York Circuit Events


Dear all,                                                     4th December 2019

News from churches around the Circuit this week. 

FareShare Volunteers
Our FareShare food from Tesco that we put out as an ad-hoc foodbank in the church grounds on Tuesday and Friday mornings is massively appreciated by members of our local community, and we receive many favourable comments from them.  However, this service is now at risk as some of our volunteer drivers (who collect the boxes the night before) have had to stop after years of faithful service, and we desperately need more people to join the rota to collect the boxes (currently Monday or Thursday nights).  If you think you might be able to offer to help, please could you email  [email protected]. The commitment is just one night per month between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.  Thank you so much.

Advent and Christmas Events at Lidgett

Please see the poster for lots of lovely events on at Lidgett Methodist, as we journey towards Christmas

Thursday 19th December 3.30pm

Lidgett Methodist are offering a Quiet Christmas Hour of Christmas reflection, carols and refreshments.  We know that not everyone feels like celebrating Christmas, so this is a time where you can relax and feel a part of Christmas, whether you are finding the prospect of Christmas difficult this year, or just prefer to enjoy a time of quiet and peace.  You are welcome at Lidgett however you are feeling.  (see Poster also.)


Sunday 15th December 2.30pm

York Opera are offering their ‘Joy to the World’ Christmas Concert at Lidgett Methodist again this year, tickets (£8 adults, £6 child) available on Wednesday mornings at our Community Café (9.30-11.30am) or by arrangement with Administrator  [email protected].  More details on the poster.

Poppleton dementia-friendly carols

In partnership with Dementia Forward there will be a dementia-friendly carol service with nativity readings at Poppleton Methodist Church on Saturday 7th December at 2.30pm.  Everyone is welcome to this all-inclusive event led by Revd Ian Hill.  We would love you to join us at Poppleton Methodist Church, The Green, Upper Poppleton and share in refreshments after the service.

Christmas tree festival at Clifton

Clifton Christmas Tree Festival interrupted by General Election – so our opening times this year are Fri. 13th 2-4pm; Sat.14th,  10.30 to 4pm and Sunday service times & 2 to 4pm. 20 or so real trees decorated on the theme of CELEBRATIONS. Free entry, refreshments, donations for National and Local Children’s Charities.


Celtic Morning Prayer at Haxby and Wigginton Methodist Church.

We invite you to join with us on  Thursday mornings in December for a short time for Celtic Morning Prayer as we pause and prepare to celebrate
Christ’s coming in the prayers, meditations and music of the Northumbria Community. Thursdays Dec 5,12,19. 9.15am- 9.45am

Stamford Bridge “The Christmas Story Book”

A selection of carols, messages and readings

Tuesday 10th December 7.30pm-8.30pm at Stamford Bridge Chapel.

Community carols at Central

Sunday 15th December 2019 at 3pm
Everyone welcome, family-friendly free event
Gather from 2:30pm for Mince pies and Mulled Wine (non alcoholic)

Thornton-le-Clay Methodist Church 

Our Carol Service will now be held on Sunday the 22nd of December at 10-30am. instead of Sunday the 15th of December, there will be NO service on the 15th.  The
service planned for Sunday the 29th of December for obvious reasons has
been cancelled.
Carol Singing – We will again be carol singing at The White Swan, Thornton-le-Clay for ‘Action for Children’ on Saturday the 21st of December meeting at the chapel at 7-30pm. to collect carol sheets and then making our way down to The White Swan for a 7-45pm/8-00pm start.

All very welcome to come and join us at our Carol Service and Carol Singing.

Christmas event at Lidgett

Lidgett Methodist Church are holding a Christmas event on Saturday 7th December from 10.00am till 2.00pm, with Christmas Stalls, Jewellery-making, Tombola, Raffle, Hot Snacks and Drinks.  All welcome.  Car park at rear of church.  YO26 5NH.

Memorial service

Sunday 8th December at Acomb, 3pm

An opportunity to share in a quiet reflective time to remember those you love who have died, whether in recent months or many years ago. The service is open to anyone and everyone and will be followed by light refreshments.

Nativity Displays at Trinity

13th, 14th & 15th December, see poster for opening times.

Come along and see our large display of sets and scenes from around the world, all different but with the same message, that the season of Christmas is about the birth of Christ our Saviour. Browse at your leisure and take some time out from the busyness, take some refreshments with us, then go out and take the true Spirit of Christmas with you.

Heworth Music Group and Friends

Christmas Concert, Monday 16th December at 7pm in church.
Music, Dickens extracts, meditations.  No charge but contributions to “Re think Mental Health” charity will be greatly received.

Christmas Eve service (not listed on the Plan)

At Huby, 6pm.

News from around the Circuit this week.

Sleepout 4 Homelessness

7th December

Fancy joining us for a night with out Chair of District? Come and sleep out with Leslie and the District Youth Team on the 7th December and help raise money to end homelessness. Adults & young people welcome, but you must register before the event. For more information or to register contact [email protected]

You can donate at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=MethodistYouth&pageUrl=1

Melbourne Terrace Christmas Gathering
A Christmas Gathering for former members and friends from Melbourne Terrace and St. George’s/Cornerstone.
Sunday December 15th at 3 p.m. at Cornerstone (formerly St. George’s)
A short informal service plus refreshments.  All  Welcome.

Action for Children Carol Singing

Action for Children Carol Singing at Tesco Store, Clifton Moor on Monday 23rd December 7.30pm to 9pm. Led by Revd Andrew Foster. Come and join in for part or all of the evening. Greatly appreciated by the shoppers.

YES below Zero 

York Emergency Shelter homeless project is in need of more volunteers to help out over the winter.  The project is in its second winter and operates a 2 bedroom flat where there are 5 beds that accept referrals from homeless agencies for short term emergency accommodation.  Volunteers work either a morning or evening shift in pairs.  Duties include providing a meal in the evening, or breakfast in the morning, and ensuring that guests are comfortable.  Full training will be provided and it is a really rewarding project to be involved in.  For further details please contact Barney at [email protected].

Methodist Women in Britain Advent event
6 December 2019, 10.00am – coffee – 10.30am, Southlands Methodist Church
Let there be light …Shining a Light on Angels.  A morning of bible study, story

and craft activities.  Bring and share lunch. Drinks available.

Other MWiB news
There will be no York Circuit Advent Service this year, if this upsets or disappoints you please let us know or better still come to next years planning meeting.

The Easter Offering Service will be 3rd May 2020 at Haxby & Wigginton.

Southlands Monday Fellowship are having Rev Graham Jones to lead us in an Advent Service/session on Monday 2nd of December, at 2:30 pm, followed by tea/ coffee and biscuits. All are welcome, men and women.

Southlands Monday Fellowship Carol Service is on Monday December 16th at 2:30pm in the church,festive light refreshments to follow. All are welcome.

Circuit Synod

Saturday 25th January, 10am, at Lidgett Methodist Church.

All are welcome to come and find out more about how plans that the Circuit Council will be considering about how we resource and staff the Circuit in future.  Church stewards, treasurers and Circuit Council members are especially invited, and other interested people are welcome.

Marriage & Relationships- save the date

There will be an opportunity to discuss the Methodist Conference report “God in Love Unites Us” with others from the Circuit at Huntington Methodist Church on Wednesday 5th Feb from 7pm.

There are also some District discussion events coming up:

10.30am Saturday 29th February 2020 at Masham Methodist Church
2.00pm Wednesday 4th March 2020 at Copmanthorpe Methodist Church
7.30pm Thursday 12th March 2020 at Toll Gavel Methodist Church
7.30pm Tuesday 17th March 2020 at Pickering Methodist Church

York Human Rights Indicator Report
On 10th December the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of York will open the public meeting for York’s 4th annual York Human Rights Indicator Report.
The meeting will provide the latest information for the indicators for all five of York’s priority rights. In addition, we will present extra information around the right to a decent standard of living.
Spaces are limited so the event will be ticketed through Eventbrite. Tickets are free but please book to ensure your place.
The event takes place in the Main Hall at the Priory Street Centre (York CVS). Doors open for reception at 6:30pm.  The Rt Hon Lord Mayor of York will launch the report at 7:00pm.
As well as an overview of the report’s findings, we will invite a panel of guest speakers to comment, before holding an audience Q&A. This is a participatory event, so we will be asking the audience for their views on the findings and recommendations. The meeting forms part of the development of the published report, which will include feedback and ideas from the audience. This is a public meeting, and we would like to hear from a wide range of York’s residents, stakeholders and visitors.

Lois Cross

Circuit Support Manager & PA to the Superintendent

Circuit Office, Strensall Methodist Church, The Village, Strensall, YO32 5XS

01904 499661     [email protected]

The office is generally open between 9.30am and 4pm but please call or email to check before visiting.