Priory Notes

Priory Notes Week Beginning 11th November 2019

Priory notes for week beginning 11th  November 2019

The pop-in Cafe will be held on Thursday 14th  November in New College Hall between 10:30 a.m. and noon.

Prayer group will be held later in New College Hall at 2 p.m.

The prayer group always welcomes new members and it is not necessary to attend every meeting. For further details email

On Friday 15th  November the village school ‘Colours Fashion Show’ will take place at 7 p.m at the Seacote hotel.

On Saturday 16th November there will be another ‘Big Dig’ in the vicarage community walled garden. Do come along and help if you can from 10 am until 1 p.m.

Later in the Priory, the West Cumberland Choral Society 50th anniversary concert will take place. “Handel’s Messsiah’ at 7:30 p.m. For details of tickets please see Frank Bowler or email

This Sunday (17th November) is the deadline for Christmas Greetings to be included In ‘St Bees news’. Please see Ian or Rosalie McAndrew.

Services for Sunday 17th November at the Priory, are Holy Communion at 9 am and at 10:30 a.m. and Evening Prayer at 6 p.m.

There will be a Morning Prayer Service in the Priory at 9 – 9:30 a.m on Monday 18th November. All welcome.

The Ladies Bible study will meet on Tuesday 19th November to study Galatians. Please email for further details.

The ladies Bible study group always welcomes new members and it is not necessary to attend every meeting. For further details email

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 13th December. Thank you very much for your support and help for vulnerable families in our area.

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”