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St Thomas à Becket

Parish Weekly News Sheet  


Sunday 1 October

16th Sunday after Trinity

8am                Holy Communion


Phil 2: 1 - 13, page 829

Matt 21: 23 - 32, page 697


10.30am         Morning Worship

6pm                Harvest Evensong at Chapel Plaister


The Collect for Today


Lord of creation, 
whose glory is around and within us:
open our eyes to your wonders,
that we may serve you with reverence
and know your peace at our lives' end,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Next Sunday 8 October, 17th Sunday after Trinity

10.30am         Methodist Anniversary Service at Box Methodist Church.  Please come along, everyone Welcome

4pm                HEART 4 Rudloe

6pm                TOAST

6pm                Compline at Chapel Plaister


We remember those whom we know,

who are suffering in sickness or adversity,

and those who especially need our prayers at this time.



Valens Terrace Home Group meets Thursdays at 7.30pm 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.


Churchyard Working Party this Saturday 30 September, 9am start


Any help with an end-of-summer blitz of cutting, pruning and sweeping in the churchyard on Saturday 30 September will be much appreciated, from 9am that morning for a couple of hours.  Comes under the general heading of having fun!  Many thanks in advance!       Charles


Community of the Sisters of the Church


We delivered more than 300 items to the Sisters following our Harvest Festival for which the Sisters were, as always, extremely grateful. 

There is a copy of a letter from Sister Rosina and Sister Teresa Mary on the notice board expressing just how grateful they are for our contribution and thanking us on behalf of their many callers.


Many thanks



Appointment of the next Bishop of Bristol – getting involved


Do you want to play your part in helping discern who our next Bishop will be?


Please come to an open meeting to learn about the role and process; to pray and to share your views as part of the consultation. 


A meeting will be held in Chippenham Deanery at St Andrew’s Church Chippenham at 7.30pm on 12th October 2017 (coffee from 7pm).


To find out more about other ways you can pray and feed into the consultation, visit


TeePee Project Update


The tendering process is still not complete, but significant progress has been made.   The first tenders received came from 3 large-ish building firms who each submitted quotes which were disappointingly high.   This led to a second round of tendering with 2 smaller, local companies. Their submissions are much nearer the figures we had expected, and detailed discussions are now getting under way in order to put some flesh on the bones of an estimate which has an attractive bottom line, but currently does not give much indication of how that figure has been calculated. As part of the application for the sizeable grants which we still need, it is necessary to tell potential donors how much of the expenditure lies with the accessible toilet and how much with the tea-&-coffee-station.  We also need to ensure that every item listed by the architect in his lengthy specification has been fully incorporated into whichever tender we accept.  Finally, of course, we need to be sure that we are protected against any nasty surprises once the work is started.


Meanwhile many people locally continue to give generously, boosting the money raised via earlier donations, Burns Night, the Auction of Promises, a generous legacy, Box Art Club, and other sources.  Coupled with some small grants which have already been received and money which we should be able to take from the existing Fabric Fund, we have raised about £40,000, which is a tremendous effort.  That said, we need about the same amount again, but grant-givers are likely to be impressed by what we have done so far and we hope that the next round of applications will result in various trusts etc giving substantial matching funding. Our next fund-raising event is the Caribbean evening which, at the time of writing, has nearly reached sell-out.


Other good news is that the lengthy process of obtaining a Faculty, the church's equivalent of planning permission and listed building consent, has been successfully completed.             Charles


Grace in Box - starts on Friday 6 October


Friday 6 October, 3.30 - 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

Rev Elizabeth Kirova  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar - October 2017


Saturday 30 September

9am                             Churchyard working party.  All helpers welcome


Sunday 1 October

8am                             Holy Communion

10.30am                      Morning Worship

6pm                             Harvest Evensong at Chapel Plaister


Wednesday 4 October

9.30am                        Morning Prayer

10.30am                      Holy Communion, followed by coffee

2pm                             Bride & florist, in Church


Thursday 5 October

8.30 - 10am                 Boiler being serviced, in Church

9.30am                        Holy Communion at St John’s, Colerne

                                    followed by coffee. Welcome (note earlier start)

7.30 for 8pm                Valens Terrace Home Group


Friday 6 October

3.30 - 5.30pm              Grace, Box Methodist Church.  Everyone Welcome


Caribbean Evening in aid of the TeePee Fund


Saturday 14 October in the Selwyn Hall


On Saturday 14 October there will be a Caribbean Evening of     delicious food and great music.  The evening starts at 7pm with supper at 7.30pm.  End 11pm.


Seating at long trestle tables, and music in two sessions with an interval.  Cash bar and raffle - all in aid of the TeePee Fund to give our Church new kitchen and toilet facilities.


Adult tickets £20 - School age children £10

available from Stop Press or Jane Cox Tel 01225 743257

If you want to sit as a group or, if you have any queries,

please contact Jane:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.