Good News sponsorship – it costs about £50 to produce each edition of the Good News, which we are delighted goes to every household in the parish.  Would you like to sponsor an issue, therefore, in memory of a loved-one or to mark a significant anniversary or anonymously?  Cheques are payable to Pagham PCC c/o Trudi Kearsley, Treasurer.


Charitable Giving Rep? – Would someone be interested in having an oversight of the charities we give to each year, managing their literature, reporting to PCC and so forth? Please see Mark.


Bognor Food Bank – we are now donating items of food to the Bognor Food Bank (and not Stonepillow, whom we support in other ways).  At present, they need tinned meat, tinned fish, rice, spreads, coffee, tinned fruit, sugar, squash, pasta sauces.  Many thanks to Beth Huxley, who has volunteered to be our link person for this.



Advent Carols – Sunday 30th November 4pm – begin the holy season of Advent in contemplative and choral style with Advent hymns and readings.


Men`s Group next meeting Saturday 6th December 8pm at The Inglenook, including thoughts for Pram Race and of course pre-Christmas feasting and drinking.


Chichester Voices perform in aid of the Rotary Club of Bognor Regis in church on Thursday 18th December at 7.30pm. To include music by Bullard, Mendelssohn & Rutter. Tickets £10 available from Box Offices on 01243 582528 or 07900098197. Tickets also available on the door and from Andrew in Church (interval refreshments included).


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.


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The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.701                                                               23rd November 2014

Colour of the season: White


Christ the King



Collect for the day: Eternal Father, whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven that he might rule over all things as Lord and King: keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace, and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.





0ur Opportunities for Worship today


  Christ the King                                                                     (W)                                               



Holy Communion (Trinity 25)

Readings: Jeremiah 23: 5-8, John 6: 5-14



Family Eucharist with Admission to Holy Communion before Confirmation 

Readings: Ephesians 1: 15-end, Matthew 25: 31-end

Hymns:438, 461, 60, 104;  Communion: 649, 274


Evening Worship – Taize


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 November

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

Anniversary: Phyllis Woombell (1965)

8.00 am Holy Communion (Trinity 25) 

9.45 am Family Eucharist with Admission to Holy Communion before Confirmation 

5.00pm Evening Worship – Taize


Monday 24th November    

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

10.00am Pilgrim Group at Glenda’s

7.30pm Bell Ringers

8.00pm Pilgrim Group at David Smith’s


Tuesday 25th November  

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: Phyllis Bell (1963)

10.00 am Coffee and Scripture at Glenda`s (263537)

7.00pm The Eucharist

8.00pm Pilgrim Group St Andrew’s Chapel


Wednesday 26th November

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

10.00am Holy Communion

12noon Luncheon Club at St Ninian’s Hall (Jean Hunt 268818)

2-4 pm Knit and natter at Glenda`s (263537)


Thursday 27th November 

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

Anniversary:   Eric Martin (2004)

12noon           Burial of ashes of Florence Lemmer

2.30pm Funeral of Bill Powell in church 


Friday 28th November

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


Saturday 29th November Day of Intercession & Thanksgiving for the missionary Work of the Church 

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




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:

Robin & Anthea Potter, Ian Turner, Bebe, Bruce Allinson, Issey Riley, Gavin, Carol Rosier, Judi March, Peter Eden, June, Elliott Smith, Joan Wiseman, Nina

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: Stan Lowen, Lynda Hacker, Bill Powell, Roland Hall 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 those preparing to be admitted to holy communion on 23rd November (Christ the King) – Oliver Crow, Riley Foyn, Joseph Fuller, Oliver Fuller, Luke Salter, Sophie Steen, Will Tyler


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



  First Sunday of Advent                                                        (P)                                               



Holy Communion

Readings: Romans 13: 8-end, Matthew 21: 1-13



Parish Eucharist  

Readings: Isaiah 64: 1-9, Psalm 80: 1-7, 16-18, 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9, Mark 13: 24-37

Hymns:57, 655, 703, 428;  Communion: 949, 15, 901


Advent Carols