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.
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.
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!
Crosscrake Church Harvest Festival – 8th October 2018
Crosscrake Church Harvest Festival Service on Sunday 7th October was attended by upwards of 90 people. The traditional service, led by Rev Terry Wilcock saw the people of Crosscrake give thanks for a great harvest. As always on these occasions, the church looked resplendent, with beautiful displays of flowers and fruit in autumn colours.
A further evening service was held, which was attended by around 40 people, with readings and hymns relating to harvesttime. This service was led by Rev Marion Mashiter. Following the evening service, a harvest supper took place at the nearby Punchbowl Pub in Crosscrake, which saw over 50 of the congregation enjoying a traditional pub meal with raffle in aid of the Crosscrake Hub appeal.
A fantastic Harvest Festival enjoyed by everyone who attended!