Christian Aid

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Thank you to everyone who gave so generously at the Coffee Morning for Christian Aid last Thursday. £303.60 was raised from the stalls at the coffee morning added to all the donations a grand total of £875.52 was raised and donations are still arriving! It is not too late to contribute bring your red envelope to church during a service or place it in the green wall safe just inside church. As of Sunday the total raise had gone up to a wonderful £1363.67

Aline Nibogora from Burundi is an example of someone who has benefitted from your donations. Christian Aid reckons £100 can provide ten people with the training that supports their family to set up a small business, such as selling home-grown vegetables.  Aline benefitted from a project like this. So, worldwide, our Coffee Morning could help 90 families out of poverty. Thank you for all those filled envelopes, for your help, support, and generosity. They are truly life-changing.

Litter Pick 2024

Litter Picking

On a rare dry day 14 people kindly gave up some of their time to litter pick around Natland and the surrounding area. We collected 12 bags of rubbish. Thank you to all who took part.

The Big Green Hike

The Helm Mission Community Environmental Prayer & action group took part in the Big Green Hike raising money for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

15 of our members had a short walk over and around the Helm in Oxenholme, it was quite wet in some places.

Due to the generosity of people, to date, we have raised with gift aid £392. If you would like to add to our total please click on the button.

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An Agape Meal - Palm Sunday

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The meal is based on a Franciscan Service, it centres on giving thanks for the gift of food and water and recalls the Passover, the Jewish meal that Jesus shared with his disciples at the Last Supper.

The meal was organised by Gill Pilling and 17 of us enjoyed the very pleasant company, the marvellous bring and share meal which took place within the relaxed worship.

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During our worship we lit candles, washed each others hands and we shared the bread and wine together.

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Christingle 2023

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A record attendance of 249 attended our annual Christingle service on Christmas Eve.  Thank you to everyone who attended our service and gave so generously. Over £350 was raised for the Children’s Society.

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Christmas Coffee Morning

Our Christmas coffee morning was a great success. Thank you to all who came along to support the event and braved the pouring rain.

Thank you also for all those who provided the mince pies, cakes, raffle prizes and help run the event.

We managed to raise over £600

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Eco Church Award

A year after achieving our bronze award we have been awarded our silver award.

We discovered that we were already a Fairtrade registered church and the PCC have agreed to have hold a Fairtrade coffee morning during Fairtrade fortnight next September.

During the summer we have been growing wild flowers in the churchyard did you notice them?

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During the year we have been doing nature surveys of the churchyard, we have been campaigning over global environmental issues. Encouraging people to sell their surplus plants and turning any surplus fruit into Jam to be sold in the church porch.

Helm Mission Community Away Day

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Members from across the Helm Mission Community came together at 106 Highgate for our ‘Looking Forward’ away day. We discussed in small groups what each church was doing and in what areas we need to focus on as we go forward in developing our Mission Community.

Five areas were highlighted and small groups were formed to discuss them and to come up with ideas. The five areas were Children and Youth work, working with the 20 – 50 age group, those who were seeking the first steps into the faith, Communications between our churches and work with the Tourism and Events.

At our closing worship we all linked our ribbons together to show that we are one community and this was wrapped around the cross.

Poppy Sales in Natland

After many years of door to door poppy deliveries, this year the stalwart people who supplied this service to Natland have decided to step down. This is because many householders don’t actually have cash these days, and also the poppies are available from many shops and supermarkets anyway. So, remember to remember, and look out for poppies available over the counter.

Charity Coffee Mornings

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Our last two charity coffee mornings raised £114 for A Rocher UK which helps churches on their Eco church path and £455.20 was raised for The Palliative Care Support Trust Malawi, the money will go to buying medicine for the trust. 

A big thank you to everyone who supported these coffee mornings.


Christian Aid

The total raised in this year’s annual collection include the coffee morning was £1645.44. Thank you everyone.




We held six Lent lunches this year with a wide range of soups and cake on offer. The generosity from those who attend enabled  us to support three charities each receiving £208. the charities were Tools with a Mission,  The Palliative Care Support Trust Malawi and NISCU, Northern Inter-Schools Christian Union.

Christingle Service

200 adults and children came to our Christingle service this Christmas Eve. There was enough Christingles for everyone. A collection for the Children’s Society raised over £250

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Carols on the Green

About eighty people came to sing Carols around the Christmas Tree made more festive with the snow. The hot drinks were very welcome. A big thank you to the Kendal Concert Band. 

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Christmas Coffee Morning

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Thank you to everyone who braved the snowy conditions and came to our Christmas Coffee morning. This year we had musical accompaniment by Eleanor & Dave which gave the event a wonderful Christmassy feel.

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Eco Church Award

St Mark’s has recently been awarded the bronze Eco church award and we are on our way to silver. In March 2022 the PCC agreed to start the process of becoming an Eco church. We focused on the five key areas of church life promoted by the scheme: worship and teaching, management of church buildings, management of church land, community & global engagement and lifestyle. We had already, as a church, taken steps to reduce our carbon footprint and met many of the criteria for the award.

We were awarded our award on November 16th 2022 

Where do we go from here

In the first three key areas we have achieved silver and even gold in the worship and teaching area. The other two areas, community and global engagement and lifestyle which we need in particular to focus on.

We will need to raise the profile of our support for sustainability projects both globally and locally, to re-examine our commitment to Fair Trade and to be encouraging church members to reflect on how their lifestyle can be made compatible with caring for God’s creation.

We have recently started the process of bringing more wild flowers to the churchyard.

Saying Goodbye to Craig

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After just over three years with us, today we said goodbye to our Curate Craig as he takes up the role of chaplain in the Newcastle hospitals.

After the service of Holy Communion which Craig led we made presentation to him, Emma, Lucy and James and wished them best wishes and good luck in their new live in the North East. Of course we also said a big thank you for all their work during the time they were with us. We will miss you.

When then went over to the village hall to enjoy a bring and share lunch.

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Family Afternoon Tea Party


The rainy day did not stop us having a wonderful time at our Tea Party which had to be held indoors. The only downside was that we had to cancel the Teddy Bear zipwire and the archery.

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We were wonderfully entertained throughout the afternoon by The Kendal Big Band and Adam the magician.  People tried their luck on the tombola and roll a penny.

Quite of few families completed the Teddy Bear trail around the village returning to collect their prizes. 

Lots of food and drink were consumed and great prizes were won on the raffle like trips with Windermere Lake Cruises, The Mountain Goat Company and The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.

Party for All

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On a hot Summer afternoon more than 50 people enjoyed themselves in the vicarage gardens.

Playing games and doing all aged quizzes the first of which was designed to get to know people by asking questions such as who lives in Natland and who owns a red car.


Great fun was had with the parachute by playing comes such running under the parachute if you like pizza etc and then trying to keep the ball from falling off your side. Other games included trying to score a goal past the goal keeper and throwing balls through holes to get the highest score. After which everyone feasted on the Jacob’s join that people had kindly provided.

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Craig Bentley's Desert Island Discs


More than 60 people came and discovered what records Craig would take to his Desert Island.

Craig told us about his life from growing up in Preston, serving in the RAF and how he became a curate at St Mark’s church.

He went on to say what the future for him and his family is, by announcing that he has been appointed Hospital Chaplin to the hospitals in Newcastle.  

The book he chose was The Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy. His luxury was a Wooden Acoustic Guitar with a teach yourself book, and the piece of music he would save was Baby Shark.

Thank you for your donations this Christian Aid week


We weren’t sure what to expect this year, with fuel and food price rises and so many more calls for charitable giving. We decided not to collect from people at home again this year, but just to deliver the envelopes and hope that people would take them to the collection addresses.

The amount was down on last year, but that may be because people have found it easier and quicker to give online. Nonetheless we had raised £1,208.24, at the time of writing. This total includes money from the coffee morning and the rest from generous donations, many gift aided which will add another £140. Very many thanks to you all.

Walk & Talk event returned on Tuesday, we will now met on the first Tuesday of the month on the Village Green for a 1 1/2 hour walk.

This week we walked down to Larkrigg Wood to see the lovely display of bluebells.


Jubilee Quiz Winners

1st Prize Mrs B Burrow Low Tatham Lancaster.

2nd Prize Mrs Doreen Lewis Bowness on Windermere.

3rd Prize Lisa Mason Endmoor.

Thank you to everyone who bought a quiz in support of the church.

Lent Walks

Our Fifth and final Lent walk for 2022 braved the slight drizzle and the eight of us walked down to the canal via Hawes Lane and headed towards Kendal. We cut through the Beeches then walked back up Burton Road and returned to Natland Green via Oxenholme Lane.

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In total over the five weeks we have walked 21.1 km (13miles) Elevation gained 258m and total time walked 5hrs 05m or a grand total 247.2 km (153.6 miles) Height gained 3027m (1/3 the height of Everest!) and hours walked 59hrs 49mins. Well done everyone

Fourth Walk

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The fourth Lent walk saw fourteen of us go down to the old canal via the closed Hawes Lane. We went along the canal and went under the canal bridge which we crossed on last week’s walk. We continued through the wood until we got to the canal bridge in the middle of the field near Sedgwick.

At the canal bridge we retraced our steps back to the previous canal bridge and returned to the Village Green via Cracalt farm. The walk was the same distance as our second Lent walk.

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Our third Lent walk took us towards Cracalt farm then down over the old canal  bridge and onto the side of the river Kent. We walked along the river until we reached Hawes Bridge. We then followed Hawes Lane back into Natland.

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Second Walk

Our second Lent walk started at the newly installed post box on the Village Green. We took advantage of Natland Road being closed and walked along to the old canal.

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We followed the newly laid tarmac path to the A65. Our youngest walker with his dad made a slight diversion to get an ice cream! We walked back up past the hospital then down Oxenholme Lane to the Village Green.

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First Lent Walk with Bishop James 8th March

The first of our weekly Wednesday Lent walks. We were joined by Bishop James as part of his Lent walk around the Diocese. Our route took us from Natland up over the Helm and down to the railway station.

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Then we cut across the fields back to the A65 and down to Natland.

Please feel free to join us next week at 10.30am for a different route. Meet on the Village Green. 

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For other events during Lent 

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Our church lit up on March 1st in support of the people of Ukraine

Carols on the Green

A big thank you to the Kendal Concert Band and everyone who turned up to sing in the rain.

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Our Christmas Coffee Morning was held in well ventilated and socially distanced church with numerous stalls and raffle.

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There was a wonderful pre-Christmas atmosphere about the event and it was well supported by the local community.
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Light party 31/10/21

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More than 60 parents and children enjoyed the games and food at our Light Party. Following the party and on the following two evenings, the church tower was illuminated. This was to celebrate the saints and remember our loved ones gone before us. 

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‘Bring your Copper’ Coffee Morning

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With the money already donated two copper art pictures were created in time for the Coffee Morning. One was in a form of an icon of Jesus and the other was of a man praying.

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Families@4 restarts

After 19 months it was great to hold our informal family friendly service and meet up with friends again.

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For our Families@4 services this year we are going to focus on creation and the environment. With many of the churches in our diocese and county this will help us to think about how we ‘Tread Gently.’

We are going to create a piece of artwork which will develop over the course of the year Starting with a tree at the centre of it, the tree in the Garden of Eden.

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For more information about Families@4 click the link

October Meeting

In October we created fruit to go on our tree from recycled materials then we went outside, to make picture prayer stations from materials found in the church grounds. At each station we said a prayer then sang and returned into church for some themed refreshments.

The prayer stations had pictures of a tree with a bird on top, a clock, a Giraffe, a rainbow and a bird in a nest. 

In November it was poppies and doves.

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Harvest Festival 2021

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Our Harvest festival celebrations started out with a beautifully decorated church, including an exhibition of work by our Sunday School and children from St Mark’s CE School.

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During the service Craig, our curate, dressed up and played the part of ‘The Very Worried Sparrow’ in an interactive sermon, with all the children playing the parts of other sparrows. The story of ‘The Very Worried Sparrow’ is based on some words of Jesus in the Bible (Matthew 6.25-33) in which he encourages people to trust rather than to worry. 

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Our celebrations continued on Sunday evening with a Harvest Supper and sale of produce in the Village Hall. All money raised was sent to the Bishop of Carlisle’s Harvest Appeal. In total we raised £959.60.

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Ordination Party 'One Year On'

26th September 2021 marked the first anniversary of our curate Craig being ordained Priest. We were unable to celebrate last year so we held a picnic in the Village Hall to mark the anniversary.

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Coffee Morning 

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Our first Coffee Morning in church after the long Covid break took place in September. It was lovely to see so many people enjoying coming together and talking with one another over coffee.