Resumption of Sunday Worship
at St Thomas'
In normal times there is one service on a Sunday,
at 10:30 am. However while social distancing is still necessary
we are holding two services, one at 10:00 am and the other at 11:00
am, such that we can fit everyone in with suitable distance between
During covid-19 restrictions we are not able to
sing in church, but we still have music provided during services
by musically talented members of the congregation.
Please check the Weekly
Pew sheet for details of current services.
Booking will still be important to ensure we can
seat everyone, so
Our usual services last from around 40 minutes
to an hour. Holy Communion is celebrated at least twice a month,
with services of the Word at other times.
Typically we see 40-50 people on a Sunday, of all
ages from infants to centenarians. Visitors and new members find
a friendly welcome and a family atmosphere.
The church has a
busy social calendar (when restrictions allow) which includes:
A Remembrance concert around 11th November each year
A Christmas carol concert with the local Salvation Army band
Other concerts and musical events at various times of year
Social events to raise funds for the parish and other charities
– these include afternoon tea events, evening bring-and-share
suppers, quiz nights, and events for people walking in the lovely
parkland near the church.
The church building and churchyard
The church building dates from the early thirteenth
century. You can read more about its architecture
The churchyard is a beautiful
and peaceful “God’s acre” in the heart of Simpson
village and is a haven for wildlife of all kinds. Part of our calling
as Christians is to be good stewards of God’s creation and
we try to apply that to this particular corner of creation.
Since early 2020 we have been participating in
a project within the village to enhance the biodiversity and habitats
available in the village and its surrounding areas. As part of this
we are surveying the churchyard through 2021 to find out what can
be seen at each stage of the year; we have already observed bee
orchids and star of Bethlehem as well as many more common flowers.
The churchyard is also a refuge for many kinds of birds, small mammals
Once the year-long survey is complete, we will
create a management plan for the churchyard to help guide its conservation
for the benefit of both wildlife and the humans who visit, use and