Difference is a 5 week course devised by the Archbishop of Canterbury to help Christians to practice our faith as a reconciling presence in our communities, particularly at this time of national division, but also in our personal lives.
The course uses individual stories and Bible passages to help us explore the habits of reconciliation. You are welcome to join us.
The Bunk Barn, Greengill Campsite, Strickland Road, Morland CA10 3AX
7.30-9.00pm, alternate Thursday evenings: 9th Jan, 23rd Jan, 6th Feb, 20th Feb
“Reconciliation is not the ending of all difference, but the transformation of how we deal with difference.” Archbishop Justin Welby
Come and celebrate at St Lawrence, Crosby Ravensworth
Sunday January 26th 2020 will be 10 years, almost to the day, when we received confirmation at the 11th hour [+ 59 minutes] from the Church Commissioners at central office in London that we could, after all the then PCC’s efforts, remain open without prejudice or worry. For nine months before this, the church was physically closed.
So it would seem appropriate that we celebrate this extraordinary turn-around. We want to invite you to put on the layers, collect the family and come to join us on this auspicious day. We have made improvements all around St Lawrence, which we want to show off and many of you with your families have enjoyed the extraordinary space of this ‘God-house dwelling’ over these years. We do believe it is a place where God and people meet.
There will be coffee/tea and home made biccies from 10.15am for the service beginning at 11.00am. This service will not be of more formal, Holy Communion type but a family-friendly Songs of Praise, when we hope you/your children will free to wander about, grab another coffee, use the facilities etc. . At the same time, there will be a recognisable structure: we are the C of E after all.
If we were to identify one person, who helped to engender that turn-around 10 years ago, it would be the then Archdeacon of Carlisle, under whose wing we came. He asked awkward questions, gave us high bars to clamber over before the Diocese could recommend us to the Commissioners for a re-think. So we are glad that he, the Ven. Kevin Roberts, will return to preach for us, with the service taken by our present incumbent, friend and Rural Dean, Rev Stewart Fyfe.
We, the present PCC, look forward to welcoming you and to another 10 years after this.
The Filling Station is a monthly ecumenical meeting where we can ‘fill up’ on God’s word and return to our churches better equipped to serve.
Next meeting: Thursday 9th January, 7.30 for 8.00pm, The Hub, Chapel Street, Appleby.
Morland Church ‘St Lawrence’ Emergency Fund
Morland Church is dedicated to St Lawrence, a Deacon of the Early Church, who was dedicated to caring for the poor and needy. He was killed for his refusal to hand over money collected for the need to the Roman authorities. When asked to hand over the church’s treasure, he rounded up those in his care and said “here is the treasure of the Church.” Our fund, in his memory, seeks to use our wealth to serve those in need, who are precious in God’s sight.