York Circuit Events

15th November 2018

Dear all,

News from around the circuit this week.

Please note we are having problems with the circuit office phone- if you cannot get through please email [email protected] or try our temporary number 01904 491994.


Rachel Muthoni would like to invite anyone interested in charity work in Kenya / East Africa to lunch in her home in Market Weighton at midday on Saturday 17th November.   The purpose is to exchange thoughts, ideas and experiences, so you are welcome whether you simply have an interest in this area, or you are currently involved in some project or if you have supported mission or charity work in the past.

Please do join us, but let us know first for catering purposes and to get the address.

John Middleton – tel: 01904 795826, email: [email protected]

Dennis Little —  tel: 01904 490728, email: [email protected]

MWiB Advent service

Tues 4th Dec, Stamford Bridge, 10.30am.  All welcome.

Carol singing for Action for Children

Tuesday 18th December: Carol singing at Tesco Store, Clifton Moor 7.30 pm till 9pm.  We will be led by Revd Andrew Foster.  The shoppers always enjoy the carols – and the jokes!  Do join us.

 Worship: Leading and Preaching Open Forum

Thurs 17th January 2019, 7pm-9pm, The Bar Convent, York.  All Tutors, mentors and students and anyone else interested in learning about Worship: Leading and Preaching course are invited to attend.  Please contact Sian Henderson ([email protected]) to book.

District Conversations exploring Marriage and Relationships

The District is arranging six Conversations around the District to provide opportunity for people to engage together honestly, prayerfully and graciously in reflection and discernment about these matters.  More details are attached.

10.30am – 12 noon Saturday 17th November: Sewerby, Bridlington

7.30pm – 9pm Friday 25th January: Norwood, Beverley

10.30am – 12 noon Saturday 2nd March: Trinity, Norton

7.30pm – 9pm Tuesday 2nd April: Wesley Centre, Nidd Valley

7.30pm – 9pm Wednesday 1st May: Central, Goole

7.30pm – 9pm Thursday 6th June: Lidgett, York

Regional safeguarding Conference

Sat 8th June 2019. More details to follow.

Can you offer hospitality to an international student this Christmas?

Christmas is a time of coming together and spending time with friends, old and new.

Many international students who are staying in York over the festive season have never experienced Christmas-time in the UK before. And there are some who have never even visited a UK home.

We’re looking for volunteers in the York area to share a few hours of their time with an international student, giving them a flavour of some Christmas hospitality.

You can host a student – or more than one if you prefer – for just a few hours. This can be for any day or evening between mid-December and early January.

You may want to:

  • Offer a home cooked dinner, maybe playing a board game before or after
  • Invite them to help you decorate your Christmas tree
  • Attend a carol service together or another festive event
  • Meet up for a coffee, or a walk in the park or nearby countryside

Interested in hosting? Find out more about winter hosting and complete our quick form before midnight on Wednesday 21 Novemberwww.york.ac.uk/winter-hosting/

There will be two meet and great sessions where hosts will have the opportunity to get to know their assigned student(s). These will be on Tuesday 4th December at 17:00 or Thursday 6th December at 18:00, and hosts and their students can attend the session which is most convenient for both parties.

We really appreciate the help of all of our local volunteers – without you this worthwhile scheme would not be possible.

Louise, Alison & Glenn, International Student Support Team

News from churches around the circuit this week.

Huntington Christmas Tree Festival

There will be a Christmas Tree Festival at Huntington Methodist Church, Strensall Road, Huntington, ( on the number 5 bus route) from Friday 30 November to Monday 3 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 Stars, 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.

Stamford Bridge coffee morning

17th Nov 10am-12

Trinity Breakfast for Faith up Front

17th November10am-2pm, £5 for a cooked breakfast.  All welcome.

Holgate Christmas fair

Sat 1st December, 11am-1pm.

The Gift

Sunday 2nd December, 6.30pm, Holgate Methodist Church

Come and celebrate the start of Advent with our augmented choir from around the circuit singing Graham Kendrick’s The Gift.

Operation Orphan

We are two members of Wigginton and Haxby Methodist Church who volunteer with the Charity Operation Orphan specifically their  Keep a Child Warm Campaign.


We have been part of the team for the last the last 5 years delivering, collecting and distributing warm winter clothing to vulnerable children in Moldova. We would love to share our story and if any church or church group would like to hear it we would be happy to come to and speak at any of your churches or church meeting. Some have already heard our story and have supported us over the years we would welcome contact from anyone looking for a speaker or want any more information our contact details are as follows

Jill Crampton [email protected]

Gail Lazenby [email protected]

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.