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St Thomas à Becket Parish Weekly News Sheet

Sunday 5th December Second Sunday of Advent


9.30 am           Holy Communion at Colerne             

10.30 am         Christingle Service at Box

6 pm                Evensong at Ditteridge

6 pm                Advent Evensong at Chapel Plaister              


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



Almighty God,

purify our hearts and minds,

that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as

judge and saviour

we may be ready to receive him,

who is our Lord and our God. 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.



St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar


Monday 6th December

9.00 am           James is taking our gifts to the Sisters in Bristol


Wednesday 8th December

10.30 am         Holy Communion at Box


Thursday 9th December

9.45am            Holy Communion at Colerne


Sunday 12th December Third Sunday of Advent

10.30 am         Holy Communion at Box

10.30 am         Holy Communion at Ditteridge

4 pm                HEART 4 Rudloe

6 pm                Colerne Village Christmas Carol Service



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.


Lay led services at St Thomas’

After a gap of nearly two years it is hoped to restart lay led morning services at St Thomas’ on 6 February 2022. We held an open meeting to discuss this on 24 November. We reviewed the purpose of these services and considered the general feedback both from lay leaders and congregation. It was unanimously agreed that we would like to continue offering these services, particularly as they offer a diversity of voices and take some of the service load off our clergy. However, the frequency of them will depend on how many people would like to get involved in running them. There are different options for getting involved. Some people are happy to lead a service as a sole leader, others would rather be part of a small team leading a particular service. Others may have specific skills to offer to whoever is leading, for example helping with the PowerPoint technology or playing music. If you feel you could help in anyway, please do get in touch with me via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  We will also be updating the guidance for leading such services.


Our initial plan is to offer lay led services on the first Sunday of the months from February – June 2022. There will a further meeting in April to review this.


HEART - Sunday 12th December 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.



Alpha Course January 2022

You are invited to join an Alpha course, online and in Colerne, starting on Tuesday 11thJanuary 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.