Newsletter Ben Phillips Raughton Head Parish Magazine Women’s World Day of Prayer Carlisle Cumbria
No Return to Worship in Churches
The current government roadmap looks like this:
  • 8th March Children return to school
  • 29th March No-longer told to "stay at home" and groups of 6 can meet outdoors
  • 12th April Weddings can have 15 guests
    Shops and outdoor pubs open.
  • 17th May Weddings and Baptisms can have 30 guests. Cinemas, Indoor pubs and Campsites open.
It is encouraging news that schools will return on 8th March, infections are reducing and vaccines are being rolled out. However, the rest of the roadmap relies on a government assessment five weeks after schools return and then continuing assessments. I appreciate their caution and think we need to follow a similar path to full recovery rather than rush into another set back.

So, in consultation with our wardens, Ministry Team and PCC we are planning to wait a little bit longer, assess whether the return of school children causes any issues, and hopefully have a plan for return to services at around the 5 week deadline of April 12


Easter falls before this date so unless we are banned again I would like to offer some form of outdoor Good Friday service and an outdoor or indoor short communion service at each of our churches combined with a Livestream 10am service.

Pray for schools returning

All Children are supposed to return to school on Monday so please have the children teachers and other staff in your prayers this week. Our kids both needed new shoes and we only discovered today that the only available shop with school shoes is Tesco! Tom's trousers needed letting down 2 inches.

3 Week Inductive Bible Study

My wife, Jo is a Precept Bible Study leader and is offering to lead a 3 week Zoom introduction to Inductive Bible Study* following a Precept Ministry study into Titus.
The studies involve some commitment:
- Approx. 5 hours of homework a week divided into 5 days.
- Purchase of study materials (£6).
- An ESV bible (or read from this bible version online).

- 3 weekly Thursday Zoom meetings from 7:00 - 8:30pm, Thu 8 April, Thu 15 April, Thu 22 April.

If you are interested please contact Jo to let her know and she will let you have more information and answer any questions. Email address is
jophillipsindalston@gmail.com .

*Inductive bible study is a way of digging into the Word of God by using the bible to interpret the bible, rather than a bible study teacher who might bring a little too much of their own personality into the process. It uses skills and tools for observation and interpretation so that we can become more confident as we discern truth we can apply to our lives rather than leaving us vulnerable to false teaching and contemporary cultural messaging.

God bless.
Ben Phillips - 070360 99123

Church Services you can tune into

Our Benefice https://www.facebook.com/sharingJesuswithall
Carlisle Cathedral https://www.facebook.com/CarlisleCathedral , https://carlislecathedral.org.uk
Hebron https://hebronevangelical.churchsuite.com/events/36auioz9?signup_form=0
Vineyard http://www.carlislevineyard.com/comingup

BBC Radio Cumbria (95.6 FM)
A virtual church service at 8.00 am. each Sunday will be launched across local radio in England. This will be in the middle of Richard Corrie’s Sunday Breakfast Show, 6.00 am. - 9.00 am.

BBC Radio 4 - Long Wave (198 LW)*
The Daily Service is an Act of worship with a Bible reading, prayer and music.
This is at 9.45 am. each day.

BBC Radio 4 (92 - 95 FM)
Prayer for the Day is a spiritual comment and prayer, to start each day
This is at 5.43 am. each day.

*BBC Radio 4 Long Wave is available as a Radio 4 DAB side channel