Sharing Jesus in the everyday stuff of life

Welcome

My name is John Griffiths and I’m the Vicar of STG. Thank you for visiting us.

Our vision is to be the kind of church where we can encounter God, learn how to follow Jesus together, seek to proclaim the Kingdom of God and make a positive difference to our community and the world we live in.

I hope you can find what you’re looking for. If you have any questions, please get in touch. 

 

Please view our latest video for Palm Sunday (5 April 2020) below!

In this video below, Revd John provides a reflection and prayers

for Monday of Holy Week - 6 April 2020

 

 

STG & the current situation

 

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ALL OF THE CHURCH'S SERVICES, GROUPS AND MEETINGS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

As I write this message to you all, my heart is filled with love and care for you at this time. Yesterday afternoon I received the letter from the Archbishops of York and Canterbury suspending all services of public worship for the foreseeable future. As I read the letter, I could see a lovely couple walking across the drive for their final Wedding meeting in preparation of their wedding – a process which we had been working through for almost two years. Discussing the postponement of their wedding was deeply moving, and the dignity and understanding which they showed, despite being so deeply disappointed, was an amazing lesson for us all in how we too could conduct ourselves during this difficult time; with dignity, courteously, kindness, and indeed love. This is of course our great calling as Christian people; to love God with our whole being and to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.

So how can we as a Church sustain our fellowship and love amongst ourselves, and reach out in love to others, during this time when we are unable to come together physically to meet and to worship.

What we do as a Church Family will develop as the current situation unfolds, but below are some things for you to consider:

• Parish Magazine
I have arranged for the Parish Magazine to be sent to all of our Church members as a means of keeping in touch. This will reduce the number of copies available to give beyond our Church Family. Doing this will provide a means by which I can communicate with all our Church members, including those who do not have internet access. Obviously, there is a financial cost to doing this and if you do not already subscribe to the magazine you might consider doing so, or may make a donation. See below for a means of doing so.

• Sustaining the Church Financially during this period
Ongoing financial support for our church is essential if we are to be effective in supporting the vulnerable amongst us at this time. We also need to keep our Church ‘healthy’ for when we return to a more ‘normal’ situation. Many of you already commit to St Thomas’ by regular standing order, or by the ‘envelope’ scheme. Please continue to do so. The envelopes can be given together when we return to having services, or as things develop it may be possible to make other arrangements.

Those of you with online banking might want to use that facility for making a payment to support the church and the following details can be used:

Use your own name as the reference for the payment.
Bank: NatWest
Account name: PCC St Thomas Churchwardens
Sort Code: 01-03-33
Account Number: 04977653

• Support for Vulnerable or Isolated Church Members
If you are isolated or feel vulnerable, then please contact either myself or one of the Church Wardens on the following numbers:
Revd John – 01995 602162
Doug Willoughby – 01995 640061
Trevor Sperring – 01995 606288

We will then try to link you up with a Church Contact person, who will be assigned specifically to support you. They will be in contact via telephone. All contacts will be under my supervision.
Please do let us support each other as a Church Family.

• Prayer
As God’s people we are called to be a ‘Light to the world’. One way of doing this under the current circumstances is to deepen our pattern of prayer. Structuring our day around prayer is a useful way of keeping our spiritual and psychological balance when isolated from one another. If we all share a pattern of four prayer times per day, we can know that others in the church family are also praying at that time. I suggest that if possible, we should pray at the following times:

Morning – perhaps before or after breakfast
Midday –  Twelve noon would be a good time as we
                  could pray together
Evening – Perhaps 6:00pm, if you want to pray at the
                  same time as others
Night -       Just before going to bed, as this is a
                  great way of entering into sleep with peace

PLEASE NOTE:  AS OF 23 MARCH 2020, FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE BISHOP OF BLACKBURN, ST THOMAS' CHURCH BUILDING IS ALSO NOW CLOSED FOR PRIVATE PRAYER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

I hope to be able to update you soon. Please know that you are held in the arms of a loving God who makes all things well!

God bless,
Revd John

 

 

 

 

 

Our Vision

Our vision is to be the kind of church where we can encounter God, learn how to follow Jesus together, seek to proclaim the Kingdom of God and make a positive difference to our community and the world we live in.

ALL SERVICES & OTHER CHURCH ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Sundays

  • 8.00 am   Holy Communion
  • 10.30 am Main Service of the day – with Holy Communion
  • 10.30 am Second Sunday for Everyone – new modern worship for all ages
  • 6.30 pm   Evensong
  • 7.00 pm   Fourth Sunday Café Church – new modern worship for all ages (in the Parish Hall)

 

Tuesdays

  •  6.00 pm - 6.30 pm Evening Prayer

 

Thursdays

  • 10.00am Holy Communion 
  •  4.00 pm - 4.30 pm  Evening Prayer

Second Sunday - A Service for people and families of all ages!

Friday Youth @ STG

Friday Youth is an accepting safe place for young people aged between 10 and 16 to come and spend Friday evenings in term time.

We watch films, play sports, pool, table tennis, Wii games, bingo and make all sorts of things, including a lot of noise!

If you are Yr 5 to Yr 8 come at 7:30 until 9pm

Yr 9+ stay an extra hour for 'lates' until 10pm and choose your own activities.

Cost £2.00 which includes tuck and an extra 50p for 'lates'.

Sunday Club at STG

From Pre-school to Young Teens

Sunday Club is a fun way for children and young people to learn about Jesus and The Bible.

The younger one play games, build dens, dress up, sing and dance, bake and so much more, whilst the older ones add discussion, debate and mutual support to the list!

All the time we are realising that the teachings of The Bible are relevant to 21st Century Christians in so many fun and exciting ways.

Safeguarding

Promoting a Safer Church

St Thomas Garstang has adopted the House of Bishops ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy and the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, incorporating the House of Bishop’s Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance.

Our PCC has formally adopted this and signed the safeguarding policy statement Promoting a Safer Church.

We have also displayed the Promoting a Safer Church poster prominently within our church

All those working with children and adults at risk have undergone safer recruitment, received safeguarding training and support.

 

Reporting a concern

Any safeguarding concerns in a parish should be brought to the attention of your local Parish Safeguarding Officer(s) (PSO) in the first instance, who can seek further advice from Sharon Hassall, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA), as necessary.

Safeguarding concerns in a school/university/prison/healthcare setting should be raised with the relevant organisation's Safeguarding team. If the concern involves one of our chaplains, please also contact Sharon Hassall direct.

David Holmes, Parish Safeguarding Officer

Telephone: 07949412780

Email: david20holmes@gmail.com

Sharon's Hassall, Diocese Safeguarding Officer

Telephone: 01254 503070, Mobile: 07711 485170

Email: sharon.hassall@blackburn.anglican.org

Address: Diocese Offices, Clayton House, Walker Business Park, Blackburn, BB1 2Q

The Blackburn Diocese Safeguarding Team contacts can be found here:

Blackburn Diocese Safeguarding Home

Blackburn Diocese Safeguarding Safeguarding Contacts

Finding support

We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and that not everyone may want to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. Below is a list of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.

Child-line0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

National Domestic Violence Helpline0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

Action on Elder Abuse Helpline080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).

 

Contacts

Vicar:  Reverend John Griffiths

EmailJohn Griffiths

Phone: 01995 602162

Address: St Thomas' Church, Church Street,
Garstang Lancashire  PR3 1PA

 

Churchwardens: Doug Willoughby (Tel: 01995 640061)

                           Trevor Sperring   (Tel: 01995 606288)

 

For Baptism enquiries please contact: Jean Sawyer  (Tel: 01995 606962)

For Parish Hall enquiries/bookings please contact: Judy Osborne  (Tel: 01995 600996 or 07581078888)