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
Sunday School Youth Group Live Music / Concerts Regular Choir Grade 2* Listed Building Supports Fairtrade goods Stained glass Shop Organ Nurture Courses Back to Church Sunday Wheelchair Access / Ramp Wheelchair accessible toilets Autism/Aspergers Aware/Accessible Hearing / Induction Loop Large Print Hymnbooks / Orders of Service Toilets Baby Changing Facilities

please contact Sue Williamson on 07867 521429.

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Church Open during services

Nurture Courses

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



Nine Lessons and Carols (some useful notes)

parishLife | 14 Dec 2014

Introduction Beloved in Christ, be it this Christmastide our care and delight to hear again the message of the angels, and in heart and mind to go even unto Bethlehem and see this thing which is come to pass, and the Babe lying in a manger. Therefore let us read and mark in Holy Scripture […]

Nursery Rhyme Carols (a first draft)

parishLife | 11 Dec 2014

I started working on these,  thinking they might work for the Christmas Eve children’s Services… As usual with most early drafts,  some of the rhymes are a little dodgy,  but that’s what the community is for,  so let’s work on these together in a Creative Commons sort of way,  and adopt,  adapt &  improve. Post […]

Tony Farnfield (1967-2014)

parishLife | 5 Dec 2014

FARNFIELD ANTHONY KENNETH (Tony) Passed away suddenly on 25th November 2014, aged 47 years. He will be greatly missed by his wife Paula, parents Brian & Maureen, both families, many friends and colleagues. A service in celebration of Tony's life to be held at Reading Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin on Wednesday 17th […]

Log Call to Calendar

parishLife | 30 Nov 2014

My Latest Android Utility Download from here for just 50p I am releasing a new utility written for Android which I use for logging when I call people and when they call me. Others can use it to track calls for billing/invoicing purposes. When it runs in the background, you can select it and it […]

Fr. Simon’s Easyworship Remote Control

parishLife | 13 Nov 2014

My second Android Application There are times when you need to control Easyworship yourself – in schools or in small group worship settings. You can down this from the Google Play Store here I wrote this client to interact with my PC-based Server Program which can be downloaded from Here You will need to download and […]

Requiem Mass for the Feast of All Souls

parishLife | 3 Nov 2014

Welcome God is here. Make yourselves at home. We come together this evening for pray for and with our loved ones. This simple holy communion mass draws us closer to those in heaven and helps us share our burdens between us. Please share in this as fully as you feel able, especially as we come […]

Fr. Simon’s Electric Ordo

parishLife | 27 Oct 2014

UPDATE! I have just finished my first app running on Android: a conversion of my Electric Ordo. You can find it here on Google Play. This is my annual release of an Electronic Ordo or Church Calendar, containing daily information and readings for Mass each day according to both the Roman Lectionary and an alternative […]

Fr Simon’s Electric Ordo on Android NO LONGER on Google Play

parishLife | 23 Oct 2014

No,  you can’t have it. The Common Worship lectionary is copyright. That bunch of bible verses is not mine to give away, for prayers or anything. I have withdrawn it from Google Play, which is a pity because a) It was a good way to learn Android App development because I  compile the data each […]

A Traditional View on Marriage

parishLife | 21 Oct 2014

I have a traditional view of marriage. I believe it to be a life-long commitment of one to another. I believe it calls the married to commitment, fidelity and honesty, sharing and mutual respect. That’s traditional. I believe that marriage is important for society: it builds community and places relationships and love at the centre […]

If Jesus was born today…

parishLife | 19 Oct 2014

A poem by Steve Turner If Jesus was born today If Jesus was born today it would be in a downtown motel marked by a helicopter’s flashing bulb. A traffic warden, working late, would be the first upon the scene. Later, at the expense of a TV network, an eminent sociologist, the host of a […]

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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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The current editor is: Steven Smart

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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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