CORONAVIRUS: Updated 10th January.
Selside Church has suspended collective worship again, as from the start of January. The Church remains open for private prayer.
During periods that worship services are not taking place, there is a programme of online worship on YouTube and Zoom. For the full details click here.
Regular services were held in December. "Light Up a Life" was held on 20th December in a form where people could come and go over a two-hour period, for private prayer, to add names of remembered loved ones to be added to the decoration on the Christmas tree, and to view a looped video of people and scenes in Selside, accompanied by Christmas Carols. Donations were shared equally between Selside Church and St Mary's Hospice, Ulverston.
Staying in touch: If you would like further information or to be added to the mailing list for Selside Church please email us or use the contact page.
The parish magazine is Skelsmergh, Selside and Longsleddale Church and Community News.
Thanks to a generous donor, subscriptions taken out in 2021 will be free, not the usual £6 (Delivered free within the parishes. For postal copies elsewhere please pay £9.) Download the form below and send to:
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Selside’s parish church is dedicated to St Thomas. There is a sign on the A6 giving direction to the church which is about half a mile to the east of the main road. There is a service on most Sundays. Morning services are followed by refreshments. Hymns are sung, usually with the accompaniment of our excellent modest organ. The Church enjoys strong links with Selside Endowed Church of England Primary School.
The church is in Kendal Deanery in the Diocese of Carlisle. The church is the only Christian place of worship in the civil parish, and the congregation come from a variety of denominational backgrounds. The church is part of the Beacon Team Mission Community, which is comprised of St Thomas, Selside; St John the Baptist, Skelsmergh; St John the Evangelist, Grayrigg; St Oswald, Burneside with St Mary, Longsleddale; and St George, Kendal.
A Mission Community is a cluster of churches who commit to working together in a new way to make the Diocesan vision of 'God for All' a reality in their community. This includes how to use their combined resources (buildings, people, and networks), for mission and to benefit each other and their communities in a way that would not be possible to do alone.
Cumbria has an ecumenical partnership between the Anglicans, Methodists, United Reformed Church and the Salvation Army. This means we try to do all things together recognising each other’s strengths. The Beacon Team churches are part of Churches Together in Kendal.
History: A chapel was built in 1709 in the burial ground, overlooking Selside Hall, which itself dates from the late 15th century. This was replaced by the present building in 1838. The church was further extended with the addition of a tower in 1894. There is a fine East Window  depicting Christ the Good Shepherd in scenery echoing the eastward view of the Howgills from the churchyard outside.
Contact: The Beacon Team website is currently being overhauled. Revd Tricia Rogers, the Priest in Charge, is supported by a team of ordained and lay ministry. The Beacon Team Office, telephone number 01539 720018, is located at St George's Church.
- 1st Sunday: 10am Holy Communion
- 2nd Sunday: 6pm Evensong [Book of Common Prayer, or Celtic Evening Prayer, alternating monthly]
- 3rd Sunday: 10am Holy Communion [joined by Skelsmergh, or at Skelsmergh]
- 4th Sunday: 10am Service of the Word
- 5th Sunday [when occurring]: 10.30am Joint Holy Communion at one of the churches in the Beacon Team
Belonging to Selside Church:
The church is open to all and welcomes everyone. Those who wish to play an active part in the parish and be involved in the selection of the Churchwardens and members of the Parochial Church Council, who work alongside the Team Rector in supporting the church and its worship and other activities, may join the Electoral Roll. The forms are attached to this page for download. Please use this website's Contact Page if you have further questions about the church and we will pass them on.