News & Events


PIZZA CHURCH- Starts on 14th January 2018, then every 2nd Sunday of the month, at 3.45 pm for 4.00 pm-in the Community Centre (opposite St James' Church)-all are welcome.

Have you given up on church services? Many people have - stating that they are not relevant, they are at the wrong time, the sermons are boring, they didn’t feel welcome, even… the church are only after their money!

I believe that attending church should be enjoyable - that is why we are starting Pizza Church.

With a relaxed atmosphere, modern music, relevant and practical messages, - and its for all the family.

A different way of being church with a contemporary flavour - lasting about an hour including (you’ve guessed it) ‘Pizza’.

See also the facebook page for this service, share and follow it-

AFTERNOON TEA CHURCH- Starts on 1st February 2018, then every 1st Thursday of the month at 2pm at St. Nicholas':

a service of readings, poetry, hymns, prayer, reflections, fellowship and afternoon tea


This is part of a Diocesan wide Mission, and more details of town events will be posted here closer to the time.

A series of prayer meetings will be held in January- March at various of the town churches-see the diary pages for details


Prayer Pointers:

1. Give thanks for the way in which Moving Mountains has grasped the imagination of the vast majority of churches across Cumbria

2. Moving Mountains is a contribution to the county wide vision that, by 2020, everyone in Cumbria, of all ages and backgrounds, will have had an opportunity to discover more of God and God's purpose for their lives, so that they will discover more of Jesusband the Good News and become followers of Jesus within a Christian Community. Pray that people see this, not as a single set of events in March, but as part of an ongoing engagement in reaching that vision

3. We will be joined by teams from across the country, each led by a senior leader from one of a number of denominations. Pray that this resource will be well used, and will strengthen the work of what is happening.

4. Moving Mountains is based on prayer. Ask God that he would hear those prayers, and move across this County.

5. Pray for events that are taking place:that people would be encouraged to invite friends and neighbours to them.

6. Moving Mountains involves several denominations, working together in obedience to Jesus' prayer in John 17-'May they be one as we are one so that the world might know'. Pray that this mission would see people continuing to work more closely with the desire of seeing others come to know Christ.

7. Pray for the majority of people who live in, or visit, Cumbria, who have no connection with the Church or Christians: that we would be creative in the ways in which we seek to encourage them to pause in awe and wonder at the beauty of creation around, and so begin to connect with the one who created it.

8. Pray that many will look back on 2018 in Cumbria as a time when they began a journey which transformed their lives.


Meanwhile, please see this Diocesan web-page and facebook page for more general information about the Mission.


This new Parish Initiative will be at St. Nicholas' every Wednesday from 3 pm to 4pm- food parcels for those who need them.

'Take what you need-- pay what you can'.   no need to book - just turn up.

Please see this PDF leaflet for more information-/content/pages/documents/1507398356.pdf


The Holy Land Pilgrimage Blog has now been moved to a permanent new page under the 'Faith' tab on this website.

The pack of Annual Reports for 2016 of the Church is available here (this is a 9.5 Mb PDF file)-



The opening times of the Parish Office are-Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8.20 am to 3.30pm.


Collection Plates at the 10am Sunday Service

The collection plates will no longer be passed around during the offertory hymn for your envelopes or cash to be placed into at the Sunday 10am service. As with other services, collection plates will be at the back of church as the sides-people hand you your books and once again placed at the back of church at the end of the service. Thank you for your continued support.

Volunteers needed for St Nicholas' Cafe:

The volunteers we have at the moment do a wonderful job covering their own slots and spare sessions in the cafe,  but we need more people. At the moment we are on occasion having to close early in an afternoon due to lack of staff. If you can spare a morning or afternoon to help in the cafe at St Nicholas', please speak with Michele (in the Parish Office) or Tracey Jackson (on 696932). Thanks.


Note from Alison Riley about Network Youth Church:
Network Youth Church exists to encourage those aged 11-18 to explore and go deeper in faith.  As the leader for Calder Deanery, I am employed 2.5 days per week to help facilitate this.
There are a number of youth groups connected with Church across the area - if you would like me to promote yours in the next newsletter, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us in any way - through prayer, finance, or by volunteering.

I will be continuing with my role as Network Youth Church Leader, albeit as an ordained minister, as well as being Curate of the Parish.

I hope you enjoy this newsletter - my aim is to produce one every three months - the next one will be in Spring 2018