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St Thomas à Becket

Parish Weekly News Sheet  


Sunday 1st December 2019

Advent Sunday


8am                 Holy Communion

10.30am                      Morning Prayer

6pm                 Advent Evensong, Chapel Plaister




God the Father,

help us to hear the call of Christ the King

and to follow in his service,

whose kingdom has no end;

for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, one glory.


Please pray for those who are ill

Helen West

Darren Harris

Maurice Read

Jo Hay

Tom Cox


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

Molly Manning



Please note that the 6 pm Carol Service is going to be 22nd December, not 15th December.


Canterbury Pilgrimage - 26th-30th May 2020

In recognition of our patronal saint Thomas Becket; Clair and Janet are planning to walk from London to Canterbury on pilgrimage. We will mainly be sticking to footpaths and hoping to walk about 10-12 miles a day Tuesday to Saturday. We will have a back up minibus. If you would like to come along on the pilgrimage please let Janet know as soon as possible so we can get plans together.



Christingle Service on 8th December

If you have a Children’s Society collecting box from last year’s Christingle Service, please bring it to this year’s service or hand it in to Janet or at the Vicarage. If you would like a box, they will be on the table at the back of St Thomas’.



Sunday 8th December  4pm - 6pm


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 MOD Corsham Community  Centre on Leafy Lane.



The Filling Station on Tuesday 10th December


What does Christmas mean to you? Come along and hear what Christmas means to others.



The Filling Station is an informal “café style” evening in the Box Methodist church building on Box High Street. Coffee and cakes are served from 7pm and the service starts with musical worship from 7.30pm, followed by David’s talk and an opportunity for prayer, concluding at about 9.30pm


Further details from Jamie Hay This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07427 493422  Facebook TFS Box


Sisters of the Community of the Church

Christmas Appeal - Last Chance!


This year the Sisters will be buying all special Christmas foodstuffs themselves, so they are asking us not to donate them, instead they would like:


Gifts for adults, in particular for men (they have 4 times more men than ladies): gloves, warm scarves, hats, socks and especially toiletry sets; and Argos vouchers for children.


James will drop off donated items to the Sisters on 2nd December.


Carol Service 22nd December


Once again, we will be gathering together a group of singers for our annual Christmas Carol Service at St Thomas’ Church in Box at 6pm on Sunday 22nd December. We will rehearse weekly on Tuesday evenings

7-8pm in the church. Please come if you would like - it doesn’t matter that you missed the first rehearsal! There will also be a rehearsal on the day of the Carol Service at 4.30pm.


If  you would like to sing with us, please contact Andrew Clark 01225 742128


TOAST on Sunday 8th December

A fun youth group that meets in St Thomas à Becket every two weeks usually, between 6pm and 7.30pm.  Toast is a group for Year 6 and above.  We enjoy creatively exploring the Christian faith and eating

plenty of food to keep us going!  Please contact a  member of Clergy, one of the leaders, or just come along to find out more. 

Our leaders at TOAST are:


                        Rev Clair Southgate               Tel: 01225 743970

                        Ian MacKenzie                                    Tel: 01225 744458



Candle Rigging 14th December

I  propose to have a working party at 9.30am on Sat 14th December to tackle the task of decorating the church with candles in readiness for Christmas. Any and all help will be hugely appreciated as usual. If there is any likelihood of you being available to lend a hand may I ask you to scribble a note in your diary? Very many thanks. Charles


St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar


Sunday 1st December

8am                 Holy Communion

10.30am                      Morning Prayer

6pm                 Advent Evensong, Chapel Plaister


Monday 2nd December

10.45-12.00                 Box School in church


Tuesday 3rd December

10am               HEART planning meeting, MOD Corsham Community                     Centre

1.15-2.30pm    Box School in church

7pm                             Carol Service Choir Rehearsal, in church


Wednesday 4th December

10.30am          Holy Communion, followed by coffee

6.30pm            Scout Carol Service, in church


Thursday 5th December

9-2.30 pm                   Box School in church

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


Friday 6th December

10.45-12.00                 Box School in church


Sunday 8th December

8am                 Holy Communion at St Christopher’s, Ditteridge

10.30am                      Christingle Family Service

2pm                 Visits and Communion, Brunel House

4pm                 Christmas @ HEART 4 Rudloe

6pm                 Compline at Chapel Plaister

6pm                 TOAST