Current parish book is ‘Life of the Beloved – Spiritual Living in a Secular World’, by Henri Nouwen. Sign-up sheets on Book Group notice board. Discussion group: Thurs 27th Feb 10am.


Confirmation – Mark has heard that the next confirmation is on Sunday 22 June at 5.30pm at the cathedral.  There will be formal preparation sessions starting straight after Easter, but in the meantime do ask Mark if you might be interested in taking this step in faith and there will be informal preparation opportunities through Lent.


Quiz Night Saturday 15th February, 6.30 for 7 pm at the Church Centre. Tickets £10 to include fish and chip supper, available from Michael in church or please phone 263537. Please sign up on sheet on notice board.


Quiet Gardens Movement – Runcton Manor, near Chichester, is affiliated to the national Quiet Gardens Movement and is involved in Christian meditation and offering days of reflection and other activities. There is a vacancy for one person (possibly two) to rent a room in the Manor and to be involved in developing activities there. For further information please email Kate Taylor at or phone her on 01243 776999 or 07808761696.


Good News delivery help required – Could anyone help deliver to the following: Stonehill Crescent – 24; Edwen Close – 27; Lodsworth Road – 17; and Mallard Cescent – 38? Also, can anyone help delivery to cover when people are on holiday or ill? Please contact Anthea (264466).


Lent Groups – Information on this year’s Ecumenical Lent Groups can be found on the notice board.  As in recent years, York Course material is being used – this time ‘Build on the Rock’. Please sign up on the sheet provided by 16th February, indicating which day/time would best suit you.


The Julian Group will be meeting on Wednesday, 5th February, at 7.30pm, at

The Studio, Cypress Way (266866).


Envelopes for the next 12 Months commencing in February are in the pigeon holes in Church ready for their collection – thank you.


Church helpers required to keep our beautiful church clean and tidy. Just 1.5 hours one day per month light exercise. Join the team, enjoy the fellowship, and the rewards will speak for themselves! Contact Sue Miller; 01243 261839 or 07845 926766, email


Church Website update: Sunday sermon recordings are now available to download on the Sermons page (thanks to Graham Jones). We also have new Church Calendar and Gallery pages. 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: Sarah or Nikki can be contacted via Email: or tel Mark Eminson 262713


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The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.660   2nd February 2014

Colour of the season: White


The Presentation of Christ in the Temple


Collect for the day: Almighty and ever-living God, clothed in majesty, whose beloved Son was this day presented in the Temple, in substance of our flesh: grant that we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts, by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 


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 2nd February The Presentation of Christ in the Temple

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)

8.00 am Holy Communion 

9.45 am Family Eucharist with Sunday School performance 

6.00 pm Evening Worship – informal (guitar-led) 


Monday 3rd February Anskar            

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

Anniversary: Hubert Sheppard (1979)

7.30pm Prayer Group – 18 Old Place, Aldwick (Gillian Purvis)


Tuesday 4th February 

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

Anniversary: Baby Lavinia Caraccioli (2007)

10.00am Coffee & Scripture – at 31 Sea Lane, Pagham (Glenda 263537)

7.00pm The Eucharist

7.45pm Ladies Club – Church Centre, Nyetimber Lane


Wednesday 5th February  

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

Anniversary: Mary Pryde (1977)

10.00 am Holy Communion

12 noon Luncheon Club – St Ninian’s Hall (Anthea Potter 264466)

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

7.30 pm Julian Group at The Studio, Cypress Way (266866)


Thursday 6th February Accession of Queen Elizabeth 

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

2pm                   Burial of ashes of Ted & Julia Balk

8pm Pastoral Care Course – St Andrew’s Chapel


Friday 7th February 

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

Anniversary: Ethel Funnell (1972)

7.30pm              Cursillo group reunion – Di Willson, 103 West Front Road, Pagham


Saturday 8th  February

Intention: Pray for the hungry, homeless, refugees & asylum seekers; for the work of the Church Army, Christian Aid & all relief agencies.

10am-4pm          Chichester Voices Masterclass



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



For urgent prayer contact Bill Meyer to activate the Prayer Chain (tel. 920023) until 2nd February.


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


We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Paul Williams, Patricia Pooley, Philip Hide, Joseph Griggs, Betty Rich, Doris, Brenda Francis, Elizabeth Pett, Andrew Shipp, Barrie Moyle, Richard and Maggie.


We pray for those who have died recently, Peter Crook, Emily Knight, Brian Rogers, Aaron Frost 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 Steven Prince, to be confirmed tomorrow.


We pray for Ashley Campbell and his family during his tour in Afghanistan.


Next Sunday

Fourth Sunday Before Lent                             (G)


Holy Communion (Fifth Sunday after Epiphany)Readings: Colossians 3.12-17, Matthew 13.24b-30



Parish Eucharist Readings:Isaiah 58.1-9a, Psalm 112, 1 Corinthians 2.1-12, Matthew 5.13-20Hymns: 372, 77, 723, 60, 646


Evening Worship – Book of Common Prayer Readings: Amos 2.4-end, Ephesians 4.17-end