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Staff and Leadership

Please find below an introduction to our church leaders and members of staff.
Iain   Letty
Iain Baker – Vicar   Letty Jones – Youth Worker
Iain has been Vicar at St Thomas’ since 2003. He met and married Jane at St Thomas’ Church, and they have two children. He is passionate about sharing Jesus with people and explaining the message of the Bible. When he’s not working, he loves photography and camping.   Letty has been in Kidsgrove since 2019. She spends time with our young people leading the Cipher group. She also works as School’s chaplain at The King’s School and our church primary schools – St Thomas’ and St Saviour’s. Letty got married to Mark at Christmas 2019.
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David Shemilt – Church Elder   Alan Stanton – Church Elder
David has many roles in church life. He leads services and preaches from time to time. He also chairs the governors of The Wade Federation – the body overseeing St Thomas Primary and The King’s High School. He also manages The Wade Centre. David is married to Sue.   Alan has come to St Thomas Church with his wife Sylvia for many years. He shares in the church leadership and sings in the music group. Alan also oversees our Growth Groups.
Graham 2   Pat 2
Graham Sansom   Pat Cooper - Church Warden
Graham joined us in 2014. He had previously served in church leadership for many years in the UK and twelve years in Albania. He shares on the church Eldership team.   Pat has been coming to St Thomas Church for about 10 years, and has been warden since 2016.
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Stan Tweats - Church Warden    
Stan has been a part of the church family since he moved to Kidsgrove. He has been warden since 2015.  

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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.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello

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.

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.

10.15am 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.