Welcome to The Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund's Website
"Welcome to St Thomas's website! Wherever you are in the world, we're glad you dropped by. Here in the heart of Salisbury we seek God in a broad and welcoming Anglican environment. Encountering God in a beautiful, but unselfconscious, worship, we pray that the encounter will propel us out to serve all God's people here."
The Christmas Season has finally come to an end and we get a few weeks respite with the ‘normality’ of Ordinary time before it all starts over again with the preparations for Lent and Easter. But if we think this time is not important we are very mistaken. It is an essential part of the Church calendar being a time to reflect on the rhythms of life. The liturgical colour for ordinary time is green, which is the colour of growth and hope. Hope in the English language is used as both a noun and a verb, so let’s focus on the verb and encourage ourselves, are families and friends and our communities that this is the season of hope and a time to reach for our goals in both life and our church.
God of faith, deepen our faith so we may bear witness to Christ in the world; God of hope, strengthen our hope
so we may be signposts to your transforming presence; God of love, kindle our love so that, in a fragile and divided world, we may be signs of the faith, hope, love
which we share in Jesus Christ. Amen
Our Lent Appeal - South Sudan
This year we will be supporting the Diocese of Salisbury's South Sudan Appeal. Our money will be given to SUDRA, the Anglican Church in Sudan's development agency as they make sure that the needs of those suffering in South Sudan are met quickly. More information here.
Making Sense of Lent
Instead of offering just one Lent course, we have a series of events, workshops and opportunities for reflection around the theme of the senses. There should be something for everyone from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. To see what is on offer, click here for the full programme.
A New Clockface for the Bell Tower
We have a new 10ft wide clockface! The last one was 30 years old and was beyond repair. The new one has now been installed - see the photos and story on our News page.
Pilgrimage to Canterbury, 4 - 13 August
The Friends have found 3 volunteers to walk from St Thomas's church in Salisbury to St Thomas's shrine in Canterbury to raise money. More info here.
NEW: Hospitality and Catering Team
You are invited to join us for coffee in church at 10.30am on Saturday 1 March to talk about this new team. Please come along to find out more or sign up on the sheet at the back of church for more information if you can't make that day.
Do you have an idea for a social activity? Do come along and tell us about it.
Choir Members needed
If you are interested in joining any of our choirs - Junior, Boys, Girls or Adult, please contact John Dempster, our Choir Master after a service or on email@example.com.
Do you know any groups that might be interested in renting a room in St Thomas’s House? We now have three rooms available:
On the ground floor: the Canterbury Room is our largest room with a capacity of up to 45 people and a well equipped kitchen. This floor has 4 toilets. One of them has disabled access and baby changing facilities.
On the first floor: the Abingdon Conference Room is set out with a large table situated with a capacity for up to 16 people.
The Sarum Room also on the first floor is a flexible room which has a capacity for up to 20 people. On this floor we have a kitchenette and two toilets.
Please contact Lynn in the office about room bookings. The Parish Office: Open Monday to Thursday from 09.30am until 2pm.
Our Parish Centre is at St Thomas's House next to the church. We have a lovely room, well equipped kitchen and garden which are available for hire for business meetings, training, lectures, receptions & private gatherings. For further information, please click here to see our latest prices. For bookings email: firstname.lastname@example.org