Confirmation – The next confirmation is on Sun 22 June, 5.30pm at the cathedral. Preparation sessions begin on Thursday 24th April 8pm at the Vicarage, ask Mark if you might be interested in taking this step in faith and there will be informal preparation opportunities through Lent.

Good News delivery help – Could anyone help deliver when people are on holiday or ill? And we need a new helper to deliver to Cardinals Drive, Pagham. Please contact Anthea (264466).

Lifts to Church – Please all consider if you can offer this ministry from time to time if you ever have a spare seat in your car. There are always those who would come to church if they could get a lift and it is part of our Christian duty to try to meet that desire. Please contact Julia Webb (266866) or Mark.”

Holy Week sign-up sheets – please sign up to help with readings, foot-washing, the watch of the Passion and more this Holy Week.

Easter Flowers; Would you like to assist with the cost of Easter Flowers, either by a donation or by sponsoring. We hope to be able to have Easter Lillies this year at the altar, as well as the more usual displays around the church. If you would like to help, or would like to help with the arranging please speak to Trudi. The church will be being decorated on Saturday 19th April from 9 o’clock onwards. Donations of greenery would be much appreciated.

Real Easter Eggs – Now in stock at St Olav’s Christian Bookshop – The Real Easter Eggs 2014. Three designs, The Original Real Easter Egg 2014 design – Easter story book, milk chocolate egg and Chunky Buttons. £3.99 each, Special Edition Premium Real Easter Egg- Inside an olive wood holding cross from Bethlehem, an Easter message, an extra thick Belgian Chocolate £9.99 Sharing Box Real Easter Egg 20 Midi eggs and 20 copies of the Easter booklet. £19.99 each, Order from St Olav’s on 01243 782790.

2014 dates – do take away a list of significant dates for this year to add to your diary.

Revision of Electoral Roll – Annual revision of the roll – please see Beth Huxley or Mark to get a form if you are not currently on the Church Electoral Roll.

Easter Week day pilgrimage to Oxford – please see the poster for details of this occasion on Friday 25th April.

Church helpers – required to keep our beautiful church clean and tidy. Just 1.5 hours one day per month light exercise. Join the team, enjoy the fellowship, and the rewards will speak for themselves! Contact Sue Miller; 01243 261839 or 07845 926766, email

During Lent we would be very pleased if you would consider following the Christian Aid Count your Blessings 2014, Thank you to all those who picked up leaflets last Sunday, you can also download an app via  “Count Your Blessings is a great way of using the discipline of Lent to remind ourselves of just how fortunate we are, and of the very practical ways in which we can share our blessings with those in greatest need” We will be collecting donations for Count your Blessings at the end of Lent.

Lent Quiet morning – Saturday 12th April – sign up on sheet to indicate interest

Please also join us at the Vicarage for Super Soup lunch in aid of Christian Aid on Wednesday 9th April from 12 – 2pm For further information see Sue, Gillian, Elise or Trudi.

The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham
Weekly Pews News
No.668 30th March 2014
Colour of the season: Purple

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Collect for the day: Merciful Lord, absolve your people from their offences, that through your bountiful goodness we may all be delivered from the chains of those sins which by our frailty we have committed; grant this, heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

0ur Opportunities for Worship today

Fourth Sunday of Lent(Mothering Sunday) (P)
8.00am “Holy Communion
Readings: Galatians 4: 21-end, John 6: 1-14”

” “Family Eucharist with Commissioning of Pastoral Care Team
Readings: Exodus 2: 1-10, John 19: 25b-27
Hymns: 474, 856, 413, 819, Communion: 184 & 25”
6.00pm Evening Worship – Stations of the Cross

After the Parish Eucharist you are welcome to gather for refreshments in
St. Andrew’s chapel, where we can get to know each other better.

Sunday 30th March
Intention: Pray for our neighbouring churches, and for the work of Churches Together in Bognor Regis & District.
Anniversary: John Griffin (1988)
8.00 am Holy Communion
9.45 am Family Eucharist with Commissioning of Pastoral Care Team
6.00 pm Evening Worship – Stations of the Cross

Monday 31st March
Intention: Pray for our family & friends.
Anniversaries: Amelia Rutterford (1973), Harold Archer (1995), Captain Frank
Hope R.N (2008)
7.30pm Bell Ringers
8.00pm Sunday School meeting at St Andrew’s Chapel

Tuesday 1st April Frederick Denison Maurice
Intention: Pray for Christian Unity. Pray for our Parish Team – Clergy: Mark Eminson, Colin Wood and Bill Meyer, Lay Reader Roland Ell; Churchwardens: Trudi Kearsley and David Smith, our prospective curate: Jo King.
7.00pm The Eucharist
7.45pm Ladies Club at Church Centre

Wednesday 2 April
Intention: Pray for our hospitals and doctors, district nurses, home care assistants, pharmacists, therapists, opticians, dentists; all who provide health care.
10.00am Holy Communion
12 Noon Luncheon Club – St Ninian’s Hall (Anthea Potter Tel: 264466)
2-4pm Knit & Natter – at Sue Davis, 1 Church Way
7.30pm Stations of the Cross and Discussion Group

Thursday 3rd April
Intention: Pray for those baptised and confirmed here during the tear, for their parents, godparents or sponsors. For our own godchildren.

Friday 4th April
Intention: Pray for all imprisoned in any way; and for the prisoners, staff, chaplains & visitors at HMP Ford.
Anniversary: Robert McCleland 2001)
7.30pm Cursillo small group reunion – Sue Davis, 1 Church Way (Tel 262915)

Saturday 5th April
Intention: Pray for our children and young people, and their leaders; for our Children’s Groups, Wednesday Club & Youth Group.

Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer
Morning prayer: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 9.20am. Friday 8.30am
Evening Prayer: Monday to Thursday 5.20 pm. Friday 4.30pm
No evening prayer on Saturday

Registered Charity No 1134842
Prayers and Intentions

We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Patricia Pooley, Peter Spurway, Lucia Elsom, Sonia, Eddie, David Biddle, the Hodges family, Issey Riley, Darren, Les, Wendy Donovan and Judi March.

To add someone to the prayer list either write their name on the board near the church door or let Mark or the editors of Pews News know. We will pray for that person for about a month. After a month the name can be added again, but it is the responsibility of the one who made the initial request.

For urgent prayer contact Angela Halfacree to activate the Prayer Chain
(Tel: 864353).

For longer-term prayer needs contact Gillian Purvis (tel 267597).

We pray for those who have died recently, Justin Southern, Yvonne Ghosh, Derek Smith, Terry Sedgwick and for those recorded in our Memorial Book whose anniversaries occur at this time. We pray for all those who mourn their passing.

We pray for those to be commissioned today as part of the Parish Pastoral Care Team – Glenda Biggs, Jan Brockhurst, Bebe Chaplain, Kate Congdon, Roland Ell, Mo Hatzfeld, Trudi Kearsley, Heather Lock, Audrey Nicholls, Sue O’ Neill, Gillian Purvis, David Smith, Sue Smith, Linda Tempest, Stephen Tribe, Di Willson.

We pray for Ashley Campbell and his family during his tour in Afghanistan.

Chichester Cathedral Free Lunchtime Concerts – the summer programme commencing 29 April is displayed on the notice boards. Take your own sandwiches; coffee provided. Retiring Collection. Feel free to come and go as you wish.

Chichester Cathedral Newsletter is on the bookcase. Each Parish receives only one copy of the newsletter so if you take it away to read please return it as soon as possible.

Church Website update: To add content to the website email

Revd. Mark Eminson can be contacted at the Vicarage, 38 Kings Drive, PO21 4PZ. Tel: 262713. Email:

Pews News: Sarah or Nikki can be contacted via Email:
or tel. Mark Eminson 262713

Next Sunday Fifth Sunday of Lent (P)
8.00am “Holy Communion
Readings: Hebrews 9: 11-15, John 8: 46-end”

12 noon” “Parish Eucharist – Stewardship Sunday
Readings: Ezekiel 37: 1-14, Psalm 130, Romans 8: 6-11, John 11: 1-45
Hymns: 264, 738, sheet, 394, communion 299
Baptism of Ethan Paterson”
6.00pm Evening Worship – Informal Worship