York Circuit Events & YORK YORSAY JULY 2017

19th July 2017

To read YORK YORSAY FOR JULY scroll down or use the link below

to see the ‘colour version’.



Dear all,

Just one email with news from churches and the circuit this week.

 Conference report

Attached is a report on this year’s Methodist Conference- do have a look to see what the Methodist Church’s governing body has been up to!


 Post office birthday

Rufforth Post Office will be celebrating its tenth anniversary on Monday 24th July. We would be delighted to welcome anyone from the circuit on that morning to join us for coffee and cake to mark this occasion. Usual time, 9.30 to 12.30.

 Coach to the District welcome service (see below)

A second stop has been added to pick people up for the coach to the District Welcome Service on Sunday 27th August.

The coach will be leaving St George’s Fields Car Park, York at 2.30pm, with a further stop at Memorial Gardens, near the rail station (Leeman Rd), leaving at 2.35pm.  This is to arrive at Ashville College, Harrogate for 3.30pm.  Please let us know which stop you wish to get on at.

There will be a charge of £6.50 for the coach travel (this does not include parking).  You can pay in cash on the day or by cheque made out to ‘Huntington Methodist Church’ and posted to Rosemary Freeborn (347 Huntington Road, Huntington, York, YO31 9HJ).

Please book your place on the coach via the circuit office, including which stop you will be embarking at. 

 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

Don’t forget to book your afternoon tea by contacting Sian [email protected]

 Safeguarding Refresher Module: 24th July 2pm at Stamford Bridge


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.

Volunteers needed!

Help is needed Wednesday 13th Sept for the Action for Children fundraising event at St Crux, York.  Can you help serve refreshments, bake cakes or donate bric-a-brac and books?  Contact Elizabeth on 628043 or Caroline on 768088.

MWIB: Called to Proclaim

Induction of Janice Clark as district MWiB President, Trinity Norton Methodist Church, Thursday 21st September, 10.30am.

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.




 Yorsay Final Edition July August 2017

Hello Readers,

I feel very privileged to be able to write a passage for the final YORSAY edition within the York and Hull District. The York and Hull District, and its ecumenical partners, have said a fond farewell to the Revd Stephen Burgess with a huge thank you to him for the work and service he undertook within the life of being a District Chair for the last 13 years.  I am sure Stephen and Barbara have long prepared for their new venture as they move to Cambridge and settle into their next chapter of life’s journey.  We all wish them a happy and healthy future.

On reflection of all that has been going on recently within our District, the word that springs to mind is PREPARATION.

We think of ……..

Preparation for the Methodist Conference in Birmingham on 22-29 June. The York and Hull District 2017 representatives joined together for a preparation meeting last week, to discuss topics of interest and who would travel with who to Birmingham.  We have a mixture of ordained and lay representatives and we look forward to good fellowship and hopefully some interesting debate.  This year, and new to Conference, is the “overseas buddying scheme” and we will be accompanied by a member of the Methodist Church in Mexico.  The Sunday Worship service (and the business sessions) will be available to view live and transmission will start at around 10.25 am on the Sunday to allow those who wish to screen the service in their church. We will also have the opportunity to witness the Ordination of 3 of our Ministers, Rosie Coles, Tanya Short and Iain Ballard, as they prepare to fulfil their commitment to the Methodist Church.


Preparation for the New District – the Yorkshire North and East District from 1 September. With this comes new beginnings, our new District Chair, the Revd Leslie Newton, and we welcome all 15 Circuits under the new umbrella of the Yorkshire North and East District, with district officers taking up new roles within the new District.  This is a very exciting time for us all. We also thank all those who have served the York & Hull District in previous years.


Preparation of the farewell gathering service for the Revd Anne Brown, who has served as a District Chair for many years, but more recently, as the Leeds District Chair and also as Deputy Chair of York & Hull during Stephen’s sabbatical period.  Anne’s farewell gathering service will take place on

20 July at Woodlands Church Hall, Harrogate at 7.45 pm followed by a bring-&-share supper.  We also prepare and look forward to the welcome service of our new Chair, the Revd Leslie Newton. This service will take place at Ashville College, Harrogate on 27 August starting with afternoon tea and cakes at 4 pm followed by a service at 5 pm.


Preparation of the Autumn Synod taking place at the Manor Academy, York on Saturday 9 September 2017 chaired by the Revd Leslie Newton at the first Representative Synod of the new District.  Therefore, as we prepare for new beginnings, let us remind ourselves of the many bible passages about prepare, see a couple of verses below which reassures us that in all our preparations, God is with us. Let us unite together and in doing so may our cup overflow with goodness and mercy as we strive to do the work God wants us to do in the name of our saviour and our friend, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen


Ephesians 2:10

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

Psalm 23:5

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.


God is with us,

Jackie Gaitley, Synod Secretary                                        

 Yorkshire North & East

27 August at 5 pm,

Ashville College Harrogate HG2 9JP

Leslie Newton’s Induction Service  and

new district inauguration service.

Light afternoon tea served from 4.00pm

 Beverley Methodist Circuit

Children and Families Worker

Based at Norwood Methodist Church and  The Church in Tickton (Anglican/Methodist LEP)

8 hours per week £8.45 per hour (Living Wage)

We seek a committed person to facilitate and support the children and families work of the two churches and to promote that work internally with the churches and externally with the local communities.

It is an occupational requirement that the post holder is a current participant in the life of a Christian Church or Christian Community

For further information or an application pack, please contact:

Alister McClure, 07734 410733, [email protected]

Applications are to be returned to [email protected] or to

Norwood Methodist Church, Norwood, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 9HN

Closing Date for applications: Monday 26th June      Interviews will be held on: Monday 3rd July

This post is subject to a satisfactory DBS enhanced disclosure

 Holderness road Methodist Church hull (opp Boyes)


The Knitted Bible

The exhibition is on loan from St George’s United Reform Church, Hartlepool where it was created and has been travelling around the UK since 2008.

July 15th-17th

Saturday 15th 10:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday 16th  12 noon – 6:oopm

Monday 17th 10:00am – 4:00pm

Refreshments on sale each day

Entry is free but donations for Butterflies, (dementia charity), SACTS (Send a child to school in Sierra Leonne and Malawi) and to cover costs will be very welcome.  Thanks


‘Being Myself’ Concert Tour

with Songs from his new album ‘Being Myself’

and old favourites

Friday 8th September

at 7.00pm

Clowes Methodist Church, Hull

Tea and Cake in the interval

Tickets £6 from Nigel Shaw on 01482 850557

e-mail – [email protected],

 Saturday 9th September

at 7.00pm

Elstronwick Methodist Church

Tickets £6 including Buffet from

Mary Jane Barker on 01964 670259, e-mail –

[email protected]

Or e-mail Linda – [email protected]



 Kingston Wesley Church

882 Holderness Road



[email protected]

 http://www.sacts.org.uk] Registered Charity 1164946

 Tel 01482 711386 & 788728

 Flight Booked for Freetown February 2018

 Learn to Read—Read to Learn

 On my last visit I found that there was an lack of reading books in the schools I visited and I remember my own children becoming free readers in primary school due to reading the school’s books.  So I would like to in-

crease the children’s chances by supplying relevant books.  

I have named this project, ‘Learn to Read  – Read to Learn.’

 If you have access to any books please contact me  

 Or      if you would like to donate please write or go to  


 Thank you Bruce