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St Thomas à Becket

Parish Weekly News Sheet


Sunday 7th February 2021

Second Sunday before Lent


10.30 am       Holy Communion in person at St Thomas’

6 pm               Zoom Compline




We are open on Sundays 12.00 noon – 4.00pm

and Wednesdays 10.00am – 12.00 noon




Almighty God,

give us reverence for all creation

and respect for every person,

that we may mirror your likeness

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Please pray for those who are ill


Darren Harris

Barbara Kirby

Karen Goodall Brown

Bob Hancock


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.



Our church building is open for Private Prayer


We are open on Sundays 12.00 noon – 4.00pm

and Wednesdays 10.00am – 12.00 noon


Whenever you come to St Thomas’ church building, for private prayer or a service these are the things we need you to do to keep safe and within the guidelines.


  • Sanitize your hands on entering the building and wear a face covering unless you are medically exempt.


  • Go straight to a place which is marked for sitting and stay there until you leave the building.


  • Observe 2m social distancing at all times from those who are not in your household.


  • Please use the slip of paper to record your presence at the service for test and trace, details will be given on the slip and in the notices


  • Enter the building through the North Door and leave the building via the West door.


  • Follow instructions on the distribution of communion, stay in your seat.


  • When you leave the building don’t block the exit door and other people’s paths (maintain the 2m social distancing). Do not pause in the church or the churchyard to speak to people, or take part in any other form of ‘mingling’.



Tea with the Vicar!


There will be two ZOOM ‘Tea with the Vicar’ slots next week, Tuesday 9th at 11am and Thursday 11th at 4 pm. This has been organised in response to the current “lockdown”, and is an opportunity to catch up with Janet and friends. Please contact Janet for joining details  on 744458 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and she will send out Zoom links to Email News on Monday.



Pause to Pray


The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are asking people to pause, pray and reflect on the enormity of the pandemic

  • to reflect on the lives lost and to pray for consolation of all those  who have been bereaved
  • to thank God for the NHS and other services that have sustained our nation during this time
  • to continue to support and uphold each other in prayer.
  • They suggest that people pause, pray and reflect at 6pm each day (this started on 1st February for the month).


Please see the Church of England’s website for further information:



Ash Wednesday - 17th February


There will be a Zoom service on Ash Wednesday, 17th February, at 7.30 pm. All are welcome. The link will be sent out next week.



Curate on Placement with us


Revd Teresa Townsend from Swindon will be joining us shortly on placement in the Lidbrook Group.  At first digitally, and then as restrictions allow in person. Teresa teaches Monday-Wednesday and Thursday, Friday and Sunday are her church working days, we look forward to having her with us.

From Ash Wednesday until 30th May.


St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar



Sunday 7th February


10.30 am                  Holy Communion

 6 pm                          Zoom Compline



Tuesday 9th February


11 am                         Zoom Tea with the Vicar



Wednesday 10th February

10.30 am                      Holy Communion


Thursday 11th February

9.45am                       Holy Communion at Colerne                         

Facebook Live:         Mid week thought for the day (and on to You Tube)

4 pm                           Zoom Tea with the Vicar



Sunday 14th February


10.30 am              Morning Zoom Service