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 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.
20-30’s Bible Study
Looking at the prayer of Colossians. Meeting fortnightly on Mon evenings, 7.45, next time 9th March in the upstairs centre.
Tuesday 4th March, downstairs in The Church Centre (behind the Church) come at 10-30 or 10-15 for coffee and biscuits. This week we welcome to Dorothy Fishwick with a talk entitled "Crafts in Prison" This will be followed, as its Shrove Tuesday, with pancakes. Please join us and encourage a friend to come. All are most welcome
Women's World Day Of Prayer
will be at the 1.45 pm at the Priory Church on 7th March. This years service has been prepared by Christian women of Egypt and the theme is ‘Streams in the Desert’
Friday 7th March Come to find out news, and pray for North Lancs team working in schools. 11:00 am for coffee, 11.30 am for prayer & noon for a light lunch. See bulletin for more details.
meeting on Monday 10th March at 7.30pm. Please contact Linda Hendry for further details, including the venue.
Talk-About café church
meets on Tuesday 11th March, 7-8 pm, in Esquires Coffee House. Join us for an open discussion about forgiveness, inspired by a film clip from Les Miserables. Open to all; bring a friend and enjoy a free hot drink, good company and interesting conversations. Find out what we do at http://tinyurl.com/talk-about-cafe-church Join us on the journey!
There will be no Awakening in March as there are the Lent meetings to come to each Wednesday, leaflets on the Welcome desk. Sign up on the sheets on the doors.
5th,12th, 19th & 26th March Limited space on the first 3 so sign up on the sheets which are attached to the glass doors.
Wednesday 5th March, 7.45pm – ‘Learning to Hear the Voice of God’
with Angela Letchford and Meriel Cumming. Many of us feel confused or hesitant when we hear other Christians say things like, ‘I believe God said to me…’ What do they mean by that? How can they sound so sure? Does God speak today? If so, how can we learn to hear his voice? This evening will give a scriptural introduction to the whole subject of learning to listen to God. There will be an opportunity to hear more about people’s encounters with God, and the variety of ways he speaks today. And there will be a chance to practice prayer and prophecy within the safety of a learning environment.
It's All About Jesus!
That's what people say - and Jesus said - about the Old Testament. There are a few places remaining on' Fitting it all Together: The Bible Beginning to End', 2:42's w/e away at Coldwell Activity Centre on March 21-23rd. £50 waged / £40 unwaged. All welcome. See http://tinyurl.com/o6fggs3 for full details or speak to Rosie & Andy Werner / Karen & Martin Soole. Does anyone have access to a minibus to loan to the 2:42 missional group for their weekend away If so please contact Martin Soole via the church office.
Cap Money Course
Our next CAP Money course starts on 8th May and runs for two weekly sessions at 7.30 pm in the upstairs lounge of the church centre. The coaches are Penny Park and Meg Eagles and can be contacted via the church office. information at CAP Money web site https://www.capmoney.org where you can also register
May 17, 2014 is the 8th Run for the World event on Morecambe Prom. Please sign up for 1, 5 or 10km at: r4tw.org/morecambe or take a form from the welcome desk. The money box challenge is also happening – take a box today! For more details contact Martin Bateman via the church office.
PACT Holidays 2014
Christian summer camps for those aged 9-17 (sch. yrs. 4-12) with or without a church background SPECIAL OFFER: bring someone who is new & get a £20 discount. More info. from www.activities.org.uk, brochures in church, Chris Maude or Richard Silman.
A trial run for three months March, April and May. You might not want it, but someone else in the Church family might. We want to help you give and get stuff for free - anything which could be reused. There is a link from the Church website (top right on the first page) plus details on the Noticeboard and the on the Welcome desk.
Are you skilled on a musical instrument or more than competent on a computer? We need more people to be a part of the ensemble music team for the 9am service. We also need people for the computer rota for the 11am service. M.A.S.H - Making Sundays Happen - it's over to you!
Chair Movers Needed
Little Fishes want to move into the main church, but they need a rota of people to move chairs before and after the session on Wednesday mornings. If you could help, weekly or fortnightly. see Sarah or sign up on the Welcome desk
We need; volunteers to deliver the meals in the parish; . Contact Susie Shearsby or Jane Nicholds via the church office.
Calling All Kitchen Users
If you are part of any team who use the kitchen in the church centre to cook contact Jane Nicholds, kitchen coordinator via the church office.
Fairtrade Fortnight 24th Feb-9th March.
Any homegroup wanting a stall see Corina or ring the shop on 590419. There is a new cleaning range to try using Fairtrade Palm oil. Look in the shop.
Easter Holiday Club
for primary children, Mission Unstoppable 2, needs you!!! (7th-11th April) The refreshments, registration and security teams need people to help for 1 + mornings. We need a few more under-18s and a lot more adults to get involved! Info on the welcome desk or contact Sarah via the church office.
Could You Join A Junior Church Team
Explorers team at 9am need 1 more, and the primary groups at 11am need 2 or 3 more people. You would be joining a fabulous team on a twice a month basis. Please contact Sarah via the church office.
Can you help to run our weekly events? Do you have a vision for how we can better serve, support and equip the 20s+30s in St Tees and in Lancaster? Speak to Alice Parry via the church office.
www.1stepstep.org . Is looking for a new treasurer to take over at the end of March 2014. The committee meets usually on the 3rd Thursday in the month. If you are interested and would like more details speak to Chris Rowbotham via the church office.
Stories To Live By
This is one of the regular blogs on the TALK-ABOUT café church website, designed to get people thinking and talking about matters of faith. Read it at http://tinyurl.com/talk-about-cafe-church. You can register there to have the new blog each week emailed direct to you.
7PM Coffee Rota
If you could commit to doing coffee once every 2 or 3 months please speak to Ruth Paterson. You would need to arrive about 6.30pm and would be finished by 9pm. This is a key part of the welcome at the 7pm so please consider if you could serve in this way.
If you are interested in joining an existing one or a potential new one, contact Richard Silman, or have a chat with any of the existing Home Group Leaders.
11-17 May is the national door-to-door collection for Christian Aid. If you would be interested in helping to either deliver or collect envelopes in a central Lancaster ‘patch’ during that week, speak to Doreen Silman
Women's Days In Poole, London and Harrogate.
New Wine Women’s Days are fast approaching. With great speakers these days will be fantastic. See more information and book your tickets at new-wine.org.
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.
Pilgrimage To Malta
28th May to 4th June lead by retired clergy from Lancaster. Details from www.toursforchurches.co.uk
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.