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What Can I Expect on a Sunday? 


We continue to meet online - on Facebook, YouTube and Periscope - each Sunday and there are also online prayer and fellowship events during the week.

However, we are now meeting for worship in person on Sundays, doing so in line with government restrictions, including limits on numbers. Please click here or see 'Church Online and In-person' and 'What's On' for details.


Whenever and however you join us, you can expect:

  • A warm and friendly welcome.
  • Our worship style is often informal. 
  • Our worship times are usually between 60 and 90 minutes in duration.
  • During that time we read and learn from the Bible.
  • We sing a mix of hymns and more modern songs to and about God; words are projected on to a screen. 
  • We use written prayers to help us when we worship but we also often have freedom to express our own prayers too.
  • We pray for the world, the Church, those in need and for one another.


Covid-secure arrangements: please see details here.

When meeting together in normal times:

  • Services (apart from Café Church) include the children for the first 20 minutes or so, after which they leave for their "Lighthouse" groups:
    • Creche (0-3yrs) The Creche Room downstairs is available throughout the service with a live audio and video feed;
    • Sparklers (3yrs - P2) meet downstairs in the Crypt;
    • Spotlight (P3-P6) meets in the lower Lennon Rooms;
    • Fusion (P7-S3) meets in Upper Lennon rooms
  • We share Holy Communion on the first and third Sundays of each month and usually have a Café Church service on the fourth Sunday.
  • Our groups for children and young people meet during this service, except during Café Church.
  • As a way of ending our time together, we serve refreshments in the hall. At our once-a-month Café Church we enjoy refreshments all the way through our worship! No children's groups operate during this service as everyone stays together. 
  • Once a month we have a late afternoon, informal service called 'Embrace'. We start with refreshments at 4:45 and run for about an hour. 
  • We don't worry about what is worn to church!


Accessibility

  • We cone off a lay-by at the church entrance to facilitate easy drop off for those with mobility difficulties and there is a straight path to the door, with no steps.
  • Large print notice sheets and hymn books are available.
  • A hearing loop system is installed.
Please ask one of the stewards if you need any assistance.
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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

New to church? 

Welcome! Whether you've just moved to the area, or have lived here all your life - we hope the website helps you find out what you want to know about St Thomas' Church.

Please note that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our church building is currently closed and many of the normal activities have been suspended. 

However, church continues and worship services and other activities are running online via Facebook, YouTube and Periscope.

Further details are available within the Church Life area of our website, which includes information about children's and youth activities and resources. Other activities are described within the Community section.

For a quick introduction to what you can expect on a Sunday, please click here