Current parish book is ‘Life of the Beloved – Spiritual Living in a Secular World’, by Henri Nouwen. Sign-up on notice board. Discussion groups: Monday 24th Feb 8pm; Thurs 27th Feb 10am.

Confirmation – The next confirmation is on Sun 22 June, 5.30pm at the cathedral. Formal preparation sessions start after Easter, but ask Mark if you might be interested in taking this step in faith and there will be informal preparation opportunities through Lent.

Quiet Gardens Movement – Runcton Manor, near Chichester, affiliated to the national Quiet Gardens Movement, is involved in Christian meditation and offering days of reflection and other activities. There is a vacancy for 1-2 people to rent a room in the Manor and be involved in developing activities there. For further information contact Kate Taylor at 01243 776999 or 07808761696.

Men’s Group – Next pub meeting is on Sat 1 March at 8pm, appropriately on St. David’s Day at The Lamb.

Pagham Lent Group – We are also having a series of sermons on prayer this Lent with the opportunity to meet informally in the week to discuss the theme. Please sign up on the notice board if you would like to meet on Wednesday evenings or express interest in a daytime group.

Palm Crosses – please return your Palm Crosses by Sunday 2nd March ready to be burned to make the ash for Ash Wednesday

Winter Warmer Casserole Evening – 7.30pm Fri 28th Feb St. Andrew’s Chapel. £10 ticket to include dessert (£8 for members of the Friends). See Carole or Rich Druce for further details and any dietary requirements, tel. 07738 768890. Numbers limited to 24.

Legacy- We are most grateful to the late Anthony Perez, who has left St. Thomas a’ Becket’s £1000 in his will.

RSCM Sussex Area Festival 2014 – ‘Loving Wisdom’ A Lenten Sequence. Four of our church choir members will be singing among the 200 representing the Diocesan Choirs at Chichester Cathedral on Saturday 1st March at 5.30 pm. EVERYONE IS WELCOME

Walsingham 2014 – Roland would like all outstanding ‘Pilgrim Booking Forms’ to be returned to him on or before March 2nd.

Envelopes for the next 12 Months commencing in February are in the pigeon holes in Church ready for their collection – thank you.

2014 dates – do take away a list of significant dates for this year to add to your diary, calendar, phone, etc

Church helpers – required to keep our beautiful church clean and tidy. Just 1.5 hours one day per month light exercise. Join the team, enjoy the fellowship, and the rewards will speak for themselves! Contact Sue Miller; 01243 261839 or 07845 926766, email

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:

Pews News: Sarah or Nikki can be contacted via Email:
or tel. Mark Eminson 262713
The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham
Weekly Pews News
No.663 23rd February 2014
Colour of the season: Green

Second Sunday Before Lent

Collect for the day: Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth and made us in your own image; teach us to discern your hand in all your works and your likeness in all your children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things, now and for ever.

Response to Psalm 136: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures for ever.

Our Opportunities for Worship today

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 23rd February
Intention: Pray for all those who do difficult work on our behalf, especially in the armed services & the emergency services.
Anniversary: Eric Willmot (1993)
8.00 am Holy Communion
9.45 am Parish Eucharist
6.00 pm Evening Worship – Common Worship

Monday 24th February
Intention: Pray for the Church’s worldwide mission; for all the missionary societies and for The Bible Society.
Anniversaries: Alfred Vickery (1986) Jean Saunders (1994)
8pm Book Group

Tuesday 25th February
Intention: Pray for Christian unity. Pray for our Diocese of Chichester, our Bishops, Martin and Mark, the archdeacons, clergy & people; for the work of Diocesan Synod & Church House; for the witness of Chichester Cathedral.
7.00pm The Eucharist

Wednesday 26th February
Intention: Pray for the elderly, lonely & bereaved; for all those in residential care and those who care for them.
Anniversaries: Alan Faulkner (1976) Edith Warren (1982)
10.00 am Holy Communion
2-4pm Knit & Natter – at Glenda, 31 Sea Lane, (263537)
8pm St Andrew’s Chapel Finance Meeting

Thursday 27th February George Herbert
Intention: Pray for the European Union & The United Nations Organisation.
Anniversary: Ernest Cornell (1993)
8pm St Andrew’s Chapel Pastoral Care Course

Friday 28th February
Intention: Pray for vocations to the ordained ministry, especially any within our own parish; for our theological colleges and for all ordinands in training.
Anniversary: Lilian Hamerton (1992)
2pm Women’s World Day of Prayer Rehearsal in church

Saturday 1st March David
Intention: Pray for our Parish Team – Clergy: Mark Eminson, Colin Wood and Bill Meyer Lay Reader Roland Ell; Churchwardens: Trudi Kearsley and David Smith, Our prospective Curate: Jo King.
Anniversaries: Alan Dalrymple (1990) Phyllis Burrow (2000)
Morning: Youth bowling Chichester
8pm Men’s Group at The Lamb

Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer
Morning prayer: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 9.20am. Friday 8.30am
Evening Prayer: Monday to Thursday 5.20 pm. Friday 4.30pm
No evening prayer on Saturday

Registered Charity No 1134842
Prayers and Intentions

We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Joseph Griggs, Richard and Maggie, Lucia Elsom, Peter Spurway, Baby Pip,
` Philip Hide, Linsey.

To add someone to the prayer list either write their name on the board near the church door or let Mark or the editors 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.

For urgent prayer contact Angela Halfacree to activate the Prayer Chain (Tel: 864353)

For longer-term prayer needs contact Gillian Purvis (tel 267597).

We pray for those who have died recently, Harry Scully, Elise Kennett, Phoebe Ryan 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 Ashley Campbell and his family during his tour in Afghanistan.

Coffee and Scripture at Glenda’s will restart after Easter.

Good News delivery help required – Could anyone help deliver when people are on holiday or ill? Please contact Anthea (264466).

Women’s World Day of Prayer – 7th March 2014 – Streams in the Desert – The service for the Women’s World day of Prayer will be held at St Thomas a Becket’s Church at 3 pm on Friday 7th March. Women’s World Day of Prayer is as international, inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the voices of women from all parts of the world, their hopes, concerns and prayers. The theme this year is ‘Streams in the Desert’ and is prepared and offered by women in Egypt. Since the uprising in 2011 there has been conflict between religious groupings and we pray with the women of Egypt for peace.

Women’s World day of Prayer services will be celebrated in over 170 countries. Come and join us – all are welcome, men and women and of all ages. Cakes for refreshments after the service will be gratefully received. Gillian Purvis

Next Sunday Sunday Next Before Lent (G)
8.00am “Holy Communion (Septuagesima)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 13, Luke 18: 31-end”

” “Parish Eucharist
Readings: Exodus 24: 12-end, Psalm 2, 2 Peter 1: 16-end, Matthew 17: 1-9
Hymns: 105, 365, 573, 252, communion 457”
6.00pm Evening Worship – Informal