Confirmation – The next confirmation is on Sun 22 June, 5.30pm at the cathedral. Preparation sessions begin on Thursday 24th April 8pm at the Vicarage, ask Mark if you might be interested in taking this step in faith and there will be informal preparation opportunities through Lent.


Easter Communions – let Mark or Trudi know if you or someone you know needs to receive their Easter communion at home and it will be arranged.


Youth Songs of Praise – Sunday 27th April 3.30pm – please support some of our youngsters in this service followed by refreshments.


Lifts to Church – Please all consider if you can offer this ministry from time to time if you ever have a spare seat in your car. There are always those who would come to church if they could get a lift and it is part of our Christian duty to try to meet that desire. Please contact Julia Webb (266866) or Mark.


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).


Holy Week sign-up sheets – please sign up to help with readings, foot-washing, the watch of the Passion and more this Holy Week.


Easter Flowers – Would you like to assist with the cost of Easter Flowers, either by a donation or by sponsoring. We hope to be able to have Easter Lillies this year at the altar, as well as the more usual displays around the church. If you would like to help, or would like to help with the arranging please speak to Trudi. The church will be being decorated on Sat 19th April from 9am.  Donations of greenery would be much appreciated.


Real Easter Eggs – Now in stock at St Olav’s Christian Bookshop – The Real Easter Eggs 2014. Three designs, The Original Real Easter Egg 2014 design – Easter story book, milk chocolate egg and Chunky Buttons. £3.99 each, Special Edition Premium Real Easter Egg- Inside an olive wood holding cross from Bethlehem, an Easter message, an extra thick Belgian Chocolate £9.99 Sharing Box Real Easter Egg 20 Midi eggs and 20 copies of the Easter booklet. £19.99 each, Order from St Olav’s on 01243 782790.


2014 dates – do take away a list of significant dates for this year to add to your diary.


Electoral Roll – The roll is now closed until after the annual meeting.  A copy is available for inspection and inaccuracies can be amended.


APCM on Saturday 26 April 7.30pm – do please all try to attend our annual meeting to hear about church life, elect officers, ask questions and enjoy an Easter week drink.  Nomination sheets are on the board for standing as a PCC member or sidesman.


Easter Week day pilgrimage to Oxford –. please see the poster for details of this occasion on Friday 25th April. There will be a short meeting after church today for information and any questions.


Girl’s Pub night – The next Girls’ Pub Club outing will be to The Lion on Friday 2nd May, from 8pm


StonePillow – We have received a big thank you from Stonepillow for our donations of food, clothes, toiletries.


The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.669                13th April 2014

Colour of the season: Red


Palm Sunday


Collect for the day: Almighty and everlasting God, who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross: grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; 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.


Response to Psalm 118: This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.




0ur Opportunities for Worship today

  Palm Sunday                                                        (R)                                  


Holy Communion 

Readings: Philippians 2: 5-11, Matthew 27: 1-54



Parish Eucharist with Blessing of Palms, Procession & dramatic reading of the Passion 

Readings: Isaiah 50: 4-9a, Psalm 118, Philippians 2: 5-11, Matthew 26: 14 – 27: end 

Hymns: 14, 583, 463, 195, Communion: 929 & 971


Evening Prayer – Book of Common Prayer 

Isaiah 5: 1-7, Matthew 21: 33-end




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 13th April

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

Anniversary: Gladys Humphrey (1984)

8.00 am Holy Communion 

9.45 am Parish Eucharist with Blessing of Palms, Procession & dramatic reading of the Passion

6.00 pm Evening PrayerBook of Common Prayer


Monday 14th April Monday of Holy Week (R)

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

Anniversary:   Walter Groves (1990)

7.30pm Bell Ringers

9pm Compline


Tuesday 15th April Tuesday of Holy Week (R)

Intention: Pray for our local community, for the County, District & Parish Councils, for our residents’ Associations. Pray for Christian unity.

Anniversary: Frank Weston (1989)

10.30am Chrism Eucharist in Eastbourne

7.00pm Seder (Passover) meal ending with the Eucharist

7.45pm Ladies Club – Church Centre


Wednesday 16th April Wednesday of Holy Week (R)

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

Anniversaries:  Beryl Wright (1999) Christopher John Greenfield (2006)

10.00am Holy Communion

12Noon Luncheon Club at St Ninian’s Hall (Anthea Potter 264466)

2-4pm Knit and Natter at Helen’s 3 Conway Drive.  

7.30pm Stations of the Cross


Thursday 17th April Maundy Thursday (W)

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

Anniversary: Minnie Vickery (1987)

8.00pm The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday with foot-washing followed by the Watch of the Passion overnight


Friday 18th April Good Friday (R)

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

10.00am Ecumenical Walk of Witness in Bognor

12noon Children’s Way of the Cross

2.30pm The Liturgy of Good Friday, including the veneration of the cross & dramatic reading of the Passion


Saturday 19th April

Intention: Pray for Church finances, National & international finance; for what the words poverty & wealth mean to us.

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


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: Peter Spurway, Lucia Elsom, Darren, Les, Wendy Donovan, Judi March, Norma Tuckett, Lynsey, Kathy Owen-Evans.


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, Derek Smith, Terry Sedgwick, Sonia, Bryan Hack 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.



Chichester Cathedral Newsletter is on the bookcase. Each Parish receives only one copy of the newsletter so if you take it away to read please return it as soon as possible.


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: Sarah or Nikki can be contacted via Email:

or tel. Mark Eminson 262713


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.


Next Sunday

Easter Day                                                         (W)                                  




Easter Vigil & Dawn Eucharist, followed by champagne breakfast

Hymns: 470, 433, 348

Holy Communion 

Readings: Colossians 3: 1-7, John 20: 1-10



Family Eucharist 

Readings: Acts 10: 34-43, Matthew 28: 1-10

Hymns: 348, 968, 705,305, 672,

Communion: 274, 311 (677 & 17) if required


Evening Prayer with hymns – Common Worship

Readings: Song of Solomon 3: 2-5, 8: 6-7, John 20: 11-18



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