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

 

Collect

God for whom we watch and wait,

you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:

give us courage to speak the truth,

to hunger for justice,

and to suffer for the cause of right,

with Jesus Christ our Lord. 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

 

Wednesday 15th December

10.30 am         Holy Communion at Box

 

Thursday 16th December

9.45am            Holy Communion at Colerne

10.30 am         Sparkles at Colerne

 

Friday 17th December

1.45 pm           Shine at Colerne                                                                    

Sunday 19th December Fourth Sunday of Advent

9.30 am           Family Service at Colerne                  

10.30 am         Simple Zoom service                                      

4pm                 Box Churchyard Carol Service                                    

6 pm                Nine Lessons and Carols at Ditteridge                                               

6 pm                Colerne Traditional Nine Lessons and Carols

6 pm                Compline at Chapel Plaister                          

 

Face covering rule change

The new rules which come into force on Friday 10th suggest that everyone in the church building should wear a face covering unless they are exempt. If they are speaking, reading or leading worship they should remove their face covering for that part of the service to enable those who rely on lip reading to assist their hearing to see their face.

 

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

 

In line with the latest Government rules, please wear a face covering whilst in the building.

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.

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.