Shoe Box Appeal – The leaflets are now available at the back of the church. Please fill a box if you can. Filled boxes to church by 3rd November please.

Our new parish book is ‘Blessings’ by Mary Craig. As ever, information and sign-up sheets can be found on the Book Group notice board at the back of the church. Discussion groups will be taking place on Thursday 7th November at 10am and Monday 11th November at 8pm. Elise.

SKITTLES EVENING. Hosted by Friends of St. Thomas a`BecketChurch, at the Four Chesnuts Pub, Chichester. Friday 25th October, 6.30pm for 7pm start. Ticket price: £13 to include a lovely ‘Pub Grub’ meal. (Concessions for children) 50/50 raffle and guaranteed fun – no skill required. Sign up sheet in church or contact Carole/Rich on 07732768890/01243 821254

Quiet Day at Crawley Down Monastery. Saturday 30th November. Only 20 spaces available. Sign up on the noticeboard.

Pram Race. A team is required for this year’s Pram Race. Our theme will be The Ten Commandments. A team of 15 is required to be able to cover all ten. A list will be put up in church for volunteers! Or contact Stephen Cox-Rusbridge, via e mail, to express an interest. A team meeting will be held in a local drinking establishment to discuss logistics for the day within the next 6 weeks. (Email:

Church annual trip to the panto. This year will be Robin Hood at the AlexanderTheatre, Bognor Regis. Tickets for Saturday 21st December at 2.30 pm. Cost £9 each. Please see Jeanette for tickets, contact No. 07704864836. Sign up list on church notice board. It would be great for as many of us to go as possible as a church family, to enjoy this fun, festive show. Thanks, Jeanette.

Our new website is now ready to view at To add content about your group/photos/descriptions of recent events, email (Elise)

Rev. Mark Eminson can be contacted at the Vicarage, 38 Kings Drive, PO21 4PZ. Phone: 262713. Email:

Pews News – Glenda can be contacted on 263537 or email: glendabiggs

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The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.646 20th October 2013

Colour of the season: Green

Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity

Collect for the day:

Grant, we beseech you, merciful Lord, to your faithful people, pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins and serve you with a quiet mind; 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.

The Response to Psalm 121:My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

Our Opportunities for Worship today

8am Holy CommunionReadings: Ephesians 6: 10-20, John 4: 46-end
9.45 am Parish Eucharist Readings: Genesis 32: 22-31, 2 Timothy 3: 14-4: 5,

Luke 18: 1-8

Psalm 121

Hymns: 259, 165, 636, 409

6.00 pm Informal Worship (guitar-led)

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 20th October Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity

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

Anniversary: Ethel Rosina Williams (1998)

8.00 am Holy Communion

9.45 am Parish Eucharist

6.00 pm Informal Worhsip (guitar-led)

Monday 21st October

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: Leonora Gibson (1968) Lynda Wynifred (‘Lyn’) Paul (2006)

10.30 am Coffee and scripture at Julia’s, 5 The Ridings ( 266545)

7.30 pm Prayer Group 18 Old Place, Aldwick

Tuesday 22nd October

Intention: Pray for Christian Unity. 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.

Anniversaries: Violet Bell (1980), Kathleen Bircham (2002) Joseph Moore (1992)

4.00pm Communion before confirmation session in Church

7.00 pm Parish Eucharist

Wednesday 23rd October

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

10.00 am Holy Communion

7.30 pm Julian Group, The Studio, Cypress Way, PO21 4DF. For info call Julia Webb (264071)

Thursday 24th October

Intention: Pray for Church’s worldwide mission; for al the missionary societies and for The Bible Society. Anniversaries: Peter Wice (1986), Peter Kenward (1998), Frank Williams (1999),

Elsie Gulliver (2004)

Friday 25th October

Intention: Pray for our Diocese of Chichester, our Bishops, Martin & Mark, the archdeacons, clergy & people’ for the work of Diocesan Synod & Church House, for the witness of Chichester Cathedral.

Anniversaries: Harold Mortimer (1972), John Pett (2004)

Saturday 26th October Alfred the Great, KIng of West Saxons, Scholar, 899

Intention: Pray for the elderly, lonely & bereaved; for all those in residential care and those who care for them.

Anniversaries: Harold Sadler (1989), Kenneth Fullerm (2008)

Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer

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

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

No evening prayer on Saturday

Prayers and Intentions

Prayer for the Sick

For urgent prayer contact Angela Halfacree to activate the Prayer Chain (tel. 864353).

For longer-term prayer needs contact Colin Wood (Tel. 264192).

We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Terry Haskill, Janet Porter, June and Debbie Dunkin, Sue Clark, Ethan May, Judy March, Catherine, Frank Lawton, Elizabeth Pett, Gillian Purvis, Peter Downey, Norma Tuckett, Joe Burchell

We pray for those who have died recently, Peter Harris, June Bird, Des Denny, Norman Porter and John Clark and for those recorded in our Memorial Book whose anniversaries occur at this time. We pray for all those who mourn their passing.

Parish Pastoral Care Course: There will be a course next January to equip a team of ‘parish visitors’. Start thinking and praying about whether this might be where God is calling you and if interested, see Mark. Examples of visiting would be the bereaved, baptism families, the sick and housebound.

Changes to Worship: We are continuing for the next weeks with our trial period of small changes to Sunday 9.45 am worship. Any feedback please directly to Mark.

Thankyou for your prayers and good wishes since my recent stroke. Your love and care has meant so much to me. Gillian Purvis.

Next Sunday Last Sunday after Trinity (G)

8.00 am Holy Communion

Readings: Philippians 1: 3-11, Matthew 18: 21-end

9.45 am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Ecclesiasticus 35: 12-17, Psalm 84: 1-7, 2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18, Luke 18: 9-14

6.00 pm Evening Prayer (Celtic)

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