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St. Mary's
Crosthwaite, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 8HR

Everyone who lives in Crosthwaite and Lyth will know of St. Mary's church. It is a beautiful building and, nestling on the hillside, remains an ongoing symbol of the Christian faith being lived out in this parish. St. Mary's is part of the Church of England, but is here to serve everyone who lives here, regardless of their background. Thus we want to offer a warm welcome to those of any denomination and none.

Our parish priest is Rev'd. Michael Woodcock, who is the person to contact about special services and any personal concerns (015395 68276)

If you are new to Crosthwaite and Lyth and want to get to know your neighbours and local community, then why not come along to St. Mary's

St. Mary's is part of a team of seven parishes and we share our parish priest with Cartmel Fell, Winster and Witherslack. However, we are proud to say we have a service every Sunday.

You can check the services for this month by clicking the link in the "services" panel.

Coffee and refreshments are served after the 11.00am services

Our Churchwardens are:

Mr. Steven Brierley 015395 60702, 07470 169890
Mrs. Pat Howarth 07765 010252
Mrs. Geraldine Wilson 015395 68836, 07766 646504


At St. Mary’s Crosthwaite we work hard to maintain a safe environment for all. We are committed to implementing the House of Bishops’ safeguarding policies and good practice guidance. If you have any concerns or enquiries regarding safeguarding, please contact our safeguarding officer.

Parish Safeguarding Officer: Mrs Jane Eccles
Phone : 015395 58138 / 07779953763

The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is Joanna Van Lachterop and she can be contacted at or at 07458 016884. Joanna’s working days are Monday to Friday.

Out of Hours Support:

If Joanna is unavailable and you are concerned that an adult is being abused, or at risk, you should report it by contacting Adult Social Care, Cumberland Council. Emergency Out of Hours - 01228 526690

If you are concerned about a child or young person, please contact:

  • Cumberland Safeguarding Hub on 0333 240 1727 (if it relates to a concern in the Allerdale, Carlisle or Copeland area) or,
  • Westmorland and Furness Safeguarding Hub on 0300 373 2724 (if it relates to a concern in the Barrow, Eden or South Lakeland area).

If you believe that a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires medical attention, call the emergency services on 999.


  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child and need advice or guidance on what to do.
  • Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse or need help to report.
  • Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 0808 808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)
  • Victim Support Cumbria: 0300 303 0157. Emotional and practical advice to help people affected by crime in Cumbria.
  • LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428
  • Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327
  • Age UK Advice Line: 0800 678 1602

Church Choir

An augmented choir of 30 mixed voices sings at Easter, Christmas and on special occasions. The Two Valleys Choir, includes singers from neighbouring parishes, and often sings at special services around the Team of parishes. The choir is affiliated to the RSCM. New singers are always welcome.

The Church Organ

The one-manual organ, built in 1865 by Wilkinson of Kendal was overhauled in 2005. Click here for a full specification.

If you have a MIDI keyboard, you can re-create this organ in your own home. Click here to see how to do it.

Parish photos

For more pictures of St. Mary's and around the Parish click here.