St Thomas Newsletter – SEPT/OCT 2021

Message from Janet

Dear Friends,


Autumn is upon us. You can feel it in the air and, if you’re lucky, even smell it. After a bumper crop of blackberries in the vicarage garden I have jam (it always tastes better when my Mum makes it!) and that has turned my thoughts to how generous nature can be. I do nothing to deserve the blackberries, we don’t feed or water the brambles, we just cut them back from the path yet they give us such treasure.

God created a glorious world full of beauty and fruitfulness but humankind fails to look after it. Luckily for us God is forgiving but we need to be less wasteful of the treasure we receive and a lot more thoughtful about how we behave towards our world and our God.

At the end of September we celebrate Harvest, thanking God for all the good things we take for granted, especially the food that we eat and the fresh clean water running from our taps. We bring offerings of food for those who have little and we remember again how blessed we are.

This year as we thank God for all the gifts we have received perhaps we should also remember those whose efforts bring food to our tables, those who cook our meals and those eat with us (and if it’s you that grows or cooks, be thankful for the skill and energy you have to do it!). I will certainly be thanking God for the blackberries and the lovely person who turned them into my favourite jam.

I hope to see you at church soon.



Sunday School Returns

We’re delighted to finally be able to welcome back our Sunday School teachers and children.  Preparation work is happening over the next couple weeks and Sunday School will be back from 11am on Sunday 3rd October, so please bring your young people along and let’s get back to learning about God, our Creation and the Love of Jesus Christ 😊🙏



Flowers at St Thomas

If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the flowers in church

as a general contribution or in celebration or memorium on a special date, please contact Judith

(M: 07795 818047 / T: 01706 845046) or email



Rotas are making a come-back!!

I’ve only had a couple messages regarding this so far – please let us know if you can continue or would like to join one of the following groups or if you’re unable to continue:

  • Cleaning
  • Intercessions
  • Reader
  • Refreshments

Please text or WhatsApp Judith on 07795 818047 or email


 We are looking at ways of sharing the wine again, this will not involve a ‘common cup’ in the near future but may be separate glasses for each person. More on that as we work it out but for the time being we will continue to take communion in one kind (the bread) and I will continue to administer this at the chancel steps as I have been doing for the last year or so.


 We would encourage you to bring face coverings with you when you come to church and to wear them as we move about the church. Please be kind to each other, respect other people’s social distance and try to understand if they seem more or less confident than you feel. Remember the words of Mother Teresa

“do small things with great love”.

I hope to see you at church soon.




Graveyard Improvement Group

It’s really disappointing, but despite a couple of requests, we have received no new offers of help for the Churchyard Action Group. If you want to know more about what’s involved, please speak to Janet.

(see contact details under pastoral care) or Judith (M: 07795 818047 / Email:

A prayer for those working from home

Father of creation, the structure and the shape of our days are so different. There are so many distractions at home and there is a huge temptation to spend more time working than we did before lockdown. Help us to use our time wisely, to invest in the relationships most important to us and to take proper breaks. May we rediscover a new shape to our days that is centred and guided by your Spirit. In Jesus’ name Amen


Pastoral Care

Please contact Janet:

Tel: 01706 594284


Get Involved

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Stay safe and God bless.









WELCOME TO St Thomas, Newhey, Rochdale
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