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Parish Weekly News Sheet  




Sunday 16th September, Harvest Festival


8.00am           Holy Communion

                        James 3.1-12, Mark 8.27-38


10.30am         Harvest Festival Family Service

                        (Please bring something for the collection for the Sisters)


6pm                Compline at Chapel Plaister



The Collect for the Day

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.


Please pray for those who are ill

John Mortimer

Freddy Connolly

John Sumner



We remember those whom we know,

who are suffering in sickness or adversity,

and those who especially need our prayers at this time.


TeePee tidy up


The work in the church on Project TeePee is scheduled to complete this coming Friday,21 Sept.  It currently looks as though that target should just about be met.



The Big Clean.  Your Church Wardens are planning a Big Clean of StTaB on Sat 6 October, starting at 1000,  and would welcome as much help as possible, please.  The intention is to have a deep clean following the TeePee work (which should finish a couple of weeks earlier), settle the crockery, flower arranging gear, children's activity items etc etc into their new cupboards, and carry out a major clean of silver and brass stored in the vestry.  This should give endless fun for all, but if none of the above has appeal for you then there is probably a chance to join in the disposal of unwanted junk!  


Opening of the new facilities


Obviously we shall start using the facilities as soon as we can but they will be more formally opened and blessed in a special service at10.30am on Sunday 28 Oct. 

Bishop Vivienne, the new Bishop of Bristol, has accepted an invitation to join us that day and this is particularly exciting as Box will therefore be one of the first parishes which she visits.

Please save the date if you can. It is hoped also to have some sort of "open house" for the village that afternoon but arrangements for this have not yet been settled.


  1. Please note that this arrangement supersedes anything you may have previously heard or read about an opening on 25 Nov.


Valens Terrace Home Group

We're studying the book of Daniel, now in the latter chapters, and we're finding it intriguing! We meet Thursdays, from 7.30pm (for coffee and cake) for a 8pm start, and everyone is welcome.


For more information, call Angela on 07835 812258 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 Sisters of the Church Harvest Appeal


There will be a delivery of items to the Sisters of the Church after our Harvest Festival service this Sunday.


If you wish to donate any of the items below, please leave them in the collection box near the entrance to the church and noticeboards.


This year the Sisters have requested the following items:

- TINS (in date please!):  tinned meats (eg ham, stew), rice pudding, fruit, custard, baked beans, soup, vegetables, and ESPECIALLY TINS OF TUNA

PACKETS:  cereals, pasta, rice, instant cup soup, biscuits, tea bags and jars of coffee

FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES are always welcome (Mondays and Tuesdays only)

SUNDRIES:  tin openers, toiletries for both men and women, packets of nappies especially larger sizes

Many thanks

James Symons



Welcome to join a musical training evening in Colerne


Charlotte Newstead is coming to St John the Baptist Parish Church in Colerne on Thurssday 27th September 6.15 until 8pm to provide an evening of vocal coaching for those who sing in church choirs. Rodney Priest is organising this and to let him know you are coming (so he can get music ready for the right number of people) can you call or text 07527 061775. There will be a short comfort and refreshment break half way through.



23rd September is our next Heart 4 Rudloe

We could do with a hand with the food and the washing up from 5pm onwards. If you can spare us 5-6.30pm can you let Lee or Janet know please.


Prayer Circle

If you would like prayer cover between Sunday Sept 8th and Sept. 16th please ring Pam Farmer on 01225 744171 evenings only.


St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar


Monday 17th September

9.30am           Please can a couple of people help bag up all the harvest festival items at St Thomas’ and help load them into the car?


Tuesday 18th September

12noon           Heart 4 Rudloe planning meeting at Crumpets

                        —All Welcome

7.30pm           PCC meeting in church


Wednesday  19th September

10.30 am        Holy Communion, followed by coffee

2.30pm           Holy Communion at Bybrook House

                        Please come along if you can


Thursday 20th September

9.45 am                      Holy Communion at St John’s, Colerne,

                                    followed by coffee

7.30 for 8pm  Valens Terrace Home Group


Sunday 23rd September

8am                            Holy Communion at Chapel Plaister

10.30am                    Holy Communion at St Thomas’

4.00pm                       Heart 4 Rudloe

6.00pm                       TOAST


Advance Notice—14th October

14th October is Box Methodist Church 184th anniversary service at 10.30am, Rev David Hull Chaplain of Kingswood School will be leading the service.


The usual Methodist church lunch will follow the service, we have been invited to join if we would like. It costs £7, to book a lunch please contact Helen Cain 07757 667278.