The Bells are Returning!

Good Friday (15th April)
10.30am-12noon: Family Fun Day in church and graveyard
12noon-4pm: Church open. Church team available for Q&A

Easter Saturday (16th April)
10-4pm: Church open for quiet contemplation of bells

Easter Sunday (17th April)
10am: Church open. Church team available for Q&A
11.15-12.15pm: Easter Morning Service
12.30pm–2pm: Church closed (Private Baptism)
2.30pm–4pm: Church open. Church teams available for Q&A

Easter Monday (18th April)
10am-4pm: Church open for quiet contemplation of bells

Looking Ahead……

Sunday 8th May
3pm: Blessing of the bells by Bishop James

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Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week Services

Wednesday in Holy Week at St Leonard’s: Quiet Communion at 11am

A contemplative service of communion during Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday Agape meal at St Paul’s at 6pm

Whilst we share a communal meal we will reflect together on the last meal Jesus shared with his friends. This evening’s service is a special time to connect with each other and with the Easter Story. Please do book your place so we know numbers for catering purposes. Donations towards costs would be gratefully received.

Good Friday Family Easter Event at St Michael’s 10:30-12

Why not come and join us on Good Friday morning at St Michael’s Arlecdon from 10:30 till 12. We will be hosting an Easter Family event. Amongst lots of activities there will be an egg dumping competition, and Easter Egg hunt and lots of crafty stuff to get stuck into as well as stories and songs…refreshments will also be available…and for the grown ups there will be the chance to view the church bells before they are reinstalled…a once in a lifetime opportunity. Why not come and join us for our Easter Experience.

Good Friday: An hour at the Cross in St John’s in the Hall (3-4pm)

This is a quiet devotional service as we explore and reflect upon Jesus’s passion and what it has to teach us about ourselves and God’s generous faithful love.

Easter Morning Sunrise Service

Calling all you larks! We thought we would resurrect the ecumenical tradition of having a short sunrise service at the top of Dent on Easter Morning. As you may have seen on Facebook, we did have a practice run last year! It was a bit misty but very atmospheric. If folks would like to join me then I hope to set off at the bottom of Black How car park at 6:00 am. There’ll be a short service on top….do bring a flask of hot tea and coffee and I’ll bring the hot cross buns. If you can be in touch to let me know if you are intending to come that would help with the catering.

Easter Sunday Services

Join us for our Easter celebrations. We are holding an Easter Sunday Communion service at St John’s in the Hall at 9:15am and at St Michael’s Arlecdon at 11:15am

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Crosslacon’s Posada

Mary and Joseph have set off from Nazareth on their way to Bethlehem. They have decided to take a quick detour around Crosslacon parish…I know…a bit off the beaten track! Why not see if you can plot their route. Each day on the Crosslacon Parish Facebook page a different photo will be uploaded showing Mary and Joseph at different locations across the parish. Why not download our Plot the Posada Sheet here and see if you can guess all of their locations. Then come along on the 24th December (Christmas Eve) and welcome Mary and Joseph as they arrive at the stable in our Christingle and Crib Service at 4pm

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Messy Sheep Trail in Frizington

The Shepherds were on their way to Bethlehem but their sheep have gone AWOL all down Frizington Main Street. Why not give the shepherds a hand to round the sheep up. There are 24 individually named sheep. See if you can find them all and then come along and celebrate with us at our Christingle in St Paul’s Frizington at 5pm on the 19th December. Download the Sheep Trail instructions here.

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Christmas in Crosslacon

Christmas is coming in Crosslacon. There’s something for everyone of every age…Do come and join us as we celebrate the heart of Christmas.

12th December at 4pm: Crafts for Children at Christmas at St John’s in the Hall. An event for the whole family. Let your creativity run free and explore the story of that first Christmas. Email or phone Rev Nicki to book your place.

19th December at 3pm Christingle service at St Michael’s Church Arlecdon. Come and experience the joy of Christmas in this all age service. Refreshments served after the service.

19th December at 5pm Christingle service at St Paul’s Church, Frizington. Come and experience the joy of Christmas in this all age service.

20th December at 6pm. A Community Carol Service in the Jubilee Rooms in Cleator. Come along and sing all your favourite carols.

22nd December at 7pm. Carols and lessons by candlelight. A special service where we gather to sing and hear the Christmas story.

24th December at 4pm. A Crib and Christingle Service at St John’s in the hall in Cleator Moor. Join us as we welcome Mary and Joseph back from their posada around the parish. A Service for all ages…come and celebrate what lies at the heart of Christmas.

24th December at 7:30pm. Christmas Night Communion Service at St Paul’s Frizington

24th December at 9:00pm. Christmas Night Communion Service at St Leonard’s Cleator.

25th December at 10:00am. All Age Communion Service on Christmas Day.

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Coast to Fells Mission Community Camino to COP26

The climate crisis is growing ever more urgent each day. As Christians we are called to play our part in shaping a better future. God calls us to love one another and to help build his kingdom here on earth. As Christians we embrace the biblical mandate to care for and safeguard creation.

This year is a momentous opportunity to do just that. The world leaders gathering in Glasgow in November for COP 26 have an opportunity to put in place measures that will drastically reduce our carbon footprint. It’s also an opportunity to recognise that climate-vulnerable countries cannot access finance for adaptation and climate-induced loss and damages without incurring further debt. By offering meaningful and effective support and aid, we can stand in solidarity with our global community.

In June this year a group of young Christians (YCCN) from all denominations set off from Lands End (Cornwall) to walk to Glasgow in time for the COP 26 Conference which begins on 1st November. Along the way they are engaging with local communities raising awareness of the issues of climate change and climate justice. People from local communities have been joining them for sections of their walk as their route progressed through their parishes and communities.

Unfortunately, their route, once they reach Manchester, veers off to the East Coast, bypassing Cumbria. To show solidarity, and to join in this awareness raising pilgrimage, and to encourage our communities to pray and take action to reduce their own carbon footprint, leaders from our churches in the Coast to Fells Mission Community are planning their own pilgrimage to coincide with the YCCN pilgrimage taking place on the other side of the country.

Beginning on the Tuesday 5th October and ending on the Thursday 7th October, Leaders from our Mission Community, joined by folks from our communities and parishes, will be walking around all the churches in our Mission Community to raise awareness of the issue of climate change and the COP 26 Conference in Glasgow. We will be visiting all 16 churches in our community, pausing at each one to pray. Over the three days we will be walking 34 miles. We would like to invite folks to join with us for as much or as little as you can manage. See the detailed itinerary here. If walking is not for you then do meet with us for our prayer services at the beginning and end of each day and/or when we visit your church on route.

Prayer for COP26

Creator God, giver of life, you sustain the earth and direct
the nations. In this time of climate crisis, grant us clarity to
hear the groaning of creation and the cries of the poor.
Challenge us to change our lifestyles. Guide our leaders to
take courageous action. Enable your church to be a beacon
of hope. And foster within us a renewed vision of your
purposes for your world, through Jesus Christ our Lord,
by and for whom all things were made.


(Archbishop of York).

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St Michael’s Open Day on Saturday 25th September from 10-Noon.

We would love to have the opportunity to share what has been going on at St Michael’s over the summer. Many of you will have noticed the scaffolding and may be curious. This is the beginning of what we hope will be a wide ranging refurbishment of the local church, enabling it to be a church at the heart of its community, serving local people.

Come along on Saturday 25th and find out what’s going on. Share your thoughts and help us to shape our plans.

There will be activities for the whole family and refreshments too.