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Easter 2023

Events in Holy Week

Palm Sunday services, Sunday, 2nd April

  • All Age Service, St John’s in the Hall at 9:15am
  • Palm Sunday Holy Communion, St Michael’s at 11:15am 

Experience Easter Stations, Monday to Thursday, 3rd – 6th April

During Holy Week, St Paul’s will be open for people to come and spend some time in reflection and prayer. We will place the Experience Easter Stations around the Church as visual reminders of the different parts of the story. 

Compline, Monday to Wednesday, 3rd – 5th April

Compline is a simple quiet service, traditionally said at the end of the day. We begin Holy Week with three services of compline in St Paul’s and St Leonard’s:

  • Holy Week Compline on Monday 3rd April at 6:30pm in St Paul’s (John 12:1-11) 
  • Holy Week Compline on Tuesday 4th April at 6:30pm in St Leonard’s (John 12:20-36)
  • Holy Week Compline on Wednesday 5th April at 6:30pm in St Paul’s (john 13: 21-32)

Agape meal followed by a service of Tenebrae, Maundy Thursday, 6th April

At 6pm on Maundy Thursday, there will be an agape meal followed by a Tenebrae service at St Paul’s. Tenebrae is a service of readings, which begins in the light and ends in the darkness. After hearing the passion narrative, we leave the church in silence.

Good Friday, 7th April

From 10:30 till 12:00 there will be a Family Easter Experience Event at St Michael’s Arlecdon. As well as the traditional Easter Egg Treasure Hunt, egg dumping and Easter crafts, there will be an opportunity to reflect and learn more about the Easter story.

We will be holding a quiet reflective service on Good Friday afternoon from 2-3 at St John’s in the Hall. This service, traditionally known as the Hour at the Cross, will be a service of readings, music and silence.

Easter Sunrise Service, Easter Sunday, 9th April

Please join us for our Easter Sunrise Service on Easter Sunday from 6 to 7:30am. We will meet at Black How car park before walking to the top of Dent to greet the Easter Sunrise. There will be a short service of celebration. Hot cross buns will be served, but please do bring your own hot drink. Do let Rev. Nicki know if you are intending to come. 

Other Easter Sunday services, 9th April

  • 9:15am: Holy Communion at St Paul’s
  • 11:15am: Holy Communion at St Leonard’s
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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Christmas preparations are already in full swing, and I imagine that you are fully caught up in a whirl of tree decorating, Christmas shopping, trips to Santa’s grotto ….

Here in Crosslacon Parish we’d love to be part of your Christmas celebrations and welcome you to some of our special Christmas Services as you prepare for Christmas day.

This Sunday, 4th December at 4pm in St Paul’s Frizington, we have our Shepherd’s Christingle. Some of those who live in Frizington may have noticed the odd sheep appearing in the shop windows in Main Street. Apparently, our local Frizington shepherd has lost some of his sheep and would welcome any help she can get in locating them – there are twelve in all. If you have time, why not give her a hand and then come along to hear all about what that shepherd has been up to. We will also be celebrating the first of our Christingles. This is such a special service for children as we get to explore what Christmas means with oranges, candles and sweets. What’s not to like?

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On the 11th December at 11:15am St Leonard’s would like to invite you to an all age Christmas communion service.

If you are looking for that special home made gift, why not come along to our Craft for Kids at Christmas event on Sunday, 11th December at St John’s in the Hall, Crossfield Road, Cleator Moor at 4pm? There’s tons of stuff to make and create, as well as an opportunity for the kids to meet up with friends old and new. Christmas stories, songs and snacks will be provided. It’s our Second Sunday event for Families.


Calling all would-be angels, shepherds, sheep, little wise people …. On Sunday, 18th December at 4pm we are holding a Nativity Christingle at St Michael’s Church Arlecdon and would love to welcome any additional members for our group of shepherds, our sheep, our Angelic Choir, and another little wise person couldn’t go amiss either. No need to rehearse … just turn up in costume!

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To top it all off we have our Posada Christingle on Christmas Eve at St John’s at 3pm (Saturday, 24th December). Again, there’s another opportunity to join our ‘no rehearsal Nativity play’ as well as getting to see the preview of the film of Mary and Joseph’s journey around and about Cleator Moor and Cleator. Why not get your Christmas day celebrations off to a really special start as we gather for this candle-lit service?

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And for the grownups – kids are welcome too! – we have a couple of carolling events:

Community Carols in the Adams Hall on Wednesday 14th December at 6pm. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served!

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On the 18th December at 6pm St Paul’s Frizington would like to invite you to that most special of Christmas services – Carols by Candlelight – an opportunity to pause and take stock and enjoy hearing that well-known but amazing story that lies at the heart of Christmas.

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There’s another opportunity to sing carols at the community carol event at Jubilee Rooms in Cleator on Wednesday, 21st December at 6pm.

If your child would like to take part in any of our no rehearsal Christmas nativity plays, just get in touch with Rev Nicki.

We look forward to welcoming you to any or all of our services over this Advent and Christmas season.

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Our services this year

Sunday December 4th

4-5pm Christingle Service at St Paul’s Frizington

Sunday December 11th

11.15am All Age Christmas Communion at St Leonard’s, Cleator

4-5pm Christmas Crafts for Families in St John’s in the hall, Cleator Moor.

Wednesday December 14th

6-7:30pm Christmas Carols at the Adams Hall in Arlecdon

Sunday December 18th

4-5pm Christingle and Nativity Service at St Michael’s Arlecdon

Sunday December 18th

6-7pm A Service of Carols by Candlelight at St Paul’s Frizington

Wednesday December 21st

6-7pm Community Carol Service at Jubilee Hall in Cleator

Saturday 24th December: Christmas Eve

3:30-4:30pm The Return of the Posada at the Christingle and Crib service at St John’s in the Hall, Cleator Moor.

5:30-6:30pm Christmas Eve Communion Service at St John’s in the Hall, Cleator Moor

7-8pm Christmas Eve Communion Service at St Leonard’s, Cleator

7:30-8:30pm Christmas Eve Communion Service at St Paul’s Frizington

Sunday 25th December: Christmas Day

10-11pm All Age Christmas Day Communion Service at St Michael’s, Arlecdon

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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.