Mungrisdale Church Bulletin January 2021

posted 14 Jan 2021, 11:22 by Mung Mungrisdale
Carol Service

When we held an ‘outdoor’ Carol Service before Christmas, I was reminded how momentous an event the birth of Jesus was - so momentous that the measurement of time as we know it became BC (before Christ) and AD (Anno domini, the year of our Lord). God broke into our world and sent his son Jesus to rescue the whole of mankind - that includes me and it includes you.
Jesus started with 12 disciples and two thousand years later here we all are, measured in billions. When I’m in our tiny church with our small congregation, I remind myself that I am part of the world wide Christian church which came about because of the birth of a baby, Jesus. Amazing.
Thanks to all who joined us for our outdoor carol singing; I found it very special. Christine

(Note: Thank you to all who managed to find the collection box in the dark that evening - £204.38 has been sent to the Salvation Army)

Star reflection: When we invite Jesus into our hearts, we carry the star of Bethlehem with us. There will be many times when it is cloudy and we don’t see it, but that “star of wonder, star of light, star of Royal beauty bright” promises He will never leave us. We can have inner peace even through the darkest hours, as He is the perfect light, the Saviour of the world. Adam


Church services

Services will be held via Zoom only.  If you would like to join in, please let Brian know  -  his phone number and  email address are shown below.


            Service listing:

Sunday  3rd January  11am.                 Holy Communion led by Rev Richard Hall

Sunday  10th January 11am                 Morning Praise led by Nancy Tweddell

Sunday 17th January 11am                  Holy Communion led by Rev Mike Houston

Sunday 24th January 11am                  Morning Praise led by Dr Brian Davis

Sunday 31st January 11am                  Morning Praise

Sunday 7th February 11am                  Holy Communion led by Rev Richard Hall


Prayer: A confidential prayer group continues to meet on Zoom through these very difficult times, so please get in touch if you need prayer.

If you have any questions about the church or about the Christian faith, you are welcome to get in touch with the churchwardens:

Brian Davis  017687 79640    or

Christine Fleming  017684 84217.


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Giving to the church: The option of online giving is available via the following links:

One off giving; Regular giving;

Charity Support:  Ignite is one of the local charities supported by Mungrisdale Church.  The following is a summary of its work in The Gathering in Penrith during the past year:


Activities of the Gathering Youth Café in 2020

The Ignite Penrith Charity supports the activities of the young people of Penrith who are part of the Gathering Youth Café which provides a safe place for them to meet together under a Christian ethos and helps them through leisure time activities to develop their capabilities and to grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society.  As part of this, the charity supported learning activities during the school summer break that are continuing through the Autumn term.


In response to the disruption of school and loss of learning opportunities caused by the Covid-19 pandemic we employed a company Futurekraft to help us submit a grant proposal to the Community Fund, of the National Lottery. The fund was set up to help alleviate the effect of the pandemic in communities around the country. With the help of Futurekraft we obtained a grant of nearly £10,000 that allowed us to hire tutors to help the young people develop new skills and catch up with missed schoolwork. The sessions covered GCSE subjects of English and Maths, music, cookery and outdoor activities as well as a personal development programme (ASDAN). These sessions are continuing through the Autumn Term.

The numbers attending had to be limited so that the Gathering building complied with the Government guidelines to keep those attending safe. Music and cookery sessions were very popular but the whole programme helped the young people deal with the isolation from friends and the loss of their normal community.

The young people gave the following feedback on the impact of the sessions:

• “It was really fun, it made me happy to be able to see my friends”

• “I have learned more in 2 lessons than I have in 7 years of primary school”

• “I've really enjoyed taking part as it has got me out of the house and socialising”

• “It has been really good being able to get out of the house and always know I have something to do”

• “Happy to be here”

• “I have learned more than I would at School. I have found guitar playing helpful in dealing with pressure and stress”

• “It was good it gave me the chance to do other things”

• “I have really enjoyed doing music lessons”

• “It has been really good I've really enjoyed cooking”


Futurekraft is helping the Ignite Penrith Charity apply for further grants to continue these learning experiences and pay tutors to provide them. However the grant money doesn’t completely cover the costs of providing the teaching sessions so we will continue to depend on your support to sustain these activities that help the young people keep up with their education and deal with the stress of isolation. If you would like to learn more about the activities or support the young people you can follow us at


On behalf of the Young People who are part of the ‘Gathering’ thank you for all your support and input to this important part of the lives of the young people of Penrith.         Brian