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St Thomas à Becket

Parish Weekly News Sheet




Sunday 1 January 2017



Sunday 1 January, the Second Sunday of Christmas

10.30am                      Morning Worship



The Collect for Today

God in Trinity,
eternal unity of perfect love:
gather the nations to be one family,
and draw us into your holy life
through the birth of Emmanuel,
our Lord Jesus Christ.


Next Sunday 8 January 2017, Epiphany

10.30am                      Holy Communion

4pm - 6pm                   HEART 4 Rudloe

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

Mary Lambert




Box Burns Night Ceilidh - only 13 tickets left!

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 and the tickets are selling fast.  There are only 13 left.


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.


Thank you to all those who have already reserved your tickets.  We will need to ask for payment now as the new year approaches.


The adult tickets are £18 each and the child tickets £7 each.  Payment can be made directly, stating Burns Night and whom the payment is from to:



A/C Name:                  St Thomas a Becket Church

Sort Code:                   40-09-19

A/C No:                       22311429


Alternatively, a cheque made out to St Thomas a Becket Churchcan be dropped off at Box Vicarage, as can cash.  In both cases, please state clearly Burns Night and whom the payment is from.


The Box Burns Night will be an important fund raising event.


We have several more treats in store for 2017; on the 10th of June there will be an Auction of Promises, other ideas include a West Indian music evening and a “Murder Mystery”.                                     



Thank you

to everybody who has worked so hard during Advent and the Christmas season; arranging flowers, tidying and organising, serving refreshments and all the other things that make this such a special time for everybody.  A Big Thank You!


The Craft Club is back in 2017

The next date for your diary is Thursday 19 January, in Church, at the usual time of 10am - 12noon.  The January theme is ‘Hearts’.


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.


Heart 4 Rudloe starts again next Sunday 8 January 2017

HELP with HEART in the new year would be greatly appreciated.

If you are able to help with the washing up, just once or twice a year even, we would love to hear from you.  An extra pair of hands would make a huge difference.  Please call Janet T. 744458 if you are able to help in this way.  Thank you.


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


TOAST at St Thomas’ back next Sunday 8 January


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




St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar


January 2017



Sunday 1 January, the Second Sunday of Christmas

10.30am                      Morning Worship


Wednesday 4 January

9.15am            Morning Prayer

10.30am          Holy Communion, followed by coffee


Thursday 5 January

10am               Holy Communion at St John’s, Colerne

                        followed by coffee - all Welcome



We remember those whom we know,

who are suffering in sickness or adversity,

and those who especially need our prayers at this time.