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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Karen Mitchell
7 Dunton Way
01329 829883 or 07834 322943

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A simple said celebration of the Eucharist with a short homily.
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for 35 minutes
Common Worship
Parish Mass
Full on family friendly mass with Choir, Hymns, Sunday School and the best cup of coffee in the diocese afterwards! We use a screen so you don't have to worry about the hymn book or the service sheet. This is where the people of Elson gather to joyously proclaim the Lord in word and sacrament!
Every Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Sunday School Coffee Incense Common Worship


A simple said celebration of the Eucharist
Every Wednesday at 7:30 PM for ½ hour


a simple said celebration of the Eucharist followed by CAMEO lunch, all are welcome to attend.
Every Thursday at 12:30 PM for ½ hour
Family Friendly Coffee
CAMEO, Come And Meet Each Other, 12.30pm. Come along for coffee, cake and converstion.
Thursday at 12:30 PM for 3 hours
Family Friendly Coffee


Friday's Youth Club
An open youth club for all young people in School Year 6 and above. A wildly popular place to hang out with your friends, and described by some as "the best youth work in Gosport"
Term-times only.
Every Friday at 6:00 PM for 2 hours



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)
Stained Glass


Journey of Faith - a multimedia, relaxed approach to engaging with matters of faithAdvent and Lent CoursesConfirmation preparation always availableHealing and Reconciliation, Anointing and Prayer Guidance always available


First Draft: Hymns for Baptism (to well known tunes)

parishLife | 30 Sep 2015

The problem with All Things Bright & Beautiful is that it is simultaneously loathed by anyone (lay and ordained) in the Church and loved fondly by those with only a peripheral connection; it speaks of a particular generation of Primary School and says nothing of either baptism or marriage (where they are frequently requested). This […]

Collective Worship: Oh Yes We do

parishLife | 25 Sep 2015

Prezi can be viewed and downloaded from here We are all different. So unique, so special. Different educations and interests, tastes in music or clothes; different ways of thinking, different ways of doing things. And because everyone in the world was so different, so the way to reach out to the world had to be […]

Our Lady of Walsingham

parishLife | 24 Sep 2015

O Mary, recall the solemn moment when Jesus, your divine Son, dying on the cross confided us to your maternal care. You are our Mother; we desire ever to remain your devout children. Let us therefore feel the effects of your powerful intercession with Jesus Christ. Make your name again glorious in this place, once […]

Collective Worship: In the beginning (Creation, Science & the beginning of the school year)

parishLife | 10 Sep 2015

Creation: Where it all comes from. John 1.1–18. See/Download Prezi from   Introduction It’s impossible to gaze up at the sky and not wonder ‘where did all this come from?’ You can’t observe a starlit sky or a sunset without some sense of awe and wonder. Even knowing that the sky at night is red […]

Crowdsourced Recording – from Rachel Held Evens “Searching for Sunday”

parishLife | 3 Sep 2015

I need your help. If you have taken part in any one of these before, then might I ask another contribution from you… fairly urgently (before the evening of Sat 5th Sept 2015 please!) The text I need recording is from Rachel Held Even’s brilliant “Searching for Sunday”. Please record: Church – a place where […]

We come together – a marriage hymn to “the Lord of the Dance”

parishLife | 8 Jul 2015

Hymn: We come together 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 […]

Homily Notes: Ordinary 14 Year B Mark 6:1-6 – “I am getting old”

parishLife | 5 Jul 2015

I am definitely getting old. Although last weekend marked the 13th  anniversary of my Priesting, I have now spent so long in ministry that I am starting to reap the rewards of that length of ministry: I now find myself marrying off former members of my Youth Group I find myself being asked to baptise their […]

Deanery Synod Worship, 2nd July 2015

parishLife | 2 Jul 2015

shared at Christchurch, Estover, Plymouth, 2nd July 2015 Follow this link: Gathering: Bless the Lord, My Soul In the name of the +Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen O Lord, open our lips And our mouths shall proclaim your praise. Psalm 139 Scripture Matthew 6 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) “Beware […]

Crowdsourcing Paul

parishLife | 9 Jun 2015

I am seeking your help. I need to produce a work by Friday 12th June of the letters of Paul, and so would you please lent me your voice. In the same style as the Crowdsourced Psalms Project, I need you to read the following text and email it to me at     Instructions […]

BCP Mass for Corpus Christi, 2015

parishLife | 4 Jun 2015

CORPUS CHRISTI BCP (Tablet Version) THE LORD’S PRAYER kneeling before the altar Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against […]

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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 6762
Built: 1846
Architect: H.J Underwood
Style of worship: Modern Catholic
Our Patron: Bishop of Portsmouth
Archdeaconry: Meon (293)
Deanery: GOSPORT (29303)
Benefice: Elson (29/032 J)
Parish Legal Name: St. Thomas, Elson (290009 29/9)
CofE Church Info: (629009 29/9)
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St. Thomas the Apostle , on the Corner of Elson Road and Elson Lane, Gosport, Elson, Hampshire, PO12 4EZ

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