Weekly Pews News

no 22–46




(08:00            Holy Communion at St Richard’s, Gossamer Lane)

09:30              Parish Eucharist with Act of Remembrance

Collect  Almighty Father, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of all: govern the hearts and minds of those in authority, and bring the families of the nations, divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin, to be subject to his just and gentle rule; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.   Amen.

Readings  Malachi 4: 1–2a; Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 3: 6–13; Luke 21: 5–19

Psalm response  The Lord comes to judge the Earth.

Sunday 13th  November

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

Monday 14th November

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

09:00           Morning prayer

14:00            Introduction to contemplative prayer (see below)

19:30            Adult confirmation course

Tuesday 15th November

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

19:00              Tuesday@7 Baptism and Confirmation with Bishop Ruth

All are very welcome to this service

Wednesday 16th November – Margaret, queen, philanthropist, 1093

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

17:30            Evening prayer (on Zoom)

Thursday 17th November – Hugh, bishop, 1200

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

10:00              Holy Communion

Friday 18th November – Elizabeth, princess, philanthropist, 1231

Intention: all seafarers, fishermen and lifeboat crews, and the work of Mission to Seafarers.

Saturday 19th November – Hilda, abbess, 680

Intention: Church finances, national and international finance; consider what the words poverty and wealth mean to us.

11:00–14:00 Early Christmas Market & Craft Fair at the Village Hall (see below)

Sunday 20th November – CHRIST THE KING, Sunday next before Advent

Readings: Jeremiah 23: 1–6; Psalm 46; Colossians 1: 11–20; Luke 23: 33–43

PRAYERS AND INTENTIONS We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit 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, Colin Wood.

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

Recently departed Bill Clarke; Thelma Green

Anniversary of death Sylvia Evans (13th); Dorothy Sibley, Sarah Fellows, Thomas Street (14th);

Irene Jev, Ethel Goldsmith, Ann Eden (17th).

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

We pray for those preparing for confirmation among them Lisa, Dena, Stephanie M, Jessica, Laura, Barbara and Stephanie D, and candidates from other parishes in the Deanery.

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.


A very warm welcome to those joining us especially for Remembrance Sunday. In particular welcome to our local Uniformed Organisations and Councillors, and friends from the wider community. Please do join us for coffee and tea after the service.

Midweek services during the winter months. With the change of the clocks we have made a few changes to our worship arrangements. This is to help us manage energy costs at the church, and also make sure that these times of prayer remain accessible for those who don’t like to turn out on cold mornings/dark evenings. Midweek services at the church will be held in St Andrew’s Chapel (with the exception of Tuesday@7); Tuesday and Wednesday Evening Prayer has moved on to Zoom, at 17:30.

Introduction to Contemplative Prayer “Meditation is a universal spiritual wisdom and a practice found at the core of all the great religious traditions. It is not a complicated or essentially difficult practice. It is a way of simplicity, silence and stillness.” This course is open to all beginners. The introduction will continue on the following dates: Monday 14th & 28th, at 14:00 in St Andrew’s Chapel, St Thomas à Becket’s, Pagham.

Sunday School We meet next Sunday 20th at 09:30, and welcome those in primary school years. More information from Linda Tempest: lindatempest@hotmail.com, 07443 905893.

Bishop Luffa Church Support Forms for Admission in 2023 Families seeking a Church support form for school admissions, to be completed by Friday 25th November, should contact Mthr Lucy via email (see below), to arrange a meeting between her, the child seeking admission and parent/s.

Early Christmas Market & Craft Fair, Saturday 19th November 11:00–14:00 at the Village Hall. Donations (in good condition) needed: raffle prizes, chocolates, tombola items, unwanted gifts, puzzles, jewellery, knitted goods, toys, bottles of wine and spirit, Christmas decorations. NB: no bric-a-brac. Keep books for donation until nearer the day. Leave other donations at the back of church, or contact Trudi as above to arrange collection. Please sign up on the noticeboard to help. Thank you!

Bognor Regis Foodbank job vacancy: Project Manager 15–20 hours per week, from January 2023. To apply, contact Revd Tim Crook timothycrook@hotmail.com by Friday 25th November.

Festive Charity Concert in aid South Bersted Church’s Christians Against Poverty project and Bognor Regis Foodbank. Saturday 3rd December, doors open 19:00. Tickets free, donations taken on the night. Music from Bognor Regis City Band and Regis Jazz band. Tickets and more details via Southbersted.org.uk

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.

Safeguarding Officer: Jan Brockhurst, safeguarding@paghamchurch.org.

Pews News: Alison Blenkinsop, pewsnews@paghamchurch.org, 261131, 07784 544981.