I ended my July article with an invitation to meet you at the Cockermouth Show, where Churches Together in Cockermouth hoped to have a stand.*

The sun smiled on us all and it was a great day. As churches, we planned a special challenge for children called Where’s Woolly? We placed 5 life-sized model sheep around the showground and invited children to hunt for them. When they had found them all, they returned to our tent, where they were given a ‘goody bag’ and offered some sheep-related crafts to do. It seemed to be a great success, with parents as well as children!

Of course, there was a point to it. In each goody bag there was a storybook, telling Jesus’s story of the Lost Sheep. A shepherd leaves his flock to find the one sheep that’s gone missing and when he finds it, there is great celebration. Just so, says Jesus, there’s a party in heaven when someone returns to God.

I sometimes hear it said, ‘I wish I could believe.’ We tend to assume that faith is something we have to find. In fact, as the story shows, Jesus comes looking for us and delights to welcome us home. As we know, ‘home’ is where our heart is. We’re designed to be at home with God.

The writer C.S. Lewis once described how he became a Christian: “Before God closed in on me, I was offered what now appears a moment of wholly free choice. But I feel my decision was not so important. I was the object rather than the subject in this affair.” We may well be searching for God but actually he is searching for us.

*I would like to say a special ‘thank you’ to the Show Committee for having us.

Godfrey Butland Team Rector of Cockermouth

Dining to suit all...

Our bar and lounge lunches are served daily 12.30 – 1.45pm, in the hall and cocktail bar. The Lake View Restaurant offers traditional lunches or dinners. Alternatively, the Courtyard Brasserie is open

throughout the day, serving brunch, lunch and dinner in an informal, contemporary setting. Our famous afternoon teas are served daily. (Booking essential for Lake View Restaurant and Afternoon Tea)

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“If you want to change your life, start by changing something about your day,” writes Courtney Carver, author of Soulful Simplicity.

Do you feel stressed, and tired all the time? Do you always push yourself to the bottom of your to-do list? Do you want to feel better, but you’re frustrated because you don’t know how?

Begin to create your self-care solution with a relaxing day retreat: chill out, feeling nurtured and looked after. Enter a calm and peaceful space, away from daily demands and habits. Relax & Recharge: Reconnect to Your Self on 3rd November is designed to give you such a day. You will begin to rediscover your forgotten creativity and intuition. And, you can integrate many of the day’s practices and ideas into your own daily routine.

We will have a deeply relaxing sound bath (gong, singing bowls, percussion); meditation; drawing beautiful mandalas (no ‘artistic talent’ needed!); breathing exercises; constructive rest; inspiring books and magazines; quiet space; and more. And, of course - cake!

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surrounded by the stunning landscape of the Loweswater valley and fells. No prior knowledge or experience is needed.

We can create lasting improvement in our health and well-being through small daily changes and habits: self-care from the inside out. All my work is wrapped around this – Kathy Hick Self-care with Soul. I bring my expertise as an Alexander Technique teacher, Meditation teacher, Reiki practitioner and Sound Therapy practitioner into developing this day, which has long been a dream of mine. This day will be the first of many such retreats and workshops.

10.30am - 4.30pm, 3rd November, £40.00, Loweswater Village Hall, near Cockermouth

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