Advanced search Click here for the website of the current Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

This is an archived website containing material relating to Dr Rowan Williams’ time as Archbishop of Canterbury, which ended on 31st December 2012

Skip Content

Hull - City of Culture Mission Weekend

Thursday 4th May 2017

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu is headed to Hull - 2017 City of Culture - for a packed weekend of mission, telling others of the love of Jesus Christ, from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May.

The Archbishop said: “This weekend of mission in Hull is an opportunity for Christians to invite friends, family and colleagues to a planned event so they can see and hear for themselves something of the love of God in Jesus Christ.  We have been shown this love, let’s not keep it to ourselves but tell others.  My hope is that this is the start of a growth in confidence in people sharing their faith with those they know and meet day by day.” 

To watch the video

On Friday, the Archbishop will visit Sirius Academy North and Newland St Johns Church of England Academy in the morning for Q and A’s with students and staff.  In the afternoon, Archbishop Sentamu will visit Hull Trinity House Academy to meet more students.  St Cuthbert’s Church is hosting a Talent Night at 7pm which will celebrate culture and talent in Hull’s City of Culture year – all are welcome.

Saturday begins with Morning Prayer at All Saints Church in Hessle at 9am before the Archbishop embarks at Hessle Haven for a trip along the Humber estuary. He will board Hull Marina Management’s training RIB (rigid inflatable boat), provided by British Waterways Marinas Ltd (BWML), leading a flotilla of around 20 vessels.  On the journey, the Archbishop will take with him a lantern light from All Saints Church from which he will light the Hull Minster candle at the end of the open-air Minster making service later in the day.

After disembarking at Hull Marina, at the South-East corner adjacent to the heritage boats at approx. 11.20am, the Archbishop will be welcomed to the City of Hull by the Lord Mayor of Kingston-upon-Hull who is also the Admiral of the Humber - Cllr Sean Chaytor and the Bishop of Hull, the Rt Revd Alison White.  This group will walk together to Zebedee’s Yard where the Archbishop will bless ‘The Last Trip’ memorial to the 6,000 Hull trawlermen who lost their lives at sea.

The Reverend Tony Cotson said: “‘The Last Trip’ is a cylindrical sculpture that includes 90 polished steel replicas of ships’ bows to symbolise the number of ships that were lost. The sculpture also has the name of every job done on board a fishing trawler which is engraved and illuminated all around it. The raw steel used on the feature's six main panels will rust over time and the panels are held in place by a number of stainless steel strips. Each strip features family titles, such as husband, brother, cousin which are cut into the steel. Members of the public and families of lost trawlermen have already started to insert flowers into the steel bow replicas, in memory of loved ones lost at sea.  We hope that many people will come along to see the memorial –all are welcome”.

At 12.30pm the Archbishop is to have a fish and chip lunch at Bob Carver’s restaurant and will then head over to Trinity Square from 1.30pm to join in the festivities which includes live music, choirs, short theatre sketches, and lots of activities for all the family to enjoy.  At 3pm there will be the open-air service to dedicate Holy Trinity as Hull Minster.  Light refreshments will be available in the Nave of the church following – all are welcome.

Bishop Alison White said:  “The making of Holy Trinity as a Minster is a wonderful occasion. We shall celebrate the Good News of Christ proclaiming God’s love for everyone. The procession of lights being brought to Trinity Square will remind us that Christ is the light of the world – wherever Christ’s light shines there is the sure hope of joy and peace. Our shared Christian heritage has helped shape this wonderful city and we look to the future with confidence.”

At 7pm on Saturday, the Clubhouse at Hull University will host the Archbishop for a Q&A session and a talk entitled ‘Does Faith Have a Place in Contemporary Culture?’ at the students’ union.

On Sunday the Archbishop will preach and preside at the Eucharist at 11am at St Michael and All Angels Church – all are welcome to attend.

The Deanery will close the mission weekend with a celebration service ‘Going Deeper’ to be held at Hull Minster at 6pm where Miriam Swaffield, Student Mission Leader at Fusion, will give the address.  Register for free tickets at:

The Reverend Eve Ridgeway, who is coordinating the event said, “We are excited to have Miriam as our guest speaker for this event that will bring together Christians from across the city in praise and worship at Hull Minster. Miriam is a gifted communicator and I'm sure will be an encouragement for anyone who is part of this unifying event. Come and join us!”


For media interviews with the Archbishop as part of the mission weekend in Hull, please contact Elizabeth Addy at tel. 01904 772365 / 07738 354491 or email:

For media enquiries relating to Hull Holy Trinity Church and the Minster Making service, please contact John Meehan at tel.  01482 223479 or email:

To find out more about the next weekend of mission at the New Ainsty Deanery (19 - 21 may) - Heralding New Life at New Ainsty 

Back · Back to top