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.
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)
Our church will be open from 11am until 4pm on Saturday 28th January. This is officially part of the York Residents’ Festival. The inside of our chapel is usually a wonderful surprise for residents who visit during the festival.
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. We hope to have a number of organists playing during the day too, so it’s an opportunity to hear what is generally regarded as one of the best organs in the city.
There’s no need to book in advance and you don’t even have to be a resident.
Details of other unusual locations open to visit for free can be found on Visit York’s website: http://www.visityork.org/residents-festival-attractions.aspx
‘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
Central Methodist Church presents
Sing Along Carol Concert
22nd December 3:30-4:30pm
all donations to charity and church roof fund
Christmas Cafe 1:30-3:30pm
Hot drink, Squash, Soup and Cake
Including family favourites: Oh little Town of Bethlehem & Hark the Herald Angel.
featuring arrangements by PRIMA Vocal Ensemble
christmas concert poster
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 December||10.30am||worship led by Stephen Peaker (gift service)
|Sunday, 4th December||4.00pm||circuit service at Haxby & Wigginton
|Sunday, 11th December||10.30am||worship led by Revd Christopher Humble (holy communion)
|Sunday, 11th December||6:30pm||worship led by Prof Edward Royle
|Saturday, 17th December||1:30 to 3pm||Carol singing in Kings Square in aid of 'Action for Children'
|Sunday, 18th December||10.30am||worship led by John Freeman
|Sunday, 18th December||4:00pm||Carol service
|Monday, 19th December||12:30pm||Advent group looking at Hymns, Carols & Poems (meets in Carecent room 9)
|Thursday 22nd December||3:30pm||Sing Along Community Carol Service:
|Sunday, 25th December||10.00am||Christmas Day worship led by Revd Christopher Humble
|Sunday, 1st January||Morning and Evening||No service
Exterior view of Central Methodist Church in winter.
Monday 10 October through to Monday 21 November 12:30-13:00pm (except 17th November)
A short act of ‘midweek’ worship with opportunity for quiet reflection.
Open to everyone, but particularly suitable for those living and working in the city centre.
Our church is a Grade 11* listed building built in 1840, one of the few chapels of its period still intact. 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. It has a magnificent organ.
Come and see all this on Saturday 10th September, 10am – 4pm. You can also meet member of the congregations and talk about our plans for the future. The organ will be played during the morning.
During the afternoon, you can also visit our courtyard garden, lovingly maintained by Kyra.