Church without Church: January and February at St Thomas’s
St Thomas’s closed its doors on New Year’s Day 2020 and will be out of bounds until Sunday 9th February. Although the building closes, the life of St Thomas’s will continue – Church without Church. Please continue to worship!
Kelvin Inglis, Rector
What happens on Sundays?
Each Sunday morning of the closure, there will be one main service that you are encouraged to attend if you can. This helps to keep us all in touch with each other. We are assured of a warm welcome at these host churches as shown below:
5th January 10.30am: Salisbury Cathedral
12th January 10.30am: Salisbury Methodist Church
19th January 10.30am: Salisbury Cathedral
26th January 10.30am: United Reformed Church
2nd February 10.30am:Salisbury Cathedral
For those who normally attend 8 o’clock Holy Communion, there is a Cathedral service each Sunday at that time.
Evensong at the Cathedral is each Sunday at 4.30pm.
On Sunday 19th January at 6pm our choir will be singing Evensong at St Lawrence, Stratford sub Castle.
On Sunday 2nd February at 6pm our choir will be singing Evensong at St Giles, Great Wishford.
What happens on weekdays?
Our normal pattern of Monday to Friday services will continue in the ground floor Canterbury Room in St Thomas’s House:
Monday 8am: Morning Prayer; 10.30am: Holy Communion BCP
Tuesday 8am: Morning Prayer
Wednesday 8am: Holy Communion
Thursday 8am: Morning Prayer
Friday 8am: Morning Prayer; 9.30am: Holy Communion BCP
However, services will be in the first floor Sarum Room on:
Monday 27th January and Wednesday 29th January
Monday 3rd February and Wednesday 5th February
On Friday 7th February there will be no services.
What other activities will there be?
On Tuesdays and Saturdays refreshments will be served through the morning in the ground floor Canterbury Room in St Thomas’s House. There will be no bookstall. No refreshments on Saturday 18th January.
Bells will ring out on Sunday mornings.
Friday Choir Practice is as normal but in St Thomas’s House, resuming on 10th January.
What about discussion groups?
The Education Team has arranged two short discussion series. The team encourages us to learn, reflect and grow in faith. You are free to come to any you can.
Faith Alive - Coming to our Senses?!
Wednesday afternoons 2.30 to 4pm in the Canterbury Room with Pat Inglis and Jane Miller
8th January Introduction and Sight
15th January Hearing
22nd January Touch
29th January Taste and Smell
Exploring the Eucharist
Monday evenings at 7.30pm with the Rector and Wendy Pugh.
13th January in the Canterbury Room
Take, Bless, Break, Give
20th January in the Canterbury Room
The Eucharist in Art
10th February in the Church
Silent Eucharist a celebration without words
What will be happening in the church?
Above: Cleaned and refinished, the nave of St Thomas's awaits the arrival of its new seating and altar.
For details of the work click here.
During the closure, the life of the parish continues.
The Parish Office will be open.
We will endeavour to communicate anything that you need to know.
When does the church reopen?
The first day back in St Thomas’s will be Sunday 9th February when we shall enjoy a reassuringly normal pattern of services:
8am Holy Communion
10.15am Parish Communion