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What We Believe


As a Church, our goal is to know Jesus and make Jesus known. We learn and grow in faith and Godliness through strong biblical preaching and teaching.

We are:
  • ordinary people, from many different backgrounds, seeking to be followers of Jesus Christ
  • a community, whose foundation is God’s Word, the Bible
We believe:
  • that Jesus is who he claimed to be – the Son of God
  • that Jesus died to offer us forgiveness, thus restoring our relationship with God for eternity
We want to be committed to:
  • serving and glorifying God
  • expressing the truth of the Bible in a way that enables God to transform our lives
  • showing God’s love by caring for, praying for and encouraging each other
  • being active in the ministry of the Church, as we use the spiritual gifts given to us by God
In our wider society, we are dedicated to:
  • sharing God’s good news
  • affirming and supporting people in their daily lives
  • providing an open door and a welcome environment


Our vision


Our Christian convictions, based on our understanding of the Bible, lead us to this manifesto for the ministry at St Thomas’ Church, Kidsgrove.

We aim to make disciples
God’s goal for this universe is for His Son to be praised and glorified by a people He has rescued and transformed. The rescue is achieved by Jesus, received through faith in His death and resurrection, and results in people being delivered from ‘the dominion of darkness… into the kingdom of the Son he loves.” (Colossians 1:13). These people are disciples who now submit to Jesus as their King and teacher, being transformed throughout their lives as they learn from God’s Word, repent of sin and seek to obey Him.

We aim to be a community of ‘Disciple-Making Disciples’
We recognise that disciple-making is God’s work – through the proclamation of His word and the power of His Spirit in people’s lives – and our aim is to allow Him to work through us as a Church Community. All God’s people are called to be disciple-making disciples who:
  • Proclaim – God’s word both to non-Christians for their salvation and to Christians for their encouragement and edification.
  • Pray – depending on the Holy Spirit to transform lives.
  • Partner – with God and with each other to seek growth in the Kingdom.
  • Persevere – pressing onward step by step to keep the faith and finish the race.
This means that everything we do as a church is built on these principles to enable proclamation of the word so that people can hear the gospel, come to know Jesus and learn to grow in faith and obedience to him. Central to this will be expository preaching, gathering together for God’s word to be explained and proclaimed, as a model for prayerfully teaching and applying the Bible in individual lives and the life of the whole Church.
Through all of this work, our aim is to help every person to keep taking ‘one more step’ forward in their Christian life.

In summary:
Our aim is to glorify God by growing a community of disciple-making disciples who are being transformed to be like Jesus, through his Spirit, by sharing his Word.

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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello


Sundays
Welcome to St Thomas’ Church. Sadly, because of the virus restrictions, we’re currently not able to meet together in person at our main 10.30 service. However, we are still meeting every Sunday with live streaming. Please join us by clicking this link – live on Sunday mornings – or any other time to catch up.

9.00am
Our quiet 9.00am service is meeting within social distancing guidelines. We meet in the church building for a 45 minute service. If you would like to join us, please click on this link to find out about the necessary social distancing regulations.

10.30am
10.15am We start streaming a live video with a countdown so you can find us before the service starts.
10.30am We begin the 45 minute service with songs, prayers and a talk based on the Bible.
11.45am Join us for a live streamed all age talk.
12.00am We meet for coffee together via the Zoom website.

All the services are also available on our YouTube channel.
Contact us for more details.

Please do join us any Sunday when the church family meets together and praises our Lord God. We hope that through visiting with us you will experience the hope, love and joy that comes from a community of people who love Jesus.

Outside lockdown
Here's a description of our normal Sunday Services when we are not in lockdown:

What Happens?
Coming to church for the first time might be a bit scary. So here’s an idea of what happens to make it easier to step through the door!
Our main service is 10.30 every Sunday. When you arrive, someone will say hello and give you a notice sheet which has information about events in the week ahead, about where the toilets are, groups for children etc.
You’ll join us in the church building – which is warm and has comfortable seating. We can happily move chairs to make access easier or for a wheelchair.
Our services include a mixture of traditional and modern music, prayers and a Bible reading. In our 10.30 service, children leave after about 20 minutes to have fun and learn something about Jesus in groups for different ages. The people remaining listen to a talk about the Bible reading. We finish with drinks in the church hall – and children come back to their families there.
At 10.30 we share communion together on the third Sunday of every month. Then, after the service has finished, anyone who wants is welcome to stay for lunch. We each bring food to share with everyone – but there’s always plenty for guests to join in too!

All Age Services
On the first Sunday of every month, our whole church family meets together for an ‘All Age Service’. These are informal and interactive for all ages. Pretty much anything can happen – but people join in with as much or as little as they like – no one is put on the spot or embarrassed! This fun lasts for under an hour, and is the perfect first introduction to Church services for adult and children.

How to get here
If you are travelling by car there is some parking available in the church car park and also plenty of free parking on the road outside. (There is a single yellow line on the road – but you can park there all day on a Sunday.)
If you need a lift to church, contact us and we’ll be delighted to help.
 

Getting Connected


Small Groups While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our Growth Groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Growth Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a Growth Group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Other Ministries We also offer the following ministries:
  • St Thomas Toddlers
  • Foodbank
  • Friday Soup
  • Luncheon Club
  • Holiday Club
  • Community Choir
  • Social groups
  • St Thomas Nursery
  • St Thomas School
  • The King’s School
Get in touch with us to plan your visit If you would like to come and visit the church building beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.

Find us St Thomas’ Church is on The Avenue, Kidsgrove, Stoke on Trent. The postcode is ST7 1AG.