St Thomas' is a friendly welcoming church whose desire is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our community. You can be assured of a warm welcome and great coffee! Our Sunday congregations average between 25-30 adults which means that we can maintain a family atmosphere.
Our services are a balance of traditional and contemporary music and the liturgy is taken from Common Worship. All songs and Bible readings are displayed on a large screen which allows us to sing out our praises to God. The second and fourth Sundays in every month are services of Holy Communion, the first Sunday is a shorter Communion service and the third Sunday is a family friendly Communion service.
We often use a variety of interactive ways to enhance our worship and prayer; these are always optional and never forced upon people, although we have found that most people find such activities helpful.
Children: we have a small Sunday School during the morning service and children of all ages are welcome. We have an area where children can draw and play and percussion instruments that are often employed and enjoyed by all the congregation. We never mind a bit of noise-children are as important as adults at St Thomas'. Covid19 restrictions are in place at the moment.
Our Open-the-Book team present dramatized Bible stories in the local primary school on a fortnightly basis, but <span style="font-size: 1rem;">at the moment Covid19 restrictions are in place, therefore this is not possible.</span>
House-group: at the moment this is being done via zoom meetings. There is also a online prayer group.
We are a DEMENTIA FRIENDLY CHURCH: this means that we take extra care to ensure that people living with dementia, and their carers, are given special consideration. Most of our congregation have been trained as 'dementia friends'.
We also are very aware of the problems encountered by those of us who live with partial hearing, therfore a hearing loop system is always used during our church services. Switch your hearing aid to the loop setting if you have one to access the system.
Churchyard: our churchyard is closed and maintained by Newcastle Borough Council. However we have a Garden of Remembrance and also a conservation area which we are in the process of developing to become a space which can be used more widely by the community. If you like outdoors and gardening then we would love you to join us!