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Parish Weekly News Sheet  


Sunday 10 December

The Second Sunday of Advent

10.30am         Christingle Family Service

4pm                Christmas @ HEART 4 Rudloe

6pm                TOAST

6pm                Compline at Chapel Plaister



The Collect for Today

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 17 December, the Third Sunday of Advent

8am                Holy Communion

                        No Morning Service

6pm                Nine Lessons & Carols

                        followed by mulled wine and mince pies




We remember those whom we know,

who are suffering in sickness or adversity,

and those who especially need our prayers at this time.



Christmas @ Heart 4 Rudloe this Sunday 10 December


This Sunday is the HEART 4 Rudloe Christmas Special, starting 4pm at the MOD Corsham Community Centre in Portal Avenue.  Everyone is very welcome as usual.


HELP is needed please!  If you could spare some time to help with the Rudloe Santa and Christingle that would be great.


You could  …


Come and help assemble the Sleigh from 2pm at the Vicarage.


Come around with Santa in Rudloe from 4-5pm, handing our sweets and making sure things are safe.


Help at the MOD Corsham Community Centre in Portal Avenue, from 4pm setting up ready for the Christingles and the refreshments.


Help with running the Christingle making and serving refreshments in the MOD Corsham Community Centre in Portal Avenue,  5pm -5.30pm.


Help tidy up the Community Centre 5.30 - 6pm.


If you are available to help with any of the above, please contact Janet, Tel. 744458.

Thank you



TOAST Christmas at St Thomas’ this Sunday 10 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 TOAST leaders are:        Rev Clair Southgate  T: 01225 743970

                                                Ian MacKenzie            T: 01225 744458





Advent is a season of expectation and preparation, as the Church     prepares to celebrate the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and also looks ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time.


The readings and liturgies not only direct us towards Christ’s birth, they also challenge the modern reluctance to confront the theme of divine judgement:


Every eye shall now behold him

robed in dreadful majesty.


(Charles Wesley)


The Four Last Things – Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell – have been traditional themes for Advent meditation.

The characteristic note of Advent is therefore expectation, rather than penitence, although the character of the season is easily coloured by an analogy with Lent.


The anticipation of Christmas under commercial pressure has also made it harder to sustain the appropriate sense of alert watchfulness, but the fundamental Advent prayer remains  

‘Our Lord, come’ (1 Corinthians 16.22).


Church decorations are simple and spare, and purple is the  traditional liturgical colour.


In the northern hemisphere, the Advent season falls at the darkest time of the year, and the natural symbols of darkness and light are powerfully at work throughout Advent and Christmas. 


Lift up your heads, O gates;

be lifted up, you everlasting doors;

and the King of glory shall come in.


                                                Psalm 24.7



St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar

December 2017



Sunday 10 December, the Second Sunday in Advent

10.30am                     Christingle Family Service

4pm                            Christmas @ HEART 4 Rudloe

6pm                            TOAST

6pm                            Compline at Chapel Plaister


Tuesday 12 December

7pm - 8pm                 Carol rehearsal, in Church

7.30pm                       The Filling Station, Box Methodist Church


Wednesday 13 December

9.30am                       Morning Prayer

10.30am                     Holy Communion, followed by coffee

11.15am                     Little Lights, in Church


Thursday 14 December

9.45am                       Holy Communion at St John’s, Colerne

                                    followed by coffee. Welcome

7.30 for 8pm              Valens Terrace Home Group



Mince Pies for the Carol Service on Sunday 17 December

There will be mulled wine and mince pies after the 6pm Carol   Service on Sunday 17th.  All donations of mince pies, home-made or shop-bought, and also cheese straws are most welcome.

Please leave them on the big table in Church during the day on Saturday or Sunday, or bring to the service.  Thank you.


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

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