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.

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.