All Saints Church
In the village of Scotby on the outskirts of Carlisle, All Saints Church is situated at the heart of the village.
All Saints’ Church lies at the north of the village green and was consecrated in 1855. The churchyard is well maintained and there is a Memorial Garden, a project to commemorate the Millennium. The nave has fixed pews, giving a seating capacity of approximately 150. The main entrance has recently been remodelled to provide level access and new glazed doors have been fitted to improve the welcome and provide greater insulation. There are toilet facilities, with provision for disabled persons.There is a sound and loop system operated from a desk at the rear of church. Visual presentations are made with an overhead, fixed digital projector and a drop-down screen. In January 2011, the back of church was re-ordered to provide a better space for fellowship and the serving of refreshments after service and the church was re-carpeted throughout.
The Henry Lonsdale Trust provides the Rosehill Residential Home on the northern boundary of the village, providing care for 40 residents, and Christian ministry is shared there on a bi-monthly basis.
Scotby is the largest village in the parish. It is a dormitory village for Carlisle, but it does have a couple of working farms and a unisex hairdressing salon, together with a combined general store/off licence, post office and newsagency. The Royal Oak is the village pub located in the centre of the village opposite the village green. Just around the corner there is also the Willowbeck, a guesthouse and bistro. The M6 has stopped the urban spread of Carlisle from engulfing the village and there is easy access to the motorway system.
Scotby primary is a Church of England primary school, with approximately 270 pupils on its roll at present. The village also has a private nursery school, catering for 100 children aged between 3 months and 4 years. The church along with the support of Wetheral parish holds regular collective worship at the school.
Scotby Village Hall is thriving with a daytime pre-school group and a Mums and Toddlers session.
Scotby Parish Centre
The Parish also owns a small, single storey building in the middle of the village, some 200m from the Church. It is in good order throughout and has accessible facilities. It is used by the Church and the village community for regular and occasional events, such as the fun with flowers club, fellowship courses, coffee mornings, etc and may be hired for appropriate, private use. Being in such a convenient location, close to the village shop/post office, the bus stop and the pub, it plays a valuable role in village life.
Our 10.30am service is family orientated and follows Common Worship or uses in-house produced service material. The music is provided by a music group and singers or the organ. We have our “Praise For All” family service every third Sunday of the month (and there is no Under 18’s Groups on the 3rd Sunday).
The service is supported by digital projector onto a large screen at the front of the nave. After the 10.30am service, refreshments are usually served at the back of church to allow for fellowship.
Any month with a 5th Sunday has just one united parish service at 10.30am at Cumwhinton Village Hall.
Sunday 10.30am – Children and Young People (Under 18’s)
During the 10.30am service at Scotby, crèche facilities are available as required at the back of the Church. Children aged between 3 and 10 have their own activities in the Village Hall (Sunday School), while the 10-18 year olds in the Parish Centre (CYFA). They all join the service around 11.20am for the last part of the service and often give a résumé of their morning to the congregation. For more information, visit out Under 18’s page.
On the 1st Sunday of every month we have an informal service of the word at Scotby Parish Centre at 6.00pm during summer times and 4.00pm during winter times.
On the 3rd Sunday evening of each month we have our service of Holy Communion also held at Scotby Parish Centre.
Mid-week afternoon worship, which may include Holy Communion, is held monthly on the first Wednesday in the Parish Centre using Mission Praise.