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St Thomas à Becket

Parish Weekly News Sheet  


Sunday 24 June, 4th Sunday after Trinity

The Birth of John the Baptist


8 am               Holy Communion at Chapel Plaister

10.30 am        Holy Communion

                        Isa 40: 1-11, page 508

                        Acts 13: 14b-26, page 779

                        Luke 1: 57-66.80, page 723

4 pm               HEART 4 Rudloe

6 pm               TOAST

6 pm               Patronal Service at St John the Baptist, Colerne - Everyone welcome


The Collect for the Day

Gracious Father,

by the obedience of Jesus

you brought salvation to our wayward world:

draw us into harmony with your will,

that we may find all things restored in him,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.


Please pray for those who are ill

Dafydd Stradling

John Mortimer

Pam Farmer



We remember those whom we know,

who are suffering in sickness or adversity,

and those who especially need our prayers at this time.


Please pray for Rev Janet as she continues her sabbatical


26 June - Talk by Clair Fussell of the Diocesan Staff

At the moment the routine outgoings for this year from our General Fund, which covers both StTaB and CP, are probably going to exceed our likely income by about £2,000, even though we are paying the diocese far less through our "Parish Share" than we did about 5 years ago.  This potential annual deficit is without taking account of Project TeePee or any major building maintenance.   Last year we survived the situation by drawing on an unexpected and very welcome legacy but we cannot continue routinely to pay out from our funds more money than is coming in. The PCC is going to listen to the advice of the very helpful Diocesan Fundraising Adviser, Clair Fussell, on Tues 26 June at 7.30pm in the church and it would be really helpful if as many other people as possible could also attend so that together we can learn about the options and discuss them if necessary.

Do please put the date in your diary and try to come! Thanks! Charles


Open Gardens

Many congratulations and huge thanks to John Tucker and everybody involved with the Open Gardens and the teas last Sunday. The organisation was superb and the gardens were beautiful.  Not only did everybody who visited have a wonderful time but also the fabulous sum of £1,300 was raised, 20% more than the previous best-ever. 


Celebrating Age Concert - Tuesday 26 June

Francesca K will be singing at Box Methodist Church as part of the Celebrating Age concerts.  She will be singing a variety of songs, from Frank Sinatra to popular music from the shows.

 At: Box Methodist Church

On: Tues  26 June

Time: 10.30—1.00

Cost: £2 (includes tea/coffee)

A light lunch of soup and bread will be served at 12.15 after the singing (voluntary donations welcome)

For more details call Helen on : 01225 742911  

Heart 4 Rudloe this Sunday 24 June

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.


If you could help organise the food for HEART on 24th June please let Phill know on 01225 810839.

Thank you. 


Valens Terrace Home Group

The Valens Terrace Home Group meets on Thursdays,7.30pm for 8pm start, at Jo and Jamie's house, 9 Valens Terrace, Box.  We are currently studying The Book of Daniel.  Everybody welcome.

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.


Forthcoming Dates for the Diary

Sunday 24 June, 6pm - St John the Baptist Patronal Service. 

Everyone is welcome to celebrate with the congregation of St John’s.


Tuesday 26 June, 7.30pm - Talk by Clair Fussell (see opposite)


Tuesday 3 July - Janet returns from Sabbatical.

Janet’s first Sunday service will be at St John’s, Colerne on 8 July, then at St Thomas', Box on 15 July for a family service where we will be welcoming the family and friends of Elliott Baker and Neve Beezer, who will be being baptised.


Monday 16 July, 7.30pm – Phill’s licensing service in Wroughton Parish Church everyone is very welcome to attend this service, which will be followed by light refreshments (Church Hill, Wroughton SN4 9JS).


St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar

Sunday 24 June, 4th Sunday after Trinity

(The Birth of John the Baptist)

8 am               Holy Communion at Chapel Plaister

10.30 am        Holy Communion

4 pm               HEART 4 Rudloe

6 pm               TOAST

6 pm               Patronal Service at St John the Baptist, Colerne. Everyone welcome


Tuesday 26 June

7.30 pm -       Talk by Clair Fussell at St Thomas à Becket, Box


Wednesday 27 June

10.30 am        Holy Communion, followed by coffee

Thursday 28 June

9.45 am            Holy Communion at St John’s, Colerne, followed by coffee

7.30 for 8 pm  Valens Terrace Home Group


Next Sunday 1 July, 5th Sunday after Trinity

8 am -             Holy Communion

10.30 am -     Morning Worship

6 pm -             Evensong at Chapel Plaister