Diocese of Carlisle

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  • Statement - St Monica's Maternity Home

    The following statement from the Diocese of Carlisle has been issued following accounts received from Mr Stephen Hindley about historical abuse suffered by his wife, Judith, and which focus on the Diocese of Carlisle's former St Monica's Maternity home.


    Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Hindley and his family after he came forward with accounts of historical abuse suffered by his wife, Judith, and which centre on the Diocese of Carlisle’s former St Monica’s Maternity Home.

    It is shocking to learn of such mistreatment, and we offer our sincere apologies and deepest sympathy to Mr Hindley and his family. Huge trust will have been placed on those who supported the young women and girls at St Monica’s, and we are truly sorry if that trust was breached in the care of Mrs Hindley and her baby, Stephen, leading to her long-term mental health issues.
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  • Charity director takes key role to support county’s God for All vision and strategy

    A charity director and vicar’s daughter is to take on a key role helping Cumbrian churches grow in new and exciting ways.

    Rachel Head, currently the Head of Children and Young Peoples Services at the Brathay Trust, has been appointed Director of Mission and Ministry Support and Innovation at the Diocese of Carlisle.

    The externally funded role is a new one for the Diocese and will see Rachel oversee a central team supporting local churches to grow God’s Kingdom in Cumbria through the ecumenical God for All vision and strategy. That team supports the 34 mission communities that have been created across the county – groupings of mutually supportive churches which have a mission focus and are mainly cross-denominational.
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  • Cumbrian congregation cheers on Great British Bake Off contestant

    Members of a Cumbrian congregation are cheering on their deputy churchwarden as she competes in this year’s Great British Bake Off.

    Abbi Lawson, aged 27, is a member of St James’ Tebay and was one of 12 contestants to feature in the first episode of the hit programme’s new series, broadcast last night.

    Viewers saw Abbi take on the challenge of Cake Week, with the aim to bake a perfect vertically layered cake. She drew on her foraging skills using wild blackcurrants and poppy seeds for the cake and foraged gorse petals for its decoration
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  • Former senior police officer is new Diocesan Safeguarding Panel chair

    A former Detective Superintendent has been appointed the new independent chair of the Diocese of Carlisle’s Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP).

    Allan Harder comes to the post having worked for North Yorkshire Constabulary for more than 30 years, serving as the force’s lead on safeguarding for four years. Since retiring from the police in February 2022 he has also acted as the independent DSAP chair for the Diocese of York.

    He takes over the role after previous DSAP chair, Carol Holt, announced she was to step down. Carol had also acted as an independent reviewer for the Diocese of Carlisle as part of the Church of England’s national Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2).
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  • Historic church’s modern art exhibition

    A historic Lakeland church is exhibiting stunning modern sculptures which will be celebrated in a forthcoming art trail.

    Christ on the Cross - a six-foot-high wooden cross including the figure of Christ, fashioned from copper wiring and piping - a smaller version of the cross and an interpretation of The Creation of Adam are all on show at St Anthony’s Cartmel Fell.

    They are the work of self-taught artist Mark Hunt, who church officers contacted after reading about the sculptures in The Way, the county’s ecumenical digital newspaper.
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  • Archbishop of York praises Christian teamwork in Cumbria

    The Archbishop of York has praised the Christian teamwork he witnessed during a tour of churches, schools, and a charity shop.

    Archbishop Stephen Cottrell spent 24 hours in the city of Carlisle, attending an Evensong at the Cathedral on Tuesday and delivering an address for the University of Cumbria on ‘Things that I learned on a very long walk – Pilgrimage unpacked’.

    Yesterday, he visited St Luke’s church in Morton for morning prayer with church leaders before joining pupils and staff at Bishop Harvey Goodwin School for collective worship and a question-and-answer session.
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  • Scores of young people attend Network Youth Church fun day

    More than 170 young people from Network Youth Churches across Cumbria have enjoyed a special day of fun and fellowship in Keswick.

    The Ablaze Now Big One event was held at the Keswick Pencil Factory on Saturday 2 September and included an ice rink, inflatables, crazy golf, gaming zone, sports, craft, and a chill zone.

    There was also a barbecue and a time of worship and teaching before ending with a silent disco at the ticketed event.
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  • Archbishop of York to visit Carlisle for missionary journey

    The Archbishop of York is set to visit Carlisle next week to explore exciting missional projects across the city.

    Archbishop Stephen Cottrell will be in the Diocese of Carlisle on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 September for a missionary journey.

    On Tuesday he will attend an evensong service at Carlisle Cathedral and present a University of Cumbria lecture on a theme of pilgrimage.

    The following morning, he will visit St Luke’s church in Morton before meeting pupils and staff at Bishop Harvey Goodwin School and then later heading to one of the county’s Restore shops which is run by a Christian charity offering employment opportunities, community support and high-quality second-hand goods. The Archbishop will then take part in a question-and-answer session at St Cuthbert’s church before the day ends with a further Q and A with RE and Year 11 students at Trinity School and a prayer meeting focussed on mission across the city which will be held at St Aidan’s church. Read more

  • In Pics: Bishop James' Farewell Service

    It is wonderful to be able to share pictures of the Farewell Service for Bishop James and his wife Alison.

    The Choral Evensong took place at Carlisle Cathedral on Sunday 16 July and included thanksgiving for both of their ministries.

    As Bishop James prepares for retirement at the end of August so our prayers and well wishes go with them both. Read more

  • Hundreds thank the Bishop of Carlisle at his Farewell Service

    More than 500 people attended Carlisle Cathedral at the weekend to say ‘thank you’ to the Bishop of Carlisle at his Farewell Service.

    The Rt Rev James Newcome is set to retire at the end of August after 21 years’ ministry in Cumbria and he and his wife, Alison, will move to Oxfordshire to be closer to family.

    On Sunday afternoon, the congregation heard Bishop James preach on the encouragement he has both offered and experienced during more than two decades leading mission in the county.
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