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Weddings


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If you’re interested in getting married at St Thomas’ Church – then first of all, congratulations! Getting married in Church makes great sense. A wedding is a huge occasion – you will be making a decision to be joined together as one couple for the rest of your life, ‘for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health’. It’s a huge commitment and so it’s great to make that commitment in front of God, and ask for His help.

Can we get married at St Thomas’ Church?
There are two legal restrictions about who can be married at our Church: (1) whether you’ve been married before; and (2) where you are from.
  • If either of you has been married before then please contact us because we’d love to explore with you what is possible with regard to getting married in church.
  • If either one of you lives in the Parish of Kidsgrove, then you can get married at St Thomas’ Church. (You can check which Parish you live in by clicking here and entering your postcode)
  • If you don’t live in the Parish of Kidsgrove, then you must have some connection to the Church. Ideally, that would mean coming along and joining our Church community. Alternatively, the law states that you can be married in the Church if one of you fulfils any one of the following criteria, that is if one of you:
     
    • has at any time lived in the Parish for a period of at least 6 months
    • has at any time regularly gone to normal Church services in the Parish Church for a period of at least 6 months (if you choose to join St Thomas’ Church, then after 6 months of Church attendance, we would be delighted to book a date for your wedding)
    • was baptised in the Parish
    • was prepared for confirmation in the Parish
    • is on the Church’s electoral roll
    • has (or had) a parent that lived in the Parish for a period of at least 6 months (after you were born)
    • has (or had) a parent who has regularly gone to normal Church services in the Parish Church for a period of at least 6 months
    • has (or had) a parent or grandparent that was married in the Parish.
If you would like to talk about getting married at St Thomas’ Church, please contact us.
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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.