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St Thomas à Becket

Parish Weekly News Sheet


Sunday 14th March 2021

Mothering Sunday


10.30 am             Morning Zoom Service


Thank you to those who made and distributed posies before the service.




We are open on Sundays 12.00 noon – 4.00pm

and Wednesdays 10.00am – 12.00 noon





God of love,

passionate and strong,

tender and careful:

watch over us and hold us

all the days of our life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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

Joan Freeman



St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar


Sunday 14th March

10.30 am                    Morning Zoom Service


Tuesday 16th March

11.00 am                       Zoom Tea with the Vicar


Wednesday 17th March

10.30 am                      Holy Communion

 4 pm                              Zoom Tea with the Vicar


Thursday 18th March

9.45am                           Holy Communion at Colerne                         

Mid week thought for the day on Facebook and You Tube

2pm                            Funeral for Joan Freeman at St Thomas’

                                    Please pray for the family as they have a restricted numbers funeral.


Sunday 21st March – Passion Sunday

10.30 am                     Holy Communion

6 pm                              Zoom Compline




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! Tuesday and Wednesday this week


There will be two ZOOM ‘Tea with the Vicar’ slots next week, Tuesday16th at 11.00 am and Wednesday 17th at 4 pm. This has been organised in response to the current “lockdown”, and is an opportunity to catch up with Janet and friends. The Zoom link can be found in the Zoom Link email, which is sent out each Saturday.



The Parish of St Thomas à Becket Welcome Pack

I wish to remind villagers of the availability of the Parish Welcome Pack and suggest that when you see new people moving into the village you collect a pack from me, Pam Farmer 01225 744171 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and offer it to the newcomers as a welcome to Box.Pam Farmer



Box Pageant

The Box Pageant, scheduled for October this year has been postponed until 2022, or later.



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!



Transforming Churches Together - Join the conversation

Please can you fill in the survey for the Diocese of Bristol for shaping the strategy to replace ‘Creating Connections’?

The Diocese of Bristol is shaping a new vision and set of priorities for the coming years. We want to understand what we do well, what we can change for the better and create a positive way forward together.

Be part of the journey, and help shape our direction by taking part in this short questionnaire. It should take about 8 minutes to complete.

Thank you.