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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Text: Matthew 4:1-11 In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen If I said we don’t like talking about sin on Ash Wednesday then how much less do we like to speak of the Devil. In some churches the realty of evil has become such a problem […]
I read those heart-rending stories of LGBT people isolated by Evangelical Christianity. To me, the answer is clear: find an inclusive progressive anglocatholic parish, receive the sacraments and know that God loves you for who you are.
In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. The Transfiguration of Our Lord is one of those epiphanous moments – an episode where Jesus Christ is revealed as he truly is – not merely a fairly special man, or a marvellous teacher, or even a thoroughly good […]
Download: Teaching Powerpoint on Ash Wednesday Prezi at http://prezi.com/a6si4t-3w8ge/ash-wednesday-teaching/ You can work out the words from these slides. I am working with each year group from Reception through to Year 6 (skipping some bits for the littler ones obviously) and covering all this in 30 mins per year group, based on the following outline Outline Each […]
Once I am sure there's nothing going on I step inside, letting the door thud shut. Another church: matting, seats, and stone, And little books; sprawlings of flowers, cut For Sunday, brownish now; some brass and stuff Up at the holy end; the small neat organ; And a tense, musty, unignorable silence, Brewed God knows […]
It is the law which so often runs us into trouble Controversy over European Courts vs the Sovereignty of Parliament The letter of the law being very different to the spirit of the law Laws that are unenforceable,impractical or simple knee-jerk reactions (Dangerous Dogs Act, CRB Checks, EU Immigration) The Laws of Moses have been […]
Prezi may be accessed here: http://prezi.com/tvabdmf95lb1/collective-worship-valentine/ In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen The Lord be with you and also with you “It must be love..” “Love is all around” “All you need is love” “Love is in the air” Love, it would seem is the major […]
From the genius pen of Sue Wallace (@PrecentorSue), shortly to be Precentor of Winchester Cathedral Where you see a word in red, the congregation can clap or ring a bell, hand chime Glory be to God on highOn the earth be peace Lord and God and heavenly kingOur praises never cease We praise you YES!We bless you YES!We praise you, bless you Glory and adore youThank you […]
This still needs revision, especially as I have copped out of a working of “everywhere and <animal sound>,<animal sound>” and gone for the equivilence of “ei-ei-o” As usual, your comments and changes are appreciated. Especially for this one. Deadline is the 9th of Feb when we use it at S. Peter’s Eaton Square in London. […]
Access this Prezi at http://prezi.com/kmbtnk6i7wub/collective-worship-candlemas/ Penitential Rite Alternative background video: http://www.vimeo.com/8699746 When the candles are lit the celebrant says: Jesus is the light of the world. That light is in each of us for Jesus is always with us. When we do things that are wrong, when we hurt or damage our friends or families, our […]
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