Ebor Lectures Online


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.

The Ebor Lectures in Theology and Public Life were established in 2006 in the city of York.

This prominent series of lectures, and related events, promotes a conversation between theology and public issues, offered free-of-charge to the general public.

In 2020 the Ebor Lectures organising committee started a YouTube channel in the hope of sharing resources with an even wider group of people.

We hope you will find the materials on offer provoke you to think – and maybe to act – in new ways for the benefit of wider society.


The Theme for Flourish 21


We’re thrilled to release the theme for “Flourish 21”, our District event taking place next year! Watch our teaser trailer…

Flourish 21
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!

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.

Getting Ready for the Future


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?


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.

Watch the recording:

However, the contributions have been recorded so you can watch most of the time together here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFR2lk1hZwo

Music video shared by Amy (removed from this recording) can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiTrp…

Representative Synod Live


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:

Watch Live

Catch up


Fly the Flag – click the link below to open/download the document
Facebook Live transcript 25th April 2020 by Leslie Newton (pdf)

Great 50 Days Initiative


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:

We will be sharing more resources online and by email in the coming weeks to support us in exploring these themes.

Week one material is now available on our “Great 50 Days” webpage:

To receive Great 50 Days 2020 updates directly please email chair@yorkshirenemethodist.org to sign up

Temporary Contact Details


Please note: if you need to contact the District Office, please call our District Admin, Siân, directly on 07809 431871 for the time being – Don’t ring the office phone, as you won’t reach us, but use the mobile number provided above. All other contacts remain the same.

Flourish 2021


FLOURISH will return! ⭐️

Save the date: Friday 17th – Sunday 19th September 2021
Scarborough Spa

After the success of our Flourish District Gathering in 2019, Flourish will return in 2021. More details will follow in the near future.

👉 New focus. Same great event.
Bringing together people of all ages – a weekend for all in our District.

Who’s excited?

We look forward to seeing you there

God In Love Unites Us


District-led Gatherings for Conferring  Together on the God In Love Unites Us report and proposals

As you will be aware the Connexion is inviting wide-spread conferring about the “God In Love Unites Us” report, exploring marriage and relationships, and its proposals.  The Representative Spring Synod on Saturday 25th April 2020 will have a further discussion and hold the necessary vote. All ministers in the active work have received both the report and the study guide.  Copies can viewed, or ordered, at:


Our plans for conversation within the District, as agreed by both the Superintendents and the District Leadership Team are as follows:

  • All local churches and circuits are encouraged to have local conversations, using the material provided, as they so wish.  Two facilitation training meetings are being arranged within the District to support those who will lead these conversations and ministers are being advised of these separately. 
  • Four District led gatherings for conferring will be held around the District in February/March 2020 as set out below. These meetings will be widely advertised and open to all and I very much hope that all Synod members will attend one of these gatherings.  They will be important opportunities to share and confer sensitively and graciously across circuits. 

10.30am Saturday 29th February 2020 – Masham Methodist Church, Ripon & Lower Dales Circuit (HG4 4HN)

2.00pm Wednesday 4th March 2020 – Copmanthorpe Methodist Church, York Circuit (YO23 3SU)

7.30pm Thursday 12th March 2020 – Toll Gavel Methodist Church, Beverley Circuit (HU17 9AA)

7.30pm Tuesday 17th March 2020 – Pickering Methodist Church, Ryedale Circuit (YO18 8AA)

  • Additionally, having read the whole report, if anyone would like to offer a reflection in writing, this can be submitted to the District Office by 20th March 2020.  A paper summarising reflections from the gatherings and offered in writing will be prepared for distribution to Synod members prior to the Representative Synod.
  • The Representative Synod on Saturday 25th April 2020 will have further conversation and will then express its mind as requested. It is important to note that Synod members are ‘representatives’ rather than ‘delegates’.  We will all come to that Synod aware of views expressed locally, at our District gatherings and in writing, but we gather to confer together and then prayerfully express our mind through the vote we are asked to make.