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St Thomas News 22nd February

Dear Church,

Apologies to send an extra email this week, but...

A final reminder that the Difference Course is running each Thursday at 7pm starting this week. It's on Zoom, but is interactive and not heavy. Please contact Jo Bloss or Ruth Dunlop to find out more or register. More info about the course is here.

I've also just been alerted to a series of Webinars which are free and open to all (the first is tomorrow):

Questions of our Times

We’re really pleased to announce a series of webinar conversations on Tuesday evenings in late February and into March, called ‘Questions of our Times’. The five free-to-view webinars will open up the challenges of Covid-19, fake news, race inequality, climate emergency and unanswered prayer.

In the first of the series, on 23 February, former cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken will be discussing the question, ‘In a world of fake news, who can we trust?’ The series concludes on 23 March with crossbench peer and former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams addressing prayer and spirituality under the title, ‘Is God really listening?’

Truth: In a world of fake news, who can we trust?
With the Revd Jonathan Aitken
Former cabinet minister, Prison Chaplain at HMP Pentonville
23 February 2021, 8pm – Register here

Health: How can I find wholeness in a broken world?
With the Revd Dr Gillian Straine
Director at the Guild of Health and St Raphael
2 March 2021, 8pm – Register here

Race: Which lives matter?
With the Revd Joel Edwards CBE
Director of Advocacy at Christian Solidarity Worldwide
9 March 2021, 8pm – Register here

The Environment: Can the future ever be green?
With Mike Hulme
Professor of Human Geography, Cambridge University
16 March 2021, 8pm – Register here

Prayer and Spirituality: Is God really listening?
With the Revd Dr Lord Rowan Williams of Oystermouth
Honorary Professor of Contemporary Christian Thought, Cambridge University
23 March 2021, 8pm – Register here

‘The Christian Evidence Society is an inter-denominational Christian trust that promotes the evidence for the credibility of Christianity,’ says the society’s chair, the Revd Canon Edward Carter. ‘With the coronavirus having such a huge effect, I hope this timely series of topical conversations will help people consider some of the fundamental questions of our times.’

The webinars mark the 150th anniversary of the society, which was founded in 1870 with a public lecture series, responding to the challenges of the times. This 2021 series has been made possible with the support of the Montgomery Trust.

For more information:


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)