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. 

We hope to see you soon.

 

On the doorstep of Autumn

As I write this article we are nearing the end of September, and we find ourselves on the ‘doorstep of Autumn. The fruit on the trees and hedgerows is ripe, indeed much has already being picked. This is a time when we can reflect on the ‘fruit’ of our lives. Jesus told us that we are to bare fruit; ‘spiritual fruit’. Such fruit is most clearly seen as new people give their lives to Jesus, and we have born such fruit when our words and lives have encouraged others towards the love of God.

But we are not all gifted as evangelists, and some of us have yet to find ways of speaking about our faith to others. If we are like this, then how can we also contribute to the growth of God’s Kingdom? One of the gifts of a Church family is the ability to pray, both when gathered together, but also individually. The potential of prayer in STG is enormous, and I know that there are pockets of our church family and individuals who already give great effort to prayer.

During our ‘STG Conversations’ process, many expressed a need for more opportunities, for teaching and for encouragement in prayer. That is why I have introduced an additional opportunity to pray together in church each Tuesday evening at 6.00pm, as well as maintaining Thursday Evening Prayer at 4.00pm which is led by Elizabeth Swarbrick.

I am also starting a set of short articles on approaches to prayer beginning in the October edition of the STG Parish Magazine (copies available in church), so that those who feel unsure about how they should be praying can also contribute.

We have a vision of STG becoming a ‘power house of prayer’, because with prayer everything is possible!

God bless you.

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.

Services

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 604191)

                           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)