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Parish Weekly News Sheet  





Sunday 14 February 2016


Sunday 14 February, First Sunday of Lent

10.30am               Holy Communion

4 - 6pm                 Heart 4 Rudloe

6pm                      TOAST

6pm                      Compline at Chapel Plaister


Deut 26.1-11, page 143

Rom 10.8b-13, page 799

Luke 4.1-13, page 725



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 21 February, Second Sunday of Lent

8am                      Holy Communion

10.30am               Family Service

6pm                      Compline at Chapel Plaister


Please remember in your prayers the families of those who have died:

Jenny Eaton

Norman Haines

Frank Anderson


and those who are ill:


Alice Kemp - for swift healing and recovery from her fall



Thanksgiving Service in St Thomas à Becket Church


Jenny Eaton

Tuesday 23 February at 11.30am



The Lidbrook Group Lent Talks




Dying Well David Butler, retired Hospice Consultant


        Wednesday 17 February      


Christians and the Law, Forgiveness & Punishment - HHJ Peter Blair, QC

Circuit Judge in Swindon & Deputy High Court Judge


          Wednesday 24 February


The House of Lords - Rt Revd Mike Hill, the Bishop of Bristol


          Wednesday 2 March



A Personal Christian Reflection on Mental Health &  Suffering - Andrew Clark, Consultant Psychiatrist


          Wednesday 9 March    


War, Peace and the Christian - The Ven Peter Eagles,

Deputy Chaplain-General & Archdeacon for the Army


        Wednesday 16 March  


The talks are free and everyone, church-goer or not, is welcome. They will be held in Box School, starting at 7.30pm, doors open at 7.15pm. (Adult size seating).


Please park in the Selwyn Hall Car Park.


A limited number of disabled parking spaces are available at the school.  If you would like us to reserve one, please contact Rev Janet.


Please join us to learn more about these fascinating subjects.  You are welcome to dip in and out, or attend all the talks on offer, whichever suits you best.


For more information contact Rev Janet, Tel 01225 744458

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Church Electoral Roll - Notice of Revision

The Church Electoral Roll will be revised before the Annual Church Meeting in April. Only those whose name appears on the Electoral Roll are eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting, and stand for election to the Parochial Church Council (PCC).


The revision period ends on Thursday 31 March.  If you would like to be on the Electoral Roll, please complete a blue form. They are available by the main door in Church, or contact the Vicarage T. 744458.  All applications must be received beforethe 31st of March, when the revision period ends.



Craft Group on Thursday 18 February - CANCELLED


The February Craft Club has been cancelled due to ill health.



HEART 4 Rudloe - this Sunday


We meet 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 JSU Corsham Community Centre on Leafy Lane.


Heart 4 Rudloe meets on the second and fourth Sunday of the month.


TOAST meets on the second and fourth Sunday of the month.



TOAST at St Thomas à Becket - this Sunday


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




Weekly Calendar February 2016



Sunday 14 February, First Sunday of Lent

10.30am                         Holy Communion

4 - 6pm                          Heart 4 Rudloe

6pm                                TOAST

6pm                                Compline at Chapel Plaister 


Wednesday 17 February


9.15am                          Morning Prayer in Church

10.30am                        Holy Communion in Church followed by coffee


Thursday 18 February


10am                              Holy Communion at St John’s, Colerne

                                      followed by coffee - all Welcome



Craft Group on Thursday 18 February - CANCELLED


The February Craft Club has been cancelled due to ill health.




Box Baby & Toddler Group



St Thomas’ provides support to Box Baby & Toddler Group.  The group meets between 9.30am and 11.30am on Wednesdays in term time at Box Methodist Church.  


More helpers are urgently needed for the tea rota.


If you are able to assist, please call Julia Ingram on Tel 810242.