St. Thomas the Apostle, Elson
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The Parish of St. Thomas the Apostle is a thriving, living focus of community life within Elson and Hardway: an Inclusive, Family-Friendly Church that seeks to meet with God in his Holy Word and Blessed Sacraments.
Here, a warm welcome awaits you if you join us and share in God's Holy Sacraments and the Good News that he promises to each and every one of us.
The Parish Church has been a visible witness to the love of Christ since 1846, and as Gosport has grown up around and enveloped the small village of Elson, so the parish and its people have adapted and continued to proclaim the Kingdom of God with vigour and with friendly love.
Come and join us in worship and in fellowship and see what the love of Christ can do for you. Be fed at his Holy Table and enriched by his Holy Word, and discover the difference that the living faith can make to you. Whether you are nine, twenty-nine or ninety, St Thomas the Apostle welcomes you and can find a sacred space for you to encounter God.
We are members of Inclusive Church, Affirming Catholicism and supporters of Changing Attitude. We seek to share the inclusive love of God with all who seek Him, in a distinctively Anglocatholic ('high church') Tradition.
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Download the MP3 here Tune: LOURDES (Catholic Hymns Old & New 256) All glory to God in his mercy and grace Who hath established His Home in this wonderful place. Ave Ave Ave Maria! Ave Ave Ave Maria! All glory to Jesus our Saviour and Lord Whose image within us by grace is restored. […]
On Holy Saturday the local newspaper, the Plymouth Herald interviewed me, and just about captured me, I suspect. There doesn’t seem to be an online version, so here is a scanned and stiched image. If you click on the link it should make it big enough to read…
The vestry has been transformed (and massively de-cluttered). Thanks to the hard work of one of the Churchwardens. Inheriting a sacristy filled with the detritus of centuries can be a real drag, but the good people of EKM have put their backs into it and removed the sideboard (!) which never opened and a filing […]
Blessed, Praised, Hallowed and Adored, be Our Lord Jesus Christ on his Throne of Glory. And in the most holy sacrament of the altar Hail to thee, true body born From Virgin Mary’s womb! The same that on the cross was nailed And bore for man the bitter doom. Thou, whose side was pierced and […]
We come together to witness love These two people joined by Above We see in them a spring of care Spreading wide, both here and there Love then, however it may be Love will defeat the enemy Marriage shows When two people care The love of God is always there. We wish them joy throughout […]
One thing is clear: a lot of paperwork comes into the Vicarage; from letters to faculty applications for gravestones; from missives from the diocese to all kinds of sketches I make on the back of envelopes about genius liturgical ideas. Filing physical paper is hard, and you can never find the bit you need… I […]
As you know I love Prezi the new and exciting presentation tool that blows Powerpoint out of the water… However, as much of my work is in school, Youtube is routinely blocked, so I am forced to embed the whole video into my presentation. This makes them considerably larger, and uses up my account faster. I […]
I’ve been using Splashtop since last Summer, and most especially since LogMeIn dropped their free service but was surprised that I never got round to speaking of it. This is (to date) the best Remote Control app available, and is completely multiplatform, so that Macs and PCs (and Ubuntu Linux Machines, which is a pity […]
Whenever I search for product reviews, I find a deluge of sites which parrot the manufacturers press releases and are filled with statistics and specifications but no context: information arrives from data + context and usually all you get is data. It is therefore my desire to write honest reviews about the products I use […]
I’m ahead: here are pdfs of the dramatic versions of Matthew for Palm Sunday. They are formatted for printing out as booklets (8 A5 pages for the short, 12 A5 sides for the full version) Use freely. Matthew Passion Matthew Passion Shorter Version
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