to The Binsey Mission Community
United in Hope, Joined in Faith
Welcome to the parish website of the Binsey Mission Community, which is made up of 12 Anglican Churches and a Methodist Chapel in the northern area of the Lake District. The parish of Binsey covers a total area of 250 square miles and is situated between the towns of Keswick, Cockermouth and Wigton, with over half of the parish being in the Lake District National Park. The Mission Community takes its name from Binsey, which sits in the centre of the parish and is the most northerly of the Wainwright fells. From the summit each part of the parish can be seen.
We are very pleased that all of our churches are now open again during daytime hours for people to be able to visit and also to use for private prayer. The only exception is Uldale Church, which is still closed due to further delays with the extensive restoration and re-ordering works, which began two years ago. Whilst it is no longer a requirement to wear a face-mask when inside church, we would ask that you consider wearing one if other people are in church, that you observe social distancing and still use hand sanitiser when entering and leaving church.
Thankfully, we have now returned to the normal routine of Sunday worship and are operating a regular rota of services around the churches in the Binsey Team. In addition a weekly service is still being sent out via email, to those who feel most comfortable worshipping at home. Sometimes, the clergy will also record the service at home, and make it available via YouTube and the Binsey Facebook page. If you would like to receive the Sunday service and reflection via email, then please let us know. Here is the link to the service for ADVENT Sunday.
After last year's restrictions, we are delighted to be planning both Carol and Christmas services and very much looking forward to singing carols again. We are making a polite request that every adult wears a face-mask as they enter and leave church and also whilst they are walking around, until they are seated.
Above all, we look forward to welcoming everyone to our Carol and Christmas services this year and sharing in our celebrations as we rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ, who is God’s message of love for the whole world.
Here in Binsey, it is our privilege to serve each of our small rural villages, and as a church community we seek to bring something of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ to all who live in our parish, along with those who work and visit here. It is encouraging that church services and activities are now happening again, and trust that one day life will become more straightforward again. We give thanks for the small steps we are now making and more importantly for the many ways in which our village communities are continuing to show their love, care and support for one another.
With our prayers and best wishes,
Stephen and Peter
Revd Stephen Banks Revd Peter Gilroy
Team Rector Team Vicar
016973 71541 - Torpenhow Vicarage 016973 71430 - Ireby Vicarage
“He loves us beyond comprehension,
and we cannot diminish his love for us.”
The Binsey Team
The Binsey Team Annual Parochial Church Meeting was held on Monday 17th May 2021, and a copy of the Team Rector's Report can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
The Binsey Mission Community takes its duty and obligation to protect all, extremely seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines. For more information or advice please contact the Team Rector, the Revd Stephen Banks, the Parish Safeguarding Adviser, or the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Joanna van Lachterop, on 07458016884 or
If you believe a child to be at immediate risk you must contact Cumbria Children’s Services 0333 240 1727 or the Police. Urgent concerns about vulnerable adults should be referred to your local District Adult Social Care office 0300 303 2704 or, out of normal office hours, the Emergency Duty Team 01228 526690, or the Police. Click the button below to find out more details.