Welcome to St Michael's and St Mark's Carlisle
The parish of St Michael’s Stanwix with St Mark’s Belah serves the area of Carlisle immediately to the north of the River Eden including Stanwix, Belah, Etterby, St Ann’s, Stainton and Rickerby. We are part of the Carlisle Diocese in the Church of England.
Although our Church buildings are closed due to COVID-19, we are now running online services.
You will be aware that from 4th July Government guidelines permit churches to open for worship (you can read the guidance from the Church of England HERE).
Although worship in churches can resume there are significant restrictions on what is and is not permitted, and as a PCC we need to balance the desire to want to return to public worship, with the need to protect the health of our church family.
At a meeting on 2nd July the PCC deliberated for a considerable time as to the way forward for St Michael’s and St Mark’s. After considering our various options, the PCC decided the following:
- We will continue streaming our pre-recorded services on YouTube for the foreseeable future.
- A Working Group has been set up which will look at the steps we need to take in order to safely reopen our buildings for worship.
- A date has not yet been set for reopening and this decision will be reviewed at the next PCC meeting.
We will keep you informed of any changes as and when they occur.
Other ways you can keep in touch:
Information regarding the latest updates and details of online resources for worship and prayer can be found here and here.
When things return to normal.....you are welcome to any of our services. We use both modern and more traditional liturgy and a mixture of modern worship songs and older hymns. We are committed to teaching based on the Bible, personal Christian growth and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. Children are an important part of our congregations, we employ a children’s and young people’s worker and run thriving activities for all ages. We have been influenced by movements such as Alpha, Spring Harvest and New Wine. We affirm the ministry of women across the life of the church.
For our Safeguarding Policy please click here
The two congregations are part of the same parish and we do lots of things together whilst maintaining distinct characteristics.
A warm and friendly welcome awaits you; whether you are someone wanting to explore Christianity for the first time, someone who has been following Jesus for many years or someone in between. You are welcome!