Due to coronavirus our services have moved online.  

Links for streamed events: 

youtube or Facebook.

Sunday Service 10.30 am

Tuesday 9am Prayer and other meetings: Zoom ID 631-970-6882

Services online001

Thu Oct 22 @14:00 - 15:00
Cafe cancelled due to restrictions
Sun Oct 25 @10:30 - 11:45
Online Service (fb/ youtube)
Sun Oct 25 @16:00 - 17:00
Communion Service (Following Covid Guidelines)
Tue Oct 27 @09:00 - 10:00
Online Prayer Meeting Zoom id 631-970-6882
Tue Oct 27 @14:00 - 15:00
Natter cafe cancelled due to restrictions
Thu Oct 29 @14:00 - 15:00
Cafe cancelled due to restrictions
Sun Nov 01 @10:30 - 11:45
Online Service (fb/ youtube)

Welcome to St Thomas' in the Groves! We are a small, but growing, church in the heart of the Groves area of York. We are committed to reaching out into our local community – serving people who are in need, and above all showing God’s love as best we can. We want to celebrate what God is doing in this wonderful part of His world. 

Although we normally meet together each Sunday at 10.30am, and we hope that people find our gatherings welcoming, family-friendly, and full of God’s presence, because of the coronavirus pandemic we are not able to meet in person but instead are moving online and making other provisions for pastoral support.

If you live in this part of York, you can be assured that we are praying that God will richly bless you and that you will know his love and goodness in your life. 


St Thomas News - 8th October 2020

Dear Church,

This Sunday we'll again have our livestreamed service at 10.30am on Zoom (631 970 6882), Facebook and YouTube. I will be speaking this week, looking at Psalm 90.

Later in the day, we will have a communion service in church at 4pm.

There's a new 'Verse of the Week' video here, and this connects with Marian's reflection on Psalm 23, which is here.

Current activities/plans for the near future are:
- We'll continue with the Sunday communion services up to and including October 25th. After that, we are likely to move to Thursdays at 1pm from Nov 5th.
- We are running cafes from 2-3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with one group of six in the hall and a further one or two groups in the church. (Of course, if restrictions tighten, this may not be possible.)

- From Nov 1st we'll aim to allow a small number of people (especially those unable to join via the internet) to be present in church on Sunday mornings.
- Church in a Bag for families begins this Sunday - next week we will try an All Age service as our livestream.
- At this stage, it doesn't seem sensible for us to be attempting any more elaborate gatherings for corporate worship, while there is so much we can't do together - but I am always happy to hear feedback and suggestions!

- The Tuesday prayer meeting on Zoom (9am) continues
- I am thinking about other ways to encourage corporate prayer - probably including a day of prayer and fasting with a Zoom meeting in the evening so more will follow...

AGM etc:
A reminder that the AGM will follow the service on November 15th. If you would like to be nominated to sit on the PCC, please do have a chat with me or a current PCC member - we have a couple of spaces, plus one space on the deanery synod.
Being on the electoral roll allows you to vote in the AGM (how exciting), but is also one way of expressing that you are a member of St Thomas'. The form you need to fill in if you are not already on the roll (a new list was started in 2019) can be found here.

Local need:
We have been asked by someone locally if anyone has a baby gate they may be willing to donate. Please let me know if so.

In a couple of weeks, I think we will begin a series in our Sunday livestreams and home groups looking at Ezra and the return of the people of Judah from exile to Jerusalem. Partly, this seems pertinent to our situation as we think and pray about ways in which we will 'return' to worshipping together as and when we can. I am aware there will be lots of decisions to take and opportunities to consider, and so I do ask that you continue to pray for the whole church in what will be an important time.

God bless,



Rev. Alistair Rycroft
St Thomas' Church, York

"You will keep in perfect peace the one whose mind is stayed on You, who trusts in You." (Isaiah 26.3)