The hardest thing about prayer is beginning
So just start.
Wanting to pray is the beginning of a relationship with God that can grow and grow.
Find the way of praying that is right for you.
Explore different ways of praying.
Listen as well as speak.
Give thanks as well as ask for help.
Don’t just look for results. Don’t give up when it gets hard. Trying to pray is praying.
St Thomas’s Church has officially launched its 2015 campaign for Samaritan’s Purse UKOperation Christmas Child UK. If you watch this video you will see just how much joy a single shoebox can bring to a child and why we need to keep on giving. More details to follow on how YOU can get involved and help…
We will be packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child UK on the morning of Sunday 22nd November but we really need to start collecting items now. Here’s a guide on what is safe and permitted. Let’s make 2015 the best year yet and give the gift of joy to so many children across the world.
Include items that children will love such as dolls, toy trucks, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, skipping ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, colouring and picture books, sticker sheets etc.
Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, comb, flannel, etc.
Baseball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewellery, solar watches, wind-up torches, scarf & gloves, wrapped sweets (Best Before Date of at least March the following year).
A PERSONAL NOTE:
You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family.
DO NOT INCLUDE
Used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures, chocolate or food, liquids or lotions, medicines, hand made or knitted stuffed toys, playing cards of the 4-suit variety, breakable items such as glass containers, aerosol cans, clothing or items of a political, racial or religious nature.
For more information on Operation Christmas Child and how you can help then visit the official OCC Website or Contact Us.
We had some wonderful services in St Thomas’s Church over Christmas. On Sunday 21st December two special services were held. In the morning it was the Nativity led by Junior Church. We had lots of helpers to play the roles of Joseph, Mary, Shepherds, Wise Men and the Angel. Thanks go to Andy Smith and Pat Squire for arranging the service.
In the evening it was the traditional service of lessons and carols by Candlelight. This is a beautiful service and a great opportunity to hear the Christmas message. Thanks go to all the readers and contributors and of course to Dafydd Meares for arranging all the candles and making sure the Church didn’t burn down!!
Afterwards there was a Candlelit Supper in the Church Hall in support of Christian Aid. This get-together is the perfect finish to a great day. Special thanks go to Mrs Lucy Lake for arranging this Candlelit Supper as it will be her last one in charge as she is taking well deserved retirement from catering!
Christmas Day worship was a simple, short service led by our Minister, Rev Gareth Roberts and was the perfect way to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s always a lovely service and an opportunity to see friends of St Thomas’s who we don’t normally see throughout the year as they return home to see family.
It was another great year for Operation Christmas Child at St Thomas’s Church where 121 shoeboxes were filled and a grand £410 raised to go towards the cost of transportation. Thank you to all who donated, knitted and helped for this wonderful cause.