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St Thomas à Becket Parish Weekly News Sheet

Sunday 7th November Third Sunday before Advent


09.30 am         Holy Communion at Colerne             

10.30 am         Family Service at Ditteridge               

10.30 am         Zoom Service                                       

6.00 pm           Evensong at Chapel Plaister


The church building is open for private prayer approximately 9 am – 4 pm.



God, our refuge and strength,

bring near the day when wars shall cease

and poverty and pain shall end,

that earth may know the peace of heaven

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Please pray for those who are ill


Alice Kemp

Karen Goodall Brown

Mike Williams

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.


Vinia Williams

Graham Calloway



St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar


Tuesday 9th November

7.30 pm           The Filling Station, Box


Wednesday 10th November

10.30 am         Holy Communion

3.30 pm            GRACE at the Methodist church


Thursday 11th November

9.45am            Holy Communion at Colerne


Sunday 14th November - Remembrance

10.45 am         Joint Act of Remembrance at Box War Memorial                

4.00 pm           HEART 4 Rudloe

6.00 pm           Compline at Ditteridge          


It’s Grace next week on Wednesday 10th – We need help for various things.


Setting up from 2pm, moving tables and chairs etc.

Serving teas and coffees, squash and biscuits, 3.30-4.15pm.

Helping with the craft tables 3.30 pm - 4.15 pm

Checking people in 3.30 - 4.15  pm

Serving food 4.45pm.

Washing up and tidying up 5.15 – 5.45pm.


If you can help please let mw know, a few people who helped last time can’t help on Wednesday.


Thank you so much


The Children’s Trail

The children’s trail is available again at the back of the church. This will guide youngsters around the church building, asking them to spot things and giving them information about the building.


Box Filling Station on Tuesday 9th November

This month we are delighted to welcome back Bronwyn Oborne as our speaker. Bronwyn lives in Box and is known to many of us as a wise and gracious lady who walks with God. She will be speaking about Psalm 23 – The Lord is my Shepherd – perhaps the most famous of all the psalms, and a rock and comfort for so many people, especially in the recent hard times.


The Filling Station is an informal “café style” evening in the Box Methodist church building on Box High Street. Come at 7.15 pm for coffee and cake, to start at 7.30 pm with musical worship, followed by Bronwyn’s talk and an opportunity for prayer, concluding at about 9.30pm


Further details from Jamie Hay This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07427 493422  Facebook TFS Box


Joint Act of Remembrance at Box War Memorial Sunday 14th November 10.45 am

There will be a Joint Act of Remembrance at Box War Memorial Sunday 14th November, starting at 10.45 am, and everyone is welcome. Please note there will not be refreshments afterwards in the Methodist Church.


Note from Robin Parry

Dear Friends of Brenda

One of Bren's many wishes was that her cremated remains be interred in Box Parish Cemetery with a Memorial Tablet " that my friends can come and talk to me"

The anniversary of her passing is the 6th November and the Tablet is now in place.

I chat to her about our beautiful life together. You might like to share your memories!

Best wishes



HEART - Sunday 14th November 4pm - 6pm

 Heart 4 Rudloe meets on the second and fourth Sunday of the month, between 4pm and 6pm, and everyone of any age is welcome (children must bring an adult to look after them). The afternoon includes craft, tea drinking and Lego building. This is followed by prayer, a story and songs.  We round off the afternoon with some food (a light meal).


This activity is free, and is being run as part of the work of the Church of England in Box Parish.  Please do come along and join us as we make, pray and eat in the MOD Corsham Community Centre on Leafy Lane.


Lay-led Services

Many of you are aware that prior to the pandemic we had been holding monthly lay led Sunday morning services at St Thomas’ Church in Box since 2015 – thanks to the initial vision and energy of Charles Freeman. A group of 6 lay members of the church took turns to prepare and lead these. During the period of COVID restrictions these have been in abeyance. We would like to explore the possibility of restarting these in February 2022. As a starting point we would like to invite all those that would be interested in contributing to this - both those who have previously done so and those who would be interested in trying this - to a meeting at the vicarage at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 24thNovember.

The purpose of this meeting would be to:

- review experience of previous lay led services

- consider what would be of value in the future

- guidance for lay leaders

- practicalities including starting a rota for 2022.

Please let us know if you would like to attend. If you are interested but can’t attend at this time it would also be helpful to know.

Feel free to discuss what is involved with either of us.


Janet and Andrew



The Community of the Sisters of the Church (Bristol) Christmas Appeal 2021

We would welcome as many of the following items as possible:

  • Gifts for adults (please note we have twice as many men callers as women, so gifts for men are a priority!) for both men and women: gloves, warm scarves, hats and socks, and especially toiletry sets
  • Argos vouchers for children - we are asking either for money donations towards £15 Argos vouchers or the vouchers themselves, so that we can give one per child to all the families that we know are in need, as we have done in previous years.
  • Additional Funding Needs - we welcome all contributions to the funds we use buying in seasonal food that is additional to our basic food parcels.


James Symons has kindly offered to take all our gifts to the Sisters, leaving St Thomas’, Box at 9 am on Monday 6th December.


Notice for the legal formation of the Lidbrook Group into a benefice.

We are required to let you know this. Please read the notice for more information. If you would like an electronic or paper copy of the documents please speak to Janet, the churchwardens, or a member of PCC.


“A Notice giving the objects of proposed pastoral reorganisation affecting this parish has or will be displayed near the main door and on the Church of England website. The Notice includes the last date by which representations regarding the proposed reorganisation may be made to the Church Commissioners.”


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.

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