St. Anthony's St. Catherine's St. Mary's St. john's All Saints Holy Trinity St. Paul's St. Thomas's

Two Valleys Mission Community

"Enriching lives ...... Embracing God"

"We seek to enrich the lives of our neighbours by embracing God both individually and together"

Welcome to the web pages for our group of eight churches (seven parishes) known as the "Two Valleys Mission Community ". Since early 2006 we have been working more closely together, sharing resources and ideas and having a great deal of fun coming together and getting to know one another across our several villages. Building on our life together this year we became an official Mission Community in the Diocese of Carlisle.

Any church is, of course, far more than just a building; it is in fact a gathering of people, a focus for the community. It is a way in which we draw together, establish community and learn how to love and serve one another… These days we all have questions about belief and faith and the "God" question refuses to go away; it's not that people don't want to believe, it's just that we find many challenges to faith in today's world. We want to be honest about this and in each of our churches we try to demonstrate sincere and practical ways of living life as a Christian.

There are several clergy and readers who help minister across our seven parishes as well as many dedicated lay people. Here are the details of the Ministry Team and the particular responsibilities they have:

Rev'd. Michael Woodcock 015395 68276looks after:

St. Anthony's, Cartmel Fell, St. Mary's, Crosthwaite, Holy Trinity, Winster, St. Paul's, Witherslack

Reader: Dorothy Grace 015395 68569 :


Rev'd. Simon Howard 07719 889577 : looks after:

All Saints', Underbarrow with St. John's, Helsington

For baptism, wedding, and funeral enquiries please contact:

Church Administrator: : 01539 730683


Rev'd. George Briggs 01539 730683 looks after:

St. Thomas’, Kendal with St Catherine’s, Crook

Readers: Tony and Hilary Fitch 015395 68577 :

Church Administrator:

If you would like to speak to a member of the clergy about Baptisms, Weddings or Funerals, or would just value an opportunity to chat and talk about any concerns or worries you have, then please do not hesitate to contact any of us using the contact details above. We are here to serve you and very much value and enjoy our ministry within such beautiful parishes and amongst such delightful people.


At Two Valleys Mission Community 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

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