Charitable Giving Rep? – Would someone be interested in having an oversight of the charities we give to each year, managing their literature, reporting to PCC and so forth? Please see Mark.


Advent & Christmas leaflet – do pick up a copy of this purple leaflet listing details for services and events over the two seasons.


Churches Together in Bognor Regis – there are copies of an important letter from the Chairman. Do take one, pray and respond regarding the future of this group.


Love Life: Live Advent – copies of this resource are available in church for £1.50. It’s particularly aimed at families (but may be of interest to others) and gives a little action or pause for thought each day through advent.


Stonepillow – thanks to those who sponsored Eminsons and Joneses on the Sleepout; approximately £350 was raised for the homeless charity.


Chichester Voices perform in aid of the Rotary Club of Bognor Regis in church on Thursday 18th December at 7.30pm. To include music by Bullard, Mendelssohn & Rutter. Tickets £10 available from Box Offices on 01243 582528 or 07900098197. Tickets also available on the door and from Andrew in Church (interval refreshments included).


Parish Book Group – Our current book is “The Last Runaway”, by Tracy Chevalier. See the Book Group notice board for further information and sign-up sheets. Discussion groups: Monday 12th January at 8pm & Thursday 15th January at 10am.


Chichester Cathedral Free Lunchtime Concerts – for Spring 2015 commence on 15th January 1.10pm – 2pm. bring your own sandwiches. Coffee provided. Retiring collection. Feel free to come and go as you wish. Programme details are displayed on the church notice boards.



  Registered Charity No 134842


The Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Pagham

Weekly Pews News

No.702                                                               30th November 2014

Colour of the season: Purple


First Sunday of Advent



Collect for the day: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the 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.


Response to Psalm 80: Restore us, O God of hosts; show the light of your countenance and we shall be saved.


Post –communion prayer at the Advent Wreath: Lord Jesus, light of the world, born in David’s city of Bethlehem, born like him to be a king: be born in our hearts at Christmas, be King of our lives today. Amen.


0ur Opportunities for Worship today


  First Sunday of Advent                                                        (P)                                               



Holy Communion

Readings: Romans 13: 8-end, Matthew 21: 1-13



Parish Eucharist  

Readings: Isaiah 64: 1-9, Psalm 80: 1-7, 16-18, 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9, Mark 13: 24-37

Hymns:57, 655, 703, 428;  Communion: 949, 15, 901


Advent Carols


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 November

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

Anniversary: Alan Harmer (2013)

8.00 am Holy Communion (Trinity 25) 

9.45 am Family Eucharist 

4.00pm Advent Carols


Monday 1st December Andrew the Apostle

Intention:  Pray for our Parish Team – Clergy: Mark Eminson, Jo King, Colin Wood,       Bill     Meyer. Reader Roland Ell; Churchwardens: David Smith and Mike Wake.

10.00am Pilgrim Group at Glenda’s

7.30pm Bell Ringers

8.00pm Pilgrim Group at David Smith’s


Tuesday 2nd December 

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

10.00 am Coffee and Scripture at Glenda`s (263537)

7.00pm The Eucharist

7.00pm Ladies Club at Church Centre (Christmas Tree Drive including nibbles – OPEN EVENING

8.00pm Pilgrim Group St Andrew’s Chapel


Wednesday 3rd December

Intention: Pray for the Pilgrim Course – Leaders and participants. Pray for those baptised and confirmed here during the year, for their parents, godparents or sponsors. For our own godchildren.

Anniversary: Charles Meyer (1990)

10.00am Holy Communion

1.00pm Funeral Eucharist for Ron Rudduck in church

2-4 pm Knit and natter at Glenda`s (263537)

9.00pm Compline


Thursday 4th December 

Intention: Pray for all imprisoned in any way; and for the prisoners, staff, chaplains & visitors at HMP Ford.

Anniversaries:   Brian Jenkin (1993), Greta Garland (2004)


Friday 5th December

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



Saturday 6th December Nicholas 

Intention: Pray for our Archbishops, Justin Welby of Canterbury & John Sentamu of York; for the work of the Archbishops’ Council and General Synod; for the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Anniversary: Charles Martin (1997)

8.00pm men’s Group at the Inglenook



Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer

Morning prayer: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 9.20am. Friday 8.30am

Evening Prayer: Tuesday to Thursday 5.20 pm. Friday 4.30pm

No evening prayer on Saturday



Prayers and Intentions


We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit:

Julia Webb, Robin & Anthea Potter, Ian Turner, Bebe, Bruce Allinson, Judi March, June, Elliott Smith, Nina, Norma Tuckett, Fabienne

To add someone to the prayer list either write their name on the board near the church door or let Mark or the editor 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. Also please include start date on your request.


For urgent prayer contact Gillian Purvis to activate the Prayer Chain (Tel: 267597)


We pray for those who have died recently: Joan Wiseman, Bill Powell, Roland Hall, Ron Rudduck and for those recorded in our Memorial Book whose anniversaries occur at this time. We pray for all those who mourn their passing.



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:  (Day off Friday)


Jo King – Curate can be contacted on 01243 276949 (Day off Friday)


Pews News: Nikki can be contacted via Email:

(tel: 828445) or tel. Mark Eminson 262713


Next Sunday

Second Sunday of Advent                                                     (P)                                               



Holy Communion

Readings: Romans 15:4-13,Luke 21: 25-33



Parish Eucharist  

Readings: Isaiah 40: 1-11, Psalm 85: 1-2, 8-end, 2 Peter 3: 8-15a, Mark 1: 1-8

Hymns:57, 655, 703, 428;  Communion: 949, 15, 901


Evening Prayer – Celtic