“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

Fresh Expressions for Holy Week

Fresh Expression events for Holy Week this year. The Easter labyrinth will be hosted again set around a lake at the beautiful Moss Lea Farm. There are some new aspects to the labyrinth this year and we hope you will be able to enjoy the reflective setting and gain some refreshment as part of your lent journey.

Easter Sunday will begin with the sonrise service with communion and include some uplifting music and reflection.

Mon March 25th Labyrinth 11—3pm Moss Lea Farm

Tues March 26th Labyrinth 11—3pm Moss Lea Farm

Wed March 27th Labyrinth 11—3pm Moss Lea Farm

Good Friday Walk of Witness 9.45 am St. William St Car Park

Sat March 30th Labyrinth 11—2pm Moss Lea Farm

Easter Sunday 5.30am Rising of the Son  St. Mary’s Grounds by ruins

Please contact Revd. Sam Foster  samantha.foster7@btinternet.com or Shena Moray  shenamoray@gmail.com for further details

Directions to Moss Lea Farm:

From Scarborough on the A171 turn left at the petrol station at
Burniston onto    Limestone Road, Burniston. Go straight on passed the
school keeping to the left (curve in road), turn left  and continue up
Limestone Road until you get to crossroad and turn right (look out for
temporary signs with arrows giving directions). Follow road until you get to
Moss Lea Farm it is on the left (look out for a sign on the gate about 400
meters along on left.). Drive into the field, follow signs and park car’.
Toilet facilities and refreshments will be available!