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St Thomas à Becket Parish Weekly News Sheet

Sunday 9th January

9.30 am           Holy Communion at Colerne

10.30 am         Holy Communion at Box

10.30 am         Family Holy Communion at Ditteridge

4 pm                HEART 4 Rudloe

6 pm                Evensong at Colerne in person all welcome

 

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

 

Collect

 

Creator of the heavens,

who led the Magi by a star

to worship the Christ-child:

guide and sustain us,

that we may find our journey’s end

in 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.

 

Margaret Roussell

Betty McAllister

 

 

St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar

 

Sunday 9th January

9.30 am           Holy Communion at Colerne

10.30 am         Holy Communion at Box

10.30 am         Family Holy Communion at Ditteridge

4 pm                HEART 4 Rudloe

6 pm                Evensong at Colerne

 

Wednesday 12th January

10.30 am         Holy Communion at Box

3.30 pm           Grace at the Methodist Church

 

Thursday 13th January

9.45 am           Holy Communion at Colerne

 

Sunday 16th January

9.30 am           Family Service at Colerne

10.30 am         Zoom Service

6 pm                Evensong at Ditteridge

6 pm                Compline at Chapel Plaister

6 pm                Rejoice & Praise at Colerne

                       

Face covering rule change

The current rules 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.

 

Lidbrook Group PCCs

There will be a meeting of the Lidbrook Group PCCs with the Archdeacon on 18th January at 7.30 pm in Colerne Church building when the vacancy process will be explained.

 

PCC meetings are therefore postponed: Box PCC to Tuesday 25th January

 

GRACE and HEART 4 Rudloe

 

Grace is our monthly activity based all-age church which we run with the Methodists in their church building. We will need ongoing help with this particularly in the vacancy period when Janet leaves. Clair is able to help with this but there are things which need preparing in the building before Clair can leave school and there are lots of small jobs put together which make Grace work well. If you think you could help, even once every three months, please contact Janet or Clair. If you would like to come along and see what Grace is like please come along this week.

 

Heart 4 Rudloe is our twice monthly activity based all-age church which we run in the MOD Corsham community centre. We will need help with this in the vacancy period. Again there are lots of small jobs put together which make this work well. If you could help with Heart even once every three months, please contact Janet. Feel free to come along on Sunday.

 

ZOOM

 

Once Ian leaves we will need some people to ‘host’ the morning Zoom services if they are to continue.  Please can you let Janet know if this could be you Those who are physically unable to come to church fine these services a particular bonus as well as others for whom the service works well.

 

Hosting is much easier than when we first started, if you can host a ZOOM call we can easily teach you how to host a ZOOM service.

 

 

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.