Weekly Pews News

no 22-23



08:00              Holy Communion

09:30              Parish Family Eucharist – please wear something red!

17:30              Choral Evensong at St Richard’s (see below)


Collect Holy Spirit, sent by the Father, ignite in us your holy fire; strengthen your children with the gift of faith, revive your Church with the breath of love, and renew the face of the earth,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

Readings Acts 2: 1–21; John 14: 8–17


Sunday 5th June

Intention: our children and young people, and their leaders; our Sunday School, and Tuesday@7 attenders.

Monday 6th June – Ordinary Time resumes

Intention: our Archbishops, Justin Welby of Canterbury and Stephen Cottrell of York; the work of the Archbishops’ Council and General Synod; the worldwide Anglican Communion.

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

Tuesday 7th June

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

18:00            Evening prayer (in church and on Zoom)

19:00              Tuesday@7 Eucharist

Wednesday 8th June

Intention: the hungry, homeless, refugees and asylum seekers; the work of Church Army, Christian Aid and all relief agencies; our local charities Stonepillow and Bognor Regis Foodbank.

14:30            Tea & Chat in the Church Centre (see below)

18:00            Evening prayer (in church and on Zoom)

Thursday 9th June

Intention: the Queen and Royal Family, our nation and government, and our local MP Nick Gibb.

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

10:00              Holy Communion

Friday 10th June

Intention: our local clubs and organisations, especially our Ladies’ Club and Men’s Group, and Pagham Luncheon Club.

Saturday 11th June – BARNABAS THE APOSTLE

Intention: our Scouts, Guides, Cadets and other local youth organisations.

14:00              Wedding of Harry and Charlotte


Sunday 12th June – TRINITY SUNDAY

Readings: Proverbs 8: 1–4, 22–31; Psalm 8; Romans 5: 1–5; John 16: 12–15



We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit Lynette, Rosie Sims, Terry Haskell, Barbara Crew, Karen Cox, Jim Fowler, Sheila King, Dawn Spurway Pearson, Nicola Simpson, Betty Smith, Mike Hatzfeld, Andrew Naylor, Colin May, Tyler Rankin, Bea Tucker.

For urgent prayer, contact Gillian Purvis (267597) or Pat Rush (262561) to start the Prayer Chain.

Anniversary of death Neil Dalton (5th); Lawrence Cozens (6th); Merle Holdsworth, Edna Dalrymple (7th); Susan Downey (8th); Dennis Olsson (11th).

We remember Pagham Church family who live in residential care or usually receive communion at home: Beatrice Armstrong, Mary Baxter.

We pray for Charlotte and Harry as they prepare for their wedding and married life together.

We pray for peace especially for and with the people of Ukraine. We pray for all those caught up in conflict, and for those seeking safety and refuge on these shores.


Face coverings You are encouraged to wear face coverings when moving around the church, to help us offer a safer and welcoming space for those who feel particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

Return to the Common Cup Last week we reintroduced the chalice at Holy Communion, so that communicants will have the option to receive in two kinds (bread and wine), in line with the Church of England Covid Recovery Guidance. Please note this does not mean it is compulsory to receive the chalice if you are not comfortable doing so – it is, and has always been, perfectly valid to receive communion in one kind (bread only). In preparation for this, I would like to highlight a few points:
a) the way and place we receive Holy Communion will be different from before the pandemic, for maximum access;
b) intinction, the dipping of the bread in the chalice, is not permitted under any circumstances, because of the higher risk of contamination from our hands;
c) if you prefer not to receive the wine, simply return to your seat after receiving the bread;
d) our Lay Ministers of Communion will be using hand sanitiser before touching the chalice for your safety, and for their safety and yours they will wear face coverings, as Mthr Lucy does;
e) Lay Ministers of Communion will keep hold of the chalice while you receive – you may still hold the chalice with them. (If you need practice with this, please speak to Mthr Lucy.)
f) If we run out of consecrated wine before all have made their communion, we will continue distributing in one kind only (i.e. no ‘topping up’ of chalices), but will provide for more communicants as we find our way forward with this.

If you have any questions, please speak to Mthr Lucy directly – details below.

Choral Evensong for HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Sunday 5th at 17:30.

We are all invited to this service at St Richard’s church, Gossamer Lane, to give thanks to God for The Queen’s long reign, and to pray for her, her family and all those she serves.

Tea and Chat Our next meeting is on Wednesday 8th, 14:30–16:00 at the Church Centre in Nyetimber Lane. All welcome! For more info/cake donation, contact Carole Druce, 07732 768890.

Chichester Cathedral Festival of Flowers Sue Smith writes: A group of Pagham Church flower arrangers are taking part again this year. Our team have worked hard to make a design to grace the cloisters. The festival runs from Wednesday 8th to Saturday 11th; entry is restricted to timed sessions, and is free for children. Tickets for over-16s (£15) may be bought on the cathedral website, or by phone. Make sure you get yours soon! See flyers at the back of church.

Invitation from the PCC of St Richard’s, Gossamer Lane
“Friends from Pagham Church are warmly invited to join us for our Patronal Festival celebrations over the weekend of 18th–19th June (see poster in church), with a special invitation to a ‘Vicarage’ Garden Party with Cream Tea at Mthr Lucy’s house on Sunday 19th from 15:30 (address below). Suggested donation £5 to pay on the day. Please sign up on the list in church so we have an idea for catering purposes. Dress code: red, white and blue. The more the merrier!”


CONTACT DETAILS        –      find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @StThomasPagham

Priest-in-Charge: The Reverend Lucy Sullivan
19 Willowhale Avenue, Bognor Regis, PO21 4AU  mthrlucy.pagham@gmail.com, 01243 941551.

Churchwardens: Alex Brockhurst & Mike Wake: churchwarden@paghamchurch.org,
07792 544259//07899 705632.

Church website update: email editor@paghamchurch.org.

Safeguarding Officer: Jan Brockhurst, safeguarding@paghamchurch.org.

Pews News: Alison Blenkinsop, pewsnews@paghamchurch.org, 261131, 07784 544981.


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