Central Methodist Church York has received £21,400 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

  • We were among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the second round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund 
  • This award will allow us to keep our building’s historic facilities open to the whole community, providing affordable space that brings different groups together and facilitates the work of people in all parts of society.
  • Nearly £400 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including our church in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced in April.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

This brings the Government’s total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery Fund so far to more than £1.2 billion across over 5,000 individual cultural and heritage organisations and sites.

The second round of awards will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead. 

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Ros Kerslake, CEO of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:

“Spring is definitely here, bringing not only sunshine but that sense of optimism and hope for the future. We are all looking forward to heritage places and other visitor attractions reopening and I am very pleased that we have been able to support DCMS in delivering this vital funding to ensure the UK’s heritage sector can rebuild and thrive, boosting local economies, creating jobs and supporting personal wellbeing.” 

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said:

“The value of our heritage sites and the people who run them has been amply demonstrated, as they have provided an anchor for so many of us through the dark days of the last year. Vital grants from the Culture Recovery Fund have helped them survive and will now help them recover, as the places we all cherish start to reopen in the months ahead.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England as well as the British Film Institute and Arts Council England 

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund 

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.  Follow @HeritageFundUK on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund   

About Historic England

We are Historic England, the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment, from beaches and battlefields to parks and pie shops. We protect, champion and save the places that define who we are and where we’ve come from as a nation. We care passionately about the stories they tell, the ideas they represent and the people who live, work and play among them. Working with communities and specialists we share our passion, knowledge and skills to inspire interest, care and conservation, so everyone can keep enjoying and looking after the history that surrounds us all.

Sunday Worship from 9th May

We will be re-opening our church building for our 10.30am Sunday Worship from 9th May. Every fortnight thereafter we shall be in church and on Zoom, with the alternate weeks on Zoom only. The dates are below for May and June.


The government rules regarding social distancing, mask wearing etc will all need to be adhered to, just as they were in the few services we have had in the building since the start of the Pandemic.

The leadership team are aware that there are mixed feelings and views about returning to church. Some of you will be raring to get back, others will be more anxious. Please do what is best for you to keep yourself safe and healthy, in mind as well as body. We don’t forsee things being back to ‘normal’ until well after the end of June, maybe even September.

In all this however, there is much hope to be found. Hope from vaccinations and the easing of restrictions, but more than that, the hope that whatever happens, God is with us.

With love,
Judith

May 9th: Church and Zoom
May 16th: Zoom
May23rd: Church and Zoom
May 30th: Zoom
June 6th: Church and Zoom
June 13th: Zoom
June 20th: Church and Zoom
June 27th: Zoom

What’s going on at Central?

For the past few weeks, the Central church community has again been meeting online on Zoom, rather than in our building. This is likely to continue for a few more weeks throughout the Holy Week and Easter season..

Deacon Judith will be leading a short service at 7.30pm on Maundy Thursday – Zoom link and more details available on our Facebook page.

And throughout Holy Week, across the Circuit there are other options …
There are video meditations available to watch on the Circuit Facebook and YouTube channel which have been created by the District.
There will also be a short zoom Morning Prayer at 9am from Monday to Saturday of Holy Week- zoom link available from Ruth Duck.
Ruth Duck will be leading a Maundy Thursday service at 6.30pm (contact Ruth for the link).
There will also be zoom meditations on Maundy Thursday at 7pm and Good Friday at 2pm (contact Keith Albans or yorkcircuitoffice@gmail.com for the link).

We’ll meet together on Zoom for Easter day celebrations for the second time, and in a few weeks we’ll start to try meeting again in the chapel – hopefully with a Zoom connection for those who prefer to stay at home.

Meanwhile, we are beginning to accept bookings for use of our city centre halls for groups which can meet government guidelines.

Worship in chapel AND online

Organ Vespers for Harvest

This short service will take the form of music from the organ, readings and prayers, themed around Harvest and Celebrating God’s gifts to us.

11th October 2020 2.30pm

We’re really looking forward to seeing some folk at Central this Sunday afternoon for Organ Vespers. It’s not going to be Church as we know it though, so we need to give you some advance warning that there are certain things that we must do in the Chapel to comply with Covid /government guidelines.

These will be as follows:-

On arrival you will be asked to ‘check in’ using the QR code which will be on display, or alternatively write down your contact details (name and tel number) for Track and Trace purposes.

– Hand sanitiser (provided) to be used on entering and exiting- Face masks will need to be worn (unless you have an exemption)

– A one way system will be in place to enter and exit the building- Some pews will be closed to allow the required social distancing- You are only able to sit with someone from your own household / support bubble.

– We have to keep service times to a minimum and therefore must encourage everyone to be seated as soon as they arrive and then leave promptly at the end of the service.

That said, and technology willing, the service we be streamed on Facebook too! You’ll be able to find the Live stream from 2:25pm onwards at https://www.facebook.com/CentralMethodistChurchYork/. Live streams are available to viewers with or without a Facebook account.

Both live streaming and meeting ‘in person’ in our Chapel are experiments for us – we’d welcome all your feedback after the event.

Being church at Central during the Coronavirus

There will be no services in our building for the foreseeable future at Central Methodist Church York, but just because we are not meeting for public worship does not mean we cease to be church. We can continue to be a praying, worshipping fellowship even when we aren’t in the church building.

We’ll be keeping in regular touch with each other via phone and other means – we have a small Facebook group [search for ‘Central Methodist (York) virtuallers’ ].

We’ll be praying for the church family and the community around us, and caring for the physical and spiritual needs of those around us.

We’ll use ‘worship at home’ service sheets, as published nationally: https://www.methodist.org.uk/…/worship-during-the-coronavi…/

If you feel you, or someone close to you, needs help with anything, then do not be afraid to contact Deacon Judith.