Regular Mass

The Mass

Be drawn into the presence of Jesus, to be sent back out and live the Christian life.

The Mass (or Eucharist, or Holy Communion) is the central part of the Christian faith. In it, Bread and Wine are offered, and become the Body and Blood of Jesus, as he told us to do so at The Last Supper. When we receive Holy Communion, it allows us to go out, filled with grace, to live out better our lives as Christians.


Mass is offered everyday apart from Monday.

Tues, Thurs, Sat – 9:30am

Weds – 12:15pm

Friday – 1pm

Sunday – 8am


Our principal act of worship each week is THE PARISH SUNG MASS at 10am on Sunday.


All are Welcome!

Morning and Evening Prayer

Structure your day with quiet and prayer with God

The Clergy say the offices of morning (lauds) and Evening (vespers) prayer every day. Almost all of these short reflective services are livestreamed.


On Sunday evenings our fabulous choir comes together to sing Choral Evensong – the gem of Anglican Liturgy.


Mon – Sun – Morning Prayer – 9am (10 mins)

Sunday 6pm – Choral Evensong (50 mins)

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Baptisms and Christenings

Through Baptisms or Christenings, people enter the Christian faith and begin a new life with God. During the service those to be baptised are brought to the font where the blessed water is poured three times over the person’s head in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

It is through the waters of the font that all Christians share in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection and receiving the promise of eternal life. The baptism service is full of symbols emphasising this new life with the use of oil and a lighted candle in addition to the water. At St Thomas’ baptism is normally celebrated on a Sunday morning as part of the 10.00 Sung Mass although other times are available.

It is through the waters of the font that all Christians share in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection and receiving the promise of eternal life. The baptism service is full of symbols emphasising this new life with the use of oil and a lighted candle in addition to the water. At St Thomas’ baptism is normally celebrated on a Sunday morning as part of the 10.00 Sung Mass although other times are available.

While many people are baptised as babies, there is no upper age limit as to when we can receive this important sacrament, although for adults it is good to consider receiving the sacrament of Confirmation at the same time so that they can go on to receive Holy Communion.

Godparents need to be chosen with care as they are called upon to make serious promises and declarations on behalf of the child being baptised. They must be baptised members of a Christian church. Not every family finds it easy to find enough people to be godparents so please do discuss your situation with the Vicar or a member of the baptism team.


To request more details, please contact the administration office on 01277 201094.

Confirmation

The sacrament of Confirmation completes the work of God’s Spirit that began at our baptism. During this special service the Bishop asks each candidate to ‘confirm’ with their own heart and lips the promises made by their parents and godparents when they were baptised. Each candidate then receives the laying on of hands and is anointed with the Oil of Chrism.

The Bishop of Richborough comes twice a year to confirm and each service is preceded by a short course of preparation run by the Vicar or the LLM. Details of these course are included in the weekly bulletin but if you are interested in finding out more then please email the Parish Administrator.

It is customary for a confirmation course to be offered at our Church Junior School. This is offered to children in Year 5 and runs after school for an hour. Details of how to be part of this course are circulated via the school newsletter and many children choose to be confirmed and go on to play a significant role in the worshipping life of the school and the Parish Church.

Funerals

It is the right of everyone who lives within the Parish of St Thomas to have their funeral service taken in the Parish Church and conducted by one of the clergy team of St Thomas’ and we work closely with the local undertakers to facilitate the many different requests we receive.

Having a Christian funeral ensures that each service has an element of hope, of course their will be sadness and grief but the service and the spoken word remind us of our shared hope in the eternal life that is promised by Jesus to those who turn to him.

The person conducting the funeral service will usually meet with the family in advance to discuss your thoughts and plans and to ensure that each service says something about the person who has died. This can often be the first meeting of many as we seek to keep in touch with you after the funeral and invite you to services of remembrance and thanksgiving.

We recognise that organising a funeral can be difficult, it is done when people are feeling emotional and upset and often they are organised by family members or friends who have never had to do this before. For further information and help on organising a Christian funeral service there are plenty of resources and suggestions here.

Please feel free to contact one of the team here at St Thomas for further support and advice.

Thinking Ahead

It is a good idea to think about your own funeral and make plans for the type of service you would like. Most families and friends appreciate knowing what their relative or friend would have liked, and it is not always easy talking about these things beforehand. The Guild of All Souls provide a very useful leaflet called Upon my Death which brings together a lot of information that will be very useful to your next of kin and encourages you to think carefully about the service, the music and all the arrangements.

Weddings

Getting married in Church is a wonderful and moving occasion as you get to use this beautiful building and exchange your vows before God and your gathered friends and family. It is also much easier than most people imagine and significantly cheaper than many other options!

The clergy of the Church of England are allowed to complete all the legalities around getting married and act as the registrar when couples get married in Church. There are of course some legal requirements that must be fulfilled, but we are delighted to guide you through these and work with you as you prepare for your special day.

As we work with you, we get to know each other which helps to ensure that each wedding is personal, intimate and relaxed, while making sure that your days goes as smoothly as possible.

Valerie is our weddings coordinator and she manages your wedding, overseeing the preparation meetings and the rehearsal and ensuring that all the legal preliminaries, including the calling of Banns are met. To make an enquiry about having your wedding at St Thomas please complete the form opposite.