Priory Notes

Priory Notes for week beginning 2nd September 2019

Priory notes for week beginning 2ndSeptember 2019

So the children and young people will soon be returning to school college or perhaps starting somewhere for the first time. St Bees school students’ term began today and many of the schools and colleges in the area will be opening their doors on Wednesday 4thSeptember. Good luck to everyone as the new terms start.

The Ladies Bible Study group will resume their meetings tomorrow, 3rdSeptmber 2019. They meet at 9:30 for 10 a.m and details of the venue can be obtained by emailing The group always welcomes new members and there is no requirement to attend all of the meetings.

The PCC will meet later on 3rdSeptember at 7:30 p.m in New College Hall.


The pop-in Cafe will be held on Thursday 5thSeptemberin New College Hall between 10:30 a.m and noon.

Later at 2 p.m, the prayer group will resume their meetings in New College Hall. This group also welcomes new members and you don’t need to come along to every meeting


On Saturday 7thSeptember, why not join the ‘Big Dig’ in the vicarge community garden from 10 am until 1 pm. The plan is to dig, plant and to build new raised beds from roofing tiles pallets!


Don’t forget that the deadline for any contributions to the October edition of ‘St Bees News’ is on Sunday 8thSeptember. The editor is Anthony Payne: email:

Services for Sunday 8th September at the Priory, are Holy Communion at 9 a.m and Morning Prayer at 10:30 a.m, then Evening Prayer at 6 p.m.


Forthcoming Events in the Mission Community

The Bible course Autumn 2019

Over the course of 8 weeks we will explore the Bible. No prior knowledge of the Bible is necessary, but if you some familiar will be of use if you would like to explore it in  more depth.  Using a unique storyline, the course will link the key events, books and characters together to give you ‘The Big Picture’ and discover how the Bible applies to your life. Everyone is welcome and the courses will run on the following dates, all at 7-9 pm.:

September 3rd – St John’s Cleator Moor

September 10th – St John’s Cleator Moor

September 17th – St John’s Cleator Moor

September 25th – St Paul’s Frizington

October 2nd  – St Paul’s Frizington

October 8th – St John’s Cleator Moor

October 15th – St John’s Cleator Moor

October 23rd – St Paul’s Frizington

If you would like further information or to book a place, please contact Reverend Nicki. There will be a charge of £5 to cover the cost of the course book.

Training day – Chaplaincy in our Care Homes

There is a training day taking place for those interested in chaplaincy to our care homes on Saturday 14th September from 9:30am- 2p.m. This will be held at St John’s in the Hall, Crossfield Road, Cleator Moor. Reverend Keith Albans, fomer Lead Chaplian to the MHA will be sharing his wisdom and experience for those who wish to develop their chaplaincy ministry to residential homes for older adults. A light luch will be provided for a donation. Please book your place with


The Sandwith School Trust – applications for the new term

The Sandwith School Trust was registered with the Charity Commission on 12 December 1977, following the closure of Sandwith School. The Trust was formed for the benefit of villagers in the old parishes of Sandwith and Rottington (which includes a portion of Abbey Vale).

 Funds are available for young people under the age of 25 years, in these locations for such things as their academic materials, educational experiences, and Christian instruction. The trustees encourage children and young people to take advantage of this resource and submit applications. Trustees generally welcome one application per academic year. Applications are now being invited for the next academic year, commencing September 2019.

Grant application forms are available by emailing

Please give as much detail as you can about how an award from the trust would help as this will help the trustees to decide how a grant could assist you.


Questions regarding the vision for St Bees Priory



The PCC have been thinking about the vision for the Priory and would like the congregation to consider the following:


  • What is the Church for?
  • What is the role of the Priory in the village?
  • Where would we like the Priory to be in 10 years’ time?


Please could you pass on your thoughts to any PCC member by 19th September 2019 – thank you.






On Behalf of Reverend Becky Gibbs and the Ministry Team

“To know Christ and to make Him known”