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Books of the Bible Quiz

Saturday 15th August 2020

Here's a quiz to test your biblical knowledge This puzzle explains itself as you read through it. A Vicar once made a remark about the hidden books of the Bible (merely by fluke): it kept people looking so hard for the facts and for others it was a revelation; some were in a jam, especially since the names of the books were not capitalised. But now the truth finally struck home to the numbers of readers. To others it was a real job. We want it to be a most fascinating few moments for you. Yes, there will be some really difficult ones to spot. Others will require judges to help them. We will quickly admit it usually takes a minister to…

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A sermon for the Transfiguration of Christ

Monday 10th August 2020

"Transfiguration and disfiguration are closely linked. We can choose to see each other and ourselves differently - to look with new eyes and hear with new ears." Rev. Dr Eliza Getman urges us to wake up to engage with the transfiguring power of God. Read her sermon here

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Resource for Bible Study

Friday 31st July 2020

As part of the Zoom service this Sunday, we will be discussing the account of Jesus' feeding of over 5000 people. You can find the resource sheet here and the passage on this week's pewsheet. We will be thinking about what we notice for the first time, what questions we would like to ask after reading the story, and how it might impact our actions.

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St Thomas Safeguarding Prayer

Friday 31st July 2020

Jane has kindly given permission to share her Safeguarding Prayer, which we use regularly at our meetings. You can read the prayer here.

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Trinity 7 Parables about the Kingdom of Heaven

Sunday 26th July 2020
Phil Baker

In the reading from St Matthew's Gospel today Jesus tells his disciples a series of parables about the nature of the Kingdom of Heaven. Phil considers these in his sermon here.

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We're good to go!

Wednesday 22nd July 2020
Rev. Sarah

Delighted to announce that we have received the 'We're Good to Go' award from Visit England, in recognition of our hard work in meeting all of their enhanced Health and Safety standards due to COVID-19. Please remember to play your part by using hand sanitizer and maintaining social distance when visiting the church for private prayer or worship.

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Trinity 6 Rev. Sarah considers the nature of God

Sunday 19th July 2020

People 'simply assume that who they believe God to be and who God truly is are one and the same. God is as large or small as they believe the infinite one to be and none of the beliefs they entertain about God could possibly be wrong'. So says Miroslav Volf in his book 'Free of Charge'. How does this challenge us in exploring the nature of God? Rev. Sarah considers this in her sermon here.

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Knit and Natter

Wednesday 15th July 2020

Summer 2020 We are meeting, socially distanced, every Thursday from 10.30 to about 1pm in St Thomas Pleasure Ground throughout the summer. Some of us bring our own drinks and picnic, and some of us buy them from one of our wonderful cafes in Cowick Street which have opened again. Join us for a few minutes if you're busy or enjoy a leisurely time and a picnic lunch. It's all about being together. The only proviso is the weather! Ring Jenny Tuckett for more information on 01392 298725.

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Trinity 5 The parable of the sower

Sunday 12th July 2020

Parables are often the way that Jesus taught his disciples.These simple seeming stories contain a radical message about the Kingdom Jesus came to bring. It's a good exercise to try writing a modern parable for yourselves - it's harder than it looks! See what you think of the talk below and the text here.

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Lockdown Library

Thursday 9th July 2020

Ann King created a Lockdown Library during this pandemic crisis. George writes: In the course of Lockdown and when all manner of shops, venues and libraries were closed for what seemed to be forever the excited voice of a three-year old called out and carried down the silent street. "Look, Daddy! Here's the library!" She reached up, took her father's hand and led him to what was, for her, a place of promise, a place of hidden treasure to be revealed. In many ways her delight was repeated in what was to become a virtual stream of children and adults, many of whom voiced their own thankfulness when they came across 'St Thomas Lockdown Library'. From a seed of an idea, it…

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