Here at Rudyard we are blessed to be in such close proximity to the glorious lake.
We make full use of our association with the lake and hold special events there throughout the year. See the Events page for more information about what’s happening this year.
Following our usual service on Palm Sunday, the congregation, preceded by the cross, walk to the lake. It is quite appropriate to place the cross by the lakeside and among the hills; Jesus spent a lot of his time by the lake of Galilee and he was crucified on a hill.
After a short act of worship, the cross is left at the lake during Holy Week as a reminder to all visitors.
Annual Lakeside Service
In early summer, the Church gathers at the side of its famous lake for the annual open-air service. It started as a one-off more than 20 years ago, and was a celebration of the natural beauty of the area.
It proved a popular idea and has grown to be an annual event attracting a large congregation.
The Lake Carol service is usually held in the Visitor Centre which provides a very convivial setting over looking the water. Friends of the lake treat visitors to mulled wine and mince pies while the congregation gathers to take their seats. As darkness falls, festive lights twinkle on the boats moored on the lake, reflecting in the waters and providing a theatrical backdrop to a very warm and welcoming family occasion.