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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

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.

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.

Chris Day does Sponsored Walk in aid of Open Doors Charity

Chris Day does Sponsored Walk in aid of Open Doors Charity Covid work in India

Crosscrake parishoner Chris Day is doing a sponsored walk. Here he speaks about the walk and the charity it will help:

“I’m doing some sponsored walking to raise money for Christians in India who have been affected by Covid-19, or who are victims of violence because of their faith. Doctors in hospitals refuse to treat them because they are Christians. Many have lost their livlihood in lockdown and don’t receive aid for the same reason.

Every £60 raised could give urgent Covid relief and help with medical costs to a victim of violence or to a believer who has lost their livlihood through the pandemic.

I hope to walk 180 miles between 1st October and 31st December, whatever the weather and am asking you to sponsor me for so much a mile or with a lump sum.

The money will be sent to Open Doors, which is a Christian charity.

Details about Open Doors, about how to sponsor me and more information about our brothers and sisters in India will be displayed at the back of Crosscrake Church. You can also find out more about the Open Doors charity and what it does here.

I have already raised £155 as of 12th September, and would like to raise at least £600, which could help some dozen people. Please come and speak to me after services on Sundays or drop a line via the contact page here on the website and your message will be passed on to me.

Thank you”.

Chirs Day.

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.