York Circuit Events & YORK YORSAY APRIL 2017

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22nd March 2017

Dear all,

News from around the circuit this week.

 East Africa Appeal

Over the last week aid agencies have launched or highlighted appeals to alleviate the current famine situation in East Africa.  We would like to encourage churches to publicise the opportunities for giving to these appeals, and to strongly consider holding an offering to support those working in this area.

Below are links to the Christian Aid and All We Can, please do pass this information on to people in your churches and encourage them to give.  Christian Aid appeal: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/emergencies/east-africa-crisis-appeal

All We Can appeal: http://www.allwecan.org.uk/current-appeals/east-africa-famine-appeal

 Thank you

Leslie, Gill and Laura Newton thank friends around the Circuit for their cards, prayers and good wishes on the recent death of Leslie’s father.  Thank you, too, to those who stood in to take services that Leslie had been planned to take.  It is all very much appreciated.

Many thanks, Leslie

 Step up! Fools for Christ

Worship, Games, Discussion, Cake.  Saturday 1st April 10am- 3pm, for 11-18 year olds.  Bring your lunch and best jokes to Manor School, York, YO26 6PA.  Cake and bad jokes provided.  Contact Victoria for more information 07473 065856.

Safeguarding Refresher course

7th April, 7pm, Heworth Methodist Church

The refresher course is for those who have previously completed the Foundation module.  Those who have completed safeguarding training 5 years or more ago will need to attend to update their knowledge.

Re-imagine Church: Revitalising and starting churches

Join lay people, church leaders, pioneers and ministers for a day of conversation and learning about the ministry of church change in the 21st century.  To book email [email protected] or 01904 786275 or 07809 431871.

Evening with Kenda Creasy Dean

Kenda is an inspirational speaker, passionate about God, youth and the church. She recognises that the church needs to change and strives to equip and empower those with a vision for the future.  Kenda has extensive experience in new ministry development, and is the author of several books.

Saturday 8th April, 5pm – 9pm, Oxford Place Methodist Church, Leeds, LS1 3AU.  Book with: Fiona Fidgin [email protected] 07799 900 456

Leaving service for chair of district Stephen Burgess

Sat 22nd April, 3pm at Central Methodist, York.  Preacher: Rev Gareth Powell, Secretary of Conference.  Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Sian at the district office ([email protected]/ 07809431871/ 28 The Green, Acomb, York, YO26 5LR).

MWiB Spring Fellowship Day

Methodist Women in Britain Spring fellowship day at Helmsley Methodist Church, with Bishop of Hull Alison White.  Friday 28th April.  Coffee from 10am, bring & share lunch.

Events for small group leaders

Wednesday 10th May Leading a small group

Thursday 25th May Introduction to James and Bible Month

Both 7pm for 7.30pm, Lidgett Methodist Church.  Leaders of study groups, cell groups, home groups or any other kind of groups are welcome to come and think about how we lead our groups and to prepare for Bible Month this June/July.  People who would be interested in leading/ starting a new group are also welcome!

Easter offering “Shine Like Stars”

Service Sunday 21st May, 6.30pm, Copmanthorpe.

News from churches around the circuit this week.

Opera with afternoon tea

Choruses and arias from opera by York Opera at Acomb, Sat 25th March at 3pm.  Tickets £6 available from the church or 01904 781126.

Concert – Four Weddings and a Funeral, music about love, weddings, and death

Jorvik Gilbert & Sullivan Company present an evening of music on the theme of weddings and funerals.  Sat 25th March, 7.30pm at Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church.  Tickets £7 available from Aroma, after services or from Rosemary 01904 758802.

Easingwold Fair Trade Coffee morning

At Oasis on March 24th, including sale of chocolate, Easter gifts etc.


Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church are holding a Ceilidh with the East Field Lane Ceilidh Band on Saturday 1st April admission £6.00 proceeds for the Opening New Doors Project.  For tickets contact Mary Metcalf 01904 492783

St George’s Spruce Up

A new team drawn from around the circuit have taken responsibility for the premises at St George’s Methodist Church in Tang Hall, and will be giving the place a spring clean and spruce up on 8th April.  If you could join us to do a bit of cleaning, chair moving or moral support you would be very welcome to at any time from 9am into the afternoon, for however long you can spare.

York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir

Saturday, 29th April York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir are giving a concert in the Reading Room Dunnington at 7.30 pm. in aid of the Methodist church restoration fund. Poster attached.

RETHINK York Group

Nationally RETHINK is a charity campaigning to Government and other influential groups to raise concerns about Mental Health provision in the country, on behalf of patients, professionals, relatives and carers.  The York group supports this effort in two ways:

Firstly, a monthly social club (Club 84) that provides a focus for people recovering from mental illness; helping with peer support and overcoming loneliness and isolation.

Secondly, a Mental Health Carers’ group that gives support to relatives and carers.  This group has an extended role,

  • meets providers of the  local mental health services
  • helps policy developments
  • inputs into the plans for the new hospital to replace Bootham Park Hospital

The York branch of RETHINK now seeks a voluntary co-ordinator as the present person makes plans to retire.  Please contact Philip in Clifton at (01904 621220) for further details and expression of interest.

Holy Week at Poppleton Methodist Church

Morning Reflections: 9 – 9.30 a.m. on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th April

Good Friday 14th April at 6.30 p.m. Tenebrae service

Holy week reflections:

Monday 10th April – 7.30pm Copmanthorpe Methodist Church  – 30 min Reflection

Tuesday 11th April – 7.30pm Acaster Malbis Methodist Church – 30 min reflection

Wednesday 12th April – 7.30pm – Copmanthorpe Methodist Church – 30 min reflection

Trinity Labyrynth

Maundy Thursday (13th April) 7pm- 9pm and Good Friday (14th April) following 10.30am service to 4pm.

Easter flowers

Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church will be open on Easter Monday 17th April from 2.00p.m. to 4.00p.m. for everyone to enjoy the Easter flowers. Tea, Coffee & Cakes will be available, there is no charge but donations for the Opening New Doors Project will be appreciated.

Altar rail

Shipton Space would like to know if anyone is interested in having their former altar rail: Approximately 365 cm long, and 50 cm wide.  Light oak with kneeler cushions (gold velour).  Contact Deacon Corinne Brown 01904 761141/ [email protected]

Strensall Methodist Church

Would be interested to know how your church has got over a lack of organists- do you have contacts or alternatives you could share?  Please contact Clive Hillen [email protected]

Large print

Bishopthorpe Methodist church would like to know if any church has unwanted large print Hymns & Psalms or Songs of Fellowship- only one or two copies needed

Lois Cross

Circuit Support Manager & PA to the Superintendent

Circuit Office, Strensall Methodist Church, The Village, Strensall, YO32 5XS.

Tel: 01904 499661      Email: [email protected]      Website: www.yorkmethodist.org.uk

The office is generally open between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday, but it is best to call or email to check before visiiting

Those involved Synod is on 1st April at the Manor Academy York .The District Web site has details on how to get there etc

Welcome to the April Edition of Yorsay.

Please note that Yorsay  will cease publication with the July /August combined edition.

YORSAY April 2017

From the Chair’s Desk

Although there will be other occasions when I can say my farewells to colleagues, lay and ordained, within the York & Hull district, this is a final letter from me in our electronic district newsletter. Readers of YORSAY will remember that I wrote a few issues ago of the plan that I will be taking my postponed sabbatical from Monday 1 May, as it was not possible to have that sabbatical time last year while I was acting as chair of the Leeds district. The Revd Anne Brown will be acting as deputy chair from the beginning of May and during the remaining months of this Methodist connexional year. Anne is currently serving as chair of the Leeds district, and we are grateful that she has agreed to handle matters relating to York & Hull chair’s business – a situation which is made somewhat easier in that Siân Henderson already acts as Anne’s PA within the Leeds district.

Retirement, or “sitting down” in our traditional Methodist parlance, then follows for me and Barbara. There will be many to whom I wish to say special thanks, and there will be opportunities for that during April. However, within this issue of YORSAY, I do want to pay a special tribute to the work of Bob Lawe.

Bob has acted as the communications officer for York & Hull for many years, and I have been immensely grateful for his unending support for me (including his gentle nudging as YORSAY copy deadlines approach each month!). With the advent of the new Yorkshire North and East district in September, there will be a new website and new ways of communicating around the new district. So thank you, Bob, from York & Hull for all you have done in the past, and for those tasks with which you will still be involved within the meetings of the synod.

Thanks be to God for all that is past, and for all that is to come.

Every blessing

Stephen Burgess

District Chair

Revd Stephen Burgess

A service is being held to mark Stephen’s retirement, in recognition of his ministry and, particularly, his 13 years as Chair of the York and Hull District.

Saturday 22 April at 3 pm

Central Methodist Church, St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NQ

Preacher: Revd Gareth Powell, Secretary of the Conference

Light refreshments will be provided


York and Hull District of the Methodist Church

District Office  28 The Green   Acomb, York YO26 5LR

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 07809 431871

Press Release from  All We Can 14 MARCH 2017

East Africa food crisis: A catastrophe of this magnitude means that every response matters

More than 10 million people in East Africa and Yemen are facing starvation and famine: “Without collective

and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from

disease,” said Stephen O’Brien, UN Humanitarian chief at a meeting of the UN Security Council last Friday.

All We Can and the World Church Relationships Team of the Methodist Church in Britain are urgently calling

for individual and local community support to respond to famine in South Sudan and to avert famine and

further death in other countries across East Africa and the wider region including Somalia and Yemen.

Ongoing food crises have pushed many countries to the brink of catastrophe with millions facing malnutrition, illness and death. A month ago it was announced that South Sudan had already reached a tipping point with two counties being declared as officially affected by famine. Since then, Somalia, northern Nigeria and Yemen have been categorised as being on the brink of famine, with other countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Burundi and Uganda facing severe food insecurity.

Droughts and unpredictable rainfall, protracted civil conflicts and entrenched economic crises, have led to widespread food insecurity across East Africa and people are already dying.

“We stand at a critical point in history. Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian

crisis since the creation of the United Nations,” reported UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien.

The Methodist Church in Britain is urging people to respond quickly, generously and collectively to this

catastrophic situation by supporting the appeal being managed by All We Can.

Graeme Hodge, Deputy CEO of All We Can stated, “The acts of compassion expressed in the individual donations of many UK citizens and the collective fundraising efforts by community and church groups around the UK are nothing short of inspiring. Every day, we hear more stories of people who are responding to the desperate need of their fellow human beings, our global neighbours. We need this collective response to continue and grow to prevent the deaths of millions of children and their families. We need to ensure people across East Africa get the support they need to survive and recover. If you think that your individual response will not make a difference, think again. A catastrophe of this magnitude means that every response matters.”

In 2011, Somalia faced a famine that led to over 260,000 people losing their lives. All We Can is responding to the dire circumstances across the region, starting with South Sudan, Somalia, Burundi, Ethiopia and Yemen in alliance with its experienced humanitarian aid partners working locally in each country.

All We Can’s Humanitarian Aid Manager Jason Snuggs said, “This situation is incredibly serious, it is not one we can ignore. We need supporters to give generously and without delay, as we respond to the needs in this vast region and help towards averting famine in other countries across East Africa on the verge of disaster.”

Gifts to this emergency appeal will enable All We Can and its partners to respond quickly to those in greatest need across the region.

To support the East Africa Famine Appeal go to www.allwecan.org.uk/famine   


Lent is just around the corner now, which means the certain hope of Easter is soon to follow!

Easter Praise is back for another year in Hull City Hall. Believe in Hull are thrilled to welcome again the opportunity to worship in unity, celebrate diversity, make history and share in His story. Plans are being made for a one hundred strong choir and a full band-led celebration.

If you would like to take part in the choir please contact Kia Macpherson at [email protected]


Info is also on the main website:  http://www.methodist.org.uk/ministers-and-office-holders/pastoral-care/mental-health

The theme of this year’s conference is: ‘Sharing the Journey’.  Our theme aims to draw on the need to ‘walk alongside’ those in our churches and communities who are dealing with mental health issues and the resulting social, vocational and emotional difficulties that they can experience alongside the mental health issue itself. It is about raising awareness, understanding and enabling those who wish to understand and help, to feel enabled to do so through learning more about the everyday things those with mental health issues deal with, and where to find hope and practical help in the midst of it.

We want to put an emphasis on themes within mental health such as:

  • ‘openly talking about mental health and wellness’
  • ‘reducing stigma in the church and our communities’,

‘asking for help either as a carer or as a person dealing with mental health issues’,

And taking a closer look at specific issues like:

  • ‘men and suicide’,  ‘mental health and substance abuse’

As well as workshops addressing the spiritual, societal and emotional side including:

  • ‘The theology of mental health’;
  • ‘Mental Health & Culture’

‘Spirituality and mental wellbeing’.

[Some help with funding may be available from the District]

Creating Space For God : With My Body I Thee Worship

Friday 7th April, Norwood Methodist Church, Beverley, HU17 9HL

Refreshments from 6.30pm in the hall behind the church. Worship begins in the church at 7pm.

‘Creating Space For God’ is alternative, non-traditional worship, usually held on the first Friday of the month (except summer), and on this occasion we will be marking World Health Day by considering how we worship with and through our bodies.

Details of all ‘Creating Space For God’ worship can also be found on Norwood Methodist Church’s Facebook page.

Equal Rites : Worship For All From An LGBT Perspective

Friday 31st March, 7pm    Friday 19th May, 7pm

At ‘Equal Rites’ we worship in a way that recognises the presence and faith of lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LGBT) people in a way that traditional worship often ignores, and actively seek what God is bringing into everyone’s worship and discipleship through the LGBT perspective. We aim to create a positive, creative, affirming, safe space for all who are interested of whatever orientation. The theme of each worship is announced on the Equal Rites Facebook page and on Twitter @Equal_Rites and anyone who wishes is welcome to make contact with us through those channels too.



Book Aid is a charity that collects and distributes Christian books and Bibles to Christian organisations throughout the world where people cannot afford such books themselves. More than one million Bibles and books are being sent every year to Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. These areas are experiencing tremendous church growth but are being starved of the basic spiritual food that we take for granted in the UK – Christian Bibles and literature. There is a real Book Famine in these areas and we could do so much to help.

Look around your House, your Manse or your Church. Are there books you don’t need, books you don’t use or books you simply want to get rid of? If so, to arrange a convenient collection arrangement, please contact:

Tony Service on (01757) 707530

or email: [email protected]

If you want to know more about Book Aid, Tony will be able to provide further information. Prayer for the work of Book Aid is always valued.

NB: I’ll be at the April Synod if you want to pass on any books on that day.

MTJN Update of 2017,

Worship resources

First things first, we are officially launching our new package of worship resources in time for Lent, including hymns, prayers and bible studies and with contributions from former Presidents of Methodist Conference Revd Alison Tomlin, Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal and Revd Dr Neil Richardson, as well as hymn writer Andrew Pratt, Nick Jowett, Revd Deborah Mallett and our very own Chair, Revd David Haslam. While these resources are not specifically tied to the Lent period and can be used by any denomination at any time, they would make a perfect companion piece to Archbishop Justin Welby’s new Lent Book, Dethroning Mammon, for any churches or small groups who will be using that for their Lent study. Also, we hope that they will help inspire congregations to take up Tax Justice for Lent, as well as giving things up! So please head on over to our Resources page, where you can download the whole pack as well as individual elements of it.

Cadbury World

Also new to our resources page is the new update to our Cadbury Campaign leaflet, ‘The Dark Side of Cadbury’. This leaflet is newly expanded to 8 pages, and covers Mondelez’s avoidance of UK tax through dodgy debt bonds in the Channel Islands, an in-depth examination of Cadbury’s corporate structure, and an update on the situation in Himachal Pradesh, Northern India, where Cadbury India are being investigated as part of an ongoing tax evasion and corruption inquiry. Easter is a very profitable time for the confectionery industry, so please take the opportunity to read up on what Cadbury/Mondelez have been up to, and join our campaign to boycott Cadbury products this Easter – there are plenty of ethical alternatives!

Tax Justice for Women’s Rights

The Global Alliance for Tax Justice, of which MTJN is a member, is kicking off it’s Tax Justice for Women’s Rights Global Days of Action on March 8th, which is International Women’s Day. This description comes directly from them:

“World leaders have committed to a brighter future in 2030 where inequalities are tackled, all forms of violence against all women and girls are  eliminated and where unpaid care and domestic work is recognized and valued through the provision of public services. But the rights of women and girls around the world are being threatened by discriminatory global, regional and national tax policies…  Women and girls – especially those marginalised or living in poverty, suffer the most when public services are starved of adequate funding. This includes lack of access to free quality public healthcare, water, education, childcare, social protection, and anti-violence, sexual and reproductive health services, and lack of safe public transport that make cities safer for women.”

Over the 16 day period, the UN Commission on the Status of Women, will be convening from 13th-24th March, and receiving a report from the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Equality. This is a massive opportunity to call on national governments and UN agencies to commit to actions for tax justice that could help finance women’s rights and support women’s economic equality. So why not take action and write to Justine Greening MP, the Minister for Women and Equalities, asking her to make sure the UK backs the changes needed to get women the world over out of poverty? For more details and ideas on how to get campaigning, please visit the GATJ website.

Global Week of Action

Following on from this, the Global Alliance will also be running a Global Week of Action on Tax Justice, to mark the 1st anniversary of the leaking of the Panama Papers. MTJN are planning an action for Wednesday April 5th, and we hope to be leading a demonstration outside the London headquarters of PricewaterhouseCooper, in response to their part in the LuxLeaks scandal and the trial of whistleblowers Antoine Deltour, Raphael Halet and Edouard Perrin. This demo is still in the planning stages, but would any London-based supporters willing to get on board with this please get in touch with us at [email protected]? It would be great to get London Methodists out campaigning for Tax Justice! Again, the GATJ website has lots of useful information about key dates and campaign resources if you wish to get involved in further actions.

Finally, a little update from Europe – the European Commission (more specifically, members of the ECON and LIBE committees) will be voting on amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Directive on Tuesday 28th. There are 9 UK representatives on these committees: Anneliese Dodds, Neena Gill, Claude Moraes, Timothy Kirkhope, Kay Swinburne, Steven Woolfe, Martina Anderson, Molly Scott Cato and Gerrard Batten. If any of these MEPs represent your region, please consider writing to them or emailing them before Tuesday, and urge them to make the strongest possible legislation to enhance transparency surrounding beneficial ownership, particularly identifying all beneficial owners of trusts, enhancing the accuracy of registers of beneficial ownership, and making all of the above information public. Brexit may be trundling inexorably forward, but that’s no reason to stop trying to make a difference while we still can!

Oh, and as the more eagle-eyed among you may have noticed, we have a shiny new website address – the far simpler www.mtjn.org.uk. Don’t worry, the old website will still redirect if you’re using our previous resources or have old links to us on websites. As before, if you wish to get in touch by email, please contact [email protected], rather than replying to this address. That is all from me – I hope you’ve managed to make it to the end of this email without being too overwhelmed, and don’t forget to take up Tax Justice for Lent!


Matthew, Methodist Tax Justice Network Coordinator


Methodist Women in Britain

York & Hull District  at  Helmsley Methodist Church

YO62 5DD

Alison White

Bishop of Hull

will lead us through the day

Friday 28th April  Coffee from 10.00am   Bring and Share Lunch

 An Evening of Music with James Breckon

ON: Thursday 20th April 2017  Time: 7.00pm

AT: Brompton Methodist Church

Proceeds for:

Brompton Methodist Church and LIAM [Laughter Inspiration Art Music]

Tickets £5

James Breckon is a 21 year old professional musician and keyboard player, who has recently graduated from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

Refreshments will be served

Contact: Karen Breckon

[email protected]

07825 876878  01609 882411