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St Thomas à Becket Parish Weekly News Sheet Sunday 23rd October 2022


Sunday 23rd October

9.30 am                Holy Communion at Colerne with Bishop Vivienne

10.30 am             Holy Communion at Box

6 pm                      Evensong at Ditteridge

6 pm                      Taizé at Colerne


** Bishop Vivienne in Colerne **

Bishop Vivienne will be at The Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Colerne to take their 09.30 service of Holy Communion on Sunday, 23rd October. All are very welcome to join in.



Merciful God,

teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty,

that trusting in your word

and obeying your will

we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Please pray for those who are ill

Karen Goodall Brown

Harry Barstow

Roger Bolton


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 and friends of those who have died.



St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar


Wednesday 26th October 

10.30 am             Holy Communion at Box


Thursday 27th October  

9.45 am                Holy Communion at Colerne


Saturday 29th October

7 pm                      Quiz For Ukraine, Box Methodist Church – please see below


Sunday 30th October

9.30 am                Holy Communion at Colerne

10.30 am             Reflective Holy Communion at Box

10.30am               Morning Prayer at Ditteridge

6 pm                      Evensong at Colerne




Church Inside “Autumn” Clean

Last Saturday 15th October, the church was well tidied and hoovered, and the silver and brass gleamed after a thorough polish! Many thanks to Clair, Lee, Denise, Pam, Kath, Nikki and Angela.



Quiz for Ukraine Saturday 29th October

There will be a Quiz for Ukraine on Saturday 29th October at 7 pm at Box Methodist church. Proceeds will be sent to Save The Children Ukraine Fund. There’ll be a Ploughmen’s Supper and raffle prizes. Teams of 4, and tickets are £8 per person, to include supper. To book please contact Helen Cain: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07757 667278


Warm Spaces and Soup in Box!

The Box Methodist Church Thursday Café are offering new extended autumn/winter hours!  They are keenly aware of the need to support everyone during the hard months ahead. Their Thursday Café regularly attracts 15-20 folk (of all faiths and none!) who enjoy meeting up throughout the year for a chat. As the colder autumn/winter months approach, the Café opening hours are being extended to 9.30 - 2.30 pm. Also, on alternate Thursdays they are offering home-made soup and a roll! Everyone is welcome ? and they would welcome volunteers to support this very kind and worthwhile venture. The next Soup Days are 3rd and 17th November.


Also on Mondays between 9.30 – 12 noon, the church will again be heated and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the Warm Space.



Accommodation No Longer Needed!

Yanna, a young Ukrainian woman, and her daughter aged 8, are now happily settled in Corsham! Many thanks for everyone’s prayers and efforts on their behalf.



Advance Notice: Prayers of Hope: Light a Candle for the World Tuesday 1st November

Prayers of Hope are now on the 1st Tuesday of each month: the next evening is on Tuesday 1st November. The time and place remain the same: Box Methodist Church, 6.30 - 7.30 pm.  Come and light a candle for the World! Everyone welcome! For further details, please contact John or Alice Sumner on 01225 743537.



The Community of the Sisters of the Church Christmas Appeal

It has been a difficult couple of years, and Christmas may not be something that all of us are looking forward to. For those who come to us for help, Christmas is often difficult. With the price increases on everything, life can be particularly hard on those who are on benefits or a very low income. So with your help we would like to be able to offer our visitors something to make Christmas more celebratory.

As we have done over the past couple of years, we will be (and have already started) gathering food items that will amount to 3 large bags of ambient food per household. We are asking if you could once again help by providing the following for each of our callers:


*GIFTS for both men and women please: toiletry sets, gloves, warm scarves, hats and socks


*£15 ARGOS VOUCHERS for children: either donations towards £15 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


James Symons will kindly take our gifts to the Sisters in Bristol on Monday 12th December.



Renew, Refresh Resource - Lee Abbey Weekend Women's Retreat. (20th-22nd January)

This has been planned by the Colerne Women’s Homegroups, but is open to all women in the Lidbrook Group.  To book your place just click on the link below.  We would LOVE you to join us for some time together, time with God and time to yourself in a beautiful place on the Devon Coast.  Lifts may be available.



Regulations around Public Worship Please don't enter the building if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and sanitise your hands when you enter.  The area in the Hazelbury Chapel will continue to be a 'lower-risk' zone during Sunday services where face coverings should be worn, this is to provide an area for those who are vulnerable or wish to exercise more caution. Communion will be distributed by the president by intinction.






Angela M. Dew

Parish Administrator for the Lidbrook Group The Benefice of Box with
Hazelbury and Ditteridge and the Parish of Colerne

Telephone: 07842 129161