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Sunday 16th December

3rd Sunday in Advent



8am                Holy Communion


                        Zephaniah 3: 14-20

                        Philippians 4: 4-7

                        Luke 3: 7-18


6pm                Nine Lessons and Carols





God for whom we watch and wait,

You sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:

Give us courage to speak the truth,

To hunger for justice,

And to suffer for the cause of right,

With Jesus Christ our Lord.



Please pray for those who are ill

John Sumner

Olwen Trefor-Roberts

Freddy Connolly



We remember those whom we know,

who are suffering in sickness or adversity,

and those who especially need our prayers at this time,

Also the families of those who have died


Ted Jolly


Christmas Holiday Club Party!


We had 17 primary age children at the Holiday Club party hosted by TOAST. A big thank you to TOAST and all the holiday club helpers who made this possible, especially Clair and Ian.



Mince Pies and Candles!


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.

Also, any help with lighting the candles in church from 5.40pm onwards would be much appreciated.  Names to Charles, please!



Carol Singing in the Queen’s Head


There’s be our traditional carol singing in the Queen’s Head, Box on Tuesday 18th December from 8pm. Everyone welcome!



Wednesday service this week 11am


Please remember that the Wednesday morningservice this week is at 11am and will be followed by the lunch for the regulars for that congregation.


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 .


Blue Christmas: a service of remembrance and hope


The ‘Service of Remembrance and Hope’ will take place in Box Methodist Church on Friday 21st December at 6.30 pm.


Rev Elizabeth Kirova will be leading the service this year.


Christmas can be a difficult time as we come to terms with the loss of a loved one, this service will give us time to pause reflect and remember those whom we love but see no more.


You may like to bring a symbol, or something to remind you of the person you come to remember, to place on the Christmas Tree for the duration of the service (you can retrieve it at the end of the service).


Many people find this service helpful.



Heart 4 Rudloe


Heart 4 Rudloe will meet again before Christmas at 4 pm on Sunday 23rd December. We will be having a DIY Nativity, followed by bring and share party food.


Please feel free to come along, especially dressed as a character form the Nativity, and an instant Nativity play will appear.



St Thomas’ Nativity


The St Thomas’ nativity will take place at 4 pmon Christmas Eve. If you can help be sidesperson for this service please let Janet know.


The rehearsal will take place at 2 pm on Sunday 23rd, if you would like to take part, or help at the rehearsal please contact Clair.


Sunday 16th December

8am                Holy Communion

6pm                Nine Lessons and Carols



Tuesday 18th December

8pm          Carols in the Queen’s Head



Wednesday 19th December

11 am Holy Communion followed by Wednesday Morning Group Lunch


Thursday 20th December

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



Friday 21st December

10am         Box School Carol Service in church

6.30pm      Blue Christmas: a service of Remembrance and Hope  at Box Methodist Church          


Next Sunday 23rd December


8am                Holy Communion at Chapel Plaister

10.30am   Carols and Communion

2pm           Rehearsal for Christmas Eve Nativity in church

4pm          HEART 4 Rudloe DIY Nativity



Janet will be taking Monday 17th December as her day off this week.







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