Time and Talents – We are delighted to say there have been some offers of help already, so do wait to hear back from the relevant person, which may yet take a short while as all the questionnaire responses are collated.


Parish Book Club – Our current book is ‘Gilead’ by Marilynne Robinson. See the Book Group notice board for further information and sign-up sheets. Join a discussion group on Monday 13th July at 8pm or Thursday 16th July at 10am.



Flower Festival:  Friday 22nd – Monday 25th May, 10.00 – 5.00 (12.00 – 5.00 on Sunday) – entrance £3.00 – pay at the door. Champagne Preview Evening on Thursday 21st May – Tickets priced at £10  from David Smith or on the door. We need your help to make this a really successful event  – please sign up on the volunteer sheets, which can be found on the notice board in the South Aisle.  Help is needed for tickets sales, stewarding, catering and raffle tickets sales.  Please take a poster and advertise this event wherever you can. Details/information:  Sue and David Smith 263560, Trudi Kearsley 263597


Coffee Morning – Thursday 11th June, 10am – midday at the Vicarage (38 King’s Drive), to celebrate 125 years of Chichester Diocese Family Support Work. Do please come along and spread the word among friends and neighbours. All proceeds to FSW. Please sign the list on the noticeboard if you are able to donate a cake and/or help out on the day.


Charitable Giving. Colin Wood will have oversight of the charities which our Church supports or gives to each year. Please contact Colin (264192) if you are our Representative for one of our charities, or if you have a particular interest in any of them.


Ordination of our own Jo King and Rustington’s Christine Keyte to the priesthood are here at Pagham on Saturday 6 June at 4pm.  Do please come and keep Jo and Christine in your prayers.

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The Church of St Thomas à Becket, Pagham


Weekly Pews News

No.726                                                                                24th May 2015

Colour of the season: Red



Collect for the day:

God, who as at this time taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit; grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.



Diocesan Strategy Prayer:

O God of grace and new life, we pray for your diocese of Chichester;

that in times of challenge and change, your people may grow in holiness, and discern your calling to each and to all. Equip and enable us in witnessing to Christ, working for the common good, and transforming our parishes in the service of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Our Opportunities for Worship today


  Pentecost                                                            (R)                                                                                                                                  
8.00am Holy Communion (Whit Sunday)

Readings: Acts 2: 1-11, John 14: 15-end








Family Eucharist

Readings: Acts 2:1-21, John 15:26-27, 16: 4b-15

Hymns: 114, 67, 494, 565 Communion: 84, 127, 20

5.00pm Evening Prayer – Book of Common Prayer

Ezekiel 36: 22-28, Acts 2: 22-38


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 24th May

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


Monday 25th May                    The Venerable Bede

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.


Tuesday 26th May                   Augustine of Canterbury

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

Anniversary:     Frank Baker (1994)   

7.00pm           The Eucharist


Wednesday 27th May 

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

Anniversary:     Maude M Teulon (1982)

10.00am         Holy Communion

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

2-4pm             Knit & Natter at Sue Davis’ (262915)


Thursday 28th May                  Lanfranc

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.

Anniversary:   John Edward Blackman (1994)


Friday 29th May

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.

2.00pm            Funeral of Joan Cox in church


Saturday 30th May                  Joan of Arc

Intention: Pray for our neighbouring churches, and for the work of Churches Together in Bognor Regis & District.

Anniversary: Louie (‘Cis’) Humphries (1998) 


Prayers and Intentions

We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Anthea Potter, Hazel Swan, David Atkins, Lorraine Tivey, Sheila Boardman, Steve, Rita Thompson, Carol, Mary Pearson, Adrian, Ian Turner, Martin Reeves, Toby, Pam Ryan, Barbara, Marion. For urgent prayer please contact Gillian Purvis (Tel: 267597) or Colin Wood (Tel: 264192) to activate the Prayer Chain.


We pray for those who have died recently: Norma Tuckett, Marie Taylor, George Jones, Joan Cox 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 Jo King and Christine Keyte as they prepare for ordination to the priesthood on 6th June


We pray for God’s blessing upon the diocesan strategy being launched today


Contact Details


Church Website update: To add content to the website email


Revd. Mark Eminson & Revd. Jo King can be contacted at the vicarage, 38 Kings Drive, PO21 4PZ. Tel: 262713. Email: (day off Friday)


Pews News: Editor Nikki can be contacted by email: (Tel: 01243 828445) or tel Mark Eminson 01243 262713


Next Sunday Trinity Sunday                                                        (W)                                                                                                                                  
8.00am Holy Communion

Readings: Revelation 4, John 3: 1-15

9.45am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Isaiah 6: 1-8, Psalm 29, Romans 8: 12-17, John 3: 1-17

Hymns: 684, 166, 286, 419 Communion: 165, 285, 560

5.00pm Evening Worship – Taize