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



Nursery Rhyme Mass of the Lord’s Supper

parishLife | 26 Mar 2015

A whole school mass, Prezi may be found here: 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 of our King Eternal life, for us he’ll […]

BCP 1662 Tablet Version

parishLife | 20 Mar 2015

Laid out as a Word Document so it my be celebrated on a tablet, with some short notes as to posture. Download the document here  In the name of the +Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost Amen The Lord be with you And with thy Spirit THE LORD’S PRAYER kneeling before […]

A poem for Dzhokar

parishLife | 9 Mar 2015

you don’t know how it felt to be in the womb but it must have been at least a little warmer than this. you don’t know how intimately they’re recording your every move on closed-circuit cameras until you see your face reflected back at you through through the pulp. you don’t know how to stop […]

The value of discarding the sermon

parishLife | 25 Jan 2015

This morning a wonderful thing happened: at the end of the second reading from 1 Corinthians 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 A reading from the first letter of Paul to the people of the city of Corinth Brothers: our time is growing short. Those who have wives should live as though they had none, and those who […]

Crowdsourced Psalms Project

parishLife | 23 Jan 2015

I am launching today a new collaborative project which builds upon what I have been doing for the past few weeks: a digital Psalter for a new generation. The Psalms are the rich lifeblood of the Church’s prayer – the hymnody of the Jewish people, the staple of the Daily Divine Office of Morning and […]

“So, is there an afterlife, and if so, what will it be like? I don’t have a clue. But…”

parishLife | 22 Jan 2015

Marcus Borg (1942-2015) “So, is there an afterlife, and if so, what will it be like? I don’t have a clue. But I am confident that the one who has buoyed us up in life will also buoy us up through death. We die into God. What more that means, I do not know. But […]

Another Psalm to be crowdsourced please… Psalm 73

parishLife | 17 Jan 2015

If you saw what we have done with crowdsourced psalms recently, I am thinking that we should, over time, try and do the whole Psalter. To this end, I need your contributions for Psalm 73 As before: Instructions If you have a phone like an iPhone or an Android, there is usually an app to […]

A request for the Internet – Crowdsourced Recordings of some Psalms

parishLife | 7 Jan 2015

UPDATE: NOW COMPLETE, BUT PLEASE HELP WITH PSALM 73:   I need the help of the Internet to create some Psalm readings for a Lent Course I am working on. I need loads of you. I did this recently with Psalm 139 and it was lovely It shouldn’t take more than about 10-15 mins to […]

Journey of the Magi – TS Eliot

parishLife | 3 Jan 2015

‘A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey: The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter.’ And the camels galled, sorefooted, refractory, Lying down in the melting snow. There were times we regretted The summer palaces on […]

Epiphany Proclamation 2015

parishLife | 3 Jan 2015

Dear brothers and sisters, the glory of the Lord has shone upon us, and shall ever be manifest among us, until the day of his return. Through the rhythms of times and seasons let us celebrate the mysteries of salvation. Let us recall the year’s culmination, the Easter Triduum of the Lord: his last supper, […]

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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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