History of the Church
Many references will be found for St Andrew’s Church, Greystoke in the wide range of books written about churches in England. The church grew to its present size in the 14th century, when chantries were added for saying masses for the victims of the Black Death. Various items in the church date from Medieval times including the rood beam which bridges the chancel arch and carries floral symbols representing the wounds of Christ.
The church is famous for its ancient choir stalls in the chancel with an array of carved misericords with Christian symbols such as a pelican and a dragon. In the great east window is a fine display of medieval glass. Following its removal in the time of Cromwell the restorers had difficulty re-assembling the pieces of glass in the original order. Visitors are encouraged to explore the puzzle that the window presents and to look for the red devil! Modern times have left their mark too.
A sculpture of the Madonna and Child was carved by two German prisoners of war. A second sculpture, of the crucified Christ is to be seen on the west wall by the south door and is by the sculptor Josephine de Vasconcellos who lived in Cumbria.
The church is open every day from around 10am until dusk. It has easy access, a small amount of parking (there is a large village car park behind the post office), there is a toilet. St Andrew’s is a good point from where to start a walk to explore the village and surrounding countryside.
A service is held every Sunday (except Remembrance Sunday) at 9.15 in the church and refreshments are served at the end. Details of special services can be obtained by calling the Rector on 017684 83293.
An ecumenical fellowship group, known as Pilgrims in Progress (PIP), meets regularly to study the scriptures. The meeting usually starts with Worship led by one of the group, followed by Study and Prayer, finishing with Cake!
The study material comes from a number of sources and members are encouraged to share the leadership. New members are always welcome. Contact telephone number 017684 83293.
The church provides a collecting point for the local food bank which is run by The Salvation Army in Penrith. Members of the congregation are encouraged to provide one item of food each week. The wider village community also actively supports this initiative, with the posts on the Facebook group regularly highlighting any specific items needed that week.
Open The Book
An ecumenical team of folk from the churches and communities of Greystoke and Penruddock have been presenting bible story based assemblies at both our Primary schools since 2012. We use the material from www.openthebook.net to present bible stories using storytelling and mime with simple props.
Each presentation, including a song or two, takes about 20 minutes. The material satisfies OFSTED requirements, the schools are delighted and the children can’t wait to volunteer to help. We have a lot of fun doing this, and would be delighted to have more people join our Team. Contact telephone number Greystoke Rectory: 017684 83293..
Address: Greystoke Church, Church Road, Greystoke, Penrith. CA11 0TW.
Telephone: 017684 83293