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St Thomas à Becket Parish Weekly News Sheet

Sunday 11th April 2021 – Second Sunday of Easter

09.30 am                      Holy Communion at Colerne

10.30 am                      Morning Zoom Service

12 noon                       Short Service of prayer after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh


The church building will be open for additional times for private prayer during this week, please see the church diary for details.




Risen Christ,

for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:

open the doors of our hearts,

that we may seek the good of others

and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace,

to the praise of God the Father. Amen.


Please pray for those who are ill

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.


Darrin Harris

Paul Wheeler


Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh


God of our lives,

we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,

for the love he shared among us,

and for his devotion to duty.

We entrust him now to your love and mercy,

through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.



St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar

Monday 12th April

9.00 am James Symons will head to the ‘Community of the Sisters of the Church’ with Easter Eggs and other things first thing this morning. Please make sure he has them by then.


12 noon until 4 pm      - St Thomas’, Box open for private prayer


Tuesday 13th April

12 noon until 4 pm      - St Thomas’, Box open for private prayer


Wednesday 14th April

10.30 am                       Holy Communion

12 noon until 4 pm      - St Thomas’, Box open for private prayer



Thursday 15th April

9.45am                          Holy Communion at Colerne                         

12 noon until 4 pm      - St Thomas’, Box open for private prayer

4 pm                               Zoom Tea with the Vicar


Friday 16th April

1.45 pm                          Funeral of Darrin Harris in church.

3.00 pm – 6.00pm       - St Thomas’, Box open for private prayer

6.00 pm                       Service of prayers at St Thomas’, Box


Sunday 18th April

09.30 am                     Holy Communion at Colerne

10.30 am                      Holy Communion at Box

6 pm                            Zoom Compline



Darrin Harris

The funeral of Darrin Harris will be held in church on Friday 16th April at 1.45 pm. In accordance with Government guidelines, only the small numbers of people organised by the family are able to attend. Please could you remember Darrin’s family and friends in your prayers, especially on Friday.


No physical book of condolence in memory of Prince Philip

The government has said that there should be no physical books of condolence in memory of Prince Philip because of the COVID transmission risk they create. Instead we are encouraging everyone who would like to leave a message to the Church of England Online condolence book.


Remembering His Royal Highness Prince Philip | The Church of England


If you know someone who would like to leave a message but does not have the access to the internet to do so they can leave a written message in the box in the church building or put it through the vicarage door and we will add it to the Church of England page for them.

We need to have messages like this by Thursday afternoon at the latest (to allow us to quarantine the paper sheets), and if people add their contact details we can let them have a printed copy of the message we have created for them.


Tea with the Vicar!

There will be one ZOOM ‘Tea with the Vicar’ slot next week, Thursday 15th at 4 pm.  This 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.


Sisters of the Community of the Church – Last Call for Easter Eggs!

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!



The Filling Station


The Filling Station will be online again on Tuesday 13th April at 7.30 pm on YouTube   The guest speaker this month will be Rev Richard Fothergill with an Easter-themed talk and encouraging accounts of what The Filling Station network has been doing during the pandemic lockdown.


Local elections

On 6th May registered electors will have the opportunity to vote in parish, unitary (Wiltshire), and police & crime commissioner elections. In advance of this, we are inviting parishioners who meet the criteria to consider standing as a Parish Councillor in the Box and Rudloe Wards. We welcome enthusiastic people of all ages, backgrounds and experiences who would like to represent our Parish and contribute to the community.  All of our councillors will be happy to talk to you about the role, or get in touch with our clerk.  Details are on our website  or telephone 01225 742356 or email atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nomination forms must be completed and handed in to Wiltshire Council by 8th April.  


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.




Our church building is open for private prayer and public worship

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’.