Sunday 2nd May 2021 

‘‘I [Jesus] am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower.’ John 15:1 

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This weeks Bible readings:

  • Acts 8:26-40
  • John 15:1-8

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As we begin to go back into the church building and move towards a more mixed mode of in person and online worship, it may be helpful to explain how we see this developing.

From Easter, we have had a live-streamed 9am service in the church building. We hope to move the 10.30am service, with Junior Church, back into the church once we are able to sing again, i.e. from Sunday 27th June, but with the option to continue participating on Zoom. The youth group, which has been meeting on Zoom, has started to meet in person again on Sunday evenings at 5pm.

From 9th May, are resuming worship at St John’s at 3pm on 2nd and 4th Sundays, alternating with St Michael’s Pennington on 1st and 3rd Sundays. (This will replace the weekly 3pm Evening Prayer we have been having on Zoom during lockdown.)

From 10th June, we will resume the Thursday service of Holy Communion. Once we are able to serve refreshments, and mix more freely, this will become ‘Communion, Coffee and Chat’, i.e. from Thursday 24th June.

So, this will be the pattern of worship in the parishes of Ulverston and Pennington from the end of June, provided that the government’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown continues as anticipated:


9am – a more traditional service with one or two hymns (livestreamed)

10.30am – an informal service, with band-led worship and Junior Church (also on Zoom)

3pm – a traditional service of Evening Prayer

5pm – youth group (with an occasional youth service)


10am – Coffee, Communion and Chat



We are hoping to re-open Mums and Toddlers, on Wednesdays 10-11.30am, at the beginning of May. Are you able to help? Please contact Jen Cox in the office for more information or to sign up.


I would like to express my thanks for the gift of the picture presented to me on my retirement after 50 years as Tower Captain. With Alan’s agreement I have handed over to Sue Smith and I am certain that the ringing will be in good hands. I must add that I have only retired as Tower Captain and as soon as ringing recommences and I am capable of getting up the tower steps, I intend to be back.

Ian Taylor (Ex Tower Captain)



On Sunday 25th April we held our APCM, during which we reviewed 2020 and set out our vision for the coming year.

Our Treasurer, Colin Dykes, reported a positive outcome to 2020, with a surplus of income (£257,000) over expenditure (£234,000). The 5.7% increase in planned giving was especially encouraging. However, we are facing difficult decisions about the future of our buildings, with the projected costs for restoring the church building rising to around £1million. Firmer estimates should be available by the end of June. You can find a copy of Colin’s presentation on the UPC website, and there are paper copies in church or on request.

The PCC Safeguarding Officer, Susie Barstow, gave a presentation, highlighting how safeguarding is a responsibility for everyone, not just a few.

Our Rector, Alan Bing, reflected on lessons learned from the past year, and drew encouragement from progress made with refurbishing the Parish Office and restoring the bells and bell frame. He ended by thanking Ian Taylor for his 50 years of service as Tower Captain and Tony Fell for his many years as Fees Secretary.

Phil Huck, Mark Fidler and Johan Hoving were elected to the PCC and Jill Shephard and John McKenzie were re-elected as Church Wardens.



As you will be aware, the Cornerstone Book and Gifts Shop closed its doors on 31st October 2020. New tenants have now been found for the shop at 9 Market Street, Ulverston. They took over the lease of the shop on 25th February 2021 hence releasing the charity from it and we give thanks to the Lord for this.

The trustees have been reviewing the future of the charity – Lonsdale Bible Society (LBS). After discussion and prayer, the trustees feel it is time for the charity to close. The charity has served the local community for over 62 years and fulfilled its objectives during that time…

…The remaining funds of the charity (~£300) will be given to The Bible Society. This fulfils the requirement laid out in the charity’s Trust Deed.

The trustees wish to thank you for the support over the years whether financial giving, prayer, volunteering, purchasing goods, encouragement, or any other support.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please feel free to contact Colin Thornhill on or the address above.

May God’s grace and peace be with each of you as you continue your personal journey on The Way. From the trustees of LBS .

The full letter from Colin Thorhill is available HERE. 



Some of you may know Barrow Mission Community has hosted a half hour radio show, Faith in Furness, on a local community radio station Cando FM on Sundays (10.30-11am) for the past year. Cando FM broadcasts on FM (106.3) and online but I’m told really doesn’t carry beyond Dalton. However, as of a week or so ago they have got a transmitter at St Mary’s hospice so now broadcast the same content to Ulverston on 107.3fm (and I’m told as far as Newby Bridge & Arnside).

Those involved in the show have been reflecting on its future going forward. This is in part because a) we’ve done it for a year and so it seems a good time to evaluate; b) in part because Cando FM are seeking to become more financially sustainable and are looking to ask charities and organisations who have a show to give a £30 per week rate; c) and in part because the 10.30am now clashes with physical church services which are opening back up.

Now that Cando FM is broadcasting wider, it seems obvious and fair to open up the show to the involvement of Furness churches too. (I only have contacts for you as my Anglican colleagues). Typically we have a rota of people who record themselves doing a thought for the day or prayers. We occasionally have an interview or story piece (and would like to have more). This is interspersed with three or four songs, typically more contemporary worship music and hymns. Would you have people who’d like to be involved, either regularly doing prayers, TFTD, or even hosting, or doing some tech?

– For the show to move forward, we also will need to have churches and individuals sponsor a show, perhaps once a quarter or so (i.e. have a number of sources giving, say, £120 per year). Would your church be interested in contributing in this way?

– We are also exploring changing our slot to either 8-9am, 9-10am, or 7-8pm on a Sunday, which are currently free. Cando FM would like us to use the full hour if possible (at the same cost). Would you have thoughts on this?

Would love to know your thoughts and if you have contacts from outside C of E in Furness that I could forward this onto (beyond those in Dalton).

Revd Robin Ham, Minister, St Paul’s Barrow & Grace Church Barrow, Joint Leader, Barrow Mission Community or


Spiritual Furness

Considering the heritage our Churches in this parish, we realise the history (both past & present) of our churches includes a number of individuals who have contributed in a wide variety of ways to the faith journey of both our local community and the wider world. By the end of June we aim to capture a collection of Spiritual Life stories from a variety of people in the church and the community in which we live and work.
Over the next few weeks we will be asking everyone in our congregations to share their Spiritual Life stories. What has been your journey? What story or stories best illustrate a time in your Spiritual Life?

DOWNLOAD THE PDF FILE HERE for further information.


 FACEBOOK GROUPS you might find useful

‘Ulverston Parish Church’
‘UPC – Church Family’
‘Faith 4 Furness Families’
‘Self Isolation Ulverston’


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