Western Lakes District Churches
  • Please read this important announcement about Our Churches' response to the Coronavirus pandemic

    Coronavirus Update for Western Lakes Churches

    In the response to social restrictions put in place to combat the coronavirus The Western Lake District Churches of Black Combe, Drigg, Eskdale, Irton, Muncaster and Waberthwaite are pausing our weekly worship to help protect the most vulnerable people in our communities.

    We are not closing down, we persevere in prayer and service.

    We are looking at ways to help our communities come together while maintaining Social Distancing.

    Palm Sunday

    Our Rector, Rev Gill Hart has provided Morning Prayers and Bible Reading for Palm Sunday which is this coming Sunday and
    these can be found by Clicking here

    Also on Palm Sunday

    at 9am The Bishop of Manchester will lead a national worship service from as Christians across the country - and around the world - adapt to restrictions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    To join the worship, go to

    On a lighter note: There is an online quiz from The Bower House Inn Facebook Live on Sunday April 5th 5pm.

    If you have any suggestions for local interaction, please get in touch either to Gill or to me: Charles Browne. I am on Facebook and via webmaster@eskdalebenefice.org.uk.

  • Benefice Safeguarding Policy and Contact Details of Parish Safeguarding Officers and Support Organisations

    Promoting a safer church


    1. Promoting a safer environment and culture
    2. Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the Church
    3. Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
    4. Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
    5. Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
    6. Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

    that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Advisor or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.

    For further Information go to:

  • Latest News and Announcements. The Parish Magazine

    The latest edition of the magazine is out!

  • Being Christian.
    Training Opportunities

    Training Opportunities St Cuthbert’s Seascale,
    The mission community held a gathering to explore the training opportunities available to local people through the Church. This took place at St Cuthbert’s Seascale on Wednesday 17th July at 7.30pm. We are hoping to be able to host more training locally and to ensure this is as effective as it can be we want to hear from  you. What would you be interested in? What would help you in your Christian life and service?
     We have held a couple of short courses locally helping us to grow in our understanding of the Christian faith. These have been stimulating but not academic and have helped us get to know one another from across the local churches. Do you want more of these kind of events or more practical skill based opportunities, like the training on offer to PCC Treasurer’s from the Diocesan Stewardship Advisor  at St Mary’s Gosforth? Some people have expressed an interest in prayer retreats whilst others have requested Safeguarding Training. Whatever your interest or perceived need arranging training through the mission community makes it easier to bring in trainers and create viable groups with  content that fits our needs, hopefully improving the effectiveness of the training and reducing participants travel time.
    We have invited Cumbria Christian Learning to create a market place of opportunities and resources and to send along a trainer to help explain what is involved in the various courses. If you are interested in coming along to Seascale and taking part in the discussions you would be very welcome. There should be something for everyone, from one off events to short courses of a few weeks, day retreats to vocational training. 

    If you are interested give me a ring; Gill on 019467 24724

  • Church Vision Statement. Vision for Education - What should education for life in the 21st Century look like?

    There are many different kinds of partnerships that we may enter into over the course of our lives, from marriages to businesses arrangements; some short-term others life-long. What they all have in common if they are going to achieve their agreed goal is mutual respect about what each partner brings to the relationship. The Church cannot claim an unblemished record in Education but it has also, throughout its history, done a great deal to positively foster learning. The Church provided the first free schools in this country and that commitment to education being available for everyone remains the foundation of the partnership we enjoy locally between the Church and Church Schools today. Recently the Church of England has produced a document entitled Vision for Education. This document is not just for those involved with Church Schools but is intended to contribute to a much wider conversation within our society. What should education for life in the 21st century look like?
    Not surprisingly, for a Church Vision Statement at its centre is the promise Jesus made, that he had come to give us ‘life in all its fulness’. The vision unpacks what this abundant life might look like for people in Britain today by focusing on four goals for education which it suggests will equip people to live well. It says that education should be;

    •for wisdom, knowledge and skills
    •for hope and aspiration
    •for community and living well together
    •for dignity and respect.

    This ‘vision document’ is being very positively received both in Church and state schools throughout the country. It articulates what many good teachers believe and is finally affirming the importance of what they do, by creating the bigger picture in which education debates can be understood.
    In the coming months both the Church and our Church Schools hope to be able to engage in a conversation with our local communities about what excites us about teaching and learning today and what values our communities believe important enough to pass on to our children to equip them for life both now and in the years to come. Rev Gill Hart

Images of churches in our Combined Benefice

  • St Michael's Church, Bootle
  • ST Catherine's Church, Boot
  • St Peter's Church, Drigg
  • St Paul's Church, Irton
  • St Michael's Church, Muncaster
  • St John's Church, Waberthwaite
  • St Mary's Church, Whicham
  • ST Mary's Church, Whitbeck
  • St John's Church, Corney