Acts of worship Lent to Easter 2019

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.

Christmas Services 2018

       The woollen Nativity Set

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.


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




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.



Season of Remembrance

We are in deep Autumn, and the season of Remembrance is here. Last weekend we remembered individuals we have loved but see no longer. This Sunday we join the rest of the nation to commemorate all those who died or have sustained injuries in defence of their country. Come and join us in this centenary year at 10.30am for the Remembrance service.

Change of Venue

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.

Autumn 2018

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.

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:

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.


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.


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!