Weekly Pews News

no 21-48


Advent Sunday

Sunday 28th November   

08:00              Holy Communion

09:30              Parish Eucharist with admission to Holy Communion before confirmation

Collect  Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Readings  Jeremiah 33: 14–16; Psalm 25: 1–10; 1 Thessalonians 3: 9–13; Luke 21: 25–36

Psalm response To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.


Today’s bell ringing is dedicated

to all who serve God by making music in our church.                                                             …..………

Sunday 28th November

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

Monday 29th November

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 (at church)

11:30            Funeral of Elisabeth ‘Ann’ Holland

Tuesday 30th November – ANDREW THE APOSTLE

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

12:00            Funeral of Peter Dobson

17:30            Evening prayer (on Zoom)

19:00            Tuesday@7 Eucharist

Wednesday 1st December

Intention: our Parish Team – Clergy: Lucy Sullivan, Colin Wood, Bill Meyer; Reader: Roland Ell; Churchwardens: Mike Wake, Alex Brockhurst.

14:00            Tea and chat in the Church Centre (see below)

17:30            Evening Prayer (on Zoom)

Thursday 2nd December

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

09:00            Morning prayer (at church)

10:00              Holy Communion

Friday 3rd December  

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

14:30            Book Group in St Andrew’s Chapel

17:00            Choir practice


Saturday 4th December

Intention: all imprisoned in any way, and those caught up in modern slavery; the prisoners, staff, chaplains and visitors at HMP Ford.

Sunday 5th December – Second Sunday of Advent – Parish Family Eucharist

Readings: Malachi 3: 1–4; Luke 1: 68–79; Philippians 1: 3–11; Luke 3: 1–6


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, Dawn Spurway Pearson, Mo Ford, Nicola Simpson, Betty Smith, Heather Marchant, Mike Hatzfeld, Andrew Naylor, Colin & Kerry May.

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

The recently departed Peter Dobson, Elisabeth (Ann) Holland.

Anniversary of death Alan Harmer (30th); John Morrish, Charles Meyer, David Atkins (3rd Dec); Brian Jenkin, Greta Garland (4th).

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

We pray for those being prepared for admission to Holy Communion this Sunday: Jack, James, Benjamin, Dominic, George, Henry, Eva, Grace, Lily, Cerys, Reya.


Transept seating These side areas are kept for those who wish to maintain social distancing.

Advent preparation Mthr Lucy invites you to read the classic ‘The coming of God’ by Maria Boulding this Advent. ‘Rich with an Advent theme, this work explores the different ways in which God comes to us. Its central message is that God comes to the needy and empty. Whether our poverty is material or spiritual, the book aims to bring hope and promise.’ There will be an opportunity to reflect on this reading with tea and conversation on Thursday 16th at 16:00, with an evening meeting possible, if there is interest in this. Venue TBC.

Tea & Chat The next Tea & Chat will take place on Wednesday 1st December, 14:00–16:00 in the Pagham Parish Church Centre in Nyetimber Lane.

Book group Our next meeting is on Friday 3rd at 14:30 in St Andrew’s Chapel. We will be discussing ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ by Sue Monk Kidd. More information from Linda Tempest, lindatempest@hotmail.com, 07443 905893.

Mulled Wine and Christmas Rhyme Following the very successful ‘Hymns and Pimm’s’ event in September, St Richard’s will be hosting a Christmas edition: ‘Mulled Wine and Christmas Rhyme’ on Sunday 12th at 16:00, at St Richard’s, Gossamer Lane, Aldwick. Join us for a good carol sing, warming refreshments and a time of good cheer! Tickets £5 to include your first drink, available from Barbara (01243 266193).

Church bells We are still raising money for their maintenance: if you would like to make a donation, or dedicate ringing in memory or celebration of a loved one, Mike Wake can provide you with information on how to do this (contact below). Thank you to those who have contributed so far – we are not far off reaching the final total, even with the additional works!

Friends of Pagham Church annual fundraising quiz is now available for £2 from Mo Hatzfeld (268576) or Trudi Kearsley (263597) for a prize of £100.

Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal Thanks to everyone who contributed to this year’s appeal. 47 boxes and 107 blankets, created by our Knit and Natter Group, were delivered to the collection hub in Ferring, and will be on their way to Romania this week.

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: 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.