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St Thomas à Becket Parish Weekly News Sheet

Sunday 12th September Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity


09.30 am                     Holy Communion at Colerne

10.30 am                      Morning Zoom Service

6 pm                             Evensong at Ditteridge


The church building is open for private prayer during daylight hours



Lord God,

defend your Church from all false teaching

and give to your people knowledge of your truth,

that we may enjoy eternal life

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


Please pray for those who are ill


Alice Kemp

Harry Barstow

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.


Elizabeth Connell


St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar


Wednesday 15th September

10.30 am                      Holy Communion

10 am - 12 noon          St Thomas’, Box open for private prayer

2 - 4 pm                          Chapel Plaister open to the public


Thursday 16th September

9.45am                         Holy Communion at Colerne


Preparations for flower festival in St Thomas’ church building.


Friday 19th September

Morning in St Thomas’ – School Harvest service (school only)

Once the school have left - Preparations for flower festival in St Thomas’ church building.



Saturday 18th September

10am – 5pm                St Thomas’ Church building open for Flower festival

2 - 4pm                         Tea and cake in St Thomas’ Church building



Sunday 19th September

09.30 am                     Family Service at Colerne

10.30 am                      Harvest Service at Box

Church building open for flower festival at St Thomas’ until 5 pm

2 - 4pm                         Tea and cake in St Thomas’ Church building

10.30 am                      Holy Communion at Ditteridge

6 pm                            Compline at Chapel Plaister


James will be delivering food to the sisters on Monday 20th September, so please bring your things before then.


St Thomas à Becket Church family BBQ

A huge thank you to all involved in the BBQ last Sunday 5th. Mentions in Dispatches should go to Jamie Hay, James Symons and Gordon Rafferty, who were the Main Men, organising, risk assessing and barbecuing superbly. Thanks too to everyone who provided delicious salads and assisted in the general running of the day. The event gave at least 50 people of all ages then chance to reconnect and spend time as a church family again. And we finished the day recording zero food waste too!


Box Filling Station Tuesday 14th September

Box Filling Station is returning to Box Methodist church, and you are assured of a warm welcome into a safe environment. During “lockdown”, the Leadership Team has been praying and listening to God for His heart for the Filling Station. We’d love to share that with you, and hear what God may have been saying to you for us as a group in the coming months. Come at 7.15 pm for coffee and cake, to start at 7.30 pm. We’re looking forward to seeing many ‘old’ friends – and hoping to see some new faces too!


Voices for Life Saturday 25th September

St John the Baptist Church, Colerne hosts a Wine & Cheese evening in aid of the Voices for Life charity. There will be performances by the Shine Choir and the Colerne Primary School Voices for Life Choir.


Entry is free but donations would support the charity which inspires children to be happy and confident through specialised singing and wellbeing programmes.


The event takes place on Saturday 25thSeptember at 6.30 pm. For more information or to reserve your place, please emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


St. Thomas a Becket Flower Festival 2021 Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th September

This will be a celebration of Harvest and thankfulness for all things around us, with beautiful arrangements from many of our village’s clubs, societies, churches & school.


The church will be open on both afternoons for visitors, from 2 pm to 4 pm, with tea and cakes being served. A special Harvest Service will take place on the Sunday morning, at 10.30 am, to which all are welcome.

We would very much welcome offers of cakes for this, as well as help with teas in the afternoons of the Saturday and Sunday of the Flower Festival itself. It would really help to have someone who would kindly co-ordinate helpers and cakes.



The Community of the Sisters of the Church Harvest Appeal

“Be Prepared” Our new motto! Having survived the various lockdowns due to Covid-19, organising things much more in advance has proved invaluable. With this in mind, please can we continue to count on your generous support for our Harvest Appeal this year?


Items we will need are the usual: Tins: meat, fish, vegetables, soups, baked beans, spaghetti hoops, custard, rice pudding, and fruit. Ambient: rice, pasta, tea bags, cereals, coffee, biscuits, and UHT milk. The Extras that our customers love: pot noodles, crisps, snack bars. Toiletries: ALL toiletries, sets or individual, are welcome and are given out.


Over the past 18 months we have been overwhelmed by those who have continued to support our Ministry, and I want to take the opportunity to say a big Thank You!

Teresa Mary CSC (Sister in Charge)


The Big Church Clean Saturday 2nd October 2021

This will take place both inside and out, from 9.30 am for about an hour.


List of fun outside is likely to include:

  • Sweep leaves from the valleys between the south aisle and nave roofs, and between the nave and north aisle.
  • Clear leaves and wood from the ditch on the south side (again) and from around the west end of the building.
  • Trim a few bushes in the churchyardin support of the grass cutting done by the council.

We would appreciate as many people as possible, in order to clean and tidy up our church building and surrounding grounds. Much encouragement will be provided, as well as biscuits!


Yard Sale Saturday 9 October

Jane Cox is having a Yard Sale from 1030 at Oate Barn Kingsdown. All offers of help gratefully received. Proceeds to church funds.


Chapel Plaister Open afternoons

Chapel Plaister is open again on Wednesday afternoons 2-4 pm. Please do consider popping in for a look, there will be a knowledgeable steward there who can explain some of the history of the building. Pause for a moment and reflect on the story of redemption of a building. Car Parking available on the grass to the side of the Chapel.



Our church building is open for private prayer and public worship

Regulations around Public Worship


Please don't enter the building if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

Please sanitise your hands when you come into the building.

Please keep households 2m apart where possible

When singing remember it is safer for you to be side by side to people with a longer distance to the people in front.

Please sit in an allocated seating place.

Feel free to wear a face covering if you would like.

The area in the Hazelbury Chapel will be a 'lower-risk' zone, please wear a face covering if you sit in that area. This is to provide an area for those who are vulnerable or wish to exercise more caution.

Communion will continue to be received in one kind and placed in dishes by the president.

We have been asked to continue with test and trace so please continue to scan yourself in or fill in a slip.