28th October 2020
Earlier this month the congregation undertook a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats) analysis of St. Thomas' Church. The document will now be used to help us plan the future development of our church. The full analysis can be viewed by clicking on the PDF icon below.
2nd September 2020
Following the Parish Meeting a summary document has been produced which outlines many of the views expressed at the meeting. You can read the document by clicking on the PDF icon below. Please take time to read the document and if you have any ideas, suggestions or views please let us know before the 20th September 2020. We have a golden opportunity to ensure that St. Thomas' Church will be here for future generations to enjoy and worship in if we act now.
23rd August 2020
During the meeting on the 23rd August it was agreed that all suggestions, ideas and objections should be given to Rev. Frear or the wardens before the Parish A.G.M. on Sunday 20th September. It was also suggested that meetings be arranged for anyone interested to view, St. Ninian's, St. Peter's, Onchan and The Cathedral to see how they have developed their churches in a similar fashion to what is being proposed for St. Thomas'.
10th August 2020.
The future survival of St. Thomas' Church as a place of worship is dependent on raising sufficient funds to meet its running costs. One of the major keys to this is to make the building more 'user friendly' to both the congregation and the wider community.
Thanks to the generosity of a benefactor there are funds available to enable us to make a start on restructuring the interior of the building. At this stage there are no firm plans in place. However, the P.C.C. is keen to start this project as soon as possible.
There will be a meeting on Sunday 23rd August 2020 at 12.15pm, after the morning service, so that the congregation can have a say and offer suggestions as to how best to progress the plans.
Below is a 'Sketchup' plan of just one idea which would create a new entrance and also create more flexible multi-use spaces. Please note this is simply an initial idea and is not a fully developed plan.
So, please come along on the 23rd August and let us know your thoughts and ideas. Doing nothing is not an option if we are to ensure that St. Thomas' will be available for the next generation to worship in.
This is a sketch of the interior of St. Thomas' as it is now. The view is from the gallery looking towards the entrance. The blank area in the lower right corner is where the memorial chapel is situated.
This sketch shows a possible new entrance door with glass screen. This would leave an open area at the back of church behind the screen. For the purposes of perspective the pews have been shown. However, there is an option to remove the pews and to have more comfortable and more flexible seating, such as chairs, installed.