Cottingham Community Action Day
It was cold, but several of us from the churches in Cottingham donned the safety gear and went on a litter hunt. Surprising ourselves we unearthed 360lbs of rubbish between us. We hope to repeat this later in the year when its warmer!
Junior Church Party
The younger children from junior church joined us for a late Christmas party in the New Year.
The second of our two welcoming sessions resulted in a list of possible projects to work on to make our church more welcoming and accessible.
Passover Meal Maundy Thurday
We followed a Christian version of the Seder meal in a bid to understand the events of the last supper and origins of our communion meal.
The Passion Play
Good Friday in Beverley. Literally hundreds of people followed Jesus through depictions of his life and sacrifice on the cross. A very poignant reconstruction of events in the modern world.
A new one on me - but we had about three inches of snow on the ground in the morning. Pictured is our new welcomer for Easter.
Valentina Seferoniva an extremely talented pianist played for us Rachmaninov, Chopin and the less well known repetoire of Noskowski, Scriabin and Vladigerov.
Further details about Valentina can be found at her website.
Skidby Post Office Moves
Despite a large lump of concrete stuck to its base, after a helpful pounding by a JCB, Skidby Post Office sadly leaves the church grounds after its closure in February.
Praise Party Anlaby
We joined Anlaby Methodist to have both a Praise Party for the families, and for training in children's events from Dave Godfey and his team. A great day, and lots learnt.
Music Festival Concert
Our evening concert featuring the winners from our music festival held in the Spring. A great evening and well attended in both the junior and senior sections. For more photos see our music festival page.
Father Oliver was ordained at St Mary's on the 18th of May. Here he is conducting his first blessing. Below a surprising sight, as the local clergy actually got dressed up to celebrate with Oilver. Father Paul who is not pictured was bust behind the scenes.
A great R U Up 4 It, despite the weather! Pictured here a few of those cooking, with the star chef - Ian Russel who wowed us all with his stir fried beef recipe!
We repeated our successful local and fair trade farmers market again this year. This time we had a new marquee, which was just as well, as it kept us dry. Stalls included, fruit and veg, apples and apple juice, fair trade products, skidby mill along with many others.
Andy attended conference this year, for his reception into full connexion, and his ordination service which took place at Westborough Methodist church in Scarborough. Friends from around the UK, as well as from the churches attended the event. Cottingham held a circuit service on the same day for those unable to get tickets.
R U Up 4 It Bat Talk
Tony Lane the President of the Local Bat Society gave us a slideshow on bats at Bishop Burton and then we moved to the lakeside in the twilight and watched bats fishing! Fascinating stuff.
Cottingham Cleanup Day
As part of our Hope 08 activities Cottingham Churches Together in association with the Neighbourhood Action Team and Streetwise embarked on another cleanup day. Volunteers from all six churches took part and cleared and tidied snickets, and cleaned and painted over graffiti. We were assisted on the day by some of the local Councillors.
Once again as the lights were turned on in the village, our team of caterers was hard at work dispensing hot dogs, teas, coffee and soup to the hungry and cold masses.
R U Up 4 It Bonfire Party
Thanks to our hosts - Steve Anstice and his family, we enjoyed, after much fiddling with damp wood a roaring fire, fireworks and bonfire tucker on November 5th
As usual Churches Together in Cottingham had two bouts of Carol Singing this year. The first around the pubs of Cottingham, and the second on the steps of the church to raise funds for Homeless and Rootless.
Women's Fellowship Christmas Lunch
The ladies meet weekly, but this month saw their annual Christmas lunch and entertainment.
Hallgate School Carol Service
Hallgate School, Now a Primary joined us in two sittings for their Carol Service. Both events were packed, and it was great for the children to surround the parents with their singing, thanks to our ampitheatre layout.
Westfield and Driffield Male Voice Choirs
Led us in a fantastic carol concert, with the now traditional and very energetic jumping up and down version of the Twelve Days of Christmas.