Parkinson UK Charity – I am collecting old keys for the Parkinson UK charity. If you have any I would be grateful to receive them. Just pop them into the box at the back of the church. (Mo Hatzfeld)


Pilgrim Groups – New Pilgrim groups starting soon, please get in touch if you are interested.


Churches Together – Lent Groups – Please see the notice board for details and to sign up. You need to sign the sheet by today.


Freewill Giving Envelopes – for the year commencing 1 February 2015 can now be collected from the pigeonholes in Church.


Palm Crosses – Please begin returning last year’s palm crosses in time for burning for Ash Wednesday (no later than Sunday 15 February).


Parish Book Group – Our current book is ‘A Morbid Taste For Bones’ by Ellis Peters. See the Book Group notice board for further information and sign-up sheets. Discussion groups: Wednesday 25th Feb at 8pm & Thursday 26th Feb at 10am.


Parish Day at Chichester Cathedral : Friday 27 February 2015.

Our Parish will be prayed for on 27 February at the 8 a.m. Holy Communion Service and at 5.30 p.m. Evensong.   We have been invited to attend either or both of these Services and we have also been invited to a complimentary tea at 4.30 p.m. in the Cloisters Cafe.  A tour of the Cathedral before tea can be arranged but we must have a minimum of 6 people.   As we have to advise the Cathedral of likely numbers please sign the list on the notice board by Sunday 22nd February 2015.    Any query please contact June Baker our Parish/Cathedral Link on 262344.


Safeguarding. The PCC have recently agreed and updated the revised 2015 Child Protection Policy Statement, which recognises that our work with children and young people is the responsibility of the whole church community. Consequently safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone. We also have a signed policy statement for the safeguarding of adults in church, especially those who may be vulnerable at a particular time. We can all be effective in this important mission by being aware of the well-being and actions of those around us, reporting any concerns to Revd Mark Eminson, Jan Brockhurst or the Church Wardens. The statements can both be seen on the notice board in the North Aisle.



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The Church of St Thomas à Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News


No.711                                                                             1st February 2015

Colour of the season: White


Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)


Collect for the day: God our creator, who in the beginning commanded the light to shine out of darkness: we pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief, shine into the hearts of all your people, and reveal the knowledge of your glory in the face of 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.


0ur Opportunities for Worship today


  Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)     (W)        
8.00am Holy CommunionReadings: Malachi 3: 1-5, Luke 2: 22-40
9.45am Parish EucharistReadings: Malachi 3: 1-5, Psalm 24, Hebrews 2: 14-end, Luke 2:                 22-40Hymns: 105, 601, 36, 438 + NUNC DIMITTIS Communion: 157.


5.00pm Evening Prayer Readings: Haggai 2: 1-9, John 2: 18-22


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 1st February

Intention: Pray for our Parish Team – Clergy: Mark Eminson, Jo King, Colin Wood, Bill Meyer. Reader Roland Ell; Churchwardens: David Smith and Mike Wake.

Anniversary: Phoebe Ryan (2014)


Monday 2nd February

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

Anniversaries: William Burrow (1993), Albert Barker (2002)

  • Funeral of Eddie Toogood


Tuesday 3rd February                 Anskar

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

Anniversary:     Hubert Sheppard (1979)

7.00pm                        The Eucharist

7.45                  Ladies Club – Bognor Regis food bank – OPEN EVENING (all  welcome) at Church Centre, Nyetimber Lane. (Barbara Tel 264071)


Wednesday 4th February

Intention: Pray for all imprisoned in any way; and for the prisoners, staff, chaplains & visitors at HMP Ford.

Anniversary:     Baby Lavinia Caraccioli (2007)

10.00am           Holy Communion

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

2-4pm               Knit & Natter at Glenda’s (Tel: 263537)



Thursday 5th February

Intention: Pray for our children and young people, and their leaders; for our Children’s Groups, Wednesday Club & Youth Group.

Anniversary:     Mary Pryde (1977)


Friday 6th February                   Accession of Queen Elizabeth 11

Intention: Pray for our Archbishops, Justin Welby of Canterbury & John Sentamu of York; for the work of the Archbishops’ Council and General Synod; for the worldwide Anglican Communion.


Saturday 7th February

Intention: Pray for our schools, colleges & universities; for all teachers & learners, governors & administrators.

Anniversary:     Ethel Funnell (1972)

10am-3pm         Marriage preparation in church


Prayers and Intentions


We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Anthea Potter, Bruce Allinson, Esther Chesterton, June Evans, Eric Atkins, Patricia Pooley, Sheila Lee, Hazel Swan, Joyce, Jane, Barnaby King, David Morrison, Kenrina Thomas, Judi March.


For urgent prayer contact Gillian Purvis to activate the Prayer Chain (Tel: 267597)


We pray for those who have died recently: Pamela Bech, Eddie Toogood, Joshua Bennett 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 greater friendship and united action between Christians, in this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.


Contact Details


Church Website update: To add content to the website email


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


Jo King – Curate can be contacted on 01243 276949. Email: (day off Friday)


Pews News: Editor Nikki can be contacted by email:

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


Next Sunday Second Sunday before Lent                                               (G)
8.00am Holy CommunionReadings: 2 Corinthians 11:9-31, Luke 8: 4-15
9.45am Parish EucharistReadings: Proverbs 8: 1, 22-31, Psalm 104: 26-end, Colossians 1: 15-20, John 1: 1-14 Hymns: 684, 658, 314, 352 Communion: 165. 415, 437
3.30pm Evening Worship – Youth Songs of Praise