Current parish book is ‘Cross Roads’, by Wm Paul Young. Sign-up sheets on Book Group notice board. Discussion groups: Mon 13th Jan 8pm & Thurs 16th Jan 10am.


Parish Pastoral Care – The course will start this Thursday 16 January at 8pm in St. Andrew’s Chapel. Course booklets are available from Mark at £3 please.


Christmas Collections – This year the plate collections from the Crib Service, Midnight Mass and the two Christmas Day services have been donated to two charities – Stone Pillow and to the DEC appeal for The Philippines.  Thanks to your generosity we have been able to send cheques for £416.64 to each. Thank you all.


The next Girls’ Pub Club outing will be to The Bear on Friday 17th January, from 8pm.  Girls of all ages welcome, and do bring your friends.  Elise.


Cathedral Information – The latest Chichester Cathedral Newsletter, which includes the diary of events from December 2013 – March 2014 is displayed on the bookcase. Free Lunchtime Concerts for the Spring Session on Tuesdays From 1.10pm – 2pm commence on 14 January 2014. Bring your own sandwiches, coffee provided, retiring collection.   Feel free to come and go as you wish. For any further information contact June Baker our Parish/Cathedral Link.


Quiz Night Saturday 15th February, 6.30 for 7 pm at the Church Centre. Tickets £10 to include fish and chip supper, available from Michael in church or please phone 263537. Please sign up on sheet on notice board.


Envelopes for the next 12 Months commencing in February are in the pigeon holes in Church ready for their collection – thank you.


Men’s group burns night – 24th Jan – tickets available from David Smith at £15, £7.50 for children. Sign up sheets are up at the back of the church.


Church helpers required to keep our beautiful church clean and tidy. Just 1.5 hours one day per month light exercise. Join the team, enjoy the fellowship, and the rewards will speak for themselves! Contact Sue Miller; 01243 261839 or 07845 926766, email


Church Website update: Sunday sermon recordings are now available to download on the Sermons page (thanks to Graham Jones). We also have new Church Calendar and Gallery pages. 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: Sarah or Nikki can be contacted via Email: or tel Mark Eminson 262713


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The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.657   12th January 2014

Colour of the season: White


Baptism of Christ

Collect for the day:

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 through Jewus 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.


Response to Psalm 29: The Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace. 

Sunday 12th January Baptism of Christ

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

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

8.00 am Holy Communion 

9.45 am Parish Eucharist 

6.00 pm Evening Worship – Informal (guitar-led)


Monday 13th January Hilary            

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

Anniversaries: Frederick Hadler (1960) George Weaver (2003)

7.30pm Prayer Group – 18 Old Place, Aldwick (Gillian Purvis)

8pm Book Group at the Vicarage


Tuesday 14th January 

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

Anniversary: Margaret Woombell (1999)

10.00am Coffee & Scripture – at 31 Sea Lane, Pagham (Glenda 263537)

10.30am Family Support Work meeting in St. Andrew’s Chapel

7.00pm Healing Eucharist


Wednesday 15th January  

Intention:  Pray for our local community, for the County, District & Parish Councils,

for our Residents’ Associations.

Anniversary: Gladys Pickett  (1991)

10.00 am Holy Communion

2-4pm Knit & Natter – 31 Sea Lane, Pagham (Glenda 263537)

8pm PCC St. Andrew’s Chapel


Thursday 16th January 

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

Anniversary: Ronald Masters (1982)

10am Book Group Vicarage


Friday 17th January Antony of Egypt  

Intention: Pray for the press, radio & television and for all who influence public opinion.

For Christian publishing & broadcasting.


Saturday 18th  January Beginning of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Intention: Pray for all seafarers, fishermen & lifeboatmen. For the work of the Mission to Seafarers.

11am Cursillo Group Reunion at Gillian’s (18 Old Place, Aldwick)


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

For urgent prayer contact Bill Meyer to activate the Prayer Chain (tel. 920023) until 2nd February.


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: Lucia Elsom, Bob, Steven Prince, Kathy Owen-Evans, Jan and family, Cathryn, Richard, Paul Williams, Patricia Pooley, Philip Hide, Joseph Griggs, Betty Rich.


We pray for those who have died recently, Diana Pettitt 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 Ashley Campbell and his family during his tour in Afghanistan.


We pray for Harry Prince who will be baptised today.


Advent – See purple leaflet for details of services and events or look on the website.


Walsingham 2014 – The parish visit to Walsingham has been booked from 9th to 13th June. Should you be interested in joining our pilgrimage, please add you name to the list, which is on the white notice board in the South Aisle. Please speak to Roland if you would like more information about Walsingham.