It is somewhat of a tradition for Central to host a series of Organ recitals on Thursday lunchtimes throughout the summer months. We’re proud of the instrument and enjoy hearing a a variety of talented organists play.
Everyone is welcome, and no admission fee is charged. A collection is taken at the end to which donations are welcome but not obligatory.
During advent, our annual series of talk and lunches will be taking a different format. We will be following York Course’s “Making Room”. This course was produced (very shortly before his sudden death) by Rev David Gamble, a former minster at Central.
For many of us life is full of things to do, people to see, responsibilities and chores. We can sometimes feel there’s not enough time or space in our lives for the people and things that really matter. Maybe we even find it difficult to find or make space for God? This course uses New Testament stories to help us consider why and how we make room for what really does matter.
Part 1 – Tuesday 24th November
Part 2 – Tuesday 1st December
Part 3 – Tuesday 8th December
Part 4 – Tuesday 15th December
Soup will be served from 12 noon, discussion group begins at 12:30pm and will last for now more than an hour.
The Methodist church give all their ministers a three month sabbatical every 7 years and Rev Chris Humble is taking his sabbatical starting from 10th May – 10th August this year.
We wish him well as he explores, among other things, the welcome offered in a variety of places to inform our own work here at Central.
While Chris is away, the circuit superintendent Minister, Leslie Newton, will take over the remit for Central. If you need a minister during this period he can be contacted on 01904491224 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bear in mind that Leslie also has many other responsibilities!
Our Lent talks series this year follow the theme Last Words — Jesus’s last words from the cross. We begin with an Ash Wednesday communion service led by Revd Roy Kilner at 12.45 on Wednesday, 18th February. For the talks themselves our own minister, Revd Christopher Humble, is joined by two other ministers in the York circuit for talks on Wednesdays at 12.45. A light lunch is available from 11.45.
Wednesday, 4th March: Revd David Godfrey
Wednesday, 11th March: Revd Christopher Humble
Wednesday, 18th March: Revd Christopher Humble
Wednesday, 25th March: Revd Peter Howard
Advent is the season of preparation for the celebration of Christmas. Here at Central we are continuing our regular Advent Wednesday lunchtime talks this year, this time following the overall theme of What do the Wesleys have to say to us today? Light lunches are available from 11.45, with the talks themselves starting at 12.45.
On Wednesday, 3rd December Revd Leslie Newton (superintendent minister in the York Methodist circuit) opens on the theme of Charles Wesley’s missionary activity in America.
On Wednesday, 10th December Revd Canon Peter Moger (Precentor of York Minster) will speak on “And show thy real presence here”: the Eucharistic theology of Charles Wesley.
On Wednesday, 17th December our own minister Revd Christopher Humble will round up the series on the theme Any other business?
The Methodist church we know today grew out of the ministry of John and Charles Wesley in the eighteenth century: you’d be most welcome to come along and join us as we explore their relevance for the 21st century church.
The York Musical Society are putting on a family Christmas concert (with audience carols) at Central at 7pm on Tuesday, 9th December. The YMS choir regularly rehearse at Central and we’re delighted to be able to host their Christmas concert.
Tickets will be available on the door for £10 (under 12s free).
Central Methodist Church wishes to appoint a Project Manager on a six month fixed term contract to be appointed as soon as possible. The Project Manager will be implementing the Transforming Central plan. Further details and job description available from Chris Humble, Philip Paul or Ian Miller. Applicants to send CV to email@example.com by 23 Nov.
We’re lucky in our York circuit to have as one of our local preachers Prof Edward Royle, emeritus professor of history at the University of York. Ted has written extensively on topics to do with the nineteenth century, religious ideas and the church in Yorkshire. Recently he brought together all those interests and more in a series of talks he gave at Acomb Methodist Church as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.
The lectures explore the roots of Methodism with the intention of uncovering charateristics particular to Methodism and their relevance to us today.
Ted’s first talk is about Methodist history and organisation: