Hull Deanery centres on the city of Kingston upon Hull, which is home to over 257,000 people, making it the biggest city in the Diocese of York. Hull suffered heavy damage in the blitz, its fishing industry declined in the 1970s, and its industry is now focused on the chemical and health care sectors. Selected to be the UK’s City of Culture in 2017, Hull is also home to Hull Truck Theatre, Hull City football club, Hull FC rugby club, and Hull Kingston Rovers. Find out more about the churches in Hull Deanery here.
Rev Matt Woodcock and Rev Ben Norton catch up with the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu during his six-month pilgrimage to talk life, faith and holy places following his visit to St Paul’s Amateur Boxing Club at Hull. Listen to their interview here:
On the BBC Radio Humberside Sunday programme, the Archbishop reflected on the need to see everyone as a stand-in for Jesus Christ following his visit to the Open Doors Project. The Archbishop also expressed how he was encouraged by the plans to involve so many volunteers and the engagement taking place in preparation for the City of Culture Hull 2017.
9th March 2016
9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Mary's Cottingham. Leave around 9.45am to walk to Cottingham High School. Leave around 12.15 to walk back to St Mary's Cottingham for Christian Aid lunch then Pilgrimage Prayers at 2.30pm. Walk around Cottingham village. 6.00pm walk from Hull Railway Station to St Mary's Lowgate for soup kitchen.Postcard
Another wet day for the Archbishop. It had been suggested that we use the van but the Archbishop, undaunted, set off at a fair pace to Cottingham High School where we had a lively Question and Answer Session with the Sixth Form Religious Studies group.
On our way back to the church hall we called in on the Food Bank. Some of the volunteers were deeply moved by his visit. At the Christian Aid lunch back at the church hall Archbishop Sentamu was able to meet Abdus Salam, founder and Chief Executive of G.U.K., Christian Aid's partner agency in Bangladesh who told us of the challenges his country was facing from climate change and the work of his organization.
Father Paul Smith
10th March 2016
9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Cuthbert's Hull. Leave around 9.45am to walk down Princes Avenue to Hull Churches Home from Hospital Service for a visit. Around 11.30am visit Open Doors Project at Princes Avenue Methodist Church. 2.00pm call in at Thoresby School.Postcard
Today the Archbishop of York made a visit to Thoresby Primary School, Hull. On his arrival, he was met by the Head Boys and Girls, who officially welcomed him into 'Team Thoresby'. During his time with the children, he listened to wonderful singing by KS2, prior to being taken on a guided tour and asked several question about his role.
Shania Norman (Head Girl) commented that, "It made me feel really proud to show the Archbishop around our beautiful school. He really seemed to enjoy his time here."
Later, as the children left the school, Archbishop Sentamu met several parents on the playground, answering more questions before leaving us to continue his pilgrimage.
Lee Hill Assistant Headteacher
11th March 2016
9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Mary, Sculcoates. Leave around 9.45am to walk to Pearson Primary School. Leave around 11.30am to walk to St Mary's, Lowgate for Said Eucharist. Visit City of Culture Offices. Leave around 3.00pm to walk along River Hull bankside. 4.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers at St Mary's Lowgate.
12th March 2016
9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at Holy Trinity. Walk around the Old Town then call in at St Paul's Amateur Boxing Club. 12noon 'Almighty Coffee Morning', Holy Trinity Hull. 1.30pm Pilgrimage Prayers at Holy Trinity. Walk around the parish.Postcard
The Archbishop visit to our parish in the heart of Hull's Old Town was poignant, prayerful and at times utterly hilarious. He bantered with Hull's famous chip shop owner Bob Carver, encouraged young boxers in the ring at St Paul's Boxing Academy, was presented with a whoopee cushion as a tombola prize by children at our Almighty coffee morning, took flowers to a housebound elderly lady who lives in a high-rise flat on our local estate and took every opportunity to pray and encourage people in the pubs, and shops and on the streets.
This was a day to be reminded that God is at work EVERYWHERE! All we have to do is join in.
Revd Matt Woodcock
13th March 2016
10.00am Solemn Eucharist at St Alban's, Hull. Leave around 12noon to walk to St Michael's Orchard Park. 1.30pm Pilgrimage Prayers at St Michael's. 4.00pm Messy Church at St Cuthbert's.Postcard
The Archbishop arrived at Messy Church at St Cuthbert's having walked down from St Michael's Orchard Park via a stop at Caffe Gelato on Newland Avenue for ice cream! Around sixty children and adults (some there for the first time) were excited to see the Archbishop as they worked on crafts on our related theme of Bible journeys. St Cuthbert's has recently started a puppet ministry team 'The Puppet Factor' and so the worship included a puppet sketch featuring Jojo - as seen in the postcard photo! The Archbishop spoke to us and led us in the Lord's prayer before we had our tea.
Revd John Cowan