St Nicholas Parish Church, Thorne

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The church is not a building, but the people who gather there week-by-week and have done so in Thorne for some 1,000 years.

We still meet together as a growing church to meet with our Creator God, who loves us so much that he sent his Son to be our Saviour.  Everyone is welcome at our two Sunday gatherings at 9am and 10.30am.

Our Worship ranges from the traditional at the 9am Book of Common Prayer Gatherings to modern and contemporary at the 10.30am Gatherings. At the end of the 10.30 Gathering there is an opportunity to receive prayer for healing and, on the second Sunday of the month, during many Morning Praise Gatherings we have a time of anointing with oil and ministry for healing.

To read about our Vision as a church and our Values, simply scroll down to the relevant section. 

The Parish of St Nicholas Thorne is committed to high standards in the safeguarding and care of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Our safeguarding officer is Mrs Rose Brookes who can be contacted by telephone on 01405 814108. Our Parish Safeguarding Policy can be read in full by scrolling down to the safeguarding policy.

Sunday Gatherings

We worship the Living God... Father, Son and Holy Spirit

1st Sunday of the month 9am - 1662 BCP Morning Prayer 10.30am - Family Communion 2nd Sunday of the Month 9am - 1662 BCP Holy Communion 10.30am - Morning Praise 3rd Sunday of the month 9am - 1662 BCP Morning Prayer 10.30am - Family Communion 4th Sunday of the month 9am - 1662 BCP Holy Communion 10.30am - All-Age Messy Church If there is a fifth Sunday in the month we will be joining in with a joint service with our Mission Partners as below. Mission Partnership Gatherings in 2020 Sunday 29 March - 10am at St Mary's Stainforth Wednesdays - 9.30am Holy Communion


  • Stonegate, Thorne, Doncaster, England, United Kingdom
  • Car parking available



Thorne became a permanent settlement in the Anglo-Saxon period about thirteen centuries ago, but we know from the finds of flint tools and weapons that Neolithic people used this land; as also did the people from the Bronze and Iron ages from items still been found in the peat diggings on the moors, that people from the bronze and iron age also used the land.

The first Saxon community of Thorne probably began in the 6th century A.D. and it was to all intents and purposes an island settlement; the area being surrounded by water and marshland.
The water was from the River Don which was carried swiftly from the heights beyond Sheffield, but whose drainage to the sea was impeded by a vast flat area which extended from Stainforth to the Humber. This area was so low that it was below the level of the daily high tides in the river systems and caused regular flooding of all but the highest ground.
The Saxon settlers of Thorne found ample dry ground on which to grow their cereal crops and flesh, fish and fowl abounded in the surrounding marshes. They would be highly skilled at hunting deer, netting fish, trapping eels and wildfowl.
The original Saxons were pagans and worshipped the grim gods of the Scandinavian and Northern European tribes. Their fathers had taken their families and possessions in open boats and rowed them across the North Sea to find new homes in Britain. They had arrived after the Romans had left in the 5th century A.D. During the 7th century, due to the brave missionary Christian monks of St Augustine, many Saxon tribes were converted. Edwin the King of Northumbria, who had a hall at Hatfield, had a Christian wife. A Church was built at Hatfield and Thorne was then in that parish. It is probable that an original Church at Thorne was Saxon built prior to the Norman conquest.
With the Norman Conquest came real organisation and the lord of the manor of Thorne was William de Warren, who was the builder of Conisbrough Castle, his local headquarters. It was at this time in the late 11th century that the Normans built the Motte and Bailey castle known now as Peel Hill.
This was followed a few years later by a stone church built next to the castle. The stone used for both these buildings was magnesian limestone which was quarried from nearby Sprotborough and was transported to Thorne by boat on the River Don. The castle was later demolished around the 17th century but the same stone used can be found around Thorne in its walls, such as Fieldside House.
About a mile to the south-east of the church was a large expanse of water called the Bradmere, and the same distance to the west was another stretch of water separating Thorne and Hatfield. It was while crossing this latter water in boats that a funeral party was lost in the 1320’s. The corpse and several mourners were cast into the water, and the bodies of about twelve people were recovered some days later. As a result of the tragedy the Abbot of St. Mary's in York was petitioned and granted that Thorne church be rebuilt and made a parish church so that the dead could be buried at Thorne instead of Hatfield. The petition was granted on the 17th January, 1326.
The Earl of Warenne gave the presentation of the Living to Lewes Priory in Sussex, but it later reverted to the Warennes who, in 1345 granted it to Roche Abbey a few miles west of Bawtry. At the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century, the gift passed to the Crown. Queen Elizabeth 1 presented it to the Countess of Shrewsbury and from her it descended to the Duchess of Devonshire. By 1730 the gift was in the hands of the Earl of Portmore who sold it in 1778 to Sir Henry Etherington. From Sir Henry the gift passed to his niece, and afterwards to the Duchess of St Albans. In 1885 it went to the Hon. A. B. Coventry who received 3,00 pounds from the tithes.

The present patron is the Bishop of Sheffield.

Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Policy
Parish of St Nicholas, Thorne
This Policy was adopted by St Nicholas Paris Church, Thorne at a Parochial Church Council meeting held on 3 November 2015; re-adopted 8 January 2019.
Statement of Aims
Our aims are:
  • To help young people in their Christian discipleship through a programme of learning and thereby to deepen their Christian faith
  • To enable young people to experience the love of God
  • To encourage a strong Christian fellowship
  • Help young people realise their full potential physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually
  • To encourage young people to take a full part in the Church’s life and worship
  • To provide a safe meeting place for young people
  • To encourage young people to become responsible adults
  • To provide indoor and outdoor leisure activities for young people
  • To promote equality of opportunity for all
This document covers the work of this parish with children and young people, in its services and in the groups meeting throughout the week.
Currently these groups are:
  • All-Age Worship (0-18 years, 4th Sunday 10.30am–11.30am)
  • Tots' Praise (0-3 years, 1st Wednesday 1.30pm–3pm),
  • Junior Bell Ringing Practice (Wednesdays 5pm-6pm)
This policy also covers any work undertaken outside of the church buildings carried out under the auspices of the P.C.C.
Policy Statement
This P.C.C. adopts the policy statement of the Diocese and will display it prominently in all church premises. The P.C.C. expects all church workers to follow its Safeguarding Children Policy and Guidelines and will display them in a prominent place.
Application of the Policy
All new workers, whether paid or voluntary, working for church-based organisations, will be informed of the policy by the Vicar, the Safeguarding Children representative or the group leader. All children’s workers will be expected to accept the policy and guidelines and work according to their requirements.
All new members of the P.C.C. will be required to accept the policy and guidelines. The P.C.C. will appoint a group (the PCC Standing Committee) to oversee the policy and guidelines, and they will be placed on the Agenda of the P.C.C. at least annually for review.
The P.C.C. will appoint a Safeguarding Children Representative and will inform the diocesan office of their details.
Church Premises
Any organisation booking the use of church premises will be informed of the need to observe the Policy via a statement on the Booking Form. They should be expected to confirm they have a Safeguarding Children policy and appropriate insurance. Individuals booking church premises for private functions will have the policy drawn to their attention and accept their responsibility for protecting children at that function.
The P.C.C. will follow the recruitment process included in the Safeguarding Children Policy. References, the Confidential Declaration and a DBS disclosure via the Diocesan system will be obtained. Appointment to any post, paid or voluntary, will not be made until these processes are complete. All appointments will be made on a conditional basis until the completion of a satisfactory probationary period. All those working with children and young people will follow the good practice guidelines in the Diocesan Safeguarding Children Policy and Guidelines.
Registration and Parental Consent
All groups will keep a register of those attending each session. Parental consent forms, including emergency contact details, must be completed for all participants, and must be available to group leaders whenever the group meets. This applies to all groups, whether meeting on church premises or elsewhere.
Parental consent to photographs and videos must be obtained, using the consent form and principles in the diocesan guidelines.
The P.C.C. will ensure that there is adequate insurance cover for all activities involving children and young people.
Fire Regulations and Security
All group leaders will be aware of fire regulations and the positions of fire extinguishers. They will be vigilant as to the presence of anyone on the premises during the meetings of the groups. They should know who to contact in an emergency relating to the building.
Food and Hygiene
If any group is involved in the preparation or selling of food, at least one leader should have completed the food hygiene and food safety course to ensure good practice is followed.
First Aid and Accidents
Each group should have at least one adult present who has attended a basic course on first aid. There should be a properly stocked first aid kit accessible to each group. In the event of any accident, an incident and accident report form should be completed. This should be kept securely in a marked file. Parents should also be informed of any accident.
Providing an Independent Person
Children and young people should have the opportunity to raise any concerns about any health and safety or safeguarding matters. A notice will be placed on the noticeboard and/or entrance to church and to all church premises with the name of the parish Safeguarding Children Representative/Officer, Childline telephone number and of any other independent person the parish appoints to afford this opportunity.
If an allegation is received concerning the behaviour of an adult, the diocesan Allegations Policy (a copy of which can be found in the Safeguarding Children Policy) will be followed.
Concerns About or Reported by a Child
This parish will follow the Diocesan Guidelines and report the concern to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, or to the appropriate Archdeacon. In an emergency or if the child is at immediate risk the appropriate statutory agencies will be informed. All such concerns or incidents should be recorded and kept in a confidential place.
All children and young people’s workers will meet to review their work on at least an annual basis. This should include a review of safeguarding issues and health and safety issues relating to each group. Notification of this meeting should be reported to the P.C.C. The parish Safeguarding Children Representative/Officer will review the parish policy annually and report to the P.C.C., who will record this review in their minutes. The P.C.C. will inform the Archdeacon via the visitation that this has been done. A copy of the current Parish Safeguarding Policy should be sent to the Archdeacon for inclusion in the parish file. A further copy should be sent if there are substantial amendments.
Group leaders will be encouraged to attend the Safeguarding training provided by the Diocese. The parish will consider its training needs at the time it reviews the Safeguarding Policy. If specific needs are identified the parish will consult with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser to arrange a training event for the parish or group of parishes in the Deanery.
Use of Social Media
All those using social media, text messaging and e-mail to communicate with children and young people must follow the diocesan guidelines.

Diocese of Sheffield Safe Church Policy
Parish Policy Statement on Safeguarding Adults in the Church
This statement was adopted by St Nicholas Parish Church, Thorne at a Parochial Church Council meeting held on 3 November 2015 and re-adopted on the 8 January 2019.
This policy will be reviewed each year to monitor progress achieved.
1. We recognize that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives
2. As members of this parish we commit ourselves to respectful pastoral care for all adults to whom we minister.
3. We commit ourselves to the safeguarding of people who may be vulnerable, ensuring their well-being in the life of this church.
4. We commit ourselves to promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.
5. The parish commits itself to promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people who may be vulnerable.
6. It is the responsibility of each of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse of vulnerable people, and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
7. We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with people who may be vulnerable.
8. The parish is committed to supporting, resourcing, training and regularly reviewing those who undertake work amongst people who may be vulnerable.
9.The parish adopts the guidelines of the Church of England and the Diocese.
10. Each person who works with vulnerable people will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this church.
This church appoints Mrs Rose Brookes to represent the concerns and views of vulnerable people at our meetings and to outside bodies.
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Currently Vacant


Marc Green

Worship Leader

Marc was born and raised in Thorne. He has been a member of St Nicholas’ for many years and has led the All-Age Worship Team for over 10 years. After completing the Diocese of Sheffield’s “Worship for Today” course between 2013 and 2014, he was authorised by the Bishop of Sheffield as a Worship Leader at St Nicholas’ in September 2014. Marc assists the Vicar in leading the main 10.30am service on Sundays and is a member of the Church Council.

Jim Hirst

Church Warden

Joyce Kerrison

Deputy Church Warden

Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals


Baptisms are normally held at 12.30pm on the First and Third Sundays of the Month. Baptism enquiries can be made at the All-Age Gathering normally on the Fourth Sunday of the Month at 10.30am. Leaflets regarding Baptism are available on the download page. All-Age Dates 2019/20 27 October 24 November 26 January 23 February 22 March (Mothering Sunday) 26 April 24 May 28 June 26 July 23 August

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Enquiries can be made to the Vicar on 01405 814055. Further details are available on the download page for those who live outside of St Nicholas Parish (which is the town of Thorne and not Moorends) or for divorcees seeking re-marriage in church.

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Funerals are arranged in the first instance with a Funeral Director

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