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Thursday 27th August 2020
We bid farewell to Eliza (Revd Dr Eliza Getman) on Sunday, as she celebrated a final Eucharist and preached, before she takes up the post of Chaplain at Taunton School. Not only did Eliza lead worship here, and contribute to parish activities, she also provided the wonderful South African crib set seen here, for Christmas services. Eliza wrote this very kindly in response: Sunday was unforgettable. It was a reminder of just what a generous and articulate and compassionate community St Thomas' is. I have loved being among you for a season. And Sam and I will be back to visit often. Thank you for your kind words after the zoom service. And thank you for singing back to me (illegally!) at…
Tuesday 25th August 2020
There will be a Community Zoom Cafe meeting on August 29 at 11 o'clock. Link by Facebook here or by email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 22nd August 2020
There are a special series of St Thomas Story Tours happening from 5-13 September. The walk begins at Emmanuel Hall and takes about one hour and 15 minutes, including a stop at St Thomas Church. These are wheechair friendly and suitable for slow walkers.There are stories to be told and music to be heard! For further info and booking, please click here
Friday 21st August 2020
Got unwanted, clean school uniform? Then donate to St Thomas Community Uniform Swap! Donations received on Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th August from 10am-12 at St Thomas Parish Church Hall (behind the church). Any school uniform items for local schools will be gratefully received. No other clothing or school equipment, please, due to limited storage space. Need school uniform? Items of free school uniform can be collected from the Church Hall on Thursday 3rd September from 10am-12.
Wednesday 19th August 2020
Fr Charles Keay I'm sure all of us who remember Fr Charles' ministry here with us with affection will want to send him every best wish for his 50th birthday this week. In The Walsingham Review of a year ago, an army chaplain wrote of his experiences. The Service is different, as Fr Charles, and indeed Fr Will, too, are in the Royal Navy, but their vocation is the same. Fr Ben Archibald writes: 'Padre, can I talk to you about something?' This is a question that's asked of me - usually by text - and mostly on a daily basis, and a question that invariably involves a chat about decisions, life, family, faith, morals, killing, career, failures or expectations. …
Sunday 16th August 2020
We marked this Sunday as the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, transferred from yesterday 15 August. Here is the text of the talk given at the Zoom worship. Happy Feast Day!
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…
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
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.
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.