Holy Week Services

For Holy Week (April 14-19), there will be services at St. Thomas Church every day.  It is impossible fully to Eagle Ceremony March 9, 2013 073comprehend the fullness of the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Day without walking part of the way of the cross with him through his passion and suffering.  Our services through Holy Week provide opportunities to participate in the suffering and death of Jesus, which has brought salvation to the world.

Monday, April 14, Holy Eucharist in the church at 6pm

Tuesday, April 15, Holy Eucharist in the church at 6pm

Wednesday, April 16, Holy Eucharist in the church at 10am and at 6pm and Holy Eucharist at Longwood Chapel at 4pm

Maundy Thursday, April 17, Holy Eucharist, Footwashing and the Stripping of the Altar at 7:30pm.  The Sacrament will be reserved on the side Altar of Repose for prayer and adoration for any who wish to stay and pray through Friday evening.

Good Friday, April 18, The Liturgy for Good Friday will be held in the church at 7:30pm, with communion from the Reserved Sacrament.  The Liturgy for Good Friday will also be held at noon in the Chapel of UPMC St. Margaret.  A community ecumenical Good Friday service will be held at noon at the Oakmont Presbyterian Church.

Holy Saturday, Great Vigil of Easter, April 19, will be held in the church at 7:30pm.  This ancient liturgy starts in darkness and the kindling of fire and light and candles.  Renewal of Baptismal Vows and the first Holy Eucharist of Easter are celebrated.  Bring bells to ring in Easter!

Sunday, Easter Day, April 20, The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at both 8am (Rite One) and 10:30am (Rite Two).  Bring flowers for the cross!

Normal Worship Service Schedule

Please feel free to worship with us on any Sunday:

8:00 a.m.:
This is our most traditional service. It is a beautiful peaceful and quiet holy communion without regular music. It follows the Rite One service from the Book of Common Prayer.

10:30 a.m.: This service is filled with music, both traditional as well as contemporary. A practical message is given every week, applying the timeless wisdom of the Bible to everyday life. A parallel children’s ministry called Gods Kids is offered for kids five years old through fifth grade. The service follows the Rite Two holy communion service from the Book of Common Prayer.

9:00 a.m.: Breakfast (coffee, doughnuts, bagels): Theres plenty of food, especially for the family running late. A donation of fifty cents is welcome but your credit is good with us.

9:30 a.m.: Christian Education:  An Adult Forum class meets in the Parish Hall and a Small Group meets in the Guild Room.  Children’s Christian Education meets in classes in the upstairs Parish Hall.

Small Groups: There’s a small group for just about anyone (meeting at various times), according to what is your interest. There are women’s groups, men’s groups, mixed groups, traditional Bible studies or book groups to completely untraditional offerings like learning to play the guitar or how to use a computer. Won’t you try one out and get to know some folks along the way.

Wednesday mornings: 10:00 a.m. This simple holy communion service is an unpretentious time to worship and pray and includes a special time to pray for healing.

Welcome to St. Thomas, Oakmont!

We are a group of people who believe Jesus is alive and welcome people no matter where they happen to be on their spiritual journey.

  • What we believe: We believe that we Christians are part of the Body of Christ and that we are accepted where we are. But God never leaves us where we are but calls us to grow: spiritually, in the life of our community, in the life of our congregation and in number.
  • Our Mission: We, as members of the Body of Christ, are called to grow: spiritually, in parish life, in our community, and as a congregation.