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St Thomas à Becket

Parish Weekly News Sheet  


Sunday 26 November

Sunday next before Advent

8am                Holy Communion at Chapel Plaister

10.30am         Holy Communion

4pm                HEART 4 Rudloe

6pm                TOAST


            Ezek 34: 11-16, 20-24, page 608

            Eph 1:15 – end, page 825

            Matt 25: 31 – end, page 701



The Collect for Today, Christ the King


God the Father,

help us to hear the call of Christ the King

and to follow in his service,

whose kingdom has no end;

for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, one glory.


Next Sunday 3 December, Advent Sunday

8am                Holy Communion

10.30am         Morning Worship

6pm                Evensong at Chapel Plaister





Please pray for the families of those who have died


Brian Leach

Clair is taking the service at Semington on Tuesday 28 November

and she has more details


Hilary Dunnill

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 appreciate:
Boxes of Chocolates, Festive Biscuits, Tins of Ham, Meat or Salmon, Mince Pies, Small Jars of Coffee.  Please make sure all food items arein 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 next Sunday 3 December so we can meet the Sisters’ deadline.  Thank you for your kind generosity.


A copy of the Sisters’ letter can be found on the noticeboard in Church.       Robin Parry








Distribution of Christmas Cards - can you help please?

The plan is to have the cards addressed and ready in Church for collection by Friday 1 December and for them all to be delivered by Sunday 10 December.  If you are able to give a hand, even if it’s just a few around your home, your help is very welcome indeed.  Please sign up on Sunday, the sheets will be on the noticeboard in Church, or let Janet know.  Alternative, if you would like to donate some stamps, then that would be equally welcome, as they will be used for difficult to reach addresses.  Thank you.




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 17thDecemberAlice



Heart 4 Rudloe this 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’ this 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



Grace in Box - Friday 1 December


Friday 1 December, 3.30pm - 5.30pm in Box Methodist Church.

Everyone of any age is welcome (children must bring an adult).

More info available from:

Revd Dr Janet Anderson-MacKenzie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel 01225 744458 and Rev Elizabeth Kirova This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Valens Terrace Home Group meets Thursdays, 7.30 for 8pm

The Valens Terrace Home Group meets on Thursdays 7.30 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, 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 - December 2017


Sunday 26 November, Sunday next before Advent

8am                            Holy Communion at Chapel Plaister

10.30am                     Holy Communion

4pm                            HEART 4 Rudloe

6pm                            TOAST


Monday 27 November

9.30am                       Christmas Candles going up in Church. Help welcome


Tuesday 28 November

Funeral for Brian Leach at Semington. Contact Clair for details.

7pm - 8pm                 Carol rehearsal, in Church


Wednesday 29 November

9.30am                       Morning Prayer

10.30am                     Holy Communion, followed by coffee


Thursday 30 November

9.30am                       Holy Communion at St John’s, Colerne

                                    followed by coffee. Welcome

7.30 for 8pm              Valens Terrace Home Group


Friday 1 December

3.30 - 5.30pm            Grace in Box.  All welcome at Box Methodist Church


Saturday 2 December

2pm                            Thanksgiving Service for Hilary Dunnill, in Church