York Circuit Events


22nd November 2017

From: 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 Friday 24th November and Friday 1st December

Dear all,

News from churches around the circuit this week.

News from Dunnington

Tuesday 28th November Dunnington have our Christmas Lunch Stop at Dunnington Methodist Church. A two course seasonal lunch will be served between 12 noon and 1 pm. Cost is £5 for one course or £7-50 for two. All are welcome, call Chris or Jean Spedding on 07941 478319 for more details.

Friday 1st December Dunnington have Reel2Real Film Club at 7 pm. The film will be Viceroy’s House, starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson, which is set in India at the time of the granting of independence. All are welcome, entry is free and there is free popcorn before and free tea or coffee and cake after the performance. Donations towards church funds are invited! For more details contact me on the same number as above.

Christmas Crafternoon

Join us for our Christmas Crafternoon at Lidgett Methodist Church on Saturday 2nd December 2-5pm.  We have over 20 stalls selling locally produced crafts, including ceremics, artwork, cards, clothing, wooden goods and much more! There will also be  refreshments, tombolas, games and activities, as well as Santa’s Grotto.  All money raised will go towards the building redevelopment fund.

Christmas tree festival at Huntington

There will be a Christmas Tree Festival at Huntington Methodist Church, Strensall Road, Huntington, ( on the number 5 bus route) from Friday 1 December to Monday 4 December. The festival will be open from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday, 2pm to 5pm on Sunday and 10am to 3pm on Monday. There will be 18 trees sponsored and decorated by local businesses and organisations on the theme of Christmas Around the World, homemade refreshments will be available all day, and there will be stalls selling gifts, crafts, jewellery and bulbs. Admission is free, and all proceeds are for Church funds.

Holgate Christmas fair

Saturday 2nd December, 11am-1pm

Father Christmas, cakes, tombolas, games, refreshments nad more.  Admission 50p (adults only).

Carols at Cornerstone

Friday 15th December, refreshments from 7pm, carols from 7.30pm.  Carols in a relaxed family atmosphere at Cornerstone Methodist Church (formerly St George’s, Millfield Ln,YO10 3AL).  All welcome!

Christmas tree Festival at Clifton

The Clifton Yarn bombers have been busy and over the next few weeks 100’s of knitted, crocheted and sewn angels will be lining the streets of Clifton to make trails to the Christmas tree Festival held over 15th  – 19th  December, see poster for details of this must see event!

Free entry, viewing times:

Friday 15th & Saturday 16th 10am-4pm,

Sunday 17th during services and 2pm-4pm,

Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th 10.30am- 3pm.

Correction to the Plan

Please note that at Clifton there will be no 6.30pm service on 24th December.

Looking for Speakers?

We are Ambassadors for Operation Orphan Charity,  http://www.operation-orphan.org/ which works to deliver aid to children in the neediest parts of the world. Keep a Child Warm Campaign specifically works in Eastern Europe and we have received support from so many people the local community, schools and organisations in donating good quality winter childrens clothes. We  are intending to go out to Moldova again in 2018 to take part in the clothing distribution. If you would like to be involved and hear our story we are happy to come and talk to your group free of charge, we have a short presentation for childrens groups and a slightly longer version for adults. Do get in touch [email protected] [email protected] or phone  Gail Lazenby 01904 690757 and Jill Crampton 01904769034

News from around the circuit and district this week.

Methodist Women in Britain Advent service

Tuesday 5th December, Southlands Methodist Church, 10am refreshments, 10.30am start. Speaker Keith Albans.  Men & women of all ages welcome.

Christian Aid in Kenya

Friday 8th December, 12.15 – 2pm, at Jacob’s Well, Trinity Lane, off Micklegate, York, YO1 6EL.  An opportunity to meet with Maureen Olyaro, Christian Aid’s Country Programme Manager in Nairobi, Kenya.  All are invited to come along and listen to Maureen and ask her questions about the work of Christian Aid’s partners in Kenya.  Bring your sandwiches, drinks and cakes provided.

Action for Children Carol singing

Date for your diaries.  Carol singing at Tesco Store, Clifton Moor on Tuesday 19th December 7.30pm – 9pm.  Revd Andrew Foster to lead the singing so entertaining evening for everyone.  Come and join us.

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.

Christian Aid Carols

Please find attached details of a Carols in Selby Abbey event that Christian Aid are holding on Friday 8th December.  Local schools choirs and Great Snaith in Song choir will take part, and Pauline Olyaru from Christian Aid’s office in Nairobi, Kenya will share a little about her work.  There will also be congregational carols, ending with the final carol in candlelight.

ECG – Equipping, Calling, Going is an event with a Methodist flavour that has been influential in shaping the spiritual journeys of many Methodists.

Next year’s event will be in the Scarborough Spa Complex from Tuesday 3rd – Sunday 8th April.

Our main Bible teacher will be Rev Dr Elaine Heath, Dean of Duke University, leader of the Foundation for Missional Wisdom and author of books such as ‘The Mystic Way of Evangelism’ and ‘God unbound:Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church’. She is world renowned for her 21st century interpretation of the Methodist tradition and will be exploring Wesley’s 5 means of grace in her bible studies.

There will be a seminar streams and workshops on different topics including a stream on healthy church hosted by Revd Graham Horsley, Connexional Fresh Expressions Missioner exploring themes of discipleship – what it means to be a Spirit-led church and engaging with the wider world with Kingdom values.  Each session will involve sharing stories from a number of people doing exciting projects so that a practical pragmatic approach is taken, exploring real successes and the problems that have been overcome. There’ll be opportunity to ask questions and share your stories too.

We continue to develop our exciting 18-25s programme developed and resourced by leaders from the 18-25 age bracket. This is one of the most significant British gatherings of young leaders in the Methodist tradition.  We also have a full programme of children’s activities led by the Pulse Ministries, a range of fringe events, outreach work.  If you’ve been – you know how good it is. If you haven’t we hope you’ll join us for some post Easter spiritual refreshment – better still bring a group from your church.

Bookings can be made through the website www.ecgevent.org.uk where an early bird discount is applicable until 30th Nov. Hotel accommodation can be booked through the office (tel. no. below) at the Grand Hotel, Scarborough.

With blessings, Alison Carr, Office & Events Manager




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