Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, alleluia! If last time I was writing about fasting and self-sacrifice then now we are into feasting and delighting in Christ’s sacrifice and new life for us. That long doom and gloom of Lent lasted forty days, but Easter and its joy lasts for fifty days – a balance in the right direction.
Easter means a lot of things or rather the Good News of Easter can speak into every conceivable situation and bring with it hope and transformation. Our world today needs that with tension between Russia and the Ukraine, suffering in Syria and so many other places, Food Banks popping up all over our own land, all sorts of family and individual crises and still locally in Pagham the threat of incursion by the sea.
One way we are seeking to respond and to bring transformation is in the traditional practice of “Beating the Bounds.” This happens at Rogation-tide (this year on Sunday 25 May) and any are welcome to join us in walking the parish boundaries. This will be a fun occasion with a nice walk, good company, lunch and tea, but its primary purpose is to invoke God’s blessing on the parish. It will of course include prayer for good harvests for our farmers.
Traditionally it has also included the restoration of peace between those at enmity one with another. Probably our main intention this year will be peace and transformation between Pagham residents and the sea! We will pray that the whole community and any who have an affectionate connection with Pagham will want to work together to raise sufficient funds to enable the authorities to protect us for the years to come. We will sing songs, perhaps including,
O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast
And our eternal home.
So do join us and get in touch with me if you want more details, but even if you can’t make that day then offer up your own thoughts and prayers for the needs of us all. We have someone who hears and understands, the One who suffered and died for us and is now seated at God’s right hand ever pleading our cause, Jesus Christ, our risen and ascended Lord.
St. Thomas a’ Becket’s
Pastoral Care Team
We are pleased to announce the launch of our Parish Pastoral Care Team.
Sixteen church members were commissioned for this ministry on Mothering Sunday, in the belief that the Church is called to be a mother to all people in all situations.
You are welcome to contact us if you would like a visit. You – or someone you know – might be bereaved, lonely, unwell, housebound or simply welcome a friendly chat.
Contact Trudi Kearsley on 263597 and a visit will be arranged.
Mark Eminson, Vicar
Pagham Chestnuts Club are now collecting for their Annual Jumble Sale on 2nd August. Please ring 264622 to arrange collection or delivery. HELP!! We desperately need some storage space for three months. Everything is packed tidily in strong boxes.
Pagham Players Murder Mystery Supper Evening
“Murdered By Mistake”
Saturday 17th May at Pagham Village Hall. Doors open at 6.45pm. £6.00
Local minibus pickup available. Ring Judy 264622
Friends of St Thomas A’Becket Church
Invite you to a Champagne Cruise
on the Chichester Canal
Join us for Supper & Drinks!
Starting at Canal Wharf, PO19 8DT Thursday, 15th May 7-9pm
Delicious buffet-style food, Champagne Soft drinks and tea/coffee
Ticket price per person: £20 for Friends, £25 non members
Advance tickets required from Carole on 07732768890
St Thomas a’Becket Church Bake Off Competition
Bank Holiday Monday 26th May
during the Craft & Gift Fair At Pagham Village Halls
Entrance fee £1, cash prizes to win in each catergory
10 Cupcakes (age 5-10), 10 Cupcakes (age 11-16)
Large Cake- age 5-10, Large Cake- age 11-16
( see email@example.com, 07732768890)
St Thomas a’Becket Church Craft and Gift Fair
Bank Holiday Monday 26th May 10am to 4pm at Pagham Village Halls
Local Crafts and Artisans Children’s Table Top Sale Cake Bake-Off Demonstrations Raffle All Day Refreshments Cakes for sale
“Truly this man was God’s Son.” Matthew 27. 54
You will show me the path of life; in your presence is the fullness of joy and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16. 10
Weekly services at St Thomas a’Becket
Sunday each week
8.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
9.45 am Parish Eucharist and Children`s Groups
6.00 pm Evening Worship
Tuesday 7.00 pm Eucharist in Church
Each Second Tuesday Healing Service in Church during the Eucharist
Wednesday 10.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
We remember those who have died:
Terry Sedgwick, Frank Lines, Bryan Hack,
Margaret Roche, John Penrose and Harry Brown
Ethan Paterson was baptized.
Edward Birch and Sophia Haythornthwaite were married.
Please will you help. To keep our beautiful church clean and cared-for we need helpers. Just 1½ hrs on one day per month, light exercise. Join a team, enjoy the fellowship, and the rewards will speak for themselves! Contact Sue Miller: 01243 261839; Mobile 07845 926766; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Good News Deliverers
A huge thank you to the many people who deliver this leaflet. We need some new volunteers to help. If you can help deliver a few leaflets please contact Bill Meyer on 920023. A little from many makes it a manageable task for all.
The Mulberries present
50’s/60’s Rock’n’Roll Night with Rhinestone at the Pagham Village Hall
7.30pm Tickets in advance £7.00 Children £5.00 01243 266779/266823
Please bring own food and drink
Proceeds to local charities Wheelchair Access
Friends of NGS Open Day
‘Birches’ 19 Selsey Road, Sidlesham, Chichester, Sussex, PO20 7NF
NEW opening under the NGS Yellow Book scheme
May 17 and 18 from 11-4.30pm. Teas and plants for sale
take care on grass paths. Adults £3.50 children free (01243 641038 – ngs.org.uk)
A 94% response by questionnaire in respect of Pagham’s Neighbourhood Plan stated that flooding and coastal erosion were the most important issues to be confronted. Recent months of storm and rainfall have provided a ‘wake-up call’ and provide leverage for progress. Pagham Parish Council has provided funding (£30k) to ‘kick-start’ work on the embankments around Slipe Field and the Lagoon. (WE also provided 28 tons of sandbags to prevent a breach just after Christmas). This is the initial safeguard for houses in Church Lane, Pagham Road, parts of Sea Lane and St. Thomas Drive (88 – 100 homes). 300 metres of embankment has now been built, with completion this autumn and spring next year by the Environment Agency and Haven Holidays partnership. This embankment will also help prevent the predicted breach of defences inland via Pagham Rife.
In the past few days, we have established agreement with the Regulatory Authorities to secure a lasting, cost-effective solution to the destruction of our sea front defences. Pagham Parish Council has engaged consultant engineers to pursue ‘intervention’ on the Church Norton Spit. We have received a written commitment of technical assistance from the Deputy Director of the Environment Agency. Government funding will be no more than one tenth for any approved ‘works’ in Pagham (new rules). The onus is on us to raise £870k in order to secure implementation. We have good people on the new Pagham Flood Defence Trust (Chaired by Mark, our Vicar). They now have professional assistance. Flood risk depends upon the magnitude and duration of storms. Inland, Pagham was protected by a broad raised beach in 1987 at the time of the ‘Michael Fish hurricane’. This is a standard we seek to achieve.
The government approved Coastal Defence Strategy for Pagham includes the option of an ‘exit strategy’ if ‘natural processes’ do not work in our favour. Money is the key.
Chairman, Pagham Parish Council
Pagham Table Top Sale
Babies’ and children’s clothes, toys and equipment
Pagham Village Hall
Sunday 25th May 2014
from 9.00am to 11.00am
FREE ENTRY. Pushchair friendly.
Table rental and refreshments in aid of
Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice
in aid of Chestnut Tree
House Children Hospice
Thursday 8 May.
9.30am to 12. noon
St Mary’s Centre, Grassmere Lane,
Felpham PO22 7NU
Coffee & Cakes as well as great plants!