Stewardship Thanksgiving – Today is also Stewardship thanksgiving, so thank you to all who responded to the appeal last April.


Harvest  Flowers – Many thanks to all those who contributed in any way to making our church look so beautiful for the Harvest Festival.


Harvest Gifts – As in previous years we will be distributing posies of flowers to individuals around the Parish.  We would be very grateful for volunteers to help with this please. They will be ready for collection by 10 am on Tuesday 13th October. This year the produce will be donated to Bognor Food Bank or to St Josephs. Please help if you are able.  Thank you.


Harvest Supper Proceeds will go to the Diocesan West Africa appeal – please feel free to add to this today in the retiring collection.


Charitable Giving Rep? – Would someone be interested in having an oversight of the charities we give to each year, managing their literature, reporting to PCC and so forth? Please see Mark.


Bishop Luffa – any parents of Year 6 children who are applying for Bishop Luffa next academic year need to arrange to meet with Mark to fill out the Church Support Form.


Skittles and Fun Night at the Four Chesnuts, Chichester. Friday 17th October at 6.30 for 7.00 pm. See notice board for good pub grub menu choice, £13 per adult, £8 for young people (they’ll love it!). See Rich or Carole Druce for further info. Do come and join us. In aid of St Thomas A’ Becket’s Friends


Men’s group – the next pub meeting for putting the world to rights will be on Saturday 18th October 8pm at the Inglenook.


Chilli and Chicken Social Evening – 31st October 7-30pm for 8-00pm in St Andrew’s Chapel (depending on numbers). Tickets £10, to include Dessert/Cheese board. Please see notice board for sign-up sheet, and Rich for tickets. More info on 07732 768 890.


2014 Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal  This year`s leaflets are now available at the back of the church.  One leaflet to be used either for a Family Box or a box for the Elderly. Boxes to be returned to church by Sunday 9th November.

Please pick up a leaflet and fill a box – or if you feel that you can not fill a whole box perhaps you could supply some items or money towards the transport costs.  Every little helps.  Details – Trudi Kearsley 263597

Parish Book Group – Our current book is “In the Footsteps of Jesus – One Man’s Journey Through the Life of Christ”, by American actor Bruce Marchiano.  See the Book Group notice board for further information and sign-up sheets. Discussion groups: Monday 10th November at 8pm & Thursday 13th November at 10am.


Junior Choir and Young Readers – This autumn we are launching a junior choir for all children of school age. We will also be working with children in Year 5 and above who would like to read lessons and prayers. All parents of school age children should have received an email containing information about these opportunities. Info can also be found on the noticeboard and on the Youth page of the website. To find out more, or to sign up, please speak to Ann Gristwood (826071) for Junior Choir, or Elise Eminson (262713) for Young Readers.


Pilgrim Course – Pilgrim groups will start week beginning 3rd November. Please sign up for your preferred group on the Pilgrim board. The course booklets cost £6 and we will order one for each of the people that sign up. Please bring the money with you to the first meeting.

        Registered Charity No 1134842


The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.695                                                               12th October 2014

Colour of the season: Green


Harvest Thanksgiving


Collect for the day: Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you: pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself, and so bring us at last to your heavenly city where we shall see you face to face; 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.



0ur Opportunities for Worship today


  Harvest Thanksgiving                                                          (G)                                                                   



Holy Communion 

Readings: 2 Corinthians 9: 6-end, Luke 17: 11-19



Family Eucharist 

Readings: 2 Corinthians 9: 6-end, Luke 17: 11-19

Hymns: 133, 804, 719, 766 Communion: 184, 559, 915 


Evening Prayer – Book of Common Prayer

Readings: Deuteronomy 28: 1-14, Luke 12: 16-30



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 12th October

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

8.00 am Holy Communion  

9.45 am Family Eucharist 

5.00pm Evening Prayer – Book of Common Prayer

5.30pm Youth Film Night


Monday 13th October Edward the Confessor   

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

7.30pm Bell Ringers

8.00pm Standing Committee at vicarage


Tuesday 14th October 

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

10.00 am Coffee and Scripture at Glenda`s (263537)

7.00pm Healing Eucharist


Wednesday 15th October Teresa of Avila

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

10.00am Holy Communion

12noon Luncheon Club – St Ninian’s Hall (Jean Hunt tel 268818)

2-4 pm Knit and natter at Glenda`s (263537)


Thursday 16th October Nicholas Ridley & Hugh Latimer 

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

Anniversary: Roger Gilbert (1993)

2.30pm Funeral of Alan Swan in church


Friday 17th  October Ignatius of Antioch

Intention:  Pray for the press, radio & televisions and for all who influence public opinion. For Christian publishing & broadcasting.

6.30pm Skittle & fun night – Four Chestnuts, Chichester


Saturday 18th October Luke the Evangelist 

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

Anniversary: Eileen Share (1996)

10.00am Communion before Confirmation preparation in church

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

8.00pm Men’s Group at The Inglenook





Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer

Morning prayer: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 9.20am. Friday 8.30am

Evening Prayer: Tuesday 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:

Robin & Anthea Potter, Dawn Spurway, Ian Turner, Bebe, Velda, Karen & Neil Percival, Dan, Bruce Allinson, Janet Brookes, Julie King, John

To add someone to the prayer list either write their name on the board near the church door or let Mark or the editor 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. Also please include start date on your request.


For urgent prayer contact Gillian Purvis to activate the Prayer Chain (Tel: 267597)


We pray for those who have died recently: Keith Blackley, Alan Swan, June Kemp, 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 Ernest Keates, Pagham’s first Great War casualty, killed on 14th October 1914


We Pray for Luke who is on 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:  (Day off Friday)


Jo King – Curate  can be contacted on 01243 276949 (Day off Friday)


Pews News: Nikki can be contacted via Email:

(tel: 828445) or tel. Mark Eminson 262713



Craft & Gift Fayre – Sat 8th November 10-4 – Pagham Village Hall, Pagham Road

Local crafts & artisans, Children’s Table Top Sale & Cake Competition, All Day Refreshments, Cakes for Sale, Raffle



Next Sunday

Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity                                          (G)                                                                   



Holy Communion 

Readings: 1 Corinthians 1: 4-8, Matthew 22: 34-end



Parish Eucharist 

Readings: Isaiah 45: 1-7, Psalm 96, 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10, Matthew 22: 15-22

Hymns: 19, 1, 205 (t2), 249 Communion: 592, 274 


Evening Prayer – Celtic