St Thomas Newsletter – June 2022

Message from Janet

Dear Friends,  


 It’s June! This year with the (hopefully) warmer weather comes the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 70 years is an impressive achievement and well worth an extra bank holiday in my view. We will be praying for her in particular on the 5th of June. 

 While we’re on the subject of the 5th of June, it is Pentecost. This year we are not holding a Whit Walk for various reasons so we thought we would invite people to breakfast before our worship instead, read on for more details.

Pentecost is the day we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples after Jesus had ascended to Heaven. It marks the end of the Easter season and the beginning of the ministry to spread the gospel as far and wide as possible. We cannot convince everyone to believe in Jesus and follow his teaching but there should be nobody alive who has not had the chance to hear the good news of his saving love – what they chose to do with the information is their decision but let us try to show everyone we meet what difference the love of Jesus has made to our lives

 After Pentecost comes Trinity Sunday and then, on the 19th June, we will be launching our Mission Community with prayer and singing at St Thomas’ at 7pm. The Mission Community is a close working relationship with our Anglican neighbours in Dearnley, Wardle, Smallbridge, Littleborough, Calderbrook and Shore. We hope that working together will help us to do things we do not have the time, expertise or people to achieve separately. Please try to join us, ‘meet the neighbours’ and have a good sing. There may well be cake!

I hope that the sun shines on whatever you are doing this summer.

God bless


St Thomas 2021 APCM notes

The 2021 APCM took place after service on Sunday 8 May chaired by Reverend Sydwell Isaac. Annual reports were received and accepted and all who help keep the doors of St Thomas open and welcoming were given thanks.

The following were re-elected to the Parochial Church Council (PCC):

Reverend Janet Pitman Chair

Judith Jones Warden

Tom Parsons Deanery Synod member

Diane Newton Deanery Synod member

Pamela Gardiner Treasurer

Dawn Clarke Secretary

Gillian Taylor

Caroline Power

Electoral Roll – there are 93 persons on the church electoral roll.



God bless





WELCOMERS / SIDESPERSONS – please get in touch

We would like to reinstate some or all of the duties of the Sidesperson, however to do this we need to understand how many people are still available. If you were a registered Sidesperson in 2019 / prior to the Covid pandemic, please contact us and let us know if you are willing or unable to continue.

Please email or contact Judith on mobile: 07795 818047

 Tribute to Derek Hambler

The PCC and congregation of St Thomas extend their sincere and deepest condolences to Christine and all the family as we mourn the loss of Derek as a friend and stalwart of our church management team.

Derek was universally respected for his wealth of knowledge, kindness and dry sense of humour and his passing is a huge loss to all his friends at St Thomas and the PCC especially.

Messages of condolence and support have been received from many contacts and universally they remark on Derek’s witty banter and the clear joy he showed when sharing information about his beloved Newhey and St Thomas in particular.

We will miss him terribly, but we give thanks for his life, well lived and in the Service of God and pray for his family, that they will continue to be part of life at St Thomas and allow us to offer our support wherever needed.

 A Message of Thanks

Christine and her family would like to thank everyone for their love, support, cards, messages and flowers following the loss of their much-loved husband, dad and grandad Derek. They would also like to thank everyone who attended Derek’s funeral service, it was lovely to see the church so full

Pastoral Care

If you would like to talk to a member of the clergy, please use the contact details below

Please contact Janet:-  Tel: 01706 594284

Email: (fri day off)


 Sydwell   Isaac :- (Mon day off)


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