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.
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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.
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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
St Thomas News 29th April 2021
Dear Church Family,
As is our current custom, we'll have the Sunday morning service in the building and streamed online at 10.30. Please get in touch if you'd like to come (and do consider it if you haven't yet been back to the building). To join in from home, you can continue to watch on Facebook or YouTube or on the Zoom call (631 970 6882).
This Sunday we also have a family service at 4pm as an opportunity for families to get together in church. It would be helpful if you could let me or Charlotte know if you plan to come. We'd encourage families to make this the priority over the morning service this week if you're able to.
Tuesdays - Prayer Meeting on Zoom at 9am (Zoom ID 631 970 6882)
Wednesdays - Communion service on Wednesdays at 1pm, followed by an outdoor cafe (groups of six round tables) until 3pm. (I don't think Wednesday seems the best for quite a few people, so we will change this soon, once the rules change on May 17th - more details to follow.)
Thursdays - A new Tiny Tots group for pre-schoolers and parents is running on Thursday mornings (please contact Charlotte for more details).
Read more: St Thomas News 29th April 2021