Great Strickland, Great Welcome


The website of St Barnabas' Church at Great Strickland, Westmorland, states


The church is open every day.

Having arrived, a hand-written note stated:

It gave a person’s name and a house from which a key might be obtained, though the latter we could not locate. Thus, we found a secured church, into whose courts we could not enter. Externally, all was well; the sun shone, the daffodils giggled in the breeze and the local crow life thrived noisily in the tall trees growing about the grounds. Yet we could not get in.

When the Lord Jesus died upon the cross, the thick veil of the inner Temple tore asunder from top to bottom. This powerfully symbolic gesture spelled the Father’s acceptance of the Son’s sacrifice, and His welcome bid that we may enter the divine presence. Churches are not always available to visit, see or join, but the gates of heaven are open, for whosoever will may come.

All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. John 6:37