Crosscrake Christmas Fair 2022

Crosscrake Christmas Fair 2022

A big thank you to everyone who supported the Christmas Fair, which raised over £1,200 for church funds.

The fair was held in Sedgwick Village Hall on the morning of Saturday 26th November and was extremely well supported by the local community. The fair featured stalls selling cakes, crafts, plants and books; a raffle and prize draws; along with lots of tea and coffee for everyone.

Magic of Opera Concert by Encore Opera

Magic of Opera Concert by Encore Opera at Crosscrake Church

Encore Opera, which regularly rehearses in St Thomas’ church, gave a fabulous performance in Crosscrake Church on Sunday 6th November. Their “Magic of Opera” concert opera featured favourites such as the Pearl Fishers’ duet, the Toreador’s Song and the Habanera from Carmen and many other pieces from the most famous and well known operas.

The concert raised over £650 for church funds. People in attendance commented on what a wonderful performance it was and a great afternoon was had by all. Many thanks to the members of Encore Opera from all at Crosscrake Church.

Encore, formed by opera enthusiasts to bring concerts of opera out of the theatres and into the community, has a unique combination of voices which produces a very special and unforgettable sound.

Every concert performed is delivered with passion and precision. The music is dramatized and the repertoire is constantly changing so that each concert experienced will be a unique one.

You can find out more about Encore Opera at

Harvest Festival Flowers at Crosscrake

Harvest Festival Flowers at Crosscrake

The church was looking beautiful again this Harvest-time with the addition of wonderful flower displays by the team of volunteers. We managed to get a few snaps of them working to create the fabulous displays that always make the church look so vibrant and welcoming. Our thanks to the whole team for their efforts in creating such wonderful displays.

The harvest service on the 2nd October was well attended and included generous donations of food for the food bank, collected by the church congregation and the school. Thank you to everybody who so generously supported the Harvest Appeal. Cheques amounting to £600 have been sent for the Bishop’s Appeal.

Christian Aid week at Crosscrake

Christian Aid Week at Crosscrake

The coffee morning and cake sale at Crosscrake to support Christian Aid week 2022 raised £755 for the cause. As you can see from the photo, a beautiful array of cakes were on offer and a ‘Guess the weight of the cake’ competition brought in a wide range of guesses. Thanks to all those who took part and gave so generously to the cause.

Christian Aid week 2022 aims to help families in Zimbabwe battling drought and poverty. Find out more about Christian Aid week here on the Christian Aid website.

Chris Day completes Sponsored Walk in aid of Open Doors Charity

Chris Day completes Sponsored Walk in aid of Open Doors Charity

Chris Day has the following message regarding his sponsored walk –

“A big thank you to eveyone who contributed to my 210 mile sponsored walk which, with God’s help any your generosity, raised £1,443; (£1,680.63 after gift aid), to support our brothers and sisters in India who have been affected by Covid-19.

The Open Doors letter of thanks is displayed in the porch of Crosscrake Church. Please accept my personal thanks”.

Harvest Festival at Crosscrake Church

Harvest Festival at Crosscrake Church

Two services took place for the Harvest Festival at Crosscrake Church on Sunday 3rd October 2021 – a family communion service at 10am and then a harvest songs of praise at 6.30pm.

The church looked resplendent, with beautiful flower displays created by Gareth and his talented team of helpers. These wonderful displays are in the church now, so do try and get to see them if you can.

Harvest gifts of food and donations were collected for good causes. All food donations are going to the King’s food bank in Kendal and monetary donations will be passed on to the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal.

Thanks to everyone who has taken part and made the 2021 Harvest Festival so special.

Chris Day does Sponsored Walk in aid of Open Doors Charity

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.

Thank you”.

Chirs Day.

The ‘Little’ Summer Garden Party 2021

The ‘Little’ Summer Garden Party 2021

Summer Garden Party 2021

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.