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.

 

World’s biggest coffee morning

Coffee Morning

We’re holding a Coffee Morning to raise money for Macmillan.

When

10:30AM – 12:30 on 8 October 2016

Where

Central Methodist Church
St. Saviourgate
York
YO1 8NQ

RSVP

What is Coffee Morning?

If you can’t come but would still like to give a donation to Macmillan just text CUPCAKE to 70550 (one text=£5), go to macmillan.org.uk/coffee or phone 0845 074 2606.

Texts cost £5 plus network charge. Macmillan will receive 95p of every £1 donated in this way. Obtain bill payers permission first.

Posada

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.

Our community survey starts now!

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:

  1. Deepen the Churches understanding of the local community
  2. Ensure any potential projects will meet real needs
  3. Create a sense of local ownership and participation
  4. Avoid unnecessary duplication of provision
  5. 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.

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Community Survey

We’re very pleased to be commissioning Deacon Ian Cartwright of Imagine Projects to undertake a survey of community needs in the Guildhall Ward.

This research will:

  • Give local people a say in the future of their community
  • Avoid unnecessary duplication of provision
  • Deepen the Churches understanding of the local community
  • Ensure any potential projects will meet real needs
  • Create a sense of local ownership and participation

The research will also help the Church to deliver mission whilst engaging the community through the project. The project 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.

So far there’s been a Project inception meeting, some Desktop research and last week say the first Stakeholder focus group. To follow will be some Community engagement, Market testing focus groups, a Final debrief and then the Implementation.

The most visible part of this process will be a survey to all homes and businesses in our locality.

We’re very much looking forward to the results of this work to inform the rest of our Transforming Central project.