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St Thomas à Becket

Parish Weekly News Sheet  







Sunday 1 May 2016


Sunday 1 May, Sixth Sunday of Easter

8am                      Holy Communion

10.30am               Morning Worship

6pm                      Evensong at Chapel Plaister


Acts 16.9 – 15, page 781

Rev 21.10, 22 – 22.5, page 881

John 14.23 - 29, page 761




The Collect for Today

Risen Christ,
by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:
help your Church to obey your command
and draw the nations to the fire of your love,
to the glory of God the Father.

Next Sunday 8 May, Sunday after Ascension

10.30am               Holy Communion

4pm                      Heart 4 Rudloe

6pm                      TOAST

6pm                      Compline at Chapel Plaister



Please remember in your prayers those who are ill:


Tom Cox - for a happy and comfortable time at home


Judy Davies


Baby Charlotte who is unwell, grand-daughter to Marie Kerr, and for her parents Emma and Sam


Lucy Fletcher (Janis Goodall’s daughter), and Lucy and Tom’s twin daughters Aurora and Aurelia



and the families of those who have died:

Christopher Poulsom




Box School Ascension Day Service in St Thomas’


The pupils of Box Primary School will celebrate Ascension Day in St Thomas’ on Thursday 5 May as follows:


Key Stage 2 at 9.30am & Key Stage 1 at 10.30am.


Everyone is Welcome to join in.


 Spring Concert in aid of Friends of St Thomas à Becket 

Sunday 15 May at 6pm in Church


          Bybrook Players, our string group, play Tchaikovsky's         

             beautifully romantic and melodic Serenade for Strings

          Bybrook Baroque, led by Vanessa Hammond,

play Handel and others

          Bybrook Wind Band

          Box School Band


Concert is at 6pm on Sunday 15th May

Retiring collection in aid of the Friends

Drinks available in the interval!




Prayer Ministry Training


Anyone interested in Prayer Ministry Training, or would like to

refresh their training, please contact Janet at the Vicarage.


Lifts to Church


To help anybody who wants to come to church on a Sunday, but has difficulty doing so, arrangements are being made for the Churchwardens to guide anybody like that towards a driver who might be able to help.  If you need a lift or know of anybody who does, please inform Pam Farmer or Charles Freeman.


Similarly, please let them know if you are willing to be contacted when necessary with a view to offering a lift.  During the week (Mon - Fri) the first port of call for a lift is the Box LINK organisation.



HEART 4 Rudloe next Sunday 8 May


We meet between 4pm and 6pm, and everyone of any age is welcome (children must bring an adult to look 

after them). The afternoon includes craft, tea drinking and Lego building. This is followed by prayer, story and songs.  We round off the afternoon with some food (a light meal).


This activity is free, and is being run as part of the work of the Church of England in Box Parish.  Please do come along and join us as we make, pray and eat in the JSU Corsham Community Centre on Leafy Lane.


Heart 4 Rudloe meets on the second and fourth Sunday of the month.



TOAST at St Thomas à Becket next Sunday


A fun youth group that meets in St Thomas à Becket every two weeks usually, between 6pm and 7.30pm.  Toast is a group for year 6 and above.  We enjoy creatively exploring the Christian faith and eating plenty of food to keep us going!  Please contact a member of Clergy, one of the leaders, or just come along to find out more.  Our leaders at TOAST are:


                   Rev Clair Southgate         Tel: 01225 743970

                   Ian MacKenzie                 Tel: 01225 744458

TOAST meets on the second and fourth Sunday of the month.



Craft Group


An informal and relaxed Craft Group is now meeting in the Church from 10am until 12noon on the third Thursday of each month, under the guidance of Denise Brighten and Christine Bromley.


The Group meets next on Thursday 19 May at 10am.  If you would like further details please feel free to ring Denise or Christine; their contact details are available from the Vicarage office.


You do not have to be a member of the Thomas à Becket congregation to enjoy these sessions, which are based around friendship and the pleasure of learning simple new crafts;  all are Welcome.



Weekly Calendar May 2016


Sunday 1 May, Sixth Sunday of Easter

8am                  Holy Communion

10.30am            Morning Worship

6pm                  Evensong at Chapel Plaister


Wednesday 4 May

9.15am              Morning Prayer in Church

10.30am            Holy Communion in Church followed by coffee


Thursday 5 May

9.30am              Ascension Day Service, in Church, Box Primary School Key Stage 2

10.30am            Ascension Day Service, in Church, Box Primary School Key Stage 1

10am                 Holy Communion at St John’s, Colerne followed by coffee - all Welcome



Box Baby & Toddler Group

St Thomas’ provides support to Box Baby & Toddler Group.  The group meets between 9.30am and 11.30am on Wednesdays in term time at Box Methodist Church.


More helpers are urgently needed for the tea rota.

If you are able to assist, please call Julia Ingram on Tel 810242.