Organisations linked with us

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 side chapel on the second Wednesday of the month at 2.30 pm. Confirm meeting details by viewing our Events page.

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.

Over the years, we have made over 1,900 blankets, both single and double size. There is a small group at Ashton Gardens' View apartments who get together to knit. One of our ladies, who is 96 years old, is making double blankets which comprise 80 knitted squares. Other items being knitted are woolly hats, children's cardigans and jumpers.

Finished batches are taken to to International Aid Trust in Much Hoole. This is a Christian-based organisation which 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.

The recipients are in many situations: hospital wards, maternity clinics, children's homes, schools, 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.


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 our services. 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 the Sunday service 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 .


Churches Together in St Anne's

Christians in St Anne's from all denominations have come together in a new way to celebrate their faith and to help those in need in our town.

They have formed a new Lay Partnership under the umbrella of the long-established Churches Together. Members hope that eventually a minimum of two volunteers from each church will join them.

The Partnership meets several times a year, each time at a different church, to promote co-operation between churches and to plan joint activities. Once a year, the Partnership intends to hold a meeting with Churches Together's Clergy Fraternity.

The first joint activity, together with churches in Ansdell and Lytham, was a Walk of Witness. The Walk took place at Pentecost 2018, starting from St Anne's pier and ending in a service at Fairhaven Lake attended by an estimated 200 people.

Other projects include a joint ecumenical Christmas card to be distributed in all parishes, a joint service of Blessing of the Crib in St Anne's Square to follow the switching on of the Christmas lights, a joint service during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in January and a joint Lent Course. Planning is about to start too for the Walk of Witness 2019.

Meanwhile the plight of the homeless has prompted lengthy discussion at meetings. The Partnership is fortunate to include members who have been involved for many years in helping the homeless and can offer guidance on what most needs to be done and what can realistically be done. The provision of shower facilities is currently under discussion.

Meetings of the Lay Partnership are informal; there is no committee and no money involved. Peter Watson, Lay Minister at St Thomas Church, St Anne's, chairs the meetings, takes notes and distributes a resume to members afterwards. Everyone is welcome to come along to meetings, the dates and times of which are posted in church bulletins, parish magazines and on notice boards.

Once, the different denominations kept themselves to themselves. Now we face the future holding hands. That has to be worth supporting.

For further information contact: Peter Watson (01253) 729725


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.

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.

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


Men's Association

The Association was formed in the 1990s and holds occasional meals at local establishments.

In the past activities have included ten-pin bowling, crown green bowling, miniature golf, guest speakers and visits to local places of interest.

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 a short celebration time 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, use this email address:

Making displays for the festival of Pentecost.


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. 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 7.15 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 6.00 pm until 8.00 pm. 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.