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Thank you for your donations this Christian Aid week

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We weren’t sure what to expect this year, with fuel and food price rises and so many more calls for charitable giving. We decided not to collect from people at home again this year, but just to deliver the envelopes and hope that people would take them to the collection addresses.

The amount was down on last year, but that may be because people have found it easier and quicker to give online. Nonetheless we had raised £1,208.24, at the time of writing. This total includes money from the coffee morning and the rest from generous donations, many gift aided which will add another £140. Very many thanks to you all.

How will the money raised be used

This amount of money will enable people in drought ridden countries such as Zimbabwe to install taps and to buy drought resistant seeds. It will also train around 150 women farmers in a project to help them grow food in a changing climate, and provide a storeroom to store seed and fertiliser.
It enables people like Janet Zirugo, featured here with her great grandson on our thank you poster, to say “It makes me happy to see my family well fed. We are thankful”.

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Walk & Talk event returned on Tuesday, we will now met on the first Tuesday of the month on the Village Green for a 1 1/2 hour walk.

This week we walked down to Larkrigg Wood to see the lovely display of bluebells.

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Jubilee Quiz Winners

1st Prize Mrs B Burrow Low Tatham Lancaster.

2nd Prize Mrs Doreen Lewis Bowness on Windermere.

3rd Prize Lisa Mason Endmoor.

Thank you to everyone who bought a quiz in support of the church.

Lent Walks

Our Fifth and final Lent walk for 2022 braved the slight drizzle and the eight of us walked down to the canal via Hawes Lane and headed towards Kendal. We cut through the Beeches then walked back up Burton Road and returned to Natland Green via Oxenholme Lane.

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In total over the five weeks we have walked 21.1 km (13miles) Elevation gained 258m and total time walked 5hrs 05m or a grand total 247.2 km (153.6 miles) Height gained 3027m (1/3 the height of Everest!) and hours walked 59hrs 49mins. Well done everyone

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The fourth Lent walk saw fourteen of us go down to the old canal via the closed Hawes Lane. We went along the canal and went under the canal bridge which we crossed on last week’s walk. We continued through the wood until we got to the canal bridge in the middle of the field near Sedgwick.

At the canal bridge we retraced our steps back to the previous canal bridge and returned to the Village Green via Cracalt farm. The walk was the same distance as our second Lent walk.

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Our third Lent walk took us towards Cracalt farm then down over the old canal  bridge and onto the side of the river Kent. We walked along the river until we reached Hawes Bridge. We then followed Hawes Lane back into Natland.

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Our second Lent walk started at the newly installed post box on the Village Green. We took advantage of Natland Road being closed and walked along to the old canal.

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We followed the newly laid tarmac path to the A65. Our youngest walker with his dad made a slight diversion to get an ice cream! We walked back up past the hospital then down Oxenholme Lane to the Village Green.

First Lent Walk with Bishop James 8th March

The first of our weekly Wednesday Lent walks. We were joined by Bishop James as part of his Lent walk around the Diocese. Our route took us from Natland up over the Helm and down to the railway station.

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Then we cut across the fields back to the A65 and down to Natland.

Please feel free to join us next week at 10.30am for a different route. Meet on the Village Green. 

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For other events during Lent 

Ukraine colours

Our church lit up on March 1st in support of the people of Ukraine

Carols on the Green

A big thank you to the Kendal Concert Band and everyone who turned up to sing in the rain.

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Our Christmas Coffee Morning was held in well ventilated and socially distanced church with numerous stalls and raffle.

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There was a wonderful pre-Christmas atmosphere about the event and it was well supported by the local community.
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Light Party 31/10/21

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More than 60 parents and children enjoyed the games and food at our Light Party. Following the party and on the following two evenings, the church tower was illuminated. This was to celebrate the saints and remember our loved ones gone before us. 

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‘Bring your Copper’ Coffee Morning

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With the money already donated two copper art pictures were created in time for the Coffee Morning. One was in a form of an icon of Jesus and the other was of a man praying.

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Families@4 restarts

After 19 months it was great to hold our informal family friendly service and meet up with friends again.

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For our Families@4 services this year we are going to focus on creation and the environment. With many of the churches in our diocese and county this will help us to think about how we ‘Tread Gently.’

We are going to create a piece of artwork which will develop over the course of the year Starting with a tree at the centre of it, the tree in the Garden of Eden.

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For more information about Families@4 click the link

October Meeting

In October we created fruit to go on our tree from recycled materials then we went outside, to make picture prayer stations from materials found in the church grounds. At each station we said a prayer then sang and returned into church for some themed refreshments.

The prayer stations had pictures of a tree with a bird on top, a clock, a Giraffe, a rainbow and a bird in a nest. 

In November it was poppies and doves.

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Harvest Festival 2021

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Our Harvest festival celebrations started out with a beautifully decorated church, including an exhibition of work by our Sunday School and children from St Mark’s CE School.

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During the service Craig, our curate, dressed up and played the part of ‘The Very Worried Sparrow’ in an interactive sermon, with all the children playing the parts of other sparrows. The story of ‘The Very Worried Sparrow’ is based on some words of Jesus in the Bible (Matthew 6.25-33) in which he encourages people to trust rather than to worry. 

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Our celebrations continued on Sunday evening with a Harvest Supper and sale of produce in the Village Hall. All money raised was sent to the Bishop of Carlisle’s Harvest Appeal. In total we raised £959.60.

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Ordination Party ‘One Year On’.

26th September 2021 marked the first anniversary of our curate Craig being ordained Priest. We were unable to celebrate last year so we held a picnic in the Village Hall to mark the anniversary.

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Coffee Morning 

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Our first Coffee Morning in church after the long Covid break took place in September. It was lovely to see so many people enjoying coming together and talking with one another over coffee.