There will be no services in our building for the foreseeable future at Central Methodist Church York, but just because we are not meeting for public worship does not mean we cease to be church. We can continue to be a praying, worshipping fellowship even when we aren’t in the church building.
We’ll be keeping in regular touch with each other via phone and other means – we have a small Facebook group [search for ‘Central Methodist (York) virtuallers’ ].
We’ll be praying for the church family and the community around us, and caring for the physical and spiritual needs of those around us.
We’ll use ‘worship at home’ service sheets, as published nationally: https://www.methodist.org.uk/…/worship-during-the-coronavi…/
If you feel you, or someone close to you, needs help with anything, then do not be afraid to contact Deacon Judith.
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.
The Posada is an Advent festival originating in Latin America that dramatises the search of Joseph and Mary for lodging. During Advent the figures, usually Joseph, Mary and a donkey, travel around the town or village stopping each night at a different venue where they are welcomed by the occupants. Sometimes friends are invited in to share the occasion. Those who welcome the Posada are encouraged to light a candle (included in the package) and reflect on the Christmas story and their response to the birth of God’s Son – Jesus.
There is also a ‘diary’ and camera to record the Posada’s journey and any response that the hosts wish to share.
Hosting the Posada is an opportunity to stop and think how the Christmas story of 2,000 years ago impacts on our lives today. We will do so against a background of many people making journeys from places of conflict and oppression in the hope of finding a welcome and new start.
The first journey will be on Advent Sunday and if we have sufficient volunteers the figures will then return to church for the Carol Concert on Tues 22 Dec.
The Transforming Central Community Survey is now live. You can contribute to our future by giving us a few moments of your time. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for events and happenings over the next month.
The Transforming Central Community Survey has five objectives:
- Deepen the Churches understanding of the local community
- Ensure any potential projects will meet real needs
- Create a sense of local ownership and participation
- Avoid unnecessary duplication of provision
- Give local people a say in the future of their community
Also the research will also help the Church to deliver mission whilst engaging the community through the project. It will also enable the Church to set clear goals for their mission and ministry and gain a credible understanding of the area in terms of needs and opportunities.