Welcome to St Thomas's Church
St Thomas's is an encouraging community of Christians in Lancaster. We welcome enquirers and people who are just looking. We also respect the fact that not everyone may wish to stay, but we hope you will.
Our longing is to know Jesus Christ better, to see his kingdom reign and to see growth both here and in the links we have with other churches locally and overseas. We do hope to be able to welcome you into our large lively all-age congregation.
St Thomas's This Christmas- Services
This Saturday 14th December
3:30-5:30pm, Messy Church Christmas Special:crafts,games, puppet nativity and party tea.
Sunday 22nd December
9am Holy Communion Service (no children's groups)
11am All Age Nativity
3:30-4:15pm Crib Service
For 2-8year olds and their families (older brothers and sisters welcome). Costumes will be provided or children can come in their own costumes.
5:30pm Candlelit Carol Service
10:30am All-Age Christmas Communion
Sunday 29th December
10:30am All-Age Service
No evening service
St Thomas's Events
New To St Thomas's?
We’d love to get to know you, and help you get connected here. Please fill in a newcomers’ form from the welcome desk, and hand it in at the welcome desk or put it in the Grey box on the Welcome desk.
St Thomas’ Christmas Choir is singing carols at The Pendle Witch from 8pm this Tuesday, 17th December. Come and join us too- words provided!
Carol Singing at Diggles, collecting for St John's Hospice. Thursday 19th December 5-6pm. Diggles have invited us to sing carols for them and their customers this Thursday. Come along with your voices and musical instruments. (Words and music parts provided). Speak to Colin Cutting for more details.
The Ark Team
hope that as many people as possible will join them on Friday 20th December, at 6pm, in the Church Centre Garden, to sing Carols for those who come to The Ark before our guests eat at 6-40. Please wear bright hats, scarves and gloves. Please bring a tea light, in a jam jar, or a torch. A beautiful way to share God's love with the homeless and less fortunate ones of our City.
Global Mission Sunday
Global Mission Sunday 12th January. Elaine Storkey, President of Tearfund, an inspiring speaker will preach at all 3 services. We'll have most of our mission partners here or represented by stalls; there will be brief slots in each service so they can share up to date news. Please put the date in the diary and invite friends from other churches too to come and join us.
Cap Money Course
The CAP Money Course is a revolutionary money management course that teaches people budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system that really works. Meg Eagles and Penny Park are running the next CAP Money Course. A 3 session course on Thursdays 2nd, 9th and 16th January at 7.30pm upstairs in the church centre. For more info contact Penny via the church office . Or go to the CAP website for further details and to book online.
Talk-About Cafe Church
opens on Tue 14th Jan, 7-8 pm in Esquires Coffee House in town, and will run on the 2nd Tues of each month. There will be open discussions about ‘the big issues of life’. The leaders will introduce Christian perspectives, but this is very different to Alpha. It should appeal to seekers, inquirers and the curious. http://tinyurl.com/talk-about-cafe-church
Men's Curry House Challenge 2014
The Challenge – to visit 12 Curry Houses in Lancaster and Morecambe in 12 months: Men only. Curry. Chat. Bring friends. Does what it says on the tin. Fridays 6-8pm. First one Sultan of Lancaster, 17 Jan. Web link to follow for sign-up, watch this space. Speak to Jon or Craig for more info.
Sticky Faith Event
with Scripture Union and Urban Saints. Wednesday 22nd January 7.30pm at St Thomas's Lifelong disciples of Jesus - that is what we want for the children and young people we know. Why do so many give up on their faith during their teenage or early adult years? Sticky Faith events explore practical strategies for the whole church to adopt to help our children and young people develop faith that sticks. For further details speak to Colin Cutting.
On Thursday evenings between 30th January and 20th March 2014, St Thomas’s will be offering the Marriage Course in church. Each evening will start with a freshly-cooked two-course meal at a candlelit table for two. Talks will be presented on DVD by Nicky and Sila Lee, with lots of opportunities to talk as a couple. Each couple’s privacy is respected as there is no group discussion and no requirement to disclose anything about their relationship to anyone else. The seven-session course is for any married or cohabiting couple, whether their relationship is strong or they feel that they are struggling. The course, while based on Christian principles, is very helpful for any couple with or without a Christian faith or church background, so please feel free to invite couples who are not part of St Thomas’s. Cost: £50 per couple as a contribution towards food and course manuals, though bursaries are available to assist with the costs. Booking forms are on the welcome desk and church website, and bookings must be received by 19th January. Help with setting up, cooking, serving, and clearing away will also be greatly appreciated – please contact Nick and Alison Johnstone if you can help, or sign up on the welcome desk in the foyer. Download an invitation here.
Youth Weekend Kepplewray
7th - 9th February 2014 Next year we are taking the youth to Kepplewray for a weekend of fun activities. This time it is open to all the youth from 11 - 18 years old. Letters and consent forms will be sent out soon. Please consider whether you would like to come.
is a series of sessions run by Carnforth Free Methodist Church for anyone struggling with the pain of separation and divorce and offers advice and support in a caring Christian environment. A Taster evening is on Monday 2nd December 7 -9 pm and a follow up session on 9th December entitled, 'Surviving the Christmas holidays'. The course itself starts on Monday 6th January 2014 and lasts for 13 weeks. There is no charge and a separate course for children and young adults of divorce (17+ years) runs alongside.All sessions take place at The Salvation Army, Preston Street, Carnforth, 7 - 9 pm. For more information please contact Helen Russell via the church office.
Lancaster Baptist Church
on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm until 9pm we hold a very relaxing craft evening. A few of us meet together, bring along something to do and chat together. If anyone would like to join us they are very welcome. Come in at the side entrance on Robert Street.
Carols For Fun
For All The Family, Whalley Abbey, Sat 21 December.
Chris Drury, pastor at Lancaster Free Methodist Church, has written a truly excellent looking leadership training course designed ‘for busy people’. Members of St Thomas’s Church are welcome to register for this course, which will involve attending a monthly session on either a Monday evening or a Saturday morning, in return for a donation of £15 p.a. for materials. This course would suit anyone in leadership who wants to know more about their own leadership style, group dynamics, emotional intelligence, managing change, conflict resolution, etc – and it all comes highly commended from Jon Scamman who wishes he’d written the course himself! More information, brochures and registration sheets are available on the welcome desk.
New Wine Discipleship Year
St Thomas’s Church and Christians Alive Church have launched an internship scheme in Sept 2013, in partnership with New Wine.
Interns for 2014: If you are aged 18-24 and would like to explore giving a year to serve in a church (12 hours a week), grow in your Christian faith and experience, and get some great training in theology and leadership (8 hours a week), then this might be for you! The leaflet on the welcome desk gives more information about the scheme, and if you want to know more, just ask the clergy, Jon and Craig.
Host Families: If you would be interested in hosting an intern for a year in your home, please speak to Jon or Craig. The church will make a modest contribution towards the cost of bed and board.
Exploring Faith Accompaniment (Spiritual Direction)
Every two weeks on Tuesday for 12 days 10am-4pm 14th Jan-1st July 2014. Supported by the diocese of Blackburn. For more details or a booking form please speak to Jon Scamman.