Easter Services

Sunday 10th April – 11am

Palm Sunday with blessing of the palms and dramatised Palm Sunday reading.

Thursday 14th April – 6.30pm

A service of Holy Communion at St. Mary’s Church in Ambleside to mark Maundy Thursday – the day we remember Jesus’ commandment to ‘Break Bread and Share wine and remember me’.

Friday 15th April – Good Friday

Good Friday is the Passion Play (11am at Ambleside, 3pm at Hawshead).
This is going to be really good; please come along to support. The event is around 45 mins long and is suitable for all ages. 

There is a service of ‘Music and Meditation for Good Friday’ at 6.30pm at Brathay Church

Sunday 17th April – Easter Day 

9.30am at Brathay,  11am at Langdale and Ambleside. Easter egg hunts after the service. 

Pilgrimage Walks

After Easter there will be opportunities on Saturdays to join us walking the walks with meditations.
Each walk is a circular route taking in two of the Mission Community churches/chapels.

The first five walks will be:

  • 23rd April 10am – Walk 1: Grasmere to Chapel Stile
  • 30th April 10am – Walk 2: Grasmere to Rydal
  • 7th May 10am – Walk 3: Ambleside Town
  • 14th May 10am– Walk 4: Brathay to Langdale
  • 21st May 10am – Walk 5: Wray, Brathay and Ambleside

For information about the length and difficulty of the walks and where and when to meet see St. Mary’s website.

“The impact the Environment Act 2021 on rural communities”

Open Forum event at Ambleside Parish Church May 19th – 7:30pm   

Climate change, biodiversity, pollution and land management are all a focus in the new Environment Act, passed in 2021. This evening will provide an opportunity for the public and any interest groups to come along and take part in open discussion on the content and impact of this new legislation.

The main speaker for the evening will be Tim Farron.

The following quote from Natural England summarises the key areas the act will cover:

In England, November 2021 saw the very welcome addition to the statute book of a new Environment Act, the most ground-breaking piece of environmental legislation in many years. For the first time this Act will set clear statutory targets for the recovery of the natural world in four priority areas: air quality, biodiversity, water and waste, and includes an important new target to reverse the decline in species abundance by the end of 2030. It sets in law new tools that Natural England and others can use to help meet those targets, which will at last enable us to lift the grim graphs of species decline upward towards a Nature-positive 2030.
Do put this date in your diary and come along to join in the discussion.

Harvest 2021

Harvest Festival will be on 26th September at 11am.

Do come along. If you have Harvest offerings they will be gratefully receive.

Dry and tinned goods will go to the Food Bank after the service.

Monday 27th September 6pm Harvest Supper in the Village Hall.

Please let us know if you wish to come.

Public notice

Attached below is a PDF of a public notice (as posted in the Church).

We are applying for permission to set aside an area for the burial of cremated remains in the Thrang Burial Ground, and to erect a memorial to commemorate those buried there.

Should you wish to object to the proposal or works please follow the instructions provided in the notice. Correspondence should reach the Diocesan Registrar by Saturday 26 February 2021.

Advent and Christmas Services

25th December. Communion by Extension for Christmas Day.

If you will be coming on Christmas Day please contact PCC Secretary, Teresa Onions on (01539) 735 373.

This year, as you will appreciate, we have to follow Government guidance in our churches to keep everyone safe. This means we are unable to sing carols indoors although we can listen to them, that you kindly wear a mask and that numbers will be limited.

In order to help us manage the difficult balance of warm welcome with the necessary restrictions, if you know you will be coming or if you have any queries please do contact the PCC Secretary.

A huge ‘thank you’!

The Church Council met up with us last week (in a socially distanced way of course), and on your behalf presented us with the most lovely wooden bowl, hand-crafted from local oak by George Brown, together with a very generous cheque. We were very moved and thank each one of you for your contribution. The bowl will be a lasting reminder of our many happy years in Langdale, and the many people there whom we’ve been blessed to get to know.

The good thing about retiring to Ambleside is that these friendships will not be severed by distance!

Many thanks again from us both.

With our love and prayers
George and Rosemary

A change of leadership

We have said our farewells to the local church at a final, very moving, socially distanced, (but physical!) Service in Holy Trinity, and also to the wider valley community through the pages of The Langdalian; but Langdale Church has a far wider reach than that. As a much-loved previous Vicar, Graham Hartley, used to say: “When you’re vicar of this parish you don’t just minister to those resident in the valley, but to half the world!” And indeed visitors have come to worship with us from all corners of the UK, Europe, America and Australia… in several cases on quite a regular basis. So may I take this opportunity to say goodbye to all you far-flung members of the congregation, and to thank you for blessing us over the years with your company in worship, your fellowship in praise and prayer, your giving and, in many cases over the past twelve years, your friendship? You have played a key role in sustaining the viability of Langdale church when so many rural churches have been forced to close. Thank you all so much.

We shall not be replaced like for like; but the Ambleside Rector, Rev’d Beverley Lock, aided by her able Ministry team, will have oversight and responsibility for the parish in the future. You could not be in safer hands; she is determined to continue and build on existing good practice both in the 10.30 am traditional church congregation, and also with the Fresh Expression of church of families who have been meeting monthly at Little Langdale. Obviously, this comes at a time when churches throughout the world are reviewing the advisability of opening up churches in as near as possible pre-Covid way. We all need to be open to new possibilities at this time, but I’m sure God will bring something good out of the apparent confusion.

Do keep in touch if you’d like to – our email remains the same: georgewrig@hotmail.com. We’ve only moved just down the road into Ambleside.

May God bless you richly as you journey on with our wonderful Saviour!

George & Rosemary Wrigley