Curate – We wish Jo and family joy in their new home and a happy summer holiday. Jo’s stipend begins on 1st September, so we look forward to her starting full-time with us then.


The Friends of St Thomas a’ Becket Church are holding their annual golf day at the Church Farm mini golf course on Saturday 6th September 2014. The cost will be £7.00 per entrant and the start (tee off) times will be from 11.00 a.m. Please put your name on the list at the back of the church. The prize giving will be at The Lamb Inn afterwards. Tickets can be purchased from Michael Biggs in church or phone 263537


Families Barbecue – Sunday 7 September at the Vicarage after church.  All Sunday School families and helpers welcome.


Parish Book Group – To mark the First World War Centenary, over the summer we will be reading “Regeneration” by Pat Barker. Further information and sign-up sheets on Book Group notice board. Discussion groups: Monday 15th September at 8pm & Thursday 18th Sept at 10am.


Pilgrim – Further to Mark’s sermon do please see him if you would like to be involved in leading or helping with the Pilgrim Course and please everyone prayerfully consider if there is someone you might be able to invite to try the course, which will start in October. Literature to follow soon.


Knit and natter  will restart in September – date to be advised.


Luncheon Club meets on alternate Wednesdays at St. Ninian`s hall.

They need more people to join them to help keep costs down.  They are a lively bunch who enjoy a good meal and happy company.  The next lunch is Wednesday 20th August. Free transport is available. Please contact Jean on 268801.


Our church is beautiful as you know

It takes elbow grease to make it so.

More hands will add to this power

So once a month will you spare an hour?

One lady cleans three weeks in four

From a parish the size of ours, this is poor.

Soon the church won`t be clean

Unless you will please join a team.

The kids return to school in September

That would be a good time to remember

That our hardworking team leader Sue

Really needs some help from you

Please phone Sue on 261839

         Or email


  Registered Charity No 1134842

The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.687                                         17th  August 2014

Colour of the season: Green


Ninth Sunday after Trinity


Collect for the day: Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your Church: open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace; 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.


Response to psalm 67: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you

0ur Opportunities for Worship today


Ninth Sunday after Trinity                                             (G)                                                     



Holy Communion Readings: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 16: 1-9



Parish EucharistReadings:  Isaiah 56: 1, 6-8, Psalm 67, Romans 11: 1-2a, 29-32: 2, Matthew 15: 10-28

Hymns: 16, 72, 662, 716 Communion: 315, 625


Evening Worship – Celtic



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  August

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

8.00 am Holy Communion  

9.45 am Parish Eucharist 

5.00 pm Evening Worship – Celtic


Monday 18th  August

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

7.30pm Bell Ringers


Tuesday 19th  August

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

Anniversary: Frederick Stevens (1990)

7.00pm The Eucharist

7.45pm Ladies Club – Church Centre


Wednesday 20th  August    Bernard of Clairvaux

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

10.00am Holy Communion

12 Noon Luncheon Club – St Ninian’s Hall – Jean Hunt (Tel: 268818))


Thursday 21st  August

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

Anniversary: William Hudson (1970)


Friday 22nd  August 

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: May Ashwood (1977), William Rockcliffe (1992)


Saturday 23rd  August

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

Anniversary: Jean Sage (2001)

3.30pm Wedding of Malcolm Rattray & Clair Sullivan







Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer

Morning prayer: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 9.20am. Friday 8.30am

Evening Prayer: Monday to Thursday 5.20 pm. Friday 4.30pm

No evening prayer on Saturday

(No morning or evening prayer in church Monday 4th – Monday 25th August inclusive.  The church will, however, be open as usual).



Prayers and Intentions


We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Robin & Anthea Potter, Gerry Mitchell, Dawn Spurway, Elizabeth, Sandra, Darren, Luke, Ian Turner, Kathy Camille, Ray, Rosemary, Margaret, Shannon, Richard, Bill Powell, Sylvia

To add someone to the prayer list either write their name on the board near the church door or let Mark or the editors 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: Jill Ziolkowski, Annette Richards 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 Richard and Luke who are on tour in Afghanistan.


We pray for Malcolm Rattray & Clair Sullivan on their wedding day this Saturday


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:


Pews News: Nikki can be contacted via Email: (tel: 828445) or tel. Mark Eminson 262713



Next Sunday

Bartholomew the Apostle                                                 (R)                                                     



Holy Communion Readings: 1Acts 5: 12-16, Luke 22: 24-30



Parish EucharistReadings:  Isaiah 43: 8-13, Psalm 145: 1-7, Acts 5: 12-16, Luke 22: 24-30

Hymns: 552, 736, 195, 695 Communion: 47, 17, 181


Evening Prayer – Common WorshipReadings: Ecclesiasticus 39: 1-10, Matthew 10: 1-22