It would be of great help if you would consider signing up for the tea and coffee rota, as the list is becoming more difficult to fill. It is a simple job that requires you to bring milk (which you can be reimbursed with that same morning) and to leave the service when the last hymn starts in order to make adequate preparation. A minimum of 2 people are required. The sign up sheet for this ministry is to the right of the urn. Any queries, please speak to Jane Harmsworth tel: 265514

Thankyou to all who attended the fun golf competition.

Details of winners follow.

Our next Parish Book is `Death in Holy Orders` by P.D. James. Discussion groups will take place on Thursday 12th September at 10am and Monday 16th September at 8pm. See the Book Group notice board at the back of church for further info and sign up sheets.

St. Joseph`s Hostel – Can you help? I have received a newsletter from St. Joseph`s, and they are very short of food. Please will you make a cottage pie in a tin foil container and bring to church on Sunday 15th September. Thank you for your continued generosity. See notice board. Angela

Harvest Supper – Saturday 21st September – 6.30 for 7 pm

Lists are on the notice board for donations of food for this event and for you to sign if you wish to attend. Tickets available from Trudi – Numbers are limited so please sign up quickly.

Harvest Festival Flowers/Greenery and Produce We will be decorating the church for the festival on Saturday morning 21st from 9 am. Please help. We need lots of greenery and produce to make a good display. We also need people to help with the decorating. If you are able to assist in any way, please speak to Trudi 07703597353 or 263597.

Shoe Box Appeal – The leaflets are now available at the back of the church. Please fill a box if you can. Filled boxes to church by 3rd November please.

Chichester Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts recommence in September. Come and go as you please, take your own lunch, coffee provided – Programme and details on church and porch notice boards.

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

Rev. Mark Eminson can be contacted at the Vicarage, 38 Kings Drive, PO21 4PZ.

Phone 262713. email vicar

Pews News – Glenda can be contacted on 263537 or email glendabiggs

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The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.640 8th September 2013

Colour of the season: Green

Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

Collect for the day:

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit upon your Church in the burning fire of your love: grant that your people may be fervent in the fellowship of the gospel that, always abiding in you, they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;

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.

The Response to Psalm 1: Lord, my delight is in your law.

Our Opportunities for Worship today

8.00 am Holy Communion

Readings: Galatians 6:11-end, Matthew 6: 24-end

9.45 am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Deuteronomy 30: 15-end, Philemon 1-21,

Luke 14:25-33

Psalm: 1

Hymns: 572, 211, 626, 551

6.00 pm Evening Worship – Taize

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 8th September Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

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

8.00 am Holy Communion
9.45 am Parish Eucharist

6.00 pm Evening Worship – Taize

Monday 9th September

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

10.30 am Coffee and scripture at 16 Springvale, Shirley, (266107)

1.00 pm Burial of ashes of Diana Holder

7.30 pm Prayer Group at Gillians, 18 Old Place, (267597)

Tuesday 10th September

Intention: Pray for Christian Unity: Pray for our Parochial Church Council, its officers and committees.

7.00 pm Healing Eucharist

8.00 pm PCC Committee Meeting in St. Andrew`s Chapel

Wednesday 11th September

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

Anniversaries: Eileen Piper (2008), David Dewing (2011)

10.00 am Holy Communion

Thursday 12th September

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

8.00 pm Chichester Voices Rehearsal.

Friday 13th September John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, 407

Intention: Pray for our Organist and Director of Music, our choir and musicians,

our Lay Ministers of Communion, altar servers and bell ringers.

Saturday 14th September Holy Cross Day

Intention: Pray for our local clubs & organisations, especially our Ladies Club,

The Luncheon Club, Men`s Club, Parish Book Group

10.00 am The Eucharist

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 4.30 pm

No evening prayer on Saturday

Prayers and Intentions

Prayer for the Sick

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 all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Frank Lawton, Elizabeth Pett, Catherine, Sarah, Jules Maw, Peggy, Christine,

Maureen Mayers, Roy Denby, Terry

We pray for those who have died recently, Diana Holder, Delia, David Williams, Karen Besant, Eric Poole,

and for those recorded in our Memorial Book whose anniversaries occur at this time. We pray for all those who mourn their passing.

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.

Communion before Confirmation: Sunday School families with children who are going into Year 5 in September (or older), but who are not yet confirmed should have a letter from Mark inviting you to attend a short course in the autumn leading up to admission to the Holy Communion. See Mark to get the letter or if you think you have been missed off.

Change in Sunday School Groups: From now on there often won`t be an older (teenage) group as confirmed children will be expected to be in church, particularly as confirmation moves to happening in the teenage years. Over this period of transition we will have a large or two (formerly called) middle groups, comprising those preparing for confirmation and those relatively recently confirmed.

Pet Blessing Sunday 6 October 4 pm – All are welcome to bring their pets and animals for a service of thanksgiving and blessing for these creatures of God with whom we share our lives.

Next Sunday Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity (G)

8.00 am Holy Communion

Readings: Ephesians 3: 13-end, Luke 7: 11-17

9.45 am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Exodus 32: 7-14, 1 Timothy 1: 12-17,

Luke 15:1-10

Psalm: 51: 1-11

Hymns: 241, 649, 337, 436

12 noon Baptisms of Daniel Lowe & Ruben Payne

6.00 pm Evening Worship – Informal (guitar-led)