Time and Talents – Thank you to those who have returned their questionnaires and please keep them coming!


Beating the Bounds – after church today we walk the parish boundaries asking God’s blessing on the land and all who dwell herein.  This year we will aim to raise some funds for Flood Defence.  Do walk part or all and enjoy picnic lunch at Copyhold Farm, Lagness – all support vehicles and picnickers please follow the one way system which will be sign posted – just follow the arrows! Pimms , tea , coffee and toilets will be available


Christian Aid Week 10th – 16th May 2015

Christian Aid Week is a national week that takes place each year and helps raise funds which transform the lives of people in some of the poorest communities in nearly 50 countries around the world. At Thomas a Beckett Church we have been using the Lent period up to Easter to raise funds, through our Super Soup Lunch which raised over £242.00, and donating via Christian Aids Count Your Blessings Campaign, you can find out more about how Christian Aid spend the money on We will be collecting in Church over Christian Aid Week, if you would like to get involved, or have ideas for other fundraising events, please get in touch with Sue 860600 or Gillian 267597 we would love to hear from you.


Parish Book Club – Our current book is ‘What’s So Amazing About Grace?’ by Philip Yancey. See the Book Group notice board for further information and sign-up sheets. Join a discussion group on Monday 11th May at 8pm, or Tuesday 12th May at 10am.


Pagham Flood Defence Trust AGM is on Wednesday 13 May 7pm at St Ninian’s.  Questions in advance please to Mark and do come and hear about the Trust’s first year.


Flower Festival:  Friday 22nd – Monday 25th May, 10.00 – 5.00 (12.00 – 5.00 on Sunday), with a Champagne Preview Evening on Thursday 21st May. Sponsorship forms for the flower arrangements are at the back of church, or you can speak to Trudi Kearsley, Sue or David Smith if you would like to contribute a smaller amount.  We will need your help to make this a really successful event  – please sign up on the volunteer sheets, which can be found on the notice board in the South Aisle.  Help is needed for tickets sales, stewarding, catering and raffle tickets sales.  Flyers and posters will be available soon  –  please advertise this event wherever you can. Tickets for the Preview Evening, priced at £10, will be available  from David Smith shortly. Details/information:  Sue and David Smith 263560, Trudi Kearsley 263597


Bognor 10K – Myself and a 25 strong team from St Philip Howard Catholic High School are running again! This year we are raising money for Snowdrop who are caring for a 13 year old girl in our school who has developed a brain tumour. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers and sponsor us if you can (form is in St Andrews Chapel). Many thanks, Graham Jones.


Charitable Giving. Colin Wood will have oversight of the charities which our Church supports or gives to each year. Please contact Colin (264192) if you are our Representative for one of our charities, or if you have a particular interest in any of them.


Art Exhibition –   This event raised just over £1000 for our funds.  A very busy weekend, with lots of visitors enjoying the work of local artists, buying the art work and partaking of the excellent refreshments.  A big thank you to all who worked so hard to help make this a success.

Registered Charity No 1134842



No.724                                                                                    10th May 2015

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 to 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.


Our Opportunities for Worship today


  Sixth Sunday of Easter – Rogation Sunday                    (W)                                                                                                                               
8.00am Holy Communion (Easter 5)Readings: James 1: 22-end, John 16:23-end
9.45am Parish Eucharist, followed by Beating the BoundsReadings: Acts 10:44-end, Psalm 98, 1 John 5: 1-6, John 15: 9-17Hymns: 398, 475, 153, 332 Communion: 188, 323, 804
5.00pm Evening Worship – Common WorshipSong of Solomon 4: 16-5: 2; 8: 6-7, Revelation 3: 14-end


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 10th May

Intention: Pray for our local clubs & organisations, especially our Ladies Club, The Luncheon Club and The Mens Club.

Anniversaries:  Henry Mustard (1971), Cecilia ‘Celia’ Huxley (2014)


Monday 11th May                      Rogation Day

Intention: Pray for our scouts, guides, cadets & other local youth organisations.

2.00pm              Burial of ashes of Peggy Rowley


Tuesday 12th May                      Rogation Day

Intention: Pray for our local industry & commerce, our farmers & growers and the holiday industry.

Anniversary:     Samuel ‘Vic’ Huxley (2004)


Wednesday 13th May                 Rogation Day

Intention: Pray for our Organist and Director of Music, our choir & musicians, our Lay Ministers of Communion, alter servers & bell ringers.

Anniversaries: Reginald Watson (1974), Evelyn Archer (2004)

12noon              Luncheon Club – St Ninian’s Hall (Jean Hunt 268818)

1.30pm-2.45pm  Wednesday Club – Church Centre opposite Pagham Football Club

2-4pm               Knit & Natter at June Baker’s (262344)


Thursday 14th May                    Ascension day

Intention: Pray for our Parochial Church Council, its officers & committees.

10.00am           Holy Communion

4.00pm             The Eucharist  – followed by balloon release

5.00pm              5pm Wedding rehearsal in church

8.00pm                        Sung Eucharist


Friday 15th May                         Matthias the Apostle

Intention: Pray for our local community; Parish pastoral Care Team, for the County, District & Parish Councils, for our Residents’ Associations.

Anniversary:     Emily Blackman (1994)

2.00pm              Wedding of Andrew Jeffries and Stephanie Clarke


Saturday 16th May

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

Anniversaries:  Angela Haythornthwaite (1967), Margaret Gosney (2012)

10.30am                        Burial of ashes of Neville Purdy

12.30pm            Wedding of Jonathon Comins and Hannah Delury

3.30pm              Swearing-in of churchwardens in Chichester


Prayers and Intentions


We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Anthea Potter, Hazel Swan, Stella Clarke, David Atkins, Fay Loder, Celia, Ray, John Woods, Jean, Lorraine Tivey, Sheila Boardman, Steve. For urgent prayer please contact Gillian Purvis (Tel: 267597) or Colin Wood (Tel: 264192) to activate the Prayer Chain.


We pray for those who have died recently: Pat Adamson, Maurice Wicks, Ann Miller, Reg McDonald, Gavin Barton, Norma Tuckett 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 Andrew Jeffries & Stephanie Clarke, Jonathon Comins & Hannah Delury to be married here this week



Contact Details


Church Website update: To add content to the website email


Revd. Mark Eminson & Revd. Jo King can be contacted at the vicarage, 38 Kings Drive, PO21 4PZ. Tel: 262713. Email: (day off Friday)


Pews News: Editor Nikki can be contacted by email:

(Tel: 01243 828445) or tel Mark Eminson 01243 262713




Next Sunday Seventh Sunday of Easter – Rogation Sunday                (W)                                                                                                                              
8.00am Holy Communion (Sunday after Ascension Day)Readings: 1 Peter 4: 7-11, John 15: 26-end, 16: 1-4
9.45am Parish EucharistReadings: Acts 1:15-17, 21-end, Psalm 1, 1 John 5: 9-13, John 17: 6-19Hymns: 255, 644, 540, 104 Communion: 359, 470, 736
12noon Baptism of Ben Payne
5.00pm Evening Worship – Youth Songs of Praise