Weekly Pews News

no 21-47



Sunday next before Advent

Sunday 21st November   

09:30              Parish Eucharist

09:30            Sunday School

14:00            Holy Baptism of Freya and Jack Chandler

Collect  Eternal Father, whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven that he might rule over all things as Lord and King: keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace, and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet; who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings  Daniel 7: 9–10, 13–14; Psalm 93; Revelation 1: 4b–8; John 18: 33–37

Psalm response The Lord has girded himself with strength.


Today’s bell ringing is dedicated

In Memoriam Madge Breakspear

by her friends

Sunday 21st November

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

Monday 22nd November

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

09:00            Morning prayer (at church)

Tuesday 23rd November – Clement, bishop, martyr, c.100

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

17:30            Evening prayer (on Zoom)

Wednesday 24th November

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

17:30            Evening Prayer (on Zoom)

Thursday 25th November

Intention: our Diocese of Chichester, Bishops Martin, Ruth and Will, and Archdeacon Luke; the work of Diocesan Synod and Church House; the witness of Chichester Cathedral.

09:00            Morning prayer (at church)

10:00              Holy Communion

Friday 26th November  

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

17:00            Choir practice

Saturday 27th November

Intention: all who work for peace and justice; the maintenance of good relationships with the United Nations and all other countries.

10:00–10:45  Preparation for Holy Communion in St Andrew’s Chapel (see below)

Sunday 28th November – Advent Sunday with admission to Holy Communion before confirmation

Readings: Jeremiah 33: 14–16; Psalm 25: 1–10; 1 Thessalonians 3: 9–11; Luke 21: 25–36


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit Lynette, Rosie Sims, Terry Haskell, Barbara Crew, Jean Martin, Karen Cox, Jim Fowler, Sheila King, Dawn Spurway Pearson, Mo Ford, Nicola Simpson, Betty Smith, Heather Marchant, Mike Hatzfeld, Andrew Naylor.

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

The recently departed Peter Dobson, Elizabeth (Ann) Holland

Anniversary of death Ernest Caterer, Joan Lack, Eileen Badger (21st); Ronald Rudduck (22nd); Phyllis Woombell (23rd); Phyllis Bell (25th); Eric Martin (27th).

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

We pray for Freya and Jack Chandler who are to be baptised on Sunday, and their parents and godparents.

We pray for those being prepared for admission to Holy Communion next week: Jack, James, Benjamin, Dominic, George, Henry, Eva, Grace, Lily, Cerys, Reya.


Transept seating These side areas are kept for those who wish to maintain social distancing.

Sunday School We meet again this week on Sunday 21st at 09:30. To begin with, this will run once a month, on the third Sunday, and will be open to those in primary school years. More info from Linda Tempest: lindatempest@hotmail.com, 07443 905893.

Admission to Holy Communion before Confirmation The last preparation session will run on   27th, 10:00–10:45. Children will be admitted to Holy Communion for the first time, having completed this preparation, on Advent Sunday, 28th.

Church bells Thanks to the wonderful work of Nicholson’s, and their able assistants from the parish, the bells were back in action last Sunday. We are still raising money for this project: if you would like to make a donation to this fund, or to dedicate ringing in memory or celebration of a loved one, we would be very pleased to hear from you. Mike Wake can provide you with information on dedicated ringing. Thank you to those who have contributed so far – we are not far off reaching the final total, even with the additional works!

Early Christmas Market and Craft Fair Many thanks to all who helped make this a happy and safe occasion. Well over £1600 was raised for Church funds.

Friends of Pagham Church annual fundraising quiz is now available for £2 from Mo Hatzfeld (268576) or Trudi Kearsley (263597) for a prize of £100.

Book group Our next meeting is on Friday 3rd December at 14:30 in St Andrew’s Chapel. We will be discussing ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ by Sue Monk Kidd. More information from Linda Tempest, lindatempest@hotmail.com, 07443 905893.

Advent Mthr Lucy invites you to read the classic ‘The coming of God’ by Maria Boulding this Advent.  ‘Rich with an Advent theme, this work explores the different ways in which God comes to us. Its central message is that God comes to the needy and empty. Whether our poverty is material or spiritual, the book aims to bring hope and promise.’ There will be an opportunity to reflect on this reading with tea and conversation on Thursday 16th December at 16:00, with an evening meeting possible, if there is interest in this. Venue TBC.

A 3-day Money Course is being run by CAP (Christians Against Poverty) on 2nd, 9th & 16th December, 11:00–13:00, at The Shore Community Church, 73 Victoria Drive, Bognor Regis, PO21 2TD. The course is free, and open to anyone who wants to improve money management, and those struggling to make ends meet. More information from petersutton@capmoneycourse.org.

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

Church website update: email editor@paghamchurch.org.

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

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