LATEST NEWS    

     Updated 29.4.21.    

Return to the New Normal in April 2021.

 

Following the latest lifting of lockdown restriction all church events will return.

 

Coffee and Chat sessions will resume on Friday 30th April from 10.30am to 12.00pm.

Our next Sunday service is on Sunday the 2nd May 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.

There will be a special Ascension Day Communion Service starting at 7.00pm on Thursday 13th May. All are welocm to attend

CHARITY LUNCHES

Because of lockdowns we have had to cancel our Lent Lunch programme for two years running. As a result it was felt that our chosen charity, Bridge the Gap, has missed out on some vital funding. So, we will be serving Charity Light Lunches over 5 Fridays starting on Friday 7th May. There will be a main course, choice of delicious desserts along with tea or coffee. As usual there will be no set charge but a minimum donation of £7.00 per person is requested. Lunches will be served between 12.00pm and 1.30pm on the following dates - Friday 7th May. Friday 14th May, Friday 21st May, Friday 28th May and Friday 4th June. All profits will be divided equally between St. Thomas' Church and Bridge the Gap, a facility at Nobles Hospiatl for young adults between 16 and 24 who undergo extended periods of hospitalization or frequent outpatint appointments. All are welcome to join us and help fund this worthy charity.

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.

Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held at 12.15pm on Sunday 23rd May 2021. This is an important meeting open to all members on the electoral roll of St. Thomas'Church or anyone who resides within the parish of St. Thomas'. If you are able to offer your time to halp with the work of the church in any way plaese speak to the Rev Frear, wardens secretary or any member of the PCC. All offers of help will be welcomed.

 

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.

 

                                             Fundraising Latest

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 pat.walmsley@hotmail.com. 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.

This is the sort of delicious food you can expect to find at out Charity Lunches.

 

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