Next Saturday – 10am in church – Christmas decorations and installing the tree – helpers welcome!

Charitable Giving Rep? Would someone be interested in having an oversight of the charities we give to each year, managing their literature, reporting to PCC and so forth? Please see Mark.

Advent & Christmas leaflet – do pick up a copy of this purple leaflet listing details for services and events over the two seasons.

Churches Together in Bognor Regis – there are copies of an important letter from the Chairman. Do take one, pray and respond regarding the future of this group.

Love Life: Live Advent – copies of this resource are available in church for £1.50. It’s particularly aimed at families (but may be of interest to others) and gives a little action or pause for thought each day through advent.

Chichester Voices perform in aid of the Rotary Club of Bognor Regis in church on Thursday 18th December at 7.30pm. To include music by Bullard, Mendelssohn & Rutter. Tickets £10 available from Box Offices on 01243 582528 or 07900098197. Tickets also available on the door and from Andrew in Church (interval refreshments included).

Parish Book Group – Our current book is “The Last Runaway”, by Tracy Chevalier. See the Book Group notice board for further information and sign-up sheets. Discussion groups: Monday 12th January at 8pm & Thursday 15th January at 10am.

Chichester Cathedral Free Lunchtime Concerts – for Spring 2015 commence on 15th January 1.10pm – 2pm. bring your own sandwiches. Coffee provided. Retiring collection. Feel free to come and go as you wish. Programme details are displayed on the church notice boards.

Poppy Appeal – Thankyou from the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal for 2014. You raised £14.22

Pagham Pram Race – The church will be entering this year as Moses parting the sea, so to that end we require Egyptians and sea creatures . Moses is already taken by Mark! It is just for fun!!!  All interested please contact Stephen on 

Coffee and Scripture will start again after Christmas.     


Registered Charity No 134842

The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.703                                                               7th December 2014

Colour of the season: Purple

Second Sunday of Advent

Collect for the day: O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness we are grievously hindered in running the race that is set before us. your bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be honour and glory, now and for ever.

Response to Psalm 85: Show us your mercy O Lord, and grant us your     salvation

Prayer at Advent Wreath: Lord Jesus, light of the world, the prophets said you would bring peace and save your people in trouble.  Give peace in our hearts at Christmas and show all the world God’s love. Amen.


0ur Opportunities for Worship today

Second Sunday of Advent                                                   (P)                                               
8.00am Holy Communion

Readings: Romans 15:4-13,Luke 21: 25-33

9.45am Parish Eucharist 

Readings: Isaiah 40: 1-11, Psalm 85: 1-2, 8-end, 2 Peter 3: 8-15a, Mark 1: 1-8

Hymns: 527, 128, 757, 110;  Communion: 949, 123, 450

5.00pm Evening Prayer – Celtic

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 7th December

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

8.00 am Holy Communion 

9.45 am Parish Eucharist

4.00pm Evening Prayer – Celtic

Monday 8th December Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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

Anniversary: Dorothy Hender (2000)

10.00am Pilgrim Group at Glenda’s

2.00pm Burial of ashes of Madge Richards

7.30pm Bell Ringers

8.00pm Pilgrim Group at David Smith’s

Tuesday 9th December

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

12noon Funeral of Les Piper in church

7.00pm Healing Eucharist

Wednesday 10th December Ember Day

Intention:  Pray for our local clubs & organisations, especially our Ladies Club, The Luncheon Club and The Mens Club.

Anniversary: Olive Bringan (1976)

10.00am Holy Communion

2-4 pm Knit and natter at Glenda`s (263537)

8.00pm Standing Committee at vicarage

9.00pm Compline

Thursday 11th December

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

Anniversary:    Rose Bailey (1987)

7.00pm   St Andrew’s Chapel – Youth Pizza Party

Friday 12th December Ember Day

Intention:  Pray for our local industry & commerce, our farmers & growers and the holiday industry.

Anniversary:   Dorothy Player (1989)

Saturday 13th December Ember Day

Intention: Pray for our Organist and Director of Music, our choir & musicians, our Lay Ministers of Communion, alter servers & bell ringers.

Anniversary: Gladys Markworth (1975)

Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer

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

Evening Prayer: Tuesday 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:

Julia Webb, Robin & Anthea Potter, Ian Turner, Bruce Allinson, Judi March, June, Elliott Smith, Nina, Norma Tuckett, Fabienne, Lorraine Wilson, Esther Chesterton, Maureen Mayers, June Evans.

To add someone to the prayer list either write their name on the board near the church door or let Mark or the editor 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. Also please include start date on your request.

For urgent prayer contact Gillian Purvis to activate the Prayer Chain (Tel: 267597)

We pray for those who have died recently: Ron Rudduck, Les Piper and for those recorded in our Memorial Book whose anniversaries occur at this time. We pray for all those who mourn their passing.

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:  (Day off Friday)

Jo King – Curate can be contacted on 01243 276949 (Day off Friday)

Pews News: Nikki can be contacted via Email:

(tel: 828445) or tel. Mark Eminson 262713

Next Sunday

Third Sunday of Advent                                                     (P)                                               


Holy Communion

Readings: 1 Corinthians 4: 1-5, Matthew 11: 2-10


Parish Eucharist 

Readings: Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-end, Magnificat, 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24, John 1: 6-8, 19-28

Hymns: 263, 406, 282, 295 Communion: 949, 656, 361