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St Thomas à Becket Parish Weekly News Sheet


Sunday 13th February

9.30 am           Holy Communion at Colerne

11.00 am         Holy Communion at Box

12.30 pm         Janet’s Leaving Inside Picnic at the Selwyn Hall – see below for details

4 pm                HEART 4 Rudloe

6 pm                Evensong at Ditteridge

6 pm                Evensong at Colerne



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



Eternal God,

whose Son went among the crowds

and brought healing with his touch:

help us to show his love,

in your Church as we gather together,

and by our lives as they are transformed

into the image of 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 Rousell

Carole Williams

Matthew Rawlings



St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar


Wednesday 16th February

10.30 am         Holy Communion at Box

5.30 pm           Working Party to remove furniture, etc from the Chancel - see below for details


Thursday 17th – Saturday 19th

Church building closed


Thursday 17th February

9.45 am           Holy Communion at Colerne

10.00-12          Craft Club, Box Methodist Church

6.30-7.30 pm   Light a Candle of Hope, Box Methodist Church


Sunday 20th February

9.30 am           Family Service at Colerne

10.30 am         Zoom Service

10.30 am         Morning Prayer at Ditteridge

6 pm                Compline at Chapel Plaister

6 pm                Rejoice & Praise at Colerne


Face covering rule change

Rules regarding face coverings have changed and there is no longer an obligation to wear one in church. However, you are very welcome to do so, should you wish.



Farewell to Janet Sunday 13th February 2022– Inside Picnic

We are meeting at lunchtime – for an Inside Picnic! - in the Selwyn Hall. The morning service will be 11am then we will go on into the Hall. We will ask you to sit at tables of 8, which can be prebooked. Please bring everything you would as if it was a picnic, food, drinks, glasses, cutlery, tablecloths, decorations etc. Please contact the Parish Administrator onThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., in order to book places, feel free to organise yourselves in to groups of eight to share food etc., or as singles or smaller groups and we will allocate the tables and let you know. We will give more COVID safe guidelines nearer the time with the guidelines current for 13th February.


Please note the service on 13th February will be at 11 am.


Craft Club Thursday 17th February

The Craft Club will be meeting on Thursday 17th February, from 10 am to 12, in Box Methodist Church.  We have called this month’s session 'Looking to Spring' – and we’ll be painting flowers, which will be drawn for you?Everyone is welcome, no talent needed!


Light a Candle – Prayers of Hope Thursday 17th February 6.30-7.30 pm

You are invited to drop into the Box Methodist church between 6.30 and 7.30pm on Thursday 6th January to light a candle, read the messages of hope and pause for a moment

to pray for our world.



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.



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.


Church building closure due to Moth Infestation

There is a moth infestation in the carpet in church which is to be treated by a pest -control company on Thursday 17th February.

We need volunteers who can help to remove all the heavy furniture and everything else from the chancel on the afternoon of Wednesday 16th February at 5.30 pm.

The church building will be closed on the 17th, 18th and 19th of February to allow the carpet to dry and the fumes from the spray to dissipate. Sunday is a Zoom Service, so the church will not be in use until Wednesday 23rd.

On Monday 21st volunteers will be needed to help replace the furniture.


We have been advised that any fabric and soft furnishing in the area should be stored in vacuum storage bags in a freezer for one week before being replaced.


We would be very grateful to anyone who can help, either lifting heavy items or removing & replacing other objects, or with freezer space to treat fabrics, small cushions etc.

If you can help, please contact Lee on 01225 743706 with your availability and we can agree a time to meet. It may be that early evening is best.

Thank you,

Lee & Denise



World Day of Prayer Friday 4th March

Until recently, it was the annual Womens' World Day of Prayer, but now it is an Equal Opportunities Event!


We are hoping to organise the Day of Prayer service again in Box this year, after the Covid-required break. It will be in Box Methodist Church at 6.30 pm on Friday March 4th.


If you would like to join the Planning Group, please contact either Bronwyn Phillips atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Alice Sumner on 01225 743537 (and leave a message).



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.