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August 2018

The latest issue of

the St Cuthbert’s magazine, Across the Parish, covering August to October has been published.  To read it online go to this page.

North Lakes Food Bank

During the school holidays many families struggle to feed their children. Please give generously to help them at this time.

The government is commissioning a report to investigate whether austerity policies are contributing to the increasing demand for help from food banks. Reports nationally from the Trussell Trust indicate that there has been a huge increase in the number of people needing their help.

There is a continuing need for everyday  food commodities such as tinned meat, fish and vegetables, baked beans, cereal, tea, coffee, jam, marmalade and sugar as well as for basic toiletries.

Items can be donated at St Cuthbert’s and the Methodist Churches in Seascale.  Many supermarkets and shops in Whitehaven, Workington and Egremont also have green bins for collections.

Services will resume in St Cuthbert’s Church on Sunday 19 August. Until then services will be in Seascale Methodist Church.

There is a regular Sunday Service at 10am and a United Evening Service at 6.30pm.

On Wednesday mornings there is a 10.30am Said Holy Communion Service.

There are a number of events to mark the re-opening of St Cuthbert’s:

Wednesday 8 August


Community Cleaning of St Cuthbert’s Church!  

 Everyone welcome! Please bring your own preferred cleaning equipment and clothing!

Saturday 18 August

Coffee Morning to celebrate the re-opening.


This will be the regular coffee morning, moved from the Methodist Hall to the new Community Space in St Cuthbert’s Church.  It will inaugurate the kitchenette, and very probably the toilets.  

Our Methodist friends will join us in the new area to help us celebrate!

Sunday 19 August

10.00am Holy Communion in St Cuthbert’s


As usual envelopes for donations will be distributed to all homes in Seascale.  These include a Gift Aid declaration and an accompanying slip. The slip explains that no one will call for the envelope, but instead asks  them to return the envelope to one of the churches or to one of 2 collection points in the village:-

Seascale Post Office (Pharmacy)  or Shackles Off (at 1a South Parade).

If you prefer to donate on-line go to:


Churches Together in Seascale and District is holding its annual celebration of Pentecost on Sunday 20 May at 3pm in the grounds of St Paul’s Church, Irton.

The bells will be rung, the music will be provided by Phoenix Praise and the speaker will be the Reverend Canon Gill Hart.

Refreshments will be available afterwards.

All are welcome!






The Annual General Meeting of Churches Together in Seascale and Diastrict will be held on Thursday 19 April at 7.30pm in Seascale Methodist Hall.  The (short) business of the meeting will be followed by refreshments and entertainment : Only Connect - Our Churches.

All are invited.

St Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne

His feast is celebrated on 31 August

This modern statue is at the ruined monastery on Lindisfarne

Little is known of Aidan’s early life save that he was an Irish monk who moved in 630 the monastery founded by St Columba on the Scottish island of Iona. A mission from Canterbury had converted Edwin, King of Northumbria, to Christianity in 627 but when he was killed in battle against invaders from Mercia in 632 AD Northumbria returned to paganism. Oswald, Edwin’s nephew, was living in exile in the monastery on Iona and was converted and baptised there. In 633 AD Oswald regained the kingdom of Northumbria and afterwards sent requests to Iona, rather than Canterbury, for missionaries to convert his people. Oswald gave Aidan the island of Lindisfarne, sometimes called Holy Isle, on which he established a monastery and became its first Bishop. Lindisfarne was close to Oswald’s royal palace at Bamburgh. Aidan died on 31 August 651 AD at Bamburgh. His body was taken to Lindisfarne and buried  there. Lidisfarne was sacked by the Vikings in 793 AD, after which Aidan’s reputation diminished somewhat. However, St Bede thought very highly of Aidan as did St Cuthbert.