Upcoming Events
7/13  Morning Prayer 
7/15  BYOM Picnic
7/16  Morning Prayer
7/17  Morning Prayer
         Vestry Meeting
7/18  Men's Bible Study   
         Morning Prayer
         Supper, Song & Prayer
7/19  Morning Prayer
         Women of the Word
7/20  Morning Prayer
7/23  Morning Prayer
7/24  Morning Prayer
         Finance Meeting
7/25  Men's Bible Study
         Morning Prayer
         Supper, Song & Prayer
7/26  Morning Prayer
         Women of the Word
7/27  Morning Prayer
         Youth Mission Trip
7/30  Morning Prayer
7/31  Morning Prayer
8/1    Morning Prayer
         Supper, Song & Prayer
8/2    Morning Prayer
8/3    Morning Prayer
         Men's Social Club
8/6    Morning Prayer
8/7    Morning Prayer
8/8    Morning Prayer
         Supper, Song & Prayer
8/9    Morning Prayer
8/10  Morning Prayer
8/13  Morning Prayer
8/14  Morning Prayer
         Outreach Meeting
         Stewardship Meeting
8/15  Prayer Line Meeting
         Men's Bible Study
         Morning Prayer
         Supper, Song & Prayer
8/16  Morning Prayer
8/17  Morning Prayer
8/19  Rally Day
         Organ & Piano Recital
8/20  Morning Prayer
8/21  Morning Prayer
         Vestry Meeting
8/22  Men's Bible Study
         Morning Prayer
         Supper, Song & Prayer
8/23  Morning Prayer
8/24  Morning Prayer
8/26  Handbell Retreat
8/27  Morning Prayer
8/28  Morning Prayer
8/29  Men's Bible Study
         Morning Prayer
8/30  Morning Prayer
8/31  Morning Prayer
    
 
          
         
     
 
 
            
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Worship Schedule

Sunday:
Holy Eucharist with Healing
8:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall

Nursery - ages 3 and under

9:50 a.m. in the Nursery

Youth Group
9 a.m. in the Youth Room

Sunday Morning Ministries (aka Sunday School) 9:50 a.m.
Children's Chapel (age 3, 4, 5)
in the Library
Growing in Christ (K-3rd)
in the Guild Room
Bridge (4th and 5th)
in the Youth Room

Wednesday:
Supper, Song & Prayer

6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall/Sanctuary

Welcome to St. Thomas

Making a difference because God is making a difference for us.

Wherever you may be on your path of faith, welcome to St. Thomas Church where you are invited to be part of a community which is vibrant and vital, traditional yet pertinent, rooted and growing. St. Thomas honors the fullness of Judeo-Christian spirituality as well as the most beautiful elements of the Episcopal Church and the greater Anglican Communion. St. Thomas members are seeking to love God with heart, mind, soul and strength and to love one another as we are loved by God. All this results in a community which is known first by its warmth and welcome and its unity in purpose:  to seek, worship and proclaim a God of power and glory, forgivenss and love. Wherever you are in your life in God, you will find nurture and opportunity here.

July Sunday Picnic

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BYOM (Bring your own meal & drinks) Picnic, July 15th at 5 p.m.

Bring your own picnic supplies (chairs, plates, plasticware, etc.)

in the Rafael Blvd NE parking lot under the oak trees

We are renting a large grill and will have it ready for usage.

 

 

 

Take a minute

Need a moment to reflect and quiet your mind?

Would you like to light a candle?
Visit Sacred Space - daily online prayer.
Visit Mission of St. Clare  - daily office, available in audio.
Need a daily devotional? Try Forward Day by Day.
St. Thomas Chapels are open daily Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Farm at St. Augustine's

After months of waiting, I am happy to let everyone know that The Farm at St. Augustine's was awarded a United Thank Offering grant! 

I first mentioned the possibility of this project way back in January at our Annual Meeting. All I could say at that time was that St. Augustine's (our sister church on 26th Ave. S) was interested in partnering with us to found a farm.  For the next two months, I worked to shape the dream of the farm as laid out in our UTO grant request. Once Bishop Smith approved and submitted the grant, all we could do was wait. During those months of waiting, a name for the farm emerged. I believe a name is needed so we are recognizable and so we can expand. Prayerfully: Benison Farm - one name, many sites. 

Benison is an old English word for blessing. Our hope is that Benison Farm will be a blessing to all.  

Here are some excerpts from the UTO grant request:

Benison Farm is a partnership between two Episcopal churches, St. Augustine’s and St. Thomas’. The purpose of the farm is to provide fresh produce to south St. Petersburg and to engage a diverse group of people in serving the community.

This project has been a long time coming. After a commercial farmer backed out of his proposal to farm the vacant 1 ½ acre parcel on St. Augustine’s property, the idea sprang in us to continue the farm for a very different reason. Parishioners from both St. Augustine’s and St. Thomas’ were looking for opportunities for community outreach. Coupled with a desire to address the years’ long lack of fresh produce in south St. Petersburg, Benison Farm became the solution to both dreams. As Frederick Buechner said, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

Pinellas County is Florida’s most densely populated county, with 938,098 residents in 274 square miles. Despite its size, the county has many food deserts, classified by the USDA as impoverished urban areas with no access to fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthful foods, usually due to lack of grocery stores, farmer’s markets and other health food providers. South St. Petersburg is a high-poverty, low-access area. This is the target area for Benison Farm. We cannot serve the entire population of approximately 150,000 people, but hope to make an impact in south St.  Petersburg.  

Benison Farm will be the center of many life-giving, reconciling activities. We will be about so much more than farming. Through mutual work and learning, groups from various ethnicities, religions, and backgrounds will learn to respect each other and work together to support our community. 

Our first steps will be site preparation: tree clearing, leveling, filling, and fencing. Then we will be able to lay our planting beds and build structures. Some of these projects will be paid for from the proceeds of the UTO grant, but to make Benison Farm successful we need you! I welcome your connections, ideas and volunteering! 

Visit us for updates and sign up to help at www.benisonfarm.org . We are also on Facebook and Instagram so like and follow us.

In closing, I offer you this from St. Theresa of Avila: Christ has no body now but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours,Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world, Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good, Yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world.  Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, Yours are the eyes, you are his body.  Christ has no body now but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours, Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

Peace,

Martha

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The Rev. Martha Goodwill

Deacon, St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Contact Us


Saint Thomas Episcopal Church 
1200 Snell Isle Blvd NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
727-896-9641
email: pamh@stthomasstpete.org
blog: comeseestthomas.blogspot.com


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