St. Thomas of Canterbury, Chester

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St. Oswald & St. Thomas is a new Parish in Chester. The parish came into existence in 2005, with the dissolution of the Chester Team Parish. Our Church is located just outside the City Centre in a densely populated area of the City. Due to our proximity to the University (just over the road) there are a great number of students living in the area, however many family homes still remain and the Garden Quarter is a thriving and vibrant community of which we are pleased to be a part.

At St. Thomas' we believe very strongly in doing something beautiful for God. We have an excellent group of altar servers, and new servers are always welcome. We are also in the enviable position of having three organists and a choir, who as well as leading the singing of the hymns also offer anthems at most High Masses. The choir has also performed in local theatre events.

At St. Thomas', "Smells, Bells, Vestments", lovely singing and skillful organ playing are merely one part of our offering a sacrifice of praise. If this doesn't sound like it might be your thing, still give us a try, you may be surprised! You don't even have to be Christian; just come with an open mind and a searching soul. Away from the drama and spectacle of the High Mass, we also have Low Masses for those who prefer simpler quieter worship.

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Fr. Robert Clack
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33 Abbots Grange
01244 399990 (Vicar)

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Low Mass
This is a simple, quiet and reflective communion service. It takes place in our Lady Chapel which is more suited to a smaller congregation.
Every Sunday at 9:00 AM for ½ hour
Family Friendly Book of Common Prayer
Sung High Mass
Sung Eucharistic High Mass, complete with chasubles, incense, and a choir.
Every Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Family Friendly Coffee Incense Common Worship


Low Mass
Said Eucharistic Low Mass. Tea, Coffee and Cakes afterwards.
Every Wednesday at 12:30 PM for ½ hour
Family Friendly Common Worship
Live Music / Concerts Regular Choir Regular Book of Common Prayer Services Grade 2 Listed Building Supports Fairtrade goods Spire/steeple Floodlighting Stained glass Organ Hall for hire Wheelchair Access / Ramp Wheelchair accessible toilets Hearing / Induction Loop Large Print Hymnbooks / Orders of Service Toilets Baby Changing Facilities Visitor Parking Available

The Church Hall is a well equipped space that can accomodate about 50 people, there is parking in the Church car park.The cost of hiring the hall is £10 per hour. For further details or to make a booking please email the Parish. An E-mail link can be found on the Contact Us page.

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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 12576
Built: 1872
Architect: George Gilbert Scott
Style of worship: Traditional Catholic
Our Patron: The Dean and Chapter of Chester Cathedral
Archdeaconry: CHESTER (591)
Deanery: CHESTER (59102)
Parish Legal Name: Chester, St Oswald and St Thomas of Canterbury (590023 9/23)
CofE Church Info: (609023 9/23)
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The current editor is: Nicholas Gilpin

St. Thomas of Canterbury : Parkgate Road, Opposite University Chapel., Chester, Cheshire, CH1 4AG

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