Commentary and Notices

Church Travelling


For the last 2 years or so, I have been attending church services at a number of different churches around the Benefice, and I thought it might be worth sharing my experience. I live in Eskdale, and go to church most weeks, but not always in Eskdale. I started doing this because I wanted to go to church on a Sunday but found that the Eskdale service times didn't always fit around other family commitments(usually the boys' rugby matches which are on Sunday mornings). So, for example, when the 11 o'clock Eskdale service clashed with an 11 o'clock rugby match, I would go to the 9.30am service in Waberthwaite and then go on to rugby afterwards. 

 Since then, I have continued this practice of "travelling" between churches from week to week, partly because family life is busy and I have to try to co-ordinate things, but also because I enjoy the variety. I have enjoyed meeting different people and enjoyed the different churches and services on offer. For example: there is a monthly Book of Common Prayer (BCP) communion service at St Bega's in Eskdale; at Waberthwaite the congregation sings without musical accompaniment (testing, but wonderful when it works, as it usually does!) and at Irton there are always refreshments afterwards and a chance to catch up with people. And the churches and their locations are so varied: the summer light coming through the stained glass at St Catherine's, the sunset across the estuary after Evensong at Waberthwaite, and the view up Wasdale and Eskdale from Irton church are all wonderful experiences.

 I think I have been to services at six of our ten churches now, and I have been made extremely welcome at all of them. So, if for some reason the church on your doorstep doesn't quite fit your needs or the time that you have available on a Sunday morning, I'd thoroughly recommend that you think about travelling to one of the others.                              Jackie Oakes

Information about Lent and Easter

27/02/19 Update on heating installation at St Catherine's. We are still waiting for the new system to be connected to the mains supply, which cannot be undertaken by anybody other than official suppliers. 

Lent - Ash Wednesday 6th March 2019  with Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes at St Paul's lrton at 7 pm
Lent Course
The Lent course this year is inviting us to explore the life of Christ depicted in the scriptures and in art. We will be using material prepared by St Martin's in the Field, London to discover how artists have been inspired to depict Christ's life and what their insights might show us about our own journey as we seek to follow in his footsteps.
Course Dates and Locations

13th March
7.30 pm -9.00pm
The Rectory, 2 Smithy Banks. Holmrook

20th March
7.30 pm - 9 pm
The Rectory

27th March
7.30 pm - 9 pm
The Rectory

6th April
7.30 pm - 9 pm
The Rectory

13th April
7.30 pm - 9 pm
The Rectory
7th March
2.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Waberthwaite Village Hall

14th March
2.00 pm -3.00 pm
Waberthwaite Village Hall

21st March
2.00 pm -300 pm
Waberthwaite Village Hall

28th March
2.00 pm -3.00 pm
Waberthwaite Village Hall

4th April
2.00 pm -3.00 pm
Waberthwaite Village Hall

Lent Lunches Around Black Combe

It is intended to run the Lent Lunches again this year as they are enjoyed and supported by many people who like to take the opportunity of coming together and raising funds for charity.

March 13th
Bootle Rectory
12 noon
March 20th
Bootle Chapel
12 Noon
March 27th
Silecroft Village Hall
12 Noon
April 3rd
Bootle Rectory
12 Noon
April 10th
Silecroft Village Hall
12 Noon
April 17th
12 Noon

Friends from around the Benefice are welcome at all these events.

Programme for Holy Week (15-19th April)

Palm Sunday

  1. Irton           Holy Communion 9.30am
  2. Corney       Holy Communion 11 am
  3. St Bega's.  Holy Communion 11 am
  4. Drigg.         Family communion with procession 11 am
  5. Whicham   Dramatisation of the Passion, with music and Silence 4 pm


Bootle: Compline, a quiet service of night prayers  6pm

Muncaster :Compline 7pm


Whitbeck: Compline 6pm

Muncaster: Stations of the Cross 7pm


Whicham: Tenebrae, a service of readings, prayers and silence 6pm

Muncaster: Tenebrae 7pm

Maundy Thursday

Bootle: Holy communion and Stripping of the altar 10 am

Kirkstanton Village Hall: Passover Celebration 7 pm (numbers required for catering, please let Angela know if you would like tickets)

Muncaster: Holy Communion with Vigil 7pm

Good Friday

Bootle: An hour at the Cross 2pm

Muncaster: an Hour at the Cross 2pm

Holy Saturday

Bootle: Decorating the Cross in Church from 11 am