Message from Janet.


 When this whole pandemic situation started I don’t think even the most pessimistic of people expected it to go on so long but here we are, almost a year on and still we have no idea when we will be allowed to return to full, sung church services.

Since we reopened in July some people have been able to attend services, many others have felt the risk was too great. We understand, we are all doing what we think is best in the circumstances which is absolutely right, although be assured we are doing everything we can to make St Thomas’ as Covid-secure as possible.


 If you have not been able to come recently, it does not mean you are not still part of our congregation, you are very much in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. As Mothering Sunday approaches, we feel once again the loss of an opportunity to gather and sing our hearts out in our mother church. Please know that we miss you and look forward to the time when we can all gather in our lovely church once again.

Please can you do something for me? Could you pray for us, for the gathered and the separate, for the isolated and the busy, for the people of New Hey and the people you know from church? Please also pray for me and the PCC as we try to work out how to lead our church out of this situation into a brighter day (and if you have any ideas as to how we can do that do get in touch). Our financial situation is very precarious which is worrying for a church like ours in the modern age so any ideas on how we address that would also be welcome. 

 Thank you to those who have kept on filling those weekly envelopes, if you do take envelopes and you haven’t sent them back please consider doing so if you possibly can. In the longer term, giving by standing order is more efficient.

As we look towards a time when (hopefully) we can return to something like normality we will need more than ever to be there for the people of this parish so if you have any ideas of things we can do to help please let me or one of the PCC know.

Stay safe and God bless.


 God bless


 We invite you to pray for our nation

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written an open letter to the nation as we reach the dreadful milestone of losing 100,000 people to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Archbishops invite everyone to pause as we reflect on the enormity of this pandemic. They said, "100,000 isn’t just an abstract figure. Each number is a person: someone we loved and someone who loved us. We also believe that each of these people was known to God and cherished by God.

"We therefore encourage everyone who is feeling scared, or lost or isolated to cast their fears on God."

Starting on 1 February we invite you to set aside time every evening to pray, particularly at 6pm each day. More than ever, this is a time when we need to love each other. Prayer is an expression of love.

How can you get involved? Click the link below for the Church of England’s free resources and pray for our nation every day at 6pm







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