Current parish book is ‘Life of the Beloved – Spiritual Living in a Secular World’, by Henri Nouwen. Sign-up sheets on Book Group notice board. Discussion group: Thurs 27th Feb 10am.


Guildford Cathedral: Will all members of the congregation who are going to Guildford Cathedral on February 22nd meet in the South Transept on 26th January after the 0945 Service please.


Confirmation – Mark has heard that the next confirmation is on Sunday 22 June at 5.30pm at the cathedral.  There will be formal preparation sessions starting straight after Easter, but in the meantime do ask Mark if you might be interested in taking this step in faith and there will be informal preparation opportunities through Lent.


Quiz Night Saturday 15th February, 6.30 for 7 pm at the Church Centre. Tickets £10 to include fish and chip supper, available from Michael in church or please phone 263537. Please sign up on sheet on notice board.


Quiet Gardens Movement – Runcton Manor, near Chichester, is affiliated to the national Quiet Gardens Movement and is involved in Christian meditation and offering days of reflection and other activities. There is a vacancy for one person (possibly two) to rent a room in the Manor and to be involved in developing activities there. For further information please email Kate Taylor at or phone her on 01243 776999 or 07808761696.


Envelopes for the next 12 Months commencing in February are in the pigeon holes in Church ready for their collection – thank you.


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


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


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


Pews News: Sarah or Nikki can be contacted via Email: or tel Mark Eminson 262713



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The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.659   26th January 2014

Colour of the season: White


Third Sunday of Epiphany


Collect for the day: Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power; 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.


Response to Psalm 27: The Lord is my light and my salvation; [whom then shall I fear?] 




Our Opportunities for Worship today


Holy Communion 

Readings: Romans 12: 16b-end, Matthew 8: 1-13



Parish Eucharist 

Readings:Isaiah 9: 1-4, Psalm 27: 1-11, 1 Corinthians 1: 10-18, Matthew 4: 12-23

Hymns: 347, 625, 552 (sing 4 verses and repeat verse 1), 332


Common Worship

Readings: Ecclesiastes 3: 1-11, 1 Peter 1: 3-12




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 26th January Third Sunday of Epiphany

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

8.00 am Holy Communion 

9.45 am Parish Eucharist 

6.00 pm Common Worship 


Monday 27th January            

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

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

7.30pm Prayer Group – 18 Old Place, Aldwick (Gillian Purvis)

8pm Bell-ringers’ AGM St. Andrew’s Chapel


Tuesday 28th January Thomas Aquinas 

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

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

10.00am Coffee & Scripture – at 31 Sea Lane, Pagham (Glenda 263537)

7.00pm The Eucharist

8pm Sunday School Leaders’ meeting St. Andrew’s Chapel


Wednesday 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)

10.00 am Holy Communion

12 noon Luncheon Club – St Ninian’s Hall (Anthea Potter 264466)

2-4pm Knit & Natter – Sue Davis, 1 Church Way, (262915)

7.30pm Friends’ meeting 50 Marine Park


Thursday 30th January January Charles, king & martyr 

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

8pm Pastoral Care Course – St Andrew’s Chapel


Friday 31st January 

Intention: Pray for our family & friends.

Anniversary: Bernadette Harrison (1979)


Saturday 1st  February

Intention: Pray for Pray for our Parish Team – Clergy: Mark Eminson, Colin Wood and Bill Meyer Lay Reader Roland Ell; Churchwardens: Trudi Kearsley and David Smith, our prospective Curate: Jo King.

10am-3pm Church Marriage Preparation day 



Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer

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

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

No evening prayer on Saturday


Prayers and Intentions



For urgent prayer contact Bill Meyer to activate the Prayer Chain (tel. 920023) until 2nd February.


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


We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Paul Williams, Patricia Pooley, Philip Hide, Joseph Griggs, Betty Rich, Doris, Brenda Francis, Elizabeth Pett, Andrew Shipp, Barrie Moyle.


We pray for those who have died recently, Diana Pettitt, Peter Crook, Emily Knight, Brian Rogers, 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 Ollie Moore, to be admitted to Holy Communion today.




Next Sunday

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple      (W)


Holy Communion 

Readings: Malachi 3: 1-5, Luke 2: 22-40



Family Eucharist with Sunday School Presentation 

Readings:Malachi 3: 1-5, Luke 2: 22-40

Hymns: 784, 438, 419


Evening Worship

Evening Worship – Informal (guitar-led)