Christmas Fayre - THANK YOU
An amazing £2,755.00 was raised at the Christmas Fayre held on 21st November. This superb total was the result of much hard work by so many people who helped make things, donated prizes and unwanted items and helped on the day. A huge, huge thank you to everyone who helped and supported this very successful event.
SWOT Analysis and The Future
During the month of October the members of the congregation were asked to take a good hard look at what St. Thomas' Church's Strengths and Weaknesses are and what Opportunities and Threats there may be for the future. The responses were collated by Peter Martin and the document was sent to the Bishop. The results document can be found on our Future Plans page and will be used to help the P.C.C. develop an action plan for the development of the church over the next three to five years.
We are currently planning our Christmas activities. With the Island still avoiding the worst effects of COVID-19 we are hopeful that we will be able to run all our usual events and activities unhindered. Full details can be found on our Christmas 2020 page.
New Church Wardens Elected.
At the Annual Parish Meeting Mr. Peter Martin and Mr. Mike Faragher were elected as the new Church Wardens. They replace Mr. John Walmsley and Mrs. Tracey Martin who had served for 9 years and 6 years respectively. John and Tracey will be a hard act to follow having devoted a great deal of their time and effort into the role. They were thanked for all their hard work and dedication over the past years.
Volunteers Who Help With Catering.
With immediate effect, any one who helps with any form of catering in church MUST have passed an appropriate Food Hygiene Course. So, if you serve teas or coffees, help out at Light Lunches, prepare cakes etc. in you own home for sale in church, help serve Lent Lunches or handle food or drinks at any church event, this applies to you. Anyone who handles or serves food at a church event will need to have passed a Level 2 course. There are numerous suitable courses available on line and we have selected some which are fully approved and are cost effective. Links to these can be found on our Safeguarding and Hygiene page. Most courses take about 90 minutes to complete. If you need to take a course (most cost between £10 & £15) we hope that you will be happy to pay your own costs. However, if you wish to claim back your course fee please let us know so that we can reimburse you. Please also let us know when you have passed the course and let us see a copy of your certificate. We realize that this is something of a nuisance, but, it is unavoidable as we rely very heavily on our catered events as fundraisers. Thank you.
Parish Meeting to discuss plans for the future.
Held on Sunday 23rd August 2020
For many years now ideas about the future development of the St. Thomas' church building have been discussed. On Sunday 23rd August 2020 we took our first tentative steps towards the refurbishment and improvement of St. Thomas'. There was complete agreement that we need to begin the long process of making significant alterations to the building in order to make it suitable for twenty-first century worship and to make it more accessible for community use. It was asked that all ideas, suggestions etc. be submitted prior to the A.G.M. on 20th September. It was also agreed that arrangements be made to visit some other local churches which have already made the transformation. Keep up to date with all our plans on our "Future Plans" page
Our Monthly Friday Light Lunches returned on Friday 4th September from 12.00pm . Our weekly Coffee & Chat sessions also recommenced on 4th September from 10.30am to 12.00pm
Our Monthly Sunday Brunches and Family Services returned on Sunday 6th September. Brunch will be served at 9.30am until 10.45am on the first Sunday of each month. The Family Service will begin at 11.00am.
The superb Face Masks which Pat and her team have been busy making have raised well in excess of £2,0000 so far and there are numerous orders still awaiting production. The three legs masks have been so popular that Pat has had to order more material in order to meet demand. Again a huge thank you to Pat and the ladies for their hard work. Orders are still being taken by contacting Pat on firstname.lastname@example.org. As well as adult masks there are smaller versions available for children and toddlers.
Monthly Friday Simple Light Lunches are back
Our Simple Light Lunches returned after the COVID-19 outbreak on Friday 4th September. We have made a few changes to the way we are serving the food. A buffet style table is in the Children's Corner of the church where you may choose what you want. Your choices will be plated up for you by one of our trained volunteers. You will then take you plate back into the Vestry where we have improved the seating arrangements. As before lunch will be served between 12.00pm and 1.30pm. So, come along and enjoy our new menu of cooked meats/fish, bread, salads and side dishes along with our renowned delicious desserts, and tea or coffee. There is no charge but donations towards church funds are welcome. Coffee, tea and cake will be available from 10.30am. All are welcome.