York Circuit Events & YORK YORSAY MARCH 2017

Dear all,                                22nd February   2017

To read the March YORSAY  scroll down

Dear all,

News from churches around the circuit this week.

Lent course- Holiness and Justice

If you are running a Lent course, we’d love you to consider using one on the theme of ‘Holiness and Justice’ that is being produced by Revd Ian Hill to be used with some booklets produced by the Methodist Church.  This is now available from the Circuit office.

As in previous years, we’ll be producing a flyer with details of Lent and Holy Week events around the circuit so that anyone who can’t get to those at their usual church can go elsewhere if they wish.  If you would like an event to be included please let the Circuit Office know.

Pancakes at Stillington Methodist Church

Sat 25th Feb, 11.30am- 1.30pm, sweet & savoury pancakes.  £3.50 to include 2 pancakes of your choice and tea or coffee.

Women’s World day of prayer

Friday March 3rd This year the service has been prepared by Christian women in the Philippines. It is a very thoughtful and moving service telling of the everyday situations in life, work and Christian outreach in that country.

There are two services in Poppleton. The one in the Methodist church at 1.45pm, followed by coffee and cakes. The other is at All Saints church at 7pm.  If your church does not have a service, then do come along. Men and women are warmly invited.

 Acomb’s  ‘Women’s World Day of Prayer’ service will take place at 10.30 a.m. on Friday, March 3rd, led by the local churches and held in Acomb Methodist church. The service AM I BEING UNFAIR TO YOU was prepared by women of the Philippines. Everyone is welcome.


Wed 22nd Feb – Sat 25th Feb at 7.30 p.m. & Sat matinee at 2.30 p.m. TICKETS ON SALE NOW – £6 adult / £4 child
from Sheila Middleton tel: 795826 or mobile: 07952511445, email: [email protected]

Spirit Space at Haxby

Contemplative worship in the style of Taize, next on 19th March at 6.30pm.

Concert – Four Weddings and a Funeral

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.

Stamford Bridge coffee mornings

Tuesdays in January, February & March, 10am- 11.30am.  Drop in for a chat with friends and have a cup of tea or coffee.


an evening of light faith and secular music with Sylvie-D & Joshua Kohlmann and Wetherby Methodist Music Group.

7.30 p.m. Sat 18th March. Tickets £7: John tel: 795826 or email: [email protected]

Winter clothing

Gail Lazenby and Jill Crampton are asking for your to start collecting or knitting  hats, scarves, gloves, also save any good quality Childrens Winter coats or if you don’t knit and don’t have access to childrens clothes perhaps you could donate a pack of disposable nappies. Last year we went to distribute the donations in Moldova and over 1000 children each received a hat, scarf, gloves, coat and jumper and a knitted blanket from the donations received. You will be able to bring them to Haxby Methodist Church hall at our Operation Orphan Keep a Child Warm Coffee Morning on Saturday 22nd April. 10am till 12 midday. If you need any more info or you want us to come and talk to your church or group you can contact us Gail on 01904 690757 or Jill on 01904769034.

Ash Wednesday, 1st March

12.45pm Service of Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes at Central

Maundy Thursday

2pm Holy Communion, New Earswick

7.30pm Holy Communion, Stillingfleet

Good Friday

10.30am Stillingfleet (Walk of witness)

2pm New Earswick

Dear all,

News from around the circuit this week.

Circuit Service: ‘Make a Difference’

Acomb  26th February at 3 p.m.

To include the Launch of the Lent Course ‘Holiness and Justice’ and presentations to those completing the Encounter Course.

We will be learning a simple song during the service and invite anyone who plays a melodic instrument (flute, recorder etc.) to bring it for this item. (we can provide music for Bb instruments like clarinet and trumpet too).

If you come early, you can have the music in advance.

Joint Public Issues Team (Yorkshire)

A new Joint Public Issues Team for Yorkshire is being launched on Saturday 4th March at Leeds Civic Hall.  The event runs from 9.30am- 1.30pm.  You can book online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-hope-for-us-recovering-confidence-in-the-north-tickets-31185415417?ref=enivtefor001&invite=MTEzNTQzNzgvYWRtaW5AeW9ya21ldGhvZGlzdC5vcmcudWsvMA%3D%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&ref=enivtefor001&utm_term=attend or contact Revd Rory Dalgliesh for information.

Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade fortnight is coming up- please see the attached paper on ‘Holiness, Justice and Making a difference’ to think about how your church could review its’ Fairtrade involvement.

Gravity Youth event

3rd March, Gravity trampoline park, Xscape, Junction 32, Castleford.

Meet at 6pm at Christchurch (opposite Gravity in the Xscape complex).  Games, food from Pizza Express, youth worship and an hour of jumping at Gravity.  Finishing at 9pm.

£5 each.  For young people Year 6 to Year 13.  Places limited so book early by contacting Victoria Etherington [email protected]

Lay Synod

Sunday 19th March, Pocklington Methodist Church, 10.30am-4pm.  Morning worship, followed by lunch (provided).  With keynote speaker Dr Jill Hopkinson, opportunity for group discussion and to raise your own concerns.  This day will be of interest to all Lay People whether or not you hold office in the Church.  Please come and worship with us and join in the discussion.

Full details and booking information to follow.

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.

City of Sanctuary

An update on York City of Sanctuary is attached.

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).

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!

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.

Website: www.yorkmethodist.org.uk

Welcome to the March Edition of Yorsay Just a reminder for those involved Synod is on 1st April at the Manor Academy York .The District Web site has details on how to get there etc

YORSAY March 2017

From the Chair’s Desk

I suppose it is predictable that I am getting asked questions such as: Are you looking forward to retirement? or How does it feel with only a few weeks left? or even Have you started packing yet? We are now half way through this Methodist connexional year, and I will be leaving my appointment as chair of district at the end of April – so the questions are probably those I should be addressing to myself.

The answers then? Well, Yes and no and Slightly strange and Yes, a few things are being sorted out, not least with the pressure of fewer bookshelves where we will be living.

I have been reflecting on the hymn by Joy Dine, God who sets us on a journey. It is available on http://www.singingthefaithplus.org.uk/?p=8037 and elsewhere, no doubt. Do read it if you can, including the extra information given there about the history of the hymn and its writer.

Half way through a year then, and an appropriate time to look back at what has been since September, as we also look ahead to the next six months, and then into the future with a new district, new colleagueship and of course new challenges in our shared and individual discipleship. Here is the penultimate verse of Joy Dines hymn for us to ponder (but do look at all of it sometime):

End our longing for the old days,
grant the vision that we lack –
once we’ve started on this journey
there can be no turning back;
let us travel light, discarding
excess baggage from our past,
cherish only what’s essential,
choosing treasure that will last.

Every blessing

Stephen Burgess

District Chair

An Invitation

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  

 RSVP to

York and Hull District of the Methodist Church

District Office  28 The Green  Acomb, York  YO26 5LR

 Email:  [email protected]

Phone:  07809 431871

 Please note that the venue for Leslie’s Inauguration Service and the Dedication of the New Yorkshire North and East District will be held at Wetherby Methodist Church at 5.pm on 27th August – more details later

This year, Christian Aid will mark 60 years of Christian Aid Week,  our annual fundraising week that wouldn’t be possible without the incredible dedication of our supporters.

From the first year, when a generation of Christians decided they would not stand by while people suffered in refugee camps, to today – we won’t turn out back on the plight of refugees.

Every May, you, our supporters take the streets – for door-to-door collections, bake sales, sponsored walks, abseils, among many other events – to raise money to support people around the world living in poverty.

Without this continuous support year on year, that unites over 20,000 churches country-wide, we wouldn’t be able to provide security and comfort for refugees around the world, advocating for policies that protect them and helping them find a safe place to call home.

As we celebrate the annual fundraising week’s Diamond celebration, we are also celebrating the amazing people who make it happen.

We are inviting you to nominate a Diamond this Christian Aid Week.  Do you know someone who never fails to post those red envelopes through every letterbox in your village every May?  Or someone who has raised a staggering amount to help people in need?  Is your local school dedicated to sharing the message of Christian Aid?  Or maybe your Christian Aid group never fails to fundraise for an emergency appeal?

Let us know those supporters who you think deserve special recognition.  You can nominate people in categories including Long-term Supporters, Super Organisers, Working Together and Schools until March 17th.

Be a Diamond this Christian Aid Week.  Visit www.caweek.org/diamond for more information, or contact Steph Cooper [email protected] or 07970 735861.

John and Nancy are looking for people willing to help launch their new route of 23 walks following the route of the Coastliner buses.  Please see below, and get in touch with John and Nancy if you would like to be involved on 20th May.

Thanks very much


Stephanie Cooper

Regional Coordinator, North and East Yorkshire

Christian Aid  Oxford Chambers  Oxford Place  LEEDS LS1 3AX

Tel: 0113 244 4764 (x4744)

Mobile: 07970 735861  Email: [email protected]


Dear Steph

Happy New Year! We hope you won’t mind us sending you this general circular letter but we need to contact 60 or 70 people and so this seemed to be the easiest method.

Nancy and I are emailing a good number of our walking contacts to ask if you might be interested in taking part in the launch of a new long distance walk that we have devised.

In 2015 we completed our own ‘Coast to Coast Walk’ from Liverpool to Flamborough and for the second half of the walk (from Leeds to the coast) our route ran roughly parallel to the route taken by the Coastliner bus and we used that bus each day to get back to our parked car. The thought crossed our minds that the route we had taken from Leeds to the coast could, with just a little tweaking, be made into a Long Distance Walk. That’s what we have done and we are calling the walk ‘The Coastliner Way’.

The Coastliner bus company think it is a positive idea and are giving support.

As far as the route itself is concerned, we first walk from Leeds to Malton. From there, three separate prongs, corresponding to the 840, 843 and 845 Coastliner buses, lead to Whitby, Scarborough and Filey/Bridlington giving walkers a choice of routes to the coast.

On this occasion we have decided to make most of the walks about 5 to 7 miles long, although in these cases two consecutive walks can usually be joined into a longer one if desired. A few of the walk legs are about 10 miles long but only two of these cannot be split into shorter sections. Total mileages (including the three separate prongs) add up to around 167 miles.

The attraction of the walks is that they all start and finish at a Coastliner bus stop. This means that, apart from getting to the start of a walk, there is no need to use private transport.

Our idea a year ago was to produce a walking guide book. However, in order to reduce production costs, we have now decided not to go into paper print but instead to put the walk on to our website*. Walkers will then be able to print out details of the different walks and to make a donation to Christian Aid. We should point out that, in order to get virtually free Ordnance Survey mapping, we have opted to go for 1:50,000 scale maps on the website.

We know that the 1:25,000 maps are much better for walking but, if you wish, we can forward individuals a copy of the route at 1:25,000 scale for their personal use although it won’t appear on the website.

We are hoping that the inauguration of the walks (the ‘Launch Day’) will take place at the end of Christian Aid Week on Saturday 20 May 2017. The plan is that walking friends like yourself, walking groups, or Christian Aid supporters will opt to complete one or more of the legs so that the whole 167 miles will be covered on the same day. Hopefully, those taking part will be able to get a reasonable sum in sponsorship donations. An important aspect is that you will be able to allocate your sponsor money to your own particular Church’s (or local area’s) Christian Aid Week effort. In that way, you might raise more money.

The Big Question (in case you haven’t guessed!) is: Would you be interested in walking one of the 23 legs on Launch Day? Clearly, if it is possible for you to gather together a group of friends to do the walk with you, that would be great.

Best wishes,

John and Nancy

*www.johneckersley.wordpress.com/coastliner-way   (this walk coming live on1st May)


The Naval, Military & Air Force Bible Society is the oldest Bible Society in Britain. Perhaps if they had been quicker to claim the name they would be called ‘The Bible Society’. They have just produced a new prayer book specifically designed for cadets.

I’m one of three chaplains to the Humberside and South Yorkshire County Army Cadet Force. My colleagues are a Baptist Hospital Chaplain and a retired Anglican priest. We are appointed to the whole county but I look specifically after the detachments north of the Humber i.e. Hull and East Yorkshire. The ACF is Britain’s largest voluntary youth organisation and H&SY have over a thousand young people aged between 12 and 18. The cadets come from all backgrounds but many come from poorer districts and often struggle with school and so Cadets offers a second chance. The ACF as well as its military syllabus enables young people to gain qualifications in First Aid and Navigation, undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and gain BTEC qualifications. For many it’s where they learn to speak in public and to teach. Most of the girls and boys, like many of their generation, are largely unchurched and so chaplaincy offers many opportunities to share the Good News.

The new Prayer Book is another resource for our mission to these young people. The NM&AF Bible Society will offer these books at cost. If you or your church would like to make a donation to help provide this resource for teenagers please contact me.

Rev’d Stephen Caddy CF/V

Beverley Circuit

[email protected]


Year of Prayer for Hull 2017

Prayer Walk  around

Old Town Hull

Monday 6th March 201 7&

First Monday of every month in 2017

As part of a Year for Prayer for Hull 2017 , we invite all Christians, as part of the Body of Christ living or serving in Hull, to join together to pray for our city and its people


Trinity Square

Lord’s Prayer  Christian witness and unity

Marina  Trade & Tourism

The Deep   Deeper relationships with Jesus

Fruit Market  Art & artists regeneration, Methodist Art Collection

Probation  Work of probation officers. To break the cycle of reoffending

Solicitors   Family  breakup & disputes

St Mary’s  Low Gate

Homeless of the city

Crown Court  Victims & perpetrators of crime

Guild Hall  Local government- Councillors & decision makers Coroners Court Blessing marriages across the city.

Hull College  All students & those in higher education.

William Wilberforce  Victims of modern day slavery. Those trapped in debt or addiction.

Queens Gardens Police Station  Police & PCSO’S of the city

Queens Gardens  Those with mental health & mental health services across the city.

BBC  Reporting & spreading Good News

Wilson Centre  Those living on benefits or with sanctions. Those in need of appropriate housings

Beverley Gate  Hull rejected its king in the past , pray that many will accept Jesus as king this year.

Princes Quay Shopping Centre   Retailers and businesses of the city. Fair trade

Victoria Square  Jesus being the cornerstone the city is built on.Rejoicing in the building works to date, for a city in a process of transformation

Willerby Methodist Church (Hull Centre & West Circuit) are replacing their pews with chairs. Is anyone interested in taking them from us? There are about 20 of them – up to 4m long and comfortably upholstered.  Contact the church: [email protected] or ring 01482 650287

Tower Hill Methodist Church are seeking to employ  a Lay Worker

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about making connections in the community.

We are looking for someone who is excited about facilitating activities that will promote and encourage the well-being of people.  

We are looking for someone who will encourage relationships to grow amongst those they are involved with and build bridges with those in the community.

How would you like to share your gifts and skills by connecting with the community in 10 hours per week?

Are you able to weave together the Christian faith with other creative and innovative ideas?

Have you had experience of community focused work that fostered a caring and trusting environment for people to meet in? We are keen at Tower Hill Methodist Church to work with you as you explore your gifts and use your skills in this area of Ministry.We are asking you to work an average of 10 hours per week and you will receive £8.32 per hour.If you think this is for you and would like an application pack please contact Mrs Linda Shaw at the Methodist Circuit Office, Bricknell Avenue Methodist Church. The Telephone number is 01482 845869. The closing date for applications is Friday 17th March. Interviews will take place in the week commencing 3rd April with the successful candidate starting this role as soon as possible after the interview.

Tower Hill Methodist Church  are seeking to employ

 a Family Worker

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about working with children, young people and families. We are looking for someone who is excited about facilitating activities that will enable children and young people and their families to engage with the Christian gospel message.  We are looking for someone who will encourage relationships to grow amongst those they are involved with and build bridges with those in the community.

How would you like to share your gifts and skills with children and young people and their families in 10 hours per week?Are you able to weave together the Christian faith with other creative and physical activities for children in KS2? Have you had experience of family orientated activities e.g. Messy Church or parent and toddler groups ? We are keen at Tower Hill Methodist Church to work with you as you explore your gifts and use your skills in this area of Ministry.

We are asking you to work an average of 10 hours per week and you will receive £8.32 per hour.If you think this is for you and would like an application pack please contact Mrs Linda Shaw at the Methodist Circuit Office, Bricknell Avenue Methodist Church. The Telephone number is 01482 845869. The closing date for applications is Friday 17th March. Interviews will take place in the week commencing 3rd April with the successful candidate starting this role as soon as possible after the interview.

The Methodists for World Mission Conference is 2nd-4th June 2017 at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick, this year under the title ‘Moving People: Moving Stories’.

Refugees, economic migrants and people seeking new lives in new places mean more people are on the move across the globe than ever before.  Follow the churches’ journey alongside some of these people and explore how we can become a church of all nations.


Newton Methodist Chapel and Newton Church of England

invite you to an evening with Harmonia Choir

Saturday, March 4, 2017 At 7:00 PM

Potter Hill Methodist Church  Pickering

No tickets required.

Donations on the door for Motor Neurone Disease Association (Registered Charity No. 294354)

Light refreshments of tea and biscuits at half time.

Big Sing

St. John’s Burlington Methodist Church

Saturday 4th March 2017    7.00 pm

Come and sing some of your Local Preacher’s favourite hymns!

Leader  Andrew Roberts (Ripon)

Soloist  David Hinde (Old Town Bell Ringer)

Geoff Bellamy (Horn) Organis Mitchell Wright (Sewerby)



St. John’s Burlington Methodist Church

Sunday 5th March 2017  10.30 am

Preacher  The President of the Methodist Conference

Rev. Dr. Roger Walton  who will also Preside at Holy Communion

The Service will be led by Rev. Nic Bentley  Rev. John G Hughes

Organist Mr. Geoff Gregson


A Christian View of Environmental Issues By Martin J  Hodson

On    11th March 2017      10.30 – 12.00


Sowerby Methodist Chapel, Front St, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 1JQ

Ticket price  £5    –   to include refreshments

Dr Martin Hodson is a plant scientist and  environmental biologist who writes and speaks widely on environmental issues.Martin is an Associate Member of the Institute of Human Sciences at the University of Oxford and a Visiting Researcher in Environmental Biology at Oxford Brookes University.Martin is also the Operations Director for the John Ray Initiative. Martin has over 100 publications including “Cherishing the Earth” and “A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues”, both co-authored with his wife Margot, a vicar in the Church of England.

For further information and to book tickets please  visit our website: www.fellowshipofaelred.org.uk

or telephone either


Christine   07759957997   or Frances  07793 753316



RECEIVING CHRIST in five different ways is a 5-session course for discussion groups written by John Young and featuring on CD:

  • THE RT REVD NICK BAINES Bishop of Leeds
  • REVD DR KEN HOWCROFT former President of the Methodist Conference
  • THEODORA HAWKSLEY RC theologian and a novice at the Bar Convent, York.

‘To all who received him … he gave power to become children of God.’ (John 1.12.) This raises big questions. Aren’t we all children of God anyway? Just how can we receive Christ? And what does it mean to have ‘a relationship with God’? In a course crammed with discussable questions, John Young teases out from the New Testament various ways in which we receive Christ, demonstrating that St John’s theology in his magisterial Gospel has very practical implications for our day-to-day lives.

Five Sessions

Session 1: Receiving Christ: as children of God

Session 2: Receiving Christ: in the stranger and the needy

Session 3: Receiving Christ: in Holy Communion

Session 4:  Receiving Christ: through prayer and fellowship

Session 5: ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’ (Colossians 1.27)


Solo Plus Theatre Company established in 1988 offers performances of ‘Susanna Wesley – a Woman of Spirit’ to churches and other organizations. The performance which lasts one hour fifteen minutes is suitable to be used to replace the Sunday service as it can be shortened if necessary, or as an outreach, celebration or piece of theatre. It is basically a one woman show highlighting Susanna’s faith and endurance – a woman who bore nineteen children and had a strong desire to serve God with the whole of her life. From an early age she dedicated herself to God becoming a Church of England member at the age of thirteen despite her father Samuel Annasley being a Minister and a Non-Conformist or Dissenter as they were then called.  Eventually she married Samuel Wesley a Church of England Minister with High Church leanings much to the disgust of his parishioners who preferred simpler services. Susanna had an immense influence on her family taking most of their schooling upon herself and often being responsible for both their material and spiritual welfare. Her kitchen table ministry is legendary and through this she brought many to her Lord and Saviour and greatly increased the size of her husband’s congregation. A devout Christian she spent two hours each day in prayer. She determined at a young age not to spend more time at leisure than she did with her Lord.

Written and performed by Linda Mae a professional actor, M.A (Contemporary Theatre Practice), Certificate  of Education, Diploma in Theology, LLAM, LGSM,  and Local Methodist Preacher it follows the life of Susanna Wesley and her family.

Ghosts in the Rectory, a fight with smallpox, house fires, a husband in debtors prison – Susanna’s life was not an easy one. Her mother’s twenty-fourth child, and her father’s twenty fifth child born on January 20th 1669, her most famous children were of course John and Charles Wesley. Having sole charge of the household her faith and tenacity kept her going against all the odds. She was a remarkable woman, highly educated for her time.

Come and hear her amazing story, find out about her children, one of whom eloped and lived to regret it, and another who married a clergyman and philanderer who got one of his servants pregnant and later sailed to the West Indies with his present mistress. Although Susanna loved her husband he spent little time with her at one time leaving her for a year to care for the children while he worked in other parishes because she wouldn’t agree with him over what to her was a matter of principle. Hear about the conversion of John and Charles which took place after them both being Ministers for years and going to Georgia as missionaries when John and Charles were both in their thirties. Also hear about Susanna’s own conversion at the age of seventy, and that of her youngest daughter Kezziah. Meet Charles Wesley and listen to many of the famous Wesley hymns and join in singing some of them. £350 per performance.

Comments from our latest performance included ‘We enjoyed your interpretation of Susanna Wesley’s story’. ‘It felt as if we were listening to a story that we had never known or heard before’. ‘It brought back memories of my visit to Epworth the home of the Wesley’s’. ‘It was wonderful to hear the old Wesley hymns.’

To book a performance telephone Linda Mae on 0121 770 6568 or email [email protected]