Thank you to everyone who contributed to the planning and delivery of our Synod this morning. It was especially encouraging that Synod: a) agreed to seek Conference approval for a brand new, non-geographically defined Circuit to provide a District-wide ‘new place for new people.’ and b) committed to becoming a Net Zero Carbon District by 2040, at least.
A summary report of District Synod will be availiable soon.
Yorkshire North & East District Synod will take place using Zoom Webinar, which is the same platform that the Methodist Conference used this year. If you attended the 2020 Methodist Conference, or watched online, then you will have some idea how our Synod will work. More info about Synod can be found on our District Website here: https://www.yorkshirenemethodist.org/…
Take a look at our new District Prayer Diary for 2020/21. We will also be sharing the prayers over on our District Facebook Page every day during September as we start on a Connexional ‘Year of Prayer’.
YEAR OF PRAYER The Conference has declared 2020/2021 a year of prayer so that our Church-wide commitments to evangelism, church growth, church at the margins, and pioneering and church planting will flow from a deep, contemplative orientation to God’s grace and love. Be part of this movement of prayer as we ask the Holy Spirit to help us be a growing, evangelistic, inclusive, justice-seeking Church of gospel people. You can join others across the country to pray together every Tuesday (starting 1st September 2020) from 12.45 to 1.00pm. Watch the live stream over on the Methodist Church Facebook Page
The Ebor Lectures series is an ecumenical project jointly sponsored and organised by York Minster, York St John University, The Order of Carmelites, The Yorkshire North and East District of the Methodist Church and The C. & J. B. Morrell Trust.
ANNOUNCING… We’re thrilled to release the theme for “Flourish 21”, our District event taking place next year! Watch our teaser trailer…
Flourish 21 ROOTED IN LOVE Weekend 17th – 19th September 2021 Taking place at Scarborough Spa
What is Flourish all about? Or want a recap? Watch the video to get a feel of what to expect. We’re looking forward to it already!
Background: After the success of our Flourish District Gathering in 2019, Flourish is returning in 2021. New focus. Same great event. Bringing people together from accross the District in a weekend for all ages.
We can’t wait to share more details with you all soon. #flourish21
The impact on us all in responding to the global pandemic has been unprecedented and life-transforming. Of course, this includes the life of our churches. As we move to a gradual emerging from a comprehensive lockdown, we face considerable challenges. We look ahead, recognising that we cannot simply go back. I’m reminded of words in Isaiah 43:16-21. To a people in exile in Babylon we read words both reminding them of God’s faithfulness in the past, but also God’s promise of ‘the new.’
The district has produced this document:
Getting Ready for the Future (pdf) A guide for churches and circuits in Yorkshire North & East District as we respond to living with a pandemic.
This document will be updated regularly as the guidance changes
For more Coronavirus news, guidance and resources, please visit our District Coronavirus Page here
Latest Methodist Church guidance: (click here) Updated 4 July We continue to heed the Government guidelines for churches and to consider carefully the needs and risks involved in reopening places of worship.
What is the Spirit saying to our Churches” A Pentecost Sunday District Zoom Gathering Sunday 31st May at 6.30pm – 8.00pm. A Zoom gathering hosted by Leslie Newton, Chair of District, with sharing from people within the District and a space for conversation together.
It was great to welcome people from all around the District for our Pentecost Zoom Gathering. A sincere thanks to Andy Lindley, Heather Shipman, Lansford Penn-Timity, Amy Shephard, Liane Kensett, and Richard Teal for their contributions. I’m so sorry that the upgraded Zoom subscription that should have allowed our numbers to be over 100 failed. Huge apologies to those who tried to get in but couldn’t.
It is not possible for Representative Synod to physically meet together this Spring. However, in addition to papers sent out to Synod members, Revd Leslie Newton, Chair of District, will offer a live video for Synod members (and anyone else who wishes to view) lasting about half an hour on Saturday 25th April at 10am.
Tune in live on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/leslie.newton.562 (it will also appear on our District Facebook Page and District Facebook Group) or for those who are not on Facebook, you should be able to view the video on this page below:
As Easter People we now embark on the “Great 50 Days” leading from Easter to Pentecost Sunday. In the midst of our current severe challenges, our Chair of District, Revd Leslie Newton encourages us to join in faithfully responding by focussing on these three themes: LOVE, PRAY, GIVE.
Yorkshire North and East District invites you to make these three themes a priority between Easter and Pentecost 2020: Love Pray Give
We will be sharing more resources online and by email in the coming weeks to support us in exploring these themes.