Weekly Pews News

no 22-21


Sixth Sunday of Easter

08:00              Holy Communion

09:30              Parish Eucharist

Collect God our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy; 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.

Readings Acts 16: 9–15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22 – 22:5; John 14: 23–29

Psalm response  Let the peoples praise you, O God.

Today’s bell ringing is dedicated by Jeanne Dalton
o her parents Marie and Don Guilbert
on the anniversary of their marriage on 18th May

Sunday 22nd May – Christian Aid Week ends

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

Monday 23rd May

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

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

Tuesday 24th May – John and Charles Wesley, evangelists, hymn writers, 1791 & 1788

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

18:00            Evening prayer (in church and on Zoom)

19:00              Tuesday@7 Eucharist

Wednesday 25th May – The Venerable Bede, monk, scholar, historian, 735

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.

18:00            Evening prayer (on Zoom)

19:30            Annual Parochial Church Meeting (in church – see below)

Thursday 26th May – ASCENSION DAY

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

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

10:00              Said Eucharist for Ascension Day (St Thomas à Becket’s)

19:00              Sung Eucharist for Ascension Day (St Richard’s, Gossamer Lane)

Friday 27th May

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

14:30            Book group in St Andrew’s Chapel

Saturday 28th May

Intention: vocations to the ordained ministry, especially in our own parish; theological colleges and ordinands in training; vocations to the religious life.

10:30            Parish Walks and picnic – see below

Sunday 29th May – Seventh Sunday of Easter

Readings: Acts 16: 16–34; Psalm 97; Revelation 22: 12–14, 16–17, 20–end; John 17: 20–end.


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

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

Anniversary of death Ernest Denyer, Steven Prince (22nd); Wendy Holyoak (23rd); Frank Baker (26th); Maude Teulon (27th); John Blackman (28th).

We remember Pagham Church family who live in residential care or usually receive communion at home: Jane Upton.

We pray for peace especially for and with the people of Ukraine, and we pray for the innocent, the frightened and those who have lost loved ones, homes, and family.


Face coverings You are encouraged to wear face coverings when moving around the church, to help us offer a safer and welcoming space for those who feel particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting The APCM (the AGM of the Church, if you like) takes place on Wednesday 25th May at 19:30. At this meeting, when we elect churchwardens and Parish Church Council members, we will have 5 vacancies on the PCC. If you are interested in knowing more about this, or wish to express interest in standing for election, please speak with Mthr Lucy. A PCC that functions well for the whole Church has representatives from all areas of Church life, and we would love to welcome members from all our congregations to the PCC to introduce new voices to it.

Returning to the Common Cup On Sunday 29th, we will be re-introducing the chalice at Holy Communion, so that communicants will have the option to receive in two kinds (bread and wine), in line with the Church of England Covid Recovery Guidance. Please note this does not mean it is compulsory to receive the chalice if you are not comfortable doing so – it is, and has always been, perfectly valid to receive communion in one kind (bread only). In preparation for this, I would like to highlight a few points: a) the way and place we receive Holy Communion will be different from before the pandemic, for maximum access; b) intinction, the dipping of the bread in the chalice, is not permitted under any circumstances, because of the higher risk of contamination from our hands; c) if you prefer not to receive the wine, simply return to your seat after receiving the bread; d) our Lay Ministers of Communion will be using hand sanitiser before touching the chalice for your safety, and for their safety and yours they will wear face coverings, as Mthr Lucy does; e) Lay Ministers of Communion will keep hold of the chalice while you receive – you may still hold the chalice with them. (If you need practice with this, please speak to Mthr Lucy.) f) If we run out of consecrated wine before all have made their communion, we will continue distributing in one kind only (i.e. no  ‘topping up’ of chalices), but will provide for more communicants as we find our way forward with this.         If you have any questions, please speak to Mthr Lucy directly – details below.

Book group Our next meeting is on Friday 27th at 14:30 in St Andrew’s Chapel (a week early because of next week’s Jubilee holiday). We will be discussing ‘Leaving Alexandria’ by Richard Holloway. More information from Linda Tempest, lindatempest@hotmail.com, 07443 905893. 

Beating the Bounds Lite, Saturday 28th We meet at 10:30 at Pagham church for a circular walk, returning for a eucharist and picnic lunch in the churchyard. We then head off on walk two, also ending at the church. Do join us for all/some/only lunch. It will be great to have many of our congregations meeting together.

HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee BBQ, Saturday 4th June To celebrate the Jubilee, we will have a BBQ at the church from 17:00. A sign-up list is available at the back of church to show interest in coming, and to offer various salad items. Bring your own drinks, plates and cutlery; BBQ items will be provided. Suggested minimum donation for the evening is £10 adults/£5 children.

Choral Evensong for HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Sunday 5th June 17:30

We are all invited to this service at St Richard’s church, Gossamer Lane to give thanks to God for The Queen’s long reign, to pray for her, her family and all those she serves.

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.