Scandinavian Choral Festival

Scandinavian Choral Festival – Saturday 21 May 6.30pm at Central

Philip Paul writes: with my Scandinavian connections is always a pleasure to see and hear the Norwegian choirs at Central each May. Each year there seem to be more choirs. This year there will be 7 of them !

They will be joined by the York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir, who I will also be very pleased to see and hear since they are one of our established ‘resident choirs’, who rehearse on our premises every week.

The concert begins at 6.30pm and admission is free!

More details on this poster.

In addition to the concert, the Norwegian choir “Tønsberg Sangforening” will be singing at our morning service on Sunday 22 May at 10:30.

Summer Organ Concerts 2016

It is somewhat of a tradition for Central to host a series of Organ recitals on Thursday lunchtimes throughout the summer months. We’re proud of the instrument and enjoy hearing a a variety of talented organists play.

Everyone is welcome, and no admission fee is charged. A collection is taken at the end to which donations are welcome but not obligatory.

For up-to-date details of dates and organists please see:



What’s in a name?

As our programme of becoming a community venue goes from strength to strength, we’d like to find a name under which to operate.

Our congregation will continue to be ‘Central Methodist Church York’, but we’re considering using a different name for our premises. It needs to reflect what our premises can offer more accurately, we’re not just a chapel building, we have halls, offices, a promising garden space and more.

We’d like the new name to reflect our Central location, to be easy to remember and short enough to ‘trip off the tongue’. Ideally it will be distinct from other venues and projects, and easy to find on the internet.

We’ve been trying to think of something suitable for a few weeks, and now we thought we’d ask our community for ideas! Please leave comments below or on our Facebook page.

“Turn up and sing” Stainer Crucifixion


An invitation to all singers for Sunday 20th March!

Circuit Service including

“Turn up and sing” Stainer Crucifixion

Conductor: John Bradbury Organist: Robert Smith

James Brown (tenor) Mark Wharfedale (bass)

Rehearsal 2.30pm

Service 6.30pm, with fairtrade stall and refreshments served beforehand.

Singers please bring a copy of the Novello score if possible as we have only a limited number of copies.

Flyer in PDF format: Stainer Crucifixion 200316 at Central Methodist v2

Performance Notes in PDF format: Stainer Crucifixion Performance Notes


Lent 2016 at Central

Events for Lent in 2016.

Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday 10th February, 12:45pm – Service of Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes. All welcome to join us for this solemn marking of the start of Lent.

Lent Talks & Lunches

The theme this year will be ‘Inspirational Women’

Wednesday 2nd March – talk will be given by Revd Rowan Williams (Chaplain at York University), looking at St Claire.

Wednesday 9th March – talk will be given by Rev Julia Skitt, title ‘Women in our time’

Wednesday 16th March – talk will be Rev Christopher Humble on Susannah Wesley

Light lunches from 11:45am, talks start at 12:45pm. All welcome for food and talks.

‘Come and Sing’ Stainer’s Crucifixion

Sunday 20th March 6:30pm. Circuit Service including Stainer’s Crucifixion

Details here.


York Residents’ Festival 2016

Our church will be open from 11am until 4pm on Saturday 30th 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:



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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Transforming Central in the news

We’ve been in the York Press a couple of times over the last few weeks. Firstly when we announced our intentions to expand our building’s community use:

“£3m plan announced to turn York city centre church into community centre”

And more recently the reporter, Victoria Prest came to talk to our minister, Rev Chris Humble, to get more detail:

“Ambitious plans to open up huge central York church”

Over the next new weeks and months we’ll be firming up our plans, exploring the relationships we might have with other churches and organisations as well as starting the hard work of finding funding. Please get in touch if you’d like to get involved!


Happy Christmas

The congregation at Central Methodist Church York will be meeting for worship at 10am on Christmas morning. All are welcome to join us.

There will not be services on Christmas eve this year (everyone is encouraged to join other congregations across the city for the traditional evening or midnight services). With regret we have also cancelled our 10:30am service on 27th December.

The normal pattern of worship will resume on Sunday 3rd January.