- important events, messages and people from the Bible, especially Jesus,
- prayer and responding to God,
- games and craft,
- getting along with others.
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,
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 9.30am or Friday 7.00pm.
Senior Friendship Group meets at St Thomas’, Howrah once a month to share in
- a service of Holy Communion with a reflection,
- 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.
The Craft Group meets fortnightly on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays. 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 7.30pm. 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.
Margaret's gift boxes for Youthcare, a baptism, a message on the Psalms
Weekly messages at the services. Copies of messages are available in .pdf format on request from the office.
The Parish hosts other fixed-duration groups and events throughout the year such as:
- Marriage and Parenting courses,
- Discipleship / confirmation Groups
- Alpha (introduction to Christianity)
- Special focus topics during Lent
- 'Carols by the Beach' singers
- Baptism information sessions
Chat'n' Eat, Card Making, the men planning an activity, and High Tea
Groups we are involved in include:
Girls’ Brigade: For girls in grades P-12 is an international girls' ministry (www.girlsbrigadeaustralia.org.au). 4th Hobart Company partners with the Parish of Howrah Sandford, and meets weekly during school terms at Emmanuel Christian School, Rokeby. Along with a devotional time led by members of the church, girls are grouped by age with trained leaders to play games, work on craft projects, discuss topics, sing, dance, and act.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the parish office.
Order of St Luke is an international healing ministry (www.osl.org.au). A local chapter meets at St Thomas’, Howrah once a month and is constant in prayer for people in need.
Anyone interested in participating in this ministry may phone the parish office.
Howrah Men’s Shed is a community-based, non-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. It was established by men from the community many of whom are part of St Thomas’ church. It currently operates 6 days a week 9am-12noon and is for men of all ages.
For more information, email email@example.com or phone the Parish office on (03) 6247 9700.
There are also many groups we support locally and globally.
Women's day at the Men's Shed
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