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St Thomas à Becket

Parish Weekly News Sheet 


Sunday 2nd December

Advent Sunday


8 am         Holy Communion


                        Jeremiah 33: 14-16

                        Luke 21:25-36


10.30 am        Morning Worship led by Ian MacKenzie, with Rev. Judith                               Lee, from the Children’s Society


6pm          Evensong at Chapel Plaister




Almighty God,

as your kingdom dawns,

turn us from the darkness of sin

to the light of holiness,

that we may be ready to meet you

in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.




Please pray for those who are ill

John Sumner

Olwen Trefor-Roberts


Please remember the families and friends of those who have died


Bette Crouch


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


We are continuing to follow the Bible Society's 8-week course that gives us further insight into the Bible itself - its origins, main events, characters, and of course how they all fit together!

We meet Thursdays, from 7.30 pm (for coffee and cake :) ) for a 8 pm 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.



Christmas Card Delivery 2018


If you are able to assist in delivery of the Parish Christmas cards, please let us know - either by signing the sign-up sheet at the back of the church, or by emailing Janet or Angela at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cards will be ready for collection from the church from Tuesday 4th December, with the hope they could be

be delivered by Saturday 8th December.



Electoral Roll

If you are a regular member of our church, please could please consider joining the Electoral roll. Forms can be found in the purple folder at the back of the church - and today would be as good a time as any!



Hanging the Christmas Candles

We are planning to have a working party in StTaB on Sat 8th December at 10am to put the Christmas candles in place, and all help would be very much appreciated, please.



Christmas Holiday Club Party!

TOAST are hosting this, on Saturday 15th December, 2-4pm in the church. Please see Janet or Angela if you are able to help. Details of how to register will be issued early next week.



Sister’s Christmas Appeal


Last year the Sisters were able to distribute 420 Christmas bags and they hope to do this same this year. 


This year they particularly need gifts for adults:

Toiletry sets for men

Gloves for men and women


They also need:

Christmas food, boxes of chocolates, festive biscuits, tins of ham, meat or salmon, mince pies, Christmas puddings and jars of coffee.

(Please make sure all food items are in date for Christmas!)


£10 Argos vouchers for the children


If you are able to donate any of these items, please leave them in the box near the church door & noticeboards.

James will deliver any donated items on 4th December.



Mince Pies!

All contributions of mince pies will be gratefully received for the

Carol Service on 16th December - please bring to the kitchen area before the service.


Giving to the Church through Legacies

Both StTaB and Chapel Plaister have benefited in recent years from a number of generous gifts given in Wills, not least a substantial bequest which helped us to achieve the "TeePee" work.  Amongst other advantages of giving this way, one has use of the money throughout your lifetime! Anybody writing a Will should of course consult a solicitor but a certain amount of guidance and information is produced by the Church of England, and a selection of relevant guides has been placed in StTaB.  Further information is available .


 St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar


Sunday 2nd December


8am                Holy Communion

10.30am         Morning Worship, led by Ian MacKenzie, with Rev Judith                    Lee, from the Children’s Society

6 pm         Evensong at Chapel Plaister


Monday 3rd December

9am          Box School rehearsal in church


Tuesday 4th December

9am          Box School rehearsal in church

7-8 pm    Christmas choir practice


Wednesday 5th December

10.30 am        Holy Communion, followed by coffee


Thursday 6th December

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

10.30am   Box School rehearsal in church


Friday 7th December

9am          Box School rehearsal in church


Saturday 8th December

10am        Hanging the Christmas Candles in church



Next Sunday 9th December


8am          Holy Communion at St Christopher’s Ditteridge

10.30am   Christingle Family Service

2pm          Holy Communion at Brunel House

6 pm         Compline at Chapel Plaister

6pm          TOAST