Time and Talents – Thank you to those who have returned their questionnaires and please keep them coming!


Christian Aid Week 10th – 16th May 2015

Thank you to all those who have contributed to the fund raising for Christian Aid over the past week. If you still have envelopes to return please bring them back to Church as soon as possible. The money raised will be added to that raised during Lent, through our Super Soup Lunch which raised over £242.00, and donating via Christian Aid’s ‘Count Your Blessings’ Campaign.



Parish Book Club – Our current book is ‘Gilead’ by Marilynne Robinson. See the Book Group notice board for further information and sign-up sheets. Join a discussion group on Monday 13th July at 8pm or Thursday 16th July at 10am.



Pagham Flood Defence; on Saturday 23rd May we have a beacon event on the beach as a sign of hope and asking God’s Spirit to bless our fight for saving Pagham beach and village. Fire-building is from 6pm, lighting at 8pm, refreshments throughout the evening (and do bring your own)



Flower Festival:  Friday 22nd – Monday 25th May, 10.00 – 5.00 (12.00 – 5.00 on Sunday) – entrance £3.00 – pay at the door. Champagne Preview Evening on Thursday 21st May – Tickets priced at £10  from David Smith or on the door.

We need your help to make this a really successful event  – please sign up on the volunteer sheets, which can be found on the notice board in the South Aisle.  Help is needed for tickets sales, stewarding, catering and raffle tickets sales.  Please take a poster and advertise this event wherever you can. Details/information:  Sue and David Smith 263560, Trudi Kearsley 263597



Bognor 10K – Myself and a 25 strong team from St Philip Howard Catholic High School are running again! This year we are raising money for Snowdrop who are caring for a 13 year old girl in our school who has developed a brain tumour. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers and sponsor us if you can (form is in St Andrews Chapel). Many thanks, Graham Jones.



Charitable Giving. Colin Wood will have oversight of the charities which our Church supports or gives to each year. Please contact Colin (264192) if you are our Representative for one of our charities, or if you have a particular interest in any of them.

Registered Charity No 1134842

The Church of St Thomas à Becket, Pagham


Colour of the season: White

Seventh Sunday of Easter


Collect for the day:

O God the king of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.



Diocesan Strategy Prayer:

O God of grace and new life, we pray for your diocese of Chichester;

that in times of challenge and change, your people may grow in holiness, and discern your calling to each and to all. Equip and enable us in witnessing to Christ, working for the common good, and transforming our parishes in the service of your kingdom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The Response to Psalm 1: Happy are they who trust in the Lord.       


Our Opportunities for Worship today


  Seventh Sunday of Easter –                       (W)                                                                                                                                  
8.00am Holy Communion (Sunday after Ascension Day)

Readings: 1 Peter 4: 7-11, John 15: 26-end, 16: 1-4







12 noon

Parish Eucharist

Readings: Acts 1:15-17, 21-end, Psalm 1, , 1 John 5: 9-13, John 17: 6-19

Hymns: 255, 644, 540, 104 Communion: 359, 470, 736


Baptism of Ben Payne

5.00pm Evening Worship – Youth Songs of Praise

Song of Solomon 4: 16-5: 2; 8: 6-7, Revelation 3: 14-end


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 17th May

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

Anniversary:   Kenneth Weeks (1989)


Monday 18th May

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

Anniversary:   Doris Vallerine (1996)

1.45pm           Funeral of Norma Tuckett

7.30pm            The Eucharist

8.00pm                       PCC Meeting   St Andrew’s Chapel


Tuesday 19th May       St Dunstan

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

Anniversary:     Nora Jones (2001)  

7.00pm            Healing Eucharist


Wednesday 20th May              St Alcuin

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

Anniversary:     Gordon Halford ( 1993)

10.00am          Holy Communion

1.30pm-2.45pm   Wednesday Club – Church Centre, Nyewood Lane

2-4pm             Knit & Natter at Pauline Purdy’s (864461)

7.30pm                       Julian Group – The Studio , Cypress Way


Thursday 21st May

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

Anniversaries:   Albert Baldwin (1981), Christopher Greenfield 1985), Florence Dobson (1996)

7.00pm           – 9.00pm    Flower Festival Preview Evening


Friday 22nd May         

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.

Anniversaries: Ernest Denyer (1996), Steven Prince (2014)

10.00am – 5.00pm     Flower Festival


Saturday 23rd May

Intention: Pray for all those who do difficult work on our behalf, especially in the armed services & the emergency services

Anniversary: Elsie Holyoak (1991)  

10.00am – 5.00pm   Flower Festival

Prayers and Intentions

We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Anthea Potter, Hazel Swan, David Atkins, Ray, John Woods, Jean, Lorraine Tivey, Sheila Boardman, Steve, Rita Thompson, Carol, Mary Pearson, Adrian, Ian Turner.

For urgent prayer please contact Gillian Purvis (Tel: 267597) or Colin Wood (Tel: 264192) to activate the Prayer Chain.


We pray for those who have died recently: Maurice Wicks, Ann Miller, Reg McDonald, Gavin Barton, Norma Tuckett, Marie Taylor, George Jones, Joan Cox 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 Jo King and Christine Keyte as they prepare for ordination to the priesthood here on 6th June.


Contact Details


Church Website update: To add content to the website email


Revd. Mark Eminson & Revd. Jo King can be contacted at the vicarage, 38 Kings Drive, PO21 4PZ. Tel: 262713. Email: (day off Friday)


Pews News: Editor Nikki can be contacted by email:

(Tel: 01243 828445) or tel Mark Eminson 01243 262713


Next Sunday Pentecost               (R)                                                                                                                                  
8.00am Holy Communion

Readings: Acts 2: 1-11, John 14: 15-end

9.45am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Acts 2: 1- 21, John 15: 26-27, 16: 4b-15

Hymns: 114, 67, 494, 565     Communion: 784,2 0, 865

5.00pm Evening Worship – Book of Common Prayer

Readings: Ezekiel 36: 22 – 28, Acts 2: 22- 38