St. Thomas Episcopal Church Welcomes You!

We Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.

We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.

We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.

We believe that God loves you – no exceptions

Prayer for Fathers

Loving God, we thank you for fathers. We thank you for biological fathers, adopted fathers, and fathers in spirit. We thank you for fathers who work hard every day to help fulfill the needs of their families, who fix broken things and teach us how to do it ourselves, who embrace us and guide us, who love us even when they don’t understand us. We know they reflect and embody your love for us as our heavenly Father. Comfort those of us who miss our fathers this day, and strengthen and bless those fathers who work so hard to love, protect, and nurture their families this day and every day. Amen.

Pentecost Sunday!

Join the congregation of St. Thomas Episcopal Church as we celebrate Pentecost Sunday.  Today, in many Christian churches, Pentecost Sunday is celebrated to recognize the gift of the Holy Spirit, realizing that God’s very life, breath and energy live in believers. During this service may be the core of the message about our risen Savior supernaturally appearing to the fear-laden disciples. Their fear gave way to joy when the Lord showed them His hands and side. He assured them peace and repeated the command given in Matthew 28:19-20, saying, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” Then He breathed on them, and they received the Holy Spirit (John 20:21-23).

The celebration of Pentecost Sunday reminds us of the reality that we all have the unifying Spirit that was poured out upon the first-century church in Acts 2:1-4. It is a reminder that we are co-heirs with Christ, to suffer with Him that we may also be glorified with Him; that the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7); that we are all baptized by one Spirit into one body (1 Corinthians 12:13); and that the Spirit which raised Jesus from the dead lives inside believers (Romans 8:9-11). This gift of the Holy Spirit that was promised and given to all believers on the first Pentecost is promised for you and your children and for all who are far off whom the Lord our God will call (Acts 2:39).

The main sign of Pentecost in the West is the color red. It symbolizes joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit. Priests or ministers, and choirs wear red vestments, and in modern times, the custom has extended to the lay people of the congregation wearing red clothing in celebration as well.

Family Fun Night Photos!

Click here to see the photos from the St. Thomas PreSchool Family Fun Night on May 17th.


A fun scene!

Another fun scene!

Patty Lyons and Rev. Ann Gaillard

Ed Johnson with a PreSchool teacher

Judy Wilson (2nd from left) with the PreSchool teachers

Tom and Linda Whitehead



Worth Sharing

This isn’t original to us – but it is is something that Coventry Cathedral (United Kingdom) regularly prints on the front of their service booklets.  We at St. Thomas heartily agree!

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay, confused, well-heeled or down at heel. We especially welcome wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing,’ just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion.’ (We’re not that keen on it either!)

We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to the Cathedral.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throat as kids or got lost on the ring road and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters… and you!

Happy Mother’s Day from St. Thomas

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”

Easter Services and Egg Hunt

Easter Sunday Services on April 21st at 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM.

Worship with the congregation of St. Thomas on Easter Day

8:00 a.m. The Holy Eucharist (no music)
10:00 a.m. Festal Eucharist

Friends old and new join the St. Thomas family to celebrate the Sunday of the Resurrection. All are welcome. Early seating is advised for the 10:00 service. An Easter Egg Hunt for our children will follow the 10:00 service.

Holy Week Services at St. Thomas

We welcome you to worship with our congregation for Holy Week at St. Thomas

Holy Week and Easter 2019

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday (April 14)

8:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Palms and the Holy Eucharist (no music)
10:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Palms and the Holy Eucharist

The people shout “Hosanna” as the church reenacts Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Yet triumph quickly to tragedy, shouts of “Hosanna” to “Crucify him,” as the Passion Gospel of  St. Luke is read.

Holy Monday and Tuesday (April 15 and 16)
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist

Holy Wednesday (April 17)
5:30 p.m. The Way of the Cross

For centuries, Christians of many denominations have conducted services (known as the Way of the Cross or the Stations of the Cross) that commemorate Jesus’ journey from being condemned to death by Pilate to his entombment. We will be using the Way of the Cross service from Celtic Daily Prayer. A quiet, meditative service.

Maundy Thursday (April 18)

7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Liturgy

The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “command;” Christ’s Great Commandment is that we love one another as he has loved us. At this service we reenact his demonstration of this commandment through the ritual of foot washing (optional). We will also commemorate the first Lord’s Supper. The service concludes with the solemn stripping of the altar.

Good Friday (April 19)

12:00 Noon The Good Friday Liturgy

This solemn service includes the reading of St. John’s Passion Gospel and the veneration of the Cross.

Holy Saturday (April 20)
9:00 a.m. Holy Saturday Liturgy

A short, simple service of readings and prayers.

The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day (April 21)

8:00 a.m. The Holy Eucharist (no music)
10:00 a.m. Festal Eucharist

Friends old and new join the St. Thomas family to celebrate the Sunday of the Resurrection. All are welcome. Early seating is advised for the 10:00 service. An Easter Egg Hunt for our children will follow the 10:00 service.

Easter Bingo!

Join St. Thomas’ bingo players on Friday, April 12th at 3:00 pm.  Meet in the Parish Hall for a great time!

St. Thomas’ Craft Workshop

Join us for another Craft Group session on Saturday, March 16th! We will gather in the library from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., so bring your knitting or other supplies and tools to enjoy a few of hours of crafts and conversation!
Hope you can make it!