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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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 Refreshments Incense Common Worship


A simple said celebration of the Eucharist
Every Wednesday at 7:00 PM for ½ hour


CAMEO, Come And Meet Each Other, 12.30pm. Come along for coffee, cake and converstion.
Every Thursday at 12:30 PM for 3 hours
Family Friendly Refreshments
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 Refreshments



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)
Stained Glass Floodlight



Christingle 2016

parishLife | 8 Dec 2016

This is the Prezi which supports this Christingle. You can copy, edit and modify it to suit your needs. The Well-good Nativity is from the Bible Society. Download here. Access the Prezi here Equipment: Christingle Kits and Grace, Candles & Tapers, Fire Extinguishers and Water Buckets in Chancel. Voile covers the big nativity People gather in […]

Halloween – the Darkness runs from the Light

parishLife | 31 Oct 2016

Vast armies undead do tread through the night and In hordes march towards hapless victims to frighten. They stumble in step with glass-eyes on the prizes; Bunched hither, hunched over in monstrous disguises; In sizes not lofty but numb’ring a throng; To unleash on their prey the dreaded DING DONG. Small faces with traces of […]

Dwelling in the Word – Reflection & Meditation before a PCC or any other meeting at which we should hear God’s Voice…

parishLife | 28 Oct 2016

I found this exercise very useful, and the two times I have done it, I have been drawn by different things. Here is the key difference between this and Lectio Divina:  you do the same passage each time. This means that new meanings arise in each context. Also, it is not about a personal reflection, as Lectio […]

Animated / looping images inside Prezi

parishLife | 19 Oct 2016

    Prezi, thankfully, still supports animations, but not as we now know and love them. With one simple step, however, you can insert animated gifs and take other short movies and insert them into your Prezi presentation to liven them up.     Although Prezi does not support animated gifs (yet, hint, hint) you […]

2017 Electric Ordo released FREE – all I ask for is your prayers (PRAYERWARE)

parishLife | 29 Sep 2016

Download Download the Zip Files file (from my public dropbox folder) Right click on the above link and select “SAVE AS..” or “SAVE TARGET AS…” or “SAVE LINK AS..” 2017: As the amount of data included continues to increase, the file is too large to import as a single year/file, so this year for the first […]

Just A Common Sailor

parishLife | 8 Jul 2016

by Anon (brought to my attention by Fr Andy, with much thanks and condolences) He was getting old and paunchy, and his hair was falling fast, He sat around the table telling stories of the past, Of a war that he had fought in, and the deeds that he had done, Of his exploits with […]

Eucharistic Preface for Unity

parishLife | 29 Jun 2016

for use in times of national disunity The Lord be with you and also with you Lift up your hearts We lift them to the Lord Let us give thanks to the Lord our God It is right to give thanks and praise Almighty God and Ever-lasting Father We come together in this holy sanctuary […]

GCSE: Cross-curricular studies for teenagers

parishLife | 21 Jun 2016

Time allowed: 1 hour 45 minutes Please show your workings. Mathematics 1. Three people live in a house. All of those people are over the age of 14. Please explain, with the aid of diagrams, why only one of those people can take the rubbish out. 2. Josh has started an apprenticeship earning £140 per […]

A Service of Prayer & Dedication after Marriage

parishLife | 19 Jun 2016

Introduction God is love, and those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 1 John 4 The minister welcomes the couple and their family and friends, using these or similar words: [N] and [N], you stand in the presence of God having contracted a legal marriage earlier, to dedicate to […]

A message to all those preparing for Ordination to the Priesthood

parishLife | 24 May 2016

We have not ordained you to be a caring person; you are already called to that; We have not ordained you to serve the Church in committees, planning activities, and organisation; that is already implied in your membership; We have not ordained you to become involved in issues of justice and peace, in the struggle, […]

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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 6762
Built: 1846
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 )
CofE Church Info: (629009 29/9)
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St. Thomas the Apostle , Elson, Hampshire, PO12 4EZ - on the Corner of Elson Road and Elson Lane, Gosport

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