Diocese of Carlisle

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  • The Bishop of Penrith's New Year Message 2021

    The Bishop of Penrith encourages people to find joy in God, be patient in affliction and be faithful in prayer in a New Year’s message filmed as we entered a third national lockdown.

    The Rt Rev Dr Emma Ineson delivers her message from Kendal Castle and reflects on the need for people to pray for those who have COVID, our health professionals, teachers, communities, businesses and leaders.

    Bishop Emma draws on a passage from Romans 12:12 as the basis for her message: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”


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  • The Bishop of Carlisle’s Christmas Message 2020

    The Bishop of Carlisle praises NHS staff and all care workers in his annual Christmas message filmed at Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary.

    The Rt Rev James Newcome – the Church of England’s lead bishop on health and medical ethics - talks of the care and support being offered after a year in which the global pandemic placed huge pressures on the health sector.

    Bishop James also reveals that he has recently been poorly after testing positive for COVID, though he did not need any hospital treatment and has since returned to his duties after a period of rest and self-isolation.
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  • Countdown to Cumbria’s Big Carol Sing

    The final countdown is on to Cumbria’s Big Carol Sing which takes place this weekend.

    Across the county scores of people are set to take to their doorsteps to sing the carol Silent Night at 6.15pm on Sunday 20 December.

    The mass rendition will form part of a special Christmas programme to be presented by Richard Corrie on BBC Radio Cumbria from 6pm and which churches across Cumbria have heavily promoted.
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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

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