Advent and Christmas 2019

Advent is the season of preparation for the celebration of Christmas. It’s an important time in the life of our church. Here is a selection of activities during Advent and Christmas at Central.

Sunday 1 December 10:30am – Worship led by local preacher Dr Stephen Leah. Gift service – if you are able please bring gifts of suitable food items for York Foodbank.

Sunday 1 December 6:30pm – Evening worship led by Rev Rory Dalgliesh including holy communion.

Monday 2 December – 12 noon Oasis open church followed by Footsteps through Advent with Godly Play 1 – 2.15pm. ‘The Holy Family’

Sunday 8 December – 10:30am – Morning worship – Leslie Newton will be preaching after participating in the Little Big Sleep Out in the courtyard the night before.

Monday 9 December 12 noon Oasis open church followed by Footsteps through Advent with Godly Play 1 – 2.15pm. ‘Creation’

Sunday 15 December 10:30am – worship led by Rev Rory Dalgliesh including holy communion.

Sunday 15 December 3pm – Community carol service led by Deacon Judith Stoddart.  Gather from 2.30pm for mince pies and mulled wine (non alcoholic).

Monday 16 December – 12 noon Oasis open church followed by Footsteps through Advent with Godly Play 1 – 2.15pm. ‘The Flood and the Ark’

Sunday 22 December – 10:15am – Morning carols at St Columba’s URC 

Monday 23 December 12 noon Oasis open church followed by Footsteps through Advent with Godly Play 1 – 2.15pm. “The Great Family”

Wednesday 25th December 10am – Christmas day service led by Deacon Judith Stoddart.

Sunday 29th December 10:30am – Morning worship led by Local preacher John Freeman

 

Our banner for Advent
Our banner for advent

Bread Church

Baking bread, exploring faith and building community together.

Starts Sunday 2nd June, 10am.

Meeting in the Carecent room at Central Methodist Church

This is a place where all are welcome.

A gathering place where we bake bread together, eat together and have the opportunity to explore the Christian faith together.

A safe space where there is freedom to ask questions and freedom to say nothing. Simply come as you are, join us at the table, bake and then eat bread together.

Holy Week and Easter at Central


You are welcome to join us for the following services during Holy week:

  • Palm Sunday (14th April) – 10:30am Morning Service led by Hilary Blake (jointly with St Columba’s URC); 6.30pm Evening Holy Communion led by Rev Rory Dalgliesh.
  • Maundy Thursday (18th April) – 7pm evening service led by Central worship leaders.
  • Good Friday (19th April) – 7pm Ecumenical service for Good Friday at Central (this is instead of previous years’ walk of witness and Minster service – all are welcome)
  • Easter Sunday (21st April) – 10:30am – Morning celebration of communion led by Rev Rory Dalgliesh. 6:30pm Evening service Celebration of Easter led by Deacon Judith Stoddart.

Covenant Service 2019

‘I am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing,
put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you,
or laid aside for you,
exalted for you,
or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours.’

The Methodist Covenant Prayer

We’ll be holding our annual covenant service at Central on the 13th January. It is a service which many Methodists celebrate as one of the most important in the year. You can find more information about the tradition on the Methodist Church website.

Our service on the 13th January will start at 10:30am, and everyone is welcome to join us whether you are sharing in a Covenant Service for the first time, have done it annually for many years, or simply want to watch what others do. The service includes communion to which everyone is invited to take part.

Refreshments and chat available afterwards.

Services for Christmas 2018

Over the Christmas season we will be meeting for the following services:

  • 23rd December 10.30am – Holy Communion led by Rev Rory Dalgliesh.
  • 25th December 10am – all age worship led by Hilary Blake.
  • 30th December 10.30am – Morning worship led by Rev John Schofield.

Visitors and newcomers are always welcome to all our worship.

There are no afternoon or evening services at this time.

Community Carol Service 2018

Poster

Sunday 16th December 2018 at 3pm

Carols for Advent and Christmas. Everyone welcome, family-friendly free event.

Service will include well known carols that everyone can sing, as well as performances by the Prima Vocal Ensemble

Gather from 2:30pm with mince pies and non-alcoholic mulled wine. To help us cater sufficiently, please indicate you’re coming on our Facebook event page!

“Come to God’s house,
you who have much faith
and you who would like to have more;
you who have been here often
and you who have not been here for a long time;
you who have tried to follow Jesus
and you who have failed. Come.
It is Christ who invites us to meet him here.”

Organ Vespers 25th November 2018

Organ Vespers

Sunday 25th November 6.30pm

The organ case

Drawing on a similar service in the German Lutheran tradition we offer a new approach which focuses on organ music appropriate to a time in the church year or special theme.
There are also some appropriate readings and the opportunity to join singing one or two hymns from the Methodist tradition.

On this occasion we mark the church anniversary, “Stir up Sunday”, the festival of Christ the King and look forward to the start of Advent.

All are welcome.

Heritage Open Day 2018 – Extraordinary Women

For heritage open days this year, The church will be open from 10am to 4pm on the Saturday (15th September) and noon to 4 pm on the Sunday (16th September). This coincides with our Harvest festival celebrations.

Our church is a Grade 11* listed building built in 1840, one of the few chapels of its period still in regular use as intended. It has an imposing classical facade incorporating a giant three bay portico of unfluted Ionic columns and pediment. The interior is horse-shoe shaped with a gallery on three sides supported by nine pillars.

You’ll be very welcome to pop in and have a look around the chapel; some of us will be around to answer any questions you may have.  You should have an opportunity to hear what is generally regarded as one of the best organs in the city. There will also be time and space to sit quietly and pray.

The theme of this year’s heritage open days is extraordinary women, so we’re very pleased to be partnering with Carecent, Kyra, Serendipity and York Chocolate Story (i.e. important users of our building!). There will be displays from all of these organisations including our own display on Susannah Wesley, an extraordinary Methodist. We’re proud of our heritage, and it’s not all about the building!

During the day on Saturday and Sunday afternoon in the chapel there will be organ music with a focus on music by women composers, Floral arrangements as part of our traditional harvest celebrations, and the Courtyard garden will be open to the Carecent room where teas and coffees will be served.

Everyone is welcome to join us for worship on Sunday morning at 10:30am, when Rev Rory Dalgliesh will lead our service for Harvest festival.