Return to the New Normal in February 2021.
As of 1st February 2021 the three week "circuit breaker" lockdown will end and things will return to the new normal.
However, there will be no Tuesday Fellowship meeting on the 2nd February. Meetings will start again on the 2nd March at 7.30pm when the speaker will be Mrs. Elaine Christian.
There is no February Light Lunch on 5th February because we will be serving Lent Lunches each Friday during Lent starting at 12.00pm on Friday 19th February and running through until Friday 26th March.
Coffee and Chat sessions will resume on Friday 12th February from 10.30am to 12.00pm.
Our next Sunday service is on Sunday the 7th February 2021. This will be a Family Service starting at 11.00am. Brunch will be served before the service from 9.30am to 10,45am. All are welcome to join us for a choice of cereals, yoghurt, fresh fruit, bacon or sausage baps, toast, tea, coffee or juice. There is no charge. However, donations towards costs are always welcome.
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.
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.
The superb Face Masks which Pat and her team have been busy making have raised well in excess of £2,500 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. PRODUCTION HAS BEEN RAMPED UP TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE NEW LOCAL MARKET during the January Lockdown 2021
Lent Lunches will be served each Friday between Friday 19th February and Friday 26th March 2021. Light lunches will resume after Easter
Our Simple Light Lunches will continue after Easter 2021. 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 a hot meal 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.