Weekly Pews News

no 22–39



(08:00            Holy Communion at St Richard’s, Aldwick)

09:30              Parish Eucharist

14:00            Holy Baptism of Daisy Mae Courcier

Collect  Almighty God, whose only Son has opened for us a new and living way into your presence:

give us pure hearts and steadfast wills to worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings Amos 6: 1a, 4–7; Psalm 146; 1 Timothy 6: 6–19; Luke 16: 19 – end.

Psalm response Praise the Lord, O my soul!

Sunday 25th September

Intention: our Diocese of Chichester, Bishops Martin, Ruth and Will, and Archdeacon Luke; the work of Diocesan Synod and Church House; the witness of Chichester Cathedral.

Monday 26th September

Intention: the elderly, lonely and bereaved; all those in residential care and those who care for them.

09:00            Morning Prayer (in church)

Tuesday 27th September – Vincent de Paul, founder of the Lazirists, 1660

Intention: all who work for peace and justice; the maintenance of good relationships with the United Nations and all other countries.

18:00            Evening prayer (in church)

19:00              Tuesday@7 Eucharist

Wednesday 28th September

Intention: vocations to the ordained ministry, especially in our own parish; theological colleges and ordinands in training; vocations to the religious life.

18:00            Evening prayer (in church)

Thursday 29th September – MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS

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

09:00            Morning prayer (in church)

10:00              Holy Communion

11:00            Adult Confirmation class (see below)

Friday 30th September

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

Saturday 1 October

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

10:10–11:00  Admission to Holy Communion course (see below)

11:00            Children’s music rehearsal for Sunday service (in church)

Sunday 2nd October – Parish Family Eucharist and Harvest Festival (Trinity 16)

with speaker Hannah Drury, Project Manager at Bognor Regis Foodbank, and collection of goods for Bognor Regis Foodbank.             Readings: Philippians 14: 14–18; John 6: 25–35

PRAYERS AND INTENTIONS We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit 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.

Recently departed Lynette Mitchell, Alan Taylor.

Anniversary of death George Summerside, Leonard Vallerine (25th); Beryl Hurst (26th); Winifred Williams (27th); Ernest Halling (28th); Michael Bridge (29th); Shepherd King (30th); Albert Piper (1st Oct).

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

We pray for those to be baptised, among them Daisy Mae Courcier who is to be baptised today, and for her parents and godparents.

We pray for those celebrating anniversaries at this time among them Sue and David Smith celebrating their Golden Wedding anniversary this week.

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.


Admission to Holy Communion Mthr Lucy is running a course for children in Year 6 and above who wish to be admitted to Holy Communion. Sessions will continue on Saturday mornings, 10:00–10:45 at Pagham church, on 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 We are hosting this on Tuesday 15th November 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 mornings at 11:00 in church, continuing on 29th September, 20th October (NB change of Oct dates), and 3rd & 10th November. AND Monday evenings from 17th October at 19:30, location TBC, continuing on Mondays 24th, 31st October and 7th & 14th November.

Details of a youth Confirmation class are to follow – let Mthr Lucy know if you are interested.

Harvest Festival flowers We will be decorating the church in readiness for Harvest Festival on Saturday 1st October from 09:00. Donations of produce and greenery would be welcome. If you would like to sponsor an arrangement in memory of a loved one or to celebrate an event, or contribute towards the costs of the flowers, please contact Trudi Kearsley 263597/07703 597353.

Harvest Lunch on Sunday 2nd October from 12 noon, at the Parish Church Centre, Nyetimber Lane. Suggested minimum donation of £5, to be paid on the day, for a traditional Ploughman’s lunch with cheese. Please sign up on the list at the back of church, or contact Trudi, by 28th Sept.

Great is Thy Faithfulness As you will know from information shared in Pews News at the start of the year and from information posted around the church, a small group from the parish have been involved in this pilot programme run by the diocese. Bishop Ruth will join us for the Parish Eucharist on Sunday 9th October to share more about this with us. Do pop the date in your diary!

2022 Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal Leaflets are now available at the back of the church. Please bring boxes to church by Sunday 6th November. Details from Trudi Kearsley as above.

Pews News Alison Blenkinsop will be stepping down from this role at the end of November. And so, we are searching for a new editor. If you would like to know more about what this role will include going forward, and to express interest, please contact Mthr Lucy on the details below.

Bognor Regis 24/7 Prayer Week This runs from 11:00 on 25th September to 11:00 on 2nd October, hosted by The Salvation Army, 73 Queensway, Bognor Regis, PO21 1QL. We are invited to sign up as individuals or small groups. The diary for booking the prayer room can be accessed here, along with more information about the week: pray.24-7prayer.com/signup/23755a/.

Pagham Village Hall Trustees Would you like to help manage and look after our splendid Village Hall for the benefit and enjoyment of local residents? Pagham Village Hall Trust has vacancies for trustees with relevant skills and local knowledge, who meet about six evenings a year. Contact Mthr Lucy to be put in touch with the Chairman of Trustees for more information about the role.

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.