Weekly Pews News

no 22-22




Sunday after Ascension Day

(Seventh Sunday of Easter)

08:00              Holy Communion

09:30              Parish Eucharist

16:00              Burial of ashes

Collect O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.   Amen.

Readings Acts 16: 16–34; Psalm 97; Revelation 22: 12–14, 16–17, 20–end; John 17: 20–end

Psalm response  The Lord is king, most high over all the Earth.

Sunday 29th May

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

Monday 30th May – Josephine Butler, social reformer, 1906

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

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

17:30            Parochial Visitation of Rural Dean (PCC and clergy only)


Intention: our family and friends.

18:00            Evening prayer (in church and on Zoom)

Wednesday 1st June – Justin, martyr, c.165

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

09:30            Men’s Breakfast at Pagham Beach Café

18:00            Evening prayer (in church and on Zoom)

Thursday 2nd June – The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Holiday

Intention: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – giving thanks for her 70 years as Queen.

10:00              Holy Communion

Friday 3rd June – The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Holiday

Intention: the nations of the Commonwealth whom HM The Queen serves.

Saturday 4th June

Intention: all celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee.

17:00            Platinum Jubilee BBQ at church (see below)

Sunday 5th June – PENTECOST

09:30 Parish Family Eucharist  Readings: Acts 2: 1–21; John 14: 8–17

17:30 Choral Evensong at St Richard’s – see below



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, Mo Ford, Nicola Simpson, Betty Smith, Mike Hatzfeld, Andrew Naylor, Colin May, Tyler Rankin, Bea Tucker.

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

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

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

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.

Returning to the Common Cup On Sunday 29th, we will be re-introducing the chalice at Holy Communion, so that communicants will have the option to receive in two kinds (bread and wine), in line with the Church of England Covid Recovery Guidance. Please note this does not mean it is compulsory to receive the chalice if you are not comfortable doing so – it is, and has always been, perfectly valid to receive communion in one kind (bread only). In preparation for this, I would like to highlight a few points:
a) the way and place we receive Holy Communion will be different from before the pandemic, for maximum access;
b) intinction, the dipping of the bread in the chalice, is not permitted under any circumstances, because of the higher risk of contamination from our hands;
c) if you prefer not to receive the wine, simply return to your seat after receiving the bread; d) our Lay Ministers of Communion will be using hand sanitiser before touching the chalice for your safety, and for their safety and yours they will wear face coverings, as Mthr Lucy does;
e) Lay Ministers of Communion will keep hold of the chalice while you receive – you may still hold the chalice with them. (If you need practice with this, please speak to Mthr Lucy.)
f) If we run out of consecrated wine before all have made their communion, we will continue distributing in one kind only (i.e. no ‘topping up’ of chalices), but will provide for more communicants as we find our way forward with this.
If you have any questions, please speak to Mthr Lucy directly – details below.

Men’s Breakfast All are welcome at Pagham Beach café on Wednesday 1st June at 09:30 for breakfast. Cost is £5.00–£10.00. Any queries please contact Alex Brockhurst on 07792 544259.

HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee BBQ, Saturday 4th June To celebrate the Jubilee, we will have a BBQ at the church from 17:00. A sign-up list is available at the back of church to show interest in coming, and to offer various salad items. Bring your own drinks, plates and cutlery; BBQ items will be provided. Suggested minimum donation for the evening is £10 adults/£5 children.

Choral Evensong for HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Sunday 5th June at 17:30

We are all invited to this service at St Richard’s church, Gossamer Lane, to give thanks to God for The Queen’s long reign, and to pray for her, her family and all those she serves.

Chichester Cathedral Festival of Flowers Sue Smith writes: A group of Pagham Church flower arrangers are taking part again this year. Our team have worked hard to make a design to grace the cloisters. The festival runs from Wednesday 8th to Saturday 11th June; entry is restricted to timed sessions, and is free for children. Tickets for over-16s (£15) may be bought on the cathedral website, or by phone. Make sure you get yours soon! See flyers at the back of church.

Invitation from the PCC of St Richard’s, Gossamer Lane Friends from Pagham Church are warmly invited to join us for our Patronal Festival celebrations over the weekend of 18th–19th June, (see poster in church), with a special invitation to a ‘Vicarage’ Garden Party with Cream Tea at Mthr Lucy’s house on Sunday 19th from 15:30 (address below). Suggested donation £5 to pay on the day. Please sign up on the list in church so we have an idea for catering purposes. Dress code: red, white and blue. The more the merrier!
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: Alison Blenkinsop, pewsnews@paghamchurch.org, 261131, 07784 544981.