Thursday 18th March

Intention: all seafarers, fishermen and lifeboat crews, and the work of Mission to Seafarers.

09:00            Morning prayer

19:00            Stations of the cross X-XII

Friday 19th March – the Feast of St Joseph of Nazareth

Intention: Church finances, national and international finance; consider what the words poverty and wealth mean to us.

Saturday 20th March – Cuthbert, bishop, missionary, 687

Intention: all victims of violence, crime and oppression; those affected by domestic and other forms of abuse, and all who seek to support them.

Sunday 21st March – Fifth Sunday of Lent; Passiontide begins

Readings: Jeremiah 31: 31–34; Psalm 119: 9–16; Hebrews 5: 5–10; John 12: 20–33


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit: Lynette, Rosie Sims, Terry Haskell, Barbara Crew, Jean Martin, Lila Cowee, Karen Cox, Jim Fowler, Sheila King, Carole & Ian Turner, John Kitchener, Richard Rundle.

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

Thanksgiving for prayers: June and Bruce Evans thank God for their recovery from Covid, and are very grateful for the faithful and ongoing prayers of the Church family. Julia and Gerald Hume also thank God for the treatment and prayers that have enabled Gerald’s recovery.

Anniversary of death: Derek Luke, George Wise (15th); Philip Bateman (16th); William Wadlow, Thomas Hender (17th); Christopher Rathbone, Terence McCarthy (18th); Dennis Mackenzie (20th).

We remember Church family who live in residential care or usually receive communion at home: Lila Cowee, Kathleen Dudley, Ethel Huckle.

We pray for all affected directly by Covid-19; for mothers of young children missing their usual face-to-face support networks, and mothers separated from their families because of current restrictions.

Online Sunday service: I encourage you to join the service at 10:00 on YouTube if you can – just as you would turn up to church for a set time.

Online Coffee Hour after the service: we continue to meet from 11:00 to 12:00. You are welcome to join whenever you are able, and leave early if you need to. Details are in Trudi’s email – if you would like some help navigating Zoom please do contact Mthr Lucy.

Morning & Evening Prayer on Zoom continues as listed above. The praying of the Daily Office is an important way to pray together as a community, to offer up the day’s challenges and give thanks for the blessings. All texts are provided on screen. The link to this can be found in Trudi’s email. Please contact Mthr Lucy if you have any trouble joining the call.

Additional services during Lent: we meet online for the office of Night Prayer (Compline) at 21:00 on Tuesdays on Zoom and our Facebook page. You may find it helpful to have a copy of the Lent Prayer Resource with you for this. Stations of the Cross at 19:00 on Thursdays is presented on Zoom: everything needed will be shared onscreen. NB feel free to dip in and out of the online offerings.

Palm Sunday Passion Gospel: if you would be interested in taking part in this year’s Passion Gospel for our pre-recorded service on Palm Sunday, would you please contact Mthr Lucy. NB you must be able to use Zoom for this.

National Day of Reflection- 23rd March: Please see that additional note on the ways in which you might like to mark the 23rd March as a day of reflection, on the anniversary of the start of the first National Lockdown.

Churchwardens: at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting after Easter, both Mike Wake and Stephen Cox-Rusbridge will be stepping down as our churchwardens, having served the maximum term (+in Mike’s case!). We will of course give great thanks for all that they have done and the time that they have dedicated to the role when we are able to meet. Now, however, we find ourselves needing to appoint two new wardens. I ask you all to give some prayerful thought to this subject as we seek to elect two new wardens for Pagham Church.

Chichester Cathedral’s lunchtime concerts have resumed! A series of five concerts is available; the first three can still be viewed online, and there will be two more performances from 13:00 on Tuesdays 16th and 23rd March. Each concert is preceded by a short talk on the programme via Zoom at 12:45. All details can be found online: chichestercathedral.org.uk/music/streamed-concerts/.

CONTACT DETAILS        –        find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @StThomasPagham.

The Revd Lucy Sullivan: 19 Willowhale Avenue, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 4AU.
mthrlucy.pagham@gmail.com, 01243 941551. Rest day Friday.

Churchwardens: Mike Wake and Stephen Cox-Rusbridge: churchwarden@paghamchurch.org
07899 705632//07974 177905.

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Pews News: Alison Blenkinsop, pewsnews@paghamchurch.org, 261131, 07784 544981.

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