St Thomas' Church Philadelphia

Our Communities

We hope that you will find a place of belonging in one of our communities. Browse the list of communities below then contact us with with details of the one you would like to try. Click here to contact us.

We've grouped our communities into a number of groups as listed below


4th Sunday Communities

These communities serve & express mission at the 4th Sunday services at Philadelphia when many other communities meet out as well as in their everyday lives.


The aim of 'Belong' is to welcome people, disciple each other, pray, prophesy and have fun! We meet every 2 weeks to eat together and use the model of Up In and Out e.g worship, socials and outreach.

Belong is led by Rachel & Andy Marshall and is based in S10.


DNA  meet in various homes as a mixed group of people of all ages.  Our aim is to love, encourage, challenge and support each other in our walk with God and to be a group where people feel they belong.  

DNA is led by Di Harrison, Ann Collins & Maureen Bradshaw .


Taking inspiration from Luke 10:27, we love meeting together with friends, neighbours or family to share food, friendship and God’s blessings, or just with one another to enjoy more of his presence through the Word and through prophecy

10:27 is led by Adam & Lindsay Beagles and Jonathan & Sarah Saunders.


Young Families

These communities have a lot of families with pre school & primary children

The Abbey

The Abbey takes inspiration from monastic communities that have come before us; learning from their purpose, their rhythms of life and their values.

The Abbey is led by Bex Roberts, Jo Dring and Katie Owen.


Encounter is a community of different ages that is learning how to be a family on mission together. We want to encounter God and each other in a significant way each time we meet.

Encounter meets every Tuesday evening and for breakfast on fourth Sundays and second Saturdays.

Encounter is led by Tchad & Andrea Western and Rick & Jenny Buckley and meets in Crookes

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this, that and the other meet monthly for brunch and weekly evening small groups.

We aim to encourage and support each other wherever we live across the city.

this, that and the other is led by Rob & Bek Yip and is based around S12.

Young Adults

These communities are primarily for young adults


Our vision is to welcome everyone!! We love new people to join us even if it’s for a short time while they work out what community they want to go to.

We meet midweek in pod and on a Sunday night after church in the pub all together.

Agape is a young adult community led by Dan Brennan, Alex Fenwick and Sarah Brill 


As a family we want to fall more in love with Jesus as we serve one another and love the lost in this city, seeking Gods kingdom on earth.

We meet together Thursday evenings..

Awaken is a young adult community led by James Stanhope and Naomi Godwin and is based in Hillsborough.



Extended families bringing on, building up, investing in, each other and those in our place.

John 1:14 - So the Word became human and made his home among us.

A new young adult focused multigenerational community. We meet together…


Led by Neill & Lorna Birchenall and Tim & Katie Armstrong.


We are a community based in Hillsborough which is building family week to week and then going out together to meet local residents and pray for them.

We specifically feel called to use the gift of Prophesy and to love through telling people what God is saying to them. The word Navi comes from the Hebrew word for Prophet. If you want to grow in this gift while growing in a family come and check us out   

Led by Shaun & Jo Milward and is based in Hillsborough.


St Toms Students are the student family of St Thomas’ Church. Our vision is that we are living for His presence, as His family, in His power

Student Missional Community

We are a family of students who share life, have fun and reach out to the people God has put around us. When we meet we eat pudding, play games, share thanksgivings and prayer requests and reach out to our house/course mates.

We meet together every other Tuesdays as a MC, and in PODS in Eccleshall and Crookes on the alternate Tuesday   

Led by Pete Gaunt


Restore's vision is to take the power of God's love to the very edges of      society and bring people into the heart of God's family. This means reaching out to the poor and the marginalized of our city including the homeless,   people with addictions, women working on the streets and people in prison. We are committed to a holistic approach meeting practical, spiritual and emotional needs.


Streetwise is an informal church service for people who are homeless and disadvantaged or not used to going to church. They meet every Sunday at 11am in the Training Centre on the Philadelphia campus. The service has great worship, simple teaching and testimonies.  

Streetwise is led by Danny Wilson, Chris and Katy Hardy and Ian Pike.


These communities are based in the urban poor areas of Sheffield


As a group of families our aim is to love and service the community of Porter Croft Primary School

Led by Mike & Pippa Rutter and Phil & Mags Kelly

The Shire

A community who want to love and be part of the life of Shiregreen.  The name Shiregreen means ‘the growing kingdom’ and that’s what we want to see and be part of! 

The Shire is led by Charlotte & Robin Codina and Rachel & Sam Nunn and is based in Shiregreen.

Farsi Community

St Thomas church has a large Farsi speaking community

Farsi Speaking Community

A community for Farsi speakers based in Sheffield and Rotherham.  

The Farsi Community is led by Karim & Azam Novi and meets across the city.

Restore Links

These Communities have close links with our restore ministries


We are involved in various ministries/mission, primarily focused around Prayer Ministry and work with vulnerable people or the poor. We meet regularly on Wednesday nights to share life, and to support and encourage each other.  

Led by Steve & Di Lee and based in Crookes.


Our hope is for each member to discover their full identity in God and for that to impact our daily lives. We are a place where anyone can explore faith in a safe and friendly environment. We meet fortnightly in Walkley Library from 10:30am. We also have two small groups that run during the week.

Household is based in Walkley and is led by Jenny Smedley.


We are aiming to be a community that lives a passionate whole life of worship, a community where we sharpen each other in our walk with Jesus and a community that dares to make the gospel known. We particularly get alongside a ministry in our church called Christians Against Poverty - which helps people to get out of debt.

We want to be a community that demonstrates God's love in practical ways, we want to share Jesus with people in need of faith and hope.

Kin is led by Andrew & Lucy Buckley and is based in Hillsborough


We are a multi generational family.  Our aim is to share life together in every season, increase our faith and have fun along the way.

The Bible says: "Jesus became flesh and moved into the neighbourhood".

We want to be Jesus to our neighbours, reaching out to love, serve, make friends and make disciples

Led by Tony & Joanne Kelsall and is based in Rotherham


Forge Youth

These communities are linked to Forge, our youth work network


Crosspool youth work is based in the west of the City. We run a youth club which is full of fun and games, sweets and God. We also have small groups that meet in the week in people’s houses where we spend time with our friends and talk about God. We work in the local school - Tapton - running a lunch club.  

Led by Sean Grant and is based in Crosspool.

Firth Park

Firth Park is a social housing estate in the North of Sheffield. We have worked in Firth Park for over 6 years and have an established youth club that meets every week. We have really good relationships with young people who have moved through the youth work—some of them are now leaders in our other youth work and Kid’s clubs.  

Led by Rachel Stone and is based in Firth Park.


In Hillsborough the youth work has grown out of a church missional community based in the area. We have a small group of lads who meet every week to play pool, eat KFC and talk about God.  

Led by Andy Bryce and is based in Hillsborough.

KC Youth

King’s Centre Youth runs out of the church base in Nether Edge. We have Sunday morning youth work, a youth club, small groups and a football team in the SCYL. The youth work here is for young people whose parents go to the King’s Centre and for them to bring their friends along to. KC youth has a new leader and we are excited about how it is going to shape and grow this year.  

Led by Will Lee and is based in Kings Centre, Nether Edge.


Langsett is a social housing estate in the centre of Sheffield.  We have worked on the estate for over 10 years in different capacities and over time we have developed good relationships with local agencies and churches. We currently run two youth clubs, a small group called FAMILAM, detached youth work and mentoring. We have Langsett prayers every other week where we pray for the area.  

Led by Bex Roberts and is based in Langsett.

Norton Lees

Norton Lees is an area in the South of Sheffield, where we have worked for 6 years. The project that we run here is run in partnership with the local church. The youth work here has changed and developed over time, but we currently have a large Girl’s group which is fun and high energy and the girls absolutely love it.  

Led by Sian Griffiths and is based in Norton Lees.

Parson Cross

Parson Cross is the largest housing estate in the North of Sheffield. We have worked on the estate in various ways over the last 6 years. We currently run a detached youth work project in partnership with a  church missional community who are living in Parson Cross.

Led by Rachel Stone and is based in Parson Cross.

Philly Youth

Philly Youth is the youth work which is part of the church base at Philadelphia. We meet on Sunday mornings during the church service, worshipping God and sharing our lives together. We also have small groups that meet during the week in people’s houses. We invite our friends to these and spend time having lots of fun and learning about God.

Led by Steve Hipwell and is based in Philadelphia.


Revo is a community of young people which has grown out of our Philly Youth and Crosspool youth work. It is a youth church run by young people. We meet in coffee shops or at the church campus and run our own church for our friends to come to. We have run two Alpha courses and also meet in small groups during the week to talk about God and go deeper.

Led by Dan Brown and is based in Philadelphia & Crosspool.


Sharrow is a housing estate in the South of Sheffield. We have worked in this area for 7 years in various capacities and we currently run a football and detached project here. We have good relationship with lots of lads in the area.

Led by Toby Butler and is based in Sharrow.


Shiregreen is a large social housing estate in the North of Sheffield. We have grown our youth work here over the last 6 years. We have a large youth club, a hot chocolate drop in, a school lunch club and mentoring in the local school. We also have a STOMP young leader’s group where we invest in our young leaders. We have an amazing team who are really committed, including a group of people that have moved into the area.

Led by James Homer and is based in Shiregreen.


Upperthorpe is a social housing estate in the centre of Sheffield. We have worked on the estate for over 10 years. We have spent the last two years running a detached youth work here and have recently started a football team in the SCYL with lads we met from detached. We work in partnership with the local youth work organisation and are starting a cooking course and a second SCYL team this year.

Led by Ruth & Ali Smith and is based in Upperthorpe.