Parish book is ‘Blessings’ by Mary Craig. Sign-up sheets on Book Group notice board in church. Discussion groups Thurs 7th Nov, 10am and Mon 11th Nov at 8pm. Elise.

Quiet Day at Crawley Down Monastery. Sat 30th Nov. Sign up on the notice board.

Pram Race. A team is required for this year’s Pram Race. Our theme will be The Ten Commandments. A list will be put up in church, we need 15 volunteers (Email:

Church trip to the panto. Robin Hood at the AlexanderTheatre, Bognor Regis. Sat 21st Dec, 2.30pm. £9 each. Please see Jeanette for tickets (07704864836). Sign up list on church notice board.

Christmas Fair: 10am–1.00pm on Sat 16th Nov. Help is urgently needed with this fund-raising event. We will be collecting donated items for the stalls in the box at the back of church, or contact Trudi (263597). We are looking for goods for the hamper, items for the raffle & tombola, Christmas goods, unwanted gifts, fancy goods, jewellery, good quality toys, books, jigsaws etc. Lists are on the notice board for volunteers for the stalls.

School Governor for Nyewood Infants – Anyone who might be interested in this important Christian ministry please see Mark for more details.

Sewing Group – Thurs 7th Nov, 2pm, at Gilly Naylor’s – Millstone Cottage, Church Lane.

Coffee and scripture group – at Glenda’s on Tues 12th Nov 10 – 11.30am. Tel: 263537.

Men’s Group – Sat 30th Nov, 8pm, at The Inglenook.

Annual Memorial Service – Service on Sunday 17th November, 4pm, for families who have been bereaved in the past year or so. Any others are most welcome to attend. Whether you can or cannot come, do add names of loved-ones for whom you would like us to pray on the sheet at the back of church.

Church diaries 2014 – These are available in church. Do pick one up. There is no charge, but any donations are welcome.

Fireworks – Aldwick and Pagham Sea Scout Group annual fireworks extravaganza on Saturday 9th Nov, gates open at 6.30pm.

Last Night of the Proms – Sat 9th Nov, St Thomas à Becket’s Church, 7.30 pm. Entertainment from the Glenwood Ladies Choir. Details and tickets (£5) from Trudi Kearsley (Tel: 263579) and Mo Hatzfeld (Tel: 268576).

Chinese Meal for Friends – Another great evening on behalf of the Friends of St Thomas A’Becket, raising £175 for the Church funds, was had at the Four Chesnuts, Chichester. Thanks for all of you who came and joined in.

Our new website is now ready to view at To add content about your group/photos/descriptions of recent events, Email (Elise).

Revd. Mark Eminson can be contacted at the Vicarage, 38 Kings Drive, PO21 4PZ. Tel: 262713. Email:

Pews News – Glenda can be contacted on 263537 or Email:

The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.648 3rdNovember 2013

Colour of the season: White

All Saints’ Sunday

Collect for the day:

Almighty and eternal God, you have kindled the flame of love in the hearts of the saints: grant to us the same faith and power of love, that, as we rejoice in their triumphs, we may be sustained by their example and fellowship; 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.

Our Opportunities for Worship today

All Saints’ Sunday (W)
8.00am Holy Communion
Readings: Revelation 7: 2-12, Matthew 5: 1-12
9.45am Family Eucharist withBaptisms of Benjamin Webb, Alfie Wignall-Jones & Curtis Ellis

Readings: Daniel 7: 1-3, 15-18, Luke 6: 20-31

Hymns: 746, 45, 177, 419

6.00pm Evening Prayer – Common Worship
Readings: Isaiah 65: 17-end, Hebrews 11: 32-12: 2

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 November All Saints’ Sunday

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

8.00 am Holy Communion

9.45 am Family Eucharist with Baptisms of Benjamin Webb,

Alfie Wignall-Jones & Curtis Ellis

6.00 pm Evening Prayer (Celtic)

Monday 4th November

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

10.30 am Coffee and scripture at Julia’s, 5 The Ridings (266545)

7.30 pmPrayer Group meeting in Church

Tuesday 5th November

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

Anniversary: Kevin Bircham (1987)

4.00pmCommunion before confirmation session in Church

7.00 pm Healing Eucharist

7.45pmLadies Club at the Church Centre

Wednesday 6th November William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher of the Faith, 1944

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.

10.00 am Holy Communion

2-4pmKnit and Natter at Glenda’s, 31 Sea Lane, 263537

Thursday 7th November Willibrord, Bishop, Apostle of Frisia, 739

Intention: Pray for our schools, colleges, & universities; for all teachers & learners, governers & administrators. Anniversary: Daphne Hutchison (2010)

2pmSewing Groupat Gilly Naylor’s – Millstone Cottage, Church Lane

Friday 8th November Saints and Martyrs of England

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

Saturday 9th November

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

Anniversary: Trevor Ribbons (2000)

10am Communion before Confirmation in church

7.30pm Last Night of the Proms in church

Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer

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

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

No evening prayer on Saturday

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Prayers and Intentions

For urgent prayer contact Angela Halfacree to activate the Prayer Chain (Tel: 864353).

For longer-term prayer needs contact Colin Wood (Tel: 264192).

We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Terry Haskell, Janet Porter, June and Debbie Dunkin, Sue Clark, Ethan May, Judy March, Catherine, Darren, and Wendy Donovan.

We give thanks to God that Elizabeth Pett is now much better.

We pray for those who have died recently, Des Denny, Norman Porter,

Roy Burtenshaw and John Clark 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 Ashley Campbell and his family during his tour in Afghanistan.

We pray for Benjamin Webb, Alfie Wignall-Jones & Curtis Ellis, being baptised today.

Parish Pastoral Care Course: There will be a course next January to equip a team of ‘parish visitors’. Start thinking and praying about whether this might be where God is calling you and if interested, see Mark. Examples of visiting would be the bereaved, baptism families, the sick and housebound.

Walsingham 2014 – The parish visit to Walsingham has been booked from 9th to 13th June. Should you be interested in joining our pilgrimage, please add you name to the list which is on the white notice board in the South Aisle. Please speak to Roland if you would like more information about Walsingham.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Sunday 17th November at 3.30 pm at Chichester Cathedral.

Chichester Cathedral. Our parish will be prayed for at Chichester Cathedral on Thursday 14th November 2013. Details available on notice board – sign the list by Sunday November 3rd if you wish to attend. We have been invited for tea at 4.30pm in Cloisters Café followed at 5.30pm by Sung Evensong. Guided tour of cathedral may be possible (min 6 people). Further info from June Baker (our Parish/Cathedral link) Tel: 262344.

Thank you for your prayers and good wishes since my recent stroke. Your love and care has meant so much to me. Gillian Purvis.

Next Sunday Remembrance Sunday (R)
8.00am Holy Communion (Trinity 24)
Readings: Colossians 1: 3-12, Matthew 9: 18-26
9.45am12 noon Parish EucharistReadings: Job 19: 23-27a, Luke 27-38

Baptism of Charlie Jeffries

Hymns: 409, sheet “I vow to thee my country”, 494, 565, 230

6.00pm Evening Prayer – Informal (guitar-led)
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