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Recent Events here at St T's

Rev Dave on BBC Radio Lancashire

Rev Dave was asked for his views on freedom of speech this morning Sunday 9th February, in the wake of the Franklin Graham venues being cancelled in Lancashire.  If you missed it, click here and it will take you to the programme, where you can just press play and it should be in the right place.  If not move the programme bar to 2 hours 10 minutes and 40 seconds (2:10:40) and it lasts until 2:32. The link is live until 8th March. I am sure Dave will be glad to hear your views!

Baptism and confirmation

Church, family and friends joined together at the 6.00pm service to support 6 confirmation candidates.  Bishop Jill conducted the service in addition to presiding over Holy Communion.  

Bishop Jill chose a verse from the reading to base her talk ' I pray that I myself may be in them'. John 17: 26.  The verse is from the passage where Jesus prays for all believers, John 17: 20 - 26.

Bishop Jill spoke about Jesus wanting to live in all of us, that the confirmation candidates will be filled with the Holy Spirit at confirmation.  She stressed that in this world where we can live in a lot of fear and allow it to nest in our hearts, Jesus comes to bind up our fear and sends the Holy Spirit as a dove to bring peace.

Bishop Jill's prayer was that Jesus would bind up our fears.  We don't have to be a slave to that fear.  She reminded us that we are sons and daughters of the King, that He has a special plan for each one of us and that nothing is impossible for God.  The Holy Spirit comes as a dove of peace but also brings fire which burns up the lies the world wants us to believe.  Jesus wants us to naturally shine for Him. His light burns up the darkness.  Be open to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

 

 

       

Jesus wants us to shine for Him

 

Bishop Jill confirmed each candidate individually, giving each one a unique message from God

 

Candidates with their sponsors presented to Bishop Jill

 

 

 

       

Bishop Jill shares God's message

 

Celebrating God's goodness to each of us!

 

Candidates with Barbara  - our children and youth pastor

 

 

 

Carols by Candlelight

 

We joined in with a lovely service reminding us of the importance of celebrating the birth of Jesus this Christmas.  The children carried Christingles, members of the congregation delivered readings and our learner signers treated us to a performance of Silent Night.  You can watch and join in here.

Christmas Tree Lighting

Community, School and Church got together on Sunday 8th December to celebrate our tree lighting, which reminds us that  Jesus came to be a Light in the darkness.

Devonshire Road School Choir performed beautifully for the congregation and refreshments were enjoyed after!

 

 

 

 

   

Let it shine!

 

The chancel 

 

Congratulations to Vicky Bentley, Licensed as Reader.

On Sunday 20th October, our vicar David together with a small contingent of supporters and Reader Barbara assembled at Lancaster Priory.  We were there to give thanks to God and support Vicky Bentley who was Licensed as a Reader by the Bishop of Burnley, together with 6 other candidates.

Bishop Philip preached a fine sermon on 'Body Building', using as an illustration a recent visit to a gym in Burnley called 'The Muscle Factory'.  He said the ministry of a Reader was to be a body builder, teaching and preaching from the word of God, building up the body of Christ.  Vicky has been doing this for many years and now affirmed.  

Vicky found the service moving and significant as did those who attended.  We can now look forward to Vicky's continued ministry at St Thomas' as 'together we're Building the Kingdom' or should that be 'Body Building?'

Why not come along to one of our services and meet Vicky, we are sure she would be pleased to tell you about all her experiences that have lead her to be a Reader.

 

 

 

 

   
   
   

Reader; Barbara left, Reader Vicky, Bishop Philip 

and Vicar David

 

Vicky with Bishop Philip

Harvest 2019

On 5th October we enjoyed our Hotpot Supper.  Great food, great company and a great time worshipping and praising God for everything we received from Him.  

Members of the congregation requested songs/hymns that were their favourites.  The pictures below show a little of the night.  Glyn our worship leader had also put together information about each song.  If you click on the song title, it will take you to that information.

Keep checking our What's happening page and our Parish Newsletter page to keep up to date with what's going on.  We would love you to be part of our family at St Thomas'.

 

 

   

Glynis and Anne (along with Jude not in picture

preparing our delicious hotpot

 

Our wonderful worship team!

 

 

       

Enjoying worship

 

Singing praises

 

In thanks to God

 Harvest supper  - view a little of our worship band.  

 

This is the day that the Lord has made.docx
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Light of the world.docx
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Your Blood.docx
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Bless the Lord (10,000 reasons).docx
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We plough the fields and scatter.docx
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Father I place.docx
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I'm special.docx
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Faithful One.docx
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What a beautiful name.docx
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Great is Thy faithfulness.docx
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Majesty.docx
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One shall tell another.docx
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Victor's crown.docx
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My Jesus, My Saviour.docx
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Be Thou my vision.docx
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Lord of the dance (1).docx
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