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WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE We hope it will give you an idea of what St Thomas's has to offer and what is happening in our parish. We are grateful for your support and participation or look forward to welcoming you to the family of St Thomas's Church.
VISION STATEMENT We will become a church whose people are united in the desire to know and obey God’s particular will for us and in so doing by the power of the Holy Spirit to bring Christ’s salvation, healing, compassion and peace into a society transformed by Him.
HISTORY AND BACKGROUND St Thomas’s Church was built in 1864-5, as a Mission Chapel in the parish of St Paul’s, Rondebosch. The original stone chapel, without chancel or transept, was built to a design by Sophy Gray (wife of Robert Gray, the Bishop of Cape Town) who was instrumental in designing some 40 stone churches in South Africa. The building was originally used as a mission school, but was extended by Herbert Baker in 1894 and modified by him again in 1903, and was formally dedicated on the 20th December 1903. The church was substantially enlarged in 1966 when the thatched roof was replaced by a tiled roof, the sanctuary enlarged and the North and south transepts were added.
THE LOCAL COMMUNITY The Parish is situated in Rondebosch, which is an old, established residential area in Cape Town’s southern suburbs. There are many schools and retirement homes in the area, and the University of Cape Town is close by, so the Parish is the church of choice for a number of people. We welcome residents and visitors to our Sunday and weekday services. Our church services are generally traditional with a family emphasis at the 9h30 service on Sundays and modern worship at the Sunday evening (18h00) services. Please make yourself known to one of the priests if we can be of any assistance to you.
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R70 each from the parish office.