"Welcome to probably Easingwold's coolest place" said Revd Margaret Young introducing special guest, the Bishop of Selby last Sunday afternoon.

The Rt Revd John Thomson conducted the commemoration of the 600th anniversary service of Easingwold Parish Church last week and in his address reminded us that: “You are now 600 years young – the challenge is to look ahead but not to forget the past”. The church has changed in the past– the stones of the building tell the story of its movement through time - and we need to change now and in the future. But how are we to live through time when we cannot control everything? We must learn to trust that God is with us, like the early disciples whom Jesus sent out into the world, as our ancestors learned to trust, through many wars and bad times.

The service was interspersed with favourite hymns, like “Let us Build a House” and “Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken”, while the hymn “Light of the World” was sung for us by our friends from the ‘Boot Shop’ and some of our ‘Ignite’ youngsters.

Afterwards, as this was a birthday celebration, there was of course a birthday cake, which Bishop John cut for us. This went down very well with our cups of tea!