Welcome to the Parish of Whitehaven

  • We hope that you find our website helpful,

    and that it encourages you to come and visit us.

    Member of the Whitehaven Mission Community

    Mission Statement: By God’s grace, to grow God’s Kingdom in Whitehaven 

    Vision Statement: To grow disciples of all ages

    In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.

    To read more about this decision click here



    A new emergency support service has been launched for people in Copeland at high risk of becoming seriously ill and who do not have support available from friends, family or neighbours.

    Those at high risk from Covid-19 include people over 70 years old, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions who should be protecting themselves by staying at home.

    The majority of these people will already be receiving support from family, friends or local voluntary groups with tasks like shopping or collection of medicines if they require it. But we know that some will not have this support.

    If they have no alternative, these people will now be able to call the Freephone number to request help with getting food, medicines, essential supplies and home deliveries.

    We have been working with Cumbria County Council, Cumbria CVS, Cumbria Community Foundation, community and voluntary sector, private sector and the military to establish these new arrangements.

    To support the new helpline we are coordinating a supply of essential food, medicines and supplies which can only be accessed via the emergency helpline or email. The requests received will then be matched with local support and supplies being offered by community groups, volunteers, councils and businesses.

    The Emergency telephone support line is 0800 783 1966, or you can email your request for help to COVID19support@cumbria.gov.uk

    The call centre will operate Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm, and weekends from 10am to 2pm. The service will also accepts referrals from members of the public who may be concerned about people in their community.

    Please share this information as widely as possible to ensure everyone in Copeland receives the support they need.






    The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close 

    We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.
    Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.
    Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building.
    Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life.
    See: whitehavenparish.org.uk

    The vicar of this church can be
    contacted in an emergency by telephoning 01946 696932
    or emailing revrobjackson@live.co.uk

    “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

    To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.


    Updated: A Message from The Rector.

    Dear friends,

    With the ever-growing concern, world-wide and at home, regarding the coronavirus, I wanted to inform you of our response to this pandemic. First, may I remind you of the words of Paul in 2 Timothy 1:7; ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind’. We are living in troubling times, however that does not me that we have to give in to fear because ‘…the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world’ - 1 John 4:4.

    We have had to take practical steps because of this virus. Sadly, we have now had to shut all our places of public worship. This done in line with Government and Church of England instruction. But, just because we cannot ‘go’ to church this does not mean that we cannot ‘be’ The Church.

    Please be assured that prayer continues - said at various times each day.

    And if you would like to email prayer requests my email is at the bottom of this page.

    We want to keep in touch with you and we can do this through you regularly visiting our Facebook Page, website, via emails and telephone. If you think that I may not have your contact details send me a message now (my details are at the bottom of this article).

    Also at the bottom of this page are links to places where you can access worship materials from your own home. These materials will be updated and added too regularly. I will also post some teaching at regular intervals.

    Finally, I want to encourage you to…

    Look up - Pray for others and for yourself. Pray for all affected by this terrible virus, and pray for our NHS and all workers.

    Look around - be grateful for all that God has given you.

    Look out - with eyes of compassion for all people. If you are in a position to help someone and it is safe for you to do so - do it!

    Friends, if you need help - get in touch. There are a number of people in our church family who have contacted me to say that want to help. Allow them and me to help you.

    A foot note.

    Be faithful. Remember: ‘…the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world’.

    Be The Church even though you cannot go to church.

    Bless You.


    tel: 01946 696932

    mobile: 0786 33 77777

    Facebook: Parish of Whitehaven

    email: revrobjackson@live.co.uk


    Click on the links below for prayer and worship resources



    Coronavirus - Cumbrian Prayer

    Loving God, as your Son healed the sick
    And brought good news to the needy
    Be with us this day.
    Loving Jesus as you taught us to
    'Do unto others as you would have them do to you'
    Be with all the medical staff this day.
    Loving spirit, your gift is healing,
    Bring your healing fire to our homes, our hospitals and our county,
    But most of all, be with us this day. Amen

    The Cumbria Ecumenical Spirituality Group.



  • Self-isolation Postcard

    Many people are going to be self-isolating over the coming weeks.

    A self-isolation postcard has been designed - you simply fill in your details and pop through the door of anybody who you think might require some help in the future. 

    I have placed a few of these at the back of St. James' Church - they can also be collected free of charge from FIRPRESS in Workington.


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  • Prayers will be said at

    9am on Weekdays & 

    10am on Sundays

    A bell will toll to let all know

    that prayer is taking place