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.


A group of 30-something professionals who meet weekly to help each other grow in our relationship with God, to build community with each other and to support each other to live the Christian life in our workplaces, communities and families.

Amigos is led by Rachel & Quentin Rook-Williams and is based in Hillsborough.



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.


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 Jo Dring, and Ian and Wendy Mitchell.


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

this, that and the other

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 MCs 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 


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.



A young adult community who want to share their lives with each other, welcome new people and allow them to find a home in the church, pray and eat together, and to help people recognise their gifts and encourage them to serve the church body. 

Led by Sarah Onyon & Nadine Kay.


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.


We want to create a place of belonging for those who are going through hard times and dealing with issues in their lives, and who want friendship and support while they do so.

Abiding is led by Andrea Gibbons.

Healing on the Streets

These Communities engage with local communities though healing on the streets across the City and beyond

City HOTS (Healing on the Streets)

City HOTS want to help everyday people come into a  personal relationship with God via ‘Healing On The Streets’ (HOTS) in Sheffield City Centre.

City HOTS is led by Roger & Linda Stone and is based in Grenoside andthe City Centre.


These Communities are based in the urban poor areas of Sheffield

Porter Croft

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


Sharrow is an open, family community in the heart of Sharrow.

We are a mix of people living life together through eating, local community building, toddler groups, cage football, street parties, worship and extended family time.

Sharrow is led by Toby & Hannah Butler and is based in Sharrow.

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.  

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 a group of adults who work in different sectors across the city, and who live in the west of Sheffield. We support each other as we show Jesus to those around us. We are also passionate about social justice issues.  

Led by Nicola & Jonathan Le Vallois and is based in Crookes.


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