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Drigg

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Location:

Drigg Parish church stands in an elevated position in the centre of the village, 100 yards from the Community Centre.

Description:

Local sandstone built church dating from the buildings consecration in July 1850, under a Burlington blue/grey slate roof.
The steeply sloped timber roof structure covers the main church. The side aisle is covered with a lean to structure with exposed timbers.
Family friendly worship.

Services:

Holy Communion on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 5th Sunday of the month at 11am.
Family Service on the 4th Sunday of the month at 11am.

Parish News and Events

Christingle Party

​Families with young children are invited to a Christingle Party in the Village Hall at Drigg on Saturday 15th December at 2.30pm. There will be an opportunity to make Christingles and Angels, play party games and share a light tea before dressing up and taking part in a short Nativity Service. Those older folk who would just like to come to the service should arrive by 3.30pm.




Eskdale - St Catherine's

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Location:

Near Boot, in Eskdale

Description:

Under the hills next to the River Esk and far from other houses and homes lies Saint Catherine's. There has been a place of worship in this place since a seventh century hermit sat by his well and offered Holy Water, Prayer and Healing to all who sought him.

Services:

• 1st Sunday:11am Eucharist

• 2nd Sunday:11am Eucharist

Parish News and Events

St Catherine's Church

While we wait for all the necessary permits to install a new heating system, all services that are normally held at St Catherine's Chuch will be held at St Bega's. This is despite all the lobbying of the official bodies to speed up the process. We hope that a new system might be in place by December. --Watch this space!!




Irton

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Location:

Between Holmrook (on A595) and Santon

Description:

The Celtic Cross amidst the other grave stones in the churchyard bears witness to this being a meeting place for Christians in the ninth century, probably earlier.
The present, rather grand Victorian, Church (a Grade II* listed building) has recently had extensive renovation
Website: http://www.Eskdalebenefice.org.uk

Services:

2nd Sunday:
9.30 am Eucharist

4th Sunday:
11.00 am Eucharist

Parish News and Events

St Paul's Irton, 

Advent Carol Service 2nd December 6.00pm
A Service of advent carols and readings will be performed at St Paul's with the Amthyst Choir in attendance. Advent is traditionally a time of personal preparation for the coming of Christ and the experience of waiting and yearning that evokes has produced ​a rich cultural heritage of reflection for us to draw upon. We look forward to welcoming you to the service, light refreshments will be served at the end of the evening.

If anyone would like to attend but has difficulty with transport please let your Church Wardens know and arrangements will be made.

Muncaster

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Location:
The church is some distance south of Ravenglass village. Use the southern (or coach) entrance to Muncaster Castle (SatNav CA18 1RJ) just off the A595

Description:

The village of Ravenglass, dating back tot he Roman occupation of Britain (AD43 to c.AD410) and the largest centre of population on the Eskdale Benefice, is unusual in that the church, dedicated to Saint Michael and All Angels, is some distance away surrounded by the gardens of Muncaster Castle. This reflects its close links with the Pennington family who have been at Muncaster since at least 1208. Before that, the monks of Furness Abbey had recognised that on this great Fell they could safely live and graze their sheep.
The current church dates from sometime in the 12th century although the site had been of religious significance to the local community probably from pre-Christian times. An Anglo-Norse preaching cross in the churchyard dates from around 950AD and an ancient burial mound is also present.

The church is Grade 1 listed, having been reworked in the 16th century. There have been later additions and alterations, including a restoration and the addition of a north transept in 1874 by Anthony Salvin. Further repairs and a renovation were carried out for the 2000 Millennium with the aid of a substantial English Heritage grant. In the north transept is an interesting Forster and Andrews organ. The church has particularly fine stained glass windows in the arts and Crafts style and the Madonna and Child in the vestry is possibly by William Morris himself.
Two thirds of the churchyard is now closed and maintained by Copeland Borough Council. In the open section of the churchyard, spaces remain available for burials and there is a Garden of Remembrance for the interment of ashes.


Services:

1st Sunday: 11.00am Eucharist

3rd Sunday: 11.00am Eucharist

Parish News and Events

Eskdale and Waberthwaite Annual Schools Christingle Service.

St Michael's Muncaster is hosting the schools annual Christingle Service again this year. It will be held on 30th November at 1.45pm and friends and families are warmly invited to join this wonderful celebration of the coming of the Light of Christ.



Waberthwaite

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Location:

In a farm yard one mile off the A595


Description:

Waberthwaite Church is remarkable in location and in simplicity. Its history has been understated for many years, but recent research is starting to reveal its significance. - it has sat by the estuary of the River Esk for over a thousand years. It is a simple barn shaped building with box pews and a graveyard that is at its best in Spring!


Services:

• 1st Sunday: 9.30 am Eucharist

• 3rd Sunday: 9.30 am Eucharist

Parish News and Events

Confirmation Service
Fresh from the Albert Hall London and the Royal British Legion's Festival of Remembrance, Bishop James of Carlisle will be confirming four adult candidates at St John's this Sunday, 18th November at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome to join us on this joyful occasion. Refreshments will be served at the end of the service.






Eskdale - St Bega's

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Location:

Eskdale Green: in the centre of the village, on the right as you go east up the valley


Description:


Built as a school and Chapel of Ease and taken over as a church in 1997 the building is well used and in fact now incorporates the village Post Office.

Its significance is defined by its value to the local community; not just as a place of worship but for many other functions. The terracotta font comes from an earlier church.
It houses a Post Office for the village.

Services:

• 3rd Sunday: 9.30am :- Morning Prayer

• 4th Sunday: 9.30am :- Family Communion

Parish News and Events

St Catherine's Church

While we wait for all the necessary permits to install a new heating system, all services that are normally held at St Catherine's Chuch will be held at St Bega's. This is despite all the lobbying of the official bodies to speed up the process. We hope that a new system might be in place by December. --Watch this space!!