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After School Club

At the After School Club we provide facilities for children to play pool, engage in art and craft activities, role-play, construction or watch DVDs. We meet in the Community Centre, Monday - Friday 3.20 - 5.20 pm. For further details, contact Bridget Sayer.


Afternoon Bible Study Group

This group meets in the small hall of the Community Centre, at 2.30 pm, notionally on a monthly basis. See our Events page for forthcoming meetings.

For further details, contact Peter Watson (01253) 729725.


Bible Reading Fellowship

In the wilderness, Jesus meditated on the Hebrew Scriptures which he had learned from childhood. The devil attacked where Jesus was strong, quoting the scriptures and applying them falsely. Jesus drew deeply on his memory and countered with other passages which kept his faith from failing.

There is a lesson here for us. Knowledge of the Bible is a good and holy thing. But knowledge of the scriptures must go hand in hand with a sensitive interpretation and an obedient heart.

The Bible Reading Fellowship offers a fresh devotional approach to Bible reading. The regular team of contributors is drawn from a wide range of backgrounds. New Daylight contains a Bible passage, a comment and a short prayer or reflection for each day. New Daylight notes the Sundays and special festivals from the Church Calendar to help readers appreciate the riches of the Christian year. Also included is the BRF magazine, with articles and book extracts reflecting BRF's core ministries: prayer and spirituality, discipleship and exploring the Bible.

If you would like to join and become a subscriber or sample the reading material, contact our representative here at St Thomas's: Maurice Unsworth (01253) 711335.

You can visit the BRF website here.


The BRF Prayer

Almighty God,
You have taught us that your word is a lamp for our feet
And a light for our path. Help us, and all who prayerfully
Read your word, to deepen our fellowship with each other
Through your love. And in so doing, may we come to know you
More fully, love you more truly, and follow more faithfully in
The steps of your son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with
You and the Holy Spirit, one God for evermore. Amen.


Blanket Knitters

Pictures courtesy of Rod Boyce.

The blanket knitters represent a truly collaborative effort by approximately 35 to 40 ladies who are attached to St Thomas's Church or who felt they wanted to make a contribution but have no particular connection with us.

When a batch of blankets is finished, from individual squares sewn together, then Mary Davidson with assistance from Kathleen Morgan take them to International Aid Trust in Much Hoole. This is a Christian-based organisation that has agents in all parts of the world, and who request items such as blankets to alleviate need in their area of operation.

The blankets are transported abroad in lorries in large containers along with other items for distribution.

Our blankets are eagerly requested and gratefully received particularly where winter weather is cold and dangerous for the very young and old. International Aid Trust's agents ensure that the blankets are allocated to those in most need.

The recipients are in many situations, Hospital wards, Maternity clinics, Children's homes, Schools and Holiday homes, Nursing and Rest homes, wherever a blanket is a welcome means of making life a little more bearable. Many of our own contributions we understand go to Kiev and the rest of the Ukraine, Belarus and other troubled countries in Eastern Europe.

This activity is a fine example of a Christian commitment to help disadvantaged people wherever they are.

Your thoughts and prayers for this work will assist, and if you want to join in, talk to Mary Davidson when you are next in Church or at one of the Tuesday coffee mornings.

Rod Boyce


Brownies

St Anne's Brownies (St Thomas's) is one section of Girl Guiding UK, with an aim to provide activities for girls aged 7-10 and have fun with games, crafts and community projects. Any girl 7 - 10 years can join with no restriction of faith culture or nationality. Trained volunteers are cleared by Criminal Records Bureau checks.

Brownies meet in the Community Centre, Thursdays, term time only, 6.00 - 7.30 pm. For further details, contact Sue Allen (01253) 789718 or (01253) 720195.


Choir

At St Thomas's, the choir aims to encourage singing in church, to learn new material and enhance and liven worship. We meet to rehearse the hymns, anthems and occasional new material in the Community Centre weekly on Thursdays 7.30 - 8.30 pm and for Sunday worship at 10.00 am.

The choir consists of a dedicated group of adults and young people who enjoy singing. One does not have to read music although it helps to do so. New recruits are very welcome, as are extra singers to form an augmented choir on special occasions and festivals. Please come and join us! For further details, contact our Music Director and Organist, Mandy Palmer (01253) 711794 .


Coffee Shop

The Coffee Shop is open from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. We aim to provide a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy a good cup of coffee, freshly baked scones and homemade cakes as well as the opportunity to meet up with old friends and to make new ones. See our Events page for the latest dates.

Mary Davidson


Guides

4th St Anne's Guides (St Thomas's) is for girls aged 10 - 14 and is part of Girl Guiding UK - one of 600,000 members worldwide. There are activities indoors and outdoors which challenge Guides and often planned and delivered by the girls. These activities include games, crafts, cooking, challenges and community projects. Guides will also have opportunities to attend residential events both in the UK and abroad. Trained volunteers are cleared by Criminal Records Bureau checks.

Guides meet in the Community Centre, on Thursdays during school term time, 7.30 - 9.00 pm. For further details, contact Sue Allen (01253) 789718 or (01253) 720195.


Hampton Court Housegroup

The House Group at 5 Hampton Court, St Anne's was formed over twenty years ago for prayer, study and fellowship.

A dozen or so members meet regularly on Thursday evenings at monthly intervals and weekly throughout Lent.

We use various study booklets and in recent years have used material supplied by York Courses. York Courses started in 1997 and include audio contributions from church leaders, theologians and lay people from various denominations and this format works well.

We meet in a spirit of friendship and friendly informality exploring issues at a gentle pace and widening our understanding of scripture. Our meetings are prayerful and varied, every member is valued and we are greatly encouraged by the continuing spirit of friendship within the group.

The meeting dates are given in the Events section.

For further details contact Maurice and Christine Unsworth (01253) 711335. We look forward to seeing you.


Home-Start Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre

Our Home-Start scheme is now running. Home-Start offers support and friendship for families with at least one child under the age of five.

You do not need an appointment. Simply visit our office next to the church on St Thomas's Road. Location map.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Telephone: (01253) 728615.

Email:

Visit the Home-Start Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre website.


We help to increase the confidence and independence of families by:

  • Visiting families in their own homes to offer support, friendship and practical assistance.
  • Reassuring parents that their childcare problems are not unusual or unique.
  • Encouraging parents' strengths and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of their children.
  • Trying to get the fun back into family life.

Our volunteers, who have parenting experience themselves, can offer:

  • Precious time for listening and talking.
  • Help with the children.
  • A break for parents.
  • Practical help and reassurance.
  • A chance to meet other parents in similar situations.
  • Support to use local services and resources.

Parents ask for Home-Start's help for all sorts of reasons:

  • They may feel isolated in their community, have no family nearby and be struggling to make friends.
  • They may be finding it hard to cope because of their own or a child's physical or mental illness.
  • They may have been hit hard by the death of a loved one.
  • They may be really struggling with the emotional and physical demands of having twins or triplets - perhaps born into an already large family.

Our quality is maintained across the country with all Home-Start schemes working to national standards.

Visit the national Home-Start website.


Men's Association

The Association was formed nearly twenty years ago and holds monthly meetings throughout the year.

Various activities include ten-pin bowling, crown green bowling and miniature golf.

Guest speakers in recent years have included officers of the Gideons, Samaritans and H.M. Coastguard.

Visits to various places of interest have included St Anne's Synagogue, Fleetwood Trawler Museum, wildlife locations and Preston Football Club.

The Association also holds a Music Evening for members to choose their favourite pieces. There is also a Quiz Night for intellectual members!

An evening dinner date is held once a year; recent venues have included the Chadwick Hotel, Don Alfredo's and the Hole in One.

Finally, the year ends with a communion and Jacob's Join Supper in December.

Committee

Secretary: Michael Notman (01253) 727924
Treasurer: Findlay Denver


Messy Church

Messy Church at St Thomas's.

If you've heard of it you'll know what to expect. If you haven't it's a mixture of fun activities and worship for the whole family. Come along and "taste and see that the Lord is good" and there's a meal as well!


See the Messy Church website for what's happening nationally.

For further details of our own Messy Church, contact Kath Asquith (01253) 367768.

Making displays for the festival of Pentecost
More images in the Gallery.


Nursery

Nursery Praise

This is a short service with story and songs aimed at pre-school nursery children. It is usually held on the second Wednesday of each half term. Local pre-nursery schools are all welcome to attend. Our Events page gives dates and times, or for further details, contact Kath Asquith (01253) 367768.


Prayer Group

A time of prayer for the work of the church, held in the side chapel, usually on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning at 7.00 pm.


Stepping Stones Bereavement Support Group

We have started a bereavement support group which will run on the first Thursday of each month from 11.00 am until 12.00 noon, in the Community Centre.

This will be an informal meeting for anyone who has recently been bereaved, where you can have a chat with other bereaved people over a cup of tea.

The first year following the loss of someone close can be overwhelming. People may experience lots of complex feeling at a time where there is so much to do on a practical level. Sometimes offloading feelings in a safe environment is easier than coping alone and can reduce the feeling that you are "going mad" or "not coping". The group is non-religious and you will not be judged or be told what you should be doing or feeling.

You do not need an appointment: just turn up and you will be made welcome.


Youth Group

Youth Group takes place once a month on a Friday from 6.00pm until 8.00pm. The activities are very ably run by our more senior young people, but of course we do also need plenty of adults around now that numbers are increasing, so if you feel you could help in any way do get in touch. It has been encouraging to see some of the parents offering to help out and clearly starting to feel a part of our church family by doing so. Please pray for this very important aspect of our church life and, as always, any ideas, suggestions or offers of help are very welcome!

The youth group is for members only. To apply, contact Mandy Palmer 07821 626121.

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