St Thomas News - 6th January 2021
A belated 'happy new year' by email! I hope that, in spite of the grim news, you have been aware of God's light and love through the Christmas period. Romans 12.12 is a good verse for us to contemplate in these days: "rejoice in our confident hope; be patient in trouble; keep on praying!" Perhaps a verse of the week video will follow...
I must confess that I'm still getting my head around how we can best support one another and worship the Lord together during this new lockdown. As you may well know, this time churches are permitted to continue to hold services in the building - but of course to do so has risks attached. My hope is that we can continue with our small midweek communion services as I know they are highly valued by some people. But for this week, the communion service is put on hold. So:
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St Thomas News - 21st December 2020
I'm sure many of you will have had plans altered by the new regulations - it's good to know that God is steadfast and sure and remains dependable whatever the circumstances! Here's what's happening this Christmas week:
Festival of Trees and Nativity:
This continues from today to Christmas Eve, 2-4pm. We are now in need of a couple of volunteers on Christmas Eve - if you can help, please let me know.
Read more: St Thomas News - 21st December 2020
St Thomas News - 16th December 2020
The wonderful Christmas Tree and Nativity Festival is now on in church! Each day (except Sunday) from 2-4pm, come and see, invite others! There is a video explaining more about this and the Sheep Trail on our Facebook page.
Our midweek communion service is on tomorrow at 12 midday - there won't be one on Christmas Eve, but there will be one on New Year's Eve.
Christmas Services and Activities:
Read more: St Thomas News - 16th December 2020
St Thomas News - 9th December 2020
As we get nearer to Christmas, the 'main thing' we are able to do this year is to open the church for our 'Festival of Trees and Nativity'. A team are coming to set up on Saturday, so all will look fantastic, I'm sure. We hope this will be a way to make contact with and offer some Christmas joy to local people.
If you can help to open the church any day between Mon 14th and Christmas Eve (2-4pm) please let me know when. I'm getting a rota together and trying not to put people on too much!
Read more: St Thomas News - 9th December 2020
PCC Summary – December 2020
The PCC reappointed Dave Pennock as treasurer, Tom Dennis as secretary, and appointed Abi Oscroft as safeguarding officer (with Ruth Dunlop as PCC link for safeguarding). We are very thankful for all Jenny Bingham’s work as safeguarding officer as she steps down.
We discussed the application for a temporary licence from the archdeacon for the removal of pews from the nave. We agreed that we should make this application. It requires that the pews are stored until and unless a permanent faculty is granted for their permanent removal. We hope that this will give us more options for gathered worship and for community groups during this period of social distancing. We also hope it will give us the opportunity to ‘experiment’ and therefore to think creatively about the plans for the development of the church interior in the longer term. We are aware that this will mean things will have a ‘temporary’ feel for the time being, should this application be granted – ie, using a variety of chairs, not yet having the floor levelled etc. We hope that this will help us to see the possibilities for the future rather than put us off!
Read more: PCC News November 2020 meeting