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.
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.
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.
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.
People from the local farming community and parish came together to help cut the grass in St. Thomas’ churchyard. This annual event is a great example of how the people of the parish work together. Delicious sandwiches and cakes were provided by Sheila Nelson for the volunteers.
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.