St Thomas News 2nd September 2021
This Sunday we will have our first All Age service since we've been back together in the building - we'll be thinking about 'faith' following on from Phil's talk last week. Please do come along, but for those who are unable to we continue to stream online on Facebook and YouTube.
We are excited and delighted that Bubbles (pre-school) and Splash/Waves (year 1 upwards) will return on Sep 19th!
Sunday 12th September will be rather different, as Louise and Caleb are getting married! (For any who don't know, both have worked here at St Thomas' over the past few years - Louise moved to Belgium in 2020, and Caleb will be joining her very soon.) This service will be at 11.45am and Louise and Caleb are very keen for you all to be invited to join this celebration.
At 9.30am that day, we will have a short, spoken communion service for anyone who would like that.
Read more: St Thomas News 2nd September 2021
St Thomas News 1st August 2021
Dear Church Family,
It was great to be singing again in church last week! I think many people found that a very moving experience. Thanks to all who were in church for your grace and consideration of one another - all seemed to go well. This Sunday Pete Platts will be speaking from Acts 13, and you can come to church or watch online on Facebook or YouTube or join the Zoom call (631 970 6882).
Before then, Rob and Charlotte Hazell are celebrating their marriage and would love to invite you: "Hello everyone! As many of you know (and watched online!), we got married last year :) As we only had a small number of guests, we are having a 'marriage celebration' service this year so that more friends and family can join us! If you are free on Friday (30th), our marriage blessing service is happening at 1pm at St Michael le Belfrey (next to the Minster). We'd love for you to be there! Hot drinks and cake will be served too :) Normal wedding attire encouraged!"
(There is an excellent preacher...)
Read more: St Thomas News 1st August 2021
St Thomas News 22nd July 2021
Dear Church family,
Covid Restrictions etc:
As you'll be aware, the law has now changed with regard to Covid restrictions, and we need to to decide how to respond as a church. This is, of course, a complex issue as opinions are quite varied. We want to try as far as possible to make everyone who wants to come to church feel comfortable and welcome, and so we encourage everyone to think of other people's needs above their own. Below is what the churchwardens and I have agreed on, but it will be regularly reviewed as the situation changes.
High infection levels: Perhaps the most important thing to say is that, because the infection rates are likely to remain high over the summer, we all need to take that into consideration in our decision to come to church (or not). If you are anxious about being in a place where someone may have Covid, we do not want to give false assurances.
Read more: St Thomas News 22nd July 2021
Dear church family,
I hope you are well! Some news and updates...
This week, we have our usual service at 10.30am, as we continue to look at some of the challenges of a growing church. Book in here to join in the building, and if you're watching at home or with others you can join in as usual on Facebook or YouTube or you can join the Zoom call (631 970 6882).
This week we'll also be hearing a little from Phil and Frances Harding, back with us for a flying visit!
This Sunday we also have a time of prayer and worship at 6pm - a chance to come together and pray with people from St Wulstan's for our two parishes and our future together. Sorry this has not been better advertised, but please do come if you can! We aim to be finished by 7pm.
Read more: St Thomas News 14th July 2021
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.
Read more: St Thomas News 2nd June 2021