Rugby ground to host carol service first

A west Cumbrian rugby league ground is set to play host to a carol service first.

The Zebra Claims Stadium, home of Workington Town RLFC, is to be the venue for ‘A Carol Service for Workington’ on Sunday 13 December.

The event – to which admission is free - has been organised by the developing Workington Mission Community and is also being supported by Churches Together in Workington.

The Rev’d Ian Grainger, Vicar of Camerton, Seaton and West Seaton said: “For quite some time now, as part of the ecumenical God For All vision and strategy we have been working towards developing the Workington Mission Community, with churches from the C of E, Methodist and United Reformed Church beginning to work more closely together, particularly in Mission.

“Earlier this year I felt we needed to get this on the map and out into the public arena in a different way and the idea of a large Carol Service seemed an ideal opportunity for a ‘launch event of sorts’ for the Mission Community here in Workington.

“The grandstand at the ground holds over 1000 people and it would be amazing to see it full and ringing out to the sound of Christmas Carols – what better way to ‘do mission’ together than sing it out!”

Church leaders have been working closely with representatives of the club, in particular Vice Chairman Mark Fryer, who is also an Allerdale councillor.

Mr Fryer said: “As a club we are pleased to be hosting this very special event and are really looking forward to it. It’s great to be able to work with the community in this way and we hope people will turn out and support it.”

Music for the carol service will be provided by Workington Town Band.

As well as involving members of local churches there will also be input from a number of schools, under the direction of Michael Milner who teaches music across the area.

The Rt Rev’d James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle, said: “I know how successful the HOPE Carol Service was at Carlisle United’s ground last year and I pray that the Workington event will mirror that.

“It will be a wonderful opportunity for the Workington community to come together and bear Christian witness at Christmas.”

The service will begin at 3pm with everyone welcome and free admission.

There will be a retiring collection, from which a donation will be made to the club for use of the premises and the rest going to local charity ‘Hospice at Home, West Cumbria’.


Notes to editors
For more on the ecumenical God for All vision and strategy visit www.godforall.org.uk

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For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager on 07469 153658, 01228 815401 or at communications@carlislediocese.org.uk.