Proclaiming the love of Jesus in our community.
To take seriously our calling to worship the living God and to live out that worship in the parish and town to which we belong.
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Kath and Michael, our churchwardens
We welcome you to our parish website. We believe it offers a snapshot of a welcoming community, that takes seriously its calling to worship the living God and to live out that worship in the parish and town to which we belong. It is this understanding that lies behind our desire to continue proclaiming the love of Jesus in our community: our love for the living Lord encourages us to reach out to you, while our belief in his love for us is so transforming that we don't want to keep it to ourselves.
It may be that you have come to live in the area and want to join our community life. It may be that you are planning to visit for rest or business. It may be that you just happened across this website. Whichever applies to you, we hope you will have the opportunity to enjoy the life behind the snapshot, so that we may welcome you in the name of the Lord!
Kath and Michael
Mary Davidson with the latest batch of blankets.
Mary Davidson is a worshipper at St Thomas' Church, St Anne's. She is pictured here with just some of the blankets on display at a lunch at St Thomas' Community Centre to mark the knitting of the 500th blanket.
She has been coordinating a group who have knitted over 500 blankets to provide warmth and comfort to people in eastern Europe and beyond - including Syrian refugees!
From its beginnings with a group from St Thomas' who began making bonnets and clothes for premature babies, there is now a network of people from Ashton View Court, the Anne Halsall Dress Shop in Lytham, Holy Trinity Freckleton, St Chad's Poulton le Fylde, a local Slimming World group and a keep fit class working with the organisation International Aid Trust, to offer 'Christian compassion in a hurting world'.
Mary said: "It's been a privilege to work with so many to help people trying to survive in appalling conditions."
The Vicar of St Thomas, the Revd Peter Law-Jones said: "It is lovely to celebrate the team work that has gone into this success story. It is a genuine community effort to help some of the poorest people in the world. We're looking forward to the 1000th blanket now!"
Read more about the blanket knitters on our Organisations page.
For a while now I have had a sense that St Thomas' has received as much from me as I am able to give and that to stay would be to satisfy my own delight in being here, rather than to further God's mission in this place.
After a period of prayer and discernment, I believe it is time to move on in my calling to enable you to move on in yours. I have therefore accepted the invitation of the Bishop of Birmingham to become Team Rector of Salter Street and Shirley in that diocese. This appointment is subject to the procedures that have to be followed, including the Disclosure and Barring checks.
I expect to be instituted, and to begin this new period in my ministry as a priest on the 8th November 2013 and to lead Sunday worship for the last time here at St Thomas' on the 20th October 2013.
To be a Christian is to respond to a call to discipleship. To be a priest in the Church means to be prepared to respond to that call, no matter what. I have been privileged to be the Vicar of this parish for seventeen years. Together we have faced many challenges and borne many burdens, but always with a deep sense of joy and fulfilment, confident in the belief that this parish is where the Lord wanted me to be.
Kate joins me in saying how grateful we have always been and always will be for the time we have spent here. You will always be in our prayers.