Christmas celebrations are underway at St. Thomas’ Church, Crosscrake and what a wonderful way to celebrate!
Festive services have taken place throughout Advent and this weekend the festive celebrations have continued with a special Christmas carol concert on Sunday evening, where a packed congregation joined the choir of St. Thomas’ Crosscrake to sing a selection of Christmas favourites, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.
The church looks resplendent, with a beautifully decorated tree and seasonal displays throughout the church, thanks as always to Gareth and his team of extremely talented and artistic members of the congregation. If you haven’t already, please do try and visit sometime during the festive season, the church looks wonderful!
Christmas celebrations continue with a crib service at 4pm on Christmas Eve, followed by midnight communion at 11.15pm, to welcome in Christmas Day. Family communion takes place at 10am on Christmas Day, so if you can get along to any or all of the services, a warm welcome awaits.
Merry Christmas from everyone at St. Thomas’ Crosscrake.
It was a superb harvest celebration at St. Thomas’ Crosscrake this weekend.
Starting with a harvest thanksgiving service for families on Sunday morning, led by Mat, attended by the uniformed organisations and enjoyed by a large congregation. The service contained special elements of thanksgiving and sharing.
The church looked beautiful with its displays of flowers, fruit and produce, all expertly arranged by the team.
At 6.30pm we held a further service of harvest praise focusing on traditional harvest hymns, which was followed at 8pm by a harvest supper at The Punch Bowl Inn, Barrows Green; where a hearty meal was accompanied by drinks, raffle and auction.
The display of produce in the church was made up of items suitable for donation to the King’s food bank in Kendal and the day’s collections and proceeds from the raffle and a proportion of the supper ticket sales were donated to the Bishop of Carlisle’s Harvest Appeal to help people in Malawi and our companion link Diocese of Zululand (South Africa).
Thanks to everyone who made the day such a success, including David and all the staff at The Punch Bowl.
A special ceremony took place at St. Thomas’ Church, Crosscrake on Sunday 28th July 2019 when our new Vicar, Reverend Canon Mat Ineson, was officially licenced and installed.
The ceremony was conducted by The Right Reverend James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle and the installation by The Reverend Anne Pettifor, Rural Dean of Kendal.
The ceremony was attended by a large congregation and featured a special Introit sung by the choir of St. Thomas’ – ‘Lead Me Lord’; Hymns including ‘Christ Triumphant’, ‘We have a Gospel to Proclaim’, ‘Father, Lord of all Creation’ and ‘Lord, for the Years’ and a Solo performance of ‘Give to my eyes, Lord’, beautifully sung by soprano Rachel Little, accompanied by St. Thomas’ organist Mike Critchlow.
In addition to his work as Priest in Charge of St. Thomas’, Mat will also be working as Mission & Disciple Enabler and assistant Rural Dean of Kendal Deanery.
The church looked resplendent, with beautiful flower arrangements by members of the congregation and the ceremony was followed by celebratory refreshments including delicious cakes, also made by members of the congregation, for all to enjoy.
As you can see from the photos below, the ceremony attracted a large congregation, which helped to make it a wonderful morning.
People from the local farming community and parish came together to help cut the grass in St. Thomas’ churchyard. This annual event is a great example of how the people of the parish work together. Delicious sandwiches and cakes were provided by Sheila Nelson for the volunteers.
In excess of 100 people turned out for the afternoon tea held at Marlene and Ian’s house on 7th July, which raised around £1,000 for the fund. People enjoyed delicious cakes made by the people of the parish and there was a raffle too. Thanks to all who came along and made it such a great afternoon.
The sun was shining this Easter weekend and it made for a perfect Easter Sunday service at St. Thomas’ Crosscrake. The church seemed packed for the morning service which was attended by well over 100 people. The service, led by Terry was a joyous affair and was followed by an Easter Egg hunt for the children of the congregation in addition to the tea, coffee and biscuits kindly provided for everyone by volunteers.
The church looked resplendent, beautifully decorated with flower displays and a special Easter Egg display, all done by our hugely talented flower arrangers in the church.
Crosscrake Church was fortunate to have a very special visitor this week when at the start of the Palm Sunday service we were joined by a donkey from nearby Raines Hall Farm.
It has become traditional in our rural parish to start the Palm Sunday service in this way. The congregation then reenacted Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem by processing into church singing the hymn ‘All Glory Laud and Honour’.
Terry led a lively service involving participation from the congregation. We were blessed with sunshine, albeit with the challenge of a freezing Easterly wind. The donkey behaved impeccably!