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Parish Weekly News Sheet  


Sunday 28 January 2018


Sunday 28 January, Fourth Sunday of Epiphany

8am                Holy Communion at Chapel Plaister

10.30am         Holy Communion


Deut 18:15 - 20, page 139

Rev 12:1 - 5a, page 876

Mark 1:21 - 28, page 706


4pm                Heart 4 Rudloe

6pm                TOAST


The Collect for Today

God of heaven,

you send the gospel to the ends of the earth

and your messengers to every nation:

send your Holy Spirit to transform us

by the good news of everlasting life

in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Next Sunday 4 February, the Fifth Sunday of Epiphany

8am                Holy Communion

10.30am         Morning Worship

6pm                Evensong at Chapel Plaister



Please pray for those who are sick:   Dafydd Stradling



We remember those whom we know,

who are suffering in sickness or adversity,

and those who especially need our prayers at this time.



Help, please!  The wonderful Sylvia Walker is both mourned and missed, but it is necessary to think about how the many tasks she undertook can be handled in future.  Even without mentioning her roles outside the church (with LINK and "Friends of St Thomas a Becket" for instance) she had a wide array of jobs.  The following list is an attempt to show where assistance is now needed with church work.  If you feel you can play a part then please let me know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on

T. 01225 744155. Some provisional offers are included below but in several cases these are from people who already "do things" so please do not hold back from additional or alternative offers.               Charles    


Nothing to do with Treasurer's post


1.  Run the roster of Sunday morning organists/pianists.. John Tucker has kindly offered.

2.  Run rota of meeters/greeters/readers for StTaB and CP, and also CP service leaders.  Pam Farmer and Lee Towler have offered to do this together. 

3.  Organise choirs for funerals and weddings if/when requested .  Cath Knight has offered.

4.  Organise organist and verger(s) for funerals


Financial Tasks


5.  Paying bills using cheque book and electronic transfer

6.  Dealing with "cash in" ; ie,  gather cash, open envelopes and record amount and date, make up paying-in slip, pay in at post office (escort can be provided!). Best done weekly or fortnightly. 

7.  Reading electricity and gas meters monthly and submitting results to suppliers (and perhaps administering the utilities contracts?)

8.  Recording financial transactions in accordance 5, 6 and 7 above,  ie being Treasurer but with a smaller load than Sylvia carried.  The role could be essentially "coordinator and recorder" rather than "doer".

9.   Undertake end of year trial balance (and quarterly reconciliation?)

10.  Secretary of Finance Committee (about 1 page of minutes every 3 months).

11.  Administration of School House etc.  John Tucker has worked with Sylvia on this.

12.  Gift Aid returns.  Chris Ward helped Sylvia with the online system for this.


Obviously many of those tasks can be combined, but equally the work which was undertaken by Sylvia can be divided either on the above lines or in some other way.



Craft Club in Church, 10am - 12noon


Everyone is very Welcome to the Craft Club that meets once a month.  No need to be a member of the congregation and you can dip in and out according to interest.


            15 February               Member’s Choice

            15 March                    Eggs & Easter Theme

            19 April                      Making flowers in different mediums

            17 May                       Make a bag

            21 June                      Painting theme

            19 July                       Picnic theme


Craft Club meets in Box Methodist Church until further notice




Tuesday 20 February

Eucharist - Canon Michael Johnson


Tuesday 27 February

Giving - Claire Fussell


Tuesday 6 March

Why do we have confession in our Church services?

Ray Brazier


Tuesday 13 March

No Meeting - The Filling Station      at Box Methodist Church


Tuesday 20 March

Creed - Speaker t.b.c.


Venue in Box and evening timings will be confirmed shortly.

The talks are Free and Open to Everyone.

You can attend all or a few, whichever suits.



St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar



Sunday 28 January, Fourth Sunday of Epiphany

8am                            Holy Communion at Chapel Plaister

10.30am                     Holy Communion

4pm                            Heart 4 Rudloe

6pm                            TOAST


Monday 29 January

9am - 4pm                 Electricity interruption for one hour in this period


Wednesday 31 January

9.30am                       Morning Prayer

10.30am                     Holy Communion, followed by coffee


Thursday 1 February

9.30am                       Holy Communion at St John’s, Colerne

                                    followed by coffee. Welcome

7.30 for 8pm             Valens Terrace Home Group



Valens Terrace Home Group meets Thursdays, 7.30 for 8pm

The Valens Terrace Home Group meets on Thursdays, 7.30pm for 8pm start, at Jo and Jamie's house, 9 Valens Terrace, Box.

We have now started looking at Paul's Letter to the Colossians.

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.



Annual Maundy Thursday pilgrimage walk - 29 March


The annual Maundy Thursday pilgrimage will take place on  Thursday 29 March starting at St Christopher’s at 10.00am.


The group will follow the usual pattern of visiting the four ancient sites of Christian worship around the civil parish of Box (including the site of the abandoned church at Hazlebury) and hopes to visit Box Methodist church as in 2017.  The walk will finish at The Quarryman’s for lunch.  Please contact Brian Nicholas (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) T. 810791 or Penny Newboult (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) T. 742549 if you would like to join the expedition. Penny and Brian need to inform the staff at The Quarryman’s of numbers.