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August 2020


The South West Cumbria United Area has a number of special groups and activities. Click on the menubar above to find out more.


Around 140 school children from Barrow-in-Furness  had a great time at the beginning of March, looking at particular times in the life of Jesus at an event called Flashbacks… to times with Jesus which was run by an ecumenical team of helpers and held at Ramsden Street United Reformed Church.  Four schools sent their year 7 and 8 year olds to Flashbacks which revolves around looking at various incidents in Jesus’ life, much as one looks at photographs to remind oneself of particular times and events.  The children thought of themselves as followers of Jesus as they played a giant board game with themselves as counters.  They listened to the story of Jesus asking questions of rabbis in the Temple in Jerusalem when he was just twelve years old.  They made crosses of matchsticks and pictures of fish to remember Jesus’ death on the cross and the time he met with his disciples on a beach after his resurrection.  To remember how Jesus’ life fitted into God’s plan for the world, they made a bead wristband where the beads symbolised something from Jesus’ life story.  They also celebrated a mock wedding, similar to what would have been happening when Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding in the village of Cana.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the whole event, as did the adult helpers who were members of various churches in the Furness and Duddon area.

The photograph shows the display Roose Community Primary School made with some of the craft work from Flashbacks. (Added 18th March 2017)

On Sunday 9th February, Trinity Church Centre hosted a faith tea at 5pm, followed by the United Area Service at 6.00pm, where the President of the Methodist Conference, Rev. Ruth Gee, led worship.

Rev Ruth Gee mentioned her visit in her blog –

“We arrived at Trinity Church Centre in Barrow which is in the South West Cumbria United Area (Methodist and URC). I was preaching here at a United Area Service. In the congregation were two people I knew well. Rachel had candidated for the ministry from the Darlington District and trained at the Wesley Study Centre before being stationed in the Cumbria District, it was good to see her and catch up on her news. Also in the congregation was some-one who has been very important to me. Revd Phil Rigby was the University Chaplain when I was in Hull and it was he who confirmed me and brought me into membership of the Methodist Church. The Methodist Society meetings, many of which were held in his manse and hosted by Philip and Anne, were an important part of my growth in discipleship. MethSoc was also where I met Robert and when we were married, Phil was one of the ministers and preached at our wedding (the other minister was Revd Kenneth Waights). Then, when I was ordained, Phil was the assisting minister who laid hands on me alongside the President and representative of the world church. It was an unexpected pleasure to see Phil there and it has been one of the real delights this year to meet many friends in many parts of the country”.


For pictures and more about her Cumbria visit, go to :-





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