Diocese of Carlisle

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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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  • Couple to celebrate church wedding as coronavirus restrictions are lifted

    A south Cumbrian couple will be among the first to marry in church this weekend, following the lifting of COVID restrictions.

    Andrew Barker and Katie Wilson will exchange vows at St John’s Church, Barrow Island, on Saturday 4 July at 12 noon. Only Katie’s father and Andrew’s mum will be present to watch as the Rev Andy Batchelor officiates during the socially-distanced service.

    In March, as the coronavirus pandemic took hold, church buildings were closed for public worship, funerals, weddings, baptisms and private prayer. But last week the Prime Minister announced restrictions were to be lifted, with weddings possible from Saturday, though with a limit of 30 people.
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  • Archbishop’s award for Cumbrian Lay Reader’s 62 years of church service

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has honoured a Cumbrian church Reader for his 62 years’ service to local parishes.

    Melvyn Redgers receives the Canterbury Cross for Services to the Church of England, for outstanding continuous service in the vocation of Lay Reader since 1958.

    He joins Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes in being honoured in this year’s Lambeth Awards, the fifth year of the awards. Read more

  • New Theological College planned for the north west of England

    The Bishops of Carlisle and Penrith warmly endorse the proposed provision of a new theological college in, and for, the north west.

    “We believe it is necessary and important,” they said, today, “to develop theological training which resonates with our diverse context. These proposals will build on the outstanding foundations laid by our current three institutions, and is a result of their success.

    “It will be unique for the north west and it will enable our very different dioceses to work together and to make use of some of the positive discoveries made during lockdown. We are very excited about what this will mean for Cumbria.”

    For full details please read the press release below, which is issued jointly by the dioceses of Blackburn, Carlisle, Chester, Liverpool, Manchester and Sodor & Man. Read more

  • 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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