Weekly Pews News

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Sunday 8th November (see below)

Readings set for today: Wisdom of Solomon 6: 12–16; Psalm 70; 1 Thessalonians 4: 13–end;
Matthew 25: 1–13

Collect   Almighty Father, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of all: govern the hearts and minds of those in authority, and bring the families of the nations, divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin, to be subject to his just and gentle rule; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.    Amen.

Lockdown 2.0 in Pagham: in line with the Government instructions, public worship at St Thomas à Becket’s church is suspended until at least early December. Thanks to a team of volunteer cleaners we are able to have the church open ~09:00–16:00 for private prayer. When visiting please be sure to: wear a face mask, use the anti–bac. hand gel provided, and to check in using the NHS Track and Trace code, if you are able to. I will be praying the Daily Office at 09:00 and 17:30 each day, and I invite you to join me spiritually wherever you are, so that we can continue praying together. Resources for this are attached to Trudi’s weekly communication email. Please do keep an eye out for information about other opportunities to pray together.

If you have any kind of need or need to speak with someone please do call Mthr Lucy: 01243 941551.

We pray for those who have contracted the virus, those treating them, those researching a vaccine, the families of those who have died, and for the repose of the souls of the virus’s victims.

May God bless us all. Mthr Lucy


Worship online
Chichester Cathedral:


Radio & TV broadcasts: Sunday Worship on Radio 4; Songs of Praise on BBC1; Choral Evensong on Radio 3; Sunday services on Premier Christian Radio and Angel Radio.

Smartphone free apps: C of E Time to Pray, Daily Prayer, Pray As You Go, Lectio365, Taketime Spiritual Meditations.

24-hour freephone: Daily Hope (for Christian worship): 0800 804 8044.



The church is open ~9:00 – 16:00 every day for private prayer

Sunday 8th November

Intention: the hungry, homeless, refugees and asylum seekers; the work of Church Army, Christian Aid and all relief agencies; our local charities Stonepillow and Bognor Regis Foodbank.

Monday 9th November

Intention: the Queen and Royal Family, our nation and government, and our local MP Nick Gibb.

Anniversary: Trevor Ribbons (2000)

Tuesday 10th November – Leo the Great, bishop, teacher of the faith, 461

Intention: our local clubs and organisations, especially our Ladies’ Club and Men’s Group, and Pagham Luncheon Club.

Anniversary: Douglas Smith (1987)

Wednesday 11th November – Martin, bishop, c.397

Intention: our Scouts, Guides, Cadets and other local youth organisations.

Thursday 12th November

Intention: our local industry and commerce, our farmers and growers, and the holiday industry; the staff and guests of Church Farm Holiday Village.

Friday 13th November – Charles Simeon, priest, evangelical divine, 1836

Intention: our organist and director of music, our choir and musicians; our lay ministers of communion, altar servers, welcome team and bell-ringers.

Anniversary: Sylvia Evans (2016)


Saturday 14th November

Intention: our Parochial Church Council, its officers and committees; all those who serve our Church in any way.

Anniversary: Dorothy Sibley (1973); Sarah Fellows   (1991); Thomas Street (2012)

Sunday 15th November Second Sunday before Advent

Readings: Zephaniah 1: 7, 12–end; Psalm 90: 1–8, 12; 1 Thessalonians 5: 1–11; Matthew 25: 14–30


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit: Lynette, Rosie Sims, Terry Haskell, Jean Martin, Lila Cowee, Barbara Crew, June Evans, Bea Tucker, Karen Cox, Jim Fowler, Sheila King, Robin Potter.

For urgent prayer, contact Gillian Purvis (267597) or Colin Wood (264192) to start the Prayer Chain.

We remember Church family who live in residential care or usually receive communion at home: Kathleen Dudley, Ethel Huckle.

We pray for God’s blessing on all in our parish: Tithe Barn Close, Tithe Barn Way, Viscount Drive, Warwick Close, Webb Close, Well Road.

We pray for all affected directly by Covid-19; for small businesses forced to close again, and those who cannot meet for family events as previously planned.

Archbishops’ call to prayer

On All Saints’ Day the Archbishops wrote to all the clergy in the Church of England. In this letter they stated their conviction that the first and primary response of the Church at this time was prayer.

“Bearing in mind our primary vocation as the Church of Jesus Christ to pray and to serve we call upon the Church of England to make this month of lockdown a month of prayer. More than anything else, whatever the nation thinks, we know that we are in the faithful hands of the risen Christ who knows our weaknesses, tiredness and struggles and whose steadfast love endures for ever.”

Resources provided by the Church of England can be found here: call-prayer-nation.

Remembrance Sunday: a pre-recorded Service of Remembrance at St Thomas à Becket’s church has been uploaded to YouTube for you to use at home. Please follow the link provided in the Weekly Communication email. An order of service has been produced (also attached to the email), and most of the words have been added to the film to help you join in with the worship. Of course you can watch this at any time, but you might like to watch at 09:30 on Sunday morning, the time we would usually be meeting in church. Alternatively, to tie in with the National Act of Remembrance at 11:00 on Sunday, starting to watch at about 10:30 will tie in with the 2 minutes’ silence in the film. I am grateful to Ann for playing for this and to Bill for preaching. Mthr Lucy

Reverse Advent Calendar: please help us to continue supporting Bognor Regis Foodbank in the most valuable way over the next month, by donating items that can be used to help clients get ready for Christmas during December. After conversation with the Foodbank I have created a ‘Countdown to Advent’ calendar designed to help you think about the items you donate during November (attached to Good News and the communications email last week). Items can be collected in a box and then delivered to the church early in December. Thank you for continuing to support the much-needed work of this resource. Mthr Lucy

Arts Festival: congratulations to Stephen Cox-Rusbridge, whose horseshoe Rainbow of Hope and Gratitude was selected for display in the cathedral! The exhibition can be viewed in the cathedral, which remains open for private prayer, or online from Tuesday 10th: sussextogether-festival-arts-exhibition.

Pagham Church on social media: find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @StThomasPagham.


The Revd Lucy Sullivan: mthrlucy.pagham@gmail.com, 01243 941551. Rest day Friday.

Churchwardens: Mike Wake and Stephen Cox-Rusbridge: churchwarden@paghamchurch.org,
07899 705632//07974 177905.

Church website update: email editor@paghamchurch.org to add content.

Safeguarding Officer: Jan Brockhurst: safeguarding@paghamchurch.org.

Pews News: Alison Blenkinsop: pewsnews@paghamchurch.org, 01243 261131, 07784 544981.