Welcome to St Aidan’s Church
Services Every Sunday at 9.45am
Sunday Services will be available on the website every Sunday morning
There has been a change with regard to opening of churches.
The church of England has instructed clergy that they can now enter their churches for private prayer and the recording or livestreaming of services.
This applies only to the clergy no one else may enter other than the person recording the service with social distancing adhered to.
It is with regret that we have had to close the church for private prayer. The Bishop of Carlisle, on the instruction of the Archbishops and following Government guidance, has ordered all Church of England buildings to close until further notice.
I am at present working from the parish office but that may have to stop shortly.
Things are changing daily and I will keep you fully informed.
Take care and keep safe.
Bishop James contacted all the clergy yesterday with the latest update from the Church of England. It has been decided to suspend all public worship in all Church of England premises from today. I await an update with regard to public offices i.e. baptisms, weddings and funerals and will inform you of that decision as soon as it arrives although I have had a number of baptisms that are now cancelled in light of the national concern. I am aware that these are challenging times and the situation is changing daily but be assured that you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time. I do intend to keep St Cuthbert’s church open as a place for prayer and I will be in the parish office each day in case people are needing to self-isolate and I need to make necessary pastoral phone calls. If anyone wants to contact me then please tell them to do so.
Tel: 01228 521982
Many thanks and God bless.
A late example of a Gothic Revival church building. This very large church and its attached church hall were built at the same time with the church started in 1899 and completed by 1902. The north and south aisle arcades although pointed in form are very close to being semi-circular. The slender columns and wide spans give a very light feeling to the space they define. The fine timber roof is fully exposed internally. Pairs of decorative collar tie trusses span the nave with radiused infill beneath the tie members. Placing of the trusses in order to concentrate load close to the arcade columns has resulted in bays of unequal width which is also a visual device used to some effect. Internal furnishings and fittings are all of the period of the original build and no significant alterations have been carried out. There are some finely worked features internally, notably the carved oak pulpit with carved stone base and the carved oak font cover at the west end. The church and hall are built entirely of red sandstone with tooled quoins, window surrounds, copings etc. and with rock faced ashlar walling in narrow courses. Unusually for a church of such size there is no tower or spire. The relatively modest double bell-cote comes as something of an anti-climax.
Parish Office Telephone/Church Hall Bookings 01228 810650
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