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St Thomas à Becket Parish Weekly News Sheet

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  

 

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

 

Collect

Eternal God,

as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,

so we wait for his coming in glory;

bring us through the birth pangs of this present age

to see, with her, our great salvation

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

 

Tuesday 21st December

4 pm                Blue Christmas Service at Box Methodist Church

 

Wednesday 22nd December

10.30 am         Holy Communion at Box

 

Thursday 23rd December

9.45am            Holy Communion at Colerne

 

Friday 24th December

4 pm                Nativity Trail at Box

4 pm                Outdoor Crib Service at Ditteridge

11.30 pm         First Communion of Christmas at Box                                                                       

Saturday 25th December

9.30 am           Family Holy Communion at Colerne              

10 am              Family Service (followed by Holy Communion) at Ditteridge                       

10.30 am         Carols and Readings at Chapel Plaister (spaces must be pre-booked)

10.30 am         Family Holy Communion at Box

 

Sunday 26th December

10.30 am         Lidbrook Group Holy Communion at Box                  

                       

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.

 

Box Churchyard Carol Service 4 pm on Sunday 19th December

If you would like an electronic copy of the words to print out yourself or have on your own device, please email the Parish Administrator atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We will send them out to you in good time for the service. There will be paper copies available at the service.

 

Blue Christmas Service

There will be a Blue Christmas Service at Box Methodist Church on Tuesday 21st December at 4 pm. This is an opportunity to remember and give thanks for the lives of those we love who have passed on.

 

Thanks for help at St Thomas’

Thanks to John, Charles, David and Laurie for their help putting up the Christmas candles and nativity scene last Saturday.

 

And thanks from the Sisters

Many thanks for all of the donations to the Sisters in Bristol this year.  I had an overwhelming number of cold weather gear and donations in the form of vouchers, money and food to drop off this year.  Whilst at the Sisters this year, I met a lady who had been using the food parcel services every Monday for 16 years since her brother died.  Aged over 80, she was very thankful for the community offered by the sisters and even takes parcels to some of her neighbours who are housebound.  I was treated to an impromptu rendition of "In the bleak mid winter", with all the verses - her brother’s favourite. It was humbling to meet just one person that our food, clothes and monetary donations go to support.

 

Please read the Thank You letter from the Sisters, which is hanging up at the back of the church.

 

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.

 

  

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

 

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.