Christians Together put together an Easter display in the empty Pandora Travel Agents in the main shopping street. Eggs decorated by the children from the various churches.
During Lent Christians Together in Cottingham met for Prayers at the Manna coffee shop at 8:00am each Saturday
Maundy Thursday Passover meal
Maundy Thursday Passover meal was held at the church, using a shortened version of the Jewish Passover celebration. This meal is the root of Jesus' last supper, and our own Christian Eucharist.
Walk of Witness
The Good Friday Christians Together Walk of Witness through Cottingham, starting at Holy Cross, pausing at the Green and the Methodist church for hymn singing and prayers and praise and ending up at Zion.
Our Musical Festival - Chopin Recital was extremely successful, and truly exceptional - we were indeed fortunate to have Elizabeth Altman- (pictured here at another concert) playing for us again.
Cluster Service at Clowes
Cluster Service at Clowes, with Paul Field who joined Clowes for a concert the previous evening sharing some of his songs, and his work with Stop The Traffik, Compassion and Christian Aid.
Churches Together in Cottingham Walk
The heavens opened, but spirits, and Spirit was high. We are seen here seeking shelter in the station waiting room before regailing the platform with a bible reading, prayer and hymn.
R U Up 4 It - Mongolian Barbeque
The second event in the series following a marvellous craft evening led by Ann Moverley. Here we see the first tentative cooks trying the hotplate.
The six churches in Cottingham worked together to provide a feast of Fair Trade and Locally Sourced Food. Volunteers from all churches, manned the stalls, baked the goods and came and supported us on the day. The money raised has gone to next years Cottingham Day, and the local fund for a new scout hut.
Yorkshire Orchards came and sold their delicious apple juice, later in the year you can sample their apples.
While our friends at Holy Cross had a magnificent flower festival.
Judy Gateland from Barmby Moor brought her fantastically fresh fruit and vegetables. You can find Judy at the Dunswell and Cottingham farmers markets on the first and second Saturdays of the month. We used some of Judy's produce in our salads and sandwiches.
We sold sandwiches and cakes made with Skidby Mill flour, Fields of Newbald Eggs, Fair Trade Sugar and other fairly traded or local ingredients.
While all this was going on, our friends at St Marys held Organ recitals, and demonstrated embroidery.
We sold salads with ingredients donated by Gateland's farm, Barmby Moor, Glen Avon Nurseries and Durnford Tomatoes, Lowna Dairy Goats cheese, Pullens Beef sourced from Selby, or Chicken from Burton Agnes and finally some bread made with Skidby Mill flour, buttered with Yorkshire butter.
Of course, all this required a lot of set-up and hard work by a whole host of volunteers, not forgetting those valiant people who set up, and cleared away for us. It reminds me of a joke...how many Christian men does it take to put up a gazebo...
Skidby Mill volunteers sold their flour, which was hugely popular, and went into the ingredients of all our baked produce, including the home made bread.
We contacted suppliers from around East Yorkshire, many who supplied to shops in the village, others who attended local farmers markets, and other local market gardeners who supply to the supermarkets. Many thanks to Steve and Rosie for the artistry in their map!
The children were entertained by a show about pirates in the Wesley room.
'R U Up 4 It' walk
A Quiet month for the church with everyone holidaying, but we still found time to do a bracing 'R U Up 4 It' walk into the countryside around Skidby, and then on for a meal together. See what's coming up next here.
The church this month held an 'R U Up 4 It' treasure hunt around Cottingham. Here we see one team who really took on the idea. The hunt took us all around Cottingham following clues and ended with a welcome rest, quiz and cup of tea. We were also challenged to come up with an Acrostic for Cottingham....see below. See whats coming up next here.
Hallgate School joined us for their annual Harvest Festival and were treated to 'Store Wars..'.
'R U Up 4 It' Trip to Epworth
Our R U Up 4 It Trip to Epworth took us to Wesley Memorial (see the Window) and the Rectory where Wesley was born.
Jacob's Well for their Christmas Appeal
A boot load of shoe boxes was loaded up all ready for taking to Jacob's Well for their Christmas Appeal. Many thanks to everyone who filled and wrapped their contributions.
'R U Up 4 It' bonfire party
Our R U Up 4 It bonfire party was great fun, we burnt an old shed, and had two hours of fireworks! People chewed on bonfire toffee as their faces crisped in front of the raging fire.
Brian Hill Concert
Brian sang many of his songs, supported by an explanation of how God works in his life, and how he came to write them
What makes a good Church?
47 members of the church gathered to look at what makes a good church, and begin to work out whether we fit the bill. A follow up meeting has been arranged.
Church Weekend at Moorlands Christian Guild Hotel, West Cliff Whitby
We were fortunate to have bright autumnal weather for most of our stay. We visited Goathland, went to church in Robin Hood's Bay and had plenty of energy left for walks on the beach, shopping in the town and plenty of prayer, fellowship and fun.
Bodger and Bodge make a Christingle - badly!
Churches Together Carol Singing on the Church Steps
Those Were The Days
Rev Stephen Beer reflects on his sabbatical researching folk music, spirituals and the role of music in general in history, culture and religion. Here he shared his results with us musically.
'R U Up 4 It' Christmas meal
R U Up 4 It - Held its Christmas meal at the Bluebell pub in Cottingham.
Westland & Driffield Choir
Our good friends the Westland school and Driffield male voice choirs entertained us with a carol concert.
Somewhat earlier than people would have liked - seen here on a rainy night in December.
Mark Topping as John Wesley
Mark Topping as John Wesley at Trinity Methodist recalling his brother Charles.
We were grateful for a speaker representing Mission Aviation Fellowship to come and speak with us and lead worship one Sunday morning, followed by a fellowship dinner.