Diocese of Carlisle

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  • O Come All Ye Faithful for Cumbria’s Big Carol Sing

    A challenge has been set to create Cumbria’s biggest socially-distanced Christmas carol sing-along.

    The Diocese of Carlisle is working in partnership with BBC Radio Cumbria and other churches across the county to run Cumbria’s Big Carol Sing on Sunday 20 December.

    The radio station will broadcast a special programme from 6pm that evening, with as many people as possible being asked to sing the carol Silent Night on their doorsteps at 6.15pm. Read more

  • Bishops welcome launch of Living in Love and Faith Resources

    Both bishops in the Diocese of Carlisle – the Church of England in Cumbria – have welcomed the launch of a series of extensive resources to support a process of discernment and decision-making on questions of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.

    The Living in Love and Faith resources have today been published by the Church of England and represent three years’ work by more than 40 people, nationally.
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  • Cumbrian service marks centenary of Unknown Warrior’s burial

    A special Cumbrian service will take place on Armistice Day at the grave of the man who selected the body of the Unknown Warrior.

    A hundred years ago, Brigadier General Louis John Wyatt – the General Officer in charge of troops in France and Flanders – was asked to choose the body of a serviceman to be buried in the Westminster Abbey tomb.

    The Brigadier General eventually retired to Kirkby Lonsdale and is himself buried in St Mary’s churchyard where at 2.30pm on Wednesday 11 November, a small group of people will gather to pay their respects.
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  • Bishop of Penrith to lead national Church of England online service

    The Bishop of Penrith will lead the national Church of England online service this weekend, offering reflections around Bible Sunday.

    The Rt Rev Dr Emma Ineson was filmed at her home in Kendal and in the Parr Chapel at Holy Trinity church for the online service which also includes contributors from across Cumbria.

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  • Statement: The Rev Robert Bailey

    It is a matter of deep shame and regret that the Rev Robert Bailey, formerly a priest who served in the Diocese of Carlisle, has been sentenced to eight years and four months in prison for sexually assaulting children.

    There are no excuses whatsoever for what took place; abuse is a terrible crime and a grievous breach of trust, which has lifelong effects.

    Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who have been affected, particularly the victims and their family.
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  • Ordinations 2020

    Ordination services with a difference have been held across the Diocese of Carlisle – the Church of England in Cumbria - as COVID restrictions forced changes.

    Three separate Ordination of Deacons services were held at Carlisle Cathedral on Saturday, each with a maximum of 30 people in attendance.

    In a first for the Diocese, all three were livestreamed to the diocesan and cathedral Facebook pages. They can also be viewed on the Diocese’s YouTube channel.
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  • North West Bishops announce experienced team to lead new theological college

    The Anglican Bishops in the North West have welcomed the appointment of the Revd Dr Michael Leyden as the first Dean of Emmanuel Theological College, the new theological college announced in July 2020.

    Michael will be supported by the Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Mark Tanner, as Chair-elect of the Emmanuel Theological College Board of Trustees. Together they will be charged with delivering outstanding formational and vocational training for lay and ordained church leaders, in what is expected to be a nationally recognised centre of excellence for theological education. Read more

  • Bishop’s Harvest Appeal raises more than £80,000 for overseas projects

    More than £80,000 has been raised by the Bishop of Carlisle’s Harvest Appeal in the last three years to aid overseas farming projects.

    Two major beneficiaries include a Christian Aid scheme in Malawi which supports pigeon pea farmers and a USPG project in the link Diocese of Zululand to develop community food gardens to help empower local communities.
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  • Rydal Hall Christian retreat and conference centre reopens

    “We are delighted to open our doors again and to be able to welcome guests once more!”

    That is the message from Amanda Fogg, general manager of the Diocese of Carlisle’s Rydal Hall Christian retreat and conference centre, which has reopened following the COVID-19 lockdown.

    The hall, which has been providing Christian hospitality to people of all faiths or none since 1963, is situated in more than 30 acres of beautiful grounds near Ambleside.
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  • Bishop James pays tribute to Peter Maiden

    The Bishop of Carlisle has paid tribute to Cumbrian-born Peter Maiden, the former international director of Operation Mobilisation (OM) and former chairman of the Keswick Convention, who has died at the age of 72.

    Peter, who served, too, as an elder in his local church and on the Board of Trustees for Capernwray Hall and its Bible School, was also an ecumenical canon at Carlisle Cathedral.
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