Weekly Pews News

no 22–35



08:00              Holy Communion

09:30              Parish Eucharist   

Collect O God, you declare your almighty power most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:  mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace, that we, running the way of your commandments, may receive your gracious promises, and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure; 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 Proverbs 25: 6–7; Psalm 112, Hebrews 13: 1–8, 15–16; Luke 14: 1, 7–14

Psalm response Light shines in the darkness for the upright.

Sunday 28th August

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

Monday 29th August – Beheading of John the Baptist- Summer Bank Holiday

Intention: our mission to our own parish; the outreach of our parish newsletter; all newcomers to Pagham, and to our Church family.

Tuesday 30th August – John Bunyan, spiritual writer, 1688

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

19:00            Introduction to contemplative prayer in St Andrew’s Chapel IV (see below)

Wednesday 31st August – Aidan, bishop, missionary, 651

Intention: our family and friends.

18:00            Evening prayer (in church)

Thursday 1st September

Intention: our Parish Team – Priest-in-Charge: Lucy Sullivan; Assistant clergy: Clive Ashley, Bill Meyer, Colin Wood; Churchwardens: Alex Brockhurst, Mike Wake.

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

10:00              Holy Communion

Friday 2nd September

Intention: our hospitals, doctors, nurses and midwives, home care assistants, pharmacists, therapists, opticians, dentists; all who provide health care.

Saturday 3rd September – Gregory the Great, bishop, teacher of the faith, 604

Intention: those baptised and confirmed here during the year, their parents, godparents or sponsors, and our own godchildren.

09:00           Church High Clean

Sunday 4th September (Trinity 12) – Parish Family Eucharist

Readings: Philemon 1–21; Luke 14: 25–33

With the blessing of backpacks ready for a new school year.



We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit Lynette, Rosie Sims, Terry Haskell, 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, Heather & Harry Marchant, Leslie Francis.

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

Anniversary of death Robert Lack (28th); Eric Lock, Hilda Hughes, Peter Eden (29th); Primrose Green, William Smith (30th).

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

We pray for peace 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.


Face coverings You are encouraged to wear face coverings when moving around the church, to help us offer a safer and welcoming space for those who feel particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

Roland Ell LLM After many years service and friendship to the parish of St Thomas à Becket our Lay Reader Roland Ell is moving on to serve in the parish of St Mary the Virgin, Felpham- assisting the Rector of the parish Fr John Challis. Roland’s last Sunday in Pagham is today- the 28th August. Let us pray for Roland and Sally-Ann, and for those he is to serve among in Felpham.

Introduction to Contemplative Prayer                                                                                  Mthr Lucy is leading an introduction to contemplative prayer using the meditation technique of World Community for Christian Meditation (www.wccm.org).

“Meditation is a universal spiritual wisdom and a practice found at the core of all the great religious traditions. It leads the practitioner from mind to heart and to the integration of these two centres of human being. It is not a complicated or essentially difficult practice. It is a way of simplicity, silence and stillness. It can be practised by anyone who is merely serious about beginning. Soon we learn that we are always beginners. This discovery transforms many interconnected attitudes such as our fear of failure, our craving for success and our reluctance to simply be ourselves.”

This introduction continues on Tuesday 30th, and ends on Tuesday 6th September, in St Andrew’s Chapel.

Parish Family Eucharist  –  Sunday 4th September                                                                                                                                     Please bring your school backpacks with you for a blessing ready for the start of the new school year.

Admission to Holy Communion

Mthr Lucy will be running a course for children in yr6 and above who wish to be admitted to Holy Communion. Sessions will run on Saturday mornings 10:00- 10:45 at Pagham church, on the 17th and 24th September 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd October. The children are admitted to Holy Communion on All Saints’ Sunday – 30th October at the 09:30 service. Please contact Mthr Lucy for more details and to sign up. Parents are needed to help with these sessions so if you can, please do sign-up to help.


On Tuesday 15th November we will be hosting Confirmation with Bishop Ruth. If you are in school year 9 and above (including adults) and would like to know more about Confirmation, please speak to Mthr Lucy. There will be an adult confirmation course running on Thursday evenings at 19:30, location TBC. Sessions will be on Thursdays 15th, 22nd, 29th September 6th, 13th, 20th October 3rd, 10th November. Details of a youth Confirmation class are to follow- but please let Mthr Lucy know if you are interested.

Church High Clean: It’s that time of year again. On Saturday 3rd September starting at 9.00am we are having our annual deep clean of all the ledges, crevices and corners that our regular weekly church cleaners are not able to do.  Please help if you are able.

Friends of Pagham Parish Church social event Tea, cake, with music from Clive and Kevin, in church on Saturday 17th September. Contact Trudi or Carole (07732 768890) for tickets and more info. All welcome!

CONTACT DETAILS        –      find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @StThomasPagham

Priest-in-Charge: The Reverend Lucy Sullivan
19 Willowhale Avenue, Bognor Regis, PO21 4AU  mthrlucy.pagham@gmail.com, 01243 941551.

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

Church website update: email editor@paghamchurch.org.

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

Pews News: Trudi Kearsley, trudikearsley@hotmail.co.uk, 263597, 07703 597353 (in August)