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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
Central Methodist Church presents
Sing Along Carol Concert
22nd December 3:30-4:30pm
all donations to charity and church roof fund
Christmas Cafe 1:30-3:30pm
Hot drink, Squash, Soup and Cake
Including family favourites: Oh little Town of Bethlehem & Hark the Herald Angel.
featuring arrangements by PRIMA Vocal Ensemble
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 December||10.30am||worship led by Stephen Peaker (gift service)|
|Sunday, 4th December||4.00pm||circuit service at Haxby & Wigginton|
|Sunday, 11th December||10.30am||worship led by Revd Christopher Humble (holy communion)|
|Sunday, 11th December||6:30pm||worship led by Prof Edward Royle|
|Saturday, 17th December||1:30 to 3pm||Carol singing in Kings Square in aid of 'Action for Children'|
|Sunday, 18th December||10.30am||worship led by John Freeman|
|Sunday, 18th December||4:00pm||Carol service|
|Monday, 19th December||12:30pm||Advent group looking at Hymns, Carols & Poems (meets in Carecent room 9)|
|Thursday 22nd December||3:30pm||Sing Along Community Carol Service:|
|Sunday, 25th December||10.00am||Christmas Day worship led by Revd Christopher Humble|
|Sunday, 1st January||Morning and Evening||No service|