Activities and events


Please phone the parish office for further information about these Activities.

Fitness with Friends 
10.15 am  – 11am Fridays - Cost $5

St Thomas’ Anglican Church
3 Lorne Crescent, Howrah (off Shoreline roundabout)

For further information:
Phone Hilary 0437 123 124
Qualified Instructor: Anna Van Moolenbroek

A program run by the Anglican Parish of Howrah Sandford.

Weekday and evening Connect groups, from South Arm to Howrah, meet in a person’s home to share in:

  • Conversation and friendship,
  • Prayer,
  • Bible reading and reflection, and
  • Food.

Members provide support to one another and at times connect in special ways with the community.

Weekly prayer groups - anyone willing to pray is welcome at St Thomas, Howrah. Wednesday 9.30 am or Friday 7 pm.

Senior Friendship Group meets at St Thomas’, Howrah once a month to share in:

  • A service of Holy Communion with a reflection, and
  • Morning tea and a chat

Especially for seniors but all are welcome.

Chat’n’Eat is an opportunity to go out once a month for lunch at a bistro /restaurant with friendly people and – chat AND eat!  They meet on the 4th Thursday of each month at a variety of locations.  Shared transport departs 11.45am from the church car park, 3 Lorne Crescent, Howrah.

The Craft Group meets fortnightly on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays between 1.30 pm and 3.30 pm.  Anyone who is working on a craft project (or not!) is welcome. Specialist card making workshops are held a couple of times a year.

Movie/Film night is an opportunity to watch interesting films on the big screen at St Thomas’, Howrah on the 3rd Friday in the month at 7.30 pm. Supper is shared.

Alpha groups are held from time to time . These groups are held to introduce people to Christianity. They are appropriate for people seeking to know more, regardless of their experience.

Quiddler is like Scrabble, but with cards.  A group of Quiddler players meet on the 4th Monday each month (except in December) between 2 pm and 3.30 pm at St Thomas.  Everyone welcome, of course.

We are also supporters of Howrah Men's Shed

Howrah Men’s Shed is a community-based, not-for-profit, non-commercial organization that is accessible to all men and whose primary activity is the provision of a safe and friendly environment where men are able to work on meaningful projects at their own pace in their own time in the company of other men.  

Howrah Men's Shed was established by men from the community - some of whom are part of St Thomas’ church.  It currently operates 6 days a week 9am - 12 noon and is for men of all ages.

For more information, email or phone the Parish office on (03) 6247 9700.

There are many other groups we support locally and globally.

ABOVE: A table at the Rotary Fashion Week (with congregation members looking like they are dressed for the catwalk), and Christmas breakup for the exercise class (not a lot of exercise going on).

Recent Events

Fashion show


High Tea with a touch of fun

Meal and Movie Curry night

Christmas breakups and  festivities

Shared Paschal Meal

Annual High Tea

Card Making Workshops

Women's Day at the Howrah Community Men’s Shed

Quizz evening

Parenting and Marriage courses

Ladies' Film Night

Men's Film night (and burgers)


Quiddler is like Scrabble, but with cards.

Games are held between 2pm and 3.30pm on the 4th Monday of each month.

Church shopping?  We are open on Sundays.

ABOVE:  Margaret receives an Award from Bishop Chris on behalf of volunteers to Anglicare's Youthcare service; Women attending a Leadership training day


Rev Neil invited people to enjoy a cuppa after the service and encouraged them to make a dash for the cornflake cookies.  They did, and several asked Noeline for the recipe:

1 can condensed milk, 1 cup raw peanuts, 11/2 cups of sultanas or craisins.

Mix 4-5 cups whole cornflakes - crushed (I use whole)

Mix all the dry ingredients then add condensed milk. Use a tablespoon and press scoops of mixture against bowl then place on a baking tray with baking paper. 

Bake at 180 or 160 fan-forced. I check after 10 minutes to see if they are golden brown. They may need 15 minutes.

Andrew wanted to get in on the act so he is including his recipe for a Christmas gingerbread house.

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