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.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Organ Concerts 2017

This year, our season of lunchtime organ recitals is slightly delayed due to our roof works. Now the work is complete, we’re looking forward to restarting the concerts! All are welcome to enjoy listening to talented musicians playing our wonderful organ.

Thursday 29 June • 12:30 to 1:20 • York Central Methodist ChurchYO1 8NQ • Philip Moore (Organist Emeritus, York Minster) 
Thursday 6 July • 12:30 to 1:20 • York Central Methodist ChurchYO1 8NQ • Phillip Sangwine (St Mary’s, Beverley) 
Thursday 20 July • 12:30 to 1:20 • York Central Methodist ChurchYO1 8NQ • Philip Luke (Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church) 
Thursday 3 August • 12:30 to 1:20 • York Central Methodist ChurchYO1 8NQ • Tim Hone (All Saints’, Pavement, York) 
Thursday 17 August • 12:30 to 1:20 • York Central Methodist ChurchYO1 8NQ • Paul Dewhurst (Leeds Minster) 
Thursday 31 August • 12:30 to 1:20 • York Central Methodist ChurchYO1 8NQ • Philip Paul (York Central Methodist Church)
Thursday 7 September • 12:30 to 1:20 • York Central Methodist ChurchYO1 8NQ • Nicholas Page (Parish of Osbaldwick with Murton)
Thursday 21 September • 12:30 to 1:20 • York Central Methodist ChurchYO1 8NQ • Edmund Aldhouse (Ely Cathedral) 
Thursday 5 October • 12:30 to 1:20 • York Central Methodist ChurchYO1 8NQ • Maximillian Elliott (St Olave’s, York) 
admission free / retiring collection

 

Pentecost

Pentecost is the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter (the name comes from the Greek pentekoste, “fiftieth”).

For the season of Pentecost, we’ve changed the hanging banner and pulpit fall in the chapel.

The following prayer appears in the Methodist Worship Book in the service for the day of Pentecost:

Gracious God,
whose Spirit helps us in our weakness
and guides us in our prayers,
we pray for the Church and for the world
in the name of Jesus Christ.

Renew the life and faith of the Church;
strengthen our witness
and make us one in Christ. 

Grant that we and all who confess that Christ is Lord
may be faithful in your service
and filled with the Spirit,
that the world may be turned to you.

MWB pg 176 (C)1999 Trustees for Methodist Church purposes.

Easter 2017

 

He is Risen!

Easter is about more than egg hunts, bunnies and extra days off work.

Come and worship the risen Lord with us at Central. Services at 10:30am and 6:30pm.

Holy Week and Easter 2017

Holy week and Easter are a very special time to Christians, so there are a number of special services and events occurring which everyone is welcome to join.

Palm Sunday (9th April): Services at Central at 10:30am (Family all-age worship led by Circuit children & families worker) and 6:30pm (Holy Communion led by our minster).

Holy Week Monday: Lent lunchtime discussion group room 1 at Central

Maundy Thursday: Services around the circuit at various times. eg 2pm New Earswick Chapel or 7.30pm Stillingfleet Chapel.

Good Friday: Services around the circuit at various times, plus Walk of witness with the cross from Parliament St, followed by Ecumenical service at York Minster. (6.45pm & 7:30pm).

Easter Sunday: 9am: Easter breakfast at Central, 10:30am: Worship at Central, including Holy Communion, led by Rev Dr Michael Chester, 6:30pm: Worship led by Vic Paylor.

 

Roof works at Central

Work starts at Central Methodist Church in St Saviourgate York to address urgent roof repairs.

Last year, Central Methodist Church successfully applied for the grant through the Government-funded Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund. Further funding was obtained from the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme and the wider Methodist Church. Work begins by local firms JMark Construction and Mass architects to put the plans into action on Monday 13th March, to be complete by early June.

It is hoped that the repairs grade 2* listed chapel 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 three 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.

Angie Creswick, York Methodist circuit resources manager said “’The outcome of the project is to secure this important 1840 Grade II* listed building from further water ingress and stabilise the highly ornamented plaster ceiling pending the development of future conservation projects. The chapel includes a balcony and seats over 1000 people with original box pews and a large historic pipe organ.”

The congregation meets weekly for worship and the building provides spaces for several local charities and community events. Carecent, a charity providing breakfast for homeless people, has been based at the church for over 30 years.

Lent 2017 at Central

In the word of our minister, “May God bless us this Lent as we engage in journeying with our Lord on his way to the cross and beyond”.

There will be a service of Holy Communion with the imposition of Ashes on Wednesday 1st March at 12:45pm at Central.

We will be studying the booklet “Holiness and Justice” in our Lent groups this year. There will be meetings planned for Monday lunchtimes at 12:30pm at Central starting on March 13th and running for 5 weeks until 10th April. All are welcome to meet and discuss.

Maundy Thursday (April 13th) services at New Earswick (2pm) and Stillingfleet (7pm)

Good Friday (April 14th) services at Heworth (10am) and New Earswick (2pm)

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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