Weekly Pews News

no 21-34




Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 22nd August  

08:00              Holy Communion

09:30              Parish Eucharist

Collect  Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than either we desire or deserve: pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,

forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask but through the merits and mediation of 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.


Readings  Joshua 24: 1–2a, 14–18; Psalm 34: 15–end; Ephesians 6: 10–20; John 6: 56–69

Psalm response I sought the Lord, and he answered me.


Sunday 22nd August

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

Monday 23rd August

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


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

Wednesday 25th August

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.

Thursday 26th August

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

10:00              Holy Communion

Friday 27th August – Monica, mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387

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

Saturday 28th August – Augustine, bishop, teacher of the faith, 430

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

Sunday 29th August – 13th Sunday after Trinity

Readings: Deuteronomy 4: 1–2, 6–9; Psalm 15; James 1: 17–end; Mark 7: 1–8, 14, 15, 21–23



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, Steve Lomas.

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

The recently departed Madge Breakspear, John Kitchener.

Anniversary of death May Ashwood, William Rockcliffe, Marion Shaw (22nd); Jean Sage (23rd); Ethel Hadfield (25th); Raymond de Marvine (26th); Audrey Bridge (27th); Robert Lack   (28th).

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



Current Covid restrictionsbooking for services is requested while we still have some arrangements in place to create a safe and comfortable environment for all. Please contact Trudi Kearsley to book, T 263597, M 07703 597353.

Mthr Lucy is on retreat to Friday 28th; please contact the churchwardens if anything urgent comes up (contact below).

Farewell to Neil Macdonald Neil was well known in this area, both as Chairman of Churches Together in Bognor Regis and District, and through his spiritual exercises and courses on the mystics. He died suddenly some weeks ago as a result of an aneurism in his heart. His funeral in Chichester is on Friday 27th August at 12.30 pm: more details on the venue and booking arrangements are available from Alison Blenkinsop (contact below).

Tea & Chat in the Pagham Parish Church Centre, Nyetimber Lane on Wednesday 1st September 15:00–16:30. During the tightest level of lockdown, many of us were able to gather online to chat, study and pray together. Now that restrictions have eased, ‘Tea & Chat’ is offered so that we have an opportunity to catch up face to face, and to develop the friendships formed or rekindled on Zoom. This invitation is extended to everyone in the parish, and to our neighbours in Aldwick who we shared such good conversation with.

Children’s Scratch Choir Rehearsal In preparation for the Parish Family Eucharist on Sunday 5th September, Jenny will be running a rehearsal for those who would like to sing in the Scratch Choir on Wednesday 1st September at 14:00, in church. This is open to all young people who would like sing on the 5th – the more the merrier. Please note, if you can’t come on the 1st, you will still be able to join in on the 5th: do come to church at 09:00 for a final rehearsal.

Parish Family Eucharist on 5th September We look forward to welcoming Bishop Ruth of Horsham, when she will preach and preside at the Parish Family Eucharist. This will be her first visit since her arrival in the diocese – it will be a great joy to have her with us for this service.

John Kitchener RIP John’s funeral will take place in church on Thursday 2nd September at 12:30. All are welcome to attend; family flowers only.

Madge Breakspear RIP Madge’s funeral will take place in church on Friday 24th September at 12:00. All are welcome to attend; family flowers only. The service will be followed by a reception at The Lamb. If you hope to attend this please let Mthr Lucy know, to help the family with catering.

Tuesday@7 After much delay, I am pleased to announce that the Tuesday evening communion service will be returning on 7th September at 19:00. This is a service that I hope will be particularly attractive to families, and is offered for those who find Sunday morning services a little difficult to get to. Length 30-40mins. Everyone is very welcome.

Christmas FairSaturday 13th November 2021 We really hope to be able to hold a Christmas fair this year, and although it feels far too soon to start talking about Christmas, this event takes much planning and preparation. At this stage we are currently asking for volunteers to join the organising team. If this is something that appeals to you, please do speak to Trudi (contact above).


CONTACT DETAILS        –        find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @StThomasPagham.

The Revd Lucy Sullivan: 19 Willowhale Avenue, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, 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.

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