Welcome to St Thomas' Church website
St Thomas’ church is part of a group of 4 churches served by our Rector, Revd. Graham Phillips, and a small team of clergy. Each church has one or more church wardens, together with a group of volunteers who work within the church and the wider community
We invite you to share in our worship, friendship and activities. We believe that people of all ages can join in and benefit from the opportunities for Christian discipleship and fellowship made possible in this parish. We welcome the participation of children and young people as well as adults in church life.
If you are not a church-goer, or if you haven't been to church for some time, come and try it for yourself, you may be pleasantly surprised. You will certainly be joining people who feel that church gives enrichment to their lives. We assure you of a warm welcome without any prejudice.
‘During this difficult time when our church buildings are closed, we are still a church; meeting virtually for prayer services and fellowship, loving our neighbours by offering practical support to the vulnerable, and caring for our communities. With the closure of all our buildings, and some people not being able to give due to the financial impact of the pandemic on them, we cannot receive all the gifts that we usually would, so we really need your help now. If you are able to give at this time, please click on the button. Thank you.’
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Services in November 2020
We have changed our pattern of services because of the restrictions placed on us by COVID 19. This may well change again as lockdown eases or tightens. At present we aim to have one Holy Communion Service at 10am each Sunday in one of the Benefice Churches. Plus an on-line Zoom service at 4.30pm. There will also be a Holy Communion Service at 10am in Longden Church on the following Thursday mornings: 29th October, 12th and 26th November and 10th December. PLEASE DO BOOK YOUR PLACE FOR THE HOLY COMMUNION SERVICES WITH REVD GRAHAM PHILLIPS 01743 861003. Please wear a mask.
Services can be found at What's on.
This year instead of an All Souls Memorial Service, Hanwood and Longden Churches will be open for an hour on All Saints Day, 1st November and people will be welcome to come in and light a candle in memory of a loved one. Hanwood will be open from 10.30-11.30am and Longden from 6.30-7.30pm. Please wear a mask. We will have an Act of Remembrance at each church on Remembrance Sunday, 8th November
Also on every Sunday there will be a zoom service of Praise at 4.30pm. If you haven’t been able to join these and would like to please contact Rev. Graham Phillips as above.
The church is locked to prevent any possibility of infection. If you visit a grave please maintain social distance rules within the churchyard.
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Extension roof – Final total achieved!
We are delighted to announce that we have now received funding from three grant awarding bodies towards repairing the roof of the Church Extension.
The Millichope Foundation has promised us £500, Allchurches Trust, the charity arm of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Company, has awarded us £750, and the Garfield Weston Foundation a further £500! We are extremely grateful to all these charities for their generosity.
Thankfully it is only the tiles on the north side of the church Extension roof (the road side) which need replacing as the rest of the roof and under the tiles is sound.
Thanks also to the donations from individuals in the village and from a few outside it, we have raised enough money for the repair so will be able to go ahead before the worst of the winter weather.
We are hoping that the roof will be repaired by the end of November