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Bishop Monkton

Bishop Monkton Methodist Church
  • Apr 30th, 10:30 am - Rev'd Keith Cribbin
  • May 7th, 10:30 am - Round the Table
  • May 14th, 10:30 am - Rev'd Helen Bell (Holy Communion)
  • May 21st, 10:30 am - (United at Church of England)

Worship times

Sunday 10:30am

Minister Revd Helen Bell

We aim to Glorify God through Welcome, Witness and Worship"

Methodism arrived in our village in the1700's. The current premises on Boroughbridge Road were built in 1874, replacing buildings in Main Street and behind Zion Terrace; a school room was added in 1883.

In 2001, the worship area was refurbished and an extra room with disabled access and toilet was installed. Recently glass outer doors have been installed allowing the illuminated cross to be visible from the road. A digital projector has been installed in the Chapel to enhance worship activities. The school room is available for public meetings and children's parties. The Parish Council are one of several regular users

We offer a warm welcome to all who care to join us in worship, which commences at 10.30am each Sunday. Worship is led by our Minister, the Rev Helen Bell, or other circuit ministers and local preachers. Holy Communion is celebrated once a month and a bi-monthly "Round the Table" worship replaces a sermon with conversation among those attending. At the end of each service we gather as a community in fellowship to enjoy a coffee or tea.

Our work with young people includes the Friday Evening Methodist Youth Club which meets at the Village Hall and currently has an attendance over 40. A monthly Sunday morning meeting of 'Blast' (Bible Learning Action Station) takes place in the schoolroom. Here Bible stories are told in a manner which young people can grasp. The Summer Holiday Club continues to provide lively Bible based activity for a week in August.

Among mid-week activities are
a) Monday lunches in the school room, organised by Age UK.

b) Tuesday coffee mornings open to all, from 10am to 11.30am.

c) A Bible share programme run by email is supported by monthly meetings.

d) Lunches, coffee mornings and other events raise money, usually for other charitable causes, as well as providing a happy social occasion.

We are pleased to work in partnership with St John Baptist Parish Church and often hold joint services and events.

One such recent event is the Annual Holiday Club.

The theme of this year's Bishop Monkton Methodist Church Holiday Club was Polar Explorers. We spent the week learning about five different people in the book of Acts, who were all full of the Holy Spirit and spread the good news of Jesus to others: Peter, Stephen, Philip, Saul and Timothy. By learning about these stories we discovered that you can never make too many mistakes, be too ordinary, too near or far, too bad or too young to be part of God's big expedition. The week was organised by Emma and Rebecca Archbold as well as the Reverend Helen Bell.

The club was attended by 23 children who were all part of one of three groups: the polar bears, the penguins and the huskies. These were led by four excellent young leaders: Rose Cottrell, Hebe Hobson, Grace Wild and Ellie Bailey. The young leaders also led us in warm up routines and games throughout the week, which were all great fun.

Throughout the week we also did lots of singing and dancing as well as making a wide array of wonderful crafts. These included: rucksacks, binoculars, boats, flame headbands and pots decorated like penguins and polar bears. The crafts were organised by Elizabeth Wilkinson.

We would like to thank all of the children who attended Polar Explorers for making it such a fantastic week, and also thank all of the parents and members of Bishop Monkton Methodist Church for their support and help.

Emma and Rebecca Archbold.

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