St Thomas à Becket

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Priest-in-Charge: The Reverend Lucy Sullivan

Tel: 01243 941 551 Email: (Rest day: Friday)

 Churchwarden: Mr Alex Brockhurst

Tel: 07792 544259.; Email:

Churchwarden: Mr Mike Wake

Tel: 07899 705632; Email:

Safeguarding Officer: Mrs Jan Brockhurst


Find us online: // @StThomasPagham

Registered charity number 1134842

SUNDAY 19th march 2023


(FOURTH sunday of LENT)

Sunday 19th                    08:00 Holy Communion

MOTHERING SUNDAY      09:30 Parish Eucharist for Mothering Sunday

Monday 20th                    09:00 Morning prayer (church)

ST JOSEPH                       (11:00 School Eucharist- Nyewood Juniors)

                                           19:30 Lent Group 3 (Mosse Hall Committee Room)

Tuesday 21st                         09:30 Churchyard Maintenance

Thomas Cranmer                17:30 Evening Prayer (Zoom)

                                        19:00 Tuesday@7     

Wednesday 22nd            11:00 Lent Group 3

(Pagham Parish Church Centre, Nyetimber Lane)

17:30 Evening Prayer (Zoom)

Thursday 23rd                   09:00 Morning Prayer (Church)

10:00 Holy Communion

12:00- 14:00 Christian Aid Lent Lunch

                                (Pagham Parish Church Centre, Nyetimber Lane)

Friday 24th                      No public services today

Saturday 25th                  10:30- 12 Coffee, cake and conversation


LORD TO THE BVM            10:00 Lent Workshop (Mosse Hall Committee Rm)

Sunday 26th                    08:00 Holy Communion (St Richard’s)

LENT 5                              09:30 Parish Eucharist

PASSIONTIDE BEGINS      17:30 Stations of the Cross (St Richard’s)


Entrance: 631 Tell out my soul

Gradual: 88 Brother, Sister

Offertory: 605 Sing we of the blessed mother

Final: 108 Colours of day

The Collection plate– If you would like to make an offering, please use the contactless Payaz machine or the collection plate, both can be found by the door. Thank you for your generosity.


The Collect (Opening Prayer) for Mothering Sunday:

God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:

strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and in sorrow we may know the power of your presence to bind together and to heal; 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.

Old Testament reading: Exodus 2: 1-10

Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him for three months. When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.

The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him. ‘This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,’ she said. Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, ‘Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?’ Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Yes.’ So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.’ So the woman took the child and nursed it. When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses, ‘because’, she said, ‘I drew him out of the water.’

Psalm 127: 1- 4 the response to the psalm is It is the Lord who builds the house”

New Testament reading: 2 Corinthians 1: 3- 7

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering. Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.


Gospel reading: John 19: 25b- 27

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

Prayers of Intercession

The sick and those who care for them: Rosie Sims, Barbara Crew, Karen Cox, Jim Fowler, Sheila King, Dawn Spurway Pearson, Nicola Simpson, Betty Smith, Mike Hatzfeld, Andrew Naylor, Colin May, Tyler Rankin, Max Davey, Leslie Francis, Dickie Roots, Elizabeth, Pam Browning.

Recently departed: David Lewis-Bowen, Terry Haskell.

Anniversary of death: Dennis Mackenzie (20th); Patricia Bratt (21st); Ann Gristwood (22nd); Norman Teulon, John Pegnall (23rd); Frank Sutton (24th).

We pray for peace and 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.

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

Post Communion Prayer Loving God, as a mother feeds her children at the breast you feed us in this sacrament with the food and drink of eternal life: help us who have tasted your goodness to grow in grace within the household of faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Next week’s readings: Fifth Sunday of Lent- Passiontide Begins

Ezekiel 37: 1- 14; Psalm 130; Romans 8: 6- 11; John 11: 1- 45.


There will be a working session in the churchyard Tuesday 21st March, weather permitting, starting at 9.30am until about lunchtime for mowing, strimming and a general tidy up. If you are free, please come along to help. Please contact churchwardens Alex or Mike for more details (contact details on front page).

Christian Aid Lent Lunches

At Pagham Parish Church Centre, Nyetimber Lane, on the Thursdays in Lent 12:00- 14:00 (March 23rd, 30th). Warming soup lunch with bread roll, teas and coffees and a warm welcome! Bring a friend. Pay what you feel… this means you might only feel able to pay £1… or you might feel able to pay £10. Knowing that you can enjoy a warm meal and company, or that you are enabling someone else to enjoy these in the difficult financial times some are facing at the moment, and adding to our offering to Christian Aid.

Lent Workshops

will be on offer for the following church activities during Lent: Lay Ministers of Communion (18th March); Daily Prayer (25th March). All at 10-11am in the Committee Room, Mosse Hall, St Richard’s Church. These sessions are designed for those already participating in these ministries as a refresher, and also for those who are interested in knowing more, with a view to possibly starting to be involved with this in the future. Sessions are open to all, from both Pagham and Aldwick. If you would like more information or to express interest, please speak to Mthr Lucy.

Bognor Churches Together Walk of Witness

If you’re not planning on being with us for the Children’s Good Friday Workshop (10:30- 12) on the 7th April, then you might like to take part in the Walk of Witness. Starting at 10am at Bognor Regis Methodist Church the walk go through the High Street before ending at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church for worship and refreshments.

Sunday Morning music

Mthr Lucy seeks the help of people who would be willing to help with the recorded music on a Sunday morning at the 09:30 service. If you are fairly comfortable with the use of an ipad, or would like to learn, please be in touch with her. Full training will be given, and with more people able to help with this, it need not be a weekly commitment.

Pagham Luncheon Club

Returned last Wednesday and was a joyous occasion. It continues on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from the next gathering is on the 5th April-  open to all residents of the parish and friends. 12:00- 14:00 at St Ninians for a lunch provided by The Bear and good company, at £9 per head. The Pagham Minibus is available for lifts to this gathering. For more information and book-in please call Jean Hunt on 01243 268 818.

Being With- Course Exploring Christian Faith and Life

After Easter we will be running a course for those exploring the Christian faith, devised and created by Samuel Wells and Sally Hitchiner of St Martin-in-the-Fields. The course is an introduction to Christianity with a difference. Sessions are likely to run on Monday evenings 19:30- 21:00, and at present I am seeking those who might be interested in help run the course- whether as a leader or as someone who can help with the hospitality and welcome at sessions. Could this be you? If so, please speak with Mthr Lucy. Details will follow for those who might like to participate- either for you, or for someone you know who is keen to explore the faith.

Pagham Pre-School

I am pleased to share that after few months of conversation and preparation we are to welcome a new pre-school to use the Pagham Parish Church Centre. The Pagham Pre-School will open after Easter, and is a new venture for owner Sam, who runs a similar setting in the Witterings. Sam and her team are really excited to open in Pagham and it will be a wonderful addition to the users of the Church Centre and our community. The PCC is keen to see The Pre-School establish itself and to start serving the local community. Open in term-time and school holidays the Pagham Pre-School seeks to provide care for children from the Village and beyond.

Tea & Chatters need not worry as part of the agreement reserves the use of the Church Centre for the parish for an afternoon a month.


Membership, Sponsorship and Regular Giving at Pagham Church- St Thomas à Becket

If you are new to our church and are planning to become a regular worshipper with us – welcome!

Our members give generously of their time, their talents and their wealth. If you have a particular skill or interest that you might be able to offer, please speak with Mthr Lucy or the Churchwardens. After 6 months with us or if you live within the ecclesiastical parish of Pagham, you are eligible to join the church Electoral Roll to become a full member of Pagham Church. Please speak with Mthr Lucy or Margaret Sherwood (Electoral Roll Officer for more information.

Please consider signing up to the Parish Giving Scheme or regular donations by Direct Debit to support our day-to-day activities: forms are available at the back of church. You can also visit this page

Please also consider leaving a Legacy to Pagham Church when writing your Will and help to secure the building and our resources for future generations.

QR Code to the Pagham PGS page.