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



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 […]

On the Mystery of the Cross

parishLife | 14 Sep 2014

As we come to contemplate the Mystery of the Cross, it may be tempting to simplify this mystery and boil its complex, multiple layers of significance and meaning into a single, plain, black-and-white understanding of atonement. Yet, the God who is so complex and mysterious and beyond our simple comprehension simply does not work like […]

“Please de-baptise me”

parishLife | 1 Sep 2014

“Please de-baptize me,” she said.The priest’s face crumpled.“My parents tell me you did it,” she said. “But I was not consulted. SoNow, undo it.”The priest’s eyes asked why.“If it were just about belonging toThis religion and being forgiven,Then I would stay. If it were justAbout believing This list of doctrines and upholdingThis list of rituals, […]

Remember Me

parishLife | 30 Aug 2014

To the living, I am gone.To the sorrowful, I will never return.To the angry, I was cheated.But to the happy, I am at peace.And to the faithful, I have never left.I cannot speak, but I can listen.I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.So as you stand upon the shore,gazing at the beautiful sea, […]

Maximilian Kolbe

parishLife | 14 Aug 2014

Maximilian Kolbe’s martyrdom is the least important thing about him. We are none of us likely to find ourselves in a position to emulate his sacrifice, and speculation as to the heroic way in which we would have behaved in his place is a pernicious waste of time. What is important is that he acted […]

Legillium Mass Book – the toolkit you will need to say the Mass (beautifully)

parishLife | 17 Jul 2014

It’s good to know that you have everything you need – or might possibly need – to hand. Based on the book that was on the legillium in my title parish (Holy Spirit, Southsea), this is key texts for the Mass: a rock for every low mass and a godsend when visiting unfamiliar places. If I […]


parishLife | 10 Jul 2014

Many clergy will at sometime have experienced a… challenging baptism. Reflecting on that has led me to add the following line to my webpage on baptism: However, if you aren’t sure about being able to make these promises, if you simply don’t believe in all this, if you are just having “the baby done” for […]

Homily: Ordinary 14, Year A

parishLife | 6 Jul 2014

 Text: Matthew 11.16–19, 25–end In the name of the +Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen “What can I say about the people who live today? What are they like? The people today are like children sitting in the marketplace. One group of children calls to the other group, ‘We played flute […]

Teaching on Marriage – the Marriage of Barnaby and Bernadette (Bear)

parishLife | 24 Jun 2014

This is the outline of the session for KS1 aged children (Infants Year R,1 & 2) We gather the Children in Church Important things: Many people mark important events in their lives by coming to Church The birth of a baby – baptism The passing of a loved one – funeral The love of one […]

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A Church Near You ID: 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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