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St Thomas à Becket Parish Weekly News Sheet Sunday 18th December 2022

 

Sunday 18th December

8 am                      Holy Communion at Box

9.30 am                Christingle Service at Colerne

6 pm                      Carol Service at Box – Rehearsal for Christmas Choir 4.30-5.30 pm

6 pm                      Carol Service at Ditteridge

6 pm                      Evensong at Chapel Plaister

6 pm                      A Service of Lessons & Carols at Colerne

 

 

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. Amen.

 

 

Please pray for those who are ill

Karen Goodall Brown

Harry Barstow

 

 

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

 

Monday 19th December

8 am                      Morning Prayer – please see below

 

Wednesday 21st December 

10.30 am             Holy Communion at Box

 

Thursday 22nd December  

9.45 am                Holy Communion at Colerne

 

Saturday 24th December

3 pm                      Crib Service at Colerne

4 pm                      Nativity at Box

4 pm                      Crib and Christingle Service at Ditteridge

11.30 pm             First Holy Communion of Christmas at Box

11.30 pm             First Holy Communion of Christmas at Colerne

 

Sunday 25th December

10 am                    Christmas Family Service at Colerne (no Holy Communion following, as there has already been the First Holy Communion of Christmas)

10 am                    Family Service, followed by Holy Communion at Ditteridge

10.30 am             Family Holy Communion at Box

10.30 am             Service of Nine Lessons & Carols at Chapel Plaister

 

 

Morning Prayer on Monday 19th December

A reminder that Morning Prayer will continue on Monday mornings at 8 am, praying for Matt as he prepares to join us, and the Lidbrook Group as we prepare to welcome him.

 

 

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. The Thursday Café will continue to open during the Christmas and New Year period. 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 Thursday is 29th December.

 

 

Candles

It would be lovely to have some of our rows of candles lit for the First Holy Communion of Christmas on Saturday 24th December. The service starts at 11.30 pm. Please contact Charles Freeman 01225 744155 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Are you alone this Christmas?

Join us for Christmas Day Lunch at Corsham Scout Hall!

(The Laggar, Corsham SN13 0DE)

Pre-booking essential, as limited spaces.

Please advise of any dietary requirements Transport to/from this Lunch can be provided.

To book this free event, please phone us on 07467 248273

or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.companyforchristmas.com

 

 

Nativity Figures

The Nativity figures for the St Thomas’ crib have been refurbished for their annual appearance! In order for them to be stored safely and without damage in future, they would appreciate donations of bubble wrap – any size or condition. Please pass bubble wrap to Angela or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she’ll gladly collect it from you.

 

 

Advance Notice: A Looking Forward Vigil to Pray for Peace in the World

This Vigil is now being planned as a New Year early-evening event. It will be on the first Saturday of the New Year, Saturday 7th January in 2023, 4-6 pm in Box Methodist Church - followed by a bring-and-share meal. For further details, please contact John Sumner on 01225 743537 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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. For further information, please contact Karen Brzezicki This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

https://leeabbeydevon.org.uk/programme/renew-refresh-resource-163/

 

 

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