York Circuit Events

Dear all,                                                   15th February 2018

News from around the circuit this week.

Bible Month: Jonah

Once again we are hoping to take part in Bible Month during June 2018.  As well as preaching on the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th June, we hope that study groups, cell groups, home groups etc will take part using study material prepared by the Methodist church.

To help group leaders get to grips with Jonah, and to encourage anyone who is interested to start new groups for Bible month, we will be running two sessions for group leaders:

Wednesday 9th May, 7.30pm

Thursday 17th May, 7.30pm

More details including venue will be available soon.

Information Morning

Come and find out about more about One Opportunity.

This is open to anyone, not just young people.

Saturday 3rd March 10am-12pm

Pocklington Methodist Church

Contact Carol Carter to book 01904 764610 or [email protected]

Opportunities for young people

Two flyers are attached for opportunities for young people.

One X is a new programme for young people in school years 6-11 (ages 10-16). It aims to encourage them in their discipleship, vocation and leadership. We hope that it will serve to connect the young people to their church, to one another and to God.

This is a new scheme, which will be shaped by the young people who are participating in it.

We are meeting for the first time at Acomb Methodist Church on Saturday 10th February 10.30am-3pm. In the morning we will be talking about our faith journeys and calling. In the afternoon we will be going to Energi

Contact Victoria on 07473 065856 or [email protected] for more information or to book a place.

Please do have a look at the flyer and pass on to any young people in your churches.

One Opportunity

We are delighted to attach our flier to advertise the application process for the One Opportunity scheme this coming year, starting in September 2018.  Please circulate this far and wide in your church and circuit.  Remember the young person needs to be aged 16-23 on 1st September this year and they need a connection with your church but they do not necessarily have to be there every Sunday for worship. They might be in a youth group, uniformed organisation, messy church etc.

For the first time this year we are holding an information session for prospective interns and their parents, ministers, youth leaders etc on Saturday 3rd March at Pocklington Methodist Church from 10am – 12noon.  This is a chance for anyone to come along and find out more about the scheme and how to submit an application.  We know that planning for a project with the young person takes time and so we are starting the process even earlier this year to allow the projects to be more fully formed before they are started in September.  There is no commitment to apply having attended the information morning, you can just come along and find out about it for another year.

Please encourage anyone who has an interest to come along and hear more about the scheme and the way things work.

It will be helpful to know who might be coming along on 3rd March so we can tailor the sessions accordingly so if you or someone in your church knows they are going to be joining us please ask them to be in touch with Victoria Etherington ([email protected]).

Assisting in Worship

We are frequently asked what training is available for those who assist in worship, for example by reading the lesson or leading prayers. The expression “assisting in worship” has been used for these people, who would not wish to train as Worship Leaders, but may find some of the material in the Worship: Leading & Preaching course helpful. It would be easy for churches and circuits to understand this to mean that “Worship Assistant” is an authorised category, which is not the case. The church does however want to encourage everyone to exercise their gifts and graces in the worship of the whole people of God, and will continue to develop learning resources such as “Worship: Foundations” to support those who assist in worship.

Worship: Foundations

Training resources for those starting out as Worship Leaders or Local Preachers or anyone considering whether God is calling them to be more involved in the worship life of the church.  This material is also ideal for use as continuing development in Local Preachers’ Meetings or as discussion material for class meetings and small groups.  See


The 40 Day Prayer Challenge: 2 Chronicles 7:14

The 40-day prayer challenge is a weapon fashioned to change your life.

The procedure:

  • Allocate yourself time e.g. 10 min, 20 mins or 30 mins one, two or three times daily
  • Have a list of things to pray for every day.
  • Daily readings and reflections are provided in the booklet attached.
  • The session begins on 14th February 2018 to 25th March 2018.
  • Calendar for prayer and fasting is attached.
  • You may pray at home, in the church, in a group, family or individually.
  • All are welcome to participate.

You all welcome for a PRAYER BREAKFAST at Heworth Methodist Church on Easter Sunday, 1st April 2018, 8:30 am to 9:30.

If you wish to attend the prayer breakfast please email any of us:

[email protected] or [email protected]

Lay Synod

Saturday 10th March, Haxby Methodist Church, 10.30am-4pm.  Morning worship at 10.30am, keynote speaker Mr Doug Swanney on ‘Living out Our Calling, together’ and an opportunity for group discussion and for you to raise your own concerns. For all lay people.  Please book with Sian Henderson- [email protected] or 01904 786275.

Mosque Open day

On Sunday 18th Feb between 2pm and 6pm York Mosque will be open and welcoming visitors, with tours and a Q&A session.  See attached poster for more details.

News from churches around the circuit this week.

Poppleton Panto: Aladdin

Weds 14th Feb- Sat 17th Feb at 7.30pm and Sat matinee at 2.30pm.

Poppleton Methodist church hall. £6 adult £4 child from Sheila Middleton 01904 795826 or [email protected]

Stamford Bridge coffee morning

Sat 17th Feb 10am-12.

Come and Sing

Thursday 22nd February, 2.30pm

Come along to Rufforth Methodist church if you would like to learn some new hymns.

We are not a choir, this is for anyone who just likes to sing and would like to extend their repertoire of hymns. We’ll be using ‘Songs of Fellowship’ and ‘Singing the Faith’, so if you have music copies it would be useful to bring them along, but words will be available anyway. Ian will be providing music for us. We’ll probably sing for about an hour, by which time we’ll no doubt be ready for a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits.

Do come and join us.

Huntington Beetle Drive

There will be a Beetle Drive with a pie and peas supper at Huntington Methodist Church on Friday 23 February at 7pm, tickets are £5, available from Christine Harrison tel. 01904 768904. Proceeds are for Church funds.

Big Breakfast at Haxby & Wigginton

Saturday 24th March in aid of the Opening New Doors project.  Tickets £6 available now, after 10.30 service, or from Jim & Pauline Stonehouse tel 758803.  Booking essential, and can be made for a 1 hour slot from 9am, 10am, 11 am or 12 noon. Please notify any dietary requirements when booking.  Full English or Continental breakfasts available.

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 visiting.