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."
With the coming of October and the leaves on the trees starting to change colour, it must be harvest time again!
Harvest is a time to reflect on our creative role within God’s creation and our responsibilities for his earth. With the rest of creation we are a living community, created to work together to give praise and glory to God.
Today villagers do not work together to bring in the harvest, even in rural areas, so is it an outdated tradition and what does Harvest mean for a city Centre Church?
Our views on harvest need to be transformed to give it a rightful place within our church and community. Moving away from seeing it as the gathering of crops, but as a gathering of talents and a celebration of art. We celebrate the food from seed to the table, the growers’ gifts, the chefs’ creativity, the fruits of our local artists’ and musicians’ labour and how we can pass on these gifts to our local community. So for this Harvest time, be creative, make something new, and be inspired because we were put on this earth not only to be caretakers but to use our God-given creativity.
Thank you for creation and the incredible gifts and talents you so generously entrust to us.
May we appreciate and develop these talents, always recognising that they come from you and remain yours.
Guide us in using our talents to bring a creative spark and new possibilities to your world, living out our call to be an integral part of your creative force.
Canada and World War I - Weds 29 Oct, 10.45am
Free lecture by one of Canada's finest scholars and authors, Prof Margaret MacMillan, speak on Britain, Canada and the First World War. Come and hear the Salisbury Coffee Choir at 10.45 sing WW1 songs with the lecture following at 11am. In church.
Bell Ringers needed
If you are interested in keeping this very British tradition alive, please contact Nigel - email@example.com or Margaret - 01722 503 178.
Our Hand-bell ringers will be performing this year at the Christmas Tree Festival, the Salisbury Christmas Market and in church on 21st Dec. Details here. Come and find out more.
Christmas Tree Festival, 2-7 December
I know, it is only summer! But we are getting excited about plans for this year's Christmas Tree Festival. Entries are now open - click here to view Entry Form. This year you can enter either a decorated tree or a Nativity scene. As usual, there will be live musicians and singers all day every day. And our fabulous chefs will provide teas, coffees and homemade cakes all day and lovely lunches too. More info here.
Learning about Dementia - Weds 1 Oct at 7pm
Martin Plimsoll of the Alzheimer's Society will lead an Information Evening about what dementia is and how to help those living with dementia to live a better life. Come along to St Thomas's House - admission is free.
Alastair Savage: Fiddle Player - Concert 17 October
The Friends of St Thomas’s Church are ecstatic to announce the return of fiddle player, Alistair Savage, to Salisbury for a not to be missed concert. The 2013 concert was a massive hit for everyone who came and supported it. Many CDs were sold after a breath-taking event. Please come and hear Alistair play. Tickets: £9 in advance from Sarum Books in Catherine St, Salisbury or £10 on the door.
Shoe Box Appeal
We will be supporting the Trussell Trust Christmas Appeal again this year.
We will be in church to collect, cover and fill shoe boxes with gifts for people of all ages in Bulgaria. Please come to church with gifts, shoe boxes or time to help wrap and pack some boxes. Find out more here.
Redevelopment of the Church
The PCC has made decisions about the redevelopment of the church on behalf of the congregation. The following projects will be pursued:
A new West Door; new Nave Altar design; new Font design; new seating; new Children's area; new Bookstall area; new sound and lighting arrangements.
Please pray for the Redevelopment Team as they continue their work.
Pilgrimage to Canterbury, 3 - 13 August
The Pilgrims have returned from their 185 mile walk in 11 days!
Thank you to the Pledging Pilgrims who walked with them. Total raised so far: £3000. Thank you to all our supporters so far.
Read their blog here. More info here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Don't miss this little gem of a church - still retains all the love that was endowed on it by its builders. Very peaceful inside, although life throbs outside. Close your eyes and soak up the atmosphere."
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: email@example.com