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Priory Notes for Week Beginning 4th November 2019

 Priory notes for week beginning 4th November 2019


The Ladies Bible study group will meet tomorrow, Tuesday 5th November at 9:30 for 10 a.m. Details of the venue can be obtained by emailing

The pop-in Cafe will be held on Thursday 7th November in New College Hall between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Special guest Linda Taylor will be leading a group of harpists playing in the background.

Later prayer group will be held at 2 p.m in New College Hall.

From Friday 8th to Sunday 10th November, the St Bees Annual Multi-charity sale will be held in Old College Hall. A small art exhibition will also take place at the same time. Display boards will show pictures for sale that have been donated by local artists. All money raised will be given to Hospice at Home.

The sale and exhibition will take place on Friday 8th from 3 until 6 p.m.,

On Saturday 9th from 10 a.m. until 6 pm and

On Sunday 10thfrom 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

There will also be refreshments and a tombola in New College hall in aid of Hospice at Home:

On Saturday 9th at 10:30 a.m. until 4 pm

 And on Sunday 10th after church.

Saturday 9th November Churches together in Egremont and district will be hosting a ‘Prayers for Peace Event’ 12 noon-12:30 p.m. in the Meeting Place, Egremont.

There will also be a talk by Dr Ian Panter at Waberthwaite village hall between 2 and 2:30 p.m. Further details can be found later in this email.

Also on Saturday is the Family Film night hosted by the Friends of the priory. At 5 p.m. ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ will be shown in the Priory. Admission is free and popcorn and drinks will be provided. Donations may be made to the Friends of the Priory who assist in the conservation of the Priory.


Services for Sunday 10th November at the Priory, are Holy Communion at 9 am Remembrance Service at 10:45 a.m. and Evensong at 6 p.m.

St Bees Priory Church Remembrance Service

Sunday 10th November 2019 at 10:45 a.m.


The Remembrance Sunday parade which includes Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Guides and brownies as well as ex-service people and RNLI crew members will meet at the War Memorial by beck Edge garden at 10:15 a.m. there will be a sort wreath-laying ceremony, after which the parade will proceed to the Memorial by the Lichgate and then to Church for the service at 10:45 a.m. All are invited to attend.

Priory Prayer spaces

At our recent Away Day representatives of the PCC reflected together on our vision “To know Christ and to make him known”. We thought about progress we have made since our Mission Action Plan, TO2020, was launched in 2015 and discussed how we might move forward.

Coincidentally, Carlisle Diocese is also looking at refreshing the “God for All” vision and has asked us to join with them in 100 days of prayer and 100 days of listening. Over the next 100 days – taking us up to Christmas Day – individuals and groups across our ecumenical county have an opportunity to review the current strategic plan, identifying and prioritising the revisions they feel are needed to continue to grow God’s Kingdom from 2020 to 2025.

From today until Christmas Day, the Priory, the Mission Community and the diocese can take this opportunity to continue in prayer and, listening to God and one another, offer their thoughts, questions and ideas to those who lead us. In order to facilitate this, prayer and listening stations will be situated in the Priory over the next weeks and months. Please spend a few moments at each of these reflective areas and make the most of the opportunity to contribute your prayers and thoughts to this discussion. Everyone will have the opportunity to feed in their thoughts and answers to prayer via an online survey

 Donations of Christmas treats to the North Lakes Food bank

In order that we can distribute these items in a timely manner, we are asking that any collections of Advent Calendars be completed by 10thNovember so that they can be given out to be opened through December by children receiving them. (Perhaps you would like to donate a fairtrade Advent calendar – see above for details)

If at all possible, selection boxes should be with us by the first week in December so that they can go out to our centres to be given out with our Holiday Lunch packs, which will be going out to families during the week beginning 13thDecember. Thank you very much for your support and help for vulnerable families in our area.

Talk by Dr Ian Panter at Waberthwaite Village Hall

Dr Ian Panter from York Archaeological Trust will be giving a talk, and answering questions on the issues around conserving and looking after old buildings of all kinds. He has worked on many high profile projects including the Mary Rose. After his talk there will be time for questions and he will be available for more detailed individual discussion later in the afternoon.

Tickets for the talk are £5 and are available on the door

There will be an exhibition and local history update (no ticket needed) 3.30 – 4.30. The hall is off the A595 (south of Muncaster Castle) LA19 5YJ.


Fair-trade chocolate Advent Calendars with Christmas story activity book

When buying an Advent Calendar for the food bank or a little friend, why not consider buying a Fair Trade one from the Meaningful Chocolate Company (order form at back of church).    Meaningful because it puts Christ back in Christmas with a part of the story (as well as a chocolate) behind each door as well as the story and activity book. From sales nearly £300,000 has been donated to charitable projects. Even better the chocolate is fair trade, so the producers get a fair Christmas too!

Sign up at the back of church and specify collection at church or home delivery.

On Behalf of Reverend Becky Gibbs and the Ministry Team

“To know Christ and to make Him known”