Welcome to St Thomas' Church
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Space for a brew and chat
Research shows that talking helps, the first step is hardest so let’shelp each other be brave and start talking about subjects such as depression,anxiety, stress, loss, grief, bereavement and loneliness.
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Mondays 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm in the church lounge
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The service schedule for the coming weeks:
Sunday 1st August
9thSun. after Trinity
10.30am Holy Communion.Reading: John 6 v 24 – 35
Leader/Preacher/Celebrant: SH (Revd Steve Haskett)
6pm Prayer Gathering : SH/IL (Irene Leak)
11am BCP Communion – readings 1 Corinthians 10 v 1 – 13;
Luke 15 v 11 – end
10thSun. after Trinity
10.30am Holy Communion. Reading: John 6 v 35, 41 – 51
Leader/Celebrant: SH Preacher: YB (Yvonne Blazey)
6pm Prayer Gathering: SH/VB (Vicky Bentley)
Wed. 11th August
11am BCP Communion – readings 1 Corinthians 12 v 1 – 11;
Luke 19 v 41 – 47a
Leader/Celebrant: SH Preacher: VB
Sunday 15th August
11th Sun. after Trinity
10.30am Holy Communion. Reading: John 6 v 51 – 58
Leader/Celebrant: ES (Revd Emma Swarbrick)
Preacher: CB (Chris Blazey)
6pm Prayer Gathering: VB/YB
Wed. 18th August
11am BCP Communion – readings 1 Corinthians 15 v 1 – 11;
Luke 18 v 9 – 14
Leader/Celebrant: DOB (Revd Dave O’Brien) Preacher: YB
Sunday 22nd August
12th Sun. after Trinity
10.30am Holy Communion. Reading: John 6 v 56 – 69
Leader/Celebrant: ES Preacher: DOB
6pm Prayer Gathering: ES/DOB
Wed. 25th August
11am BCP Communion – readings 2 Corinthians 3 v 4 – 9;
Mark 7 v 31 – 37
Leader/Celebrant: ES Preacher: DOB
Sunday 29th August
13th Sun after Trinity
10.30am Holy Communion. Reading: Mark 7 v 1 – 8
Leader/Celebrant: DOB Preacher: ES
6pm Prayer Gathering: SH/DOB
A man was pushing a car up the hill by himself. This was pre-Covid, and a group of youths ran over to him asking “do you want some help”? “Oh yes”! said the man. So the youths crowded together at the front of the car and as a group began to push it whilst the man steered. On reaching the petrol station the youths commented “Now you can get some fuel”. “Thank you so much” said the man “but I don’t need any fuel. I always just push the car around”. Puzzled the youths walked off muttering amongst themselves “why would you push a car around that’s full of fuel when all you have to do is start the engine? Perhaps no one had ever told him that’s what you need to do” they reasoned.
We can go through life as well-meaning people, trying to do the best we can to make life better for ourselves, families and friends. Christians can be the most well-meaning and good intentioned people in the world trying to do God’s work, but everyone has limited capacity. It begs the question, why would we do it ourselves, using our own energy when we’re not supposed to?
Jesus commissions the church to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28.16-20). This cannot be done with human strength alone. Our lives can only be changed by being born again by the working of the Holy Spirit (John 3. 5-8). Like the car we may look the part and have everything we think we need but nothing will happen until we turn the spiritual key and start the engine. This happens when we invite the Holy Spirit to change us and fill us. Then we will be moved along by the power of God like the vehicle is moved along by the power of the engine.
Jesus said: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you” (Acts 1.8). This happened to them on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2. 1-41). The disciples were never the same again. Neither was the world. Neither will we be!
Pentecost isn’t just a special Sunday in the life of the church it is an experience for everyday Christian living and necessary for doing the work of God at St Thomas’ and for reaching our community.
Pentecost Blessings to you,
Revd Dave O’Brien
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The church is now open for worship on a Sunday Morning for service at 10.30 am. There is no longer any restrictions on numbers.
I have some news about changes to livestreaming on Sunday morning. From 13th June we are piloting a new service pattern for 7 weeks at 10.30am. It will be aimed at all ages across the generations. There will be elements of group activities which won't translate easily for those watching. Because of this and the fact things are opening up more, we will no longer livestream the full service but will record Sunday Bible teaching. We will however continue on Facebook with night prayer on Monday and Friday and morning prayer on Tuesday and Thursday.
You have been so supportive during these testing days through lockdowns and restrictions and I am so grateful and look forward to worshipping and praying together in church and online.
Blessings, Rev Dave O'Brien
Church of England guidance says people can now attend public worship in church as part of a group of 6 (as well as alone or as part of a household group).
Face masks should still be worn other than medical exemptions.
Upon arrival at church please use the NHS QR code or sign in with your name and contact details.
*** message from Rev Dave***
The Book of Common Prayer Communion takes place each Wednesday at 11.00am in church.
There will be an evening prayer gathering each Sunday at 6.00 pm in church.
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 new memory verse is:
(the LORD said…)
Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. (2 Chronicles 7 v 15)
If you would like to read about what happened at St Thomas' last year - in the midst of the pandemic, read our Reflections magazine. Reflections 2020.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 (updated Nov 2020) can be downloaded here...... Download
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