St Thomas à Becket

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Priest-in-Charge: The Reverend Lucy Sullivan

Tel: 01243 941 551 Email: (Rest day: Friday)

Churchwarden: Mr Alex Brockhurst

Tel: 07792 544259; Email:

Churchwarden: Mrs Sue O’Neill

Tel: 07867 904780; Email:

Safeguarding Officer: Mrs Jan Brockhurst


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SUNDAY 28th May 2023

The Feast of Pentecost

Sunday 28th                    08:00 Holy Communion (St Richard’s only)

PENTECOST                        09:30 Parish Eucharist

Monday 29th                    No public worship today

Ordinary time resumes

Tuesday 30th                     18:00 Evening Prayer (Pagham church)

Josephine Butler             19:00 Tuesday@7 Walk- meet at church.

Wednesday 31st             18:00 Evening Prayer (Pagham church)

Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth

Thursday 1st June            09:00 Morning Prayer

Justin                                10:00 Said Eucharist (Pagham)

11:00 Burial of Ashes– Madge Breakspear

Friday 2nd                        No public services today

Saturday 3rd                    No public services today

Sunday 4th                      08:00 Holy Communion

TRINITY SUNDAY                (St Richard’s & Pagham Church)

                                         09:30 Parish Family Eucharist

                                         15:00 Friends of Pagham Church Cream Tea



Introit: 70 Be thou my vision

Gradual: 231 God’s Spirit is in my heart

Offertory: 411 Lord Jesus Christ

Final: 419 Lord the light of your love is shining

The Collection plate– If you would like to make an offering, please use the contactless Payaz machine or the collection plate, both can be found by the door. Thank you for your generosity.

The Collect (Opening Prayer) for the Feast of Pentecost:

God, who as at this time taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

New Testament reading: Acts 2: 1- 21

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
“In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.

Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”


Psalm 104: 26- end The response to the psalm is “Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.”



New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 12: 3b – 13

Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Gospel Reading: John 20: 19- 23

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

Prayers of Intercession

The sick and those who care for them: Rosie Sims, Barbara Crew, Karen Cox, Jim Fowler, Sheila King, Dawn Spurway Pearson, Nicola Simpson, Betty Smith, Mike Hatzfeld, Andrew Naylor, Colin May, Tyler Rankin, Max Davey, Leslie Francis, Dickie Roots, Elizabeth, Pam Browning, Beatrice Tucker, Carole Turner.

Anniversary of death John Blackman (28th); Cis Humphries (30th); Doris Grounsell (1st); Frederick Dell, Peter Bradley (2nd)

Recently departed Daphne Sharrad, Fran Ward, Simon Grout, Stanley Spencer.

We pray for peace and especially for and with the people of Ukraine. We pray for all those caught up in conflict, and for those seeking safety and refuge on these shores.

We pray for Nyewood Junior School as they seek to appoint a new Head Teacher.

We pray for those sitting exams and submitting final assessments at this time.

We pray for those preparing for ordination to the diaconate and priesthood at this time.

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

Post Communion Prayer: Faithful God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter

by sending us your Holy Spirit and opening to every race and nation

the way of life eternal: open our lips by your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Next week’s readings: Trinity Sunday

Isaiah 40: 12- 17; 27- end; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13: 11- end; Matthew 28: 16- end

Churchwardens email address

Please note that the email address is no longer being used. To contact the churchwardens please use those addresses on the front of the pew sheet. Thank you.

Being With- Course Exploring Christian Faith and Life

Our new course for those exploring the Christian faith has now begun, but it’s not too late to join us if you are intrested. We meet on Monday evenings at 19:30- 21:00 at the Pagham Church Centre on Nyetimber Lane (10 sessions in total 19:30- 21:00, no session on Monday 29th May). The course is an introduction to Christianity with a difference. At its heart is the idea that God’s greatest desire is to be with us in Jesus. If you would like to know more about this course please speak to Mthr Lucy.

St Thomas à Becket Annual Parochial Church Meetings

Following the Annual Meetings of the parish last Sunday I am pleased to share that the following people were elected to the PCC- Chris Buckenham, Richard Rundle and Carol-Anne Pocock. And the following people were elected to the Deanery Synod- Trudi Kearsley and David Smith. Alex Brockhurst and Sue O’Neill were elected as Churchwardens. Please do include the new PCC in your prayer as we look forward to the next year of ministry in this place together. Thank you.

Tuesday@7 in half-term

On Tuesday 30th May we will meet at 19:00, at the church and head out on a walk to the beach and back to the church, weather permitting. An email will be sent at 15:00 on 30th May to confirm, if the weather is looking questionable. All are welcome to join us. There will be no service in church on that evening.

Friends of Pagham Church- Cream Tea

Sunday 4th June in church.  Everyone welcome.  £5.00. For further details please contact Carole Druce 07732768890.

Combined Parishes Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

Mthr Lucy will be leading a pilgrimage to the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham for the parishes of Pagham and Aldwick on Friday 24th November – Sunday 26th November. More details of Pilgrimage to Walsingham can be found at

The cost of accommodation which is full-board is £162 per adult/ £97.20 for 5-16yr olds. Travel arrangements to be made privately/ via car shares with sharing the cost of fuel evenly between passengers. To reserve a space on this pilgrimage please sign-up in church by Wednesday 7th June, a £30 deposit is required at this stage and can be given to Trudi in a named envelope.


Urgently needed this week: Durable plastics bags, 1ltr UHT Fruit Juice, 1ltr UHT Milk, Tinned Fruit, Pasta Sauce, Tinned Fish, Tinned Custard, Tinned Rice Pudding, Pasta, Tinned Meat, Cereal, Shampoo/ Conditioner, Nappies- size 4/5.