St Thomas News 2nd June 2021
I hope you're all enjoying the sunshine!
A reminder that it's really helpful if you can now book in via Eventbrite for this coming Sunday's service if you'd like to come in person. Just let me know if you have any difficulties (and a reminder that we are keeping seats free for those who are not online, so no need to book for them).
If you're watching from home, or from anywhere else in the world for that matter, you can join in as usual on Facebook or YouTube or you can join the Zoom call (631 970 6882).
This week we're delighted to have the Wilsons with us (Chris will be preaching) and we'll also be hearing from Dan Thomas who will soon be going on to his curacy.
A reminder that we have a new rhythm for Tuesdays and Thursdays until the end of July at least.
Tuesdays at 12.30pm (in church and livestreamed) I'll be preaching through Colossians (this week's talk is here)
Thursdays at 12.30pm (in church) we have a communion service, followed by a cafe inside church (or spilling out in good weather!) from 1-2pm.
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St Thomas News 26th May 2021
Hello, church family!
As usual, our service on Sunday at 10.30am will be live-streamed on Facebook or YouTube or you can join the Zoom call (631 970 6882).
You are also invited to come to the church building - please book in if you plan to come as spaces are currently limited (you don't need to book in for others who are not online as we've allowed for that, but if you are reading this email, please click through and use the booking system rather than just telling me you're coming).
Before that, we have our communion service and cafe tomorrow (Thursday) - service at 12.30pm, followed by cafe in groups of six in the church building.
On Tuesday, we had our first session going through the letter to the Colossians in church at 12.30. If you'd like to watch it's now here. This will be each Tuesday at 12.30pm until July 20th.
At our AGM on Sunday evening, we confirmed the election of our two church wardens - Jo Bloss is continuing, and will now be joined by Rob Hazell, which is great news. Mike Minihan has now stepped down having served for several years, and we're very grateful to him for all he's given to the role.
Read more: St Thomas News 26th May 2021
St Thomas News 18th May 2021
In an attempt to make things easier, we're going to trial an online booking system for the Sunday services while we're in this current situation - so, if you'd like to come this week, please click here and book in (there's an option for family tickets too). Just to say:
- we have left space for those who don't have internet access and will want to come, so you don't need to book on behalf of those people
- we have left a small number of extra spaces for those who might turn up on the day
But if you're reading this and thinking of coming, please try to book in. If you have problems, let me know. Of course this is not ideal, but we do need to do our best to keep to the social distancing limits for the time being, and as more people are feeling ready to come back to church, we do need some sort of system in place for now.
Read more: St Thomas News 18th May 2021
St Thomas News 14th May 2021
Dear Church Family,
Thank you for all your support as I was licensed at St Wulstan's on Wednesday. There really is a warmth and enthusiasm there as we begin to explore how we can work together in future. I'm at St Wulstan's for the next two Sundays (their AGM and a baptism), but don't be fooled - I'll be back soon! This week, Sam will be leading at St Thomas' and thinking about how we are all called to use the gifts God gives us; next week, Phil will be leading the Pentecost service. The services continue to be live-streamed on Facebook or YouTube or on the Zoom call (631 970 6882) at 10.30am.
Thanks, too, if you've been in touch with thoughts about in-person/online and why you may not yet be ready to return to the building. It's really helpful to get a sense of how people are feeling, so please do get in touch if you'd like to.
Read more: St Thomas News 14th May 2021
St Thomas News 7th May 2021
Dear Church Family,
As usual, our service on Sunday is live-streamed on Facebook or YouTube or on the Zoom call (631 970 6882) at 10.30am. Of course, you can also now join in the building - please consider doing so, and let me know if you would like to be there and haven't already been in touch.
This week, we'll again be looking at our vision - some lovely bookmarks have been produced to remind us of this, and will be given out in church. But if you won't be there and would like a bookmark before you come back again, please let me know and we can get one to you.
We'll be talking more over the coming weeks about how we can all be involved with serving one another and the wider community. On a practical and more immediate note, please get in touch if you would be willing to:
- help with hosting Zoom during the services
- help welcoming on the door (we have to do this more efficiently while the Covid restrictions are in place)
- help on the sound desk - you can be fully trained up in this
Read more: St Thomas News 7th May 2021