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.


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 Julia Webb (266866) 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).


Holy Week sign-up sheets – please sign up to help with readings, foot-washing, the watch of the Passion and more this Holy Week.


Easter Flowers – Would you like to assist with the cost of Easter Flowers, either by a donation or by sponsoring. We hope to be able to have Easter Lillies this year at the altar, as well as the more usual displays around the church. If you would like to help, or would like to help with the arranging please speak to Trudi. The church will be being decorated on Sat 19th April from 9am.  Donations of greenery would be much appreciated.


Real Easter Eggs – Now in stock at St Olav’s Christian Bookshop – The Real Easter Eggs 2014. Three designs, The Original Real Easter Egg 2014 design – Easter story book, milk chocolate egg and Chunky Buttons. £3.99 each, Special Edition Premium Real Easter Egg- Inside an olive wood holding cross from Bethlehem, an Easter message, an extra thick Belgian Chocolate £9.99 Sharing Box Real Easter Egg 20 Midi eggs and 20 copies of the Easter booklet. £19.99 each, Order from St Olav’s on 01243 782790.


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


Electoral Roll – The roll is now closed until after the annual meeting.  A copy is available for inspection and inaccuracies can be amended.


APCM on Saturday 26 April 7.30pm – do please all try to attend our annual meeting to hear about church life, elect officers, ask questions and enjoy an Easter week drink.  Nomination sheets are on the board for standing as a PCC member or sidesman


Easter Week day pilgrimage to Oxford –. please see the poster for details of this occasion on Friday 25th April. There will be a short meeting after church next Sunday for information and any questions.


Church helpers required to keep our beautiful church clean and tidy. Just 1.5 hours one day per month light exercise. Join the team, enjoy the fellowship, and the rewards will speak for themselves! Contact Sue Miller; 01243 261839 or 07845 926766, email


Girl’s Pub night – The next Girls’ Pub Club outing will be to The Lion on Friday 2nd May, from 8pm


StonePillow – We have received a big thank you from Stonepillow for our donations of food, clothes, toiletries.

Chichester Cathedral Free Lunchtime Concerts – the summer programme commencing 29 April is displayed on the notice boards. Take your own sandwiches; coffee provided. Retiring Collection.  Feel free to come and go as you wish.


The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.667     6th April 2014

Colour of the season: Purple


Fifth Sunday of Lent


Collect for the day: Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world: grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross we may triumph in the power of his victory; 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 130: With the Lord there is mercy and plenteous redemption.

0ur Opportunities for Worship today

Fifth Sunday of Lent                                                        (P)                                  


Holy Communion Readings: Hebrews 9: 11-15, John 8: 46-end


12 noon

Parish Eucharist – Stewardship SundayReadings: Ezekiel 37: 1-14, Psalm 130, Romans 8: 6-11, John 11: 1-45

Hymns: 264, 738, sheet, 394, Communion 299

Baptism of Ethan Paterson


Evening Worship – Informal Worship




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 6th April

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: Nellie Horlock (2009) Joyce Burns (2011)


Monday 7th April

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

Anniversary:   John Fairclough (2001)

2.30pm Funeral of Terry Sedgwick

7.30pm Bell Ringers

8pm Standing Committee


Tuesday 8th April

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

Anniversary: Philip Smith (2005)

2.00pm Burial of ashes of Phoebe Ryan

7.00pm Healing Eucharist

7.45pm Ladies Club at Church Centre


Wednesday 9th April Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

10.00am Holy Communion

12-2pm Super Soup at vicarage

2-4pm Knit & Natter – at Sue Davis, 1 Church Way 

7.30pm Stations of the Cross and Discussion Group


Thursday 10th April William Law

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

Anniversary: Maurice Plumb (2010)


Friday 11th April

Intention: Pray for all our scouts, guides, cadets & other local youth organisations.

Anniversaries: Norman Fagg (1975) Sarah Sheppard (1976)


Saturday 12th April

Intention: Pray for our local industry & commerce, our famers & growers and the holiday industry.  For the unemployed & unemployable.

Anniversaries: Frederick Hughes (1985)  Frederick Kitchen (2005) Doris Moore (2013)

9.30am-12.30pm Quiet morning



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: Peter Spurway, Lucia Elsom, Eddie, David Biddle, the Hodges family, Issey Riley, Darren, Les, Wendy Donovan, Judi March, Norma Tuckett, Lynsey, Kathy Owen-Evans.


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,  Derek Smith, Terry Sedgwick, Sonia 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 Ethan Paterson to be baptised today.


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





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Next Sunday

Palm Sunday                                             (R)                                  


Holy Communion Readings: Philippians 2: 5-11, Matthew 27: 1-54



Parish Eucharist with Blessing of Palms, Procession & dramatic reading of the Passion Readings: Isaiah 50: 4-9a, Psalm 31: 9-16, Philippians 2: 5-11, Matthew 26: 14 – 27: end 

Hymns: 14, 583, 463, 195, Communion: 929 & 971


Evening Worship – Book of Common PrayerReadings: Isaiah 5: 1-7, Matthew 21: 33-end