York Circuit Events & YORK YORSAY JUNE 2017

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Dear all                                                             24th May 2017

News from around the Circuit this week.

 Statement and prayer after Manchester attack

From the Revd Dr Roger Walton, President of the Methodist Conference, and Rachel Lampard, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference:

We are appalled by the horrific bombing at the Manchester Arena. We pray for the families of those who have been killed or who are injured, and for those, many of whom will be young, who have been scarred and scared by what they have witnessed.

We give thanks for the emergency services and for the many ordinary people who demonstrated compassion in responding to those caught up in the tragedy. We ask the Methodist people to hold the people of Manchester and beyond in their prayers as we remember the words of Psalm 34, “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”

Further statements and prayers can be found at: http://www.methodist.org.uk/news-and-events/news-releases/statements-and-prayer-following-the-manchester-attack

 Bible Month

From 18th– June to 16th– July the Circuit will be taking part in the connexional ‘Bible Month’ initiative, focusing on one book of the Bible- James- for 4 weeks.  In services, preachers will be preaching on James.  Bible study notes for small groups are available from the Circuit office or website.  And finally on Sunday 16th July all churches will be joining together for a Celebration at Central Methodist, from 2pm- 5.30pm.  A poster to display in your churches is attached and you can find out more at www.yorkmethodist.org.uk/what-we-do/faithworks.html

Thursday 25th May Introduction to James and Bible Month

7.30pm, Lidgett Methodist Church.  Leaders of study groups, cell groups, home groups or any other kind of groups are welcome to come to prepare for Bible Month this June/July.

York Godly Play Taster Day

On Saturday 17th June the York Godly Play network group will be leading a Taster Day for anyone wishing to learn about and explore Godly Play.  The day will be held in the Godly Play classroom at Lidgett Methodist Church, York YO26 5NH from 10.30 -3.30 (coffee from 10am).

The day is open to anyone and will cost £15 per person to include lunch and refreshments.

Places are limited so booking is necessary – please contact Carol Carter in the YoYo office on 01904 798941 or [email protected] to book your place.

Flier attached.

Are you a keen gardener?

The District Chair’s manse (28 The Green, Acomb) will need some ongoing maintenance during the period between the beginning of June, when the Burgess’ move out, and mid-July, when the Newtons move in. If you’d like a chance to exercise your tidying, weeding and grass cutting skills during those six weeks then please contact Nigel Hardwick [email protected]

Safeguarding courses

Foundation Module: 11th July 7.30pm at Copmanthorpe

Refresher Module: 3rd June, 9.45am at Haxby & Wigginton

A reminder to all church and circuit stewards, local preachers, worship leaders and ministers: you are expected to have completed the Foundation module, and if this was 4 or more years ago you are expected to complete the Refresher module in addition.

Service of Admission as Local Preachers

Monday 19th June, 7.30pm, Heslington church.  Join us as we celebrate with David Onyett and Kim Gabbatiss the completion of their training as local preachers.

If you could help serve refreshments after the service please contact the circuit office.

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come is an ecumenical call to churches and Christians to focus on prayer between Ascension day and Pentecost (25th May – 4th June).  You can find out more at https://www.thykingdomcome.global/

Local events include:

Ascension Day Evening of Prayer

Thursday, 25 May, 7:30-9:30pm, St Michael le Belfrey Church

An opportunity for all in the city to join together in prayer and worship at the beginning of the Thy Kingdom Come 10 Days of Prayer.  Joined by speaker Simon Rennie, Pastor at York Community Church and worship led by Simon Burrowes and Tom Holmes.

24/7 Prayer

As part of Thy Kingdom Come, St Cuthbert’s House of Prayer will be open for 24/7 Prayer from Monday 29 May- Saturday 3 June.

If you would like to book in a slot please click HERE

Sat 3rd June: Day of worship, prayer and witness – on the piazza steps of York Minster. This will run from 9am-5pm with many different groups and people leading.

Sun 4th June: Thy Kingdom Come Beacon Event 7.30pm York Minster. All Welcome. It would be helpful if people can book to come using https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/thy-kingdom-come-york-minster-beacon-event-tickets-33242562399

District Welcome Service

Sunday 27th August at Ashville College

Afternoon tea from 4pm and service at 5pm.

To celebrate the start of the new Yorkshire North & East District and the welcome of Leslie Newton as District Chair.

More information on getting to Ashville College at http://www.ashville.co.uk/where-we-are/156.html

News from churches around the circuit this week.

Jobs at Lidgett

Two roles- caretaker and administrator- are available at Lidgett.  Please see http://www.yorkmethodist.org.uk/news/jobs-at-lidgett-methodist-church.html or contact Rev Andy Lindley for further information.

Cream Teas

Bank Holiday Mondays are a great chance to have a drive out into the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. If you decide to venture out do drop in to Stillington Chapel for a cream tea and a chat with locals and friends from around the circuit. Dates and details on the poster. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Coffee Afternoon at Stillingfleet

Saturday May 27th from 2p.m to 4p.m in the Village Hall.

Stalls- Plants, Bric-a brac, Books, Fair Trade, Cakes, Raffle

Entry– £1 to include tea and biscuits.

Afternoon tea for Action for Children

At Clifton Methodist Church, Sat 3rd June 2.30pm- 4pm.  £5 adult, £2.50 accompanied children.


Clifton toddler group are looking for some extra children’s chairs.  If you know of any spare please contact Kim Gabbatiss: [email protected]

Are you musical?

Cornerstone (formerly St George’s) organ is looking for a new home.  If you (or anyone you know) would be interested please contact the circuit office for more details.

We also have 2 second-hand pianos to find homes for, please let us know if you are interested.

Huntington change of contact

Preachers please note Brian Freeborn is now the person to contact if you are planned at Huntington.  Contact details in the Circuit Directory or June-August Plan directory (in the centre of the newsletter).

Faith In The Questions

Professor Tom McLeish FRS and Professor Stephen Smye OBE, along with other stellar scientists, will be engaging in vigorous discussion at Faith In The Questions as part of the York Festival Of Ideas.

Taking place every night from the 8th June to 10th June, the evening will include an inventive new one-act play by Nigel Forde which grapples with the debate surrounding belief and scientific enquiry. In the Question and Answer session that follows, audience members will be invited to raise their own questions about the relationship between science and faith. Come along and raise your questions!

June 8th – 10th, 7.30pm. St Michael Le Belfrey Church, York, YO1 7EN
Tickets are FREE and can be booked by calling 01904 613000 or at ridinglights.org/faith-in-the-questions

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

Please note that I will be away from the office on Monday 29th May, Friday 2nd June and Monday 5th June.

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

YORSAY June 2017

Welcome to the June Edition of Yorsay.
Our Guest Contributor this month is Heather Shipman

Please let me have details for the Final Yorsay no later than noon on Tuesday 20th June.

Yorsay – June 2017

From Heather Shipman

Waking up early to the sound of yet another detailed election manifesto on the radio, the words of Robert Bridge’s hymn ‘All my hope on God is founded’ and particularly the line ‘Me through change and chance he guideth’ slipped into my mind. Sometimes there are times in our lives when change really seems to be on the march. Changes in government; seeming chaos in the White House; tension in North Korea; even the weather is changeable.

As we look towards the establishment of a new District and to welcoming Revd Leslie Newton as Chair there will inevitably be changes for Leslie and his family as well as for others in the new District. If you are also going through a time of personal change in your life, or that of your family, there is an added level of uncertainty. But all challenge and change is not without at least one absolute certainty and as we look towards a celebration of Pentecost we know that the Holy Spirit is with us. Wherever we go the Holy Spirit has been before us, and will walk beside us, on our own personal journey. As you celebrate Pentecost and ponder the mystery of the Trinity I pray that you will feel confident that whatever lies before you, you are not alone.

There is much to look back on with pleasure, and forward to with excitement of what is to come. Stephen enjoyed the celebrations of his time with us as Chair of District and we look forward to welcoming Leslie and celebrating the birth of the new District in a service on Sunday 27 August at 5.00pm at Ashville College, Harrogate. A light afternoon tea will be served from 4.00pm. I look forward to seeing you there.

Please note the new venue for the service.

With every blessing


Yorkshire North & East
27 August at 5 pm,
Ashville College Harrogate HG2 9JP
Leslie Newton’s Induction Service
new district inauguration service.
Light afternoon tea served from 4.00pm

It is with deep sorrow that I report the death of Deacon Linda Judith Ireland, aged 63, who was stationed to the South Holderness Circuit in 2016. Judith died peacefully on the afternoon of Sunday 14 May 2017. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Please give thanks for Judith’s life, witness and ministry in your prayers. Please also remember in prayer her father Les, brother Andrew, sister in law Lynn, cousin Barbara, and the rest of the family, and Judith’s sisters and brothers in the Methodist Diaconal Order.

Information regarding funeral arrangements will be shared in due course. At Judith’s request, her funeral will take place at Chester crematorium, followed by a service of thanksgiving at Rhos on Sea Methodist Church, both to be led by Revd Den Harding.

I know that Judith would wish me to express immense gratitude for all the love, prayers, visits, cards, messages and phone calls over the last six weeks since her illness became apparent. She has been overwhelmed by the love and concern of many people, within and beyond the Methodist Church. Thank you all.

A final word of thanks to all those staff who eased Judith’s journey on Ward 14 of Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham – they have been exceptional in their care, and Judith was glad to be under their watching eyes. They, more than most, have seen this last journey through with Judith, and I am grateful for their time, skill and compassion. Judith valued every one of them – and knew and called them each by name.

Revd Den Harding
Friend and Colleague
Sunday 14 May 2017
WOOCOCK TRUST – vacant flat at high peak
We have a vacant 2 bedroom flat for rent in Bridlington for Methodist people aged 55 or over. The property is owned by a Methodist charity which was setup many years ago to provide affordable housing for Methodist people If anyone wants to know more please contact Tony Brockbank via [email protected] for more details


for the Connexional Grants Committee and Streams

from September 2017

We are seeking volunteers (lay or ordained), who are committed Methodists to contribute to this important piece of mission resource work for 3-6 years.

Do you have the time, interest and skill to help assess grant applications and ensure that funding is used for missional purposes?

Much of the work is done on line and by telephone conferencing with 2-3 meetings in London per year.

New Members are needed as follows:
Connexional Grants Committee – 2
Mission and Ministry Stream – 1
Chaplaincy Stream – 1
Property Stream – 1
World Church Approvals – 2
The monitoring and evaluation group ‘MELD’ – 1

We particularly welcome Black and Ethnic minority applicants who are under-represented on the main Connexional Grants Committee and women who are under represented on the Monitoring and Evaluation Group.

Closing date: 12 noon on Tuesday, 16 June 2017

Interview & Information day: Wednesday 12 July 2017 (all day) in London. Expenses will be paid. Another day may be arranged if necessary.
Full details on this page http://www.methodist.org.uk/who-we-are/job-opportunities/jobs-with-the-connexional-team

Methodist Tax & Justice Network,

What with it being the General Election and all that, I’m sure it’s been a busy time for many of us, but whoever you support, the campaign for tax justice must continue, and we have a few key updates to let you know about, so without further ado, let’s jump straight into it.

Firstly, an important date for your diaries which I believe I had previously mentioned but for which we now have further details – Saturday July 15th will be the date of our first ecumenical tax justice conference, Churches For Tax Justice, which has been organised with the assistance of the Central England Quaker Peace Committee, Jubilee Debt Campaign, Catholic National Justice & Peace Network and Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility. This event will be a chance for Christians of all denominations to work together and learn how best to campaign for tax justice Our keynote speaker for the day is Alex Cobham (pictured above), the Chief Executive of the Tax Justice Network. There will also be workshops on worship, campaigning and taking action as a church both in the UK and internationally, and the effects of tax avoidance in developing countries, led by Revd Smitha Prasadam, John Arnold & Abi Nicholls (ECCR) and representatives from Christian Aid and Oxfam. The day will begin at 10:00am and conclude at 4:00pm, with lunch provided from 1:10-2:10pm. Tickets cost £10 for the day, including lunch. More information can be found on our website – please reserve your place either by RSVPing through that link or emailing me at [email protected]

Secondly, we have just released a fairly simple new resource outlining the key topics that you should be asking your local parliamentary candidates around tax. We must not allow the issue of tax to be buried in this general election campaign – it needs to remain at the top of the political agenda. Churches often organise and host hustings (like the one in the image above held at Ripon Cathedral on Saturday), so please go along with the above resource in hand and press your candidates to give a proper response on how they’d tackle tax dodgers!

Thirdly, we will be at Methodist Conference in Birmingham this year, from June 22nd-29th. We will have a stall (which we will be sharing with Kairos Britain), and will also be co-running a Fringe Event with Operation Noah at lunchtime (1:00pm-2:15pm) on Monday June 26th. Here’s the event description as it will appear in the Conference Programme:
Monday 26 June
13:00 – 14:00
Ethical Investment – Oil and Tax
Operation Noah & Methodist Tax Justice Network
Venue tbc
Our world faces two escalating crises – climate change and economic inequality. Both are perpetuated by fossil fuel companies, who directly contribute to global warming and dodge taxes worldwide. As the world overheats and the inequality gap widens, the Methodist Tax Justice Network and Operation Noah ask: what should the Methodist Church do with its investments in such companies, and how can climate and tax justice campaigners collaborate for a greener, fairer future?
A two course lunch will be served.
Please RSVP to [email protected]
So if you are attending Conference, we look forward to seeing you there, and if you are interested in attending our fringe event, please email James at Operation Noah at the above email address.

A few links and other bits of news which should be of interest in the coming weeks – Richard Murphy has been very active (as ever) on his Tax Research UK blog over the election period and some of his analysis is definitely worth a read. Also, the April Taxcast from TJN is covering what has happened in the year since the Panama Papers leak, and is as always an excellent listen.

Finally, a tip of the hat to campaigners John Cochrane and Revd Steve Levett in Bromsgrove/Redditch, who met with their MP (just before the dissolution of parliament) Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and asked him some difficult questions about the government’s commitments to (and his personal opinions on) tackling tax dodging, particularly in our overseas territories and crown dependencies. We’ve uploaded a transcript of their conversation so that you can download it here. Just goes to show that with a bit of persistence, getting a face-to-face meeting with your MP is not too tricky, and if you come armed with the right questions and the knowledge to back it up, you will almost certainly give them something to think about!

Thank you for reading, as ever, and feel free to get in touch with me at [email protected] if you are interested in being sent physical resources or wish to book me in for a talk, workshop, presentation etc.

Matthew, Methodist Tax Justice Network Coordinator
Bruce Taylor went to Freetown Sierra Leone with Rev Lansford Penn – Timity this March and is looking at going again next year.  He has found that there is a lack of Children’s reading books in some of the schools he went to.  These are primary school reading books that are designed to develop and encourage reading.  So if you know of a good source for these type of books or you are able to donate them please let Bruce know.  07790 969062 [email protected]

Burniston Methodist Church will be hosting an afternoon workshop and an evening concert with blind singer/songwriter, Marilyn Baker, and her ministry partner, Tracy Williamson.

3pm-5pm – Listening to God Workshop led by Tracy Williamson

7pm-9pm – Marilyn Baker In Concert

Admission is by Free Ticket available online through Eventbrite

Those attending the workshop and concert are advised to bring a packed tea, the church will provide drinks.

Donations towards costs and to support the work of Marilyn and Tracy (MBM Ministries) will be received at the church.

Marilyn Baker Ministries

Marilyn Baker Ministries is a dynamic itinerant ministry of music, teaching and prayer. The heart of Marilyn Baker Ministries is to see people entering into joy instead of mourning, beauty instead of ashes, praise instead of despair; to enable people to understand the intimacy of God’s tender Father’s love and be empowered by it to reach out to others that they too may be healed and changed.
A special showing of this award-winning documentary film about the founder of Methodism
Gracious Street Methodist Church, Knaresborough
Wesley Day (Wednesday 24 May) at 7.30pm
Admission free but donations welcomed for the work of ‘All We Can’ (Methodist Relief and Development)

You are invited to join All We Can for a day called ‘Stronger Together’ at Oxford Place Methodist Church,
Leeds on Weds 7th June 2017.

Starting at 11:00 and finishing by 15:00, this will be an opportunity to hear about some of All We Can’s work in some of the world’s poorest communities, particularly in Zimbabwe, which will be the focus of this year’s harvest appeal.

You will also have the chance to meet some of our staff who are working around the world to tackle poverty and to find out what each of us can do to make a difference in own churches. The event is free, lunch will be included and you can find out more here:

Please RSVP to Tim Baker ([email protected] / 01977 616828 / 07748 200424) including information about which church(es) you are connected to and any dietary requirements you might have.
The Gospel of Mark performed
live and uncut with original music

Ian Birkinshaw as John Mark
Music – Peter Birkinshaw

Toll Gavel United Church

June 9th 2017 at 7.30 p.m.

Sounds of Life


The Salvation Army

Hull Citadel Band and Musicians

Toll Gavel United Church

16th June 2017 at 7.30

St John’s Burlington Church
St John Street, Bridlington YO16 7JS
Military Wives Choirs Dishforth
and Special Guests
World renowned and award-winning violinist Kate Chruscicka and Burlington Junior School Choir
Saturday 10th June at 7pm
Adults £10 (accompanied child under 16 free)
Tickets from Bridlington Tourist Information Centre, Lions Bookshop, or tel. 07540705886
(Light refreshments available—Raffle)