Good News sponsorship – it costs about £50 to produce each edition of the Good News, which we are delighted goes to every household in the parish.  Would you like to sponsor an issue, therefore, in memory of a loved-one or to mark a significant anniversary or anonymously?  Cheques are payable to Pagham PCC c/o Trudi Kearsley, Treasurer.


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.


Bognor Food Bank – we are now donating items of food to the Bognor Food Bank (and not Stonepillow, whom we support in other ways).  At present, they need tinned meat, tinned fish, rice, spreads, coffee, tinned fruit, sugar, squash, pasta sauces.  Many thanks to Beth Huxley, who has volunteered to be our link person for this.


Deanery Synod – Wednesday’s meeting is open to all as it involves a presentation from the Diocesan Rural & Environmental Officer and on our Deanery budget for 2015 (our share of the Diocesan budget).


Thanks – I would like to thank you for all the  cards, the messages and the thoughts and prayers that I have received over the last couple of weeks .  I feel truly blessed to have received so much prayerful support.  Thank you so much.  Trudi Kearsley.
Christmas Fair  –  Saturday  22nd November  – 10.00 – 1.00  –  Church Centre
Please give your support to this event.  We still need lots of help.  Lists are on the noticeboard for volunteers to run the stalls.  We need donations for all the stalls  –  Raffle prizes, toys, books, bric-a-brac, puzzles, games, tombola items, cakes, produce etc.  Contact Trudi Kearsley – 263597. We will be setting up on Friday evening from 7.30, please help if you can.


Advent Carols – Sunday 30th November 4pm – begin the holy season of Advent in contemplative and choral style with Advent hymns and readings.


Men`s Group next meeting Saturday 6th December 8pm at The Inglenook, including thoughts for Pram Race and of course pre-Christmas feasting and drinking.


Chichester Voices perform in aid of the Rotary Club of Bognor Regis in church on Thursday 18th December at 7.30pm. To include music by Bullard, Mendelssohn & Rutter. Tickets £10 available from Box Offices on 01243 582528 or 07900098197. Tickets also available on the door and from Andrew in Church (interval refreshments included).


Parish Book Group – Our current book is “The Last Runaway”, by Tracy Chevalier. See the Book Group notice board for further information and sign-up sheets. Discussion groups: Monday 12th January at 8pm & Thursday 15th January at 10am.


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The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.700                                                               16th November 2014

Colour of the season: Green


Second Sunday before Advent



Collect for the day: Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son was revealed to destroy the works of the devil and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life: grant that we, having this hope, may purify ourselves even as he is pure; that when he shall appear in power and great glory we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Response to psalm 90: Satisfy us by your loving kindness; so shall we    rejoice and be glad.


0ur Opportunities for Worship today


Second Sunday before Advent                                             (G)                                               



Holy Communion (Trinity 22)Readings: Philippians 1: 3-11, Matthew 18: 21-35



Parish Eucharist Readings: Zephaniah 1: 7, 12-end, Psalm 90: 1-12, 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11, Matthew 25: 14-30

Hymns:606, 69, 186, 195;  Communion: 687, 590


Memorial Service





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 16th November

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

8.00 am Holy Communion (Trinity 22) 

9.45 am Parish Eucharist 

4.00pm Memorial Service


Monday 17th November Iiugh   

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

Anniversaries: Irene Jev (1995), Ethel Goldsmith (1999)

10.00am Pilgrim Group at Glenda’s

7.30pm Bell Ringers

8.00pm Pilgrim Group at David Smith’s


Tuesday 18th November Elizabeth 

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

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

7.00pm The Eucharist

7.45pm Ladies Club – at Church Centre (Freedom Therapies – Anna Gatland)

8.00pm Pilgrim Group St Andrew’s Chapel


Wednesday 19th November Hilda

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

10.00am Holy Communion

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

7.00pm Deanery Synod at East Preston – Open Meeting


Thursday 20th November Edmund 

Intention: Pray for all victims of violence, crime & oppression; for all those who seek to support them.

Anniversary:   Mary King (2004)


Friday 21st November

Intention:  Pray for the sick in body, mind or spirit; for the addicted, handicapped or incurable; for the work of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

Anniversaries: Ernest Caterer (1975), Joan Lack (1986), Eileen Badger (2005)


Saturday 22nd November Cecilia 

Intention: Pray for our Deanery of Arundel & Bognor, for our parishes, clergy & people; for our Rural Dean Mark Standen, and for the work of the Deanery Synod.

7.00pm Pre-Advent Youth Social at vicarage



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, Ian Turner, Bebe, Bruce Allinson, Issey Riley, Gavin, Carol Rosier, Judi March, Peter Eden

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: Stan Lowen, Peggy Rowley, Betty Sharp, Lynda Hacker, Bill Powell 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 those preparing to be admitted to holy communion on 23rd November (Christ the King) – Oliver Crow, Riley Foyn, Joseph Fuller, Oliver Fuller, Luke Salter, Sophie Steen, Will Tyler


We thank God for the safe return of Richard from Afghanistan last week.


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


Next Sunday

Christ the King                                                                     (W)                                               



Holy Communion (Trinity 25)Readings: Jeremiah 23: 5-8, John 6: 5-14



Family Eucharist with Admission to Holy Communion before Confirmation Readings: Ephesians 1: 15-end, Matthew 25: 31-end

Hymns:438, 461, 60, 104;  Communion: 649, 274


Evening Worship – Taize