Welcome to the Parish of Whitehaven

  • We hope that you find our website helpful,

    and that it encourages you to come and visit us.

    Member of the Whitehaven Mission Community

    Mission Statement: By God’s grace, to grow God’s Kingdom in Whitehaven 

    Vision Statement: To grow disciples of all ages

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    Holy Week worship resources at the foot of this page

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    In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.

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    The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close 

    We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.
    Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.
    Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building.
    Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life.

    The vicar of this church can be
    contacted in an emergency by telephoning 01946 696932
    or emailing revrobjackson@live.co.uk

    “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

    To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.

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    A Message from The Rector.

    Dear friends,

    With the ever-growing concern, world-wide and at home, regarding the coronavirus, I wanted to inform you of our response to this pandemic. First, may I remind you of the words of Paul in 2 Timothy 1:7; ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind’. We are living in troubling times, however that does not me that we have to give in to fear because ‘…the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world’ - 1 John 4:4.

    We have had to take practical steps because of this virus. Sadly, we have now had to shut all our places of public worship. This done in line with Government and Church of England instruction. But, just because we cannot ‘go’ to church this does not mean that we cannot ‘be’ The Church.

    Please be assured that prayer continues - said at various times each day.

    And if you would like to email prayer requests my email is at the bottom of this page.

    We want to keep in touch with you and we can do this through you regularly visiting our Facebook Page, website, via emails and telephone. If you think that I may not have your contact details send me a message now (my details are at the bottom of this article).

    Also at the bottom of this page are links to places where you can access worship materials from your own home. These materials will be updated and added too regularly. I will also post some teaching at regular intervals.

    Finally, I want to encourage you to…

    Look up - Pray for others and for yourself. Pray for all affected by this terrible virus, and pray for our NHS and all workers.

    Look around - be grateful for all that God has given you.

    Look out - with eyes of compassion for all people. If you are in a position to help someone and it is safe for you to do so - do it!

    Friends, if you need help - get in touch. There are a number of people in our church family who have contacted me to say that want to help. Allow them and me to help you.

    A foot note.

    Be faithful. Remember: ‘…the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world’.

    Be The Church even though you cannot go to church.

    Bless You.

    Robert

    tel: 01946 696932

    mobile: 0786 33 77777

    Facebook: Parish of Whitehaven

    email: revrobjackson@live.co.uk

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    Click on the links below for prayer and worship resources

    https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-liturgy-and-prayer-resources

    Coronavirus - Holy Week Resources
    The Church of England has published a comprehensive set of resources to support churches and worship during Holy Week and the Easter period.

    A new blog also considers how the Church of England is adapting plans for Holy Week and into Easter to meet the challenges of Coronavirus.

    The national resources include:

    Daily and weekly services - the Palm Sunday broadcast will be recorded by the Bishop of Manchester. Watch it here. On Easter Day the service will be led by Archbishop of Canterbury and will be available here at 9am as well as from 8.10am on BBC Radio 4. The Church will continue to share audio of Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer, You can join in these services by downloading the free Time to Pray app from Church House Publishing.

    Stations of the Cross
    A series of five podcasts will take people on the Holy Week journey by exploring and reflecting on five of the biblical Stations of the Cross. Links to listen to the audio will be shared through the Church’s social media accounts and on the website in the coming days.

    Find your nearest livestream of Holy Week and Easter services
    Through a Church Near You, click here to find details of some of the services being live streamed in Cumbria. Churches are encouraged to register their live streaming.

    From Easter Day onwards: exploring the Lord’s Prayer
    40 daily reflections, with new introductions for each week and daily family challenges, will lead people to the start of Thy Kingdom Come. Content will be available through a campaign app with full audio, smart speakers, daily emails, an ebook (Kindle and iBooks), and print options are being explored.

    Bishop Emma - Easter Message
    The Bishop of Penrith has recorded a special Easter message for people across the county as they remain in lockdown to combat the Coronavirus.
     
    The Rt Rev Dr Emma Ineson chose to record her message from the garden of her home in Kendal, drawing on the comfort she has seen from signs of new life, how churches across the county continue to worship in new ways and the hope that Christians have through Jesus Christ’s defeat over death.
     
    The video has been posted to the Diocese of Carlisle’s YouTube Channel and will be shared extensively on its Facebook and Twitter platforms. It can be viewed here. To read a full transcript of Bishop Emma's Easter message click here.

    Click here to watch the Bishop of Penrith's Easter message. 

    Bishop James Easter Live Stream Reflections


    Bishop James is to lead two special live stream reflections - both at 11am - on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. These live streams can be viewed via the Carlisle Diocese facebook page, which you can access by clicking here. You can also watch a short message from Bishop James to promote these live streams here.

    Further details of the live streams are to be shared on all our social media channels and website in the coming days. Please make sure to make a note to tune into the live stream sessions.

    Maundy Thursday Reflection from Bishop Emma
     

    Bishop Emma has written a reflection for Maundy Thursday, exploring how the message of the Last Supper relates to us as we face the covid-19 pandemic. The reflection also explores the fact that the Chrism eucharist - at which clergy and lay people re affirm their commitment to ministry - won’t be happening. Click here to read Bishop Emma's words.


    Click here to see a whole range of online church resources from the Church of England.

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    Coronavirus - Cumbrian Prayer

    Loving God, as your Son healed the sick
    And brought good news to the needy
    Be with us this day.
    Loving Jesus as you taught us to
    'Do unto others as you would have them do to you'
    Be with all the medical staff this day.
    Loving spirit, your gift is healing,
    Bring your healing fire to our homes, our hospitals and our county,
    But most of all, be with us this day. Amen

    The Cumbria Ecumenical Spirituality Group.

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  • Prayers are still said each day

    even though the church is closed.

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