St Thomas's Church, St Anne's-on-the-Sea, Lancashire, FY8 1JL, United Kingdom.
Proclaiming the love of Jesus in our community.
Our Licensed Lay Minister Elizabeth O'Connor has been supplying short meditations each week, available on our Downloads page.
Below is the most recent.Thought for the week by Licensed Lay Minister Elizabeth O’Connor
Hospitality, welcome, generosity. This is an important part of our make-up. In many cultures there is an honour bestowed by someone visiting and sharing your home and the food you provide. The idea of a feast of a variety of dishes laid out to share with a guest is special – for instance the Greek meze, the vast mix of Tapas, the never ending Italian courses of food, the Chinese and Indian banquets.
It’s part of sharing and being able to give of what you have. You have been given the privilege of having a guest – friend or stranger – in your home. The guest is also honoured by the warmth and kindness of the hospitality.
At a time when we are restricted in whom we can have as visitors and mix with, our norm is changed – yet again. However we can still welcome, share and be generous with each other, be it friend or stranger. Consider a kind word or act to those we meet, in whatever circumstances, or taking time to contact others by phone, social media etc. These all speak of hospitality and welcome and generosity and we do not always know the effect that such action may have on the other person and ourselves.
We have a generous God who welcomes and reaches out to us with love. May we show hospitality and welcome in our lives to others.
open our lips;
And our mouth shall declare your praise.
open our eyes;
And we shall behold your glory in others.
open our hearts;
And we shall discover your love in loving others.
open our lives;
And all living shall declare your Presence.
are the caller
You are the poor
You are the stranger at my door.
are the wanderer
You are the homeless
With no bed.
are the man driven insane
You are the child
Crying in pain.
are the other who comes to me.
If I open to another, you’re born in me. David Adam
My mouth is filled with your praise,
declaring your splendour all day long.
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 door facing Clifton Drive South. Hand sanitiser is available. See government advice on keeping safe.
Please note that facemasks should be worn in church.
Sundays, 11.00 am
Thursdays, 10.30 am
2nd and 4th Sundays, 7.00 pm