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."
Advent is approaching and with it the Church's calendar turns back to the beginning. We wait again for the coming of Christ into the world. But first it is time to take stock, for we know that Jesus' word comes to us, sown like seed in our lives, and that we are 'appointed to go and bear fruit'. We each bear different fruit, but at Harvest these gifts are celebrated so that when Jesus' word is once again sown in our lives we are ready to nourish its growth in us. Think of the gifts in your life; and consider how, in the Advent when we wait for Christ, those gifts will nourish the new fruit of the new year.
Rev'd Dominic Thornton
A prayer from Christian Aid for the refugees
We pray for all whose desperation leads them to the sea,
to undertake perilous voyages,
often following dangerous journeys over land:
those escaping brutal wars,
those fleeing religious persecution,
those escaping climate disasters and economic ruin,
those looking for hope in a hopeless situation.
May we look beyond our own fears and concerns to the needs of those who have nothing,
risk everything and depend on the kindness of strangers.
May our hearts be opened,
our leaders be challenged and our self-interest be called out, in Jesus name. Amen
The Friends - Music for Remembrance concert, 7 Nov
Please join us for a concert by Alastair Savage (fiddle) and Tom Rathbone (cello) to focus on Remembrance Day. Tickets available from Sarum Bookshop, 26 Catherine St, Salisbury - £10 in advance, £12 on the door. All tickets include a glass of wine. CDs available for purchase.
The Christmas Tree Festival ... is now FULL! We know how popular our Festival is and we are delighted that we are now full! Thank you for your wonderful entries. The Festival itself is from 1-6 December (entry is FREE!). We are looking forward to viewing all the new and exciting designs for 2015.
Diary Dates: Don't forget to check our Future Events page to see the variety of events promised in the coming months.
Do you need to join the Electoral Roll?
Read more here. You need to be a member of the church to vote at the APCM or join the PCC.
Our Links page
Have you visited our Links page yet? Details of a variety of organisations that may be of interested are listed. If you know of a website or organisation that may be appropriate, do contact the webmaster.
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.
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 and remember to check in the monthly Diary to see what progress has been made and is planned.
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