‘The York and Hull District Synod will meet as guests of our Circuit at Caedmon School, Whitby on Saturday 27th April from 9.15a.m. until 4.00p.m.. As part of her preparation for ordination in July, our own Deacon, Helen Webster, will be one of the speakers at the Testimony Service which will open formal proceedings at 10.00a.m.
This is an historic Synod as it is the first time that a District Youth Synod will run alongside the Representative Synod, and there will be some joint working too. Both agendas are very full and can be viewed on the District website along with the papers for Synod which make interesting reading. The Youth Synod is open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 23.

Please make time to read the papers (available here) and discuss any points of concern with a circuit representative. This is your church business we will be discussing and your reps want to represent your views. You will find the information interesting too!

Our Circuit representatives to Synod are
Liz Aconley, Rita Alden, Susan Brown, Keith Higgs, Paul Johnson, Derek Orwin, Diane Robinson, Jane Thompson, and Nadine Williams.

There is still time to volunteer to help on the day or to provide cakes or Fairtrade biscuits for the refreshments. Heartfelt thanks go to those who have already ‘signed -up’.’

District Synod help needed

Help needed

 On 27th April 2013 the North Yorkshire Coast Circuit will host the York and Hull District Spring Synod at Caedmon School, Airy Hill, Whitby YO21 1QA.

Synod meets from 9.15 am until 4 pm.

We are still looking for volunteers to

Be a Work group member– setting up, arranging chairs, and helping with assembly of stalls etc. before the event. 8.15 -9.15 a.m and restoring to order afterwards from 4.00p.m -5.00p.m

Be Welcomers– Hand out information as representatives arrive etc.9.00-10.00a,m,

Be Stewards –on hand throughout the day to point people in the right direction etc.-choose a time slot convenient to you between 9.00a.m and 4.30p.m.

Be Caterers 

Serve liquid refreshments from 12.30– 2.00 pm

Serve tea / coffee and cakes from 3.30 – 4.30pm.

And in all cases above- and clear up afterwards

Bake/ supply cakes / buns etc. for the 250 expected delegates

If you are willing to help in any of these areas, please contact the circuit office or speak to one of the circuit stewards a.s.a.p. but before Wednesday 24th April.

Please give us your contact details and specify which area you would like to be involved with.

You can volunteer alone or with some-else from your church. If you would like to work alongside some-one else please indicate and let us have the names together.

Thank- you for all your help

Diane Robinson

Circuit Stewards’ Co-ordinator

Youth Synod


Extremists for Love

Youth Synod is a chance for young people from around the district to meet, worship, discuss issues that are important to them and have fun!

It will be an opportunity for them to find out more about Methodist Youth assembly and hear what was discussed there this year.

It is open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 23, and will take place in the same place and at the same time as the spring Representative Synod (27th April at Caedmon School)

It should be a great day and we hope to see as many young people as possible!

Burniston Flower Festival ‘Yorkshire Coast’

Friday 3rd May 2013 7pm – Opening Concert featuring Mark Gay’s Rat Pack and The Singing Vicars Tickets £5 (incl. light refreshments) available from SEEDS Café or Tel. 870261/ 871074

Viewing: Saturday 4th May from 10am to 4pm Sunday 5th May from 11.15am to 4pm
Monday 6th May from 10am to 4pm
Entrance fee £1.50
Refreshments available in SEEDS Café

All proceeds to Castle Hill High Dependence Heart Unit

“Who is responsible for poverty?” Methodist President asks this Easter

The President of the Methodist Conference challenged the myth that poverty is the fault of the poor in his Easter message this week.

The Revd Dr Mark Wakelin said that blame was always a way out of feeling uncomfortable about injustice. He also said that social ills “do not cause poverty any more than spots cause measles”.

“We’d prefer to think that others “had it coming”, and we try hard to distinguish between the worthy and unworthy,” Dr Wakelin said.  “Who is responsible for poverty? The God answer is: I am, you are, we are.”

Dr Wakelin quoted John Wesley, one of the founders of Methodism, at the end of his Easter message: “Every shilling which you needlessly spend is, in effect, stolen from God and the poor.”

Full text of the President’s Easter Message follows: Continue reading

Life at Priceholme (MHA)

From Elaine Evans:

As many of you know, I was appointed Chaplain at Priceholme, our local M H A residential home in Givendale Road in Scarborough, starting last January.  Since then I can’t believe how lucky I am.

It is a lovely home with up to 30 residents living there. Most of them can get about aided and only a few of them have difficulty getting out of their rooms.  There is a lovely sense of warmth there, from both the staff and the residents and I feel so lucky to be a part of all this. Continue reading

“GO PURPLE” coffee morning

Please reserve the date;- Wednesday 24th April, 2013 for a “GO PURPLE” coffee morning in aid of Kidney Research UK to be held in the SOUTH CLIFF METHODIST CHURCH HALL at 10.15am.

Shirley and Malcolm Peart’s grand-daughter, Lucy, for whom our Church has been praying for several months, has made special efforts herself to raise funds for this cause.

So far, she and her friends have made £150 by selling purple buns at school – among other things.

“GO PURPLE” is a national fund raising effort launched in March, 2013. The grand-parents feel that they want to do their bit!

The coffee morning will feature a competition to find the person best dressed in purple or with purple accessories. This will be judged by a local celebrity (in Christian terms) and the winner will receive sustained applause and a small prize.

Cakes and buns will be gratefully accepted for sale, particularly if they are decorated in the right colour. Offers of help with the organisation of the event will also be very much appreciated.

The event will be opened at 10.15am with music and an amusing story (or maybe two!).