Priory Notes

Priory Notes Week Beginning 18th November 2019

Priory notes for week beginning 18th November 2019

Today (19th November) is the first session of the ‘Difference Course’ to be held at 1:30 p.m. in New College Hall.

The Cost to fells Mission Community meeting will take place at 12-2pm tomorrow Wednesday 20th November at St Mary’s Presbytery, Cleator.

Later the Arts Society lecture will be held in St Bees business centre at 7:30 p.m. Speaker, Dr Christopher Donaldson, will talk about John Ruskin and the poetry of architecture.

On Thursday 21st November, the pop-in café will be held in New College Hall from 10:30 a.m. until 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 22nd November, the SBYC will meet at 7 pm in New College Hall.

Also, the Friends of the Priory are holding a quiz night in memory of the late Alan Hawkins who ran so many of these events for The Friends. The quiz is being organised by John and Elizabeth Hawkins at 7:30 p.m. in Old College Hall. Cheese and wine will be served. Tickets are available from Rosalie McAndrew and Philip Barratt, also at the pop-in Café

Services for Sunday 24th  November at the Priory, are Holy Communion at 9 am, Family morning worship at 10:30 a.m. where we will be celebrating ‘stir-up Sunday’ and Evening Holy Communion at 6 p.m.

We now have ‘busy bags’ available for young people who would prefer to stay with their families during the service. Please ask our one of our sides people if you would like one. 

There will be a Morning Prayer Service in the Priory at 9 – 9:30 a.m. on Monday 25th November. All welcome.

The Ladies Bible study will meet on Tuesday 26th  November. 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

Forthcoming Events as we approach Advent and Christmas

As we head towards Advent, there is a summary of our additional services and events taking place across the Mission Community between then and Christmas Day.

Sun 1st Dec:      Advent Carols service 4pm, Priory. (There will be no 6 p.m. service on this                          Sunday)

Mon 2nd Dec –   Thur 5th Dec Coast toFells ‘Experience Christmas’, St Leonard’s, Cleator – for local schools

Wed 4th Dec:    ‘Coast to Fells’ Experience Christmas for adults at St Leonard’s, Cleator, 7p.m.

Fri 6th Dec:        NSPCC ‘Carols by Candlelight, 7 p.m., Hodgetts

Sun 8th Dec:     Christingle Service with Orchestral carols 3 p.m., Priory (There will be no 10:30 a.m. service on this Sunday)

Wed 11th Dec:  Nethertown Carols at The Old Country Club, Nethertown, 2 p.m.

‘Coast to Fells’ Advent Reflection, 7p.m, Priory

Fri 13th Dec:      St Bees Public Schools, Carols 3-4:30 p.m., all welcome, beginning with refreshments in the school, followed by the service in the chapel

Mon 16th Dec:  Priory Friends Concert. Time TBC

Tue 17th Dec:   The Gables Christmas Service, 7:30 p.m.,        Gables Care Home

Wed 18th Dec:  St Bees Village School Christmas Service 1:30 p.m., Priory

Sun 22nd  Dec: Nine Lessons and Carols Service 5 p.m. Priory. (There will be no 6p.m. service on this Sunday)

Tue 24th Dec:   Crib Service, 4 p.m., Priory

Midnight Communion 11:30 p.m, Priory

Wed 25th Dec:  Family Christmas Day Communion, 10 a.m., Priory

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 below 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”