Skelsmergh parish church
Skelsmergh church parish was created in the 19th century to serve the townships of Skelsmergh, Scalthwaiterigg and Patton. The church, dedicated to St John the Baptist, stands in a very prominent position a mile out of Kendal and in close proximity to the A6, and was built between 1869 and 1871 by Joseph Bintley, a Westmorland architect. The entrance to the churchyard is a monument to those who died from the parish during the First World War. The three light East window is of the Crucifixion, designed and executed by Heaton, Butler and Bayne. There is a leaflet on the history of the church with text by Tony Cousins and graphics by Bryony Cousins at this link.

Regular worship is led by the Beacon Team Ministry. Members of the congregation take on the duties of reading, preparing the intercessions and chalice administration. Two members of the congregation take part in the provision of hospital communion, organised by the Beacon Team, at the Westmorland General Hospital. The services have a regular and committed congregation, who are mainly elderly. Festivals attract more people; the Easter and Christmas Eve ‘Carols and Candlelight’ services are particularly well-attended. Many of the congregation come from outside the parish but have strong links with Skelsmergh.

For details of the Beacon Team Ministry and its activities, go to its website at


The Revd Canon Nigel Davies, St Oswald's Vicarage, Burneside, Kendal,Cumbria LA9 6QX
Telephone: 01539 722015