Weekly Pews News

no 21-2


The Baptism of Christ

Sunday 10th January

From 09:00 Online Eucharist (see below) Genesis 1: 1–5; Psalm 29; Acts 19: 1–7; Mark 1: 4–11

Collect  Eternal Father, who at the baptism of Jesus revealed him to be your Son, anointing him with the Holy Spirit: grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit, that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children; 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.   Amen.

Lockdown 3.0: with the unanimous support of the churchwardens and the PCC, I have taken the difficult decision to suspend all public worship at St Thomas à Becket’s, Pagham, with immediate effect. This decision will be reviewed regularly, but we do not anticipate returning to public worship until at least 21st February 2021.

The church is also closed for private prayer at this time – this will also be reviewed regularly.

I realise that these decisions will be welcomed by many of you, and to others this response will come as a disappointment – especially as public worship and private prayer in church is still permitted where safe, in this Lockdown. So please know that these decisions have not been taken lightly, but reflect the very serious situation that we find ourselves living in and our duty of care for you, our neighbours and all those who visit Pagham Church.
It is an enormous privilege that, during this time of crisis, the nation has called upon its Church to keep praying and so we must answer that call, as a dispersed community. Our corporate worship will look different for the next few months, but keeping our eyes fixed on Him, who is our comfort and guide, continues to be the Church’s duty and its joy.   Mthr Lucy

 Sunday 10th January

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

Anniversary: Ida Turton (1994); Pamela Bech (2015)

Monday 11th January

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

09.00            Morning prayer (now only online, see below)

17.30            Evening prayer

Anniversary: June Bunning (1968); Della Hooper (1993); Hilda Lock (1997);
Allan Darlow (2013); Sidney Earwaker (2015)

Tuesday 12th January

Intention: our local industry and commerce, our farmers and growers, and the holiday industry; the staff and guests of Church Farm Holiday Village.

09.00            Morning prayer

17.30            Evening prayer

Anniversary: Olivia Cole (1989); Frederick Gray (1990); Mary Kitchen (1994)

Wednesday 13th January

Intention: our organist and director of music, our choir and musicians; our lay ministers of communion, altar servers, welcome team and bell-ringers.

17.30            Evening prayer

Anniversary: Frederick Hadler (1960); George Weaver (2003); Clive Bratt (2018)

Thursday 14th January

Intention: our Parochial Church Council, its officers and committees; all those who serve our Church in any way.

09.00            Morning prayer

Anniversary: Margaret Woombell (1999)

Friday 15th January

Intention: our local community; our Parish Pastoral Care Team, local Residents’ Associations, and the County, District and Parish Councils.

Anniversary: Gladys Pickett (1991)

Saturday 16th January

Intention: those married here and preparing for marriage this year; family life, and especially any families facing adversity.

Anniversary: Ronald Masters (1982)

Sunday 17th January – The Second Sunday of Epiphay

Readings:  1 Samuel 3: 1–20; Psalm 139: 1–9; Revelation 5: 1–10; John 1: 43–end


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit: Lynette, Rosie Sims, Terry Haskell, Barbara Crew, Jean Martin, Lila Cowee, June Evans, Karen Cox, Jim Fowler, Sheila King, Robin Potter, Gerald Hume, Carole & Ian Turner.

For urgent prayer, contact Gillian Purvis (267597) or Colin Wood (264192) to start the Prayer Chain.

The recently departed: Maureen Yates, Joyce Reid, Victor Hatzfeld.

We remember Church family who live in residential care or usually receive communion at home: Lila Cowee, Kathleen Dudley, Ethel Huckle.

We pray for all affected directly by Covid-19; for an efficient management of vaccination programmes, and safety and a good immune response in recipients.


All worship and private prayer at St Thomas à Becket’s is suspended until further notice.

Online services: during this lockdown an online Eucharist will be made available by 9 am every Sunday. Please do consider joining us on a Sunday or at a time that suits you (the service will stay on the page for many weeks), as we continue to pray together for ourselves, our country and the world.

Morning & Evening Prayer: Zoom services resume as listed. The praying of the Daily Office is an important way to pray together as a community, to offer up the day’s challenges and give thanks for the blessings. All texts are provided on screen. The link to this can be found in Trudi’s email. Please contact Mthr Lucy if you have any trouble joining the call.

Friends of Pagham Parish Church Annual Quiz: the draw for the £100 prize was won by Eve Townson. We are very grateful for a donation to cover this.

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

The Revd Lucy Sullivan: 19 Willowhale Avenue, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 4AU.
mthrlucy.pagham@gmail.com, 01243 941551. Rest day Friday.

Churchwardens: Mike Wake and Stephen Cox-Rusbridge: churchwarden@paghamchurch.org,
07899 705632//07974 177905.

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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