Weekly Pews News

no 22–36



08:00              Holy Communion

09:30              Parish Family Eucharist with blessing of backpacks

14:00              Holy Baptism of Lily Mae Heath-Coleman

Collect God of all mercy, in this eucharist you have set aside our sins and given us your healing:

grant that we who are made whole in Christ may bring that healing to this broken world, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Readings Philemon 1–21; Luke 14: 25–33

Sunday 4th September

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

Monday 5th September

Intention: our children and young people, and their leaders; our Sunday School, and Tuesday@7 congregation.

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

Tuesday 6th September

Intention: our Archbishops, Justin Welby of Canterbury and Stephen Cottrell of York; the work of the Archbishops’ Council and General Synod; the worldwide Anglican Communion.

19:00            Introduction to contemplative prayer in St Andrew’s Chapel V (see below)

Wednesday 7th September

Intention: our schools, colleges and universities; all teachers and learners, governors and administrators.

09:30            Men’s breakfast (see below)

18:00            Evening prayer (in church)

Thursday 8th September – Birth of the blessed Virgin Mary

Intention: the hungry, homeless, refugees and asylum seekers; the work of Church Army, Christian Aid and all relief agencies; our local charities Stonepillow and Bognor Regis Foodbank.

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

10:00              Holy Communion

Friday 9th September

Intention: the Queen and Royal Family, our nation and government, and our local MP Nick Gibb.

Saturday 10th September

Intention: our local clubs and organisations, especially our Men’s Group.

13:00            Wedding of Harry Husband and Emily Riall

Sunday 11th September (Trinity 13) – Parish Eucharist

Readings: Exodus 32: 7–14; Psalm 51: 1–11; 1 Timothy 1: 12–17; Luke 15: 1–10


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, Nicola Simpson, Betty Smith, Mike Hatzfeld, Andrew Naylor, Colin May, Tyler Rankin, Max Davey, Leslie Francis, Dickie Roots.

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

Anniversary of death Reginald Holyoak (6th); Ena Groves, Hazel Hope (7th); Tony Perez (9th).

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

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.

We pray for those to be baptised, among them Layla Rankin (03/09) and Lily Heath-Coleman (04/09), and for their parents and godparents.

We pray for those preparing for marriage, among them Harry Husband and Emily Riall to be married here next weekend.


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.

Parish Family Eucharist  –  Sunday 4th September  Please bring your school backpacks with you for a blessing ready for the start of the new school year.

Introduction to Contemplative Prayer last session Mthr Lucy has been leading an introduction to contemplative prayer using the meditation technique of World Community for Christian Meditation (www.wccm.org). “Meditation is a universal spiritual wisdom and a practice found at the core of all the great religious traditions. It leads the practitioner from mind to heart and to the integration of these two centres of human being. It is not a complicated or essentially difficult practice. It is a way of simplicity, silence and stillness. It can be practised by anyone who is merely serious about beginning. Soon we learn that we are always beginners. This discovery transforms many interconnected attitudes such as our fear of failure, our craving for success and our reluctance to simply be ourselves.” This introduction ends on Tuesday 6th September, in St Andrew’s Chapel.

Men’s Breakfast All are welcome at Pagham Beach café on Wednesday 7th Sept at 09:30. Cost is £5.00–£10.00. For more information, contact Alex Brockhurst on 07792 544259.

Admission to Holy Communion Mthr Lucy will be running a course for children in Year 6 and above who wish to be admitted to Holy Communion. Sessions will run on Saturday mornings,  10:00-10:45 at Pagham church, on 17th & 24th September and 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd October. The children are admitted to Holy Communion on All Saints’ Sunday on 30th October at the 09:30 service. Please contact Mthr Lucy for more details and to sign up. Parents are needed to help with these sessions, so if you can, please do sign up to help.

Confirmation On Tuesday 15th November we will be hosting Confirmation with Bishop Ruth. If you are in school Year 9 and above (including adults) and would like to know more about Confirmation, please speak to Mthr Lucy. There will be an adult confirmation course running on Thursday evenings at 19:30, location TBC. Sessions will be on Thursdays 15th, 22nd & 29th September, 20th & 27th October, and 3rd & 10th November. Details of a youth Confirmation class are to follow – but please let Mthr Lucy know if you are interested. **Please note the change of dates in October**

Friends of Pagham Parish Church social event Tea and cake, with music from Clive and Kevin, in church on Saturday 17th September, 14:30-16:00. Contact Trudi (263597, 07703 597353) or Carole (07732 768890) for tickets and more info. All welcome!


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.