The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu will be joining others in Hull – City of Culture 2017 - for a weekend of mission from Friday 29 September to Sunday 1 October.
Bishop Alison White and Archdeacon Andy Broom will be joining this mission as they visit schools and local churches to share the Good News of the love of Jesus Christ with all they meet.
Bishop Alison White said: “Harvest festivals give us the opportunity to say thank you to God for all that we enjoy in life. For farmers, it is natural to give thanks for a good harvest but the rest of us can join in too. This weekend provides us all with an opportunity to pause, to give thanks for all that is good in our communities and to give thanks to God who makes it all possible”.
On Friday, the Archbishop begins with Morning Prayer at St Aidan’s Church, Southcoates Avenue at 9.15am – all are welcome, before he visits Woodland Primary, Andrew Marvell and Marfleet Primary Schools to meet staff and pupils for Q&A sessions. At 4pm, all are invited to come along to St John’s Church in Drypool for an informal time of All Age Worship followed with sharing food together. In the evening, the Archbishop will be at Archbishop Sentamu Academy to give a talk to staff.
Bishop Alison will be visiting St Andrews School, Sutton Park on Friday and Archdeacon Andy Broom will be at the St Margaret’s Welcome Centre at 4.00pm for a Family Harvest event – join in.
The Revd Trisha Wick said: “At St. Margaret’s our aim is to help everyone to reach their full potential in Christ. Through our special events we hope people will be touched by God’s love, be challenged spiritually and have a real encounter with God too! We want to see lives changed!”
At 9am on Saturday morning, St Margaret’s Welcome Centre is hosting the Archbishop for Morning Prayers, breakfast and Q&A. At 11am the Archbishop will be in and around the area of St Hilda’s Church where he will be meeting shoppers over a bacon butty. From 2pm all are welcome for Afternoon Tea at St Peter’s Church where the Archbishop will chat with those present and give a short talk about his faith. St Columba’s Church are having a Quiz Night at 7pm and the Archbishop will be there to join in and give a talk and Q&A session.
Other events taking place on Saturday include St Michael’s Family Fun from 1 – 3pm, a Harvest Craft Day at St Andrew’s Sutton Park and a Social Evening at St Michael’s Church from 7.30pm.
Sunday begins with a Harvest Family Service at St Andrew’s Church Sutton Park at 9.30am where the Archbishop will also open the Prayer Labryinth on Kingswood, a communal space for prayer, picnics and meditation.
Archdeacon Andy Broom will be leading the Harvest Communion Service at St Peter, Bilton at 9.15am, and also at St Giles Church at 11am. Revd Matt Woodcock will lead a Harvest Service at St Michael’s Church, Sutton at 11am – all are welcome.
The weekend of mission ends with a service at St Hilda’s Church Marfleet at 3.00pm where the Archbishop will be encouraging everyone to find out more of the love of Jesus Christ and to be bold in telling others of what they find.