September Magazine

September magazine

The first issue of the new Crosscrake Parish news is now printed and will be heading to homes throughout the parish over the next few days.

This is the first issue produced in-house by Crosscrake’s own ‘Quarantino publications’, the print division of Quarantino Ink (sic) 😃

We hope you like it and welcome feedback/comments.

Petronal Festival Service

Petronal Festival Service on the Millenium Field

The special Petronal Festival service on the millenium field in Sedgwick was attended by a large congregation from the surrounding area. Despite the weather taking a turn for the worse, spirits were not dampened as we all moved into the village hall to complete the service. There was some concern for Mike and his waterlogged electric piano, but we are pleased to say he survived the experience without any explosions!

Thanks to all who attended.

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.

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.

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”.

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