Welcome to the North Yorkshire Coast Methodist Circuit,
This new circuit came into being on September 1st in an inspirational celebration at the Flower of May Holiday Camp, surrounded by many fairground rides, cars, organs and exhibits. The worship represented some of the variety to be found in this circuit. There is a staff of 7 presbyters, a deacon, a student presbyter and three lay workers. Together with the Circuit Stewards from different parts of the new circuit, we all serve 24 different places of worship.
The Circuit is the result of several years of praying and planning and conversation between Filey, Scarborough, Sherburn and Whitby Methodist Circuits. From Burton Fleming and Weaverthorpe on the Yorkshire Wolds in the south, through three beautiful coastal resorts of Filey, Scarborough and Whitby, a number of inland villages and a number of places in the North York Moors National Park, there is variety here. So too in the churches of the circuit, but everywhere the welcome is warm and in the name of Jesus Christ.
John Wesley visited Robin Hood’s Bay before he visited Scarborough but soon societies were formed. The local Christian heritage is much older and more varied than merely Methodism. Some of the circuit lies within the boundaries of land previously owned by Whitby Abbey, St Hilda formed a cell at Hackness. Rievaulx, Lastingham and Whitby all lie close at hand.
Whilst an awareness of the tradition is awe inspiring and gives a sense of connectedness to the past, we shall never stand still. Exciting new work is developing in various parts of the circuit; ecumenical partnerships are developing, new forms of worship and Church are being explored and the world wide web suggests a further sort of connectedness.
Through this website, may we be aware of that connectedness, and if you wish to explore further, then we look forward one day to meeting you rather more than virtually,
Peace and Blessings
Mark P Haynes