Crosscrake DJs go bowling

Crosscrake DJs go bowling

On 11th September a group of youngsters from Crosscrake Church DJ’s went bowling at Holgates in Silverdale.

Everyone managed to have their lunch while the weather was dry, before some fierce competition on the bowling alley. They even had ice creams before playing together on the play park.

It was lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves together after the long Covid break. It was also a good opportunity for the adults to meet up as well.

David Boxford presented with leaving gift

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 ‘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.

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.

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.

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

Lent Lunches 2019

Lent Lunches 2019

Our annual lent lunches took place at Sedgwick Village Hall on 4 consecutive Wednesdays in March and April.

The lunches raised over £1,000 which was shared between South Lakeland Carers and Crosscrake Community Hub.

The lunches provide us with an enjoyable social occasion as well as an opportunity to raise money for useful causes.