Serving the churches of Kendal and District
Most of the churches in Kendal and the surrounding district are members of Churches Together in Kendal and District ; which belongs to Churches Together in Cumbria, and that belongs to Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and so on to The World Council of Churches.
There are four national ecumenical organisations, in addition to national denominational organisation.
The AGM took place on May 7th, minutes should be available here.
Currently all meetings are about decorating the Torchlight float. See Meetings page. Next planning meeting will be announced shortly.
Congratulations to Kendal URC for running their Rainbow Roundabout for year 4 children for the 11th year. The advantage of being part of the Helm Mission Community was apparent as the Salvation Army hosted the event because the KURC premises are out of action. Also some Kendal Parish Church memebers helped man it. Sharing resources of buildings and people is an important aspect of mission communities. CTiKD is deeply committed to this, and much involved although not the organizing body Mission Community.
Jobs which are within one of the local churches may be advertised Job adverts. Currently there are no vacncies.
Community - In need of help?
There are local organisations connected with the local Christain community that can help you. Find out more by clicking on any of the following - homeless - foodbank - drop-in-centre - mental-health - carers for those experiencing mental distress .
The latest CTiC newsletter is exciting events, see the Newsletters
Minutes, albeit edited, of the executive meeting are made public here. Some reports are on the Annual General Meeting page. This will give you a good idea of what we do.
Discover how the churches in this beautiful part of England are working together in a truly ecumenical way. We, as part of Churches Together in Cumbria are part of the county of Cumbria which is the first ecumenical county.
Torchlight Procession Our enormous float was decorated as the rain lashed down and everything was wet. But a small, dedicated team did wonders preparing artefacts beforehand and decorating on the day and we had a good float. Led by a Salvation army band and a piano our (very good) singers treated the thousands of onlookers to a variety of well known hymns. A team of marshalls kept us safe, and walkers handed out our literature. Noone knows what message was taken by the crowds, but it is an amazing chance to let Christians be seen in a very happy situation.
Kendal Unity Festival - Saturday June 22nd It was a beautiful day and lots of us helped man the gazebo. We had our display boards out and several games to entertain the crowds.
Good Friday Walk of Witness started with a moving act of worship at Stricklandgate Methodist Church. About 80 people took part in the Walk of Witness following the wooden Cross and the CTiKD banner. The combined congregations of Kendal form a magnificent, unaccompanied, choir. Pause for thought as we sang "the sun refused to shine" as the sun shone down on us from a blue sky.
Easter Day sunrise service was at Kendal Castle.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019 is over for another year. There were pulpit exchanges on Sunday, the service at each church being led by a minister of a different denomination. The week started with a formal service at HTSG, and finished in the quiet contemplative meeting across the road at the Quakers. There was discussion and compline in Natland, and the regular prayer meeting at King's church. A week of contrasts and unity.
2018 Carol Singing at the Birdcage was good, as we treated passers-by to songs about the real Christmas and collected money for Manna House. Town Hall Christmas Coffee morning The exhibition of nativity scenes was appreciated by many, as was the carol singing quartet. £168.90 was made on the stall. Thanks to the hardworking helpers.
Advent course 2018
Based on the advent lectionary, and led by Rev. Chris Taylor. was appreciated by all who attended.
The county wide all singing, all dancing, all praying, all loving and all people event is over and the clergy from the north east who took part have returned home; but the fallout will last for ever. Plans are going ahead for Pentecost Saturday 2019.
A Passion for Kendal, God for All
Read what Chris Taylor has to say about its importance Passion Play
Kendal now has four Town Chaplains; Margaret, Georgina, David and Hazel. Do speak to them if you see them round the town.
King's food bank is now involved with providing food for those who suffered in the floods. It is an initative to provide food for those without any; many local churches collecting tins and are other food - but please not too many baked beans or pasta!