Weekly Pews News

no 21-35



Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 29th August  

08:00              Holy Communion

09:30              Parish Eucharist

Collect  Almighty God, who called your Church to bear witness that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself: help us to proclaim the good news of your love, that all who hear it may be drawn to you; through him who was lifted up on the cross, and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.   Amen.

Readings  Deuteronomy 4: 1–2, 6–9; Psalm 15; James 1: 17–end; Mark 7: 1–8, 14, 15, 21–23

Psalm response Those who do what is right will dwell in the presence of the Lord.


Sunday 29th August

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

Monday 30th August – John Bunyan, spiritual writer, 1688 (Summer Bank Holiday)

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

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

Intention: our family and friends.

17:30            Evening prayer (on Zoom)

Wednesday 1st September

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

14:00            Choir rehearsal for children and young people (see below)

16:30            Reception into church: John Kitchener RIP (family only)

17:30            Evening Prayer (in church)

Thursday 2nd September

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

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

10:00              Holy Communion

12:30            Funeral of John Kitchener with Eucharist (see below)

Friday 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.

Saturday 4th September

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

Sunday 5th September – 14th Sunday after Trinity – Parish Family Eucharist with Bp Ruth

Readings: Isaiah 35: 4–7a; Psalm 146; James 2: 1–10, 14–17; Mark 7: 24–end


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, Steve Lomas.

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

The recently departed John Kitchener, Madge Breakspear, Valerie Gee, Anne Prince.

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

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


Current Covid restrictionsbooking for services is requested while we still have some arrangements in place to create a safe and comfortable environment for all. Please contact Trudi Kearsley to book, T 263597, M 07703 597353.

John Kitchener RIP All are welcome to attend John’s funeral on Thursday 2nd at 12:30. Family flowers only.

Parish Family Eucharist next week We look forward to welcoming Bishop Ruth of Horsham, when she will preach and preside at the Parish Family Eucharist. This will be her first visit since her arrival in the diocese – it will be a great joy to have her with us for this service.

Children’s Scratch Choir Rehearsal In preparation for the Parish Family Eucharist, Jenny will be running a rehearsal for those who would like to sing in the Scratch Choir on Wednesday 1st at 14:00, in church. This is open to all young people who would like sing on the 5th – the more the merrier. Please note, if you can’t come on the 1st, you will still be able to join in on the 5th: do come to church at 09:00 for a final rehearsal.

Tea & Chat in Pagham Parish Church Centre, Nyetimber Lane, Weds 1st, 15:00–16:30 During the tightest level of lockdown, many of us were able to gather online to chat, study and pray together. Now that restrictions have eased, ‘Tea & Chat’ is offered so that we have an opportunity to catch up face to face, and to develop the friendships formed or rekindled on Zoom. This invitation is extended to everyone in the parish, and to our neighbours in Aldwick with whom we shared such good conversation.

Licensing Mthr Lucy will be licensed as Priest-in-Charge of St Thomas à Becket and Priest-in-Charge of St Richard, Aldwick by Bishop Ruth in a joint service on Monday 6th September at 19:30, at Pagham church. Please do come along and pray for the parishes and Mthr Lucy, and celebrate this important day in the life of the community.

Tuesday@7 After much delay, I am pleased to announce that the Tuesday evening communion service will be returning on 7th September at 19:00. This is a service that I hope will be particularly attractive to families, and is offered for those who find Sunday morning services a little difficult to get to. Length 30-40 mins. Everyone is very welcome.

World Day of Prayer 2021 The service, delayed from its usual timing of the first Friday in March, takes place on Friday 10th at 10:30, at The Salvation Army, Canada Grove, Bognor Regis, PO21 1QL. It was written by Christian women in Vanuatu, and has been adapted by the local World Day of Prayer committee. All are welcome to attend this service, and stay for refreshments afterwards.

Thanksgiving Service for Pauline Lucas, Saturday 11th at 12 noon, at St John the Baptist Church, Kirdford. Please let Trudi know by the end of August if you are planning to attend (contact above). There will be a video on YouTube to watch afterwards, for those who cannot go.

Admission to Holy Communion before Confirmation Thank you to those who have registered their interest in this. A short course of preparation will run in the autumn – details to be shared in due course. If you have a child/children in school year 6 or above who are interested in this, please contact Mthr Lucy.

Christmas FairSaturday 13th November 2021 We really hope to be able to hold a Christmas fair this year, and although it feels far too soon to start talking about Christmas, this event takes much planning and preparation. At this stage we are currently asking for volunteers to join the organising team. If this is something that appeals to you, please do speak to Trudi (contact above).


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

The Revd Lucy Sullivan: 19 Willowhale Avenue, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, 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.

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