Soon we shall be hosting our wonderful visiting singers from the Harrogate Festival Choral Course. They are a vibrant and exciting group of singers who sing a great variety of Christmas-themed songs, old and new… interspersed with thought-provoking seasonal poetry. After the performance all are invited for a cup of tea/glass of wine and refreshments. This is a very popular annual event held this year at 3pm on Sunday, December 1st. Come early to avoid disappointment. There is no ticket price, but we welcome any donations towards the work and maintenance of the church.
Services continue as usual each week at 10.30am each Sunday for the rest of Advent until:
- Sunday 22nd
- 10.30am Communion Service
- 3pm: Carols by candlelight (followed by mince pies)
- Tuesday 24th
- 11pm Midnight Communion by candle light
- Christmas Day
- 10.30am All Age Praise followed by a brief, said Communion.
All welcome to any of the above – do come and join us.
On Friday 25th there’ll be a Fun Day at Holy Trinity Church, open to all children of Primary School age. The theme will be “journey” and children will walk into an imaginary world in which they go on an exciting journey, making passports, packing all the right things, travelling long distances for new adventures… and finally arriving back safely!
It’s from 9.45am to 2.45pm. Parents are invited to drop off children and have a bit of time to themselves before returning to pick them up at the end – all details are on the Fun Day Information sheet, and it is important that a Booking Form is completed whether hard copy or electronic, and returned to guarantee your place.
See you there!
10th March First Sunday in Lent. Luke 4: 1 – 13. The temptations in the wilderness.
How typical are they of our temptations? Is there such a being as the Devil or is this just a shorthand 1st century way of describing the absence of good? Are fasting and mortification still relevant in the 21st Century?
This is a Communion service.
17th March Second Sunday in Lent. Luke 13: 31 – end. The lament over Jerusalem.
24th March Third Sunday in Lent. Luke 13: 1 – 9. The parable of the barren fig tree. Repent or perish. This is a Communion Service.
31st March Mothering Sunday. All-age service celebrating the gift of life, and the loving parenthood of God. As is traditional here a posy will be given during the service to all ladies present at the service.
7th April. Fifth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday). John 12: 1 – 8. The anointing of Jesus’ feet with oil.
14th April Sixth Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday). Liturgy of the Palms, and focus on the Triumphal Entry of Christ into Jerusalem. This is a Communion Service.
18th April. Maundy Thursday. Commemoration of the Last Supper of Christ. John chapters 13 – 17 in a Tenebrae service with Communion.
19th April. Good Friday. Meet up by High Close Youth Hostel at 9am to carry the cross over to Ambleside. It is mainly downhill and there are several pauses for a reflection on the events of that day. At 11am we join in with a Churches Together act of united witness.
21st April. EASTER DAY – Hallelujah! Dawn Communion service at 6am followed by breakfast in the Vicarage.
10.30 am. All age praise and communion service, followed by Easter egg hunt in the churchyard.
At this bleakest time of the year, when apparently suicides rise – the days are short, sunlight scarce, and the festivities of Christmas a world away, the Church celebrates six weeks of “Epiphany” which means Christ’s “shining out”. Christmas saw the Light come into the world, in the six weeks of Epiphany we see that light beginning to shine life-giving rays to all around. So join us at 10.30am for any of the Sundays up until 20th January – but not then! The 20th is the one Sunday of the year when we have no service at Langdale and instead join our brother and sister Christians of all denominations in the whole neighbourhood and come together for joint worship in St Mary’s parish church, Ambleside. On the 25th January (a Friday) there will be an additional short service in Holy Trinity at 3pm followed by refreshments. Do come and join us then to pray for increasing unity between the denominations.
Sunday 23rd December
10.30am Brief said service of Holy Communion
3pm Community Carol Service by candle-light, followed by light refreshments
Monday 24th December
11pm Candlelit Midnight Communion
Tuesday 25th December
10.30am All Age Christmas Praise, followed by a brief said Communion
Looking back and looking forward
Yesterday we commemorated all who died fighting for their country – especially the 31 men from Langdale who died in the World Wars. We were blessed to be joined by a serving soldier, Emma Corrie from the Royal Engineers, who carried the Standard for us. The tone was a mixture of sombreness as we looked again at the awful statistics of the WW1 slaughter, through the eyes of the poet: Leslie Coulson. But also of joy as we celebrated the exact centenary of the Armistice – the making of Peace. We sang again some of the old, meaningful Remembrance hymns. And there was a wonderful reconnection with one of our First World War fallen, Percy Earl. His niece, Margery Spencer, came back to the valley she was brought up in and talked about her uncle… She never met him directly, but her father would often talk about him. And a year or two ago as a family they had taken a bit of Langdale earth (and some Grasmere gingerbread!) over to his grave in NORTHERN France.
The Kingdom Season Colour: The colour of red is commonly used in church during this month – a colour which reflects both the work of the Holy Spirit and the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross. Red Poppies are used extensively at this time as a symbol of remembrance for people who have died or suffered in war or conflict.
Holy Trinity certainly had a wonderful display of poppies, and underneath the “Roll of Honour” commemorating WW1 dead there were photographs and brief biographies of the Langdale men who died. We gathered around the War Memorial in the Churchyard afterwards in a bit of a shower – but not much hardship compared to what they suffered in the trenches.
It was good to see an excellent turnout of local people, along with several visitors.
NOVEMBER DISCUSSION GROUP
The discussion group continues on Wednesday evenings in the Vicarage – the topic is The Spirituality of Later Years, where people looking forward to retirement as well as others in different phases of retired life come together to share insights, hopes and fears. All are welcome to this – please phone 015394 37267 if you wish to come along.
Later this month we host our wonderful visiting singers from the Harrogate Festival Choral Course. They are a vibrant and exciting group of singers who sing a great variety of Christmas-themed songs, old and new… interspersed with thought-provoking seasonal poetry. This is a hugely popular annual event held this year at 3pm on Sunday, December 2nd. Come early to avoid disappointment. There is no ticket price, but we welcome any donations towards the work and maintenance of the church
CHRISTMAS IN LANGDALE
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT:- Services continue as usual each week at 10.30am., but on Sunday the 23rd the main service will be the Community Carol Service at 3pm, followed by mince pies and hot drinks. This is an enjoyable and well-supported occasion, highly recommended to any one who wants to hear or sing the much loved Christmas carols and follow the Nativity story through readings. It is a candle-lit service and highly suitable for people of all ages.
SUNDAY MORNING EUCHARIST. There will still be a short, said Eucharistic service at 10.30am on the Sunday morning (23rd December) for those who wish to take Communion, but aren’t able to later in the Christmas period.
CHRISTMAS EVE MIDNIGHT SERVICE. On the Monday of Christmas Eve, we shall have our carol-accompanied Midnight Communion. This too is a candle-lit service and a very atmospheric time as we see in Christ’s birthday together.
CHRISTMAS MORNING ALL AGE PRAISE. On Christmas Day itself, please join us for a happy, family occasion as we come together, and have a little foretaste of the peace and joy our Saviour came to bring. There is a brief said Communion for those who wish to receive it, immediately after the end of the family service.
On Sunday the 7th October this year there will be no morning service at Holy Trinity, Langdale. Instead we shall all be joining together for a service at St Mary’s Ambleside (along with 14 other worshipping congregations in this area); this too will be a Communion Service at 11am, and the Bishop of Carlisle, the leader of the Methodist Church in Cumbria, the URC Supertintendent will all be there to celebrate the launch of “Mission Communities”. This is a Cumbrian ecumenical venture, and it signals our commitment to work together more closely in the future. Apologies to anyone who wanted to worship in Langdale, but we do hope, whether you’re a regular or a visitor, that you can join us in Ambleside for what should be a wonderful service.
Heritage Open Days
On Saturday 8th September and Friday 14th from 10am to 4.30pm, refreshments will be available, all rooms in the church will be open, objects used in worship will be on display, visitors can see an old 19th century coffin-carrier used to transport bodies to Grasmere, there will be access to the Vestry to view robes and furniture normally kept under lock and key, and the Belfry will be open for escorted tours in which interested people may chime the bells if they so wish (although not give them a full ring unless the Tower Captain is present – bells are heavy things and accidents can happen if they’re misused), and the workings of the church clock will be open and viewable – it is a unique, clock, tailor-made for Langdale and with certain similarities to Big Ben. On Saturday afternoon (8th) Mr Geoffrey Sykes, a horological expert, will be happy to show visitors around and answer any questions about it.
On other days of both weekends information will be available on all the objects of interest, but on Saturday 15th the church will be closed because of a Wedding.
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.