Who comes to St Thomas’?
All are more than welcome. St Thomas’ has a very mixed congregation which comes together from a variety of backgrounds and traditions.
What happens at your services?
While there are specific things we do at special times of the year (like Christmas or Easter), all our services tend to include the following:
- We sing a variety of songs, from the contemporary to the traditional (led by our worship team)
- We have a time of prayer
- Church announcements
- We hear the Bible read to us, and then explained in a talk (lasting 15 - 30 minutes)
- Every month we share Communion
- Every month we have a Family Service for all ages
After the service, there is the chance to pray in confidence with members of our Prayer Ministry team and/or to meet others over refreshments.
Are there differences between your services?
Sunday mornings at 10.30am
- We meet together in the church for the first 20 minutes. The children then usually go to age-specific groups
- The services usually last about an hour and a half.
- On the third Sunday of the month we all stay together in the church.
- Three times a year the service is led by our Messy Church Team.
- Sundays during the school summer holidays are usually different.
Refreshments are served after the services. Please stay and have a chat with us over a drink.
Sunday evenings at 6pm
The evening service, called “Your Kingdom Come” is held at Holy Trinity Church, and is an informal service with refreshments available throughout. People come to this service from a variety of churches in Trowbridge.
Wednesday afternoon, once a month at 2pm
There is a spoken Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at St Thomas’. This service is followed by tea and cake.
Do you collect money during the service?
No, we don't. However, there is an opportunity to place gifts of money into a box at the church entrance. Most of our regular members give by monthly standing order.
Will I be asked to do anything during the service?
No, nothing to fear! While a number of people from the congregation play an active role in our services, we want St Thomas’ to be as safe and as unthreatening a place as possible, so you will never be asked to do anything you don’t want to do.
Can I bring my children?
Absolutely! Children's ministry is a big part of our work at St Thomas’. We offer several groups for children which take place in our church rooms but all are welcome at the start of all our services.
All volunteers working with children have a current DBS certificate and we adhere to an up-to-date child protection policy.
What is the dress code?
The simple answer is, there is no dress code - we want you to feel comfortable, so just come as you are!
Can I park at the church?
There are a few parking spaces by the church, but we try to keep these for elderly and disabled people. There are several parking locations near the church, including in St Thomas’ road (there is a path to the church), nearby roads, and The Halve Car Park, where it is free to park on Sundays.
At Holy Trinity we try to keep the layby for use by people with mobility problems. We have permission to use the Dorothy House and Selwood Housing parking spaces (close to the railway station) on Sunday mornings.
Do you have provision for the hard of hearing or partially sighted?
It is important to us that everyone feels welcome at St Thomas’ and that our services and activities are as accessible as possible. To help with this we try to ensure that all our printed literature and projected content use colour schemes and font sizes which are helpful for the partially sighted.
We operate a loop system for the hard of hearing.
If you have any particular needs we are not meeting, please let us know.
How do I get involved?
There are all sorts of ways to get involved at St Thomas’, whether it is participating in a home group, or assisting in the various activities run by the church. If you would like to know more, please talk to a member of the welcome team or contact the Parish Office.
If you are unsure about how to get involved, simply complete our welcome form and give it to one of the welcome team. A member of the church will get in touch with you to discuss the options and work out what would be most appropriate. Please also take a welcome pack to browse through.
From time to time we hold a Newcomers Tea, and we hope you’ll be able to come along and get to know more about us and St Thomas’.
We believe that it is only when each and every member of our church gets involved and plays their part that we will see the full outworking and unfolding of our vision for Trowbridge and further afield.
This website can only give you a flavour of what goes on at St Thomas'. The best way to find out more is to come along and get to know us!