The Team has 9 members, young and not-so-young, to maintain this ancient English tradition. Sunday service ringing is from 9.00am to 9.25am and from 6.00pm to 6.25pm. On Thursdays, the ringers meet for practice from 7.30pm to 9.00pm in the Tower's Ringing Chamber. Weddings, for which the ringers are paid, keep the team busy, especially during the summer months ... four weddings in a weekend has been known.
This is an inter-denominational group. For further details, see Gerda Hall.
CHURCH AND PEOPLE - Price 75p
The Parish Magazine of St. Mary's is currently edited by Iris Pennie. 600 copies are printed every month for a wide range of subscribers. Additionally, copies are sent to former Rectors, Curates and friends overseas.
For further details, see www.cottinghamscouts.co.uk.
St. Mary's Embroiderers have been designing and creating fine vestments and hangings for St. Mary's Church for many years. More than 100 individuals have embroidered hassocks. They are always keen to share inspiration with new members.
St. Mary's has a talented group of flower arrangers who provide floral decoration for many occasions throughout the church year and also for special events such as weddings and festivals.
GUIDES AND BROWNIES
For further details, see www.girlguiding.org.uk.
KNIT 1, PURL 2
This meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, in the Mark Kirby Hall, from 1.30pm - 3.30pm to make knitted items for charitable projects. For further information, see Val Wright and Sheila Fisher.
MARK KIRBY COFFEE SHOP
The Coffee Shop adjacent to the Church is open daily, Monday - Saturday inclusive, from 10.00am - Noon. Coffee, tea, chocolate and biscuits are available for only 60p. A kind welcome and a comfortable stay are offered. Magazines and books to read, jigsaw always in progress. Well behaved dogs are welcome.
St. Mary's has a branch of the Mothers' Union, an organisation founded in 1896 by Mary Sumner. It exists to promote married life, to encourage parents in the care of children, to maintain a fellowship of Christian people united in prayer, to promote stable family life and child protection, and to support those whose family life has met with adversity.
OPEN THE BOOK
Taking the Bible to School Assembly on a regular basis, this popular initiative is led by a Church group that involves the children in dramatisation of the Bible stories and sows the seeds of the Christian message.
ST. MARY'S PASTORAL TEAM
Established five years ago, St. Mary's Pastoral Team visits the sick and infirm in their own homes, in residential and nursing homes, and in hospital. They support and comfort anyone who is in need, and lend a listening ear.
ST. MARY'S RINGERS
St. Mary's Ringers, under the direction of the Tower Captain, Mr Ian Booth, meet each week to ring for services on Sunday and for special services such as weddings. They meet in the belfry on Thursday evenings.S
The Servers assist the clergy at services each week and are affiliated to the Guild of the Servants of the Sanctuary, the national organisation for those who are servers in Church.