Beating the Bounds – Sunday 25 May after the Parish Eucharist. Do consider taking part in this fun and holy event of walking the parish boundaries with stops for lunch about 1pm at the Cox-Rusbridges’ farm, Lagness and tea about 4.30/5pm in church.


Ordination – of our curate, Jo King, is on Saturday 28 June 4pm at Chichester Cathedral. Please keep her, Mike, Lucy and Amy in your prayers. If anyone would like to attend Mark has a few tickets – first come, first served.


Parish Book Group – Our current parish book is ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’, by Rachel Joyce. Sign up sheets on Book Group notice board. Discussion groups: Mon 2nd June at 8pm & Thurs 5th June at 10am.


Sunday Teas:  The church is once again open for teas and cake on a Sunday afternoon.  Why not come along and enjoy some good home-cooked cakes and lively conversation.  We are open from 2.00 – 4.30 pm every Sunday.


Ascension Day – Thursday 29th May – This is a major festival in the Church year, so all church members ought to attend worship. Therefore we are having 10am Holy Communion, 4pm Eucharist, 8pm Sung Eucharist and all followed by feast-day refreshments (e.g 4pm more child-friendly fizz and 8pm champagne). There is no Tuesday or Wednesday communion that week.


Men’s Group – Friday 6th June 8pm at the Royal British Legion


Bognor 10K. I am running the Bognor 10K today (Sunday 18th May), for the Snowdrop charity who care for children in our community with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses. Please sign up on the form on the Notice board or, if reading this online, click on the following link to a Just Giving page where you sponsor me directly. Kind regards Graham Jones.


Christian Aid Week – Please come and support our fundraising efforts for Christian Aid at the Craft & Gift Fair at Pagham Village Hall on Monday 26th May where we will be selling PUPCAKES – Treats for Doggies!  Many thanks, Sue


Craft & Gift Fair, Pagham Village Halls, Bank Holiday Monday, 26th May 10-4pm

Our “new look” craft fair will span the whole day, and refreshments will be available, from breakfast rolls, to ploughman’s to cream teas. Events for children include a table top sale, and a cake bake-off competition. See flyers and entrance forms at back of church. Why not take a poster to display in your home area? Please help make this a fun event to raise funds for our local church. Contact for more information and booking forms.


Picnic – Eartham Woods Sunday 8th June. It will be straight after the family Pentecost Eucharist. We will travel in convoy from the church car park.  The field is off the main road and there is ample parking. We hope to play rounders or something similar, treasure hunt and general ourdoorsy stuff.  Please bring a picnic. Further details will follow or you can contact Jenny on 07798555472 or at

Registered Charity No 1134842


The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.674                     18th May 2014

Colour of the season: White


Fifth Sunday of Easter 



Collect for the day: Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect; through Jesus Christ our risen Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Response to psalm 31: Let your face shine on your servants (and we                  shall be saved)




0ur Opportunities for Worship today


Fifth Sunday of Easter                                              (W)                                         


Holy Communion (Easter 4)Readings: James 1: 17-21, John 16: 5-15



Parish Eucharist Readings: Acts 7: 55-end, Psalm 31: 1-5, 15-16, 1 Peter 2: 2-10, John 14: 1-14,

Hymns: 637, 123, 754, 680(communion 475)


Evening Worship – Taize




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 18th May

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

Anniversary: Doris Vallerine (1996)

8.00 am Holy Communion (Easter 4) 

2.00-4.00pm Youth Social at Vicarage

9.45 am Parish Eucharist 

5.00 pm Evening Worship – Taize



Monday 19th May Dunstan

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

Anniversary:    Nora Jones (2001)

7.30pm Bell Ringers

7.30pm Prayer Group – 18 Old Place, Aldwick


Tuesday 20th May Alcuin

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

Anniversary: Gordon Halford (1993)

10.00am Coffee & Scripture, 31 Sea Lane, Pagham

7pm The Eucharist

7.00pm Ladies Club – Social Evening, Pagham Yacht Club (Barbara Tel: 264071)


Wednesday 21st May

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

Anniversaries: Albert Baldwin (19810, Christopher  Greenfield (1985), Florence Dobson (1996)

10am Holy Communion

2-4pm Knit and Natter at Glenda’s  – 31 Sea Lane, Pagham (Tel: 263537)


Thursday 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 Deanery Synod.

2.30pm Funeral of Celia Huxley

8.00pm Confirmation preparation at the Vicarage


Friday 23rd  May

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

Anniversaries:  Elsie (’Wendy’) Holyoak (1991)


Saturday 24th May John and Charles Wesley 

Intention: Pray for the Church’s worldwide mission; for all the missionary societies and for The Bible Society.


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


Prayers and Intentions


We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Leonora Joy, Bernard Higgins, Lea-Ann, Michael and family, Kim, Terry, 

Steven Prince, Ann, Norman Saunders, Joan Wiseman, David Biddle, Baby Erin, Robin and Anthea Potter.


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.


For urgent prayer contact Angela Halfacree to activate the Prayer Chain

(Tel: 864353).


For longer-term prayer needs contact Gillian Purvis (tel 267597).


We pray for those who have died recently, Peter Spurway, Harry Brown, Oscar, Brenda Ashbery, June Deacon, Celia Huxley 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 who is starting a six month tour in Afghanistan.


Financial Presentation:  Following on from the Financial Presentation – copies of the presentation are available at the back of church.  Please take one, especially if you were not in church for the presentation. This is also available on our website.  Please read and consider prayerfully how you might help.  Thank you. 



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

Sixth Sunday of Easter (Rogation Sunday)              (W)                                  



Holy Communion (Easter 5)Readings: James 1: 22-end, John 16: 23-end



Parish Eucharist (followed by Beating the Bounds)Readings: Acts 17: 22-31, Psalm 66: 7-end, 1 Peter 3:13-end, John 14: 15-21

Hymns: 131, 35, 415 (t225), 433 (communion 367)


Evening Worship – Informal prayers concluding Beating the Bounds