This joyful Eastertide! April Reflection

Dear Friends,

This joyful Eastertide!

This month, we celebrate the event that is at the very heart of the Christian faith and our church life. The Apostle St. Paul, one of the earliest followers of Jesus, wrote:

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Note the emphasis on ‘first importance’!

Later in that Chapter, he writes: “If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith… And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” 

Talk about saying it as it is! In other words, if Easter is a complete illusion then what we do on Sundays and during the week is a complete waste of time! We’d be better off having a lie in, going for a nice coffee or a walk by the sea. 

But Easter is true! Firstly, the tomb was empty on Easter morning and no one has ever provided an alternative explanation of why that was the case, despite many people (including deep cynics) trying their best. In fact, one lawyer who attempted to do that came to the conclusion that the only explanation was that Jesus had indeed risen physically from being dead – and then that lawyer became a believer himself! 

Secondly, Jesus appeared to lots of people! These eyewitnesses recorded what they saw. What’s more, when challenged about it, they stuck to their guns, even when that meant facing death. They would surely not have wanted to die for something they knew to be a lie?!  

So please come and join us for worship, and/or a visit to our ‘Holy Week Experience’ around the church. Be renewed in Easter joy. Because the tomb was empty and Jesus appeared. Happy Easter!

 Neal

Vicar of Hull Minster appointed to new role at Liverpool Cathedral

The Vicar of Hull Minster, the Reverend Canon Dr Neal Barnes, is leaving after nine years in the city.

Canon Barnes will take up a new position of Canon for Mission and Faith Development at Liverpool Cathedral in July.

A former engineer, Canon Barnes first came to East Yorkshire in 1999 to become Vicar of Anlaby. In 2010, he was appointed Vicar of Holy Trinity Church in Hull, which in 2017 was re-designated as Hull Minster during Hull’s year as UK City of Culture.

Canon Barnes said: “My wife Stella and I would particularly value your prayers as we prepare to move to Liverpool.

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Why we sing!

We are currently thinking about our vision at Hull Minster, ‘Your Place: to Worship, Enjoy, Explore and Belong’.

This sermon was preached in the morning services as part of our Worship, Enjoy, Explore and Belong Vision Sermon Series by our curate, Reverend Eve Ridgeway. In this sermon Rev Eve explore why Christians sing and offer music in worship when we gather together.

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MISSION ACTION PLAN (MAP) 2018-2022

Our MAP 2018-2022 is our plan for bringing into reality our vision to be “Hull Minster: Your Place – to Worship, Enjoy, Explore, Belong.”

We have spent time in prayer, conversation and reflection on what this looks like for our six areas of ministry, namely Worship, Discipleship, Pastoral and Community, Under 18s, Outreach, and the supporting Operations functions

The full document can be read HERE

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We are recruiting! Under 18s Ministry Assistant (part-time)

We greatly value children and young people at Hull Minster, and seek to provide engaging activities both during Sunday worship and at other times in the week. To further our work we are recruiting a Ministry Assistant for Under 18s work. Do you enjoy working with children? Do you have a committed Christian faith? Do you enjoy working in a fun and welcoming team? Then this role could be for you! Please see the Job Description for full details of this part time role and how to apply.

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