Just a short note for any new or current students attending York St John University or the University of York this academic year.
Come alone or bring a friend, as a one off or make it a habit. We are very close to the St John Central accommodation, and convenient for buses from the UoY campus. There aren’t currently many students who regularly come to Central Methodist Church, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t be very welcome.
Most of our worship is traditional in style, and normally happens at 10:30am and 6:30pm every Sunday. We always have refreshments and chat after the service. Keep an eye on @YorkChurch or our Facebook page for regular updates. You can also browse the full preaching plan.
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Deacon Judith Stoddart has introduced a new prayer tree at Central.
If you would like to our church community to pray for you, someone you know, or a particular situation, please write your request on a leaf and hang it on the tree.
The tree will be made available to all who use our buildings (including Carecent, Kyra and others), and the leaves changed and prayed for every week.
Deacon Judith Stoddart and Revd Rory Dalgliesh
On September 3rd 2017, Deacon Judith Stoddart (along with other new circuit staff) was welcomed to the York circuit at Acomb Methodist church. The annual welcome service marks the start of the Methodist year.
Judith will be serving a Probationer Deacon at Central and working across the city centre. She was born in Neston, Cheshire but grew up in the North East of England. She worked in the insurance industry for twenty years before
sensing God was calling her to something else. This was
initially as a youth and family worker in a Methodist church, followed by a
surprising, compelling call into Diaconal Ministry.
We also welcome Rory as our new Presbyter Minster. Originally hailing from South Africa, Rory has worked for the last 11 years as Chaplain to the University of York. He’ll also have pastoral charge of Haxby and Wiggington Methodist Church.
In the picture above, Rory and Judith are holding a huge paper bag containing pieces of rock, with ‘Growing in Christ’ running through. We look forward to growing in Christ alongside them.
‘Growing in Christ’ Rock.
Our church will be open from 11am until 4pm on Saturday 9th September. This is officially part of the Heritage Open Days. The inside of our chapel is usually a wonderful surprise for residents who visit during the day.
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 may even 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.
There’s no need to book in advance.
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.
This year, our season of lunchtime organ recitals is slightly delayed due to our roof works. Now the work is complete, we’re looking forward to restarting the concerts! All are welcome to enjoy listening to talented musicians playing our wonderful organ.
|Thursday 29 June • 12:30 to 1:20 • York Central Methodist Church, YO1 8NQ • Philip Moore (Organist Emeritus, York Minster)
|Thursday 6 July • 12:30 to 1:20 • York Central Methodist Church, YO1 8NQ • Phillip Sangwine (St Mary’s, Beverley)
|Thursday 20 July • 12:30 to 1:20 • York Central Methodist Church, YO1 8NQ • Philip Luke (Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church)
|Thursday 3 August • 12:30 to 1:20 • York Central Methodist Church, YO1 8NQ • Tim Hone (All Saints’, Pavement, York)
|Thursday 17 August • 12:30 to 1:20 • York Central Methodist Church, YO1 8NQ • Paul Dewhurst (Leeds Minster)
|Thursday 31 August • 12:30 to 1:20 • York Central Methodist Church, YO1 8NQ • Philip Paul (York Central Methodist Church)
|Thursday 7 September • 12:30 to 1:20 • York Central Methodist Church, YO1 8NQ • Nicholas Page (Parish of Osbaldwick with Murton)
|Thursday 21 September • 12:30 to 1:20 • York Central Methodist Church, YO1 8NQ • Edmund Aldhouse (Ely Cathedral)
|Thursday 5 October • 12:30 to 1:20 • York Central Methodist Church, YO1 8NQ • Maximillian Elliott (St Olave’s, York)
admission free / retiring collection
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:
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.
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 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.
Work starts at Central Methodist Church in St Saviourgate York to address urgent roof repairs.
Last year, Central Methodist Church successfully applied for the grant through the Government-funded Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund. Further funding was obtained from the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme and the wider Methodist Church. Work begins by local firms JMark Construction and Mass architects to put the plans into action on Monday 13th March, to be complete by early June.
It is hoped that the repairs grade 2* listed chapel 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 three 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.
Angie Creswick, York Methodist circuit resources manager said “’The outcome of the project is to secure this important 1840 Grade II* listed building from further water ingress and stabilise the highly ornamented plaster ceiling pending the development of future conservation projects. The chapel includes a balcony and seats over 1000 people with original box pews and a large historic pipe organ.”
The congregation meets weekly for worship and the building provides spaces for several local charities and community events. Carecent, a charity providing breakfast for homeless people, has been based at the church for over 30 years.