Advent and Christmas 2017

In advent 2017 we’re following a 4 week course, written by Revd Lucy Winkett.: “So What are you waiting for?”.  The season of Advent bends time itself. And for us, time drags or speeds by, depending on our circumstances and stage of life. Our attitude to time gives us clues about our attitude towards God.It’s a cliche to say that we live our lives often waiting for life to start, but that’s what many people experience, until they realise that they were living their lives all along. Whether you’re always in a hurry or have too much time on your hands, this course is for you, as we explore a spiritual life that encourages us to be active in the chronological world, and rooted in Kairos, God’s time.

The groups will meet on a Monday lunchtime at 12 noon (27th November, 4th Dec, 11th Dec and 18th Dec),

We will share lunch together first (soup and a roll) before beginning our discussions. All are very welcome to join us. (If you haven’t already, please let Deacon Judith know if you are attending.)

 

Other events during this season:

3rd December  – 10:30am Christmas Gift Service (Kyra are coming to speak about their work). 5:15pm Advent procession at York Minster.

10th December – 2nd Sunday of Advent. 10:30am Holy Communion. 4pm evening service

17th December – 3rd Sunday of Advent, 10:30am morning service, 3pm Community Carol Service.

24th December – Christmas Eve – 10.30am morning service only

25th December – Christmas Day service 10am.

31st December – New Year’s Eve – 10.30am morning service only.

 

Chapel Anniversary 2017

5th November at Central

On Sunday 5th November Revd Steve Wild (District Chair for Cornwall, ex-President of the Methodist Conference) will be preaching at Central Methodist in York.  Central would like to invite others to join us for worship at both 10.30am and 4pm.

We generally celebrate our ‘anniversary’ on the first Sunday in November, celebrating the years since the union of the Centenary and Wesley congregations and further to the earlier history of Methodism in York.

As the afternoon service is at 4pm it should be finished in good time to allow you to use public transport to get to Central.

Yorkshire Marathon

Something different for Marathon Sunday at Central:
8th October is the day of the Yorkshire Marathon.
Knowing that transport is tricky for many when roads are closed, we’re doing something different. Our church will be open soon after 9am, with Tea, Coffee and biscuits in the vestibule.
At 10:30am in the vestibule there will be a short said service.  This will probably only be 15 minute long. The door will be open and hopefully coffee and conversation flowing until about 12:30pm.
All are most welcome, if you are able to make it at some point during the morning then please drop in, and bring your friends!
(The communion service previously planned for this day, will instead be held on the 15th October, still led by Revd Graham Carter.)

Central Welcomes Students

Just a short note for any new or current students attending York St John University or the University of York this academic year.

Come alone or bring a friend, as a one off or make it a habit. We are very close to the St John Central accommodation, and convenient for buses from the UoY campus. There aren’t currently many students who regularly come to Central Methodist Church, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t be very welcome.

Most of our worship is traditional in style, and normally happens at 10:30am and 6:30pm every Sunday. We always have refreshments and chat after the service. Keep an eye on @YorkChurch or our Facebook page for regular updates. You can also browse the full preaching plan.

Use comments below if you’d like to get in touch.

Central’s Prayer tree

Central's prayer tree

Deacon Judith Stoddart has introduced a new prayer tree at Central.

If you would like to our church community to pray for you, someone you know, or a particular situation, please write your request on a leaf and hang it on the tree.

The tree will be made available to all who use our buildings (including Carecent, Kyra and others), and the leaves changed and prayed for every week.

 

New ministerial team at Central

Deacon Judith Stoddart and Revd Rory Dalgliesh

On September 3rd 2017, Deacon Judith Stoddart (along with other new circuit staff) was welcomed to the York circuit at Acomb Methodist church. The annual welcome service marks the start of the Methodist year.

Judith will be serving  a Probationer Deacon at Central and working across the city centre. She was born in Neston, Cheshire but grew up in the North East of England. She worked in the insurance industry for twenty years before
sensing God was calling her to something else. This was
initially as a youth and family worker in a Methodist church, followed by a
surprising, compelling call into Diaconal Ministry.

We also welcome Rory as our new Presbyter Minster. Originally hailing from South Africa, Rory has worked for the last 11 years as Chaplain to the University of York. He’ll also have pastoral charge of Haxby and Wiggington Methodist Church.

In the picture above, Rory and Judith are holding a huge paper bag containing pieces of rock, with ‘Growing in Christ’ running through. We look forward to growing in Christ alongside them.

‘Growing in Christ’ Rock.

 

Heritage Open Day 2017

Our church will be open from 11am until 4pm on Saturday 9th September. This is officially part of the Heritage Open Days. The inside of our chapel is usually a wonderful surprise for residents who visit during the day.

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.  You may even have an opportunity to hear what is generally regarded as one of the best organs in the city. There will also be time and space to sit quietly and pray.

There’s no need to book in advance.

https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/central-methodist-church-york1

All change

After ten years of faithful service in the York circuit, this summer Revd Chris Humble will be leaving Central for County Durham.

Chris’s final service as minister at Central will be held on Sunday 9th July at 6:30pm, at which we’ll be joined by many of Chris’s ecumenical colleagues. Refreshments will be served after the service, and we’d be very pleased if as many people as possible were able to share in this event as we give thanks for Chris’s ministry.

From September (the start of the Methodist year), our minister will be Revd Rory Dalgleish (previously chaplain to the University of York). We’ll also be welcoming Judith Stoddart, who takes up a new role as city centre deacon based at Central.

The changes are exciting for Central, our city, and circuit. We will continue to keep Chris, Rory, Judith and their families in our prayers as they make their transitions.