Weekly Pews News
Second Sunday before Lent
08:00 Holy Communion
09:30 Parish Eucharist
09:30 Sunday School in St Andrew’s chapel
Collect Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth and made us in your own image: teach us to discern your hand in all your works and your likeness in all your children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things, now and for ever. Amen.
Readings Genesis 2: 4b–9, 15–end; Psalm 65; Revelation 4; Luke 8:22–25
Psalm response You visit the earth and water it.
Today’s bell ringing is dedicated by Betty Smith
to her husband Reg on his second anniversary
Sunday 20th February
Intention: all victims of violence, crime and oppression; those affected by domestic and other forms of abuse, and all who seek to support them.
Monday 21st February
Intention: the sick in body, mind or spirit; those who have life-limiting conditions; the work of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
09:00 Morning prayer (in church)
Tuesday 22nd February
Intention: our Deanery of Arundel & Bognor, and its parishes, clergy and people; our Rural Dean Natalie Loveless, and the work of Deanery Synod.
18:00 Evening prayer (on Zoom)
Wednesday 23rd February – Polycarp, bishop, martyr, c.155
Intention: all those who do difficult work on our behalf, especially in the armed services and the emergency services.
18:00 Evening prayer (on Zoom)
Thursday 24th February
Intention: the Church’s worldwide mission; all missionary societies and the Bible Society
09:00 Morning prayer (in church)
10:00 Holy Communion
Friday 25th February
Intention: our Diocese of Chichester, Bishops Martin, Ruth and Will, and Archdeacon Luke; the work of Diocesan Synod and Church House; the witness of Chichester Cathedral.
Saturday 26th February
Intention: the elderly, lonely and bereaved; all those in residential care and those who care for them.
Sunday 27th February – Sunday next before Lent
Readings: Exodus 34: 29–end; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3: 12 – 4:2; Luke 9: 28–36
PRAYERS AND INTENTIONS
We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit Lynette, Rosie Sims, Terry Haskell, Barbara Crew, Karen Cox, Jim Fowler, Sheila King, Dawn Spurway Pearson, Mo Ford, Nicola Simpson, Betty Smith, Heather Marchant, Mike Hatzfeld, Andrew Naylor, Colin May, Lucy Gammon, Beryl Turner, Tyler Rankin.
For urgent prayer, contact Gillian Purvis (267597) or Pat Rush (262561) to start the Prayer Chain.
Recently departed Brian Barton.
Anniversary of death Thomas Best, Jack Field, Tony Spurle (21st); John Fisk (22nd); Eric Willmot (23rd); Alfred Vickery, Jean Saunders (24th); Alan Faulkner, Edith Warren (26th).
We remember Pagham Church family who live in residential care or usually receive communion at home: Ethel Huckle, Daphne Sharrad.
Face coverings We ask that you continue to wear face coverings at all times when attending services/events in the church including when singing, please, unless medically exempt. Mthr Lucy and the Wardens will continue to review our COVID-19 practices regularly.
‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’ Growing the Household of Faith pilot programme There is now a display sharing more information about GiTF in the church. This will be updated at regular intervals.
Palm Crosses Please bring along any palm crosses you have collected at home to church in the next couple of weeks, ready for burning for Ash Wednesday.
Pancake Stop – Shrove Tuesday (1st March) 14:30-16:00 at Pagham Parish Church Centre, Nyetimber Lane. Pop in for pancakes and fellowship. Stop a while, or make a quick pit-stop on the school run. Every one welcome, free tickets available from Sunday 20th Feb. to help with catering purposes, donations on the day for pancakes and refreshments.
Ash Wednesday Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which this year this falls on 2nd March. Our Eucharist with Ashing will be at 11:00 – do put this in your diary. Ash Wednesday is a Principal Holy Day in the Church of England, a day when we are all encouraged to attend a Service of Ashing and to make our communion at the start of the season of Lent. There will be an evening Eucharist at 19:00 on Ash Wednesday at St Richard’s, if you’re unable to make 11:00, and Ashes-to-Go (particularly for our young people) is at Pagham Church: drop in between 15:30 and 17:00.
Lent, Holy Week and Easter Please see the additional sheet for details on our offering for Lent and beyond.
Bell ringing How about learning to ring for HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee? There will be four days of national celebrations from 2nd June when we are encouraged to ring the bells to mark this historic event. Bell ringers do not have to be big, strong, musical or mathematical. Anyone from the age of 10 with reasonable coordination and a sense of rhythm can learn to ring. If you would like to know more, please speak to Mike Wake 07899 705632.
Foundation Governors for Nyewood Infant and Junior Schools Both of our Church of England schools are urgently seeking foundation governors at this time. The support of local parish churches in this essential role is critical to the mission of the Church in the wider community, with Foundation Governors being critical to helping foster a distinctive Christian identity in the schools. If you have any interest in learning more about this, please speak to Mthr Lucy, who is now an Ex-Officio Governor of both schools, for more information.
Music at Pagham church We are currently reviewing the way forward for music in our worship – but please remember all those who enjoy singing are most welcome to join the choir. The choir is currently practising for 20 mins before services – so for Sundays this is from 09:00, at the organ.
2022 World Day of Prayer service, prepared by England, Wales and Northern Ireland, takes place locally on Friday 4th March at 10:30 at Bognor Regis Methodist Church. The theme is one of hope in suffering. All are welcome; refreshments will be served afterwards. See wwdp.org.uk.
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