Church of Low Furness
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Welcome to the Church of Low Furness serving the parishes of Aldingham, Dendron, Rampside, and Urswick with Bardsea and our ecumenical partners in the Christian Community in Low Furness
We are committed to ensuring that this is a safe place for everyone and take the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. We adhere to safeguarding rules laid down by the Church of England and the Diocese of Carlisle.
Any safeguarding concerns can be addressed either to the Vicar, Revd Lucie Lunn or to our Safeguarding Officer, Graham Hopkins. They can be contacted via the vicarage 01229 587200 or email@example.com. Or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Safguarding policy can be viewed here
Who are we?
A combination of five Anglican parishes – Aldingham, Bardsea, Dendron, Rampside, Urswick and the United Reform Church community based in Urswick. We also work in collaboration with neighbouring Christian communities in Barrow, Dalton and Uverston.
Where are we?
The southern part of the Furness peninsular of in Cumbria. Low Furness is a large rural area on the north shore of Morecombe bay stretching from Rampside in the Southwest to Ulverston in the Northeast, border by Barrow-
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On the advise of government and the Church of England all church services and activities are being suspended until further notice.
We are also working with local community volunteers to provide practical support for those who may be housebound.
Watch this space for further updates
The building is closed, the Church remains open
The situation evolves at speed; it was less than a week ago that I wrote advising that although services had been suspended in our churches, the buildings would remain open for private prayer.
Following the Prime Minsters announcement on Monday 23rd March, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York wrote to all clergy, in support of measures to prevent the spread of the Coronovirus, requiring that all church buildings be closed for private prayer and public worship until further notice.
We all know that Church is the people, not the building, and for now we can set aside all concerns for roof repairs and closures, insurance quotes and quinquennial inspections and concentrate on how we, as Christ’s Church can be His people and witness to our faith in a society changed and unsettled by unprecedented social distancing measures.
This is not an easy task when our first instinct is to gather together and to move towards our neighbours in need; now we are needing to discover ways in which we can serve and care for those in need, being present in non-
Prayer and communication are key.
We can all pray, regularly and specifically for ourselves, for others and for the world. I can provide liturgies for daily prayer, night prayer and specific services by email or hardcopy. There are some links to these resources on our website www.churchoflowfurness.org.uk also.
We can also pray specifically. Prayer requests can be made on our website, by telephone or you might want to use our confidential email email@example.com
There are so many people and situations that need our prayer now. Please let’s all keep praying, it is a way we can keep connected to each other in God.
Thee are other ways to keep in touch practically. I know many people are already phoning round family, friends and neighbours and video calling. It’s so important that we keep in touch during long periods of deliberate social isolation. As the days pass in to weeks and months we may need to be a bit more deliberate as a community in ensuring that we are checking in with everyone and so we are creating a telephone cascade. We already have a number of names of people happy to help as a core group of callers, and others who have agreed they would like to be included on the scheme. If you would like to take part please do ensure you let us know at the Vicarage, I am making calls daily but it is always good to speak with you and ensures I have your up to date contact details if you call.
For those of you who are Facebook users please note that I have set up a new group, Church of Low Furness, so do search for it and request to join the group, there are already many faces you will recognise as members I am sure. I will be posting regular prayer and reflections. If you are wanting to learn how to open a Facebook account to join in then do arrange to speak with us at the Vicarage and we’ll make every effort to talk you through the process.
I am also in the process of creating instructions on creating a Zoom account in the hole that we can resume home group and other key meetings in a ‘virtual’ meeting space online.
I know many of you joined the BBC Radio Cumbria live Sunday worship on Mothering Sunday. The good news is that the Sunday morning programme with Richard Corrie will include more live worship in forthcoming weeks, so do tune in.
Finally, there are new resources being produced by the Church of England to help with worship and prayer at home, including a 14 day reflective prayer booklet on maintaining good mental health while isolating:
Some of these resources will be put on our church website. If you need hard copies printing and posting to you do please call to ask about them.
Please know that I am here to offer pastoral support, even though this will largely be by telephone coming weeks, so please feel free to call the Vicarage whether you feel you have a need or just for a friendly chat and catch up.
I am holding you all in thought and prayer,
Yours in Christ,
The Vicarage, Church Road
Ulverston LA12 0TA
t. 01229 587200
Corona virus prayer sheet
Morning prayer for anytime
In these difficult times our mental health is under pressure as much as our physical health.
This may help : Mental Health Reflections
A Happy and Blessed Easter to one and all
He is Risen
And one for the mathematicians