Diocese of Carlisle

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  • Diocese of Carlisle Ordinations 2020

    Seven soon-to-be curates are set to start ministry despite the coronavirus pandemic forcing the cancellation of a planned ordination service.

    All were due to be ordained Deacon by the Bishop of Carlisle at Carlisle Cathedral tomorrow (Saturday, 27 June) but the coronavirus has meant the service has had to be rearranged. The ordinations are now set to take place at the Cathedral on Saturday 26 September.
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  • Reopening of church buildings for public worship

    The Bishop of Carlisle has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement that church buildings in the diocese can reopen for public worship and for weddings from Saturday 4 July.

    This afternoon, the Rt Rev James Newcome has written to all clergy detailing the further easing of lockdown restrictions for places of worship, as set out by Boris Johnson in his statement to the House of Commons. Small weddings – for up to 30 people – will also be possible from the same date.
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  • Diocese sets up Task Group to secure future mission

    A special Task Group has been set up to secure the long-term missional sustainability of the Diocese of Carlisle – the Church of England in Cumbria – post COVID-19.

    The Financial Planning Task Group is chaired by the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev James Newcome, and has ten other members including the Bishop of Penrith, clergy and members of the Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF).

    In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, its focus is the sustained growth of church of every kind in the Diocese of Carlisle, supporting mission, ministry and the ecumenical God for All Vision Refresh.
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  • Funerals may resume in churches from next week

    From next week funerals in church buildings may resume in the Diocese of Carlisle – the Church of England in Cumbria – subject to guidance around the coronavirus being adhered to.

    The announcement comes after the House of Bishops met yesterday and agreed that funerals may be held in churches from Monday 15 June.
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  • Church prayers around village school as it prepares to reopen

    Church members in a Cumbrian village are set to pray around their primary school as it prepares to reopen following the coronavirus lockdown.

    Members of Christ Church in Great Broughton plan to lead prayers outside Broughton Primary on Sunday evening ahead of lessons restarting the following day.

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  • 10 out of 10 for Diocesan Ordination Training

    Ten people from across the Diocese of Carlisle – the Church of England in Cumbria - have been chosen for ordination training.

    The number represents a recent high for the Diocese, with the candidates due to begin their training this year.
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  • Carlisle Cathedral bathed in blue for the NHS

    Carlisle Cathedral has been bathed in blue in support of our county’s key workers and the NHS.

    The ancient building’s north and east faces were transformed on Thursday night from 8pm to 11pm with special messages of support projected onto the façades and roof.

    It came as tens of thousands of people across Cumbria also took to their doorsteps to clap for carers as part of the weekly tribute to key workers.
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  • Bishops James’ statement regarding church buildings

    In light of the House of Bishops’ agreement in principle to a phased approach to lifting restrictions to church access, in time and in parallel with the Government’s approach, the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev James Newcome, has issued the following statement.

    Bishop James said: “The coronavirus pandemic has had a terrible effect across the world, wreaking death and disruption. So many people have lost their lives; so many families have lost cherished ones. I continue to pray for them all, for those who lead and govern at this time and for the NHS staff who continue to work so hard providing frontline care. It has been an unprecedented time.
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  • Special NHS thank you projected onto south Cumbrian church

    A special message of thanks to our NHS has been projected onto a centuries-old south Cumbria church, as part of a national campaign.

    Last night (Sunday 26 April), the frontage of St Mary’s Kirkby Lonsdale was bathed in blue light for an hour and the message ‘Thank You NHS Key Workers’ was projected onto its bell tower.

    The projection was the idea of local audio visual and events company 1Media Ltd and had the full support of the Rev Richard Snow, Team Rector of Kirkby Lonsdale Team Ministry.
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  • Bishop James thanks Cumbria’s volunteer scrubs providers

    The Bishop of Carlisle - the Church of England's lead bishop on health and social care - has sent his thanks to an army of Cumbrian volunteers who are making scrubs for NHS staff and health workers.

    Up to 300 people across the county have come together through the North and West Cumbria Scrub Hub to sew the scrubs, headbands and scrubs bags, which dirty clothing can be put into before washing.

    The Scrub Hub was set up by Sellafield worker Claire Riley on Good Friday and has since attracted hundreds of helpers through social media platforms. It includes volunteers from across Cumbria providing a countywide coverage.
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