Special Services of Worship - 2017 and 2018
Eucharist for Retired clergy - 13th September
Baptisms and Confirmations - 17th September
Visiting Curates at St Paul's - 15th October
It was joy to welcome to St Paul’s thirteen curates from the Dioceses of Blackburn and our own Diocese of Carlisle who were in Grange for a training weekend at Thornleigh. Groups of curates have been coming to Thornleigh over the past 10 years for this annual training event, but this was the first time that they have actually joined us for our Parish Eucharist and helped to support our worship together. Our curate, Andrew, celebrated the Eucharist, with the Revd Dr Allison Fenton (Vice Principal of Cumbria Christian Learning) acting as Deacon. The Revd Dr John Darch, Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Director of Initial Ministerial Education in the Blackburn Diocese was the preacher, and spoke of the importance of food and fellowship in the life of Jesus and as part of the ministry of the Church. Sheila Clark (an ordinand in training) and the Revd Lesley Hinchliffe (a curate in Blackburn) read the first and second lessons, and the Revd Jonathan Gillespie (Curate of St Mary’s Windermere) led us in our intercessions. And to cap it all, at the end of service, Charles pulled out all the stops in the organ playing Percy Fletcher’s ‘Festival Toccata’ which received a spontaneous round of applause.
It was a privilege to be there, and to share fellowship together afterwards. What a boon our new social area is proving to be.
We wish all the curates much joy and fulfilment in their future ministry, wherever God may call them.
All Saints - 5th November THANKSGIVING FOR THE DEPARTED
About 30 people gathered this Sunday afternoon for a short meditative service in which we remembered those we have loved and lost. The names of all those whose funeral had taken place during the past year had already been entered on a list, and there was a general invitation to add any other names that people wanted remembering. The service was led by Julia Grilchrist and Joyce Leach. Julia explained the significance and history of the All Souls Service, and Joyce read out the names that were on the list. We had each been given a tea-light with the service sheet, and as the names were read out we were invited to light our small candles from the paschal candle, and then to go up to the sanctuary and place them on the main altar.
It was a very poignant and meaninful service, and much appreciated by all those present. And it was good to stay afterwards to share memories over a cuppa.
Civic Service for Remembrance Day - 12th November