Footsteps through Advent with Godly Play

Everyone is invited to join us for our Advent course on Mondays 2, 9, 16 and 23 December from 1-2.15pm. You are welcome to come to any or all of the sessions; they share some common themes but each one is designed to make sense by itself as well.

We’ll be exploring sacred stories with time for listening, wondering, conversation and sharing. There will be a chance to respond to the story with art and craft materials.
Godly Play is suitable for absolutely all ages. Pre-school or home educated children are very welcome to attend with a parent, grandparent or carer.

You can find out more about the Godly Play approach to sharing stories by talking to Hilary or Judith at church, emailing hilaryblake81@gmail.com or looking at www.GodlyPlay.uk


The church will be open as usual for ‘Oasis’ from 12 noon to 1pm and you are welcome to bring a packed lunch to eat in that time. Free tea and coffee are available.

You are invited

You are invited to join a very special church.

We are church that meets in a very special building.

We are a church that exists to help people to grow and learn as Christians, through mutual support and care.

We are a church which is adapting in a changing world.

We are a church that is part of a larger connected community, the Methodist Connexion.

We are church of young and old.

We are a church that takes worship seriously.

We are a church where there is room for doubt and questions.

We are a church that exists to be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice.

We are a church that is yearning to serve it’s community.

We are a church where welcome is important.

We are a church where the welcome is for everyone.

We are a church that exists to make more followers of Jesus Christ.

We are a church with challenges.

We are a church with opportunities.

We are a church that exists to increase awareness of God’s presence and to celebrate God’s love.

Whatever your stage of faith or religious background, you are welcome to come and be part of our life together. We normally meet for worship on Sundays; For peace and quiet on Monday lunchtimes; Tea, cake and chat on Wednesday afternoons and sometimes other things at other times.

In the coming months we’ll be exploring more change in how we manage and use our buildings; and how our church life can be refreshed by that. We’d warmly welcome offers of time, talents and prayers from anyone in our church family and beyond. Please speak to a Minister or Steward.

Our Scaffolding has gone!

We are delighted to celebrate that the scaffolding that has been gracing the front of our church building for the last 7+ months has finally been removed.

Our front entrance ready for use

During November a section of lime mortar cornice fell from within the ceiling of our portico area. No-one was hurt but we clearly needed to get the problem fixed and keep the area out of use. As our building is grade 2* listed, these things take time to get properly approved. In the meantime the church has remained active and open for worship and rooms bookings.

We’re very grateful for all those within the Methodist circuit and beyond who have assisted in getting the work done, and to contractors and subcontractors who worked so efficiently once the necessary consents were in place.

It’s good to be able to use our front doors again, and take up our proper place on St Saviourgate.

Lent Lunches 2019

This year’s Lent Lunch resource is ‘Talking of God Together‘.


We will meet once a week for five weeks from 12pm, Monday 18th March, for a soup lunch. The sessions will finish at 2pm. All are welcome.

More details about the resources are available from the publisher.

(It would be helpful however if you could let Judith know in advance if you are joining us so she can make sure we have enough books – or sign up on the list in the hall. Thank you.)

Damage to Our Portico

At some point in the night of Wednesday 28th November, some lime-mortar plaster came away from the ceiling underneath the Portico at the front of our church. Thankfully, no one was hurt. On discovery, Church and circuit staff acted quickly to make the area as safe as possible.

We have sought specialist advice, and are waiting for a further inspection of the damage. Scaffolding is being erected to enable this inspection, and protect people from any further falling debris.

The front steps of the church and portico area are likely to be out of action for some time until we are advised that all is safe. All church activities and other room bookings will go ahead as normal, with access via the side entrance. We are open as usual!

We value our special building, and everyone who uses it. We’re grateful for everyone’s patience whilst we work to make sure the area is repaired safely and appropriately.

Happy new (Methodist) year

It is September and we have begun a new Church Year, a time we can hope of New Beginnings.

We Methodist Christians are lucky – we have two ‘New Years’. This one, starting in September (and echoing the educational year), marks a new annual cycle of Church events and celebrations.

Look out this year for us continuing things we’ve done before, letting some things go, and also trying some new things. Watch this space for more details!

A prayer for the new year:

Lord, we come to you in adoration for all that you have done for us over our lives.

We pray for a new beginning to help us to bring our churches into the 21st Century which will encompass everyone.

We pray for all of our Churches and all who work lovingly to bring your message to all those around them.  We pray that we can all have open minds  and hearts for your love and the ability to spread that love throughout the world.  Amen

Privacy

Due to changes in data protection legislation we need to draw your attention to the Privacy Notice produced by the Methodist Church.  This describes how we look after your personal data and your privacy rights and how the law protects you.

This Privacy Notice applies to local Churches, Circuits and Districts as well as the Connexion- it is not a template but a completed document that tells our members and contacts about how we manage the information we hold on them.

The Privacy Notice is available at https://www.tmcp.org.uk/about/data-protection/managing-trustees-privacy-notice

Central Welcomes Students

Just a short note for any new or current students attending York St John University or the University of York this academic year.

Come alone or bring a friend, as a one off or make it a habit. We are very close to the St John Central accommodation, and convenient for buses from the UoY campus. There aren’t currently many students who regularly come to Central Methodist Church, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t be very welcome.

Most of our worship is traditional in style, and normally happens at 10:30am and 6:30pm every Sunday. We always have refreshments and chat after the service. Keep an eye on @YorkChurch or our Facebook page for regular updates. You can also browse the full preaching plan.

Use comments below if you’d like to get in touch.

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