Services

At the end of all our services you are invited to join us for tea or coffee and biscuits. This is a chance to get to know us. You will find we are just like you; we have our doubts and our misunderstandings but in all we are just an ordinary bunch of folk trying to do our best to show and share God’s love. Please do come and meet us as we would love to meet you and welcome you into St. Thomas’.

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Christenings

A Christening is an important event in the life of your family, and all at St Thomas’ Church will do all we can to make it as special as possible. Well in advance of the date you choose, a pastoral minister from the church will visit you to explain all the details, and everything about the service.

What is a Christening?
At a Christening, your child will be Baptised with water, and will be welcomed into the world-wide Christian family.

What happens at a Christening?
At St Thomas’ church, this very special service usually takes place on the third Sunday of the month in a service for people of All Ages and is sometimes called a Family Service. As well as your Child’s Christening, there will be prayers for your child, your family and Godparents, and for everyone who will be supporting your child in their life’s journey.

What about Godparents?
Parents and Godparents will make very important promises in the service. It’s usual to have three or four Godparents and all Godparents need to have been Christened themselves. Members of the congregation also promise that wherever your child goes in the future, they will always find a welcome and a place here.

Adults can also be Christened, and they make these very important promises for themselves.

Find out more about Christenings on the Church of England website

Weddings

At St. Thomas’ we would be delighted to host your wedding and do all we can to make your day special for you. A wedding is one of life’s great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. St John tells us how Jesus shared in such an occasion in Cana, and gave there a sign of new beginnings as he turned water into wine.
Usually in order to get married at St. Thomas’ you need to either live within the parish or have other ‘qualifying connections’ (for example if you were baptised here, or if your parents were married here). There are a few rules about getting married in church.

You can find these out on the Church of England website.

What we can do to help make your day special
We can help you to choose readings or hymns. Some people choose a friend or a relative to read a special poem or reading during the service others stick to the traditional service. We would be happy to help you plan your service.

The Church of England Website has lots of good ideas to help make your day your own.

Contact us and we can talk about your day:
hello@stthomasmilnthorpe.org.uk

Funerals

The death of a loved one is one of the most difficult times in life.
We at St Thomas’ are here for everyone – before, during and after the funeral.

Each one of us is unique, and the funeral you wish to arrange will also be unique.

A church minister will visit you to help and guide you, and make sure all your wishes are met, whether a service in church or at a crematorium, or a mixture of both.

If you wish to know more details in advance, you can find these on the Church of England website.

Please contact us on pastoralcare@stthomasmilnthorpe.org.uk, or via your preferred Funeral Director.


Prayer


Prayers are led during our 11:00 am service by members of congregation. They are a time to say thank you to God for our many blessings or to ask him to help us or to help those who need some special care for whatever reason. If you would like us to pray for you or for someone you know we would be only too pleased to do this. You can contact either one of the church wardens at pastoralcare@stthomasmilnthorpe.org.uk or by contacting a member of the pastoral visiting team, numbers can be found in the Parish News, which can be found here.

In church on the left-hand side near the font you will see we have a stand with candles which you can light and perhaps say a prayer or there are some forms which you can fill in the name of the person you would like included in prayers. If you come to church you can ask the person who welcomes you if they would ask for the person to be included in the prayers. You don’t have to give any reasons, just give a name, not even a surname if you prefer the person to be anonymous.

The church is here for you, if you would just like to come in and sit and enjoy the peace and quiet, then do just that, sometimes that’s all it takes.

Pastoral Care

Home:
Please contact us if you would like a home visit or would like communion at home.

Residential homes:
There are two residential care homes within the locality, where communion is taken regularly.

The Local Hospital:
We are part of the Kendal Deanery team that assists in the locality, providing communion at Westmorland General Hospital.

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