News and Comment

Changing pattern of services

Following a good deal of prayer and discussion, it has been decided to move away from the pattern of having a Benefice Service on the second Sunday of the month. We will still have a single service for the whole Benefice on the fifth Sunday, when this occurs. Services combining two or more churches may occur more frequently. In the case of Keyingham, our joint services with Ottringham have been particularly successful. In the long run, it is to be anticipated that more services will be led by lay people.

Successful Garden Party

Despite a number of competing attractions elsewhere, the Garden Party was well attended and there was certainly plenty going on. We were blessed with perfect weather. A total of £560 was raised. We are very grateful to all involved.

Saturday 21st April St Nicholas AGM

There was some initial discussion of the development of the Church building in order to bring it into the 21st century. Heating will probably be the first thing on the list. The sound system will also be made permanent. Provisional plans have been proposed for the toilet and kitchen to go in the south-west corner.

Successful Jumble Sale towards Start of Building Work

A very successful Jumble Sale was held in the Village Hall on the 3rd March in aid of funding for work on the Church building, including installation of toilet and kitchen facilities, new heating, and other modifications to make us fit for purpose in the 21st century. About £300 was raised and we are all grateful to Caroline and Tim for their efforts in making it happen. We have some way to go but it is good to be moving in the right direction. Arrangements are in hand to enable a Faculty for work to be started, but a lot of support will be needed in the future to bring it to a successful conclusion.

Deanery News Extra

If you have not seen a copy of the Deanery News Extra for February, a PDF version is available here, and worth reading. Some items appear below and/or on the Events page.

Bishop Alison Leading Deanery Lent Course
The Rt Revd Alison Wright, Bishop of Hull, will be leading our Deanery Lent Course this year. It will take place on Tuesday nights at 7.30pm in Ottringham Village Hall, starting on Tuesday 20th February.

Marmalade in Church
There is delicious homemade marmalade available in Church! Ask Sheila or the Church Wardens, and it will be delivered.