St Mary, East Cottingwith

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We are a small but friendly congregation and greatly enjoy our monthly service, with violin accompaniment. Once or twice a year we are joined by worshippers from the other churches in our benefice. These are always good times. We would love to welcome more from the village to share our worship and the fortnightly Bible study.

 The oldest parts of the Church building are the bells. They were cast in the 14th century and come from the previous Church. There are only seven 14th century bells in the Diocese and we have two!

In 1784 a faculty was granted to take away the remains of the old chapel and erect a new one. During the 18th Century East Cottingwith had become more prosperous and more populated than Aughton, its mother Church. These prosperous villagers built a new, brick Church much as it is now (except for a spherical cupola). In 1786 they were allocating pews so it must have been ready to open.

In 1847 the Rural Dean wrote of his visitation to East Cottingwith, 'The Church is neatly fitted with stalls, new reading desk, new pulpit, new font and newly washed walls.'
In 1857 the Rural Dean commented that it was an ugly building from the outside but very convenient inside.

In 1924 a faculty was granted for major renovation: curved altar rails were added and the stove was moved to the side. The stairs to the gallery near the font were used for a small choir and organ but these were removed in the 1930s.

The East window is stained glass of the figure of Christ on the cross, with Mary at one side and John to the other. At one time the Church was named St Mary's and the Holy Cross, now shortened to St Mary's.

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Five Parish Communion
Joint five Parish Service on 4th Sunday of the month (5th Sunday instead if there is one). Venue varies: please see magazine or email site contact for information about venues. In January, April, July and October this service usually includes prayers for healing.
Every last Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Common Worship


Home group
We work our way through different books of the bible, seeing what God has to say to us today through his timeless word. A small, friendly group.
Every first and third Friday at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours
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United 5 Churches service at Elvington, with prayers for healing
Worship together with our brothers and sisters from the other churches in Derwent Ings benefice, with optional prayer for healing and wholeness. Followed by refreshments
Sunday 29th October 2017 at 10:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Remembrance Holy Communion
Holy Communion with elements of Remembrance Sunday, honouring those from East Cottingwith who fought and fell.
Sunday 12th November 2017 at 9:00 AM for 1 hour
United 5 Churches Holy Communion at East Cottingwith
We join with all our brothers and sisters from the churches in our Derwent Ings benefice. Followed by refreshments.
Sunday 26th November 2017 at 10:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Holy Communion
Sunday 17th December 2017 at 9:00 AM for 1 hour
carol service
Suitable for all. Refreshments afterwards.
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Christmas Carols Mulled Wine Mince Pies


Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 18916
Archdeaconry: YORK (431)
Deanery: DERWENT (43105)
Benefice: Derwent Ings (43/090BX)
Parish Legal Name: Sutton on Derwent with East Cottingwith (430096 )
CofE Church Info: (643097 43/97)
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This page was last updated on Wednesday 11th October 2017
St Mary, East Cottingwith, East Yorkshire, YO42 4TL

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