Good News sponsorship – it costs about £50 to produce each edition of the Good News, which we are delighted goes to every household in the parish.  Would you like to sponsor an issue, therefore, in memory of a loved-one or to mark a significant anniversary or anonymously?  Cheques are payable to Pagham PCC c/o Trudi Kearsley, Treasurer.


Charitable Giving Rep? – Would someone be interested in having an oversight of the charities we give to each year, managing their literature, reporting to PCC and so forth? Please see Mark.


Bognor Food Bank – we are now donating items of food to the Bognor Food Bank (and not Stonepillow, whom we support in other ways).  At present, they need tinned meat, tinned fish, rice, spreads, coffee, tinned fruit, sugar, squash, pasta sauces.  Many thanks to Beth Huxley, who has volunteered to be our link person for this.


Skittles Night update – Another great evening playing skittles at the Four Chestnuts was had by all. Great food, fun & company. The Friends raised approximately £122 for the church.


Harvest –   This year we have sent a cheque for £470.90 to the Diocesan Harvest Appeal, focusing on those in need in West Africa.  This was raised from the profit from the Harvest Supper and from the retiring collection at the Harvest Festival Service.  Thank you for your generosity.


The Big Sleepout – for Stonepillow. Mark, Grace, Graham, Alex and Kate all slept out under cardboard boxes last night to help raise money for local homeless people. Please sign up on the notice board to sponsor their efforts!


Great South Run – Paula Tyler & Vicky Fuller will be entering the 10 mile Great South Run today in aid of ‘Ronald McDonald House Charities’ which helped Joseph & Vicky after Joseph’s recent surgery. Sign up on notice board to sponsor them for their efforts please.


Coffee and Scripture – will not meet during half term.  Next meeting Tuesday 4th November.


Chilli and Chicken Social Evening – October 31st 8pm. Please see sign up sheet at back of church – only 24 places. Beat the trick or treaters! Carole Druce 07732 768 890 for more info.


Pilgrim Course – Pilgrim groups will start week beginning 3rd November. Please sign up for your preferred group on the Pilgrim board. The course booklets cost £6 and we will order one for each of the people that sign up. Please bring the money with you to the first meeting.


Craft & Gift Fayre – Sat 8th November 10-4 – Pagham Village Hall, Pagham Road

It’s almost upon us. Please consider making cakes for this event. See sign-up sheet at back of church, and reminders on pews. Carole Druce 07732 768890 for more info.


2014 Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal  This year’s leaflets are now available at the back of the church.  One leaflet to be used either for a Family Box or a box for the Elderly.  Boxes to be returned to church by Sunday 9th November. Please pick up a leaflet and fill a box – or if you feel that you can not fill a whole box perhaps you could supply some items or money towards the transport costs.  Every little helps.  Details – Trudi Kearsley 263597


Parish Book Group – Our current book is “In the Footsteps of Jesus – One Man’s Journey Through the Life of Christ”, by American actor Bruce Marchiano.  See the Book Group notice board for further information and sign-up sheets. Discussion groups: Monday 10th November at 8pm & Thursday 13th November at 10am.


Annual memorial service – this takes place on 16 November at 4pm, all are welcome, and feel free to add names of loved-ones departed on the sheet at the back of church to be prayed for that day


Christmas Fair – 10.00 –  1.00  Saturday 22nd November

We urgently need items to stock the stalls for this year’s Christmas Fair. Donations can be left in the box at the back of church, or contact Trudi – 263597.  We are looking for items for the raffle, tombola, Christmas goods, unwanted gifts, fancy goods, jewellery, good quality toys, paperback books, jigsaws, bric-a-brac etc. nearer the time we will be seeking donations of cakes and produce. Lists will be on the notice board shortly for volunteers to run the stalls.  Please help if you can.  Thank you.


   Registered Charity No 134842


The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.697                                                               26th October 2014

Colour of the season: Green


Last Sunday after Trinity



Collect for the day: Blessed Lord, who caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Response to psalm 1: Happy are those who trust in the Lord! 


0ur Opportunities for Worship today



  Last Sunday after Trinity                                          (G)                                                                   



Holy Communion 

Readings: Ephesians 4: 17-end, Matthew 9: 1-8



Parish Eucharist 

Readings: Leviticus 19: 1-2, 15-18, Psalm 1, 1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8, Matthew 22: 34-end

Hymns: 314, 541, 35, 72 Communion: (sheet) How Deep the Father’s Love for Us, 45 


Evening Prayer – Common Prayer

Readings: Ecclesiastes 11, 12, 2 Timothy 2: 1-7



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 October

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

Anniversaries: Harold Sadler (1989), Kenneth Fuller (2008)

8.00 am Holy Communion  

9.45 am Parish Eucharist 

5.00pm Evening Prayer – Common Worship


Monday 27th October   

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

Anniversaries: Joyce Allam (1976), Edith Daniell (1998)

7.30pm Bell Ringers


Tuesday 28th October Simon & Jude 

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.

7.00pm The Eucharist


Wednesday 29th October James Hannington

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:  Roy Marley (1990), Fintan Kennedy (1995)

10.00am Holy Communion

12noon Luncheon Club at St Ninian’s Hall (Jean Hunt 268818)

2-4 pm Knit and natter at Glenda`s (263537)


Thursday 30th October 

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

Anniversary: Emily Evans (1993)


Friday 31st October Martin Luther

Intention:  Pray for our family & friends.

Anniversaries:Alfred Thorell (1964), Jean McDermott (2000), Eric Towler  (2004)


Saturday 1st November All Saints’ Day 

Intention: Pray for our Parish Team – Clergy: Mark Eminson, Jo King, Colin Wood,       Bill Meyer. Reader Roland Ell; Churchwardens: David Smith and Mike Wake.

Anniversary: Florence Fagg (1991)

5-7pm Sunday School All Saints’ party in church


Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer

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

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

No evening prayer on Saturday



Prayers and Intentions


We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit:

Peggy Rowley, Robin & Anthea Potter, Ian Turner, Bebe, Karen & Neil Percival, Bruce Allinson, John, Margaret Salter, Jenni, Ori, Barbara Waldron, Issey Riley. To add someone to the prayer list either write their name on the board near the church door or let Mark or the editor of Pews News know. We will pray for that person for about a month.  After a month the name can be added again, but it is the responsibility of the one who made the initial request. Also please include start date on your request.


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


We pray for those who have died recently: Alison Aldridge & Dolly, 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 Luke who is on tour in Afghanistan.


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. Email:  (Day off Friday)


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


Pews News: Nikki can be contacted via Email:

(tel: 828445) or tel. Mark Eminson 262713


Next Sunday

All Saints’ Sunday                                                                (W)                                                                   



Holy Communion 

Readings: Revelation 7: 2-12, Matthew 5: 1-12



Family Eucharist 

Readings: 1 John 4: 1-3, Matthew 5: 1-12

Hymns:876, 209, 177, 201  Communion:  856, 872, 845, 850 (led by children)


Evening Prayer – Common Worship

Isaiah 65: 17-end, Hebrews 11: 32-12: 2