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St Thomas à Becket

Parish Weekly News Sheet


Sunday 7th March 2021

Third Sunday of Lent


10.30 am             Holy Communion

6 pm                      Zoom Compline




We are open on Sundays 12.00 noon – 4.00pm

and Wednesdays 10.00am – 12.00 noon




Eternal God,

give us insight

to discern your will for us,

to give up what harms us,

and to seek the perfection we are promised

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


Please pray for those who are ill


Darren Harris

Karen Goodall Brown


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.


Mavis Hewin



St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar


Sunday 7th March


10.30 am                    Holy Communion

6 pm                             Zoom Compline



Monday 8th March

11 am                         Funeral for Mavis Hewin in church

                                    Please pray for the family as they have a restricted numbers service in St Thomas’.

4 pm                           Zoom Christian Aid meeting



Tuesday 9th March

11.00 am                       Zoom Tea with the Vicar



Wednesday 10th March

10.30 am                      Holy Communion


Thursday 11th March

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 March – Mothering Sunday


10.30 am                     Morning Zoom Service




Our church building is open for Private Prayer


Whenever you come to our 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 South 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 11.00 am 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.


Christian Aid


There will be a Zoom meeting to discuss our plans for Christian Aid on Monday 8th March at 4 pm. If you are interested in joining, please get in touch with Janet for the login details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring on 744458.


Message from Christian Aid


As more of our family, friends, and neighbours receive their COVID vaccinations, we rejoice and are glad that our loved ones are protected. We give thanks for all the NHS staff and key workers who continue to save lives across the UK.


For the poorest and most vulnerable communities across the world, there is little hope of a vaccine rollout. These people already face a lack of water, food, and healthcare.


Some are homeless. Some are living with underlying health issues such as HIV.


Christian Aid is already on the ground, helping keep people safe from coronavirus with practical support – but with your gift of thanks we can do more.


Have you or your loved ones had your vaccine? 


Please give thanks with a donation to help protect our global neighbours while the vaccine is out of reach.


Sisters of the Community of the Church

The Sisters of the Church have had to close 82 Ashley Road for the time being.  Sister Teresa has recently contracted Covid and is slowly recovering.   They are also very sorry to inform us that one of their key daily volunteers died a short while ago after contracting the disease.  For this reason, they are currently unable to accept any deliveries of food or bedding, although they are managing to make food available to those in need.


All being well, they hope to re-open on Monday 12 April.  There will be no Easter Appeal this year, but if people wish to donate Easter Eggs, they will be happy to accept them after that date so that they can be given out during Eastertide.


Please note that their email address has now changed toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   Emails are being accessed remotely and will be answered in due course.


The Sisters want to thank you all for your continuing support.


James Symons is planning to take any Easter Eggs donated to the Sisters on 12th April. It would be lovely to be able to spread some Easter cheer!


Laurie’s Climb to Everest


Home schooling has a lot to answer for. The P.E session for the day offered the suggestion of “climbing” a local landmark using your stairs. Whilst I was encouraged by Laurie’s enthusiasm, I now have major concerns over his grasp on geography, as he requested to scale that well-known local hill, Mount Everest. What else do you do during a lockdown when you can’t travel? We discussed how this was an opportunity to fundraise and Laurie immediately said that he wanted “to raise money for people that didn’t have enough to eat”. In his mind this was the homeless, but, also, we had discussed the impact of Covid on families and the increase in the use of food banks, such as the Sisters. We decided on The Trussell Trust.


Climbing Everest in stairs equates to 33,792 stairs.


That was a mental feat for a 5-year-old, so we visited some landmarks along the way – Empire State Building, Snowdon, Kilimanjaro to name a few and we made Laurie’s bedroom into Base Camp with a tent, 10m of bunting (demanded at 5pm on the Sunday that we reached that height), trail mix and all.


The climb has made us fitter, given us time together, provoked discussions surrounding mental health, The Octonauts, homelessness and those who have less than us. It has provided countless (no pun intended) opportunities for maths and it has been a wonderful experience, all whilst raising money for The Trussell Trust.


If you have been inspired by Laurie’s climb his Just Giving page is still open: