Service Times

9am Morning Worship
11am Morning Worship
7pm Evening Worship

Other services...

Getting Connected

A handy guide to everything that’s going on at St Tees, called ‘Getting Connected.’  No matter how long you’ve been a part of the church, you’re bound to learn something new in this directory, as some groups have only come into being in the past few weeks!For more information please download the Getting Connected document.

2020 Vision

Youth Vision Document

We have produced a youth ministry vision document to sit alongside our 2020 Vision. For more information please download the Youth Vision document.

Pastoral Care

Churches Together

Child Sponsorship

Our mission partners Glyn and Jane Davies have told us that they are short of sponsors for the children at Tumaini school, Mombasa. If this is something you could help with, please pick up an information leaflet and standing order form from the Welcome desk, or go online to www.educationforlife.net and donate via their Justgiving link. Many thanks from Mission Support.

The Olive Branch

The Olive Branch (Faith in Action), is a Christian charity serving and helping the socially disadvantaged in Lancaster. the-olivebranch.org.uk

Volunteering

If you would like to become a website editor so that you can keep your bit of the site up to date, why not get in touch with us?

Musicians

Do you have a talent for playing a musical instrument or singing? Make yourselves known to Martin Walmsley our Sung-Worship Pastor. All ages welcome to audition. New/returning students especially welcome.

Sports

Boy kicking football

There are many sports groups at St Thomas's, including Badminton, Cricket, Cycling, Football, Hill Walking, Running, Squash and Table Tennis.

See the Sports page for more information.

StTsCycle

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Don't throw it away, give it away!

We want to help you give and get stuff for free - anything which could be reused.

Click here for more information

Messy Church

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The next few Messy Church dates are the 20th May, 17th June and 15th July.

Home Groups

A homegroup on a walk

Small groups / Home Groups are a key part of St Thomas's community.

Many members of the church are involved in Home Groups, and find them to be a great source of encouragement and personal spiritual development.

If you are not in a Home Group, and would be keen on joining one, please contact the church office.

St T's Junior Football

St T's Junior Football is on every Saturday morning in term time, 9.30 -10.30 am at Dallas Road Boys and Girls club. All children at primary school, beginners and experienced players welcome. The youngest group train in the gym, and the 2 older groups outside. There is tea and coffee for parents and games for siblings!  Cost £1.50 a child, £2.00 a family.  For more information contact Katie Schad or Martin Bateman.

Children & Youth

Children enjoying Fort Rocky

We are always looking for new volunteers. If you would like to be part of the team, please speak to Caroline Summerfield (Assistant Youth Pastor) or Sarah Evans (Children's & Families' Pastor).

The Ark

Can you spare an hour at 6:15pm on Fridays to eat with the guests of The Ark and chat with them? If chatting is something you like to do please speak with Joan or Rosemary after the service.

Prayer Ministry

As a church, we offer prayer ministry after every main service, in the prayer ministry area at the front left corner of the main church building.  If you would like prayer for anything at all, please don’t hesitate to go over to the prayer ministry corner, and ask a member of the prayer ministry team to pray with you.

Celebrate Recovery

The Celebrate Recovery Programme at Lancaster Free Methodists started Tuesday January 8th. There will be a morning Celebrate Recovery programme in Lancaster (9:30 am), that we will be repeated on the Tuesday evenings (7:30 pm) giving people 2 possibilities of support when seeking help with dealing with a wide range of hurts, habits and hang-ups. It is a weekly 12-step recovery programme that runs for 50 weeks of the year, so you can start any Tuesday and offers the opportunity of a fresh start, new hope and on-going support and encouragement to both men and women who are recovering from a wide range of hurts, habits and hang-ups. More details on the leaflet on the Welcome desk.

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.

Easter Services

Thursday 17th April

7:30am Meditation

7:30pm Maundy Thursday Communion Service

 

Good Friday 18th April

10:30am All-Age Good Friday Service (Hot Cross buns served afterwards)

12noon Churches Together Walk of Witness

 

Easter Saturday 19th April

10am-4pm Easter Festival in Dalton Square

 

Easter Day 20th April

9am Holy Communion

11am Churches Together outdoor service in Dalton Square

7pm Holy Communion

 

Operations Manager Vacancy

Please see the Operations Manager Vacancy page for a downloadable job description, application form and additional information.

 

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Alpha Course

Are you interested in exploring the basics of the Christian faith? Or have you been talking to a friend who is? Then come along to the inter-church Alpha course which starts on Wednesday 23rd April at 7.30pm in Esquires Coffee House. The course will be hosted by Jon Scamman (St T's) and Chris Drury (LFM), with talks given by leaders of different churches in the Hope network. The St T’s table(s) will be hosted by Alan Williams, Chris Park, and Dan Brown. For more information, find a booking form on the welcome desk or download one: City Alpha Form.

 

St Thomas's Events

This Week

20-30s

Looking at the prayer of Colossians. Meeting fortnightly on Mon evenings, 7.45, next time 28th April in the upstairs centre.

Easter Meditations

During Holy Week (Mon April 14th til Thursday 17th) 7.30 am followed by breakfast and 7.30 pm each day for half an hour except on Thursday evening when there will be a Communion service.

 

Upcoming Events

Concert

Lancashire youth Jazz Orchestra with Lancaster Grammar School Big band, at St Thomas’s Church on Friday 25th April at 7.30pm Tickets £8 (con. £5). They played at the last Easter Festival and were much admired.

'Holding On To Hope'

None of us make it through life without suffering. It comes in different forms, at different times, but inevitably it comes. How we can respond to suffering we have experienced or will experience in the future in a way that will draw us closer to God rather than estrange us from him? Author and speaker Nancy Guthrie will be teaching at a day conference from the book of Job. Saturday 3 May 10am St Clements Church, Manchester. To book a place: http://www.churchflyers.co.uk/shop/tickets/tickets-holding-on-to-hope or speak to Karen Soole for more information. 

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

Noah Musical

adventure with Doug Horley and saltmine theatre company will be coming to Preston Charter Theatre on Fri 9th May., the show features 14 brand new songs and stunning puppetry, £8 for children, £12 for adults and a family ticket £35 ( 2 adults 2 children). For more information: www.duggiedugdug.org/noah

R4TW 2014.

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. 

Tots To Talkers

Practical Parenting is a five week course running in May and June, aimed mainly at parents of very young children. For details please see the flyers on the welcome desk or talk to Sarah Evans or Phil and Linda Hendry.

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.

Confirmation and Baptism Service

8th June, 7 pm. At this special service, we will be offering baptism by immersion, and also confirmation, with Bishop Julian, the new Bishop of Blackburn.

Holiday at Home

We are planning a 'Holiday at Home' for older people from 19th-21st August. This will involve speakers, activities, lunch and afternoon tea each day. If you would like to offer any ideas or even get involved in planning and putting on the event please speak to Jeanette Main via the church office.

 

Notices

Toys

Does anyone have any baby and toddler toys, they can donate to a new woman's group starting at the Marsh Community Center?  If so contact Sally Pidd or Katie Schad.

Freckled Frogs

needs 2 more leaders. Contact Sarah Evans via the church office.

StTsCycle

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.

Musicians

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!

Heaven Sent

We need; volunteers to deliver the meals in the parish; . Contact Susie Shearsby or Jane Nicholds via the church office.

Tick and Collect Scheme running.

Get an order form from the folder on the Welcome desk and leave completed forms there. Pay and collect the order Sundays at church or Monday evenings from the shop.

CAP Job Clubs

Christians Against Poverty have a network of Job Clubs run through local churches. If you’re interested in running one, there are training days on 27th & 28th June. Contact Jon Scamman, Penny Park or Meg Eagles

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.

20s+30s Ministry

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.

1Step2Step

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.

Home Groups

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.

Christain Aid

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

Lancaster Street Pastors

joint coordinator, this is a paid role with variable hours detail on Noticeboard or from

 

Events Elsewhere

Christian Muslim Encounters: Research Sympsium

will be taking place on Wednesday 7th May 2014 at Lancaster University. Registration is essential through: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/christian-muslim-encounters-research-symposium-registration-11144689065

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