"Love one another as I have loved you"
"Look to the Lord and His strength"
"For I know the plans I have for you"
"In Him was life, the light of all mankind"
"Rejoice in the Lord always"
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart"
"Your word is a lamp to my feet"
"I can do all things through Him"
"For God so loved the world He gave us His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
- John 3:16
At St Thomas' Church we aim to preach and live the Gospel
of Jesus Christ. We are a warm and caring community of Christians.
Sunday Services start at 10:30am
You are most welcome to join us in any of our church activities
St Thomas’s Church runs “Messy Church” every two months. So what is it? It is Church but not in the traditional sense of the word. It is for young children and their parents who often miss out on coming to Church to give them a feel of what Christianity is all about. Each meeting has a theme from the Bible with crafts of all descriptions to illustrate the story we are looking at. Some of these crafts involve edible things.
Secondly we do take the children and the adults they have with them to the Church for a short storytelling, singing and prayer session. This is interesting as many of the children have no concept of what being in church means. They are keenest on songs with actions. Then we take them back to the hall for a meal together. Messy Church offers the opportunity to meet members of our community who do not regularly come to services or other church activities. Many of those who are our volunteers are grandparents themselves and have considerable experience with children and activities where we can connect with the minds of young people. It is good to see this has grown in answer to prayer.
OPEN THE BOOK
St Thomas’ Church has a team of eight who take Bible stories into the local Castle Primary School once a fortnight. The team act out the stories and frequently involve the children as ‘extras’ for which they receive a sticker.
We have seen that the stories remain with the children for a long time afterwards. Using the Lion Storyteller’s Bible and Handbook, the stories become both accessible and relevant to their lives. The children love getting dressed up from our growing costume and props collection.
For many children this is their only experience of the Bible stories many of us grew up with. Therefore God’s message of salvation is being told to them in a simple yet fun way. The team has been involved in promoting this work of both at diocesan level and locally in another church.
FRIENDS AT HOME
St Thomas’ Church, like so many others has a fair few older or more infirm members who for one reason or another are no longer able to attend services regularly. Some have been life-long attendees and now due to ill health, mobility or transport problems or even if their carers cannot bring them find themselves increasingly isolated in the community.
The idea of Friends at Home is a simple one where we take the Church in the form of a roving coffee morning to them. We have two teams who take all they need from thermos flasks of hot water, tea, coffee, milk, mugs and biscuits, so that there is no need to prepare for us visiting. The teams are typically two or three so as not to overwhelm the person in their own home.
We take prepared service cards for a short time of prayer and reflection. The scheme has been well received and proved a blessing for all concerned as we share fellowship with those who would become isolated otherwise. We hope it makes them feel valued as Church Members and still very much part of our family here at St Thomas’ Church.
Meeting once a month this non-denominational gathering continues with a dedicated number of folk. We meet in the Church Hall at 2.30 pm on the second Tuesday of the month. Normally we have a speaker or an activity to stimulate discussion. We also hold regular Coffee Mornings to invite new people to come and join us. It is a great time of fellowship and sharing in the Joy of Christ.
We have a hymn and a prayer and move onto tea and biscuits later. Anyone is very welcome to come and join us. Contact Judith Beech on 01782 513851
If you’re reading this, you have found the website of St Thomas’ Church in Mow Cop.
My name is Gilly Hubbard and I’m the vicar of this parish. I hope you find our website helpful and informative. But first, a little bit about ourselves…
We are a small rural parish set high on a hill, which is why we call ourselves ‘God’s house on the rock’! Ours is an Anglican church, but that isn’t what defines us as a congregation. What does define us is the warmth of our welcome to friends and visitors alike. We believe in the transformative power of God to change lives for the better and trust him to lead and guide us on this journey through life. And we rejoice in the forgiveness Jesus offers when we accept him as our Lord and Saviour.
As a church we have learnt that church can be fun, and we seem to laugh a lot together. We also know that worshipping, studying the Bible and prayer are the bedrock of our faith and should never be humdrum or boring. Hopefully you can sense our enthusiasm – you will be very welcome to join us should you wish to find yourself in a warm and welcoming community
(oh, and we serve great coffee too!).
In the meantime, we hope you enjoy browsing through our website where you will find further information and pictures detailing our church events.
Go well with God,
ST THOMAS CHURCH
5 Congleton Rd