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



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 […]

Family Communion: 19th October 2014 to the Nursery Rhyme Mass

parishLife | 19 Oct 2014

Family Communion: 19th October 2014 – other texts may be found in a similar vein at Gathering Song (Here we go round the Mulberry Bush) We gather round in this holy space Holy Space, filled with grace We gather round in this holy space To do what Jesus taught us We hear the stories […]

Simple Plainchant Our Father

parishLife | 13 Oct 2014

As sung at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

Mounting Samba / CIFS Shares from an NAS successfully in Linux

parishLife | 9 Oct 2014

Please excuse this necessarily techy post – there’ll be something about the Church along in a minute… I have  all my key data on a number of Network Attached Storage devices: hard disks which are directly wired to the network rather than another PC. This all gets backed up on the cloud and so (hopefully) […]

Recording your Sermons or Homilies for posterity or for the housebound

parishLife | 4 Oct 2014

I had a colleague who was most against the recording of homilies/sermons what is the difference between them? I understand homilies to be preached by those in holy orders and sermons can be preached by lay or ordained. Whether accurate or not, I suspect homilies are shorter as well… :-) but I thought there was some merit […]

Urgent Request: Crowdsourced Recording of Psalm 139 (a fuller explanation)

parishLife | 3 Oct 2014

Dear Internet, I need your help to make a new video meditation… Instructions If you have a phone like an iPhone or an Android, there is usually an app to record your voice – often called “Voice Memo” or some thing similar. I use a free Android App called ASR which can be installed for […]

Great Britain

parishLife | 30 Sep 2014

Great Britain The news will say we’re suffering from excess immigration That a rampant hoard of foreigners has fallen on our nation But truthfully, there hasn’t been a native Briton here Since people dressed in mammoth skin and hunted with a spear Our language is a mixture of a dozen different tongues We munch our […]

Prayer to Our Lady Of Walsingham

parishLife | 24 Sep 2014

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 […]

ProxySwitch – a simple utility to set a Proxy Server in (for example, in School)

parishLife | 19 Sep 2014

I spend a lot of time moving my PC into and out of wireless networks which have special security: in a school would be the best example. This is so that the little darlings don’t access anything inappropriate and filters are applied, some sites blocked etc. Many companies do this also. To connect your browser, […]

Book Review of Frontline Evangelism

parishLife | 17 Sep 2014

I wonder if “not shockingly radical or painfully trendy” will end up in my Church Times obituary; possibly alongside “he did a good wedding” Amazon Link Stories to trust Richard Lamey reads suggested plans for youth-group sessions Creative Ideas for Frontline Evangelism with Young People by Simon Rundell Canterbury Press £19.99 (includes CD-ROM) (978-1-84825-276-9) Church Times Bookshop £18 […]

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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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