District Seed-Funding Grants: doing a new thing!

Our District vision is to enable the growth of Flourishing Missional Communities.  One way to see this happen is to have a culture that tries new things and ’sows generously.’  The parable of the sower reminds us that we should approach our mission mirroring the generosity of God’s nature.  We’re called to take risks, knowing that not everything may grow or turn out as we hoped.  However, some seed will fall on good soil, and produce astonishing results. The District Advance Fund Committee wants to help us develop this culture.  We have therefore ring-fenced £15,000 for this connexional year for seed-funding grants. Local churches and circuits are invited to apply contacting Nic Bentley, our Grants Officer, using a short form that is on our website. Grants will be up to £1,000 and we will be supporting ‘new things seeking to reach new people.’  We intend for the process to be very straightforward.  We will aim to give a decision in less than 28 days, and hope to usually say ‘yes’ so long as your idea is missional and outward looking and you’re able to get on with implementing the idea within a year. We look forward to receiving your ideas and plans.  

Flourish District Gathering

More details available here: www.yorkshirenemethodist.org/flourish

To book your FREE tickets, please contact the District Office.

To inspire and encourage local ministry and mission, developing the District Vision of growing ‘Flourishing Missional Communities’

About this Event

UPDATE 05/10/19

We have now limited ticket availability as we have as many people booked in as can be accomodated in the Grand Hall on Saturday Morning, however there is still space for during the rest of the weekend.

Please don’t be put off by the “Sold Out” message – if you are interested in getting a ticket for Flourish, please contact the District Office for info (Email: admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org | Telephone: 01904 786275 )

A District Gathering for EVERYONE – aiming for at least 1000 people gathering together in Scarborough for inspiration, celebration and fellowship. #YNEMethodists

Bookings for the creche, children’s programme and youth stream are now officially closed. If you have not booked places please contact the district office urgently to see if your child can be accommodated admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org


Friday evening: “Opening Celebration” led by Leslie Newton with sung worship led by musicians from Burniston Methodist Church; late night comedy with Paul Kerensa (The “Kneel Down, Stand-Up Show”; youth programme.

Saturday morning: early communion; morning bible study led by Ashley Cooper (Flourishing Together: part 1); exploring how our churches can flourish in worship, fellowship & missino with speakers Elaine Lindridge (Flourishing Together: part 2); children’s groups and creche will also take place during the morning.

Saturday afternoon: a variety of workshops and activities, including talks on social justice, rural issues, evangelism; bible study; hands-on activities with music and art; reflective space; Messy Church how-to sessions; local arrangement ideas; family film; outdoor activities (pilgrimage walk, litter-pick, labyrinth, scavenger hunt); theatre presentation and more.

Saturday evening: “Evening Celebration” with speaker David Wilkinson and worship lead by Lou Fellingham and band; children’s activities; after-hours events including music in the bar and silent disco; youth programme

Sunday morning: a variety of worship options, including “Family Praise Party”, “Celtic Worship” by Northumbria Community, “Taize Worship”, “Service of Holy Communion” and “Forest Church”; and to finish, the “Closing Celebration – A Final Flourish” led by Leslie Newton with music by Matt Beckingham and “The Call” choir.