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St Thomas à Becket

Parish Weekly News Sheet  







Sunday 4 December 2016


Sunday 4 December, Second Sunday of Advent

8am                            Holy Communion at St Christopher’s

10.30am                     Morning Worship

6pm                            Evensong at Chapel Plaister


Isa 11. 1 - 10, page 489

Rom 15. 4 - 13, page 802

Matt 3. 1 - 12, page 682


The Collect for Today, the Second Sunday of Advent

Almighty God,
purify our hearts and minds,
that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as judge and saviour
we may be ready to receive him,
who is our Lord and our God.

Next Sunday 11 December, Third Sunday of Advent

8am                            Holy Communion

10.30am                     Christingle Family Service

5 - 6pm                       Christmas @ Heart 4 Rudloe, Leylands Road

6pm                            TOAST

6pm                            Compline at Chapel Plaister





Please pray for those who are sick

Rev Alice Kemp, after her knee replacement operation,

and the families of those who have died

Brenda Abbott

Hilda Cashmore


We remember those whom we know,

who are suffering in sickness or adversity,

and those who especially need our prayers at this time.






This is just to remind you all that THIS SUNDAY 4TH December is the LAST DAY for your gifts of




and to thank you for the 20 Christmas puddings & 25 pairs of gloves you have already given.


Regards       Robin Parry



Music for Advent with Bybrook Baroque:

Vivaldi, Telemann, Handel & Bach

Sunday 4 December at 6pm in Church


Soprano: Hannah Grove

Recorder/trumpet: Andy Webb

Violin: Alison Townley

Oboe: Vanessa Hammond

Cello: Kathryn Drury

Harpsichord: Helen Coombs


Retiring collection in aid of the Friends of St Thomas



Christmas Candles going up in Church - Monday 5 December

There will be a working party in the church at 9am on Monday 5 December for about 90 minutes to put the Christmas candles in place.  This involves tasks suitable for all levels of strength and agility;  all help will be very much appreciated.



Little Lights Christmas Service

Wednesday 7 December at 11.15am


The Christmas story, songs and prayers

Special service for pre-school children and their carers

All Welcome, FREE



Holy Communion at Bybrook House Wednesday 7 Dec

We celebrate Holy Communion at Bybrook House at 2.30pm on Wednesday 7 December.  It would be lovely to have some extra people there to support the singing. 


TOAST at St Thomas next Sunday 11 December


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

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



Christmas @ Heart 4 Rudloe with Special Visitor


Next Sunday 11 December

5pm start at Leylands Road Community Centre


Heart is a bit different this time as we celebrate Christmas.  We will be starting the Christingle event at the later time of 5pm at Leylands Road Community Centre.  Our Special Visitor will be in Rudloe from 4pm.

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.



Box Burns Night Ceilidh

Supporting the TeePee Fund


We are celebrating Burns Night in the Selwyn Hall on Saturday evening,  28 January 2017. Money raised from ticket sales will go to the TeePee fund.


A fabulous haggis supper and excellent dancing are included in the ticket price, which is £18 for adults and £7 for children.  A vegetarian alternative can be arranged, please advise of any special dietary requirements when booking the tickets.


Tickets can be booked at the Vicarage office on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning, T. 744458 or from Charles Freeman, T. 744155.


The Box Burns Night will be an important fund raising event.  Ideas for other events include, a West Indian music evening and a “Murder Mystery”.  On the 10th of June 2017 there will be an Auction of Promises.



St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar December 2016




Thursday 1 December

7pm                             Carol Service rehearsal


Sunday 4 December, the Second Sunday of Advent

10.30am                      Morning Worship

6pm                             Evensong at Chapel Plaister


Monday 5 December

9.30am                        Hanging candles in Church.  Help is welcomed

1.30pm                        Box School Nativity rehearsal

6.30pm                        Scout Carol Service


Tuesday 6 December

1.30pm                        Box School Nativity

6pm                             Box School Nativity


Wednesday 7 December

9.15am                        Morning Prayer

10.30am                      Holy Communion in Church followed by coffee

11.15am                      Little Lights Christmas Service

2.30pm                        Holy Communion at Bybrook House. All Welcome


Thursday 8 December

10am                           Holy Communion at St John’s, Colerne

                                    followed by coffee - all Welcome

7pm                             Carol Service rehearsal, in Church



Craft Club on Thursday 15 December, 10am in Church

Everyone is very Welcome to the Craft Club that meets in St Thomas’ once a month.  No need to be a member of the congregation and you can dip in and out according to interest.


The next meeting is on Thursday 15 December, when we will be making a seasonal floral arrangement.