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Parish Weekly News Sheet  


Sunday 24 December

Christmas Eve, the Fourth Sunday of Advent

8am                 Holy Communion at Chapel Plaister

10.30am          Holy Communion and Homily


Romans 16: 25 - end, page 803

Luke 1: 26 - 38, page 722

11.30pm          First Holy Communion of Christmas

4pm                 Nativity, in Church


The Collect for Today

Almighty God,

as we prepare with joy

to celebrate the gift of the Christ-child,

embrace the earth with your glory

and be for us a living hope

in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Sunday, 31 December

New Year’s Eve, the First Sunday of Christmas

10.30am          Holy Communion


Isa 61:10 - 62:3, page 525

Gal 4: 4 - 7, page 823

Luke 2: 15 - 21, page 724



Please pray for the families of those who have died

Sylvia Walker


We remember those whom we know,

who are suffering in sickness or adversity,

and those who especially need our prayers at this time.


Christmas Services in Box


Christmas Eve, Sunday 24 December

10.30am          Holy Communion and Homily

4pm                 Nativity Play                                                   

11.30pm          First Holy Communion of Christmas 


Christmas Day, Monday 25 December

10.30am          Christmas Day Family Holy Communion                  

10.30am          Lessons and Carols at Chapel Plaister, Wadswick


Sunday 31 December, First Sunday of Christmas

10.30am          Holy Communion


In St Thomas’ unless otherwise stated



Christmas Eve Nativity


If you would like to take part … or if your children do!  Then please join us for a casting and rehearsal in Church, 2 - 4pm on Saturday 23 December.


The Nativity takes place at 4pm on Christmas Eve in the Church.


Everyone welcome to come along to watch or take part.  For details  contact Alice Kemp on 07709 767642, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Helpers needed for Nativity please


We will need some adult volunteer helpers for both the Nativity  rehearsal on the 23rd and performance on the 24th.  If you can help on either, or both days, please let  Alice know.  Thank you.



At Christmas we celebrate the mystery of God coming to live among  humanity as one of us in the person of Jesus, son of Mary, the saviour promised by the prophets of the Old Testament. This great feast marks the anniversary of Jesus' birth. There is amazement, wonder and joy.


The liturgical colour changes from Advent purple to white for Christmas Day. In St Thomas’ this is usually done ready to celebrate the First  Communion of Christmas at Midnight Mass.


The gospel accounts of the first Christmas provide so many ways for us to enter into the mystery of God becoming human. There are hosts of angels filling the night sky with singing; a group of astounded shepherds on a hillside who find their lives and expectations turned upside down; there is a shining star and the birth of a child, which, like many other births before and since, bring hope and possibility. And the readings for Christmas day invite us to look beyond the joy of Jesus' birth to the    significance of his life, and the saving power of his future death and   resurrection.


The season of Christmas lasts for twelve days, culminating in another feast - that of the Epiphany on 6 January, when we recall how Jesus was first revealed to the wider world in the visit of the Magi (the Wise Men).

The angels sing of glory. God’s glory is utterly tied up with this child. God has no glory apart from Jesus, and Jesus is the source of all that is truly glorious in life.

Archbishop Justin Welby, Christmas sermon 2016


St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar

December 2017



Thursday 21 December

6pm                 Blue Christmas, Box Methodist Church


Friday 22 December

2.30pm            Holy Communion, Bybrook Nursing Home


Saturday 23 December

2 - 4pm            Nativity Rehearsal, in Church


Sunday 24 December, Christmas Eve

8am                 Holy Communion at Chapel Plaister

10.30am          Holy Communion and Homily

4pm                 Nativity, in Church

11.30pm          First Holy Communion of Christmas


Sunday 31 December, the First Sunday of Christmas

10.30am          Holy Communion


Sisters of the Church


A big ‘Thank You’ from the Sisters for your Christmas donations.


We provided:


Gloves, Hats, Scarves & Socks  (23)


Toiletries  (19)


Festive Gifts  (23)


Money for Vouchers - £120


Along with a further 120 items of food


For the homeless, families living in hostels and many others on very low incomes unable to make ends meet. Your gifts mean that these people can enjoy special treats at Christmas that they would otherwise be unable to have