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


Art Exhibition – Continues over this weekend  –  Sunday 12 noon – 5.00pm, and Monday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm. Thank you to all those who have been and are continuing to help.  Please come along and support us. We hope to take down the staging etc. after close of the Exhibition tomorrow – if you are able to assist please let Trudi know, or come along at about 5 pm.  Some help on Wednesday evening from 6 pm would also be welcomed, when the paintings are returned to the artists. Thank you.  Trudi Kearsley 263597


Pre Election – Discussion evening and refreshment at the vicarage on Wednesday 6th May at 8pm. Come along and discuss the House of Bishops’ letter and other issues in politics and faith.


In memory – It is 100 years since the deaths of James Patten and Maurice Blackman in the Battle Aubers Ridge (9th May 1915). This was an unmitigated disaster and over 10,000 men died that day (D-Day fatalities less than 3,000). Pagham lost two, Bognor three, Chichester four and Wadhurst in East Sussex lost twenty four. A day of great sadness.


Beating the Bounds – after church on Sunday 10th May 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 and/or tea and cake in church


Ascension Day – Thursday 14th May – services at 10am, 4pm, 8pm so that all church members can make their communion on this glorious feast day (there will be no other midweek communions that week).


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


Annual Meetings – we are pleased to announce that Mike Wake and Stephen Cox-Rusbridge are our churchwardens. Thank you to David Smith for all his work as churchwarden as he stands down. Please see notice board for other results of elections and do take a booklet summarising the range of our church life last year.


Making Friends – Alison Blenkinsop, a retired midwife, hopes to move from Aldershot to Pagham soon and says: ‘I have already visited St Thomas à Becket church several times, and look forward to making friends with church members and other local people. I would love to hear from anyone who could give me information about the local area over a cup of tea, when I come house-hunting over the next few weeks. I would also like advice on getting a reasonable rate for occasional B&B. Many thanks, Alison.’ If you can help in anyway please contact Alison on or 01252 337189/07784544981.


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.

Registered Charity No 1134842

The Church of St Thomas à Becket, Pagham



Weekly Pews News

No.723                                                                                   3rd May 2015

Colour of the season: White

Fifth Sunday of Easter


Collect for the day: Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect; through Jesus Christ our risen 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


  Fifth Sunday of Easter                                                 (W)                                                                                              
8.00am Holy Communion (Easter 4)

Readings: James 1: 17-21, John 16: 5-15

9.45am Parish Eucharist with baptisms of Tim & Cordelia Denley.

Readings: Acts 8: 26-end, John 15: 1-8

Hymns: 8, 797, 35, 428 Communion: 245, 333, 386

5.00pm Evening Worship – Nones


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 3rd May

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:     George Harrington (1976)


Monday 4th May                        English saints and martyrs of the Reformation Era

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


Tuesday 5th May

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

Anniversaries:  Marcus Rutterford (1974), Sidney Wood (1993), Hannah Goodley (2000)      

7.00pm                        The Eucharist


Wednesday 6th May

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.

Anniversaries: Doris Pay (1997), Katherine Marydathe (2000)

10.00am           Holy Communion

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

2-4pm               Knit & Natter at Joan Dent’s, 3 Church Way (Tel:265083)

2.30pm                        Funeral of Pat Adamson


Thursday 7th May

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

Anniversary:     Joseph Conneeley (1997)


Friday 8th May                         Julian of Norwich

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

Anniversary:     Nellie Baker (2000)


Saturday 9th May

Intention: Pray for the Queen & Royal Family, our Nation & Government, our local MP & MEP.

Anniversaries:  Alfred Robbins (1996), Kathleen Street (2006)











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 Clark, Jayne, Tracey, Autumn, David Atkins, Fay Loder, Celia, Norma, Ray, John Woods, Jean. 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 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 Tim & Cordelia Denley, being baptized here today.


We pray for the souls of Maurice Blackman and James Patten, men of Pagham, killed in the Great War on 9 May 1915.


We pray for our nation on Thursday on the General Election, for the duties of those in authority and those under them.


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 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 Bounds

Readings: Acts 10:44-end, Psalm 98, 1 John 5: 1-6, John 15: 9-17

Hymns: 398, 475, 153, 332 Communion: 188, 323, 804

5.00pm Evening Worship – Common Worship

Song of Solomon 4: 16-5: 2; 8: 6-7, Revelation 3: 14-end