All change

After ten years of faithful service in the York circuit, this summer Revd Chris Humble will be leaving Central for County Durham.

Chris’s final service as minister at Central will be held on Sunday 9th July at 6:30pm, at which we’ll be joined by many of Chris’s ecumenical colleagues. Refreshments will be served after the service, and we’d be very pleased if as many people as possible were able to share in this event as we give thanks for Chris’s ministry.

From September (the start of the Methodist year), our minister will be Revd Rory Dalgleish (previously chaplain to the University of York). We’ll also be welcoming Judith Stoddart, who takes up a new role as city centre deacon based at Central.

The changes are exciting for Central, our city, and circuit. We will continue to keep Chris, Rory, Judith and their families in our prayers as they make their transitions.






Easter 2017


He is Risen!

Easter is about more than egg hunts, bunnies and extra days off work.

Come and worship the risen Lord with us at Central. Services at 10:30am and 6:30pm.

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.


Lent 2017 at Central

In the word of our minister, “May God bless us this Lent as we engage in journeying with our Lord on his way to the cross and beyond”.

There will be a service of Holy Communion with the imposition of Ashes on Wednesday 1st March at 12:45pm at Central.

We will be studying the booklet “Holiness and Justice” in our Lent groups this year. There will be meetings planned for Monday lunchtimes at 12:30pm at Central starting on March 13th and running for 5 weeks until 10th April. All are welcome to meet and discuss.

Maundy Thursday (April 13th) services at New Earswick (2pm) and Stillingfleet (7pm)

Good Friday (April 14th) services at Heworth (10am) and New Earswick (2pm)

Covenant Service

‘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

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Advent and Christmas 2016

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, 4th December10.30amworship led by Stephen Peaker (gift service)
Sunday, 4th December4.00pmcircuit service at Haxby & Wigginton
Sunday, 11th December10.30amworship led by Revd Christopher Humble (holy communion)
Sunday, 11th December6:30pmworship led by Prof Edward Royle
Saturday, 17th December1:30 to 3pmCarol singing in Kings Square in aid of 'Action for Children'
Sunday, 18th December10.30amworship led by John Freeman
Sunday, 18th December4:00pmCarol service
Monday, 19th December12:30pmAdvent group looking at Hymns, Carols & Poems (meets in Carecent room 9)
Thursday 22nd December3:30pmSing Along Community Carol Service:
Sunday, 25th December10.00amChristmas Day worship led by Revd Christopher Humble
Sunday, 1st JanuaryMorning and EveningNo service
Exterior view of Central Methodist Church in winter.

Exterior view of Central Methodist Church in winter.


Sung Communion at Central

The following article by our Minister appeared in the circuit newsletter, we thought we’d share it here as well:

We have developed over the last few years at Central a style which makes full use of the rubric of the Methodist Worship Book in the Holy Communion Ordinary 2 Service where it says “ musical settings other than those printed may be used” p198 MWB. At Central we often use the David Thorne St Thomas Mass setting for Holy Communion Services with a sung kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus & Benedictus, Acclamation and Agnus Dei. We also often use the items in the “liturgical settings” of Singing the Faith which have a variety of kyries, glorias, prayers settings and other short songs which can easily be used as sung response for prayers.
This style may be unfamiliar to many Methodists. The Book of Offices 1936 made provision for the Gloria “to be sung or said”- note the order of the wording, with sung been cited first as if it was the preferred option. Settings for sung responses to the Commandments were offered in the back of MHB.
Some Methodist Churches sang Morning Prayer each week with sung Benedictus, Te Deum and the appointed psalm and other churches sang the canticles and psalms to chants from the authorized hymn book or from other sources. Technically the Order of Morning Prayer was not part of the Book of Offices but the service was printed with it! This oddity illuminates our inter-twined nature with the Church of England as “mother” where singing such offices was the norm at that time. Using the authorized liturgy and additional material has always been part of the rich mix of Methodist worship.
So why not give it a go sometime? You could try something different at your church which might enrich the worship or you could join us at Central sometime and discover what we do. Methodist worship does not have to be boring or monochrome! It is possible to engage the whole congregation in participation other than speaking. Methodism was born in song after all.
Following on from Stainer’s Crucifixion being sung as part of worship on Palm Sunday we will have a different form of service with musical input led by John Bradbury and some choristers on Sunday 19 June in the evening.
We hope that something a bit different from the five hymn sandwich might be part of what we offer on a quarterly basis.

Christopher Humble

Scandinavian Choral Festival

Scandinavian Choral Festival – Saturday 21 May 6.30pm at Central

Philip Paul writes: with my Scandinavian connections is always a pleasure to see and hear the Norwegian choirs at Central each May. Each year there seem to be more choirs. This year there will be 7 of them !

They will be joined by the York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir, who I will also be very pleased to see and hear since they are one of our established ‘resident choirs’, who rehearse on our premises every week.

The concert begins at 6.30pm and admission is free!

More details on this poster.

In addition to the concert, the Norwegian choir “Tønsberg Sangforening” will be singing at our morning service on Sunday 22 May at 10:30.