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St Thomas à Becket

Parish Weekly News Sheet 


Sunday 23rd and 30th December

4th Sunday in Advent and 1st Sunday after



23rd December

8am                Holy Communion at Chapel Plaister


                        Micah 5: 2-5a

                        Hebrews 10: 5-10

                        Luke 1: 39-45


10.30am        Carols and Communion



Eternal God,

as Mary waited for the birth of your Son, so we wait for his coming in glory; bring us through the birth pangs of this present age to see, with her, our great salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


30th December

10.30am   Patronal Festival Holy Communion, followed by Bring and                       Share Lunch


                        I Kings 19: 9-13a

                        Hebrews 13: 10-16

                        Matthew 10: 28-30


Lord God, who gave grace to your servant Thomas Becket to put aside all earthly fear and be faithful even to death:

grant that we, disregarding worldly esteem, may fight all wrong, uphold your rule, and serve you to our life’s end;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


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



A Big Christmas Thank You…..

to everyone who has contributed to our services over this Christmas season, worked tirelessly during Advent and Christmas to make it such a special time for us all.


The Church has looked, sounded and smelt stunning, decorated with candles and flowers and blessed with music and singing—as well as the mulled wine and mince pies!


Thank you so much to everyone who has a hand in this.



Patronal Festival - 30th December


Everyone is warmly invited to our Patronal Festival at 10.30am. The service will be Holy Communion, followed by a Bring and Share lunch. RSVP (for lunch) to Revd Dr Janet Anderson-MacKenzie 744458 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


St Thomas’ Nativity


The St Thomas’ Nativity will take place at 4 pm on Christmas Eve in church. If you can help be Sidesperson for this service it would be greatly appreciated -  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.


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.




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 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



Monday 24th December

2.30pm           Bybrook House Communion

4pm                Nativity - “Jesus’ Christmas Party” in church

11.30pm         First Holy Communion of Christmas


Tuesday 25th December

10.30am         Christmas Day Family Holy Communion


No services Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th


Sunday 30th December


10.30am   Patronal Festival Holy Communion, followed by Bring and                                   Share Lunch


Wednesday 2nd January

10.30am    Holy Communion, followed by coffee


Thursday 3rd January

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


Sunday 6th January

8am                Holy Communion

10.30am         Morning Worship

6pm                Evensong at Chapel Plaister