Christian Aid Week 10 – 16 May 2020

 

Christian Aid Week 10 – 16 May 2020

In “normal” times, this would be a very busy time for the churches in Denbigh. Working together, through the Denbigh Christian Aid Committee, the house-to-house collection would be taking place, there would be a collection point in one of the supermarkets, coffee morning arranged, and, in St Thomas’s, we would have been holding the Songs of Praise Sankey Evening.

All of this work would have raised over £4,000 for the work of Christian Aid.

Other activities arranged during the year (Frugal Lunches, Pancake Evening, Puddings and Cuppa Evening) resulted in a total of nearly £7,800 being donated in 2019.

Activities arranged in communities across the UK last year raised £8 million, thanks to the work of 57,000 volunteers!

Due to the current lockdown, none of the normal Christian Aid Week actvities can take place, and that will have a huge impact on the ability of Christian Aid to respond to the need that is stll there, and is almost certainly greater, due to the effects of the virus.

If you would like more information on the wide range of work that Christian Aid is doing, visit https://www.christianaid.org.uk/our-work/what-we-do.

If you would like to donate to Christian Aid’s work via St Thomas’s, then please do so, if possible via online banking: the details you will need are:
Bank: HSBC Bank plc, Denbigh
Sort Code: 40-19-12
Account number: 10724521
Account name: ST. THOMAS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, DENBIGH
Reference: Christian Aid Week Appeal

Thank you!
The St Thomas’ Christian Aid representatives
Rev Gareth H E Roberts, Barbara Crawford, Pat Squire, Richard Lake

Church Newsletter – May 2020

We all know how much we love our socialising here at St Thomas’s – none more so during our tea, coffee and biscuits after Sunday morning worship.

As we cannot meet in person at the moment as we stay at home, it is so important we keep connected.

So go and get yourself a cuppa and enjoy catching up on what we have all been up to at home.

There are no prizes for guessing that a lot of painting and gardening have been done!

We are constantly trying to find ways to keep together as a church. From the weekly worship sheets, weekly Skype prayer services, videos and newsletters, it is showing that our church is alive even when the doors are shut temporarily. If you have any ideas and want to get in touch, please email us: stthomasdenbigh@gmail.com.

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Church Newsletter May 2020

We are the Church Video

As the ‘lockdown’ and social distancing rules continue, we know how important it is to stay at home.
 
We wanted to remember that despite us not being able to physically meet, we are still the Church.
 
Click on the below link and enjoy watching a short video we have put together.
 

! Important Announcement from St Thomas’s Church Denbigh !

Dear members and friends of St Thomas’s Church – Denbigh,

As you will be fully aware, the situation relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is developing rapidly.

Following the latest advice from HM Government, Public Health Wales and the Presbyterian Church of Wales, the Elders of St Thomas’s Church have taken the decision to cancel all church activities, including Sunday worship, where we have to meet in person, until further notice.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly and is based on the latest guidance to safeguard people.

It is our intention to continually review this decision as the situation develops and direction from the authorities change.

We will be working hard over the next few days to ensure that we look at ways to continue worshipping, albeit ‘remotely’. We ask that, as members and friends we, think of setting aside some time at 10:30 on Sunday mornings to “share in worship”.

We will try our best to circulate some basic worship material e.g. a very simple form of worship – prayers, suggested Bible reading(s), words of a hymn, that could be used as a focus at such a time. We feel that that could help us to continue to be a worshipping community in this challenging time.

It is important that, over the coming days and weeks, we remain a close-knit fellowship of believers, there to support each other. We understand that many of our members and friends will be required to ‘self-isolate’ so communication is key.

Further updates will be sent via email and Facebook in due course.

With many blessings to each and everyone,

The Minister and Elders of St Thomas’s Church, Denbigh

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update – 15.03.2020

Following an Elders meeting this morning, a decision has been taken that, with the exception of Sunday services, all church meetings and activities are cancelled / postponed until further notice.

This decision is not taken lightly and is done so to minimise the risk to our members, ministers and visitors.

The situation, as we know, is changing rapidly, and further cancellations of services may be necessary. If this is the case we will communicate it as best we can.

In the meantime, please continue to follow NHS Coronavirus advice.

We will try to post regular worship material on our website and Facebook page to keep you ‘spiritually fit’ during this time of uncertainty.

With many blessings to you all.

The Elders of St Thomas’s Church – Denbigh

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – 14.03.2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – 14.03.2020

As a Church we are keen to ensure that all members, ministers and visitors follow the latest advice provided by Public Health Wales.

We do not currently see a cause to postpone any aspects of the normal work of our church at this time however this may change at short notice based on official advice.

Older members and those with medical conditions causing weaker health and greater vulnerability should consider not attending church for the time being if they’re worried about infection. This is an act of mutual care and concern, and is not a desire that people ‘give up’ Church.

If you are not an older member and don’t have underlying health conditions, but are feeling ill and/or displaying the symptoms of a cold, please consider staying away from the service.

As a matter of good practice, any concern from members or attendees in relation to greeting others, e.g. shaking hands, hugs etc., should be respected.

Please take the opportunity to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly when attending church using the facilities.

You will notice a few minor changes in church, such as the offertory plate not being passed around and refreshments after the morning service subject to change.

If you have any concerns, please contact one of the Elders and finally, please pray for those affected by illness locally, nationally and across the world.

Gifts For Life 2019

Thanks to the generosity of those who make donations for their tea/coffee after the morning services in
St. Thomas’s, we have been able (yet again) to “purchase” Gifts for Life for the benefit of The Leprosy Mission International to the value of £250.

The children in the Junior Church chose these gifts:-
3 x orthopaedic sandals @ £10/pair = £30
3 x packed school bags @ £10/bag = £30
2 x “clothes and throws” for hospital patients @ £10/set = £20
2 x nutritious food for hospital patients @ £30/monthly portion = £60
1 x 10 coconut trees @ £15/pack of 10 = £15
2 x handy helper wristband @ £7.50 each = £15
2 x “train a health worker” @ £40.00 each = £80
Total = £250