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Alpha Course Online this Autumn

Alpha Course Online Starting this Autumn

Alpha Online


You’re invited

Got Questions about life?

Churches in the Kendal Area are running an online Alpha Course this Autumn.

From the comfort of your own home, from your laptop or tablet, Alpha Online is a place to ask the big questions of life.

Connect with others online to watch a series of episodes and explore Christian faith together. 

IT’s free. Kendal Alpha Online will run for 11 weeks on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 until 9pm. Why not try the first couple of weeks to see what it’s like?

Further information can be found at https://kendalchurchesonlinealpha.eventbrite.co.uk

Christingle Service at Crosscrake

Christingle Service at Crosscrake

On Sunday 2nd February, we held our Christingle service at St. Thomas’. This service has often taken place during Advent, but it was decided this year to hold it at Candlemass.

The service was enjoyed by children and adults alike. The traditional Christingle oranges were exchanged for gifts of money which were then donated to the Childrens Society.

Traditional Christingle Oranges

A very Merry Christmas at Crosscrake

A very Merry Christmas at Crosscrake

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.

Crosscrake Big Screen Film Night

Crosscrake Big Screen Film Night

The latest Crosscrake Big-Screen Film Night took place at St. Thomas’ on 7th December in aid of the Crosscrake Community Hub.

This time the film was All is True, written by Ben Elton and starring Kenneth Branagh and Judy Dench.

The film night was the latest in a series of films that have been shown at Crosscrake, where the church turns into a fabulous big screen cinema for the evening.

The cinema nights are becoming more and more popular, with refreshments being served including cinema goer favourites popcorn and hot dogs.

Keep an eye on our events calendar for further cinema nights taking place in 2020.

Burneside Brass Band Concert – November 2019

Burneside Brass Band Concert – November 2019

Burneside Brass Band returned to Crosscrake Church on Friday 8th November for another wonderful concert in aid of the Crosscrake Community Hub project.

The band led by Laurie Johnston performed a wide array of pieces, ranging from Bach to The Beatles, Sousa and Wood, showcasing their talent for interpreting famous tunes.

The concert was well attended and over £500 was raised for Crosscrake Community Hub funds.

A big thank you to all involved for giving their time and making it such a special evening.

Find out more about Burneside Brass Band on their website

Harvest Celebrations at Crosscrake

Harvest Celebrations at 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.

New Vicar joins Crosscrake

New Vicar joins St. Thomas’ Church, Crosscrake

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.

Crosscrake Church 28-07-19

Afternoon tea in aid of the Community Hub

Afternoon tea in aid of the Community Hub

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.

Afternoon tea in aid of the Community Hub
Afternoon tea in aid of the Community Hub

Easter Sunday 2019

Easter Sunday 2019 at St. Thomas’ Crosscrake

Easter Sunday 2019 at St. Thomas Church, Crosscrake

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.