Lent and Easter 2018

Lent and Easter are important parts of the Christian calendar. There’s plenty going on at Central.


During Lent two small groups (Wednesday lunchtime and Friday evening) are meeting to discuss and consider the film ‘I, Daniel Blake’. Contact Deacon Judith if you’d like to join one of these groups – it’s not too late and you don’t need to be a church member.

Services during Lent and Easter:

Sunday 11th March 10:30am – Led by Deacon Judith – exploring our mission in the city through prayer, discussion and hearing stories from around our community. 4pm Service led by Revd Rory Dalgliesh will be a service of Holy Communion.

Sunday 18th March 10:30am – Led by Mrs Hilary Blake (change from published plan).

Sunday 25th March (Palm Sunday) 10:30am – All Age Worship led by Rev Rory Dalgleish. 6:30pm Worship led by Mrs Eliza Main.

Thursday 29th March (Maundy Thursday) – 7pm Tenebrae Service led by Deacon Judith Stoddart.

Friday 30th March (Good Friday) – 12pm – 3pm Church open for prayer and reflection.  6.45pm Good Friday Ecumenical Witness & Worship: Procession with the Cross from Parliament Street to York Minster; 7.30pm Churches Together Service in York Minster

Sunday 1st April (Easter Sunday). 10:30am Worship with Holy Communion led by Deacon Judith Stoddard and Dr John Schofield. 6:30pm Worship led by Rev john Schofield.


Lent on Central’s Facebook page

We have a Facebook page, where we normally post details of our services alongside any other relevant from our city and the world of Methodism. You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/CentralMethodistChurchYork/  Make sure you ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ to keep up-to-date.

The hymns that we sing are an important influence on our theology and hence the way we lead our lives. Singing has been at the heart of the Methodist story since it’s beginnings. The preface to the hymn book states “Singing hymns in worship assists us in meeting with the living God and helps us to grow in faith, discipleship and fellowship.” The same can be applied to using the words of hymns in personal reflection and prayer.

During Lent we’re going to be adding in a devotional and reflective element to our posts. Each day we’ll be posting the words of a hymn verse from our normal Hymn book,  Singing the Faith. If you have a favourite hymn, or have spotted something that particularly speaks to you, or something that helps you during Lent, then let us know and we’ll include it. There’s 40 days to fill!

Please get in touch with your suggestions using the comments form below.

Residents’ festival 2018

Central is open for visitors on Saturday  27th January from 11am-4pm. 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. 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’s website: http://www.visityork.org/residents-festival-attractions.aspx

Covenant service 2018

‘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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Community Carol Service at Central

Sunday 17th December 2017 at 3pm

Carols for Advent and Christmas. Everyone welcome, family-friendly free event.

Service will include well known carols that everyone can sing, as well as performances by the Prima Vocal Ensemble

Gather from 2:30pm with mince pies and non-alcoholic mulled wine. To help us cater sufficiently, please indicate you’re coming on our Facebook event page!

All enquiries to Deacon Judth Stoddart.


“Come to God’s house,
you who have much faith
and you who would like to have more;
you who have been here often
and you who have not been here for a long time;
you who have tried to follow Jesus
and you who have failed. Come.
It is Christ who invites us to meet him here.”

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. (Doors open an hour before – arrive early for a good seat!) No service at Central.


10th December – 2nd Sunday of Advent. 10:30am Holy Communion (H Freeston). 4pm evening service (R Dalgleish)

17th December – 3rd Sunday of Advent, 10:30am morning service(S Leah & Deacon J Stoddart), 3pm Community Carol Service.

24th December – Christmas Eve – 10.30am morning service only (B Taylor)

25th December – Christmas Day service 10am. (Deacon J Stoddart)

31st December – New Year’s Eve – 10.30am morning service only (P Wheeler).


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.)

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.