Churches Together in Bognor Regis there are copies of an important letter from the Chairman. Do take one, pray and respond regarding the future of this group especially if one of you might be able to help coordinate the ecumenical Lent Groups

Christmas Communions – if you or someone you know is unable to get to church over Christmas please let Mark know and communion will be arranged for them at home.

Can you Help – The Church Wardens and HSE rep., Alex, are trying to identify members of the congregation who hold current (in date) First Aid certificates and who are prepared to help, if required, should a member of the congregation becoming unwell during a service. We would like to put together a list of named First Aiders for all church services so the Church Wardens can call on their skilled services when necessary. If you are interested in helping please give your name to one of the Church Wardens. 

Decorating the Church – We will be decorating the church on Tuesday 23rd December from 9.30.  We would be grateful for donations of greenery to make this possible. Please let Trudi know if you would like to help.  Tel: 263597. 

New Year’s Eve Celebration – Join us for a supper party at the vicarage at 7.30pm, and for the ringing-in of 2015 at church at 11.30pm. Sign up sheets for this event can be found on the noticeboard.

Parish Book Group – Our current book is “The Last Runaway”, by Tracy Chevalier. See the Book Group notice board for further information and sign-up sheets. Discussion groups: Monday 12th January at 8pm & Thursday 15th January at 10am.

Pagham Pram RaceThe church will be entering this year as Moses parting the sea, so to that end we require Egyptians and sea creatures . Moses is already taken by Mark! It is just for fun!!!  All interested please contact Stephen on 

Dates for 2015 – do please take a leaflet with next year’s key dates and write them into your diaries/calendars/phones/hearts, etc

Registered Charity No 134842

The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.705                                                               21st December 2014

Colour of the season: Purple

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Collect for the day: God our redeemer. who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of your Son: grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour, so we may be ready to greet him when he comes again as our judge; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Prayer at Advent Wreath: Lord Jesus, light of the world, blessed is Gabriel. who brought good news; blessed is mary, your mother and ours. Bless your Church preparing for Christmas; and bless us your children, who long for your coming.  Amen.

Response to psalm 89:   Your love, O Lord, for ever will I sing

0ur Opportunities for Worship today

Fourth Sunday of Advent                                                     (P)                                               


Holy Communion

Readings: Philipians 4: 4-7, John 1: 19-28


Parish Eucharist 

Readings: 2 Samuel 7: 1-11, 16, Psalm 89: 1-4, 19-26, Romans 16: 25-end, Luke 1: 26-38

Hymns: 480, 182, 631, 405 Communion: 949, 102, 438



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 21st December

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:  Cecil Smith (1982), Sylvia Harvey (2004)

8.00 am Holy Communion 

9.45 am Parish Eucharist

6.30pm Compline

Monday 22nd December

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: Mary Cornell (1993), Ohilip Ray (1994)

7.30pm Bell Ringers

Tuesday 23rd December

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

Anniversary: Christine Taylor (2001)

7.00pm The Eucharist

Wednesday 24th December Christmas Eve

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

10.00am Holy Communion

5.00pm Crib Service

11.30pm Midnight Mass

Thursday 25th December Christmas Day

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

Anniversary: Audrey Hunt (2009)

8.00 am Holy Communion 

9.45am Family Eucharist

Friday 26th December Stephen

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

Anniversaries:   Montague Austin (1972), Margot Fisher (1975)

10.00am The Eucharist

Saturday 27th December John, Apostle & Evangelist

Intention: Pray for Peace. For the European Union & The United nations Organisation.

2pm Wedding of Nicholas Pearson & Dawn Spurway

Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer

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

Evening Prayer: Tuesday 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: Julia Webb, Robin & Anthea Potter, Ian Turner, Bruce Allinson, Judi March, Norma Tuckett, Fabienne, Lorraine Wilson, Esther Chesterton, Maureen Mayers, June Evans, Grace Smith, Eric Atkins, Patricia Pooley, betty Wade, Doris Watts

To add someone to the prayer list either write their name on the board near the church door or let Mark or the editor 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: Les Piper, David Crane, Zena Street 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 Nicholas Pearson and Dawn Spurway on their wedding day on 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:  (Day off Friday)

Jo King – Curate can be contacted on 01243 276949 (Day off Friday)

Pews News: Nikki can be contacted via Email:

(tel: 828445) or tel. Mark Eminson 262713

Next Sunday

The Holy Innocents                                                               (R)                                               


Holy Communion

Readings: Revelation 14: 1-5, Matthew 2: 13-18


Family Eucharist 

Readings: Jeremiah 31: 15-17, Mathhew 2: 13-18

Hymns: 36, 700, 645, 229 Communion: 4, 750


Christmas Carols
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