Beating the Bounds – Sunday 25 May after the Parish Eucharist. Do consider taking part in this fun and holy event of walking the parish boundaries with stops for lunch and tea.

Sunday Teas:  The church is once again open for teas and cake on a Sunday afternoon.  Why not come along and enjoy some good home-cooked cakes and lively conversation.  We are open from 2.00 – 4.30 pm every Sunday.

Ascension Day – Thursday 29th May – This is a major festival in the Church year, so all church members ought to attend worship. Therefore we are having 10am Holy Communion, 4pm Eucharist, 8pm Sung Eucharist and all followed by feast-day refreshments (e.g 4pm more child-friendly fizz and 8pm champagne). There is no Tuesday or Wednesday communion that week.

Parish Book Group – Our current parish book is ‘The Unlikely Pilgimage of Harold Fry’, by Rachel Joyce. Sign up sheets on Book Group notice board. Discussion groups: Mon 2nd June at 8pm & Thurs 5th June at 10am.

Men’s Group – Friday 6th June 8pm at the Royal British Legion

Christian Aid Week begins this Sunday 11, this year we will be handing out envelopes on Sunday 11th May and would appreciate your returning the envelopes next Sunday 18th May with any contribution you are able to make.Please also come and support our fundraising efforts for Christian Aid at the Craft & Gift Fair at Pagham Village Hall on Monday 26th May where we will be selling PUPCAKES – Treats for Doggies!  Many thanks, Sue

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).

Join the Friends on a Champagne Canal Cruise. 15th May 7-9pm to include champagne and soft drinks,3 course supper, £25 (£20 if member). Sign up on church list, contact Rich/Carole 07732768890 for tickets and more info.

Craft & Gift Fair, Pagham Village Halls, Bank Holiday Monday, 26th May 10-4pm

Our “new look” craft fair will span the whole day, and refreshments will be available, from breakfast rolls, to ploughman’s to cream teas. Events for children include a table top sale, and a cake bake-off competition. See flyers and entrance forms at back of church. Why not take a poster to display in your home area? Please help make this a fun event to raise funds for our local church. Contact for more information and booking forms.

Cottage Pies – Thank you for your wonderful response to the cottage pie appeal.I took 45 pies to St Joseph’s Hostel, which included some from members of the community who read about our cooking in Good News. Praise The Lord. Angela Halfacree

Art Exhibition:  A great deal of hard work, by a very small team of people, goes into ensuring that this event runs smoothly.  Grateful thanks to ALL who contributed to making this such a successful event.  The exhibition attracts large numbers of visitors from the parish and beyond, with the added bonus of raising funds for the church – this year just short of £1200.  Thank you all. Trudi


Registered Charity No 1134842

The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.673               11th May 2014

Colour of the season: White


Fourth Sunday of Easter 

Collect for the day: Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life: raise us, who trust in him, from the death of sin to the life of righteousness, that we may seek those things which are above, where he reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Response to psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want


Opportunities for Worship today

  Fourth Sunday of Easter                                           


Holy Communion (Easter 3)

Readings: 1 Peter 2: 11-17,  John 16: 16-22



Parish Eucharist 

Readings: Acts 2: 42-end, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2: 19-end,

 John 10: 1-10

Hymns: 643, 156, 337, 887(communion 434, 673)


Baptism of Emelia Green


Evening Worship – Informal


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 11th May

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

8.00 am Holy Communion (Easter 3) 

9.45 am Parish Eucharist 

12.00noon Baptism of Emelia Green

5.00 pm Evening Worship – Informal



Monday 12th May Gregory Dix

Intention:  Pray for our local industry & commerce, our farmers & growers and the holiday industry. For the unemployed & unemployable. Anniversary:  Vic Huxley (2004)

7.30pm Bell Ringers

7.30pm Prayer Group – 18 Old Place, Aldwick



Tuesday 13th May

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

Anniversaries: Reginald Watson (1974), Evelyn Archer (nee Smout) (2004)

9.15am Rose Green Year 1 visit to church

10.00am Coffee & Scripture, 31 Sea Lane, Pagham

7pm Healing Eucharist



Wednesday 14th May Matthias the Apostle

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

10am Holy Communion

12.00noon Luncheon Club at the Bear        

2-4pm Knit and Natter at Helen’s – 3 Conway Drive (Tel: 265911)

8.00pm Standing Committee at the Vicarage



Thursday 15th May

Intention: Pray for our local community, for the County, District & Parish Councils, for our Residents’ Associations. Anniversary: Emily Blackman  (1994)

8.00pm Confirmation preparation at the Vicarage



Friday 16th May

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

Anniversaries: Angela Haythornthwaite (1967), Margaret Gosney (2012) 


Saturday 17th May 

Intention: Pray for the press, radio & television and for all who influence public opinion. For Christian publishing & broadcasting. Anniversary: Kenneth Weeks (1989)

10.00am Methodist quiet morning in Church 10am-4pm 

11.00am Cursillo Group – Gillian Purvis, 18 Old Place, Aldwick (Tel: 267597)

8.00pm PCC Members and Newcomers Cheese & Wine at the Vicarage



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: Leonora Joy, Bernard Higgins, Lea-Ann, Michael and family, Kim, Terry, Steven Prince, Celia Huxley.


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, Peter Spurway, Harry Brown, Oscar, Brenda Ashbery, June Deacon 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 Emelia Green being baptized today.


We pray for Robert May for his Reader Ministry Selection Conference on Saturday.


We Pray for Richard who is starting a six month tour in Afghanistan.


Financial Presentation:  Following on from the Financial Presentation – copies of the presentation are available at the back of church.  Please take one, especially if you were not in church for the presentation. This is also available on our website.  Please read and consider prayerfully how you might help.  Thank you. 


Bognor 10K. If anyone would like to sponsor me I am running the Bognor 10K on Sunday 18th May, for the Snowdrop charity whom my wife Anna is a nurse. Snowdrop care for children in our community with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses. Please sign up on the form on the Notice board or, if reading this online, click on the following link to a Just Giving page where you sponsor me directly. Kind regards Graham Jones.


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

Fifth Sunday of Easter                                (W)                                  



Holy Communion (Easter 4)

Readings: James 1: 17-21, John 16: 5-15



Parish Eucharist 

Readings: Acts 7: 55-end, Psalm 31: 1-5, 15-16, 1 Peter 2: 2-10, John 14: 1-14

Hymns: 637, 123, 754, 680 (communion 475)


Evening Worship – Taize