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.
It was standing room only at the Hull Reform Synagogue for the open service on Friday at which the Archbishop was invited to witness a special event. We hear from the Archbishop and Rabbi Danny Rich about this. Also the Archbishop spoke about the presentation of his Hull FC rugby shirt on his Pilgrimage this week and cheering on the team. He shared his experiences of the week starting at North Ferriby, the River Humber, the Humber Rescue service, the care at the Dialysis Unit at the Hull Royal Hospital and the importance of teamwork. Click here to listen to his interview (original programme http://bbc.in/1S9IGVF)
23rd February 2016
9.00 Pilgrimage Prayers at All Saints North Ferriby. 9.30am leave to walk around North Ferriby. 10.15am [email protected] Extra at All Saints Parish Hall. Visit North Ferriby School. 1.15pm Leave Coronation Gardens, Church Rd to walk to Swanland . Calling at Toddler Group at St Barnabas Church. Leave around 3.00pm to walk around Swanland then 4.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers at St Barnabas Church. 7.00pm Curry Night at St Barnabas, Swanland.Postcard
The Spice was Right for Archbishop Sentamu in Swanland this week. After a busy Tuesday morning in North Ferriby, including a visit to the Humber foreshore, coffee with the [email protected] group and lunch at the village CofE school, the pilgrimage continued up the hill to Swanland, where the Archbishop dropped in on Swanland Primary school and entertained 50 toddlers and carers at [email protected] on the djembe drum. A tour of the village - shop, salon, hall and pond - concluded with 60 people gathering for prayers at St Barnabas where a number received prayer for healing. The day ended with a fabulous “Curry against Cancer” night where a ten-dish curry feast, freshly prepared by chefs from the church, was served to a sell-out crowd of 120 diners, raising over £2000 for the Daisy Appeal at Castle Hill hospital. Archbishop Sentamu shared his faith story and experience of facing serious illness, and called the guests, alongside fighting cancer, to care for the spirit too by starting a new Jesus-centred life.
Francis Scott - Vicar, St Barnabas, Swanland (Hull)
24th February 2016
9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Martin’s Church, North Rd. Visit Eastfield School. Leave around 11.30am to walk around the parish. 1.30pm walk from St Martin's to Priory Primary School for a visit. 3.30pm walk from Priory Primary School to the Church of the Ascension for Pilgrimage Prayers at 4.00pm.Postcard
Marching to the beat of the Drum
The Most Rev John Sentamu impressed the Reserve soldiers of 218 Squadron with his drumming skills this week. He visited 218 Sdn, a detachment of 150 Regiment RLC, a reserve unit in Hull specialising in Logistics Transport as part of his Pilgrimage for Prayer, Witness and Blessing. Engaging warmly with the soldiers of all ranks, he learned more about 218 Squadron and their life in barracks and on operations. The Archbishop took time to encourage the soldiers and to impress upon them the need for self-discipline as role models and leaders in the community and in the Army. With humour, he hoped that none of those present were the kind of leaders people would want to follow out of curiosity! He commended the unit and Her Majesty’s Armed Forces in prayer to God and invited us all to join in the Lord’s Prayer. Some of the soldiers were privileged to join him for a soup and sandwich lunch provided by St. Martin’s Parish Church and the local vicar, the Rev Simon Elliott.
25th February 2016
8.00am Breakfast Club at Boulevard Baptist Church. 8.45am PIlgrimage Prayers at Boulevard Baptist Church. Leave around 9.30am to walk down Hessle Rd & Boulevard, arriving around 11.15am at Hull Royal Infirmary for a visit. Leave around 1.30pm to walk to Boulevard Academy for a visit. 4.00pm Visit Hessle Rd Network. 4.30pm Pilgrimage Prayers at St John the Baptist, Newington. Watch Hull FC match at KC Stadium.Postcard
Archbishop Sentamu visited us at the Hessle Road Network youth project this evening and spoke to a group of young people about the project and what they enjoy doing here. The young people asked the Archbishop questions about his role, who he has met and which places he has visited so far. They were also very interested in his robes!
The young people were keen to show the Archbishop some examples of the things they do at the project, including some butterflies they had made using old plastic bottles and some textile bunting they had sewn to decorate the youth room.
The staff, volunteers and young people at Hessle Road Network hope that Archbishop Sentamu’s Pilgrimage of Prayer continues to go well and that there’s a lovely hot foot spa ready for him at the end of each day!
Michelle Watson, Deputy Chief Officer
26th February 2016
9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at All Saints Hessle. Leave around 9.45am to walk through town centre to Hessle Infant and Junior Schools. 1.30pm Visit Humber Rescue. 2.00pm meet at Priory Park roundabout for a walk to Francis Askew School. 4.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers at St Nicholas, Kingston-upon-Hull. In the evening join The Hull Reform Synagogue for their open evening.Postcode
Frosty outside, warm inside Hull's Reform Synagogue where the Archbishop arrived at dusk. With us were Bishop Alison, Rabbi Danny Rich, Imam Alamgeer Choudhury, visitors from local Anglican, Roman Catholic and Methodist churches, Andrew Percy MP, RE teachers and students. The Friday Night Service enjoyed a running commentary by Ian Sugarman and Professor John Friend explaining the prayers. Two sermons, by the Archbishop on Ecclesiastes and by the Rabbi on Exodus, shared the theme of sharing together. After the blessing of wine and bread, a buffet with Jewish food. The Archbishop moved us all with his modesty, wisdom and stamina: "Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8.
27th February 2016
9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers and coffee morning at Anlaby Village Hall. Leave around 10.15am to walk through Anlaby. Visit East Riding Leisure, Haltemprice. Around 1.45pm walk through Willerby Shopping Centre and on to St Luke's Church, Willerby for Pilgrimage Prayers at 3.00pm.Postcode
We were delighted to welcome Archbishop Sentamu to the hustle and bustle of Anlaby life on a Saturday morning. Following a coffee morning and naming ceremony in the Village Hall, we made our way via the Dove House charity shop and the Post office to Marks and Spencer Food - which had set aside space for the Archbishop to meet and pray with a number of people. Then it was on via Morrisons to Haltemprice Leisure Centre, where the Archbishop was warmly welcomed and enjoyed a hearty lunch! Many people commented on how delighted and blessed they were to meet and pray with the Archbishop.
28th February 2016
9.15am Morning Service at St Andrew's, Kirk Ella. After refreshments 11.00am second Morning Service at St Andrew's, Kirk Ella.Postcard
Over 300 people form Kirk Ella and beyond gathered in the St Andrew’s church building this morning to worship the Lord Jesus, share bread and wine, and to see and hear from the Archbishop at his final stop in the Hull West Deanery.
At both morning services of Holy Communion the Archbishop spoke of his desire to be remembered as one who loves the Lord Jesus. Preaching from Luke 13 v 1-9 Archbishop Sentamu encouraged us to repent to our gracious and generous God, and to ask God to rekindle the fire of his love in us so to truly delight in Him. As we gathered round the communion table towards the end of the service, it was wonderful to see people of all ages and stages sharing in the Christian family meal which the Archbishop presided over.
We rejoice with the Archbishop over the many who have heard the Gospel because of the pilgrimage, and will keep him and them in our prayers over the coming weeks.
Harry Hawkes – Parish Assistant, St Andrew’s Kirk Ella