|Our church tradition is
‘middle-of-the-road’; vestments are worn for all services and there is a
robed choir under the direction of the organist and choirmaster.
Other regular services at St Paul’s include a Civic Service on Mayoral
Sunday; Harvest Festival (2015) followed by a Parish Lunch and Auction of
Harvest goods; All Souls Service; and a Remembrance Day service for the
town. The Patronal Festival is celebrated jointly with St Paul’s,
Lindale, followed by lunch. There is a full series
of services through Holy Week to Easter Day (Easter
2014). At Christmas, there is traditionally a Christingle and
Crib Service on Christmas Eve, and a Midnight Eucharist. Services
for the young families in 2016 have included special events at
Candlemas and Palm Sunday.
The next one is planned for harvest.
A recent addition has been a special afternoon service at the
Fell Church for those people who receive
Communion each month in their own homes because they are unable to get to
church. However, three times a year - Christmas, Easter and in the
summer - transport is arranged to bring them to the Fell Church for a
simple service, followed by afternoon tea.
In the summer edition of The Way, Bishop Robert (of Penrith) gives us three
web sites that explore 'thin places' in different ways.
www.embody.co.uk/blog/post/thin_places - a variety of contributions in
which people explain where God has broken through or been experienced as
www.pray-as-you-go.org is a
free daily podcast produced by British Jesuits and other experts in the
spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola - designed for ordinary people and
intended to be used as part of a regular day
www.mysticchrist.co.uk - a
community site offering insights into spirituality and creation from the
Christian tradition. It offers helpful resources, prayers and insights
for connecting with nature and letting God connect with us.