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St Mary & St Michael’s Church, Urswick

           URSWICK CHURCH               LA12 0TA   

Dear Friends,

February...my least favourite month! That feels unfair as I write it; February never did anything to hurt me, it seems silly to be offended by a date and it does have its virtues...it’s short!

I think my issue is that it never feels short, just long, dark and grey. It has been postulated that I have mild SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) so I do my best to counter the tiredness and low feelings of boredom as winter endures, cold and damp...and still grey!

I write this letter aided by the brightness of a light box, I make sure I get out for a run or a walk regularly and diary time with friends and family. I also keep a journal and check myself to ensure I notice the little things; the snowdrops coming up with the promise of spring, the smile of a neighbour, or the sound of children playing in the school yard at break time.

Our church year has rather fallen out of kilter with this dark season; we begin to celebrate Christmas early, both commercially and liturgically, so that by the time we reach the new year it’s all over! The Victorian era cemented the tradition of removing Christmas trees and decorations by Twelfth night, before Epiphany. I think that is a pity.

Until the 19th Century decorations would stay up until Candlemas, February 2nd, when we celebrate the presentation of the Christ child at the temple. It remains the case for some worldwide churches who begin their celebration at Epiphany on January 6th, and here in the UK there are a growing number of churches that are re-establishing the liturgical season of Epiphany and Candlemas by keeping some decorations up longer (even if the tree has to go due to droopy branches devoid of needles!)

Here in Low Furness we are holding a couple of services during February to celebrate the light of Christ at this dark time of year. There will be a service of Holy Communion on Saturday February 2nd, Candlemas, at 7.30pm and on Sunday 10th at 11am the Family Service will be a traditional Christingle. Both these services include the use of candles, physical reminders of the light of Christ come in to this world, a light that endures in all darkness.

“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” John 1:4-5

So do come and join us and be reminded that Christ’s light shines through our world and in our lives, despite any amount of dull, mizzling Cumbrian winter weather!

Yours in Christ,


Rev Lucie Lunn, The Vicarage, Great Urswick


                            An introduction by Reverend Lucie Lunn, Priest in Charge of the churches of Low Furness                             serving the parishes of  Aldingham, Dendron, Rampside, Urswick  with Bardsea


I hope you enjoy visiting us, and return to keep updated on “What's going on!” not just in our Church Community, but also in our nearby Churches and wider community of Low Furness, and beyond. We live in an amazing part of South Cumbria, bordering Sea, Morecambe Bay, and South Lakeland; comprising villages and hamlets; a rich and ancient history still visible, or just a little imagination away; where communities are growing together; where Community and Church are strengthening the whole.

It is our desire that you will find God’s hand and touch in this web site through all that is happening.

You can find out more of what we are getting up to as a family of Christians in the pages that follow. Likewise, something of our history and the things inherited from past generations that have influenced where we are today. We are on our common journey to grow in knowing God – who loves each and every one of us. You will find, too, our hopes and dreams for the future, that we in turn will hand on to the next generation of Christ’s followers, a happy, healthy, prayerful, and encouraged family of friends and neighbours with God invited into our lives. A family that gathers in Urswick, in Low Furness, in our County, and across the world – growing where we are planted, thriving, blossoming and bearing good fruit. That sounds good ! It is ! Together, with each other, and with God’s blessing and grace, we are equipped to get there. We would like you to come with us on that journey too, from wherever you are.

You will find contact details for us, links to other Churches and organisations, and so on, in the following pages. If you know of “Good” places to link to, please tell us. If you have comments bad or good (we prefer good, but need to know the bad to put it right too), please let us know. We would really value any comments and thoughts you may have on our newly re-designed website.

Vicarage Tel number 01229 587200

Email:  revlucielunn@btinternet.com

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