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A New Year Message from Revd Dave:
January 6th remembers the visit of the Magi.
Not to spoil too many Nativities but just to say it is likely that the Magi visited Mary and Joseph and the child Jesus up to 2 years after Jesus was born. This is probably the reason why Herod commanded the killing of the infants up to 2 years of age Matthew 2. 13-18.
Reading through these early passages in Matthew we cannot escape the fact the revelation of Jesus is in the context of a journey. A journey of trusting God. Mary and Joseph trusting God and one another. Trusting enough to journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Trusting enough to flee to Egypt. Trusting enough to return to Nazareth.
We pick up the theme of trusting as we enter the New Year. January the 6th reminds us of the trust of the Magi who travelled long distances as they were guided by the star Matthew 2. 1-6. These foreign kings are the first ones mentioned in Matthew’s Gospel who bow down and worship by prostrating themselves and giving gifts after the child Jesus.
Worship is the best place to start as we enter 2021 because as we worship we declare our trust in God. He will make sure our journey leads us directly to Him. In this world of uncertainty as we’ve all experienced in this past year God is our certainty no matter where our journey takes us because He is the ultimate destination.
New Year Blessings to you and yours,
Revd Dave O’Brien
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Curious about the meaning of life?
Want to ask questions and explore together in conversation?
Then join us for the Alpha Course starting ONLINE:
Thursday 14th January 2021 at 8.00pm - ***You can still join in!***
So........Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and the Zoom link to join.
Look forward to seeing you soon - the first weeks are:
'Is there more to life than this?'; very topical for today!
'Who is Jesus'
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***It is with regret that we have to announce that the Church Building will be closed until further notice during this current lockdown.***
This is in line with a recent update from the Directors of Public Health in Lancashire. It is not so much about the church service itself, but the people gathering before and after the service. We will keep you updated as soon as anything changes.
We will still continue with online provision via Facebook and You tube. You can access recent Morning and Evening Prayers, Sunday Services and Bible Study on this site.
Let's continue to pray and support each other the best we can at this time.
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Prayer requests - remember you can send prayer requests to : email@example.com
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About St Thomas' Church, Blackpool
The church is here for you and everyone, so please be assured of a warm welcome at St Thomas', we'd love to hear from you and even better see you when you are able to visit.
Jesus explained his purpose for every person in these words: 'I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full' John's Gospel Chapter 10 verse 10
Further information about the church can be found on this website together with contact details.
Thank you for your interest. May God Bless you.
St Thomas' is part of the Church of England's Blackburn Diocese with worship services in the Evangelical - New Wine Tradition. Visit our worship services page for details. (not current during COVID pandemic)
Together we are sharing God's love and building the kingdom in the Parish of St Thomas' Blackpool, across Lancashire, the United Kingdom and abroad.
We exist to help people know, live and share Jesus Christ
We believe that a person can have a personal relationship with God, through faith in Jesus Christ
It is our joy to help people discover that relationship, then grow in their understanding of who Christ is, and how their lives can change.
Getting to know the word of God is very important.
Our memory verse for 2021 is:
'The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord makes His face to shine on you and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn His face towards you and give you peace. Amen.'
(Numbers 6: 24 – 27)
If you would like to read about what happened at St Thomas' last year, read our Reflections magazine. Reflections (1).pdf Download
Promoting a Safer Church
As a parish/church we have adopted the House of Bishops 'Promoting a Safer Church' policy and the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, incorporating the House of Bishop's Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance.
Our PCC has formally adopted this and signed the Safeguarding Policy Statement Promoting a Safer Church.
Our Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded here...... Download
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