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St Thomas à Becket

Parish Weekly News Sheet  







Sunday 8 May 2016


Sunday 8 May, Sunday after Ascension

10.30am               Holy Communion

4pm   - 6pm           Heart 4 Rudloe

6pm                      TOAST

6pm                      Compline at Chapel Plaister



Acts 16.16-34, page 781

Rev 22.12-14, 16-17, 20-end, page 882

John 17.20-26, page 763




The Collect for Today

Risen, ascended Lord,
as we rejoice at your triumph,
fill your Church on earth with power and compassion,
that all who are estranged by sin
may find forgiveness and know your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.



Next Sunday 15 May, Whit Sunday, Day of Pentecost

8am                      Holy Communion

10.30am               Family Service

6pm                      Compline at Chapel Plaister



Please remember in your prayers those who are ill:



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




Teas at the Revels - Bank Holiday Monday


Cakes and offers of help with the Church Teas at Box Revels on Bank Holiday Monday would be very much appreciated.


If you are able to lend a hand and/or donate a cake, please contact either:


                   Brenda Parry, Tel 742800          e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


                   Judy Seager Tel 742308            e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



TOAST at St Thomas à Becket this 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.


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 and Box School Band


Concert is at 6pm on Sunday 15th May, Retiring collection in aid of the Friends and Drinks available in the interval!



The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week before the Day of Pentecost 2016

The Archbishops have written to every serving  parish  priest  in  the  Church of England expressing their longing "to see a great wave of prayer across our land, throughout the Church of England and many other Churches" from 8 - 15 May.


The week of prayer will culminate in 'Beacon events' around the country over Pentecost weekend, where people will pray for the renewal of the Holy Spirit and the confidence to share their faith. Further information is available from the Archbishop of Canterbury's web page.

You can download many ideas for prayer, at the Thy Kingdom Come website.


HEART 4 Rudloe this 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.


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.


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.



Weekly Calendar May 2016


Friday 6 May

1.30pm              Funeral for Christopher Poulsom, in Church



Sunday 8 May, Sunday after Ascension

10.30am            Holy Communion

2.30-4.30pm       Friends’ Rehearsal, in Church

4.30-6pm           Bybrook Windband Rehearsal, in Church

4pm-6pm           Heart 4 Rudloe

6pm                  TOAST

6pm                  Compline at Chapel Plaister



Wednesday 11 May

9.15am              Morning Prayer in Church

10.30am            Holy Communion in Church followed by coffee



Thursday 12 May

10am                 Holy Communion at St John’s, Colerne

                        followed by coffee - all Welcome


Friday 13 May

8pm                  Men’s Evening



Sunday 15 May

2pm onwards      Friends’ Concert Rehearsal, in Church

6pm                  Friends’ Spring Concert, in Church




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.