Palm Sunday service with a very special visitor

Palm Sunday service with a very special visitor

The Palm Sunday service took place this morning at Crosscrake Church with a very special visit from Winston the Donkey. Winston, who comes from nearby Raines Hall Farm, the home of the Maize Maze, delighted the congregation as the service, led by Rev. Terry and Rev. Lucy, commenced outside the church with a Palm Sunday reading and distribution of palm crosses, before heading into the church building for the rest of the service.

Winston has been a regular Palm Sunday guest at the church for many years and we were very pleased to see him again today and grateful to the family at Raines Hall for bringing him along. He seemed to enjoy his visit, basking in the glorious Cumbrian sunshine and chewing on some tasty Crosscrake grass, but he was unavailable to comment personally, mainly due to the fact he is a donkey.

Thanks to everyone who attended (Winston included) for making it such a special Palm Sunday service.

Easter 2022 worship

Easter 2022 worship at St. Thomas’ Church, Crosscrake – all are welcome!

Palm Sunday 10th April at 10am – Blessing & Distribution of palms and Holy Communion.

Monday 11th April, 10.30am to 12 noon:
Drop into Crosscrake church anytime between 10.30 & 12 for a drink – coffee, tea or soft drink and a Hot Cross Bun.
Plenty of time to relax and have a chat. There will be a short reflection on Holy Week by Terry.

Maundy Thursday 14th April at 7pm – Holy Communion and remembrance of The Last Supper. A short reflective service.

Good Friday 15th April at 10am – Children’s Activity Morning.

Good Friday 15th April at 2pm – a quiet hour-long service to meditate on the events of Good Friday.

Easter Day 17th April at 6.45am – Sunrise Holy Communion, a short service to celebrate the resurrection, lighting of the
Easter Fire and our new Paschal Candle. Followed by hot drinks, Hot Cross Buns and a light breakfast at the back of the church.

Easter Day 17th April at 10am – Holy Communion, our main celebration of Easter, hopefully with an Easter Egg hunt for all ages.

All are welcome to come and share the joy and hope of Easter.

Spring is a wonderful time in Crosscrake

Spring is a wonderful time in Crosscrake

Spring is definitely in the air at Crosscrake church. The current spell of dry and warm weather has led to a wonderful display of daffodils in the churchyard, so what better opportunity to take some new snaps and post them for you to enjoy.

In fields surrounding the church, there are further signs of springtime, with the sound of newborn lambs taking their first glimpse of the world. Take a look here.

Our Mothering Sunday service today was attended by a large congregation who came to worship and give thanks. It was great to see so many people joining in and after the all age service led by Rev. Terry and Rev. Lucy, posies of daffodils were handed out to Mothers and others in the congregation.

Remembrance Sunday at Crosscrake

Remembrance Sunday at Crosscrake

A Remembrance Day service took place at Crosscrake Church on Sunday 14th November. There was a great turnout for the service and it was wonderful to see so many people – including parishioners and local groups of children from the Guides, Brownies, Rainbows, Scouts, Cubs & Beavers. The Mothers Union also presented their flag.

Following the service in the church building, Rev. Terry Wilcock led a short service of remembrance at the Cenotaph memorial in the church grounds, which included a two minutes silence to remember those lost in conflict. Our thanks to trumpeter Oliver Bateman from Burneside Brass Band, who played the Last Post and Reveille.

Photos: Liz Jackson

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.

Rev. Mat’s final service at Crosscrake – 18th July 2021

Rev. Mat’s final service at Crosscrake – 18th July 2021

Outdoor service 18thJuly 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.

Outdoor service at Crosscrake – 4th July 2021

Outdoor service at Crosscrake – 4th July 2021

Crosscrake Church outdoor service

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.

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.

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