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St Thomas à Becket

Parish Weekly News Sheet  



Sunday 19 November

Second Sunday before Advent

8am                Holy Communion


1 Thess 5: 1 - 11, page 836

Matt 25: 14 - 30, page 701


10.30am         Holy Communion

6pm                Compline at Chapel Plaister



The Collect for Today


Heavenly Lord,
you long for the world's salvation:
stir us from apathy,
restrain us from excess
and revive in us new hope
that all creation will one day be healed
in Jesus Christ our Lord.




Next Sunday 26 November, Second next before Advent

8am                Holy Communion at Chapel Plaister

10.30am         Holy Communion

4pm                HEART 4 Rudloe

6pm                TOAST





Please pray for the families of those who have died

Hilary Dunill


There will be a Thanksgiving Service in St Thomas à Becket,

on Saturday 2 December at 2pm




We remember those whom we know,

who are suffering in sickness or adversity,

and those who especially need our prayers at this time.



The Community of the Sisters of the Church CHRISTMAS APPEAL




We are grateful for all food donations and at Christmas especially

Boxes of Chocolates, Festive Biscuits, Tins of Ham, Meat or Salmon, Mince Pies, Small Jars of Coffee.  Please make sure all food items are in date for Christmas!  Please note that we don’t need Christmas Puddings this year.





We are especially asking for the following:
For Ladies: gloves, warm scarves, hand-cream and individual toiletries
For Men:  gloves, scarves, hats, socks and toiletry sets




For the past two years we have asked for money donations for Argos vouchers, so that we could give a £10 voucher per child to all the families that we know are in need, and this was a huge success.  Last year we gave out around 200 vouchers, and would like to be able to do the same this year.


All donations are most welcome!  As well as bulk buying of food throughout the year, we also use some of our donated funds to top up gas and electricity meter keys for our most vulnerable callers and families, and we occasionally help out with household goods, babies’ and children’s items.


Please bring all your donations by Sunday 3 December so we can meet the Sisters’ deadline.  Thank you for your kind generosity.   Robin Parry




Heart 4 Rudloe next on Sunday 26 November


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.


Theme this time:  Advent



TOAST at St Thomas’ next Sunday 26 November


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 TOAST leaders are:        Rev Clair Southgate  T: 01225 743970

                                                Ian MacKenzie            T: 01225 744458



Christmas Carol Service Choir Practice on Tuesdays


The choir practices for this year’s carol service are weekly on Tuesdays, 7pm - 8pm, in Church.

The service itself will be on Sunday 17th DecemberAlice


Valens Terrace Home Group meets Thursdays, 7.30 for 8pm

The Valens Terrace Home Group is now up and running, 7.30pm for 8pm start, at Jo and Jamie's house, 9 Valens Terrace. We are continuing with our study of the gospel of Mark. For more information, please call Angela on 07835 812258 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar

November 2017



Sunday 19 November, Second Sunday before Advent

8am                            Holy Communion

10.30am                     Holy Communion

6pm                            Compline at Chapel Plaister


Tuesday 21 November

7pm - 8pm                 Carol rehearsal, in Church

7.30pm                       PCC Meeting, Box Vicarage


Wednesday 22 November

9.30am                       Morning Prayer

10.30am                    Holy Communion, followed by coffee


Thursday 23 November

9.30am                       Holy Communion at St John’s, Colerne

                                    followed by coffee. Welcome

7.30 for 8pm              Valens Terrace Home Group



Christmas Candles in Church

The candles are going up in Church at 9.30am on Monday morning, the 27th November  Anyone able to give a helping hand is most welcome.


Distribution of Christmas Cards

There will soon be sign-up sheets in Church for the annual distribution of Christmas cards.  The plan is to have the cards in Church ready for collection by Friday 1 December and for them all to be delivered by Sunday 10 December.  If you are able to help, even if it’s just a few around your home, your help is very welcome indeed.  Thank you.