Summer 2018

The school holidays and height of the visitor season are upon us!  And this coincides as usual with the Keswick Convention – a gathering of Christians from all over the country and beyond, who have gathered together annually for over a century.  There is some wonderful teaching from internationally renowned speakers, introduced by worship led by Stuart Townend and others.  Going over for a day can be a most refreshing and inspiring experience which we would highly recommend.  For more details see the attached link:    https://keswickministries.org/convention/2018/week-3

Church services continue at 10.30am each Sunday at Holy Trinity, with Communion on the 2nd and 4th Sundays.  We are currently following the Lectionary Readings which take us through Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians with its great themes of reconciliation, transformation and unity in Christ.  Do join us for these if you are able to.  Walkers are most welcome, as are dogs; and there are activities for the children at the back of the church.  The talks are not overly long and designed to be accessible to a wide audience.

On Sunday 19th August there will be a more informal service aimed at families with young children: after some action songs and a Bible story, there are activities and crafts which all can join in.  It is a cross between “Cafe Church” and “Messy Church”.  Do come and join us there (at Little Langdale Chapel) at 9am, if you are able to.  Services last about an hour.

Various parish walks are also planned during August but we don’t pre-plan too far ahead because of the unreliability of the weather – notice will be given at Sunday services or via e-mail.

HOLY WEEK 2018

25th March – Palm Sunday
10.30 a.m. – Mark 11, 1 – 11 Thanksgiving for the birth of Jasper Thomas combined with a traditional celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on a donkey to the praises of his people.

29th March – Maundy Thursday
7pm Celebration of Tenebrae with Communion in the Upper Room at Little Langdale Chapel, (150 yards past the Three Shires Pub on your right). Tenebrae is an ancient service of the church using the growing darkness as a symbol of the forces
3oth March – Good Friday.
9am – Meet up by High Close Youth Hostel to carry the cross to Ambleside via Loughrigg Terrace and Under Loughrigg. At Ambleside we meet up with others in Churches Together at 11am as we tell the Passion story in Bible readings and hymns around the village.

1st April – Easter Sunday
Alleluia, Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed, alleluia!
Join us to commemorate the most important day in the Church’s year.

6am – Dawn Service: entering the darkened church by candlelight and emerging at dawn to celebrate communion on the front porch as the sun rises. Breakfast for all who want it in the Vicarage afterwards.

10.30 am – All-age service with Communion, followed by an Easter egg hunt for children in the churchyard afterwards.

HOLY WEEK 2018

9th April – Palm Sunday

10.30 a.m.  – Mark 11, 1 – 11 Thanksgiving for the birth of Jasper Thomas combined with a traditional celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on a donkey to the praises of his people.


13th April – Maundy Thursday
7pm Celebration of Tenebrae with Communion in the Upper Room at Little Langdale Chapel, (150 yards past the Three Shires Pub on your right). Tenebrae is an ancient service of the church using the growing darkness as a symbol of the forces

 

 

14th April – Good Friday
9am –
 Meet up by High Close Youth Hostel to carry the cross to Ambleside via Loughrigg Terrace and Under Loughrigg. At Ambleside we meet up with others in Churches Together at 11am as we tell the Passion story in Bible readings and hymns around the village.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post-Christmas blues

Who really wants to say goodbye to family togetherness, parties, a precious time of leisure… before the hurly-burly of “ordinary life” takes over again?  It’s sometimes a sad task to take down those Christmas decorations, but it’s got to be done… in churches as well as homes.  A huge thank you to the Langdale Women’s Group for all they’ve done again this year to make the church look so beautiful: both to those who put up decorations, crib scene, candles etc and have now just taken them all down.  It really was worth it!! Loads of appreciative comments, and it felt so much easier to enter into the atmosphere of those special, night-time services.  They say January is the worst time for depression as people struggle with getting back to work again, BUT we’ve most of us got some good memories (though spare a thought for several families in the valley who have been bereaved very recently, for whom Christmas was particularly tough), and there are things to look forward to – even in January!

 

 

The woollen Nativity Set

 

 

 

 

For instance the week of prayer for Christian Unity is a wonderful and important occasion, when local Anglicans, Baptists, Catholics, Methodists & Quakers meet together in each others’ worship buildings to pray in that tradition’s style for more of the unity which Jesus himself prayed for.  Here are the times when we shall meet together:-

Churches Together in Ambleside District

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

18th to 24th January 2018

We are holding a service each day to mark the week. This year’s theme is “Liberation”.

 Thursday  18th Jan     10.30am    Holy Trinity, Langdale

Friday  19th Jan                2.00pm        Baptist Church

Saturday 20th Jan           10.30am       Methodists in parish centre

Sunday  21st Jan             11.00am    United Service, St Mary’s

Monday  22nd Jan           10.00am       Holy Trinity, Brathay

Tuesday 23rd Jan            10.00am       Quakers, at Glenthorne

Wednesday 24th Jan      6.30pm        Mater Amabilis

 

Sunday 21st January 11.00am  United Service at St Mary’s Church, Ambleside. (NB There will be NO separate service in Langdale on that day)

All the local churches will be taking part in this service.  Do come along and support any of these you are able to.

 Wishing all our readers a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Year 2018

Services will be as usual this January, except for Sunday 21st January, when there will be no service in Holy Trinity Langdale. Instead, we shall meet our fellow Christians for a combined service in St. Mary’s Ambleside, at 11:00AM.

We shall be hosting the other denominations to a service of Morning Prayer on Thursday 18th January at 10:30AM. Please support this important event during this week of prayer for Christian unity.

A winter wonderland

December 2017 – The Christmas Season in Langdale

Sunday 3rd December
Welcome Yule at 3pm – an Advent Concert with a variety of seasonal music including interesting arrangements of traditional carols to contemporary settings by modern composers, interspersed with readings and solo items
From the Harrogate Festival Choral Course
Refreshments afterwards
No charge; donations to church funds gladly accepted

Sunday 10th
Communion Service at 10.30am as usual

Sunday 17th
No service at 10.30am
But please come to the Candle-lit Carol Service at 3pm
Followed by tea and mince pies
Collection for the children in South Sudan and Burkina Faso –
two of the world’s poorest countries

Saturday 23rd at 6.30pm
We meet at the Bus shelter in Elterwater at 6.30pm before singing around the village. Visitors most welcome to come along.

Sunday 24th
At 10.30am – Last Sunday in Advent, Communion Service as usual – a quiet reflective service before the Christmas rush
At 11pm – See in Christmas day up at the Church with carols and readings at our Midnight Communion Service

Christmas Day
At 10.30am – Come and celebrate our Saviour’s birth by joining in the all age worship on Christmas morning, followed by a short said Holy Communion.

Lent and Easter 2017

1st March 2017
Ash Wednesday
To be celebrated with our brother and sister Christians in Ambleside with a Communion and imposition of ashes at 7:00pm in St Mary’s Ambleside.

8th March  2017
12 – 1.30pm
Simple lunch at The Baptist Church on Compston Road. All welcome. No charge; donations to the work of Christian Aid among Refugees.

“Lectio Divina” Fr Kevan Dorgan leads a course in this ancient monastic practice which is becoming more appreciated again in today’s world – in Mater Amabilis, Wansfell Road at 7pm every Tuesday during Lentunder the auspices of CTAD – Christians of all denominations welcome.  

Also “Different ways of receiving Christ”, a York Course series organised by Churches Together – all are welcome. This will be held every Thursday during Lent up until 6th April from 7.30 to 9pm in the Ambleside Parish Centre (in the Brathay Room)
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26th March
Fourth Sunday in Lent.
Mothering Sunday. Luke 2, 25 – 40. The childhood of Jesus and insights into the life of the holy family. The service will be shorter than usual with accessible songs and liturgy. We hope this will have something to say to people of whatever age. Children present will be able to bring their mothers (and other ladies present) the gift of a posy. Our deep thanks to the Meschino family for providing these in memory of Jilly. This year we will also be thanking God for the safe birth of Eden White, who will be baptised during the service.

2nd April Passion Sunday
Fifth Sunday in Lent

9th April Palm Sunday

Luke 19, 28 – 44, with the opportunity for those who wish to carry branches around the church building in the traditional re-enactment of The Triumphal Entry.
13th April – Maundy Thursday
7pm Meeting with Communion in the Upper Room at Little Langdale Chapel. (150 yards past the Three Shires Pub on your right).

14th April
Good Friday.
Meet up by High Close Youth Hostel at 9am to carry the cross to Ambleside via Loughrigg Terrace and Rydal Hall. At Ambleside we meet up with others in Churches Together at 11am as we tell the Passion story in Bible readings and hymns around the village.

16th April
Easter Sunday

6am Dawn Service – entering the darkened church by candlelight and emerging at dawn to celebrate communion on the front porch as the sun rises. Breakfast in the Vicarage afterwards.

10.30 am – all-age service with Communion, followed by an Easter egg hunt for children in the churchyard afterwards.

January 2017

Thursday 19th – Wedding of Louise Hetmaniuk and David Thorrington                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Friday 20th: 2-4pm tea and cakes in the Village Hall in aid of Langdale CofE Primary
Saturday 21st – Wedding of Laura Prichard and Rob Hood
Sunday 22nd – Combined service at 11am in St Mary’s, Ambleside, on the theme of reconciliation. (No service this Sunday in Langdale, therefore Communion offered to those who would like it at 1.30p.m. on Monday)
Monday 23rd – 2pm Time of prayer for Christian Unity, followed by refreshments.

Advent and Christmas 2016

November

Sunday 27th

“Welcome Yule” – a medley of carols, old and new, interspersed with poems and seasonal readings performed by the enormously talented Harrogate Festival Choral Course. Do come, listen and enjoy this popular annual event… It is a wonderful way to kick-start the Christmas season. The performance is at Holy Trinity Church from 3.00 to 4.00pm, followed by refreshments. There is no charge; donations welcome.

December

Sunday 18th at 3pm

Carols by candle-light: follow and re-live the Christmas story through readings and songs & stay for mince pies and a hot drink afterwards.

Wednesday 21st at 6.30pm

Carol singing around Ambleside with fellow Christians from all the other Ambleside churches; we meet by the Health Centre on Rydal Road before serenading those in the Greenbank Estate.

Friday 23rd at 6.30pm

We meet at the Bus shelter in Chapel Stile at 6.30pm before singing around the village.  Visitors most welcome to come along.

Saturday 24th at 11pm

See in Christmas day up at the Church with carols and readings at our Midnight Communion Service.

Christmas Day at 10.30am

Come and celebrate our Saviour’s birth by joining in the all age worship on Christmas morning, followed by a short said Holy Communion.

January

Sunday 11stat 10.30am

Begin the New Year as you mean to continue by taking stock of your life asking God to help us fix on helpful New Year Resolutions – a time of prayer and recommitment.

Sunday 8th January at 10.30am

The first Sunday of Epiphany when Christ was revealed to the Wise Men.  We look at Matthew chapter 2 and ponder the significance of their visit to the stable.

 

Lent to Easter 2016

1st March 2017
Ash Wednesday
To be celebrated with our brother and sister Christians in Ambleside with a Communion and imposition of ashes at 7.0 pm in St Mary’s Ambleside.

8th March  2017
12 – 1.30pm
Simple lunch at The Baptist Church on Compston Road. All welcome. No charge; donations to the work of Christian Aid among Refugees.

“Lectio Divina” Fr Kevan Dorgan leads a course in this ancient monastic practice which is becoming more appreciated again in today’s world – in Mater Amabilis, Wansfell Road at 7pm under the auspices of CTAD – Christians of all denominations welcome.  (To be confirmed)

26th March
Fourth Sunday in Lent.
Mothering Sunday. Luke 2, 25 – 40. The childhood of Jesus and insights into the life of the holy family. The service will be shorter than usual with accessible songs and liturgy. We hope this will have something to say to people of whatever age. Children present will be able to bring their mothers (and other ladies present) the gift of a posy. Our deep thanks to the Meschino family for providing these in memory of Jilly.

2nd April Passion Sunday
Sixth and final Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday) Luke 19, 28 – 44, with the opportunity for those who wish to carry branches around the church building in the traditional re-enactment of The Triumphal Entry.
Services in the first three days of Holy Week will be largely in conjunction with our friends in Brathay and Ambleside – details later.

9th April Palm Sunday
13th April – Maundy Thursday.
7pm Meeting with Communion in the Upper Room at Little Langdale Chapel. (150 yards past the Three Shires Pub on your right).

14th April
Good Friday.
Meet up by High Close Youth Hostel at 9am to carry the cross to Ambleside via Loughrigg Terrace and Rydal Hall. At Ambleside we meet up with others in Churches Together at 11am as we tell the Passion story in Bible readings and hymns around the village.

16th April
Easter Sunday

6am Dawn Service – entering the darkened church by candlelight and emerging at dawn to celebrate communion on the front porch as the sun rises. Breakfast in the Vicarage afterwards.

10.30 am – all-age service with Communion, followed by an Easter egg hunt for children in the churchyard afterwards.