New Chair of District


At a special Synod meeting held at Pocklington Methodist Church, on  the8th October 2016, it was unanimously agreed by those present and voting that the name of Rev Leslie Newton be put forward to the Methodist Conference in July 2017 as the Chair of District for 6 years from 1st September 2017.

Leslie is described in the recommendation from District Policy Committee as:-

‘a very able and inspiring spiritual leader and strategic thinker. He currently serves as Superintendent in the York Circuit and has been a presbyter for 20 years. He brings to the role of Chair a wealth of ministerial experience, deep passion for the work of God in the District and a creative vision for what Methodism can still be and do with renewed confidence and imagination. He is also realistic about the challenges the circuits face and is committed to supporting rural mission and ministry and further developing youth ministry and leadership.

Leslie is an excellent communicator, a thoughtful and articulate preacher, and an organised and effective administrator. He listens sensitively to those with pastoral concerns. He is supportive and open with colleagues and, when necessary, can challenge thoughtfully. He is excited about, and committed to, enabling lay and ordained partnership in ministry.

Leslie brings a profound spirituality to the role of District Chair and a capacity to enable others to grow deeper in their relationship with God and to seek the Kingdom growing among them in their community and neighbourhood.’

Queen Street Methodist Church: Annual Carol Service and Circuit Service

You are invited to join us for our Annual Carol Service & Circuit Service on Sunday 11thDecember at 3:00 pm.

There will be music from Simply Brass from about 2:00 pm and then the massed school choirs from three local Primary schools will help to lead our time of worship as we look forward to the Christmas Story.

Our church will be beautifully decorated and lit and we would love to share this special time with you. Please come if you can.

Cayton Methodist Church: Christmas Tree Festival

Cayton are holding a Christmas Tree Festival on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December on the theme of ”Saints”.

Saturday 10th ​Viewing of Trees​11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Refreshments and Various Stalls​12:00 noon until 2:00 pm

Soup and Sandwich lunch​

Sunday 11th ​Rev Rosie Coles will lead the service ​10:30 am

Coffee & mince pies & viewing of trees​11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Please come and join us. Proceeds in aid of Action for Children.

Calling All Singers

Would you like to sing in the choir on Boxing Day at Queen Street Methodist Central Hall for their annual ‘Carols by Candlelight’.

If you would then please go along to Emmanuel St John’s Church on a Thursday evening at 7:30 pm to join the Celebration singers as they rehearse to lead the singing at this very popular event. You will be very welcome. For more details ring Elaine 01723 373016.

Burniston Methodist Church: Christmas Play

Burniston Methodist Church is proud to host the Riding Lights Theatre Company for their performance of a BUMPER new Christmas play “Three Cheers for Christmas!”

Monday 19th December at 2:30 pm

Burniston & Cloughton Village Hall, High Street, Burniston, Scarborough, YO13 0JE

Single Tickets £5, Limited Family Tickets (2 adults & up to 3 children) £15

Box Office: Burniston Post Office or online at

Ayton Methodist Church: Christmas Reflection

You are invited to a service of Christmas Reflection on Saturday 10th December 2016 at 3:00pm with Rev Denise Free.

A time for those who require a quiet, intimate setting, with an opportunity for solitude, or companionship. A time for those who may, through loss or life changes, find the approaching Christmas time challenging.

Refreshments will be available afterwards – if desired.