St Thomas’ Church
Serving the areas
Please address all correspondence to the Partnership Office
Our services start at 10:30 and usually last around 50 minutes
to an hour. Holy Communion is celebrated at least twice a month,
with services of the Word on other weeks. There is normally a more interactive all-age service once a month. The weekly notice sheet gives details of the services planned for the next few weeks.
Typically we see up to 40 people on a Sunday, of all
ages from infants to centenarians. Visitors and new members find
a friendly welcome and a family atmosphere. After the service finishes, everyone is welcome to stay for a drink and biscuits.
After the service on the last Sunday of each month, many of the congregation stay for “Soup and Soul” – a light (vegetarian) lunch followed by a group Bible study, finishing around 2 pm.
The church has a
busy social calendar including quiz nights, concerts, afternoon tea events, bring-and-share suppers, and events for people walking in the lovely
parkland near the church. Social events are open to all – you don’t have to attend church to be very welcome!
The church building dates from the early thirteenth century. You can read more about its architecture and history here.
As with most mediaeval buildings, there is always work to do! At present (spring 2023), we have some significant cracks in the walls around the chancel. These are the result of very dry weather in the last two summers, worsened by the nearby trees having grown too large. We have been advised that pollarding the trees over the next few years (to reduce their water demands) should correct the problem gradually. Additionally, part of the flashing of the roof of the north transept has come away and needs attention.
We continue actively fundraising to meet the costs involved in maintaining this beautiful building. All contributions are very welcome.
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. You can read more about what can be seen here. There is a list of burials and ashes interred in the churchyard here.