I would like to begin with a sincere expression of my thanks to all who helped with my licensing on February 23rd to Brigemary and Elson. It was lovely to see so many of from near and far who came to support me on this occasion.
Now as we come to Easter, a wonderful time of year, when we celebrate the joy of God’s love for each and every one of us, it seems that nature also joins with us in praise, as in the form of glorious yellow daffodils, the beauty of spring bursts forth into wonderful new life.
The new life of Easter and spring can be a helpful reminder, and a link of how Jesus’ death on the cross (winter) is miraculously transformed into new life (spring).
This new life is one that we are all invited to share in, but for it to mean anything to us, it first has to mean something for us personally as individuals, but also as part of a wider community, and that requires a step of faith.
Over two thousand years ago, Jesus walked this earth with a message of hope, that same hope lives on even now, and as a Church community we will celebrate the resurrection of Christ on Easter Day.
For the parishes of Elson and Bridgemary Easter Day will also mark a new day, a new beginning, bringing fresh hopes and exciting opportunities, as we step forward together in faith, at the heart of which is a desire to bring new life and new faith into our communities.
I would love to tell you more, but that would remove the element of faith, belief, hope and surprise, and after all, our God is a God of surprises!
I hope that however you are celebrating Easter this year it will be a joyous celebration and that you may find hope, joy, peace and maybe a little surprise in the Easter message.
A living faith, a warm welcome
It's not just about keeping an old building going in the face of adversity. The Parish of St. Thomas the Apostle is a thriving, living focus of community life within Elson and Hardway. Here, a warm welcome awaits you if you join us and share in God's Holy Sacraments and the Good News that he promises to each and every one of us.
Come and join us in worship and in fellowship and see what the love of Christ can do for you. Be fed at his Holy Table and enriched by his Holy Word, and discover the difference that the living faith can make to you. Whether you are nine, twenty-nine or ninety-nine, St Thomas the Apostle welcomes you and can find a sacred space for you to encounter God.
Our life is lived through the sacramental worship of God; through the mass celebrated during the week and on Sundays, through the daily work of worship in the Daily Office of Morning and Evening Prayer and through encounters with God in alternative and meditative worship. Whatever your preference, St Thomas can offer a worship experience for you.
The Parish Church has been a visible witness to the love of Christ since 1846, and as Gosport has grown up around and enveloped the small village of Elson, so the parish and its people have adapted and continued to proclaim the Kingdom of God with vigour and with friendly love