World War 1 – service of commemoration today at 4pm, followed by refreshments.


RNLI Search and Rescue demo off the beach at Pagham on 6th August at 6.00pm. Pagham Yacht Club will be open to all and there will be a BBQ on the beach.   Bucket collections will be made during the evening for the RNLI Selsey.


Curate – We wish Jo and family joy in their new home and a happy summer holiday. Jo’s stipend begins on 1st September, so we look forward to her starting full-time with us then.


The Friends of St Thomas a’ Becket Church are holding their annual golf day at the Church Farm mini golf course on Saturday 6th September 2014. The cost will be £7.00 per entrant and the start (tee off) times will be from 11.00 a.m. Please put your name on the list at the back of the church. The prize giving will be at The Lamb Inn afterwards. Tickets can be purchased from Michael Biggs in church.


Families Barbecue – Sunday 7 September at the Vicarage after church.  All Sunday School families and helpers welcome.


Parish Book Group – To mark the First World War Centenary, over the summer we will be reading “Regeneration” by Pat Barker. Further information and sign-up sheets on Book Group notice board. Discussion groups: Monday 15th September at 8pm & Thursday 18th Sept at 10am.


Christian Aid – Thank you to all of you who have supported the Christian Aid activities this year, in total we raised £757.41, which is made up from £283.00 from the Super Soup Lunch & £215.00 from the Count Your Blessings during Lent and £259.41 through the Craft Fair stall selling ‘Pupcakes’ & Christian Aid Envelopes, of this amount £280.00 is eligible for Gift Aid.

Gillian and Sue would be pleased to hear any feedback or fundraising ideas from you on how we can build on this for next year, or any volunteers to help with Christian Aid activities.


Pilgrim – Further to Mark’s sermon do please see him if you would like to be involved in leading or helping with the Pilgrim Course and please everyone prayerfully consider if there is someone you might be able to invite to try the course, which will start in October. Literature to follow soon.



Wednesday Club – As a matter of urgency we need a new leader for Wednesday Club (parent and toddler group), Please see Mark for details.

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Weekly Pews News

No.685                             3rd  August 2014

Colour of the season: Green


Seventh Sunday after Trinity


Collect for the day: Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things; graft in our hearts the love of your name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of your great mercy keep us in the same; through 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. 


Response to psalm 145: You open wide your hand, O Lord 




0ur Opportunities for Worship today



Next Sunday

Seventh Sunday after Trinity                                            (G)  



Holy Communion 

Readings: Romans 6: 19-end, Mark 8: 1-9



Parish Eucharist

Readings: Isaiah 55: 1-5, Psalm 145: 8-9, 15-end, Romans 9: 1-5, Matthew 14: 13-21

Hymns: 12, 387, 622, 252 Communion: 199, 509

12 noon

Baptism of Tristan McCoy


Evening Worship – Service of Commemoration of the beginning of WW1




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 August

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.

Anniversaries: Robert Tomlinson (1990), Roy Ell (1998)

8.00 am Holy Communion  

9.45 am Parish Eucharist 

12 noon Baptism of Tristan McCoy

4.00 pm Evening Worship – Service of Commemoration of the beginning of WW1


Monday 4th August Jean-Baptiste Vianney

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

7.30pm Bell Ringers


Tuesday 5th August Oswald

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

7.00pm The Eucharist

7.45 Ladies Club – Church Centre


Wednesday 6th August Transfiguration of our Lord

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.

10.00am Holy Communion

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

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


Thursday 7th August

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


Friday 8th August Dominic

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


Saturday 9nd August Mary Sumner

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




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

No morning or evening prayer in church Monday 4th – Monday 25th August inclusive.  The church will, however, be open as usual.




Prayers and Intentions


We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Robin & Anthea Potter, Gerry Mitchell, Christine Worthington, Dawn Spurway, Elizabeth, Sandra, Darren, Luke, Ian Turner, Dorothy, Kathy Camille.

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 Gillian Purvis to activate the Prayer Chain  (Tel: 267597)



We pray for those who have died recently: Jill Ziolkowski, Annette Richards, Brian Williams 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 Tristan McCoy who is being baptized today.


We pray for Anthony Baldock & Kelly Cohen and Norman Flower & Kim Stone on their wedding days on Saturday.


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

Eighth Sunday after Trinity                                             (G)                                                     



Holy Communion 

Readings: Romans 8: 12-17, Matthew 7: 15-21



Parish Eucharist

Readings: 1 Kings 19: 9-18,Psalm 85: 8-13, Romans 10: 5-15, Matthew 14: 22-33

Hymns: 297, 144, 347, 54 Communion 150, 553, 856


Evening Prayer – Book of Common Prayer