Pentecost

Pentecost is the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter (the name comes from the Greek pentekoste, “fiftieth”).

For the season of Pentecost, we’ve changed the hanging banner and pulpit fall in the chapel.

The following prayer appears in the Methodist Worship Book in the service for the day of Pentecost:

Gracious God,
whose Spirit helps us in our weakness
and guides us in our prayers,
we pray for the Church and for the world
in the name of Jesus Christ.

Renew the life and faith of the Church;
strengthen our witness
and make us one in Christ. 

Grant that we and all who confess that Christ is Lord
may be faithful in your service
and filled with the Spirit,
that the world may be turned to you.

MWB pg 176 (C)1999 Trustees for Methodist Church purposes.

Central Methodist Church York receives £49,900

News Release

Central Methodist Church York receives £49,900

Central Methodist Church in St Saviourgate York will benefit from £49,900 to address urgent roof repairs.

Central Methodist Church successfully applied for the grant through the Government-funded Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund.

The grant will fund 53% of a project to make roof repairs to the grade 2* listed chapel. It is hoped that the repairs will make the roof water tight and prevent further water damage. At the same time the ornate ceiling will be strengthened to preserve it for future generations.  In the meantime the church and halls remain open for bookings six days a week, as well as continuing our traditional Sunday morning and evening services to which all are welcome.

Over the last two years Central Methodist Church has invested over £200,000 of its own funds seeking to find new ways of conserving and adapting the city centre church and its ancillary buildings for the continuing benefit and welfare of the community of the city and its visitors.

Richard Ramsden, ‘Transforming Central’ project manager said “We’ve recently hosted events for schools, choirs, tourist attractions, charities and businesses. This grant will benefit all users of the chapel, and once the work is complete will widen the possibilities for new organisations and activities to join us.”

 This money is part of a wider funding package of £22.9million to 401 historic places of worship across the UK. The fund was launched by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement in December 2014 and the funding package has now seen a total of 903 places of worship across the UK receive a share of £55million.

 The Fund is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

A full list of awards across the UK can be found at www.gov.uk/dcms or www.lpowroof.org.uk

 

ENDS

 

Notes to editors

 

Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund

The Fund was open to organisations, trusts and congregations of all faiths and denominations with the responsibility of looking after a listed place of worship. To be eligible for funding buildings were required to be listed and used for public worship.  Places of worship that had received a previous repair grant from English Heritage, Historic Scotland, Cadw, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, the Heritage Lottery Fund and/or other National Lottery distributor, and where that project is not yet finished, were not eligible to apply.

The total funding package for the Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund is £55million. This includes grant awards, a grant increase contingency fund and the cost of administering the fund.

More information on the fund can be found at www.lpowroof.org.uk

 

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) was set up in 1980 to save the most outstanding parts of our national heritage, in memory of those who have given their lives for the UK. It is to receive £20m Government grant in aid between 2011-15 allowing for an annual budget of £4m-£5m. More information can be found at www.nhmf.org.uk

 

Rascals in the city

We’re delighted to announce that Little Green Rascals Day Nursery is opening a pop-up cafe and playroom at Central for the summer. It opens on Monday 18th at 10am. The cafe will be serving some delicious organic and locally sourced food and there will be lots to keep your Rascals (children) occupied.

We’re proud to support something dedicated to families. Please pop in and see the friendly staff and enjoy some relaxing family time with a yummy organic coffee! We look forward to welcoming you to our premises.13738163_1798631647035917_6943893429503473047_o

 

For more details, see the ‘Rascals in the City’ facebook page.

175th anniversary of the organ’s dedication

We have discovered that on the 2nd July this year, our organ will be 175 years old, counting from the original dedication service. We’ve even found a printed order sheet from that service!

We think that’s worth commemorating, so we’re planning a whole afternoon of organ related celebrations:

2pm – Recital by celebrated Organist John Scott Whiteley

  • Reger – Variations and Fugue on ‘God Save The Queen’
  • Bach – Schmücke Dich BWV654)
  • Bach – Toccata and Fugue in F (BWV540)
  • Samuel Wesley – Airs for the Royal Seraphine
  • Saint-Saëns – Prelude and Fugue in B Major
  • Francis Jackson – Improvisation on ‘Remember For Good’
  • Francis Jackson – Choral in B
  • Francis Jackson – Festival Toccata

3pm (approx) – ‘console hands on’ – Try playing the organ for yourselves under the eye of expert advisers.

3.30pm  – short act of worship to give thanks for the the use of the organ.

4.15pm – afternoon tea  (followed by a further ‘console hands on’).

All are welcome to every aspect of the afternoon, and there will be no charge.

The organ case

The organ case

Summer Organ Concerts 2016

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.

For up-to-date details of dates and organists please see: http://www.organrecitals.com/1/recitals0.php?venue=ycmc

 

 

Making Room (Advent lunches 2015)

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.

All are welcome.

 

 

Minister’s Sabbatical

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 superintendent@yorkmethodist.org.uk. Please bear in mind that Leslie also has many other responsibilities!

Lent Talks 2015

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

All are welcome.

Walk with us towards Easter

Advent 2014

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.