Several groups meet regularly. You’re welcome to attend these whether or not you worship at Cotham.


A monthly creative writing and spirituality group, run by an experienced facilitator, where we can explore our spirituality through creative writing. It provides those who come with a chance to write as a spiritual exploring, an attempt to articulate the thoughts, beliefs and feelings we have within us. This is for anyone who wants to have a go and is willing to be surprised by their writing.

Benefice Art Group

Meets fortnightly on Tuesday mornings. The group is led by practising artist Sara Metelerkamp with different creative projects and practical guidance. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided and a small donation is requested for materials. You can come to as many or as few sessions as you wish, since each session has its own theme.

Benefice Book Group

Meets monthly on the second Thursday of each month at the house of one of the members. We choose a book each month and usually someone from the group opens the discussion on that book. Books are borrowed from the library and distributed through the group so it is not necessary to buy each book. The group is very fluid – so members come when they can, even if they have not read the book or finished reading it. Discussion is usually wide ranging and the choice of books extremely varied.   For more info contact John: 

For info about 2018’s books click here
Date 2018 Title/author/broad genre Chosen by
Jan 10th Moments of Reprieve by Primo Levi (short stories) Mary
Feb 8th The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding (non-fiction) Jo
March 8th The Story of Lucy Gault  by William Trevor (fiction) John
April 12th Findings by Kathleen Jamie (travel) Diana
May 10th Do not say we have nothing by Madeleine Thien (fiction) Stephen
June 14th Hag-Seed by Margaret Attwood (fiction) Sue
July 12th Kim by Rudyard Kipling (classic fiction) Mary
Aug 9th The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben  (non-fiction) Rob
Sept  13th Exposure by Helen Dunmore (fiction) Jean
Oct 11th All the Light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr (fiction) Stephen
Nov 8th The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (fiction) John
Dec 13th Planning for 2019  

Time Out Teas

Time Out Teas is a monthly gathering on the first Thursday of the month for tea, cake and sandwiches, and for a chat with friends old and new. There is also a summer outing to the seaside or another place of interest.

Benefice Lent Groups

During Lent and at other times there are ad hoc meetings and discussion groups. For example, in 2016 we read ‘Meeting God in Paul’ by Rowan Williams and in 2017 we looked at the liturgy around Easter and also some of the poems in ‘A Splash of Words’ by Mark Oakley.

Food for Thought

This is a fortnightly group meeting on Monday evenings for those in their 20s and 30s.  The group shares a veggie meal and a gently reflective discussion finishing with a time of silence.

Whether you are well-established in the Christian faith, feeling called to a new expression of your faith, or teetering on the edge of any faith, we hope you will find resources, inspiration and good company here with us.

Cotham Parish Church is a registered charity in England & Wales (no. 1132307)