Dates for 2015 – do please take a leaflet with next year’s key dates and write them into your diaries/calendars/phones/hearts, etc.


Urgent AppealWinter clothing for Iraq – if you have spare winter clothes and shoes, bedding, children’s clothing they can dropped off at Aldwick Baptist Church tomorrow morning.


Parkinson UK Charity – I am collecting old keys for the Parkinson UK charity. If you have any I would be grateful to receive them. Just pop them into the box at the back of the church. (Mo Hatzfeld)


Pilgrim Groups – New Pilgrim groups starting soon, please get in touch if you are interested.


Churches Together – Lent Groups – Please see the noticeboard for details and to sign up. You need to sign the sheet by Sunday 1 February.


Freewill Giving Envelopes – for the year commencing 1 February 2015 can now be collected from the pigeonholes in Church.


Palm Crosses – Please begin returning last year’s palm crosses in time for burning for Ash Wednesday (no later than Sunday 15 February).


Parish Book Group – Our current book is ‘A Morbid Taste For Bones’ by Ellis Peters. See the Book Group notice board for futher information and sign-up sheets. Discussion groups: Wednesday 25th Feb at 8pm & Thursday 26th Feb at 10am.


Parish Day at Chichester Cathedral : Friday 27 February 2015.

Our Parish will be prayed for on 27 February at the 8 a.m. Holy Communion Service and at 5.30 p.m. Evensong.   We have been invited to attend either or both of these Services and we have also been invited to a complimentary tea at 4.30 p.m. in the Cloisters Cafe.  A tour of the Cathedral before tea can be arranged but we must have a minimum of 6 people.   As we have to advise the Cathedral of likely numbers please sign the list on the noticeboard by SUNDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2015.    Any query please contact June Baker our Parish/Cathedral Link on 262344.


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The Church of St Thomas à Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News


No.710                                                                             25th January 2015

Colour of the season: White


Conversion of Paul


Collect for the day: Almighty God who caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world through the preaching of your servant Saint Paul; grant that we who celebrate his wonderful conversion may follow him in bearing witness to your truth; 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.



0ur Opportunities for Worship today



Conversion of Paul                                                            (W)                                                
8.00am Holy Communion Readings: Acts 9: 1-22, Matthew 19: 27-end
9.45am Family Eucharist with Sunday School Play Hymns: 337, 29, 32, 281 Communion: 626, 872, 850
5.00pm 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 25th January

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: Cyril May (1998)


Monday 26th January                 Timothy & Titus

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


Tuesday 27th January

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

Anniversaries:  Winifred Turner (1984), Isobelle Summerside (1989), Phyllis                           Perkins (1995)

7.00pm                        The Eucharist


Wednesday 28th January          Thomas Aquinas

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.

Anniversaries:  Eileen Tooze (1992), Leonard Cowee (2001)

10.00am           Holy Communion

2-4pm               Knit & Natter at Glenda’s (Tel: 263537)


Thursday 29th  January           

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.

Anniversaries:  Frank Ashton-Gwatkin (1976), Daniel Humphries (1997)

2.00pm                        2pm Funeral Pamela Bech in church


Friday 30th  January                 Charles, king & martyr

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


Saturday 31st  January

Intention: Pray for our family & friends.

Anniversary:     Bernadette Harrison (1979)



Prayers and Intentions


We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Anthea Potter, Bruce Allinson, Esther Chesterton, June Evans, Eric Atkins, Patricia Pooley, Sheila Lee, Doris Watts, Brian Howlett, Ross and Christine Parker, Norma Tuckett, Sue Downey, Norman Saunders, Hazel Swan, Joyce, Jayne, Baranaby King.


For urgent prayer contact Gillian Purvis to activate the Prayer Chain (Tel: 267597)


We pray for those who have died recently: Alan Clift, Douglas Tyndall, Pamela Bech, Eddie Toogood, Sidney Earwaker 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 greater friendship and united action between Christians, in this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.


Contact Details


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. EmailL (day off Friday)


Jo King – Curate can be contacted on 01243 276949 (day off Friday)


Pews News: Editor Nikki can be contacted by email:

(Tel: 01243 828445) or tel Mark Eminson 01243 262713


Next Sunday Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemass)     (W)          
8.00am Holy CommunionReadings: Malachi 3: 1-5, Luke 2: 22-40
9.45am Parish EucharistReadings: Malachi 3: 1-5, Psalm 24, Hebrews 2: 14-end, Luke 2:                 22-40

Hymns: 105, 601, 36, 438 + NUNC DIMITTIS Communion: 157.


5.00pm Evening Prayer Readings: Haggai 2: 1-9, John 2: 18-22