Chichester Voices – Advent and Christmas Concert – Chichester Voices is looking forward to performing a concert of Advent & Christmas music on Thursday 19th December at 7.30pm in church. The concert is in aid of the FRIENDS OF CHICHESTER HOSPITALS. Tickets are £10 each (with £7.50 concessions) and are available from Andrew Naylor or via the box offices on 07900 098197/07976 917271.

Advent Carols & Readings – Sunday 1st December at 4pm, do come along and also sign up if you can do a reading.

Pram Race. A team is required for this year’s Pram Race. Our theme will be The Ten Commandments. A list will be put up in church, we need 15 volunteers (Email:

Church trip to the panto. Robin Hood at the AlexanderTheatre, Bognor Regis. Sat 21st Dec, 2.30pm. £9 each. Please see Jeanette for tickets (07704864836). Sign up list on church notice board.

“Daily Prayer” – Many have used Bible notes from Di Willson. This is now stopping but those who wish to continue should make their own arrangements and can speak to Di. An alternative suggestion is to try “Common Worship Daily Prayer”, a rich resource for Anglicans in punctuating our daily lives with scriptural prayer. Alongside this (or instead of) is the excellent brief daily commentary on one of the readings, entitled “Reflections for Daily Prayer”. Both books are Church House Publishing and available from St. Olave’s in Chichester and are what Mark and others use daily in church.

Our current parish book is ‘Cross Roads’, the latest novel by Wm Paul Young, author of ‘The Shack’. Sign-up sheets on Book Group notice board in church. Discussion groups: Mon 13th at 8pm & Thurs 16th Jan at 10am.

Christmas Fair. A huge thank you to all who worked so hard to make last week’s Christmas Fair such a success. Financial details can be found on the notice board. We raised £1,279 for our funds, which is an increase on last year. Thank you all.

Shoebox Apeal – Thank you for all the well-filled shoeboxes donated this year. Trudi and Louise delivered 90 boxes to the warehouse in Worthing. Thanks also to the Knit and Natter group. As a result of their efforts, 15 knitted blankets, about 35 knitted jumpers and cardigans and numerous hats and scarves were also delivered – and items should be on their way to Eastern Europe. Thank you all.

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 sue.armex

Church Website update: Sunday sermon recordings are now available to download on the Sermons page (thanks to Graham Jones). We also have new Church Calendar and Gallery pages. To add content to the website email editor

Revd. Mark Eminson can be contacted at the Vicarage, 38 Kings Drive, PO21 4PZ. Tel: 262713. Email:

Pews News – Glenda can be contacted on 263537 or Email:

The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.651 24thNovember 2013

Colour of the season: White

Christ The King

Collect for the day:

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Our Opportunities for Worship today

Second Sunday Before Advent (W)
8.00am Holy Communion (Trinity 25)
Readings: Jeremiah 23: 5-8, John 6: 5-14
9.45am Family Eucharist with Admission to Holy Communion before Confirmation

Readings: Colossians 1: 11-20, Luke 23: 33-43

Hymns: 54, 88, 67 (x2), 448

6.00pm 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 24th November Christ The King

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

8.00 am Holy Communion (Trinity 25)

9.45 am Parish Eucharist

with Admission to Holy Communion before Confirmation

6.00 pm Evening Worship – Taize

Monday 25th November

Intention: 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.

Anniversary: Phyllis Bell (1963)

7.30 pmPrayer Group meeting at Gillian’s, 18 Old Place, (267597)

Tuesday 26th November

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

10-11.30 amCoffee and scripture at Glenda’s, 31 Sea Lane (263537)

7.00pmThe Eucharist

7.45pmLadies Club at the Church Centre

8pmSunday School Leaders meeting St. Andrew’s chapel

Wednesday 27th November

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

Anniversary: Eric Martin (2004)

10.00 am Holy Communion

12 noonLuncheon Club at St Ninian’s Hall

2-4pmKnit and Natter at Glenda’s, 31 Sea Lane (263537)

Thursday 28th November

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

Friday 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.

Saturday 30 th November Andrew the Apostle

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

8pmMen’s Group at The Inglenook.

Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer

Morning prayer: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 9.20 am. Friday 8.30 am

Evening Prayer: Monday to Thursday 5.20 pm. Friday 4.30pm

No evening prayer on Saturday

Prayers and Intentions

For urgent prayer contact Angela Halfacree to activate the Prayer Chain

(Tel: 864353).

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

Please `pray the Pews News` on Monday at 7.30 pm which is the same time as the prayer group meet. This will add much power to the already powerful prayers.

We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Katherine, Sylvia, Ellie, Lucia Elsom, Bob, Sally, David Thompson

We pray for those who have died recently…………….. Margaret Walker and Margaret Kennedy 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.

We pray for all those to be admitted to Communion before Confirmation today – Imogen Chandler, Allyssia Congdon, Eden Congdon, Daniel Copeland, Zoe Crisp, Daisy Donoghue, Elise Donoghue, Joshua Eldridge, Woody Gilbert-Jones, Izzy Hauxwell, Alex Jones, Abigail Lothian, Ethan May, Lexi Stone, Ben Taylor and Chloe Toone.

Parish Pastoral Care Course: Meeting after church on Sunday 1 December for all those who are interested in this course.

Advent – Tuesday 3rd December after the 7pm Eucharist any are welcome to an informal session on Advent and Christmas when you can ask the vicar any questions. See leaflet for everything happening in Advent and Christmas.

Walsingham 2014 – The parish visit to Walsingham has been booked from 9th to 13th June. Should you be interested in joining our pilgrimage, please add you name to the list which is on the white notice board in the South Aisle. Please speak to Roland if you would like more information about Walsingham.

Next Sunday First Sunday of Advent (P)
8.00am Holy Communion (Trinity 25)
Readings: Romans 13: 8-end,Matthew 21: 1-13
9.45am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Isaiah 2: 1-5, Romans 13: 11-end, Matthew 24: 36-44

Psalm: 122
Hymns: 128, 949, 633, 295

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