News Bulletin from St Kentigern’s Church Mungrisdale

posted 1 Aug 2020, 15:19 by Steve Woolley

We would like to share with the Mungrisdale community news about what’s happening with the church during the Coronavirus outbreak.  We will provide regular updates to let you know about any changes.  If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch with the churchwardens.: Brian Davis  drbriandavis@btinternet.com  017687 79640 or Christine Fleming  christine.fleming7@btinternet.com  017684 84217.

 

Re-opening the building

The church building has been closed since lockdown was imposed in March.  However the church has met for worship each Sunday morning via Zoom, which has been a blessing for those who are shielding, more vulnerable or stranded elsewhere on lockdown. 

The guidelines now allow us to open the building under strict rules. To comply we must complete a detailed risk assessment and carry out a plan to ensure the church building is safe for those entering.  This has taken time, but we aim to open the building on 2nd August, for the 11am service.  However due to restrictions it will be closed in-between services.

To support those in the community who can’t physically attend, we are planning to stream Sunday services via Zoom.  Please get in touch with Brian if you would like to join the Zoom services.

 

Appointment of a new minister

Since the Rev Bill White retired last year, Greystoke, Penruddock and Mungrisdale churches have not had a minister and have depended on retired clergy and local church members to lead services each week. Currently, we are helping the Diocese to appoint a new minister.  The process has been delayed by the Covid-19 outbreak but is now moving ahead.

 

Mission Community

The Diocese is working with other denominations to divide Cumbria into a number of ecumenical Mission Communities so that groups of churches can work together to help their local communities.  St Kentigern’s Church is now part of the “Blencathra Mission Community” and will be working with the churches of Greystoke/Penruddock, and ‘The Inglewood Group of churches’: Ainstable, Armathwaite, Calthwaite, Hesket, Hutton, Skelton, Plumpton Wall, Cottage Wood Methodist Church and Skelton Methodist Church.   As this develops we will include more details in future bulletins.

Finances

The stipend for our minister is provided by people giving money regularly to the local church.  Each year local churches make a “parish offer” to the Diocese to cover the stipends of clergy.   God’s people like to be generous givers, but to be realistic and good stewards.  The Diocese has asked us to consider what we can offer for 2021.  The PCC is prayerfully and carefully working through budgets and forecasts in the knowledge that we are about to appoint a new minister.  Members of the Mungrisdale Community generously gave over £28,000 to support the church last year.  The costs, including our Parish Offer for 2020 of over £19,000, were £25,638.  With the support of the Community we hope to maintain our Parish Offer for 2021 to support a new minister.

 

 

The Diocese has provided new ways of giving to the church to supplement the current use of bank standing orders and direct debits directly to the church account. They will allow people to give via a mobile phone text as you may see on TV charity appeals, or through a Justgiving type of website.  The Diocese will pay the money raised from these each month into the local church’s account.  These new methods will help to limit handling cash in the church.  When we have set up these new systems for St Kentigern’s, we will include the details in a future bulletin, to enable people to give towards God’s work here In Mungrisdale.

 

The future

St Kentigern’s church has been an important part of Mungrisdale’s community and history for many generations.  During that time the church has faced many periods of local and national upheaval.  We are confident that with your support our church will continue to be the centre for God’s presence in the community.

 

OTHER NEWS & NOTICES

 

Jonathan Scott Foundation

Grant money is available under the rules of the trust to help young people under the age of 25 years who reside in the Civil Parish of Mungrisdale, towards the cost of education, training (including social and physical training), and/or towards the cost of books and equipment which would help to prepare for or to enter a trade or profession.

Completed forms must be returned no later than 1st October.

Application forms can be obtained from;

Mrs D Elliott, Bank House, Mungrisdale,  Penrith,CA11 0 XG

Tel -  017684 84323, Email  pjanddeelliott@yahoo.com

 

Mungrisdale WI

There will be an update on the WI in the next bulletin.  Meanwhile if you have any questions, please  contact the President, Pat Green, on 01768 779857.

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