Residents’ festival 2017

Our church will be open from 11am until 4pm on Saturday 28th January. This is officially part of the York Residents’ Festival. The inside of our chapel is usually a wonderful surprise for residents who visit during the festival.

You’ll 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’s 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.

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

Covenant Service

‘I 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

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Advent and Christmas 2016

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, 4th December10.30amworship led by Stephen Peaker (gift service)
Sunday, 4th December4.00pmcircuit service at Haxby & Wigginton
Sunday, 11th December10.30amworship led by Revd Christopher Humble (holy communion)
Sunday, 11th December6:30pmworship led by Prof Edward Royle
Saturday, 17th December1:30 to 3pmCarol singing in Kings Square in aid of 'Action for Children'
Sunday, 18th December10.30amworship led by John Freeman
Sunday, 18th December4:00pmCarol service
Monday, 19th December12:30pmAdvent group looking at Hymns, Carols & Poems (meets in Carecent room 9)
Thursday 22nd December3:30pmSing Along Community Carol Service:
Sunday, 25th December10.00amChristmas Day worship led by Revd Christopher Humble
Sunday, 1st JanuaryMorning and EveningNo service
Exterior view of Central Methodist Church in winter.

Exterior view of Central Methodist Church in winter.

 

World’s biggest coffee morning

Coffee Morning

We’re holding a Coffee Morning to raise money for Macmillan.

When

10:30AM – 12:30 on 8 October 2016

Where

Central Methodist Church
St. Saviourgate
York
YO1 8NQ

RSVP

What is Coffee Morning?

If you can’t come but would still like to give a donation to Macmillan just text CUPCAKE to 70550 (one text=£5), go to macmillan.org.uk/coffee or phone 0845 074 2606.

Texts cost £5 plus network charge. Macmillan will receive 95p of every £1 donated in this way. Obtain bill payers permission first.

Heritage Open Day and Kyra Open Garden

Our church is a Grade 11* listed building built in 1840, one of the few chapels of its period still intact. It has an imposing classical facade incorporating a giant three bay portico of unfluted Ionic columns and pediment. The interior is horse-shoe shaped with a gallery on three sides supported by nine pillars. It has a magnificent organ.

Come and see all this on Saturday 10th September, 10am – 4pm. You can also meet member of the congregations and talk about our plans for the future. The organ will be played during the morning.

https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/central-methodist-church-york

During the afternoon, you can also visit our courtyard garden, lovingly maintained by Kyra.

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Central Methodist Church York receives £49,900

News Release

Central Methodist Church York receives £49,900

Central Methodist Church in St Saviourgate York will benefit from £49,900 to address urgent roof repairs.

Central Methodist Church successfully applied for the grant through the Government-funded Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund.

The grant will fund 53% of a project to make roof repairs to the grade 2* listed chapel. It is hoped that the repairs will make the roof water tight and prevent further water damage. At the same time the ornate ceiling will be strengthened to preserve it for future generations.  In the meantime the church and halls remain open for bookings six days a week, as well as continuing our traditional Sunday morning and evening services to which all are welcome.

Over the last two years Central Methodist Church has invested over £200,000 of its own funds seeking to find new ways of conserving and adapting the city centre church and its ancillary buildings for the continuing benefit and welfare of the community of the city and its visitors.

Richard Ramsden, ‘Transforming Central’ project manager said “We’ve recently hosted events for schools, choirs, tourist attractions, charities and businesses. This grant will benefit all users of the chapel, and once the work is complete will widen the possibilities for new organisations and activities to join us.”

 This money is part of a wider funding package of £22.9million to 401 historic places of worship across the UK. The fund was launched by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement in December 2014 and the funding package has now seen a total of 903 places of worship across the UK receive a share of £55million.

 The Fund is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

A full list of awards across the UK can be found at www.gov.uk/dcms or www.lpowroof.org.uk

 

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Notes to editors

 

Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund

The Fund was open to organisations, trusts and congregations of all faiths and denominations with the responsibility of looking after a listed place of worship. To be eligible for funding buildings were required to be listed and used for public worship.  Places of worship that had received a previous repair grant from English Heritage, Historic Scotland, Cadw, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, the Heritage Lottery Fund and/or other National Lottery distributor, and where that project is not yet finished, were not eligible to apply.

The total funding package for the Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund is £55million. This includes grant awards, a grant increase contingency fund and the cost of administering the fund.

More information on the fund can be found at www.lpowroof.org.uk

 

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) was set up in 1980 to save the most outstanding parts of our national heritage, in memory of those who have given their lives for the UK. It is to receive £20m Government grant in aid between 2011-15 allowing for an annual budget of £4m-£5m. More information can be found at www.nhmf.org.uk

 

Rascals in the city

We’re delighted to announce that Little Green Rascals Day Nursery is opening a pop-up cafe and playroom at Central for the summer. It opens on Monday 18th at 10am. The cafe will be serving some delicious organic and locally sourced food and there will be lots to keep your Rascals (children) occupied.

We’re proud to support something dedicated to families. Please pop in and see the friendly staff and enjoy some relaxing family time with a yummy organic coffee! We look forward to welcoming you to our premises.13738163_1798631647035917_6943893429503473047_o

 

For more details, see the ‘Rascals in the City’ facebook page.

175th anniversary of the organ’s dedication

We have discovered that on the 2nd July this year, our organ will be 175 years old, counting from the original dedication service. We’ve even found a printed order sheet from that service!

We think that’s worth commemorating, so we’re planning a whole afternoon of organ related celebrations:

2pm – Recital by celebrated Organist John Scott Whiteley

  • Reger – Variations and Fugue on ‘God Save The Queen’
  • Bach – Schmücke Dich BWV654)
  • Bach – Toccata and Fugue in F (BWV540)
  • Samuel Wesley – Airs for the Royal Seraphine
  • Saint-Saëns – Prelude and Fugue in B Major
  • Francis Jackson – Improvisation on ‘Remember For Good’
  • Francis Jackson – Choral in B
  • Francis Jackson – Festival Toccata

3pm (approx) – ‘console hands on’ – Try playing the organ for yourselves under the eye of expert advisers.

3.30pm  – short act of worship to give thanks for the the use of the organ.

4.15pm – afternoon tea  (followed by a further ‘console hands on’).

All are welcome to every aspect of the afternoon, and there will be no charge.

The organ case

The organ case