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St Thomas à Becket Parish Weekly News Sheet

Sunday 21st November Christ the King


9.30 am           Family Service at Colerne                  

10.30 am         Holy Communion at Box                    

10.30 am         Morning Prayer at Ditteridge

6 pm                Compline at Chapel Plaister


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




God the Father,

help us to hear the call of Christ the King

and to follow in his service,

whose kingdom has no end;

for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, one glory. Amen


Please pray for those who are ill


Alice Kemp

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.


Graham Callaway

Mike Williams



St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar


Wednesday 24th November

10.30 am         Holy Communion

7.30 pm           Lay-led Service meeting at the Vicarage


Thursday 25th November

9.45am            Holy Communion at Colerne

2.45pm            Mike Williams funeral at St Thomas’


Sunday 28th November First Sunday of Advent

9.30 am           Holy Communion at Colerne             

10.30 am         Holy Communion at Box

10.30 am         Advent Celebration (Family Service) at Ditteridge

4 pm                HEART 4 Rudloe                     

6 pm                Zoom Compline



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 28th 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.”


Alpha Course January 2022

You are invited to join an Alpha course, online and in Colerne, starting on Tuesday 11th January and running consecutive Tuesdays. This is an opportunity to explore life, faith and meaning, and is being run by Colerne villagers. For further information, please contact Adie onThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 07733 073691.


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.