Ministry Team

Vicar: Vacancy

Joy Swarbrick, Churchwarden

Joy Swarbrick (01253) 723966

David Bennett, Churchwarden

David Bennett (01253) 738878

Elizabeth O'Connor, Licensed Lay Minister

Elizabeth grew up in Guiseley, Yorkshire. She studied law at University College London, then The College of Law, Chester. She has worked in Rochdale and New Brighton, where she commenced Licensed Lay Minister training and keep fit classes, which she still enjoys, together with gardening.

In 1989 Elizabeth joined St Thomas's after becoming Principal Solicitor at Fylde Council. Since becoming a Licensed Lay Minister in 1991, she has been Deanery Secretary of Licensed Lay Ministers, served on Deanery Synod, was a founding trustee of the Philippi Trust and a Lay Chaplain at Victoria Hospital. At St Thomas's she leads the regular service of prayer for healing.

Elizabeth became Legal Services Manager at Wyre Council until 2011, since working as a locum solicitor and caring for her mother in Yorkshire.

Peter Watson, Licensed Lay Minister

Peter, originally from Cheshire, came to faith at the age of 12 through reading the Gospel of Luke. He gained a degree in Education and Theology at Leeds in 1974. After teaching in Leeds, Dunstable and Edenbridge, Peter, with his wife and their two sons, moved to St Annes in 1989. Peter joined Fylde Borough Council in 1991 as the assistant manager of their Training Centre. He became a Licensed Lay Minister in 1999. Peter retired from Fylde Borough in 2014, where his final job was in Customer Service. He now devotes much of his time to his family, St Thomas's Church, Lytham Hall and local history. Peter works through Churches to Together in St Annes to promote fellowship and cooperation between the various Churches.

Peter Watson (01253) 729725

Debbie Wood, Licensed Lay Minister

Debbie hails from Aughton Green near Ormskirk and is married with two children, a cat and two dogs. Debbie attended Shelagh Elliott-Clarke School or College of Dance and Drama and went on to become a professional dancer and in turn a dance teacher. She now enjoys teaching Pilates in St Thomas's church hall to church family and the surrounding community.

After her dancing years Debbie studied Interior Design for three years at Preston College and worked as an interior designer, one of her commissions being the Empire Theatre in Blackburn.

Debbie studied counselling at Blackpool College and uses those skills acquired in all walks of life including within her work as a lay chaplain at Blackpool and Clifton Hospital together with her work in Care Homes.

Before being called to serve as a Licensed Lay Minister at St Thomas's Debbie attained accreditation via God Our Rock, Pastoral Training, Called to Serve and as a Reader In The Church of England. She then attained a Theology Degree from Cumbria University. Debbie says her training has no end as she continues to learn working alongside clergy, ministers, friends and congregation striving together as one for the faith of the Gospel.

Debbie Wood 07962 175263

The side chapel inside the church is open for private prayer most days between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm. Access is via the small door facing Clifton Drive South.

Our Sunday morning service is live-streamed on YouTube and is available there as a conventional video afterwards.