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Welcome to St Thomas' Church

 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Upcoming Services

 

An Easter message from

Revd Dave 

 

 Useful Information 

Please download the service sheet to join in on line: Service Sheet Easter (1).docx
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The service schedule for the coming weeks:

Wednesday 14th April

11am BCP Communion – readings 1 Peter 2: 19 – end and John 10: 11 - 16

Sunday 18th April

3rd Sunday of Easter

10.30am Holy Communion – readings Deut. 7: 7 – 13 and Revelation 2: 1 – 11

6.00pm Prayer Gathering

Wednesday 21st April

11am BCP Communion – readings 1 Peter 2: 11 – 17 and John 16: 16 - 22

Sunday 25th April

4th Sunday of Easter

10.30am Holy Communion – readings Acts 4: 5 – 12 and John 10: 11 – 18

6.00pm Prayer Gathering

Wednesday 28th April

11am BCP Communion – readings James 1: 17 – 21 and John 16: 5 - 15

 

 

 

Jesus Said “I tell you the truth, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” John 12.24

 

Death has been closer to us during the pandemic this year than at any other time we can remember. It’s not that death isn’t a reality to us anyway. It is more the fact that the daily Coronavirus briefings on the news has brought it to the forefront of our thinking when in ‘normal’ times many of us push the thought of death to the back of our minds. The daily infection rate charts and sadly daily death rates have each created a sobering effect. Added to this is the stark reality these figures and statistics are real people. Some of them people we know and grieve for still.

Other deaths have occurred as well. Businesses have died. People’s income has died or at least lessened. Ambitions have died or have been put on hold. So too with holidays, pushed on for another year. Plans have died.

Other people have done quiet well. Working from home, using less petrol, less shopping only buying what’s needed. This has allowed some people to save.

Everyone though has realised that they’re not in full control of their lives. So, we each in our own way have seen the death of some of our independence. Each of these things have made people ask the big questions: Why am I here and where am I going?

This leads to a death which is actually positive. It is a death to our self-reliance. Ultimately the Bible tells us that we were made by God and for God’s purposes Genesis 1.27-30. Too often we live without God when we were never meant to.

 Jesus in the above verse from John’s Gospel is speaking of his own death. His death will lead to many lives being born again (John 3.3). Why? Because the Easter message is this: By God we were made. From God we have strayed. So, Jesus he paid so we could be saved. Saved from what? Ourselves, our sin and eternal death without God.

The great Easter proclamation in church is: “Christ is Risen. He is Risen Indeed”!

Whatever death we face Jesus has conquered it and has power over it. The Resurrection from the dead isn’t just for Easter it’s power is for everyday and it lasts forever even today!

Easter Blessings,

Revd Dave O’Brien

 

 

 

 

              

 

 

If you want to connect with others and reduce your anxiety and improve your mental well being, why not join Alison O'Brien's (Ashar Bringing Hope) zoom brew and chat meeting  - see above.

For virtual courses to explore your spiritual and emotional well being check out this link 

For more information about Alison and Ashar Bringing Hope click on this link

Click on this link to find out more about the Church of England's 'Call to Prayer'.

 

 

*** Good News***

The church is now open for worship on a Sunday Morning for service at 10.30 am.  This service is restricted in numbers and the Church Wardens will contact you to see if you want to attend.  At this time you may not be able to attend every week to enable others to attend. 

The Book of Common Prayer Communion takes place each Wednesday at 11.00am in church.

There will be an evening prayer gathering each Sunday at 6.00 pm in church.

 

Prayer requests - remember you can send prayer requests to : davidobrienvicar@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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About St Thomas' Church, Blackpool

The church is here for you and everyone, so please be assured of a warm welcome at St Thomas', we'd love to hear from you and even better see you when you are able to visit.

Jesus explained his purpose for every person in these words: 'I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full' John's Gospel Chapter 10 verse 10

Further information about the church can be found on this website together with contact details.

Thank you for your interest. May God Bless you. 

St Thomas' is part of the Church of England's Blackburn Diocese with worship services in the Evangelical - New Wine Tradition. Visit our worship services page for details. (not current during COVID pandemic)

Together we are sharing God's love and building the kingdom in the Parish of St Thomas' Blackpool, across Lancashire, the United Kingdom and abroad.

We exist to help people know, live and share Jesus Christ

We believe that a person can have a personal relationship with God, through faith in Jesus Christ

It is our joy to help people discover that relationship, then grow in their understanding of who Christ is, and how their lives can change.

Getting to know the word of God is very important.  

 

Our memory verse for 2021 is:

'The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord makes His face to shine on you and be gracious to you;

The Lord turn His face towards you and give you peace. Amen.'

(Numbers 6: 24 – 27)

  

If you would like to read about what happened at St Thomas' last year, read our Reflections magazine. Reflections (1).pdf Download

 

 

Promoting a Safer Church

As a parish/church we have adopted the House of Bishops 'Promoting a Safer Church' policy and the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, incorporating the House of Bishop's Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance.

Our PCC has formally adopted this and signed the Safeguarding Policy Statement Promoting a Safer Church.

Our Safeguarding Policy (updated Nov 2020) can be downloaded here...... Download

 

 

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