Our Ministry and Mission
As Brigham's church we minister to the spiritual needs of the village communities of Brigham and Greysouthen and in collaboration with other churches to other local villages. With church's of other denominations we provide religious teaching and support in the community. The building of St Bridget's Church provides a rich historical heritage for this part of Cumbria.
The Church is open on Sundays for services, at other times for weekday services, services on Religious Festivals, special services e.g. weddings. Church opening times are publicised on this site and also the 'A Church Near You' web site, and times of opening and details for contacting key holders are also on this site and Church noticeboards.
The Church has close links with St Bridget's Brigham Church of England Primary School, with the school using the church for many important services and celebrations throughout the year.
Diocesan Clergy are available to provide spiritual support to any individual at any time.
The Church has a number of representaives on Grassmoor Mission Community.
Religious education takes place through fortnightly village school visits from Clergy, who take regular assemblies and lead a variety of church services for the school. There are other projects viz. ’Brigham Ark’ (twice weekly) and ‘Noah’s Circle’ (weekly) led by 4 lay people from different church denominations . Other projects, designed to allow the children to act out and experience a variety of services such as Baptisms and Weddings, take place in the church which allow the school children to learn about religious and moral activities from ‘hands on’ experience.
Musical Concerts are held in the Church and social gatherings e.g. Quiz nights are organised for the village. Individuals and groups, including the local Historical Society, regularly visit on request and the church’s historian is often in attendance.
The Parochial Church Council are responsible for: maintenance of the church's fabric and decoration, the churchyard, building services and utilities, religious services programme, the church's legal and financial commitments, fund raising, outreach, volunteer involvement and charitable giving to both local and national charities.
Religious education in the village school is funded by the church, led by clergy with volunteers’ time. The concerts, social gatherings and visits are funded through admission charges and donations.
Anglian churches in the Diocese work jointly with the Methodist and the United Reform churches as part of an ecumenical outreach strategy developing Mission Communities - see document below from the Ecumenical Outreach Group.