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Sunday 18 February 2018


Sunday 18 February, First Sunday of Lent

8am                Holy Communion


1 Pet 3: 18 - end, page 861

Mark 1: 9 - 15, page 706


10.30am         Family Service

6pm                Compline at Chapel Plaister



The Collect for Today

Heavenly Father,

your Son battled with the powers of darkness,

and grew closer to you in the desert:

help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer

that we may witness to your saving love

in Jesus Christ our Lord.



Next Sunday 25 February, Second Sunday of Lent

8am                Holy Communion at Chapel Plaister

10.30am         Holy Communion

4pm                HEART 4 Rudloe

6pm                TOAST



Please pray for the families of those who have died

Maureen Walker


                 and those who are ill

Dafydd Stradling


We remember those whom we know,

who are suffering in sickness or adversity,

and those who especially need our prayers at this time.





Lent may originally have followed Epiphany, just as Jesus’ time in the wilderness followed immediately on his baptism, but it soon became firmly attached to Easter, as the principal occasion for baptism and for the reconciliation of those who had been excluded from the Church’s fellowship for apostasy or serious faults.


This history explains the characteristic notes of Lent –

self-examination, penitence, self-denial, study, and preparation for Easter, to which almsgiving has traditionally been added.


Now is the healing time decreed

for sins of heart and word and deed,

when we in humble fear record

the wrong that we have done the Lord.   (Latin, before 12th C)


As the candidates for baptism were instructed in Christian faith, and as penitents prepared themselves, through fasting and penance, to be readmitted to communion, the whole Christian community was invited to join them in the process of study and repentance, over forty days, to remind them of the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness being tested by Satan.


Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence; from the middle ages it became the custom to begin Lent by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross. The calculation of the forty days has varied considerably in Christian history. It is now usual in the West to count them continuously to the end of Holy Week (not including Sundays), so beginning Lent on the sixth Wednesday before Easter, Ash Wednesday.


Liturgical dress is the simplest possible. Church is bare of flowers and decoration. Purple is the liturgical colour.  Gloria in excelsis is not used. The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetareor Refreshment Sunday) was allowed as a day of relief from the rigour of Lent, and the Feast of the Annunciation almost always falls in Lent; these breaks from austerity are the background to the modern observance of Mothering Sunday on the Fourth Sunday of Lent.


As Holy Week approaches, the atmosphere of the season darkens; the readings begin to anticipate the story of Christ’s suffering and death, and the reading of the Passion Narrative gave to the Fifth Sunday its name of Passion Sunday.






Start on Tuesday 20 February


Tuesday 20 February

Why do we have Eucharist in our Church Services?

Canon Michael Johnson


Tuesday 27 February

Why do we have Giving in our Church Services?

Clare Fussell


Tuesday 6 March

Why do we have confession in our Church Services?

Canon Ray Brazier


Tuesday 13 March

No Lent Talk - The Filling Station

at Box Methodist Church


Tuesday 20 March

Why do we have Creed I our Church Services?

Rev Dr John Emmett


All free and everyone, church-goer or not, is very welcome

The talks are held in Box C of E Primary School

Refreshments at 7.45pm, talks start at 8pm


More information?  Contact Rev Janet T 01225 744458

or e-mail


Grace in Box


3.30pm—5.30pm in Box Methodist Church


Everyone of any age is welcome (children must bring an adult).


More info available from: Revd Dr Janet Anderson-MacKenzie  T. 744458

or Rev Elizabeth Kirova r


Future dates for your diary:


Wednesday 7 March

Wednesday 28 March

Wednesday 2 May

Wednesday 6 June

Wednesday 4 July




St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar


Sunday 18 February, First Sunday of Lent

8am                            Holy Communion

10.30am                     Family Service

6pm                            Compline at Chapel Plaister


Tuesday 20 February

7.45 for 8pm              Why do we have Eucharist in our Church Services?

                                    Lent Talk with Canon Michael Johnson in Box C of E Primary School


Wednesday 21 February

9.30am                       Morning Prayer

10.30am                     Holy Communion, followed by coffee


Thursday 22 February

9.30am                       Holy Communion at St John’s, Colerne

                                    followed by coffee. Welcome

2pm                            Wedding, in Church

7.30 for 8pm             Valens Terrace Home Group



Valens Terrace Home Group meets Thursdays, 7.30 for 8pm

The Valens Terrace Home Group meets on Thursdays,7.30pm for 8pm start, at Jo and Jamie's house, 9 Valens Terrace, Box.

We are looking at Paul's Letter to the Colossians.

For more information, call Angela on 07835 812258 or e-mail:




Annual Maundy Thursday pilgrimage walk - 29 March


The annual Maundy Thursday pilgrimage will take place on  Thursday 29 March starting at St Christopher’s at 10.00am.

The group will follow the usual pattern of visiting the four ancient sites of Christian worship around the civil parish of Box (including the site of the abandoned church at Hazlebury) and hopes to visit Box Methodist church as in 2017.  The walk will finish at The Quarryman’s for lunch.  Please contact Brian Nicholas (  T. 810791 or Penny Newboult ( T. 742549 if you would like to join the expedition. Penny and Brian need to inform the staff at The Quarryman’s of numbers