Confirmation – The next confirmation is on Sun 22 June, 5.30pm at the cathedral. Preparation sessions begin on Thursday 24th April 8pm at the Vicarage, ask Mark if you might be interested in taking this step in faith and there will be informal preparation opportunities through Lent.


Beating the Bounds – Sunday 25 May after the Parish Eucharist. Do consider taking part in this fun and holy event of walking the parish boundaries with stops for lunch and tea.


APCM – Congratulations to David Smith and Mike Wake on being elected as churchwardens. Many thanks to Trudi Kearsley after 8 years’ service as churchwarden.  See the noticeboard for the list of PCC members and the new copy of the electoral roll.


Sunday Teas:  The church is once again open for teas and cake on a Sunday afternoon.  Why not come along and enjoy some good home-cooked cakes and lively conversation.  We are open from 2.00 – 4.30 pm every Sunday.


Lifts to Church – Please all consider if you can offer this ministry from time to time if you ever have a spare seat in your car. There are always those who would come to church if they could get a lift and it is part of our Christian duty to try to meet that desire. Please contact Trudi Kearsley (233597) or Mark.


Good News delivery help – We need  help with deliveries to: 20 Millars Court, Pilgrims Way, off Nyetimber Lane, Buckland Drive off Nyetimber Lane, 60 Greenleas, 65 Cardinals Drive, Esher Close, Briodorley Close, 43 Fletcher Close, 38 Pyrford Close. Also could anyone help deliver when people are on holiday or ill? Please contact Anthea (264466).


Join the Friends on a Champagne Canal Cruise. 15/5/14 7-9pm to include champagne and soft drinks,3 course supper, £25 (£20 if member). Sign up on church list, contact Rich/Carole 07732768890 for tickets and more info.


Craft & Gift Fair, Pagham Village Halls, Bank Holiday Monday, 26/5 10-4pm

Our “new look” craft fair will span the whole day, and refreshments will be available, from breakfast rolls, to ploughman’s to cream teas. Events for children include a table top sale, and a cake bake-off competition. See flyers and entrance forms at back of church. Why not take a poster to display in your home area? Please help make this a fun event to raise funds for our local church. Contact for more information and booking forms.


Felt Poppy Workshop on Friday 16 May from 10am-12noon, led by 5 artists from the Cathedral exhibition “Intersections”. Develop wet felting skills and make a remembrance poppy brooch. No experience necessary. The workshop is £5 per person, all materials provided and located in Vicars’ Hall. Tickets are available from the Cathedral Box Office in the Cathedral Shop, online at or on 01243 813595. There are limited places for this so book now to avoid disappointment. Poster giving full details is on the Church Notice Boards.


Bognor 10K. If anyone would like to sponsor me I am running the Bognor 10K on Sunday 18th May, for the Snowdrop charity whom my wife Anna is a nurse. Snowdrop care for children in our community with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses. Please sign up on the form on the Notice board or, if reading this online, click on the following link to a Just Giving page where you sponsor me directly. Kind regards Graham Jones.


2014 dates – do take away a list of significant dates for this year to add to your diary.


Registered Charity No 1134842

The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.672             4th May 2014

Colour of the season: White


Palm Sunday


Collect for the day: Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord: give us such knowledge of his presence with us, that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and serve you continually in righteousness and truth; 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


  Third Sunday of Easter                                             (W)                                                                        


Holy Communion (Easter 2)

Readings: 1 Peter 2: 19-end, John 10: 11-16



Parish Eucharist with Baptisms of Hollie Mills & Sophie Steen 

Readings: Acts 2: 14a, 36-41, Luke 24: 13-35

Hymns:205, 797, 53, 716 (communion 361, 386)


Evening Worship – Nones 



Please note that there is no Tea/coffee after this morning’s service, as the chapel is being made no ready for the serving of light lunches.


Sunday 4th May

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

Anniversary: Gladys Humphrey (1984)

8.00 am Holy Communion (Easter 2) 

9.45 am Parish Eucharist with baptisms of Hollie Mills & Sophie Steen

5.00 pm Evening Worship – Nones


Monday 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)

7.30pm Bell Ringers

7.30pm Prayer Group – 18 Old Place, Aldwick

9pm Compline


Tuesday 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. Pray for Christian unity.

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

7pm Eucharist


Wednesday 7th May

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

Anniversary:  Joseph Conneeley (1997)

10am Communion

2-4pm Knit and Natter at Glenda’s, 31 Sea Lane, Pagham.  

7.30pm Julian Group at Julia’s, The Studio, Cypress Way, Aldwick (266866)



Thursday 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)

7.00pm Wedding rehearsal in Church


Friday 9th May)

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

Anniversaries: Alfred Robbins (1996), Kathleen (‘Kay’) Street (2006)


Saturday 10th May

Intention: Pray for our local clubs & organisations, especially our Ladies Club, The Luncheon Club and the Men’s Club.

Anniversary: Henry Mustard (1971)

3.00pm Wedding of Christopher Woodcock & Melanie Coyle

5.00pm Golden Thanksgiving for marriage – Colin & Christine Smith



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


We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Lynette Tutt, Edith Gill, Leonora Joy, Edith, Bernard Higgins, Lea-Ann, Michael and family.


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 Angela Halfacree to activate the Prayer Chain

(Tel: 864353).


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


We pray for those who have died recently, Peter Spurway, Harry Brown, Margaret Roche, Les, Marisa 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 Hollie Mills and Sophie Steen being baptised today.


We pray for Christopher Woodcock and Melanie Coyle on their wedding day on Saturday.


We pray for Colin and Christine Smith celebrating their golden wedding anniversary on Saturday.


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


Chichester Cathedral Newsletter is on the bookcase. Each Parish receives only one copy of the newsletter so if you take it away to read please return it as soon as possible.


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: Sarah or Nikki can be contacted via Email:

or tel. Mark Eminson 262713


Financial Presentation:  Following on from the Financial Presentation – copies of the presentation are available at the back of church.  Please take one, especially if you were not in church for the presentation. This is also available on our website.  Please read and consider prayerfully how you might help.  Thank you.

Next Sunday

Fourth Sunday of Easter                                (W)                                  



Holy Communion (Easter 3)

Readings: 1 Peter 2: 11-17, John 16: 16-22


12 noon

Family Eucharist 

Readings: Acts 2: 42-end, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2: 19-end, John 10: 1-10

Hymns: 643, 156, 337, 887 (communion 434, 673)

Baptism of Emelia Green


Evening Worship – Informal