Weekly Pews News

no 21-30


Eighth Sunday after Trinity


Sunday 25th July  

08:00              Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

09:30              Parish Eucharist

Collect  Merciful God, whose holy apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had,

was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ and followed him even to death: help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world, to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay; 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 Acts 11: 27- 12: 2; Psalm 126; 2 Corinthians 4: 7–15; Matthew 20: 20–28.

Psalm response  The Lord has indeed done great things for us.


Today’s bell ringing is in celebration of

Christine and Raymond Rowe’s 56th wedding anniversary.


Sunday 25th July

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.

Monday 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.

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

15:00            Thanksgiving service for Jenny Wood (see below)

Tuesday 27th July

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

17:30            Evening prayer (on Zoom)

Wednesday 28th July

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

17:30            Evening Prayer (on Zoom)

Thursday 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.

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

10:00              Holy Communion

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

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

Saturday 31st July

Intention: our family and friends.

Sunday 1st August – 9th Sunday after Trinity Parish Family Eucharist

Readings: Exodus 16: 2–4, 9–15; Psalm 78: 23–29; Ephesians 4: 1–16; John 6: 24–35


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit Lynette, Rosie Sims, Terry Haskell, Barbara Crew, Jean Martin, Karen Cox, Jim Fowler, Sheila King, John Kitchener, Dawn Spurway Pearson, Mo Ford, Roxanne & Mark Hollamby, Nicola Simpson, Steve Lomas.

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

The recently departed Lila Cowee, Jenny Wood.

Anniversary of death 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); Sidney Harris, John Ramsay (31st).

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


The Rev’d Lucy Sullivan’s appointment as Priest in Charge The Churchwardens write:
“Following interview with the Archdeacon of Chichester and the wardens of Pagham and Aldwick on 5th July, we are pleased to announce that Lucy has been appointed by Bishop Martin as Priest in Charge of St Thomas à Becket, Pagham and Priest in Charge of St Richard, Aldwick. A date for her licensing is still to be confirmed.

The Churchwardens look forward to working with her in the future and are sure the PCC and congregation will do all they can to support her in this role. We welcome you Lucy.”

Lifting of Covid restrictions From 19th there was a significant change in the compulsory restrictions in place to protect against the transmission of Covid-19. Please see the separate sheet with details about how we are continuing to keep safe at St Thomas à Becket.

Booking is essential while we still have some arrangements in place to create a safe and comfortable environment for all. Please contact Trudi Kearsley to book, T 263597, M 07703 597353.

Jenny Wood It is with sadness that we share the news that Jenny Wood died peacefully on Saturday 10th July after a short illness. There will be a Thanksgiving Service in church on Monday 26th July at 3.00 pm. All are welcome. Booking is encouraged – details as above.

Churchyard maintenance A huge thank you to those who have been regularly turning out to help with churchyard maintenance over the last month or so. If you are able to help this team with strimming/mowing (and especially if you have your own petrol strimmer/mower and kit) the churchwardens would be very pleased to hear from you. Their details are below.

Admission to Holy Communion before Confirmation Thank you to those who have registered their interest in this. A short course of preparation will run in the autumn – details to be shared in due course. If you have a child/children in school year 6 or above who are interested in this, please do contact Mthr Lucy.

#Easyfundraising St Thomas a Becket Church, Pagham is registered with #easyfundraising, which means over 4,000 shops and sites will now donate to us for FREE every time you use #easyfundraising to shop with them online. These donations will help SO MUCH, so please sign up to support us – it’s completely FREE and doesn’t take long. All instructions and more information can be found by following this link:


Please do share this with friends and relatives and ask them to support us too. There are small cards available to help you share the information.

Reverend Pauline Lucas A Thanksgiving Service for Pauline will be held at St John the Baptist Church, Kirdford on Saturday 11th September at 12 noon. For further details, please contact Trudi as above.
CONTACT DETAILS        –        find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @StThomasPagham.

The Revd Lucy Sullivan: 19 Willowhale Avenue, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 4AU.
mthrlucy.pagham@gmail.com, 01243 941551.

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

Church website update: email editor@paghamchurch.org.

Safeguarding Officer: Jan Brockhurst, safeguarding@paghamchurch.org.

Pews News: Alison Blenkinsop, pewsnews@paghamchurch.org, 261131, 07784 544981.