Our Future

THE TOWN

Doncaster is a gem

Proudly Yorkshire and steeped in history. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, but with new theatres, cinema and even its very own racecourse! It is well served by great road and rail links, with trains to London King’s Cross in less than 2 hours.

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With a population of over 300,000 the metropolitan borough of Doncaster is one of the largest towns (without city status) in England. The coal mines have disappeared, but the town continues to be a focus for manufacturing and new businesses. It sits on the A1 and the M18, with a major railway station on the London mainline and an increasingly busy airport. It is also home to the new HS2 training hub and a growing distribution base for major companies. Economically, Doncaster is a town heading in the right direction, but there’s a huge need.

THE NEED

In short, Doncaster is in need of the gospel

Doncaster is a part of the Church of England Diocese of Sheffield. The Bishops of Sheffield and Doncaster have identified Doncaster as an area of both spiritual need and opportunity. The wider Church of England has identified Doncaster as an area in which to invest significant new resources to support church development.
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This investment comes with the aim to bring gospel growth which is so needed in a town the size of Doncaster.

So Doncaster has been identified as an area in which to invest significant and considerable resources.

THE PLAN

The Diocese invited Christ Church Fulwood to help

The Diocese asked Christ Church Fulwood to send a “church graft” into Doncaster, with the long-term vision of it becoming a resource church.

The Diocese approached the PCC (Parochial Church Council) of St Mary’s Wheatley to consider a partnership with Christ Church Fulwood in this exciting new venture. The leadership of both churches have enthusiastically embraced the vision.

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We are all praying for St Mary’s to become an established, growing, thriving church, which can play its part in resourcing the whole area. Our hope is that in time we will plant other churches in Doncaster.

The national Church Commissioners have pledged money to further resource this initiative, making it an exciting opportunity. Our hope is for a servant-hearted group of people to join with the present faithful church family in bringing the life-changing message of Jesus Christ to this part of God’s world.

St Mary's Wheatley

THE LEADER

Andy Thomas

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Andy Thomas has been appointed to lead this new church family.

Andy is married to Amy, a qualified paediatrician and now a full-time Mum. They have two children, Zoe (3) and Sam (2), and another one expected in July.

Andy began following Jesus seriously at university in Cambridge. He has a degree in engineering that he’s never really used, and a degree in theology from Oak Hill Theological College which he uses all the time!

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He was a curate in Sussex, and for the last five years has been Associate Vicar of St Matthew’s in Cambridge. His experience there has prepared him well for St Mary’s. A small but gospel-centred congregation, St Matthew’s received a graft from a large, well-resourced evangelical church (St Andrew the Great). It’s now thriving and beginning to think about planting.

Andy spent his childhood in Warrington and Knutsford, before spending many years in exile in the south. He’s looking forward to returning north! He loves watching thrillers, reading Robert Harris novels, playing in the park with his children, and going for Indian food with Amy.

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