Weekly Pews News

no 22-30



08:00              Holy Communion

09:30              Parish Eucharist  

14:00              Holy Baptism of Darla Florence Blue Gibson

Collect Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as pass our understanding: pour into our hearts such love toward you that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; 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.  Amen.

Readings Genesis 18: 20–32; Psalm 138; Colossians 2: 6–15; Luke 11: 1–13

Psalm response  When I called, you answered me, O Lord.

Sunday 24th July

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

Monday 25th July – JAMES THE APOSTLE

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.

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

Tuesday 26th July – Anne and Joachim, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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

19:00            Introduction to contemplative prayer in St Andrew’s Chapel (see below)

Wednesday 27th July

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

18:00            Evening prayer (in church and on Zoom)

Thursday 28th July

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

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

10:00              Holy Communion

Friday 29th July – Mary, Martha and Lazarus, companions of Our Lord

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

Saturday 30th July – William Wilberforce, social reformer, Olaudah Equiano and Thomas Clarkson, anti-slavery campaigners, 1833, 1797 & 1846

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

Sunday 31st July (Trinity 7)

Readings: Ecclesiastes 1: 2, 12–14, 2: 18–23; Psalm 49: 1–12; Colossians 3: 1–11; Luke 12: 3–21


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit Lynette, Rosie Sims, Terry Haskell, Barbara Crew, Karen Cox, Jim Fowler, Sheila King, Dawn Spurway Pearson, Nicola Simpson, Betty Smith, Mike Hatzfeld, Andrew Naylor, Colin May, Tyler Rankin, Max Davey, Heather & Harry Marchant, Leslie Francis.

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

Anniversary of death Mary Hill (24th); Walter Mitson, Donald Hurst (25th); Bernard Aldridge (26th);

Phyllis Taylor, Wilfrid Tribe (28th); Laura Hart, Frank Jeune, Roy Gristwood, Daphne Standen (29th);

Ellen Bell, Bill Gulliver, Betty Riddle   (30th).

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

We pray for peace especially for and with the people of Ukraine. We pray for all those caught up in conflict, and for those seeking safety and refuge on these shores.

We pray for those to be baptised among them Darla Florence Blue Gibson to be baptised on Sunday, and her parents and godparents.


Face coverings You are encouraged to wear face coverings when moving around the church, to help us offer a safer and welcoming space for those who feel particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

Summer Fair Many thanks to all who made the day so enjoyable and successful. Thanks to the support of members of our congregations and the wider community a fantastic £3,500 has been raised for the church. This is a great boost to our funds after the difficulties in fundraising over the past couple of years.

Safari Supper postponed The supper planned for Saturday 23rd has been deferred to the autumn.

Introduction to Contemplative Prayer

Mthr Lucy will be leading an introduction to contemplative prayer using the meditation technique of World Community for Christian Meditation (www.wccm.org).

“Meditation is a universal spiritual wisdom and a practice found at the core of all the great religious traditions. It leads the practitioner from mind to heart and to the integration of these two centres of human being. It is not a complicated or essentially difficult practice. It is a way of simplicity, silence and stillness. It can be practised by anyone who is merely serious about beginning. Soon we learn that we are always beginners. This discovery transforms many interconnected attitudes such as our fear of failure, our craving for success and our reluctance to simply be ourselves.”

This introduction will continue on the following dates: Tuesdays 26th July, 2nd and 30th August, and 6th September. All at 19:00 in St Andrew’s Chapel, St Thomas à Becket’s, Pagham.

Parish Family Eucharist, Sunday 7th August

The Parish Family Eucharist on Sunday 7th August will take the form of the popular Tuesday@7 service, so that we can share this important part of our ministry with the Sunday morning congregation. If you are a regular at Tuesday@7 Mthr Lucy is looking for volunteers for all normal roles for this service on Sunday 7th August, so please be in touch with her.

Pews News in August Please note that during August Trudi will be doing the final edit of Pews News each week, before it is sent out to our mailing list. Please send her any notices etc. (trudikearsley@hotmail.co.uk) that might need to be included during this time. With thanks to her for this and to Alison who manages this throughout the year.


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

Priest-in-Charge: The Reverend Lucy Sullivan
19 Willowhale Avenue, Bognor Regis, PO21 4AU  mthrlucy.pagham@gmail.com, 01243 941551.

Churchwardens: Alex Brockhurst & Mike Wake: churchwarden@paghamchurch.org, 07792 544259//07899 705632.

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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