Welcome to The Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund's Website
"Welcome to St Thomas's website! Wherever you are in the world, we're glad you dropped by. Here in the heart of Salisbury we seek God in a broad and welcoming Anglican environment. Encountering God in a beautiful, but unselfconscious, worship, we pray that the encounter will propel us out to serve all God's people here.
‘Welcoming Praying Transforming'
Services in the week
8.00 am 10.00 am
Morning Prayer Holy Communion
8.00 am 10.00 am
Morning Prayer Prayer Group
8.00 am 9.30 am
Morning Prayer Holy Communion
Thought for the Month
Prayer for March
It is famously recorded in the last will and testament of William Shakespeare that he left to his wife his ‘second-best bed’. While this intriguing bequest might sound rather mean, scholars point to the fact that in the Elizabethan era, the second-best bed would have been for the couple, while the best bed would have been reserved for their guests. Coming across this, I thought of Brother Sam’s words at the St Thomas’s Parish Day. He reminded us that in order to make St Thomas’s a place of genuine welcome, we must be prepared to go out of our way to make space for those who come to us; we must be willing to give them the best bed, as it were. These words present us a challenge; to ask what we would willingly give to another to make space for them. But there is another challenge implicit in them, and that is to ask ourselves what we wouldn’t be willing to give to make space, and to ask ourselves why. The Rev’d Dominic Thornton
whose self-emptying love makes space for all creation,
And whose Son from love gave himself up on the cross so that all creation might return to you;
Give us grace to enter that love,
And so entering to make space for others there,
That all might know their place in you.
Through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
Who is alive and reigns with you,
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
St George's Day Bell-ringing ~ Have a go!
As part of the national Ringing for England campaign which celebrates St. George's Day, we will be opening the tower at St. Thomas's Church on Sat 23rd April. The tower will be open for two sessions - 10.30 - 12.00 and 2.30 - 3.30. There will be demonstrations of ringing and the opportunity to Have-a-Go and find out more about Bell-ringing.
A fascinating time was had at our recent Parish Day. Click here to read the full report of what was said, felt and discussed.
Diary Dates: Don't forget to check our Future Events page to see the variety of events promised in the coming months. And check out our current month's diary for what's happening soon at St Thomas's.
Do you need to join the Electoral Roll?
Read more here. You need to be a member of the church to vote at the APCM or join the PCC.
Our Links page
Have you visited our Links page yet? Details of a variety of organisations that may be of interested are listed. If you know of a website or organisation that may be appropriate, do contact the webmaster.
Bell Ringers needed
If you are interested in keeping this very British tradition alive, please contact Nigel - firstname.lastname@example.org or Margaret - 01722 503 178.
Our Hand-bell ringers will be performing this year at the Christmas Tree Festival, the Salisbury Christmas Market and in church on 21st Dec. Details here. Come and find out more.
Redevelopment of the Church
The PCC has made decisions about the redevelopment of the church on behalf of the congregation. The following projects will be pursued:
A new West Door; new Nave Altar design; new Font design; new seating; new Children's area; new Bookstall area; new sound and lighting arrangements.
Please pray for the Redevelopment Team as they continue their work and remember to check in the monthly Diary to see what progress has been made and is planned.
Choir Members needed
If you are interested in joining any of our choirs - Junior, Boys, Girls or Adult, please contact John Dempster, our Choir Master after a service or on email@example.com.
"Don't miss this little gem of a church - still retains all the love that was endowed on it by its builders. Very peaceful inside, although life throbs outside. Close your eyes and soak up the atmosphere."
Do you know any groups that might be interested in renting a room in St Thomas’s House? We now have three rooms available:
On the ground floor: the Canterbury Room is our largest room with a capacity of up to 45 people and a well equipped kitchen. This floor has 4 toilets. One of them has disabled access and baby changing facilities.
On the first floor: the Abingdon Conference Room is set out with a large table situated with a capacity for up to 16 people.
The Sarum Room also on the first floor is a flexible room which has a capacity for up to 20 people. On this floor we have a kitchenette and two toilets.
Please contact Lynn in the office about room bookings. The Parish Office: Open Monday to Thursday from 09.30am until 2pm.
Our Parish Centre is at St Thomas's House next to the church. We have a lovely room, well equipped kitchen and garden which are available for hire for business meetings, training, lectures, receptions & private gatherings. For further information, please click here to see our latest prices. For bookings email: firstname.lastname@example.org