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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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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 […]
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-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, […]
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’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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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