Welcome to St Thomas’

Thanks for taking the time to find out a little bit more about St Thomas’.

On behalf of the staff and church family of St Thomas’, let me take this opportunity to offer you a very warm welcome.

If you’ve just moved to Chesterfield and you’re looking for a new church family or if you’re thinking about exploring the Christian faith for the first time or re-engaging after being away for a while then I do hope you’ll call in and pay us a visit.

Every church is distinctive and special but I passionately believe that St T’s is uniquely so as we seek to be a local church, loving Jesus and changing lives.

The first thing you’ll notice is that we’re an Anglican Church of all ages and our Sunday worship reflects that rich diversity. We think of ourselves more as a village made up of many different ‘families’ or smaller congregational communities. So, if you’re looking for a traditional service with hymns, organ, robes and liturgy or a relaxed family service with great teaching for you and your kids or a more contemporary worship experience – all based in Scripture and enriched by the Holy Spirit then St Thomas’ could well be the place for you. Our church campus is located in Brampton but we welcome people from all over Chesterfield and beyond to be part of our family.

At the heart of all we do is Jesus – If it helps you to know, here at St Thomas’ we’d see ourselves as a broadly open evangelical church that’s open to the renewing work of the Holy Spirit – if that means nothing to you then don’t worry or be put of, just come down and discover God’s love for you through prayer, worship and the service of others. If you think that being a part of church is about being brainwashed or having your thinking ‘straight jacketed’ then be assured we don’t insist that everyone has to think the same or believe identical things so if you’ve as many questions as answers – or if you think the church has got it wrong then take it from me we’ve lots of different small groups, discovery groups and informal environments where we can wrestle together over the big issues of life and work through what God might be saying to us as individuals and to this very wonderful, but troubled world.

Church is not all about Sunday and it’s not all about ‘us’. During the week there are loads of different activities both social and spiritual that take place both on and off site. So, whether you’re looking for a fine cappuccino or a mid-week prayer meeting or a football match to enjoy or anything in between, I guarantee there’ll be something for you. We passionately believe the church exists for the benefit of others not just those who come along on a Sunday morning. We work closely with all manner of groups and organisations who seek to make a positive impact on our world and local community. So maybe you’d like to help the homeless and vulnerable, work with Chesterfield Food Bank, support the Street Pastors or respond to the massive fostering and adoption agenda in the UK there’s a volunteering opportunity for you that will help build a better neighbourhood.

You’d expect me to tell you what a great church St T’s is but don’t take my word for it, why not come and find out for yourself.

I’m really looking forward to getting to know you in person.

Revd. Canon Matt Barnes
Rector