We are an association of people, mostly former members of the congregation at St Thomas’s, who had the joint desired aim of once more having an active growing community church within Parkgate. During the initial years after closure in 1994, there seemed little hope in having the church restored and reopened but following much prayer, meetings, and the leadership of the Bishops Trust, funds were raised and the church was restored and reopened in May 2010.
St Thomas’s started life as a Congregational Chapel in 1843 catering for local people and the large number of summer visitors to the seaside resort Parkgate was then. The Congregationalists numbers reduced and it was sold to the Presbyterians in 1858 who became so successful that, in 1858, they moved to a larger building in Neston leaving St Thomas’s empty. The Church of England had been holding occasional services at Mostyn House School and in the corrugated ‘iron room’ in the yard of the Infants School. They leased the empty building in 1910 and, in 1917, bought it and named it ‘St Thomas’s Church’. Since then, it has been one of the two a daughter churches in the Parish of Neston. Neston is a large parish including the villages of Ness, Little Neston and Parkgate as well as the town of Neston, itself.
Our church had to be closed in July 1994 because of concerns about stability. The cost of repairs was considered too much by the Parish which, at one time, intended demolition and sale of the site. However, its future was safeguarded by the Department of National Heritage which protected the church by granting it Grade II listing.
The Parish of Neston’s Vision places its three churches at the centre of the community and the Vicar, the Reverend Neill Robb, spoke on 5 September 2002 when the appeal was launched, of a ministry to the visitors who still flock to Parkgate and a resource for the Parish as a whole.
Since 9th May 2010 Church services have resumed each Sunday (except the 5th Sunday in the month) and Wednesday. Praise the Lord! All restoration work has been completed including the boundary wall! Now it’s time to pray and re-build the congregation. Please support us in this task.
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