Living Well in Lockdown
As we as a church respond to the developing situation with regards to the coronavirus, we will be adding updates to this page.
St Thomas’ Church will not be holding public worship services or face-to-face midweek groups at present. But we’re not going away, we’re just going online!
Do join us for Sunday worship at 10am on Sundays by visiting this website, click on the banner, or going to our Youtube channel
. Subscribe to our channel to make our services easier to find in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, there are lots of great resources being prepared to help you worship and pray at home - check out these pages for some great ideas:
The Church of England has produce a booklet of prayers
for use at home, that can be downloaded and printed as needed. It has 3 sections, 'Prayers about The Outbreak', 'Prayers with Children' and 'Personal Prayers'. You might like to use these prayers to help if you are struggling to find words at this difficult and stressful time, and to enable us to worship in solidarity with one another even when it is not possible to gather in a church building.
8am Morning Prayer Monday - Friday.
Download the Lectio 365 App on Apple Store
or for Android on Google Store
and join others in prayer using the prayers and thoughts from the app.
To join us live on Zoom, just click on this link (Meeting ID: 613 838 951)
at 8:00am on any weekday (Mon-Fri) from any smartphone, tablet, or laptop with webcam.
9.30pm Night Prayer or Compline Monday- Friday
To join us on Zoom, just click on this link (Meeting ID: 711 2192 5461 Password: OLLP2G) AT 9.30pm on any weekday (Mon-Fri) from any smartphone, tablet, or laptop with webcam. Download the Order of Service here
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During the coronavirus pandemic, Google searches on prayer have skyrocketed, and online attendance at church is up across the nation.. What better time to #Try Alpha, or invite a friend to come with you, and discuss the big questions of life, purpose, faith and hope?
Our next Alpha course is going online, and starts THIS week, 7.30-8.45pm on Wednesday, 13th May, via Zoom. To register for the course, email firstname.lastname@example.org before 7pm Wednesday 13th May so Jon can send you the Zoom link. Find out more details.
Spring Harvest April 13th -17th Online.
If you missed listening 'live', you can still catch up on YouTube
and take your pick from teaching, worship, youth and children's material and more.
The week was kicked off by Jill Duff, Bishop of Lancaster, with a Spirit-filled encouragement to unleash the power of the Spirit, to dream dreams and see visions from God and to share them. Listen back to the service that in which Jill shared this message.
Another recommendation is Pete Grieg morning devotion 'Unleashing Courage in a time of containment' .
Read our latest Heart Of City Update, 26th March 2020
The NHS is Open!
Read the update sent on 24th April from the Health chiefs across Morecambe Bay.
Health chiefs across Morecambe Bay are urging people not to put off getting help when they need it. There is a worry that people are putting themselves or their loved ones at risk by not seeking help when it’s needed.
For some at the moment, in the midst of bereavement, there is the painful fact that they are unable to go to the funeral of someone they know and care for.
The Church of England has produced a simple reflection for the day of a funeral for those who are unable to attend it. It is a helpful and sensitive way of allowing space and time to remember and to grieve.
Read and or print the reflection. You may also want to pass it on to those you know who are unable to go to the funeral of a friend or family member.
Investing in Relationships
For many of us, this period of societal lockdown is an opportunity to invest in key relationships, whether with our immediate family within our home, or with friends and family living out
side our home. A prolonged time together like this can enrich our relationships, but it can also strain them.
If you are married or in a long-term relationship with your partner, this could be a good time to try the Marriage Course, available free and online for a limited time, from Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) church in London. A new course starts every Monday evening for the next few months– all you need to do is buy a manual for each of you. For registration and further details available at The Marriage Course
However, for some people, this period of enforced isolation together can bring real tensions to the surface, with a 25% rise in calls to the national domestic abuse helpline in the past few weeks. Download some helpful advice if this is a situation you are facing. Our safeguarding advisors, Angela Letchford and Mary-Jayne Carter can also be contacted on the Safeguarding page on the church website.
Warning of Scams
Read the information from trading standards on current scams. Anyone can be vulnerable to a scam if caught off guard at a vulnerable moment/distracted and with so many of us isolating without the usual social contacts and sources of advice, it's important to be aware of the latest variations of scams that are doing the rounds..
Read the information from the Police about Cyber Crime, that is using the internet safely. This includes phones, laptops, Facebook, email, advice for parents, advice when shopping online.
Help for those struggling with food, medication or bills
Are still here for anyone needing free, confidential, impartial, quality assessed advice and assistance. Read details of how to contact Citizen's Advice
Read a copy of the letter that the City Council has sent each household. The letter has details of council help lines for those struggling with getting food or medication or paying bills.
Do remember to look out for friends and neighbours who may be self-isolating. You could print out this card and distribute it to your neighbours:
Church Based Help
Lists of local community groups, food and grocery shops and mental health services that offer help or support to you or to anyone that might need it
Morrison's are taking orders by telephone (0345 611 6111 and select option 5) from a list of essential groceries. The order will be delivered the next day and needs paying for by contactless card to the driver. For elderly and vulnerable people only.
- Hope Church are coordinating volunteers. Register to volunteer with Hope Church
Council Based Help
- To help pack and deliver emergency food boxes. Register to volunteer for the council
- Register to volunteer for goodSAMS