Worship in chapel AND online

Organ Vespers for Harvest

This short service will take the form of music from the organ, readings and prayers, themed around Harvest and Celebrating God’s gifts to us.

11th October 2020 2.30pm

We’re really looking forward to seeing some folk at Central this Sunday afternoon for Organ Vespers. It‚Äôs not going to be Church as we know it though, so we need to give you some advance warning that there are certain things that we must do in the Chapel to comply with Covid /government guidelines.

These will be as follows:-

On arrival you will be asked to ‚Äėcheck in‚Äô using the QR code which will be on display, or alternatively write down your contact details (name and tel number) for Track and Trace purposes.

– Hand sanitiser (provided) to be used on entering and exiting- Face masks will need to be worn (unless you have an exemption)

– A one way system will be in place to enter and exit the building- Some pews will be closed to allow the required social distancing- You are only able to sit with someone from your own household / support bubble.

– We have to keep service times to a minimum and therefore must encourage everyone to be seated as soon as they arrive and then leave promptly at the end of the service.

That said, and technology willing, the service we be streamed on Facebook too! You’ll be able to find the Live stream from 2:25pm onwards at https://www.facebook.com/CentralMethodistChurchYork/. Live¬†streams are available to viewers with or¬†without¬†a¬†Facebook account.

Both live streaming and meeting ‘in person’ in our Chapel are experiments for us – we’d welcome all your feedback after the event.

Being church at Central during the Coronavirus

There will be no services in our building for the foreseeable future at Central Methodist Church York, but just because we are not meeting for public worship does not mean we cease to be church. We can continue to be a praying, worshipping fellowship even when we aren’t in the church building.

We’ll be keeping in regular touch with each other via phone and other means – we have a small Facebook group [search for ‘Central Methodist (York) virtuallers’ ].

We’ll be praying for the church family and the community around us, and caring for the physical and spiritual needs of those around us.

We’ll use ‘worship at home’ service sheets, as published nationally: https://www.methodist.org.uk/‚Ķ/worship-during-the-coronavi‚Ķ/

If you feel you, or someone close to you, needs help with anything, then do not be afraid to contact Deacon Judith.

Coronavirus

The Methodist Church has now updated its’ guidance for churches during the coronavirus/ Covid-19 pandemic, and excerpts from this are below:


“It is with sadness that¬†we recommend that worship services in Methodist Churches are suspended for the time being¬†in line with Government guidance. We would encourage people who lead services to think about how worship might be offered in different ways, including online and using worship at home sheets.

You can find the full guidance here: https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus-guidance/ 


The Church is also making available a number of resources for worship in the home:https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/seasons-and-themes/worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/ including a weekly service sheet and links to churches which stream services online.  There is also a list of upcoming worship broadcasts on TV and Radio available via https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=9794450737E6583D!8825&ithint=file%2cdocx&authkey=!AIRgxFvQjbE2rYY  created by Paul Parker- you may like to pass this information on to those who are less comfortable with computers.

All other church activities, and other room bookings at Central have also been cancelled for the coming weeks.


Please do continue to pray for the situation and for those dealing with it, particularly our health services, and remember that we have faith in a God who is in control Рeven when the situation is difficult.  

God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.

We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those people who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for other
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.

Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love ‚Äď demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.

Amen

Residents’ festival 2020

Central Methodist Church is open for visitors on Saturday 25th January from 11am-4pm. This is officially part of the York Residents‚Äô Festival weekend. The inside of our chapel is usually a wonderful surprise for residents who visit during the festival.

You‚Äôll be very welcome to pop in and have a look around the chapel; some of us will be around to answer any questions you may have.  We hope to have a number of organists playing during the day too, so it‚Äôs an opportunity to hear what is generally regarded as one of the best organs in the city.

There’s no need to book in advance and you don’t even have to be a resident. Share the news and invite your friends and family to come and take a look at the inside of our fabulous building and listen to our impressive organ.

There will also be a space for prayer and reflection.

Details of other unusual locations open to visit for free can be found on Visit York‚Äôs website: http://www.visityork.org/residents-festival-attractions.aspx

Covenant services 2020

‚ÄėI am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing,
put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you,
or laid aside for you,
exalted for you,
or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours.’

The Methodist Covenant Prayer

We’ll be holding two covenant services at Central this year, the first on the 12th January in the evening and the second in the morning on Sunday the 19th January. It is a form of service which many Methodists celebrate as one of the most important in the year. You can find more information about the tradition on the Methodist Church website.

Everyone is welcome to join us whichever of the services is most convienient for them, whether you are sharing in a Covenant Service for the first time, have done it annually for many years, or simply want to watch what others do. Both the services will include communion to which everyone is invited to take part.

Refreshments and chat available after the morning service on the 19th.

Advent and Christmas 2019

Advent is the season of preparation for the celebration of Christmas. It’s an important time in the life of our church. Here is a selection of activities during Advent and Christmas at Central.

Sunday 1 December 10am – Bread Church Christmas Special – meets in Carecent room.

Sunday 1 December 10:30am – Worship led by local preacher Dr Stephen Leah. Gift service – if you are able please bring gifts of suitable food items for York Foodbank.

Sunday 1 December 6:30pm – Evening worship led by Rev Rory Dalgliesh including holy communion.

Monday 2 December – 12 noon Oasis open church followed by Footsteps through Advent with Godly Play 1 – 2.15pm. ‘The Holy Family’

Sunday 8 December – 10:30am – Morning worship – Leslie Newton will be preaching after participating in the Little Big Sleep Out in the courtyard the night before.

Monday 9 December 12 noon Oasis open church followed by Footsteps through Advent with Godly Play 1 – 2.15pm. ‘Creation’

Sunday 15 December 10:30am – worship led by Rev Rory Dalgliesh including holy communion.

Sunday 15 December 3pm РCommunity carol service led by Deacon Judith Stoddart.  Gather from 2.30pm for mince pies and mulled wine (non alcoholic).

Monday 16 December – 12 noon Oasis open church followed by Footsteps through Advent with Godly Play 1 – 2.15pm. ‘The Flood and the Ark’

Sunday 22 December – 10:15am – Morning carols at St Columba’s URC¬†

Monday 23 December 12 noon Oasis open church followed by Footsteps through Advent with Godly Play 1 – 2.15pm. “The Great Family”

Wednesday 25th December 10am – Christmas day service led by Deacon Judith Stoddart.

Sunday 29th December 10:30am – Morning worship led by Local preacher John Freeman

 

Our banner for Advent
Our banner for advent

Footsteps through Advent with Godly Play

Everyone is invited to join us for our Advent course on Mondays 2, 9, 16 and 23 December from 1-2.15pm. You are welcome to come to any or all of the sessions; they share some common themes but each one is designed to make sense by itself as well.

We’ll be exploring sacred stories with time for listening, wondering, conversation and sharing. There will be a chance to respond to the story with art and craft materials.
Godly Play is suitable for absolutely all ages. Pre-school or home educated children are very welcome to attend with a parent, grandparent or carer.

You can find out more about the Godly Play approach to sharing stories by talking to Hilary or Judith at church, emailing hilaryblake81@gmail.com or looking at www.GodlyPlay.uk


The church will be open as usual for ‘Oasis’ from 12 noon to 1pm and you are welcome to bring a packed lunch to eat in that time. Free tea and coffee are available.

You are invited

You are invited to join a very special church.

We are church that meets in a very special building.

We are a church that exists to help people to grow and learn as Christians, through mutual support and care.

We are a church which is adapting in a changing world.

We are a church that is part of a larger connected community, the Methodist Connexion.

We are church of young and old.

We are a church that takes worship seriously.

We are a church where there is room for doubt and questions.

We are a church that exists to be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice.

We are a church that is yearning to serve it’s community.

We are a church where welcome is important.

We are a church where the welcome is for everyone.

We are a church that exists to make more followers of Jesus Christ.

We are a church with challenges.

We are a church with opportunities.

We are a church that exists to increase awareness of God’s presence and to celebrate God’s love.

Whatever your stage of faith or religious background, you are welcome to come and be part of our life together. We normally meet for worship on Sundays; For peace and quiet on Monday lunchtimes; Tea, cake and chat on Wednesday afternoons and sometimes other things at other times.

In the coming months we’ll be exploring more change in how we manage and use our buildings; and how our church life can be refreshed by that. We’d warmly welcome offers of time, talents and prayers from anyone in our church family and beyond. Please speak to a Minister or Steward.

Our Scaffolding has gone!

We are delighted to celebrate that the scaffolding that has been gracing the front of our church building for the last 7+ months has finally been removed.

Our front entrance ready for use

During November a section of lime mortar cornice fell from within the ceiling of our portico area. No-one was hurt but we clearly needed to get the problem fixed and keep the area out of use. As our building is grade 2* listed, these things take time to get properly approved. In the meantime the church has remained active and open for worship and rooms bookings.

We’re very grateful for all those within the Methodist circuit and beyond who have assisted in getting the work done, and to contractors and subcontractors who worked so efficiently once the necessary consents were in place.

It’s good to be able to use our front doors again, and take up our proper place on St Saviourgate.