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Now that we have the necessary paperwork and permission, the Allithwaite Community Food Hub will start on Monday 1st June.  For more information please visit: or see the advert in the Lantern/Church.  We also have a Facebook page: Allithwaite Community Food Hub.  Help save the planet, save money and reduce food waste.

Spring Harvest is a long running major Christian Festival that has this year moved on-line ! They are providing free access to teaching and worship sessions – follow the link: St Marys in Touch Links – 14 Apr.

St Marys in Touch Links Summary – 10-05-20

St Marys in Touch Links – 04-04-20 (1)

Peninsular Providers

Update on Welfare Coordination Hubs and Shielding

Leaflet – St Mary’s Allithwaite offering help



St Mary’s Church ‘Annual General Meeting’ (AGM)

This is a formal notice that the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (the church’s AGM) will take place on Monday October 19th at 7.30pm via Zoom, (postponed from April).

This meeting will review the previous year, present the annual church accounts, and hold elections for 2 churchwardens, 4 lay members of the PCC and 2 Deanery Synod representatives.

Nomination forms for all of these positions can be obtained from John Arthurs, Tel: 35406 or email:  [email protected]  and must be returned to him before the meeting.

In order to vote at this meeting you must be on the official electoral roll.

The Annual Report and Accounts will be published in a later edition of “St Mary’s In Touch”; as will details of how to “attend” this AGM meeting on 19th October.  If you have any queries please contact John.

Are you on the St Mary’s Electoral Roll?

If you think you are not on the Electoral Roll and would like to be, please contact Janice urgently on  [email protected]

If you aren’t sure whether you have filled in the form this year, then please check as soon as possible. You can do this by either:

  1. When you next go to St Mary’s, check the list which Janice is putting up on a church noticeboard inside (the board opposite the kitchen hatch, where the PCC minutes usually go) , or
  2. If you are not yet going to services etc at the church, or can’t get there for any reason, email Janice and she will check her copy of the list for you:  [email protected]

AWAY WEEKEND – RYDAL HALL – 8th—10th January 2021

The weekend is designed to suit all age groups and the programme will provide plenty of opportunity for developing friendships, making new friends, relaxing, and having fun as well as some (optional) sessions with our guest speaker (to be announced later).

We have negotiated a price to include all meals from Friday evening meal to Sunday lunch, and tea and coffee at morning and afternoon breaks.  There is free Wifi.  Dogs are welcome at a small cost of £5 per day.

 The cost for the weekend will be £154 for adults, for full board from Friday evening until Sunday lunch. Accompanied children 16 and under are free (the church will subsidise).

Booking form and further details cane be viewed via: St Mary’s Away Weekend 2021, Brochure 1

The Diocese of Carlisle has created a new website page on Communications resources  – very helpful during this pandemic. Click on

Some of the national church’s digital resources for prayer and worship which they recommend are:

  • ‘Time to Pray’ app– everything you need for Prayer During the Day, with variations according to the day of the week and season of the Church’s year. Download for free.
  • Daytime prayer and Night prayer service audio– building on the existing daily prayer feed, this includes daytime prayer and night prayer for each day .
  • Live streaming services from churches–  the website  now lists hundreds of churches offering livestreams of services from across the country.
  • The BBC’s Daily Service and Sunday Worship– radio programmes for regular listening … click here for Daily and click here for Sunday worship.

Spring Harvest is a long running major Christian Festival that has this year moved on-line ! They are providing free access to teaching and worship sessions – follow the link: St Marys in Touch Links – 14 Apr.

Update on Welfare Coordination Hubs and Shielding

Cumbria County Council has now established the 6 new COVID-19 welfare support hubs to provide targeted support for those at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19). The County Council has been working closely with District Council, CVS, Cumbria Community Foundation, community and voluntary sector, private sector and military to establish arrangements in each district area to coordinate the supply of essential food, medicines and supplies.  Further information can be viewed here: Update on Welfare Coordination Hubs and Shielding

Peninsular Providers

A list of the traders who will deliver goods, etc is attached: Peninsular Providers

The Lantern Community Hub is not currently ‘open’, as it is complying with Government guidelines. However, Michael is available to coordinate supplies and information, and spends time there every day.  He says, “The Lantern is here for you in case of need. The phone number may be called anytime”.