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.

 

 

A Season of Light and Joy

Christmas is coming! A season of light and joy which can lift us out of the gloom of a deepening winter. It is a great time for families to get together, but it also encourages us to share the joy with those who may otherwise be lonely.

As we look at Nativity scenes such as those displayed in the church, we can perhaps cast our minds back to St Francis of Assisi, the person who created the first representation of the Nativity in the 13th century. What was Francis trying to achieve with this very early ‘visual aid’, and what does it mean to us?

In the story of the Nativity, we see our great and glorious almighty God making himself utterly vulnerable, entering into a fully human life as the baby Jesus. This is our God born into poverty, surrounded by lowly shepherds, Inn Keepers and farm animals. This is the beginning of a life of human hardship from the very start, as he and his young family flee as refugees to the foreign land of Egypt in order to escape the brutal infanticide ordered by King Herod the Great. All this is shown because:

“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that anyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life” (John 3:16)

It is the reality of this gift from God which is displayed in our Nativity scenes. It is the total commitment of God to us, which is shown in this, the first and greatest Christmas Gift of them all: Jesus!

My wife Sarah and I pray that you all have a wonderful Christmas and a truly blessed New Year.

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)