Weekly Pews News

no 22–37



The Sunday after the death of Queen Elizabeth II

(08:00            Holy Communion- St Richard’s Parish Church, Gossamer Lane, Aldwick)

09:30              Parish Eucharist

Collect Merciful Father and Lord of all life, we praise you that we are made in your image and reflect your truth and light. We thank you for the life of our late Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth, for the love she received from you and showed among us. Above all, we rejoice at your gracious promise to all your servants, living and departed, that we shall rise again at the coming of Christ. And we ask that in due time we may share with your servant Elizabeth that clearer vision promised to us in the same Christ our Lord; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.  Amen.

Readings Lamentations 3: 22–26, 31–33; Psalm 121; 2 Corinthians 4: 1 – 5:4; John 6: 35–40

Psalm response My help comes from the Lord.

Sunday 11th September

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

Monday 12th September

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 (in church)

Tuesday 13th September – John Chrysostom, bishop, teacher of the faith, 407

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

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

18:00            Evening prayer (in church)

19:00              Tuesday@7 Eucharist

Wednesday 14th September – HOLY CROSS DAY

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

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

14:30–16:00  Tea & Chat in the Church Centre (see below)

18:00            Evening prayer (in church)

Thursday 15th September – Cyprian, bishop, martyr, 258

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

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

10:00              Holy Communion

19:30            Adult confirmation course (see below)

Friday 16th September – Ninian, bishop, apostle of the Picts, c.432

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

09:00            Morning Prayer (in church)

Saturday 17th September – Hildegard, abbess, visionary, 1179

Intention: the press, radio and television corporations, and all who influence public opinion; also Christian publishing and broadcasting.

09:00            Morning Prayer (in church)

10:00–10:45  Admission to Holy Communion course (see below)

15:00             Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Sunday 18th September (Trinity 14) – Parish Eucharist

Readings: Amos 8: 4–7; Psalm 113; 1 Timothy 2: 1–7; Luke 16: 1–13


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit Lynette, Rosie Sims, Terry Haskell, Barbara Crew, Karen Cox, Jim Fowler, Sheila King, Dawn Spurway Pearson, Nicola Simpson, Betty Smith, Mike Hatzfeld, Andrew Naylor, Colin May, Tyler Rankin, Max Davey, Leslie Francis, Dickie Roots.

For urgent prayer, contact Gillian Purvis (267597) or Pat Rush (262561) to start the Prayer Chain.

Anniversary of death Eileen Piper , David Dewing (11th); Andy Dixon (15th); Arthur Riddle, Peter Whittall (16th).

We remember Pagham Church family who live in residential care or usually receive communion at home: Kathleen Dudley.

We pray for peace especially for and with the people of Ukraine. We pray for all those caught up in conflict, and for those seeking safety and refuge on these shores.


Face coverings You are encouraged to wear face coverings when moving around the church, to help us offer a safer and welcoming space for those who feel particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

Admission to Holy Communion Mthr Lucy will be running a course for children in Year 6 and above who wish to be admitted to Holy Communion. Sessions will run on Saturday mornings, 10:00-10:45 at Pagham church, on 17th & 24th September and 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd October. The children are admitted to Holy Communion on All Saints’ Sunday on 30th October at the 09:30 service. Please contact Mthr Lucy for more details and to sign up. Parents are needed to help with these sessions, so if you can, please do sign up to help.

Confirmation On Tuesday 15th November we will be hosting Confirmation with Bishop Ruth. If you are in school Year 9 and above (including adults) and would like to know more about Confirmation, please speak to Mthr Lucy. There will be an adult confirmation course running on Thursday evenings at 19:30, location TBC. Sessions will be on Thursdays 15th, 22nd & 29th September, 20th & 27th October (NB change of Oct dates), and 3rd & 10th November. Details of a youth Confirmation class are to follow – but please let Mthr Lucy know if you are interested.

Tea and Chat Our next meeting is on Wednesday 14th, 14:30–16:00 at the Church Centre in Nyetimber Lane. All welcome! For more info/cake donation, contact Carole Druce, 07732 768890.

Friends of Pagham Parish Church social event This event has been postponed in the light of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, in order for us to hold a service of Thanksgiving for her life – see above. Details of the rearranged social event will follow.

Sunday School We meet next Sunday 18th at 09:30, and welcome those in primary school years. More information from Linda Tempest: lindatempest@hotmail.com, 07443 905893.

Harvest Festival flowers We will be decorating the church in readiness for Harvest Festival on Saturday 1st October from 09:00. Donations of produce and greenery would be welcome. If you would like to sponsor an arrangement in memory of a loved one or to celebrate an event, or contribute towards the costs of the flowers, please contact Trudi Kearsley 263597/07703 597353.

Book group Our next meeting is on Friday 6th October at 14:30 in St Andrew’s Chapel. We will be discussing Katharine Parr, the sixth wife from the Six Tudor Queens series by Alison Weir. More information from Linda Tempest, lindatempest@hotmail.com, 07443 905893. 

2022 Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal Leaflets are now available at the back of the church. Please bring boxes to church by Sunday 6th November. Pick up a leaflet and fill a box – or if you feel that you cannot fill a whole box, perhaps you could supply some items or money towards the transport costs. Every little helps. Details – Trudi Kearsley 263597/07703597353

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

Priest-in-Charge: The Reverend Lucy Sullivan
19 Willowhale Avenue, Bognor Regis, PO21 4AU  mthrlucy.pagham@gmail.com, 01243 941551.

Churchwardens: Alex Brockhurst & Mike Wake: churchwarden@paghamchurch.org,07792 544259//07899 705632.

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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