Our regular annual music festival this year was bigger than ever, and this year we used St Mary's church pictured here as the venue for the adult choirs. See more photos from the festival on our music pages.
Maundy Thursday Shoe Shine
The church leaders from the six churches in Cottingham joined together on Maundy Thursday to offer free shoe shines in a modern day streetwise symbol of Jesus' washing of the disciples feet. Our tagline was 'We're better at souls than uppers'. People were thrown by the fact that it was free, but we had a steady stream of happy customers through the morning.
Good Friday Walk of Witness
The churches of Cottingham, following a service at Holy Cross wakled together through to Zion URC church, stopping at several stations to read the Easter story, sing and pray.
Working with the Hope in Hull team, the ecumenical team put on the Hull Faith Festival once again. This year, as well as many contemporary songs, we had school choirs, testimony and later in the evening a whole session dedicate to the youth..
Our last swan song - Clerical Errors, where the circuit staff perform skits, dramas, play music and sing for the entertainment of the circuit.
David Gamble, ex president of conference led us in worship as a circuit coming together on the 18th of September, at Bricknell avenue church
Andy, is also the Chaplain for the University of Hull, and each year the Chaplains present their wares, and details of our church at the fayre. Supported this year by a facebook campaign.
The six church leaders in Cottingham meet regularly to pray for the village, and plan mission together. This year we undertook a 24 hour retreat in Hornsea together and looked at Fresh expressions.
Church Retreat at Sleights
Once again, fourteen souls ventured to Sleights to the Order of the Holy Paraclete in Whitby for a weekend retreat. Our focus this year was on being the people of the book.
Once again Steve hosted a fantastic bonfire party at his home, and many from church joined us.
Memorial Gates - Remembrance Day Service
The memorial gardens having been refurbished, and the plaques updated with the recently fallen, a service of remembrance was held in Hallgate outside the gardens on November 11th. Our minister Andy, and the other clergy of the village took part.
Cottingham Musical Festival
We were again fortunate to have Elizabeth Altmann to join us once again, and entertain us with a special concert responding to requests from local members. Elizabeth in her own adaptations, managed to play the parts of a whole orchestra in bringing the pieces to us she did, with her usual flair and skill.
The turning on of the Christmas lights in Cottingham was again a big occasion, with around 8000 people turning out. The church as usual served mince pies, raising money for the Women's Refuge and outside this year we had a new feature, that was well used - our nativity display.