A message from Fr David Nixon, Rector of St Thomas during the Coronavirus pandemic
The staff team are working with the whole congregation to help parishioners to keep in touch with each other by phone, and by email or other social media. We are sending out the pewsheet weekly by post with other prayer resources, and there is a regular worship slot at 10.30 on Sundays via Zoom or by phone. More information on the latest pewsheet and on the St Thomas Blog. There is also a 'live' Mass at 12 noon in the Church, with social distancing. Please wear a mask. You will need to bring your own pewsheet with you. Our risk assessment for holding services of communal worship in the church (updated 9th Jan 2021) can be viewed here.
Have you visited St Thomas Blog yet? Keep up to date with our news and views and you can also hear or read reflections and sermons
The church building will be open Monday to Friday from 10am-3pm for private prayer. Please use the hand sanitizer provided and maintain social distance. Our risk assessment for opening the church for private prayer (updated 9th Jan 2021) can be viewed here.
If a member of your family or a friend has died and you would like to speak to someone, please follow this link to contact one of us or if you would like us to pray for someone who has died or is ill or grieving.
You could also contact CRUSE who offer specialist support and care for bereavement.
There is also St Thomas 'Time to Mourn' where you were invited to add a ribbon or piece of material to the Church railings as a token of your loss or your remembrance. It showed the deep pain felt by so many people in St Thomas and many joined us by making their own tribute to the difficult period we have all experienced. The wonderful ribbon display outside was taken down as the weather got worse, and a heart of ribbons created which is in the St Thomas Chapel.
Up to date advice from the Church of England can be found on this page
You may find the following links useful to support yourselves and your family, friends and beyond during this unsettling time
Simple Acts of Worship
Prayers for use during the Coronavirus outbreak
More information and advice from Exeter CC, Devon CC and Wellbeing Exeter can be found HERE
Other practical help may be found from:-
Exeter Foodbank - if you're struggling to buy food (also see Community Larder)
MIND Mental Health Charity - if you are feeling overwhelmed by the pandemic or other issues
Co-operate from the Coop - supporting our community
Age UK - if you are elderly and need advice or support
Age UK in Cowick St, St Thomas can also offer support for older people on: