Weekly Pews News

no 22-29



08:00              Holy Communion

09:30              Parish Eucharist

14:00              Holy Baptism – Archie James Edward Penson

Collect Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified: hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people, that in their vocation and ministry they may serve you in holiness and truth to the glory of your name; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.   Amen.

Readings Genesis 18: 1–10a; Psalm 15; Colossians 1: 15–28; Luke 10: 38–end

Psalm response I will come into your house.


Sunday 17th July

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

Monday 18th July

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

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

Tuesday 19th July – Gregory, bishop, and his sister Macrina, deaconess, teachers of the faith

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

19:00            Introduction to contemplative prayer in St Andrew’s Chapel (see below)

Wednesday 20th July

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

18:00            Evening prayer (in church and on Zoom)

Thursday 21st July

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

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

10:00              Holy Communion

11:00            Burial of Ashes

Friday 22nd July – MARY MAGDALENE

Intention: our Deanery of Arundel & Bognor, and its parishes, clergy and people; our Rural Dean Natalie Loveless, and the work of Deanery Synod.

Saturday 23rd July

Intention: all those who do difficult work on our behalf, especially in the armed services and the emergency services.

18:30            Safari Supper, finishing in St Andrew’s Chapel (see below)

Sunday 24th July (Trinity 6)

Readings: Genesis 18: 20–32; Psalm 138; Colossians 2: 6–15; Luke 11: 1–13


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit Lynette, Rosie Sims, Terry Haskell, Barbara Crew, Karen Cox, Jim Fowler, Sheila King, Dawn Spurway Pearson, Nicola Simpson, Betty Smith, Mike Hatzfeld, Andrew Naylor, Colin May, Tyler Rankin, Bea Tucker, Max Davey, Heather & Harry Marchant, Leslie Francis.

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

Anniversary of death Donald Baxendale, Dennis Witcomb (23rd).

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

We pray for peace especially for and with the people of Ukraine. We pray for all those caught up in conflict, and for those seeking safety and refuge on these shores.

We pray for those to be baptized among them Archie James Edward Penson, and his parents and godparents.


Face coverings You are encouraged to wear face coverings when moving around the church, to help us offer a safer and welcoming space for those who feel particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

Summer Fair Many thanks to all who made the day so enjoyable and successful.

Evening Prayer Please note there will be no evening prayer said publicly on Tuesdays 19th, 26th July, 2nd and 30th August, and 6th September. You are encouraged to pray this office privately on these evenings.

Introduction to Contemplative Prayer

Mthr Lucy will be leading an introduction to contemplative prayer using the meditation technique of World Community for Christian Meditation (www.wccm.org).

“Meditation is a universal spiritual wisdom and a practice found at the core of all the great religious traditions. It leads the practitioner from mind to heart and to the integration of these two centres of human being. It is not a complicated or essentially difficult practice. It is a way of simplicity, silence and stillness. It can be practised by anyone who is merely serious about beginning. Soon we learn that we are always beginners. This discovery transforms many interconnected attitudes such as our fear of failure, our craving for success and our reluctance to simply be ourselves.”

This introduction will run on the following dates: Tuesdays 19th, 26th July, 2nd and 30th August, and 6th September. All at 19:00 in St Andrew’s Chapel, St Thomas à Becket’s, Pagham.

Safari Supper: Saturday 23rd, 6:30 pm, £15, organised by ‘Friends of Pagham Church’: a three-course meal, moving to a different location for each course with different hosts and dining companions. This is a chance to meet new people and enjoy good food! Add your name to the list on the noticeboad if you would like to attend or host. Further details on the noticeboard, or from Trudi – 263597 or Sue Davis – 262915.

Churches Together in Bognor Regis & District A meeting will be held on Thursday 21st, 19:00 for 19:30 (refreshments available from 19:00) at South Bersted Church Hall, Bersted Street, Bognor Regis, PO22 9QE. Its purpose is to discuss the future of the organisation. More information from Revd Tim Crook, 01243 862018, timothycrook@hotmail.com. All Church members welcome.


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

Priest-in-Charge: The Reverend Lucy Sullivan
19 Willowhale Avenue, Bognor Regis, PO21 4AU  mthrlucy.pagham@gmail.com, 01243 941551.

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

Church website update: email editor@paghamchurch.org.

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

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