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Farewell to Ian Hare















During the Harvest Festival service at Crosthwaite Church recently, the congregation bade farewell to their Director of Music, Mr Ian Hare. Crosthwaite has been blessed in having had the benefit of Ian’s playing for the past 20 years. Ian has brought to Crosthwaite a vast musical experience – he has been Organ Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, University Organist at Lancaster for 40 years, Organist at Cartmel Priory,  has performed across the world and in many London venues including an appearance at the BBC Proms. This rich background together with his recording, composing and teaching skills has greatly enriched the life and worship of Crosthwaite Church. The church choir said goodbye to Ian following his final choir practice and presented him with a copper vase from the Keswick School of Industrial Arts. The congregation gave him a print of Blencathra. Far from retiring Ian is, in his own words, “staying with the firm”, merely operating in a different venue as he takes on the role of Organist and Choir Master at Grasmere Church. He will be continuing his connection with Keswick in his role as Director of Keswick Choral Society. The people of Crosthwaite are indeed grateful for his contribution to the church’s ministry and wish him well in the next chapter of his life.

Palm Sunday at Crosthwaite Church 2017


Palm Sunday dawned bright and beautiful at Crosthwaite Church enabling the congregation to meet at the Church gate and process into the building bearing ‘palms’ to herald the beginning of Holy Week. Jesus’ triumphal march to Jerusalem was marked in a somewhat unusual style by Crosthwaite’s lay preacher, Barry Cox. He led the service dressed as perhaps Jesus would be clothed but talking as a contemporary ‘blogger’. The story was told of the march from Triumph to Tears using Biblical passages interspersed with Jesus telling of the events from his own perspective. These spoke powerfully of aspects of both Jesus’ humanity and his divinity; they connected the events of the Old Testament Exodus, the Passover and God’s plan for the world. Barry used the idea of the relay baton being passed from the Old Testament prophets of Moses and Abraham to the promise of a new life in Christ which could only be handed on to us through the death of Jesus on the cross. The congregation was invited to leave symbols of the blood and tears of Jesus at the foot of the cross in silent recognition of His sacrifice for us. The service had begun joyfully with hymns of praise and ended with a poignant and moving silence as the people left the church.


Crosthwaite’s Easter services are at 2.00pm on Good Friday and 10.15am on Easter Sunday with a 9.00am Communion Service at Underskiddaw. All are welcome.