Diocese of Carlisle

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  • Carl Mimmack - A Tribute

    It is with profound sadness that the Diocese of Carlisle has learned of the death of Carl Mimmack, a Network Youth Church leader in the Penrith area.
    Carl joined the Diocese in 2011, starting Ignite Penrith and five years later had secured a new town centre base at which young people could meet, The Gathering.
    He was instrumental in Ignite Penrith attaining charitable status, helping secure a long-term future for The Gathering, and continued to work tirelessly alongside dozens of young people as they explored their faith journeys. Read more

  • The Bishop of Carlisle’s Christmas Message 2021

    The Bishop of Carlisle calls for people to refocus on the Good News of Jesus’ birth, in his annual Christmas message.

    The Rt Rev James Newcome was filmed at his home in Keswick this year and chooses to reflect on the importance of ‘message’.
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  • Hundreds set to attend Barrow Raiders Carol Service

    Hundreds of people are set to head for the Barrow Raiders rugby league stadium for a huge outdoors community carols service on Friday (17 December).

    Churches across the town’s mission community – which support each other missionally - have joined forces with the club to organise the free event at the Craven Park ground, with gates due to open at 5pm for a 6.30pm start.
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  • Renewed commitment made to Cumbrian churches working together

    Cumbrian church leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to continued ecumenical working during a special Advent Sunday service.

    Ten years after Cumbria became England’s first ecumenical county, the Service of Reaffirmation at Keswick Methodist Church saw denominational leaders sign or commit to a Declaration of Covenanted Partnership and a Declaration of Companionship.

    Heavy snow and dangerous road conditions in some parts of the county meant that, unfortunately, not all attendees could make it to the service, which came a decade after partner and companion denominations first signed a Declaration of Intent at Carlisle Cathedral.
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  • Hundreds of Advent calendars to be shared across the county

    Hundreds of special Advent calendars are to be shared by Network Youth Churches with young people across the county.

    Five hundred calendars – made up of individual cards for each day of Advent – have been printed for distribution among those who regularly attend NYC and young people who they also draw alongside in the community.

    The idea for the Advent calendars was first introduced by the leadership team of Carlisle Network Youth Church, three years ago.
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  • Service of Reaffirmation strengthens Cumbria’s ecumenical county status

    Church leaders are set to reaffirm a commitment to closer working ties, a decade after Cumbria became England’s first ecumenical county.

    Keswick Methodist Church will host a Service of Reaffirmation on Sunday 28 November at 3pm. It will be attended by all the county’s denominational leaders, representatives from mission communities (groups of mutually supportive, mission-focused churches), local Churches Together groups and ecumenical projects from across Cumbria.
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  • Cathedral’s LOUDfence launched in support of sexual abuse survivors

    A special LOUDfence installation in support of survivors of sexual abuse has been launched at Carlisle Cathedral today.

    The LOUDfence runs along the south side of the building, with people encouraged to tie ribbons to it, to stop and reflect and to pray for all those affected by abuse in any context.
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  • Church bells to ring out for climate change

    Churches across the Diocese are being encouraged to come together for a mass ringing of bells ahead of the COP26 climate summit.

    Bishop James and the Ven Richard Pratt, Archdeacon of West Cumberland and President of the Carlisle Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, are asking CDGCBR members to ring church bells at 6pm on 30 October for 30 minutes or longer. Read more

  • Cathedral LOUDfence to offer support for sexual abuse survivors

    Final preparations are in place for the launch of a special installation at Carlisle Cathedral to support survivors of sexual abuse.

    A LOUDfence will be located in the Cathedral grounds from Monday 1 November to Wednesday 3 November, All Survivors’ Day, with people being invited to tie ribbons to it in support of the survivors and victims of abuse.

    The fence forms part of a Safeguarding Season which is currently being run by the Cathedral. A working party including Cathedral chapter members, diocesan officers and representatives of survivors have developed the series of events and services.
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  • Cumbrian vicar’s first book set for international promotion

    A Cumbrian vicar’s first book – which people are encouraged to read in the run up to Christmas – is being promoted across the UK and America.

    Last year the Rev Robin Ham, who ministers at St Paul’s, Barrow, wrote a 74 page daily Advent devotional book, Finding Hope Under Bethlehem Skies.

    Originally, he self-published the book, with 500 copies being printed to help raise funds for local ministry. But now it has been picked up by Christian publisher, 10ofthose, who have chosen to promote it internationally. The book includes 25 daily reflections based around the Old Testament book of Ruth.
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