Weekly Pews News
Second Sunday before Advent
Sunday 14th November
08:00 Holy Communion
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 Daniel 12: 1–3; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10: 11–14, 19–25; Mark 13: 1–8
Psalm response My body shall rest in hope.
Today’s bell ringing is dedicated by Carol-Anne and Peter Pocock
in remembrance of the fallen
Sunday 14th November
Intention: our Parochial Church Council, its officers and committees; all those who serve our Church in any way.
Monday 15th November
Intention: our local community; our Parish Pastoral Care Team, local Residents’ Associations, and the County, District and Parish Councils.
09:00 Morning prayer (at church)
Tuesday 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)
19:00 Tuesday@7 communion service
Wednesday 17th November – Hugh, bishop, 1200
Intention: the press, radio and television corporations, and all who influence public opinion; also Christian publishing and broadcasting.
17:30 Evening Prayer (on Zoom)
Thursday 18th November – Elizabeth, princess, philanthropist, 1231
Intention: all seafarers, fishermen and lifeboat crews, and the work of Mission to Seafarers.
09:00 Morning prayer (at church)
10:00 Holy Communion
Friday 19th November – Hilda, abbess, 680
Intention: Church finances, national and international finance; consider what the words poverty and wealth mean to us.
17:00 Choir practice
Saturday 20th November – Edmund, king, martyr, 870
Intention: all victims of violence, crime and oppression; those affected by domestic and other forms of abuse, and all who seek to support them.
10:00–10:45 Preparation for Holy Communion in St Andrew’s Chapel (see below)
Sunday 21st – CHRIST THE KING (Sunday next before Advent)
Readings: Daniel 7: 9–10, 13–14; Psalm 93; Revelation 1: 4b–8; John 18: 33–37
PRAYERS AND INTENTIONS
We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit Lynette, Rosie Sims, Terry Haskell, Barbara Crew, Jean Martin, Karen Cox, Jim Fowler, Sheila King, Dawn Spurway Pearson, Mo Ford, Nicola Simpson, Betty Smith, Heather Marchant, Mike Hatzfeld, Andrew Naylor.
For urgent prayer, contact Gillian Purvis (267597) or Pat Rush (262561) to activate the Prayer Chain.
The recently departed Peter Dobson.
Anniversary of death Dorothy Sibley, Sarah Fellows, Thomas Street (14th); Irene Jev, Ethel Goldsmith (17th); Mary King (20th).
We remember Church family who live in residential care or usually receive communion at home: Kathleen Dudley.
Transept seating These side areas are for those who wish to maintain social distancing.
Admission to Holy Communion before Confirmation The next preparation sessions will run on 20th & 27th, 10:00–10:45. Children will be admitted to Holy Communion for the first time, having completed this preparation, on Advent Sunday, 28th November.
Sunday School We meet again next week on Sunday, 21st November October at 09:30. To begin with, this will run once a month, on the third Sunday, and will be open to those in primary school years. More info from Linda Tempest: firstname.lastname@example.org, 07443 905893.
Church bells Thanks to the wonderful work of Nicholson’s, and their able assistants from the parish, work on our bells has gone well. There have been a few extra tasks and the related costs involved, but the bells will be back in action, as planned, by Sunday 14th. We are still raising money for this project: if you would like to make a donation to this fund, or to dedicate ringing in memory or celebration of a loved one, we would be very pleased to hear from you. Mike Wake can provide you with information on dedicated ringing. Thank you to those who have contributed so far – we are not far off reaching the final total, even with the additional works!
Early Christmas Market and Craft Fair Many thanks to all who helped make this a great occasion.
Book group Our next meeting is on Friday 3rd December at 14:30 in St Andrew’s Chapel. We will be discussing ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ by Sue Monk Kidd. More information from Linda Tempest, email@example.com, 07443 905893.
Advent Mthr Lucy invites you to read the classic ‘The coming of God’ by Maria Boulding this Advent. ‘Rich with an Advent theme, this work explores the different ways in which God comes to us. Its central message is that God comes to the needy and empty. Whether our poverty is material or spiritual, the book aims to bring hope and promise.’ There will be an opportunity to reflect on this reading with tea and conversation on Thursday 16th December at 16:00, with an evening meeting possible, if there is interest in this. Venue TBC.
CONTACT DETAILS – find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @StThomasPagham
Priest-in-Charge: The Reverend Lucy Sullivan
19 Willowhale Avenue, Bognor Regis, PO21 4AU firstname.lastname@example.org, 01243 941551.
Churchwardens: Mike Wake and Alex Brockhurst: email@example.com, 07899 705632//07792 544259.
Church website update: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safeguarding Officer: Jan Brockhurst, email@example.com.
Pews News: Alison Blenkinsop, firstname.lastname@example.org, 261131, 07784 544981.