Weekly Pews News

No 19-25                                                                                                                                                                  23 June 2019


Patronal Festival (Dedication)


Collect for the day

Almighty God, to whose glory we celebrate the dedication of this house of prayer: we praise you for the many blessings you have given to those who worship you here: and we pray that all who seek you in this place may find you, and, being filled with the Holy Spirit, may become a living temple acceptable to you; 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.




                             Patronal Festival (Dedication)           (W)
8 am Holy Communion

Readings: Psalm 122; John 2: 13-22

9.45 am Family Eucharist at the Scout Hut, Sefter Road

Readings: 1 Chronicles 29: 10-19; John 2: 13-22

Hymns: 450, 850, 914, 897

2 pm Baptism of Noah Keet
5 pm Evening Prayer – Common Worship

Readings: Jeremiah 7: 1-11; Luke 19: 1-10


Morning Prayer: 9 am Mon–Thurs, 8.30 am Friday, 9.30 am Saturday

Evening Prayer: 5 pm Monday, Wednesday & Thursday


Registered charity number: 1134842

Sunday 23 June

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

Anniversary: Elsie Smith (1994)

Monday 24 June – Birth of John the Baptist

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

10 am             The Eucharist

10.30 am     Intercessions training

Tuesday 25 June

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

7 pm               The Eucharist

Wednesday 26 June – Ember Day

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

10 am             Holy Communion

2-4 pm        Knit&Natter at Pauline’s, 37 Chawkmare Coppice (864461)

Anniversary: Lilian Goring (1991); June Clement (2004)

Thursday 27 June

Intention: Peace, and the European Union and the United Nations.

7.30 pm      Julian Group at Julia’s, 11 Church Way (266866)

Anniversary: Joyce Eddy (1980); Archer Hart (1992); Phyllis Smith (1996)

Friday 28 June – Irenaeus

Intention: vocations to the ordained ministry, especially any within our own parish; theological colleges and all ordinands in training, our own Parish ordinand Gemma Green, and vocations to the religious life.

Anniversary: Dorothy Randall (1984)

Saturday 29 June – Peter and Paul

Intention: our mission to our own parish; the outreach of our parish newsletter; all newcomers to Pagham, and to our church family.

10 am             The Eucharist


We remember in our prayers Church members who live in residential care or receive communion at home: Daphne Sharrad, Raymond Stobart, Maureen Yates.


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit: Judi March, Sue Smith, Lynette, Zoe, Eugene West, Ann, Sheila King, Simon Hill, Nicola, Chloe Green, Nicky, Derek Pugh, Eileen Knight, Hannah Seafoley, John Scully, Anna Henderson, Edna Swinnerton-Beet, Rosie Sims, Joyce, Chris, Mitchell, Pat, Margaret Easton, Clifford, Bill, Maureen and Zoe Ford, Judith Whitworth.

For urgent prayer, contact Gillian Purvis (267597) or Colin Wood (264192) to activate the Prayer Chain.

Those who have died recently: Richard Edney, Eileen Jackson, Angela Wake, Paul James.

We pray for those recorded in our Memorial Book whose anniversaries occur at this time, and all who mourn their passing.

We pray for God’s blessing upon all who live in our parish: Lion Road, Lodsworth Road, Lower Bognor Road.

Year of Vocation Cycle of Prayer for Work: small businesses and co-operatives.

Year of Vocation Cycle of Prayer for Church Roles: Sunday School and Saints leaders, school governors, Safeguarding officer and deputy, pastoral care team, domestic abuse awareness team.

We pray for Noah Keet on this day of his baptism and his parents and godparents.


Revd. Mark Eminson: The Vicarage, 38 Kings Drive, PO21 4PZ.

vicar@paghamchurch.org, 262713. (Day off Friday)

Church website update: email editor@paghamchurch.org to add content.

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

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

(Deadline for notices: Wednesday afternoon)

Next Sunday           Second Sunday after Trinity        (G)
8 am Holy Communion

Readings: 1 John 3: 13–end; Luke 14: 16-24

9.45 am Parish Eucharist

Readings: 1 Kings 19: 15-16, 19–end; Psalm 16; Galatians 5: 1, 13-25; Luke 9: 51–end

Hymns: 33, 350, 222, 666

5 pm Evening Prayer – Common Worship

Readings: Genesis 27: 1-40; Mark 6: 1-6


Open-air Family Eucharist today at 9.45 am, on the grassed area used for the fireworks. The car park is available for those with limited mobility.

Julian Group: our next meeting for contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition is on Thursday 27th at 7.30 pm – see diary inside. More information from Julia Webb (266866).

Christian Aid: many thanks to all who supported Christian Aid this year, through the Super Soup Lunch, Count Your Blessings and the Christian Aid Week Envelope Collections. A total of £1,000.26 was raised, plus £125.65 in Gift Aid. From memory, our best ever total! Gillian & Sue.

Pagham Flood Defence Trust AGM is on Monday 1 July at 7 pm, at the Yacht Club. All welcome!

Ladies’ Club on Tuesday 2nd July at the Church Centre, Nyetimber Lane, at 7.45 pm: local historian Cliff Mewett, chairman of the RAF Association in Bognor, will talk about the history of Bognor Post Office. Cliff has recently been awarded the National President’s Certificate for 50 years of service with RAFA. All welcome.

Men’s Breakfast: Saturday 6 July at 8.30 am at Chichester Harvester. Speaker: Rt Revd Mark Sowerby, Bishop of Horsham (our own area bishop). Contact Peter Sutton on 07813 024585.

Summer Fair, Saturday 6 July, 12–3 pm at the Village Hall. Donations for all the stalls can be left at the back of church, or contact Trudi (263597). Please add your name to the sheet on the noticeboard if you are able to help run a stall, or lend a gazebo for the day.

Summer Fair – calling all First Aiders: if you have First Aid training or medical experience, please consider providing an hour’s First Aid cover. Speak to Trudi or Diane, and sign up on the noticeboard.

Golden Wedding Blessing, 6 July: Tony and Jenny Spurle would like to welcome anyone not too exhausted after the summer fair to their golden wedding blessing in church at 4.30 pm. Tea and cakes in St Andrew’s chapel afterwards to refresh you!

Sea Sunday, 14 July: for our 9.45 am Family Eucharist, when we support the work of Mission to Seafarers, do invite any friends or neighbours who have a particular love of the sea!

Parish Mosaic: part of this Year of Vocation’s activities is the compilation of a Parish Mosaic where lots of small photos will combine to form a giant image of our parish life! If you wish to take a photo representing any aspect of the life of St Thomas à Becket’s and Pagham, then send it in to Graham Jones at grahaminsunnybognor@gmail.com before 21 July.

Farewell to the Eminsons on Saturday 27 July at the vicarage, from 4 pm with a hog roast. Come and keep the feast!

Good News deliverers: We are seeking deliverers for the following rounds: Edwen Close, part of Church Way, Laurel Drive, Old Barn Close, Mill View Close. If you are able to assist please speak to Trudi or Mo.

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