Advent & Christmas leaflet do pick up a copy of this purple leaflet listing details for services and events over the two seasons.

Churches Together in Bognor Regis there are copies of an important letter from the Chairman. Do take one, pray and respond regarding the future of this group especially if one of you might be able to help coordinate the ecumenical Lent Groups

Christmas Communions – if you or someone you know is unable to get to church over Christmas please let Mark know and communion will be arranged for them at home.

Can you Help – The Church Wardens and HSE rep., Alex, are trying to identify members of the congregation who hold current (in date) First Aid certificates and who are prepared to help, if required, should a member of the congregation becoming unwell during a service. We would like to put together a list of named First Aiders for all church services so the Church Wardens can call on their skilled services when necessary. If you are interested in helping please give your name to one of the Church Wardens. 

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).

Decorating the Church – We will be decorating the church on Tuesday 23rd December from 9.30.  We would be grateful for donations of greenery to make this possible. Please let Trudi know if you would like to help.  Tel: 263597. 

New Year’s Eve Celebration – Join us for a supper party at the vicarage at 7.30pm, and for the ringing-in of 2015 at church at 11.30pm. Sign up sheets for this event can be found on the noticeboard.

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.

Chichester Cathedral Free Lunchtime Concerts for Spring 2015 commence on 13th January 1.10pm – 2pm. Bring your own sandwiches. Coffee provided. Retiring collection. Feel free to come and go as you wish. Programme details are displayed on the church notice boards.

Pagham Pram RaceThe church will be entering this year as Moses parting the sea, so to that end we require Egyptians and sea creatures . Moses is already taken by Mark! It is just for fun!!!  All interested please contact Stephen on 

Coffee and Scripture will start again after Christmas.    

Registered Charity No 134842

The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.704                                                               14th December 2014

Colour of the season: Purple

Third Sunday of Advent

Collect for the day: O Lord Jesus Christ, who at your first coming sent your messenger to prepare your way before you: grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready your way by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at your second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in your sight; for you are alive and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Prayer at Advent Wreath: Lord Jesus, light of the world, John told the people to prepare, for you were very near.  As Christmas grows closer day by day, help us to be ready to welcome you now.  Amen.


0ur Opportunities for Worship today

Third Sunday of Advent                                                     (P)                                               


Holy Communion

Readings: 1 Corinthians 4: 1-5, Matthew 11: 2-10


Parish Eucharist 

Readings: Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-end, Magnificat, 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24, John 1: 6-8, 19-28

Hymns: 263, 406, 282, 295 Communion: 949, 656, 361



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 14th December

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

Anniversary:     Cecelia Fielder (1998)

8.00 am Holy Communion 

9.45 am Parish Eucharist

4.00pm Christingle

Monday 15th December

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

10.00am Pilgrim Group at Glenda’s

7.30pm Bell Ringers

8.00pm Pilgrim Group at David Smith’s

Tuesday 16th December

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

Anniversaries: Edward Ashwood (1976), Alfred Dobson (1986), Henry Alldis (1988), Geoffrey Niblett (1996), Tony Lock (1997)

7.00pm The Eucharist

8.00pm Pilgrim

Wednesday 17th December ‘O Sapientia’

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

10.00am Holy Communion

2-4 pm Knit and natter at Glenda`s

9.00pm Compline

10.30am Rose Green Juniors Readers’ rehearsal in church

Thursday 18th December

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

Anniversaries: Francis Atkinson (1976), Richard Kimbell (2005)

9.15am Rose Green Infants’ Carols

7.30pm Chichester Voices concert, ‘A Light in the Stable’

Friday 19th December

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

Anniversaries:   Samuel Kind (1976), Llewellyn Burnett (1988), Robert  Breakspear (1993)

10.00am Rose Green Juniors’ Carols

Saturday 20th December

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

2-4pm Sat 20th 2-4pm Sunday School Christmas Party at the Church Centre

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: Julia Webb, Robin & Anthea Potter, Ian Turner, Bruce Allinson, Judi March, Norma Tuckett, Fabienne, Lorraine Wilson, Esther Chesterton, Maureen Mayers, June Evans, Grace Smith

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: Les Piper and for those recorded in our Memorial Book whose anniversaries occur at this time. We pray for all those who mourn their passing.

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

Fourth Sunday of Advent                                                     (P)                                               


Holy Communion

Readings: Philipians 4: 4-7, John 1: 19-28


Parish Eucharist 

Readings: 2 Samuel 7: 1-11, 16, Psalm 89: 1-4, 19-26, Romans 16: 25-end, Luke 1: 26-38

Hymns: 480, 182, 631, 405 Communion: 949, 656, 361