David Boxford presented with leaving gift on his last service at Crosscrake before moving home
Crosscrake Church regular David Boxford attended his final Sunday service at Crosscrake on 12th September, before moving to a new home in East Devon.
David has been a key figure in Crosscrake Church life for many years and has lived in the parish since 1970. He has been instrumental in the church choir since 1980 and went on to be choir leader. In recent years he has worked alongside organist Mike Critchlow in choosing music for services and special occasions, rallying extra singing talent for special services.
A kind and much loved member of the congregation, his cheery disposition, enthusiasm and encouragement to others, particular those in the choir, will be very much missed.
Rev. Terry Wilcock presented David with a leaving gift from everyone at Crosscrake at the end of the service and David made a wonderful speech in his usual thoughtful and articulate manner.
Everyone at Crosscrake sends David and Suzanne the very best wishes in their new home and life in Devon.
Chris Day does Sponsored Walk in aid of Open Doors Charity Covid work in India
Crosscrake parishoner Chris Day is doing a sponsored walk. Here he speaks about the walk and the charity it will help:
“I’m doing some sponsored walking to raise money for Christians in India who have been affected by Covid-19, or who are victims of violence because of their faith. Doctors in hospitals refuse to treat them because they are Christians. Many have lost their livlihood in lockdown and don’t receive aid for the same reason.
Every £60 raised could give urgent Covid relief and help with medical costs to a victim of violence or to a believer who has lost their livlihood through the pandemic.
I hope to walk 180 miles between 1st October and 31st December, whatever the weather and am asking you to sponsor me for so much a mile or with a lump sum.
The money will be sent to Open Doors, which is a Christian charity.
Details about Open Doors, about how to sponsor me and more information about our brothers and sisters in India will be displayed at the back of Crosscrake Church. You can also find out more about the Open Doors charity and what it does here.
I have already raised £155 as of 12th September, and would like to raise at least £600, which could help some dozen people. Please come and speak to me after services on Sundays or drop a line via the contact page here on the website and your message will be passed on to me.
The summer garden party at Marlene and Ian’s house took place on the 25th July and was a superb occasion, being the first church social event to take place since the start of the pandemic.
The garden party was rescheduled from it’s normal early-july date, due the the government extension of restrictions, however despite a weather forcast that suggested it may be less than clement, the sun shone beautifully and it was a wonderful summer’s day.
The generosity of Crosscrake parishoners also shone through with a fabulous selection of cakes made for the occasion along with a constant supply of tea and even a glass of bubbly if you felt like it. A raffle was held, with some great prizes and there was a bring-and-buy stall too.
Rev. Terry Wilcock led a short service at the end of the afternoon, in which a couple of popular hymns were sung. Rev. Mat Ineson kindly sang for the congregation too and a wonderful time was had by all.
The event raised over £1,000 for church funds. A big thank you to everyone who made the event such a wonderful success and a well-needed return to socialising in-person for the Crosscrake community.
Rev. Mat’s final service at Crosscrake – 18th July 2021
Rev. Mat Ineson’s final service at Crosscrake took place on 18th July 2021. The day was a glorious Sunday, enabling us to have the service outdoors with singing of hymns, making the occasion a joyous one.
The service itself was jointly led by Rev. Terry Wilcock, Rev. Lucy Foster and Rev. Mat. At the end of the service, churchwardens Mike and Marlene gave speeches thanking Mat for his leadership over the past two years, through a particularly turbulent time of pandemic, where many of our services have been online rather than in-building.
Everyone at Crosscrake wishes Mat and Bishop Emma the very best for their new roles that they are due to commence soon in London.
An outdoor service took place today at Crosscrake Church and was a great success. The weather forecast had predicted heavy, thundery showers, but it stayed dry for the duration of the service.
There was great enthusiasm from the congregation and being outdoor, this was the first service in which singing has been permitted since the start of Covid restrictions some eighteen months ago. The turnout of people showed the great desire to be able to meet again and sing together.
Rev. Mat Ineson, Rev. Terry Wilcock and Rev. Lucy Foster led the family service which included hymns and songs that are great favourites amongst the children of the congregation. If you look carefully at some of the photos, you may even see people doing the actions to the words of ‘If I were a butterfly’ as they are singing!
The service was followed by some Covid-safe outdoor refreshments giving people the chance to chat and catch up with one-another, for some this being the first time they have seen each other for a long time.
We all look forward to soon being able to return to worship together as before with singing permitted again. Thanks to all involved for making this service such a wonderful and successful event.
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.