St Thomas the Apostle - Finsbury Park

Church Weekly Notices

St Thomas the Apostle, Finsbury Park


Our preacher is John Irwin, who is training for ordination to the priesthood of the Church of England at St Augustine’s College of Theology.


For the Church: that, in the spirit of John the Baptist, all Christians are ready to be treated as challenging and different, when called to keep faith with the gospel of love as revealed in Jesus Christ.
For more vocations to the priesthood from this diocese, deanery and parish.

For all people tempted to destroy the lives of others rather than either face truths about themselves, or suffer inconvenience.For a universal commitment to protect the environment for our children.For people who are driven to seek refuge elsewhere by events at home.

For this congregation: Karen Darley (18), Anthony Dass (19), Katie Dawson (20), Tom De Waal (21).
Birthdays: Marcela Hajek (17); Logan Willemsen (18); Caroline Bucknall, Shahrzad Hatami, James Robinson (19); Nikki Anderson (20); John Kitchen (22); Jonny Flintoff, Lyra Maresh, Nicholas Hudelson (23).
For this parish: our neighbours in Elfort Road;
our local government councillors in London and Islington.

People for whom prayer is asked: Jean Greenham, Chris and Conor Groarke; Gavin Stamp; Miles Gaythwaite; Chan Singh; Steven Damdar; Nikki Kelly;Donald Sinclair; Beatrice Namutebi; Anastasia; Lyn Swallow; Lucy Griffiths;Poppy, Amber and Margaret; Billy Townsend; Gary Flintoff; Julie Evans; Zach Beer and family; Sylvia Ware; Johannes Maertens; Greg and Marina.

For the departed: Tracy Groarke, John Beer;
Jocelyn Thomas (17), Mary Redman, Percil Hurley (18), Roderick Gradidge, James Allen (20), George Cherney (21), Maria Saidy (22).


1. Today at 5 pm: Evening Prayer. Take a break from other preparations!

2. Tuesday at 7 pm: Carol Singing in aid of Islington Churches’ Cold Weather Shelter, starting outside St Thomas’ to sing for the fans arriving for the match, continuing around the nearby streets after kick-off, before adjourning to The Cardinal’s Hat for mulled wine and mince pies. On Thursday we will either be singing outside Arsenal Station from 5.30 until 7.15 pm in aid of UNICEF or repeating Tuesday, but visiting more parishioners. Please check with me beforehand.

3. Wednesday at 7 pm: Holy Communion.

4. Thursday from 2 until 4 pm; drop into the hall for tea, cake and a chat.

5. The Singing Group next rehearses at 7.30 pm on Thursday 4 January.

6. Friday at 8.15 am: Advent Prayer led by John Irwin.
7. Saturday from 10 am until 12 noon: please join us to decorate the tree.

8. Sunday at 10.30 am: Parish Eucharist.

9. Sunday at 3 pm: Christmas Eve Children’s Service – see parish circular.

10. Sunday at 11.45 pm: Christmas Midnight Mass.

11. Monday 25 December at 10.30 am: Parish Eucharist.

12. Please make sure you have St Thomas’ Kalendar for 2018 at home.

13. Epiphany is on Sunday 7 January. Anne Williams, Jenni McMillan and Carol Clarke are co-ordinating the party after the main service at 6 pm. Please make your offers of help and food to them now.

14. Please join our Parish Giving Scheme, if you have not already done so, as this makes far less work for the volunteers who look after our finances. Speak to Stav Stavrou who can guide you through the simple process.

15. Our Pilgrimage to Durham, Lindisfarne and Whitby is from 30 July until 4 August 2018. Please speak to Sandra Hall if you are interested in joining us. Places are limited to the size of the vehicle (17 maximum).

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