The Parish of St Thomas

Welcome!

​St Thomas’ is a friendly, traditional church serving the community of Noak Hill and beyond for 175 years.

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Good News!

St T’s will re-open every week for public worship from June 2021

Masks will of course still be required and everything will be covid safe.

We can’t wait to welcome you all back and hope you feel the same.

St T’s PCC x

COVID-19 Pandemic

Please note that COVID-19 restrictions will apply in church. Those aged 11 years and over are required to wear a face covering and we be seating those from different households or support bubbles 2m apart from each other.

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A wonderful service was held on Monday 24th May to officiated by Peter, the Bishop of Barking to officially welcome Rev. David Anderton as priest-in-charge of St Thomas’. The church shone with beauty!

Video link (St James & St John Facebook – scroll down) – Click here

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Saturday 5th June 2021 – a great day!

Flora & Fauna in our churchyard

As more land is continually lost to house building and transport links the green environment provided by many churchyards has become even more important. In view of this the church of England are partnering with others to record the flora and fauna of this valuable resource. So, on Saturday 5th June we will be gathering in the churchyard (covid compliant) to record all the different species we can find. If you have any books or leaflets that will help to identify the species then please bring them along. You are also welcome to bring a picnic as we are currently unable to provide refreshments. We do hope you can come along to join us. If walking is difficult you can still come and help us record the results. Look forward to seeing you. Oh, and please pray for a dry day!

www.churchofengland.org/media-and-news/news-releases/churches-launch-nature-count-assess-biodiversity-within-national-park

More photos can be seen in ‘The Gallery’

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The Archbishops are also renewing their call for people to stop and pray each day – especially at 6pm.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has set up a free national phone line for people who do not have internet access to be able to listen to worship and prayer. Callers can access music, prayers, and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly for those unable to join online church services during this period of restriction.

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YouTube Talks and Reflections from St James & St John’s with St Thomas’ – click here

Hi everyone, above is a link to our St James & St Johns with St Thomas’ Youtube channel. All of our talks and reflections are now on there and we will endeavour to keep it updated as we go, :-maybe even creating new content as a church family to bless our communities locally and globally. Please, please do follow the link to our channel and subscribe and like the videos The more subscribers, likes and watches we get the wider our videos can go and help us as a church family to be present online with the Good news of Christ. It will also help anyone in our current church family who wants to watch our videos but doesn’t have easy access to Facebook.

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Church of England – Supporting Good Mental Health – Reflections – click here

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Our worship of God and our care for each other continue even if they cannot be done in the church building. If you are on Facebook you will be able to find St James & St John’s who will be live streaming a service of sorts on Sunday morning at 10am.

Prayer for the day – each day the Church of England publishes audio and text of the prayer for the day on their website. Perhaps you would rather tune into Premier Radio if you can receive it or watch TBN UK on channel 65 on the television, which has a whole variety of programmes.

The churchwardens can be contacted by emailing gailstts@gmail.com
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

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Prayer

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

For those who are ill

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

For one who is ill or isolated

O God,
help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me 
from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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