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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
Tel: 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.

Visit our Church

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



Walsingham Pilgrim Hymn with Recording

parishLife | 20 Apr 2014

Download the MP3 here   Tune: LOURDES (Catholic Hymns Old & New 256) All glory to God in his mercy and grace Who hath established His Home in this wonderful place. Ave Ave Ave Maria! Ave Ave Ave Maria! All glory to Jesus our Saviour and Lord Whose image within us by grace is restored. […]

Plymouth Herald article on the iPriest (scan)

parishLife | 20 Apr 2014

On Holy Saturday the local newspaper, the Plymouth Herald interviewed me, and just about captured me, I suspect. There doesn’t seem to be an online version, so here is a scanned and stiched image. If you click on the link it should make it big enough to read…

Vestry tidying at St Edward’s

parishLife | 13 Apr 2014

The vestry has been transformed (and massively de-cluttered). Thanks to the hard work of one of the Churchwardens. Inheriting a sacristy filled with the detritus of centuries can be a real drag, but the good people of EKM have put their backs into it and removed the sideboard (!) which never opened and a filing […]

Prayers before the Blessed Sacrament: Palm Sunday

parishLife | 13 Apr 2014

Blessed, Praised, Hallowed and Adored, be Our Lord Jesus Christ on his Throne of Glory. And in the most holy sacrament of the altar Hail to thee, true body born From Virgin Mary’s womb! The same that on the cross was nailed And bore for man the bitter doom. Thou, whose side was pierced and […]

A few more verses of a wedding hymn set to ‘Lord of the Dance’

parishLife | 10 Apr 2014

We come together to witness love These two people joined by Above We see in them a spring of care Spreading wide, both here and there Love then, however it may be Love will defeat the enemy Marriage shows When two people care The love of God is always there. We wish them joy throughout […]

Parish Document Management using Evernote

parishLife | 9 Apr 2014

One thing is clear: a lot of paperwork comes into the Vicarage; from letters to faculty applications for gravestones; from missives from the diocese to all kinds of sketches I make on the back of envelopes about genius liturgical ideas. Filing physical paper is hard, and you can never find the bit you need… I […]

Prezi Repository for Worship

parishLife | 1 Apr 2014

As you know I love Prezi the new and exciting presentation tool that blows Powerpoint out of the water… However, as much of my work is in school, Youtube is routinely blocked, so I am forced to embed the whole video into my presentation. This makes them considerably larger, and uses up my account faster. I […]

Multi-Platform Remote Control Software – Splashtop 2

parishLife | 26 Mar 2014

I’ve been using Splashtop since last Summer, and most especially since LogMeIn dropped their free service but was surprised that I never got round to speaking of it. This is (to date) the best Remote Control app available, and is completely multiplatform, so that Macs and PCs (and Ubuntu Linux Machines, which is a pity […]

Real-Life Product Review: Fujitsu Stylistic M532 Android Tablet

parishLife | 26 Mar 2014

Whenever I search for product reviews, I find a deluge of sites which parrot the manufacturers press releases and are filled with statistics and specifications but no context: information arrives from data + context and usually all you get is data. It is therefore my desire to write honest reviews about the products I use […]

Matthew Passion (Shorter & Longer Dramatic Versions) for Year A

parishLife | 25 Mar 2014

I’m ahead: here are pdfs of the dramatic versions of Matthew for Palm Sunday. They are formatted for printing out as booklets (8 A5 pages for the short, 12 A5 sides for the full version) Use freely. Matthew Passion Matthew Passion Shorter Version

Other information
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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