Curate – We wish Jo and family joy in their new home and a happy summer holiday. Jo’s stipend begins on 1st September, so we look forward to her starting full-time with us then.


The Friends of St Thomas a’ Becket Church are holding their annual golf day at the Church Farm mini golf course on Saturday 6th September 2014. The cost will be £7.00 per entrant and the start (tee off) times will be from 11.00 a.m. Please put your name on the list at the back of the church. The prize giving will be at The Lamb Inn afterwards. Tickets can be purchased from Michael Biggs in church or phone 263537


Families Barbecue – Sunday 7 September at the Vicarage after church.  All Sunday School families and helpers welcome.


Parish Book Group – To mark the First World War Centenary, over the summer we will be reading “Regeneration” by Pat Barker. Further information and sign-up sheets on Book Group notice board. Discussion groups: Monday 15th September at 8pm & Thursday 18th Sept at 10am.


Youth Sleepover – thank you to all who donated money to those who slept in the church on St. James’ Day. We were able to send Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice a cheque for £200.


Pilgrim – Further to Mark’s sermon do please see him if you would like to be involved in leading or helping with the Pilgrim Course and please everyone prayerfully consider if there is someone you might be able to invite to try the course, which will start in October. Literature to follow soon.

Registered Charity No 1134842

The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.686                                           10th  August 2014

Colour of the season: Green


Eighth Sunday after Trinity


Collect for the day: Almighty Lord and everlasting God, we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern both our hearts and bodies in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments; that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


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



0ur Opportunities for Worship today


  Eighth Sunday after Trinity                                             (G)                                                     



Holy Communion 

Readings: Romans 8: 12-17, Matthew 7: 15-21



Parish Eucharist

Readings: 1 Kings 19: 9-18,Psalm 85: 8-13, Romans 10: 5-15, Matthew 14: 22-33

Hymns: 346, 312, 347, 54 Communion 150, 553, 856


Evening Prayer – Book of Common Prayer

Readings: 1 Kings 11: 41-12: 20, Acts 14: 8-20





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 10th  August

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

8.00 am Holy Communion  

9.45 am Parish Eucharist 

5.00 pm Evening Prayer – Book of Common Prayer


Monday 11th  August Claire of Assisi

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

7.30pm Bell Ringers


Tuesday 12th  August

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

Anniversaries: Albert Carpenter (2002), Lilian Hardy (2003)

7.00pm Healing Eucharist


Wednesday 13th  August    Jeremy Taylor

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

10.00am Holy Communion

2-4pm Knit and Natter – Glenda’s – 31 Sea Lane, Pagham (Tel: 263537)


Thursday 14th  August Maximilian Kolbe

Intention: Pray for our Parochial Church Council, its officers & committees.



Friday 15th  August Blessed Virgin Mary

Intention: Pray for our local community; Parish pastoral Care Team, for the County, District & Parish Councils, for our Residents’ Associations.

Anniversary: Cecilia Alldred (1977)


Saturday 16th  August

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

11.00am Cursillo reunion – Gillian Purvis, 18 Old Place, Aldwick (Tel:262713)

1.00pm Wedding of Dion Sampson & Lindsey Sampson












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

(No morning or evening prayer in church Monday 4th – Monday 25th August inclusive.  The church will, however, be open as usual).

Prayers and Intentions


We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Robin & Anthea Potter, Gerry Mitchell, Christine Worthington, Dawn Spurway, Elizabeth, Sandra, Darren, Luke, Ian Turner, Dorothy, Kathy Camille, Ray, Rosemary, Margaret.

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 Gillian Purvis to activate the Prayer Chain  (Tel: 267597)



We pray for those who have died recently: Jill Ziolkowski, Annette Richards 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 Richard who is on a six-month tour in Afghanistan.


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: Nikki can be contacted via Email: (tel: 828445) or tel. Mark Eminson 262713


Next Sunday

Ninth Sunday after Trinity                                             (G)                                                     



Holy Communion 

Readings: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 16: 1-9



Parish Eucharist

Readings:  Isaiah 56: 1, 6-8, Psalm 67, Romans 11: 1-2a, 29-32: 2, Matthew 15: 10-28

Hymns: 16, 72, 662, 716 Communion: 47, 17, 181


Evening Worship – Celtic