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 St Thomas à Becket

Parish Weekly News Sheet 


Sunday 8th December 2019

2nd Sunday of Advent





8am                Holy Communion at St Christopher’s, Ditteridge

10.30am         Family Christingle Service

2pm                 Visits and Communion, Brunel House

4pm                Christmas @ HEART 4 Rudloe

6pm                Compline at Chapel Plaister

6pm                TOAST




Almighty God,

purify our hearts and minds,

that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again

as judge and saviour

we may be ready to receive him,

who is our Lord and our God.


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


We could really do with as much help as possible, so if you could help with any of the following activities on Sunday 8th December it would be greatly appreciated:

Sleigh building (2pm at Vicarage), Sleigh travelling (3.45pm at Portal Avenue – 5.15pm at Broadwood School), Catering and Christingle team (4.00pm at Broadwood School until 6.00pmleaving (earlier if you need to go).


If you are able to help in any capacity, please could you contact me on 01225 744458 or



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 07427 493422  Facebook TFS Box


Mince Pies and Candles!


All contributions of mince pies will be gratefully received for the

Carol Service on 22nd December - please bring to the kitchen area before the service.

Also, any help with lighting the candles in church from 5.10pm onwards would be much appreciated.  Names to Charles, please!



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



Grace is on Wednesday 11th December 3.30-5.30 pm at Box Methodist Church. We usually work to the following plan:


3.30  Play, treasure hunt and story

3.50  Crafts

4.20  Songs, talk and prayers

4.45   Food


If you might be able to come along and help, for all or even part of the session, please let Janet know. Help setting up and packing away would be especially appreciated, please let Janet know. The next Grace is on Wednesday 8th January 2020, 3.30-5.30pm at Box Methodist Church.


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 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


Monday 9th December

10.45-12.00     Box School in church

2.30pm            Holy Communion at Bybrook House

Tuesday 10th December

1.30-3.30pm    Box School in church - Dress Rehearsal

7pm                 Carol Service Choir Rehearsal, in church

7.30pm            The Filling Station, Box Methodist church


Wednesday 11th December

10.30am          Holy Communion, followed by coffee

11.15am          Little Lights, in church

3.30-5.30pm    Grace, Box Methodist church


Thursday 12th December

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

2pm                 Box School Nativity Performance, in church

6pm                 Box School Nativity Performance, in church


Saturday 14th December

9.30am            Candle rigging, in church


Sunday 15th December

8am                 Holy Communion

10.30am          Carols and Communion

6pm                 Compline at Chapel Plaister