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Sunday 21 January 2018


Sunday 21 January, Third Sunday of Epiphany

8am                Holy Communion


Rev 19. 6 - 10, page 880

John 2. 1 - 11, page 749


10.30am         Family Service

6pm                Compline at Chapel Plaister



The Collect for Today

God of all mercy,

your Son proclaimed good news to the poor,

release to the captives,

and freedom to the oppressed:

anoint us with your Holy Spirit

and set all your people free

to praise you in Christ our Lord.



Next Sunday 28 January, Fourth Sunday of Epiphany

8am                Holy Communion at Chapel Plaister

10.30am         Holy Communion

4pm                Heart 4 Rudloe

6pm                TOAST


Please pray for those who are sick:   Dafydd Stradling



We remember those whom we know,

who are suffering in sickness or adversity,

and those who especially need our prayers at this time.



Help, please!  The wonderful Sylvia Walker is both mourned and missed, but it is necessary to think about how the many tasks she undertook can be handled in future.  Even without mentioning her roles outside the church (with LINK and "Friends of St Thomas a Becket" for instance) she had a wide array of jobs.  The following list is an attempt to show where assistance is now needed with church work.  If you feel you can play a part then please let me know or on

T. 01225 744155. Some provisional offers are included below but in several cases these are from people who already "do things" so please do not hold back from additional or alternative offers.                  Charles   


Nothing to do with Treasurer's post


1.  Run the roster of Sunday morning organists/pianists.. John Tucker has kindly offered.

2.  Run rota of meeters/greeters/readers for StTaB and CP, and also CP service leaders.  Pam Farmer and Lee Towler have offered to do this together. 

3.  Organise choirs for funerals and weddings if/when requested .  Cath Knight has offered.

4.  Organise organist and verger(s) for funerals


Financial Tasks


5.  Paying bills using cheque book and electronic transfer

6.  Dealing with "cash in" ; ie,  gather cash, open envelopes and record amount and date, make up paying-in slip, pay in at post office (escort can be provided!). Best done weekly or fortnightly. 

7.  Reading electricity and gas meters monthly and submitting results to suppliers (and perhaps administering the utilities contracts?)

8.  Recording financial transactions in accordance 5, 6 and 7 above,  ie being Treasurer but with a smaller load than Sylvia carried.  The role could be essentially "coordinator and recorder" rather than "doer". 

9.   Undertake end of year trial balance (and quarterly reconciliation?)

10.  Secretary of Finance Committee (about 1 page of minutes every 3 months).

11.  Administration of School House etc.  John Tucker has worked with Sylvia on this.

12.  Gift Aid returns.  Chris Ward helped Sylvia with the online system for this.


Obviously many of those tasks can be combined, but equally the work which was undertaken by Sylvia can be divided either on the above lines or in some other way.




Everyone who has sung in the St Thomas’ choir during 2017 is invited to the

 The St Thomas’ Choir Pudding and Cheese Party   

on Tuesday 23rd  January , from 7.00pm

at Barn House, Barn Piece, Box, SN13 8LF


No need to bring anything but, if you would like to, please let us know so we can make sure we have enough for everyone.

RSVP Alice & Andrew 01225 742128

or e-mail


Parking is limited so please share lifts if you can




At Epiphany in the Western Church we celebrate the far travelled magi’s visit at Christ’s birth.  Matthew’s account speaks of ‘wise men from the east’, later their number was fixed at 3, made them kings and gave them names - Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. 

This makes Epiphany an apt time to pray for Christian unity, and indeed the Week of  Prayer for Christian Unity falls within the season.

In the Eastern churches, Epiphany is the celebration of Christ’s baptism at the hands of John, when the heavens were opened and a voice declared Jesus to be God’s beloved Son. The miracle of Cana in Galilee, where Jesus ‘first manifested his   glory’, follows immediately:


                                                   Manifest at Jordan’s stream,

                                                   Prophet, Priest, and King supreme;

                                                   and at Cana wedding-guest

                                                   In thy Godhead manifest.

                                                                    Christopher Wordsworth


The season of joyful celebration that begins at Christmas now continues through the successive Sundays of Epiphany, ending with the Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas) at the end of January. The liturgical colour is white.



St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar


Share in Prayer for the World this Saturday 20 January


Drop in to Box Methodist Church any time between 2pm and 5pm



Sunday 21 January, Third Sunday of Epiphany

8am                            Holy Communion

10.30am                     Family Service

6pm                            Compline at Chapel Plaister


Wednesday 24 January

9.30am                       Morning Prayer

10.30am                     Holy Communion, followed by coffee


Thursday 25 January

9.30am                       Holy Communion at St John’s, Colerne

                                    followed by coffee. Welcome

7.30pm for 8pm        Valens Terrace Home Group


Valens Terrace Home Group meets Thursdays, 7.30 for 8pm

The Valens Terrace Home Group meets on Thursdays,at 7.30pm for 8pm start, at Jo and Jamie's house, 9 Valens Terrace.

We will conclude our study of the gospel of Mark.

For more information, call Angela on 07835 812258 or




Annual Maundy Thursday pilgrimage walk


The annual Maundy Thursday pilgrimage will take place on  Thursday 29 March starting at St Christopher’s at 10.00am.


The group will follow the usual pattern of visiting the four ancient sites of Christian worship around the civil parish of Box (including the site of the abandoned church at Hazlebury) and hopes also to visit Box Methodist church as in 2017.  The walk will finish at The      Quarryman’s for lunch.


Please contact Brian Nicholas (     T. 810791 or Penny Newboult (   T. 742549 if you would like to join the expedition. Penny and Brian need to inform the staff at The Quarryman’s of numbers.