Welcome to Friday's email

Get ready for the Sunday! There are things to get ready - for musicians, for children and for STYLE. Read the exciting news about the building project, donate to Tearfund's coronavirus appeal, arrange a walk around our parish and hear from members of the church family. Don't forget to join us at 10am on Sunday! 
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We are sorry we are no longer able to offer telephone recordings of our services but will be offering monthly DVD recordings to those who relied on them. Please contact Jeanette if you know of anyone who has been using the telephone service.
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We are delighted to report that the PCC has unanimously agreed to give the green light to appoint a building contractor and start work on the new church centre. Our recent pledge appeal raised a total of £436,593 in additional commitments, including Gift Aid. That brings the total funds raised or committed to £2,539,115. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported our Heart of the City project and we hope you will all continue to journey with us during the next exciting phase. 

Celebrating the work of God through the existing Church Centre 

We want to mark and celebrate all that God and St Thomas’ Church has done through the church centre, which was rebuilt in the early 1980’s.  If you would be willing to share a brief video (1-2 mins) or write a brief story answering one of these questions, please get in touch with Jon.  

  • Do you have a story to tell about the building of the renewal centre in the early 1980’s?  

  • Do you have a story to tell about something God has done in your life, or a positive experience of the church for you or your family, that has taken place in the church centre?   

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Prayer and Discernment Evenings

In this season, it’s so important to remember that although ‘Everything’s Changing, God’s in Charge.’  We’d like to invite you to join us for one or all of a series of prayer and discernment evenings on Zoom: these will be for 1 hour on 6 Wednesday evenings, from 7.30-8.30pm, from 22nd July to 26th August, and will include opportunities to:  

  • Share our stories from the lockdown period, and reflect on what we’ve learnt from this time;   

  • Hear some input about some possible ideas for the future of church life, including new forms of church;  

  • Time for listening prayer, as we listen to God and one another, as we seek his direction for the future of our church in these complex times.   

To join us for a prayer and discernment evening, just click on the button.

(Meeting ID: 835 9123 2849 Password: 124238 )

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Song of the week 
No Outsiders by Rend Collective - A beautiful reminder that we're all part of God's family and all are welcome.
For those up for playing along at home to the worship this Sunday, here are the songs we'll be doing.
What a beautiful name - D
There is a Redeemer - D
Graves into Gardens - E
Pray - A
Don't forget to find the chord sheets
If you're on Spotify or Apple Music, we've made a playlist we'd love you to follow! It's updated regularly, and allows us to virtually worship together all week long.
Getting to know you! 
This is an exciting new feature, each week we'll be chatting to a different member of our congregation, getting to know them a bit and hearing about what God has been doing and through them over the past few months. Here's episode 1!
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On Fridays, we are sharing suggestions for how you and your children can engage with the Sunday service together.

Before Sunday, you could gather some things into a bag or box to use during the service, eg:
  • Shakers, other instruments, scarves or ribbons to wave as we worship.
  • Paper, pens, crayons, playdough, etc for children to do as they listen. 
  • Something for them to hold or look at as we pray, eg a candle
You may also want to think about what younger children could play with relatively independently so you have some hope of listening to the talk!!

Before the service starts, talk together about this week’s Question of the day: “What has happened this year that makes you feel Hopeful?”
During the service,  A picture to colour
At the end of the service, ask each other what is the most important thing you heard today that you might want to do this week.

After the service, – Create a Music Video!

Music is often an important element of our praise and worship to God. What do you feel like singing praises to God for today?


Use a camera, your phone, or tablet, to film a music video along to Big Family of God using this link video.

Please send us your video by Tuesday 28th July. We will be putting them altogether to make one Big Family of God music video.
Happy Summer Holidays!!  Up for wiling away some hours on the sofa or a sun-lounger with a good book?  If so, welcome to the STYLE Summer Bookclub!  We’ll be giving you a wee taste of each book over the next few weeks at STYLE Live - all will definitely inspire you and help you in your relationship with Jesus!

First up this week is Ordinary Disciples by Chris Lane - focussing on his experiences of The Message Trust’s Eden Project… Nothing to do with bio-domes, everything to do with bringing radical new life to some of the most deprived communities of Manchester.  Guaranteed to change your life!
Find out more about The Message Trust and the Eden Network
Global Neighbourhood
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has launched an urgent appeal as coronavirus hits refugee camps and war-torn countries like Yemen, Syria and South Sudan. To give via the Tearfund Coronavirus Emergency Appeal, click on the button below.
Tearfund's Coronavirus Appeal
Local Neighbourhood
Parish Walk
 We have printed a leaflet for every home and business in our parish, signposting them to organisations which could be of help in difficult times, and inviting them to join St T’s, online or in person.

There are 5 rounds left to do, 3 in Bowerham and 2 in the city centre, and each round takes no more than an hour for one person. It would be an opportunity for a Life group to bless their neighbourhood. If you could give an hour to help take this message of hope into every home in our parish, please visit the church website, choose the round you would like to do and sign up against that ticket.

The leaflets can be collected from the church foyer during 'Open Church' 1pm to 3pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you cannot collect the leaflets then please email the Church Office to arrange an alternative pick up.

Across the Generation Project 

This new initiative aims to build friendship and support between the elderly and asylum seekers and refugees (AS&R) in our city.  One of the refugees in our city, who works as a nurse in the RLI, has noticed that a number of elderly patients have no visitors, and don’t even receive Christmas cards.  

As a refugee herself she misses her family and this is also true for many asylum seekers and refugees. Through a new project called ‘Across the Generations’ she and other asylum seekers and refugees hope to befriend isolated elderly people, and give something back to the local community that has befriended them. 

The hope is that the elderly will meet the children of the refugees visiting them at the proposed parties which will have a positive influence. The elderly people will have the opportunity to learn about the countries, cultures and languages of their new visitors, and be able to tell them about their own lives and the social history of the UK, and Lancashire in particular.  The initiative is run by East meets West (a Lancaster-based women’s community group) and is funded by Lancashire County Council.   

They many volunteers from the AS&R community but few takers so far from the third age/elderly community. If you would like to indicate interest or find out more, please contact Hilary or Lana.    

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If you have some good advice, an area of expertise to share from, a word from God or a great idea of what we can do to reach out to each other and our neighbours while we socially distance, WE WANT TO HEAR THEM!
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