Weekly Pews News

no 21-33


(11th Sunday after Trinity)

Sunday 15th August  

08:00              Holy Communion

09:30              Parish Eucharist

14:00            Holy Baptism of Ivy Emily Grace Topley

Collect  Almighty God, who looked upon the lowliness of the Blessed Virgin Mary and chose her to be the mother of your only Son: grant that we who are redeemed by his blood may share with her in the glory of your eternal kingdom; 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.   Amen.

Readings  Isaiah 61: 10–end; Psalm 45: 10–end; Galatians 4: 4–7; Luke 1: 46–55

Psalm response Sing praises to God, sing praises.


Today’s bell ringing is sponsored by Deborah and David Bracken:

‘in celebration of very many years married life

and in thanksgiving for the many blessings we have received’

and by

Barbara Crew, in celebration of her 85th Birthday.

Sunday 15th August

Intention: our local community; our Parish Pastoral Care Team, local Residents’ Associations, and the County, District and Parish Councils.

Monday 16th August

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

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

Tuesday 17th August

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

17:30            Evening prayer (on Zoom)

Wednesday 18th August

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

17:30            Evening Prayer (on Zoom)

Thursday 19th August

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

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

10:00              Holy Communion

Friday 20th August – Bernard, abbot, teacher of the faith, 1153

Intention: all victims of violence, crime and oppression; those affected by domestic and other forms of abuse, and all who seek to support them.

Saturday 21st August

Intention: the sick in body, mind or spirit; those who have life-limiting conditions; the work of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

Sunday 22nd August – 12th Sunday after Trinity

Readings: Joshua 24: 1–2a, 14–18; Psalm 34: 15–end; Ephesians 6: 10–20; John 6: 56–69


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, Steve Lomas.

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

The recently departed Madge Breakspear, John Kitchener.

Anniversary of death Cecilia Alldred (15th); Frederick Stevens (19th); William Hudson, Beryl Gore (21st).

We remember Church family who live in residential care or usually receive communion at home: Ethel Huckle, Daphne Sharrad.

We pray for Ivy Topley who is to be baptised today, and her parents and godparents.


Current Covid restrictionsbooking for services is requested while we still have some arrangements in place to create a safe and comfortable environment for all. Please contact Trudi Kearsley to book, T 263597, M 07703 597353.

18th-28th August: Mthr Lucy is on retreat from Wednesday 18th; please contact the churchwardens if anything urgent comes up (contact below).

Tea & Chat in the Pagham Parish Church Centre, Nyetimber Lane on Wednesday 1st September 15:00–16:30. During the tightest level of lockdown, many of us were able to gather online to chat, study and pray together. Now that restrictions have eased, ‘Tea & Chat’ is offered so that we have an opportunity to catch up face-to-face, and to develop the friendships formed or rekindled on Zoom. This invitation is extended to everyone in the parish, and to our neighbours in Aldwick who we shared such good conversation with.

Parish Family Eucharist on 5th September We look forward to welcoming Bishop Ruth of Horsham, when she will preach and preside at the Parish Family Eucharist. This will be her first visit since her arrival in the diocese – it will be a great joy to have her with us for this service.

Madge Breakspear RIP: Madge’s funeral will take place in church on Friday 24th September at 12:00. All are welcome to attend; family flowers only. The service will be followed by a reception at The Lamb. If you hope to attend this please let Mthr Lucy know, to help the family with catering.

Scratch Choir The scratch choir continues to add a very welcome element to our worship on Sunday mornings. This is a very informal set-up for all who would like to sing during our service. There is a brief rehearsal each week from 09:00 for that morning’s hymns. If you enjoy singing and would like to take part, do contact Alison Blenkinsop (see below) for hymn details, or just turn up at 09:00 on Sunday morning. Please note that while there is now no restriction on numbers, if space is limited priority will be given to children on the first Sunday of the month.

Tuesday@7 After much delay, I am pleased to announce that the Tuesday evening communion service will be returning on 7th September at 19:00. This is a service that I hope will be particularly attractive to families, and is offered for those who find Sunday morning services a little difficult to get to. Length 30-40mins. Everyone is very welcome.

Admission to Holy Communion before Confirmation Thank you to those who have registered their interest in this. A short course of preparation will run in the autumn – details to be shared in due course. If you have a child/children in school year 6 or above who are interested in this, please do contact Mthr Lucy.

Christmas FairSaturday 13th November 2021 We really hope to be able to hold a Christmas fair this year, and although it feels far too soon to start talking about Christmas, this event takes much planning and preparation. At this stage we are currently asking for volunteers to join the organising team. If this is something that appeals to you, please do speak to Trudi (contact above).

CONTACT DETAILS        –        find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @StThomasPagham.

The Revd Lucy Sullivan: 19 Willowhale Avenue, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 4AU.
mthrlucy.pagham@gmail.com, 01243 941551 (but see above for absence 18th–28th August).

Churchwardens: Mike Wake and Alex Brockhurst: churchwarden@paghamchurch.org 07899 705632//07792 544259.

Church website update: email editor@paghamchurch.org.

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

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