Parish Book Group – Our current parish book is ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’, by Rachel Joyce. Sign up sheets on Book Group notice board. Discussion groups: Mon 2nd June at 8pm & Thurs 5th June at 10am.


Men’s Group – Please wear or bring something to do with the Armed Forces, for the meeting on the 6th June at the British Legion.


Picnic – Eartham Woods Sunday 8th June. It will be straight after the family Pentecost Eucharist. We will travel in convoy from the church car park.  The field is off the main road and there is ample parking. We hope to play rounders or something similar, treasure hunt and general ourdoorsy stuff.  Please bring a picnic. Further details will follow or you can contact Jenny on 07798555472 or at


Curate –  Jo King’s ordination is on Saturday 28 June 4pm at Chichester Cathedral. Please keep her, Mike, Lucy and Amy in your prayers. If anyone is able to help decorate Jo’s house we are going to do so on the weekend of 12-13 July.  Also, please consider contributing towards welcome gifts for Jo and family.  Any monies can be passed on to Mark or the wardens.


Youth Songs of Praise – this is now taking place on Sunday 29 June at 3.30pm followed by refreshments.  Do please come along and support our young people.”


Patronal Festival Hog Roast – Sunday 6th July, 12pm onwards at the Vicarage, 38 Kings Drive. Adults £5; Children £3. Please bring your own drinks. As ever, friends and family are welcome to join us. See the notice board for further info and to sign up.


Electoral Roll – A letter has been e-mailed to all members of the electoral roll.  If we don’t have your e-mail address, look out for a paper copy in church.


Please note there will be no Coffee & Scripture until 17th June

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The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.676                     1st June 2014

Colour of the season: White


Seventh Sunday of Easter 



Collect for the day: O God the king of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the peace where are Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 


Response to psalm 66: God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of the trumpet.

0ur Opportunities for Worship today


  Seventh Sunday of Easter                                        (W)                                           


Holy Communion (Sunday after Ascension Day)

Readings: 1 Peter 4: 7-11, John 15: 26-16:4



Parish Eucharist 

Readings: Acts 1: 6-14, Psalm 68: 1-10, 32-35, 1 Peter 4: 12-14, 5: 6-11, John 17: 1-11

137, 644, 408, 438


Evening Prayer – Book of Common Prayer

Readings: 2 Samuel 23: 1-5, Ephesians 1: 15-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 1st June

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

Our prospective Curate: Jo King.

8.00 am Holy Communion (Sunday after Ascension Day) 

9.45 am Parish Eucharist 

5.00 pm Evening Prayer – Book of Common Prayer



Monday 2nd June 

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

Anniversaries:    Frederick Dell (1998), Peter  Bradley (2010)

7.30pm   Bell Ringers

7.30pm Prayer Group – 18 Old Place, Aldwick


Tuesday 3rd June Martyrs of Uganda

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

7.00pm The Eucharist

7.45 Ladies Club at the Church Centre – Barbara Crew (Tel 264071)


Wednesday 4th June Lanfranc

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

10.00am Holy Communion

2-4pm Knit and Natter at Glenda’s – 31 Sea Lane, (263537)


Thursday 5th June Boniface

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

4.00pm Wedding rehearsal in church

8.00pm Confirmation Preparation at Vicarage


Friday 6th June

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.

Anniversary: Lawrence  Cozens (1990) 

4.00pm Wedding of Timothy Denley and Jessica Knights

7.30pm Cursillo small group reunion – Di Willson, 103 West Front Road (268712)

8.00pm Men’s Group – Royal British Legion



Saturday 7th June 

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

Anniversaries: Merle Holdsworth (1996), Edna Dalrymple (nee Nanfan) (2004)

10.30am Burial of ashes of Yvonne Ghosh

3.00pm Swearing in of David Smith and Mike Wake as Churchwardens in Chichester


Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer

Morning prayer: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 9.20am. Friday 8.30am

Evening Prayer: Monday to Thursday 5.20 pm. Friday 4.30pm

No evening prayer on Saturday



Prayers and Intentions


We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit:

Ann, Norman Saunders, Joan Wiseman, David Biddle, Baby Erin, Robin & Anthea Potter, Norma Tuckett, Neil Percival


To add someone to the prayer list either write their name on the board near the church door or let Mark or the editors of Pews News know. We will pray for that person for about a month.  After a month the name can be added again, but it is the responsibility of the one who made the initial request.


For urgent prayer contact Angela Halfacree to activate the Prayer Chain

(Tel: 864353).


For longer-term prayer needs contact Gillian Purvis (tel 267597).


We pray for those who have died recently, Steven Prince, Celia Huxley 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 Richard who is on a six month tour in Afghanistan.


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:


Pews News: Nikki can be contacted via Email: (tel: 828445) or tel. Mark Eminson 262713


Next Sunday

Pentecost                                                                 (R)                                                              



Holy Communion 

Readings: Acts2: 1-11, John 14: 15-end 



Family Eucharist

Readings: Acts 2: 1-21, John 20: 19-23

Hymns: 288, 615, 114, 20


Evening Worship – Informal