Even the high winds, torrential rain and flood warnings did not dampen down the ‘Summer in a Day’ event that was held at Crosthwaite church on Saturday 23rd June. The event was in place of a traditional fete and was aimed at raising funds and awareness to the alterations that took place in the church earlier this year. Although numbers were down, there were still enough people who braved the weather to come and join us for an afternoon of cream teas, music and Scotty (one part of local children’s entertainment double act ‘Scotty and Lulu’)!
Now that we have more space available for use inside the church, it was possible to transform the event from an outside to an inside one. The Crosthwaite centre was the focus for the cream teas. Those eating their cream teas were treated to a musical afternoon with a range of music styles provided by ‘Black Velvet’, a group from Keswick School, Lawrence and Alison Durston-Smith (some of our parishioners) on keyboard and vocals, and our very own Rev. Stuart Penny on guitar!
The cream teas lived up to the usual superb standard thanks to all the generous baking by members of the congregation. The team worked miracles in the kitchen transforming piles of scones, cakes and tray bakes into a beautifully presented spread for all to enjoy. With the assistance of a team of wonderful helpers, the whole afternoon ran very smoothly and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Crosthwaite Church’s ‘Summer in a Day’ event
The church became the centre for all other activities, something that has only become possible due to the new open space created earlier in the year. The activities consisted of the ever popular cake and produce stall, the delicious strawberries and creamstall and the ever noisy toddler zone. Throughout the afternoon a jolly atmosphere was created in the church through the playing of upbeat and entertaining tunes on the organ.
Scotty ,of ‘Scotty and Lulu’ fame, took centre stage in the church at 4pm. He was a big hit with young ones and parents alike and managed to keep the bunch of very excited children happy and entertained for 45mins! So HUGE thanks to him for spreading some happiness on, an otherwise, utterly miserable day!
There was a buzz of excited children’s voices at Crosthwaite Church on Sunday as Harvest 2015 was celebrated. The Rev Stuart Penny led the service and extended a warm welcome to all. The KS1 pupils of St Herberts’ School and their teachers treated the large congregation to very special renditions of The Rainbow and Our God is a Great Big God. They sang with gusto in front of a specially constructed booth – a Suka or Tabernacle which they then helped to decorate. Barry Cox, in his talk, reminded us of the significance of these booths to the Jewish nation as they sought to give thanks for their deliverance from starvation in the desert. The decoration was intended to glorify God, giving thanks to Him for the harvest time which was when the people lived in these booths. Barry sought to make clear to all, that the Jewish people didn’t live in Booths the supermarket! He went on to link the Festival of the Tabernacles to the time when Jesus controversially told the Jews of his own Kingship and began His own harvest of His people.
A variety of traditional hymns and modern songs extended the harvest theme always emphasising our need to give thanks, and praise our God who provides. The choir sang a beautiful anthem of thanksgiving - John Rutter’s “Look at the World” and the church looked stunning following hours of hard work from all those involved with the flower arrangements. Grateful thanks were given for the food offerings for the North Lakes Foodbank. The collection was given to the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal ‘Strengthening families, bringing hope’ – supporting the work of aid agencies in Bolivia, Sudan and South Sudan.