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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

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

Easter Sunday 2019

Easter Sunday 2019 at St. Thomas’ Crosscrake

Easter Sunday 2019 at St. Thomas Church, Crosscrake

The sun was shining this Easter weekend and it made for a perfect Easter Sunday service at St. Thomas’ Crosscrake. The church seemed packed for the morning service which was attended by well over 100 people. The service, led by Terry was a joyous affair and was followed by an Easter Egg hunt for the children of the congregation in addition to the tea, coffee and biscuits kindly provided for everyone by volunteers.

The church looked resplendent, beautifully decorated with flower displays and a special Easter Egg display, all done by our hugely talented flower arrangers in the church.

Palm Sunday Service 2019

Palm Sunday Service 2019

Palm Sunday Service 2019 at St Thomas Church, Crosscrake

Crosscrake Church was fortunate to have a very special visitor this week when at the start of the Palm Sunday service we were joined by a donkey from nearby Raines Hall Farm.

It has become traditional in our rural parish to start the Palm Sunday service in this way. The congregation then reenacted Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem by processing into church singing the hymn ‘All Glory Laud and Honour’.

Terry led a lively service involving participation from the
congregation. We were blessed with sunshine, albeit with the challenge of a freezing Easterly wind. The donkey behaved impeccably!

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.

Christmas Tree Festival at Crosscrake

Christmas Tree Festival at Crosscrake

Crosscrake Church Chistmas Tree Festival 2018

15 local organisations including the Crosscrake Choir, Crosscrake Men’s Group, Guides, Brownies, The Tots, Mother’s Union and Crosscrake School volunteered to take part in the Crosscrake Christmas Tree festival 2018, by decorating a Christmas tree.

In addition, there was a special memory tree, which offered people a way to remember a loved one.

The 15 trees were displayed proudly in the church from Sunday 16th December to Thursday 27th December and the church was open daily for people to come and look at the beautiful displays.

Thanks to all those involved, who donated and decorated the trees to such great effect, making the church extra welcoming and beautifully decorated throughout this special season.

Remembrance Weekend 2018

Remembrance Weekend 2018

The centenary of the armistice of World War One was recognised by the people of Crosscrake and neighbouring parishes with a splendid weekend of remembrance, service and celebration.

The brainchild of Sedgwick and Stainton Parish Councils, the weekend was hosted at Crosscrake Church.

Starting on Friday evening, a centenary celebration concert was given at Crosscrake Church by Burneside Brass Band. The concert was extremely well attended by a full audience and was enjoyed by all.
Click pictures below to see them full size.


On Saturday, the church was opened to the public for an exhibition of personal wartime memorabilia, showing the personal stories of local people and how they were individually affected by the first world war.

A slideshow of pictures, footage and songs of the era was projected onto the church wall throughout, adding the atmosphere of the time to the exhibition.


On Remembrance Sunday Morning, over 200 people gathered for a special service attended by the uniformed organisations and local parishioners. The service concluded with the two minutes silence followed by the last post at the cenotaph in the church grounds.

At twelve midday, the exhibition in the church reo-opened.

An early evening service was held, led by Rev Graham Skilling, with the schoolchildren of Crosscrake School and memories and reflections from Chris Day and David Willacy.

Following the service, the congregation proceeded to the field above the church for  the last post and lighting of a beacon. On a cold November evening, everyobne then came back down to the church, where hot drinks and food were being served to all.


The whole weekend was a magnificent reflection on the community spirit which exists in Stainton and Sedgwick. Our thanks go to the two parish councils for organising it so well.

Harvest Festival 8th October 2018

Crosscrake Church Harvest Festival – 8th October 2018

Crosscrake Harvest Festival Service
Crosscrake Church Harvest Festival Service on Sunday 7th October was attended by upwards of 90 people. The traditional service, led by Rev Terry Wilcock saw the people of Crosscrake give thanks for a great harvest. As always on these occasions, the church looked resplendent, with beautiful displays of flowers and fruit in autumn colours.

Harvest Festival Flowers, CrosscrakeA further evening service was held, which was attended by around 40 people, with readings and hymns relating to harvesttime. This service was led by Rev Marion Mashiter. Following the evening service, a harvest supper took place at the nearby Punchbowl Pub in Crosscrake, which saw over 50 of the congregation enjoying a traditional pub meal with raffle in aid of the Crosscrake Hub appeal.

A fantastic Harvest Festival enjoyed by everyone who attended!

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