St Thomas the Martyr
Overmonnow parish comprises the southern end of the historic town of Monmouth. There is a small industrial estate, but most of the parish consists of housing; the population is being enlarged by the building of around six hundred new houses. A program for renovating Drybridge House for 'Bridges' and other community use is also an exciting chapter in the life of the parish.
The congregation at St Thomas' is friendly and informal - there is a warm atmosphere to the worship and visitors are always welcomed. On the first Sunday of the month we have a shorter Family/All Age Service. We are fortunate in having the involvement of the Guides and Brownies, who participate in the service.
Once a month "Messy Church" for children and their families meets in the church hall for a variety of activities followed by a very short time of story and singing in the church, and some food back in the hall. There is also a Sunday School on alternate Sundays.
A Bible Study Group for the three parishes meets monthly. There is also a quiet hour on a Thursday, once a month.
The Christian community at St Thomas' is aware of the need for mission and anticipates that the new housing development will prove an opportunity for outreach and service.
The church and Wayside Calvary attract many visitors, particularly during the summer months when the town and camping site are full of holiday makers. The church is left open all day every day during daylight hours for viewing and for private prayer - its' visitors' books reflect the diversity of those who appreciate finding the church open.