Leo Kennedy's group meets at 28 Murton Garth YO19 5UL and is open to all ages. They meet at 7pm every Tuesday and lifts can be arranged from Tang Hall Lane or Badger Hill. For more information please call Leo on 07754 773427
The Belfrey will be hosting its annual Easter Outreach Café in St Michael le Belfrey Church on Sat 15 Apr. Looking at our records over recent years, it is likely that many hundreds of people will attend this café during which free cake & refreshments will be served, worship songs & hymns sung and short sermons presented by our excellent team of ministers and lay preachers.
There are a number of important responsibilities which church family members are requested to undertake, most of which are listed below:
Bake cakes / biscuits
Cut & prepare cakes
To welcome & host
To make & serve coffee / tea & cakes / biscuits Queue control Clearing away, washing & drying up 1st Aiders
The café will last for 6 hours in total from 10.00am to 4.00pm with the day broken down into 4 x 1.5 hour periods. This is your Outreach café and without your participation this will not get off the ground, so please can I encourage you to `sign-up´ for this. Even if it is for a short period, your time, commitment & effort will be hugely appreciated.
I will be available in the Belfrey Hall this forthcoming Sun 26 Mar following the 9.00am Service taking names of those people who wish to assist with this café. Alternatively, there will be a list on a flipchart available in the Chancel Area (nearest the kitchen Area) where you can sign up for this.
Many thanks indeed - Ian McElligott, Senior Administrator.
OMG! Science: Unlocking a world of wonder
Young people aged 14- 18 are exploring science and faith on Friday 31st March at OMG! Science: Unlocking a world of wonder. This is a free event taking place at The Hive, Manor Church of England Academy York from 9.30am until 3pm and will be hosted by a youth group from St Andrew’s Church Bishopthorpe.
Lunch is provided and each attendee will receive a conference pack including the book ‘Let there be science’ written by Prof Tom McLeish and David Hutchings.
To register for tickets, please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/omg-science-tickets-31678610577
The OMG! Science: Unlocking a world of wonder event is funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation as part of the ‘Science and Congregations’ project administered by St Johns College, Durham. Evidence revealed from the LASAR (Learning About Science and Religion) Project has suggested that young people in England today are unlikely to access the view that science and religion are compatible, despite this being something that many scientists accept wholeheartedly.
Dan Finn, the Director of the Archbishop’s Youth Trust, who is coordinating the event said: “It is our hope that this event will enable young people in York to make discoveries in both science and faith and recognise that these can go hand in hand. The different speakers throughout the day will allow for a day of discovery on unlocking the wonders of our world”.
Callum Mo, from St Andrew’s Church Youth group said: “This event is the first of its kind that I have been involved in, and I am really looking forward to see how the various viewpoints and opinions mix on the day. I think that both religious and scientific aspects will be challenged and that, through this, people will be able to see there is no great divide between the two disciplines.”
Students will have the opportunity to hear keynotes in Biology and Physics led by Stephanie Bryant, Prof. Dave Rafaelli and Dr Rhoda Hawkins. Creative and practical workshops will include: ‘Debunking the Myth’ led by Dave Hutchings and Dr Andy Bannister; ‘The Giant Cosmodone’ led by Prof Matt Probert; ‘The Nano World’ led by Dr Phil Hasnip; ‘Oceans and Acidification’ led by Stephanie Bryant; ‘Evolution’ led by Prof. Dave Raffaelli; and ‘Natural Disasters or Evil?’ led by Tom Ingelby.
Are you interested in BADMINTON, open to all, male & female, all ages & abilities. Coaching can be given if needed. For any further information please contact me through the St Michael le Belfrey website, go to CONNECT and click on MEN there is an information application that will come back to me or message me through Facebook page (Michael Corringham)
Men’s evening of Worship & Prayer, Monday 27th March at St Cuthberts House of Prayer 7.30 – 9.30.pm. All welcome.
Mothering Sunday is coming up and we would like to give the ladies in our congregations a small bunch of flowers. In order to do this we need a few people to help us assemble these on Thursday 23rd March. Any time you could spare would be great and if you are able to help, please could you contact Jo Briggs: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that this year’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on Thursday 27th April at 7.30pm. If you would like to join the electoral roll or if you are already on the roll and have changed your address or name since last April, please can you contact Jo Briggs: email@example.com / 01904 624190. More details to follow in due course.
Roger and Ursula Simpson are having an open house event on Saturday 8 April with tea, coffee and wine from 4.00pm-7.00pm ahead of their departure to Oxfordshire. Any friends and colleagues are welcome at 22 Bishopfields Drive York YO26 4WN. Roger has asked if you could let him know if you are going to attend and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org If you will be driving to the party please park outside Battery Solutions across the road as any other parking is difficult.
As we are half way through the current Alpha course I thought I’d provide you with an update and some prayer points. Thank you for all your prayers and support for the Alpha course so far. We have seen over 60 people at this course, with large numbers from both Universities. Thank you for being bold enough to invite people to find out more about Christianity.
We have atheists, new Christians and those coming to terms with what living as a Christian is like away from home. The next three weeks are about prayer, the bible and the Holy Spirit.
As each session is an event in itself, may I encourage you to invite anyone to any of these evenings who you think would like to hear about prayer, the bible or the Holy Spirit.
Thank you all again and God bless.
On Saturday 1st April there will be a WOW ladies breakfast 9.30am-11.00am in the Belfrey Hall. Lucy Rycroft is our speaker ( see below for a description of what she will be talking on.) Breakfast included, £4 on the door. All welcome.
Saying 'yes' to God
Women are amazing! We look after elderly parents, children and grandchildren. We chair meetings, manage employees, lead initiatives and write reports. We teach, mentor and disciple others. We open our homes and our lives, we get people together, we cook, we nurture, we love. We lead businesses and charities, begin things from scratch, and lead forward the good work of others. We remember birthdays and special days, and make sure important celebrations happen. And, often, all this in one day!
In these busy, juggled lives, we make hundreds of decisions, big and small. How do we turn these to God in the blink of an eye? How do we discern the important decisions from the unimportant? None of these questions have easy answers, so don't expect to get them on April 1st! But, together, we'll be having a think about what it would mean for us, our families, our workplaces and our communities if we learnt to say 'yes' to God.
Last chance to sign up for the "Women with a Voice" conference in the House of Prayer (April 28th to 30th). If attending all day Friday is problematic for you, but you would still like to come, please do get in touch and we will see what we can do. For more information and to enrol, please go to http://www.belfrey.org/women-with-a-voice.html Deadline is March 26th, midnight.
On Tuesdays from 1.00pm to 2.45pm, Friends International run a session called 'Learning English through the Bible' in the Belfrey Hall. People are invited to come along and improve their spoken and written English using the Bible as a text. For more information contact Julie Funnell at email@example.com / 07580 956749 or Helen Callow at firstname.lastname@example.org / 07923 565181.
A York fundraiser will be running the London Marathon to change lives in Africa – despite having never run more than 5k before last summer. Corin Heney, 26 - who has been part of St. Michael le Belfrey since moving to York last summer, will take on the world-famous race to raise money for global human rights charity International Service.
International Service has supported women, children and young people, and people with disabilities to access their basic rights since 1953. For some, this is the right to an education; for others, it’s the right to earn a fair income. The charity works with local organisations to change lives in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Rwanda.
Corin, who also works for International Service, says the cause is close to her heart: “It’s the work we do that inspired me to run, and it’s what keeps me motivated.”
Training over the winter has been especially challenging, but Corin is staying optimistic: “Of course the training is challenging. But once you’ve run from the Millennium Bridge to Skelton and back in the middle of January, you’re ready for anything!”
To sponsor Corin, visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CorinHeney
To find out more about International Service, visit: http://www.internationalservice.org.uk/
This week the House of Prayer launches it's new rhythm of prayer. We pray this will be an opportunity for the whole church to grow together in prayer. To be involved simply sign-up for an hour of prayer by following this link. We hope more times and greater availability will follow soon. Any questions or suggestions please contact email@example.com
Thank you for taking an active part in supporting Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box appeal 2016, please know how much we value your partnership with us. Through your church's involvement in this ministry, the impact of a simple shoebox gift is being felt around the globe. Together with our ministry partners around the world 11,485,662 unconditional gifts were sent to 110 countries in 2016. Contributing to this figure were 882,647 shoe boxes sent from the UK. More locally, over a 5 week period in November/December, volunteers worked 2,000 hours, collecting, processing, packing and cartoning your shoe box gifts, which totalled 17,109 from the area of Leeds, York, Harrogate, part of Hull. Container Lorries were loaded at the warehouse, and then traveled across countries to their destinations - Liberia (8,161) Belarus (2,989) and Ukraine (5,959).
Volunteers who gave their time came from many different backgrounds, such as, School Children, Businesses, Banks, Youths, Boys Brigade, Pontefract Lioness Club, Churches, Retired People, People Local to the area of Garforth in Leeds and People who travelled distances from York, Ilkley, Otley, Selby, Leeds, Harrogate, Ripon, Hull, Castleford, Pontefract, Sherburn in Elmet, to name a few. These gifts also enhance your local church's ability to share the Good News of Jesus with children in their community as the local community are truly impacted by the generosity and un-conditionality of the gifts.
For churches to use as a follow up course in the UK, there is 'The Greatest Journey' Twelve fun and interactive Bible lessons, where the children get the chance to discover who Jesus is and how to begin their own journey of faith. This follow up course is also used by local churches globally. Last year a child came to Christ every 27 seconds; that is over 1.2 million children who now know the joy of Salvation as a result of last year's campaign. On behalf of Operation Christmas Child may I take this opportunity of thanking you again for your time and commitment to this worthwhile cause and trust we can partner for the next shoe box campaign/appeal which starts at the beginning of November 2017.
Maureen Bates (Volunteer Area Co-ordinator)
Yorkshire Bach Choir will be performing in St Michael le Belfrey Church on Saturday 18 March conducted by Peter Seymour. There is a pre-concert talk which considers the compositional and communication purposes in Bach's work, this is before the concert in The Belfrey Hall, Stonegate (free for ticket holders).
Completed in the final year of his life, the monumental Mass in B minor is arguably Bach’s greatest achievement. Forming a compilation of earlier music, mainly cantata settings, it forms an extraordinary narrative of faith. All in all, it is the perfect realisation of his endlessly flexible and inventive musical style. An outstanding line-up of vocal soloists joins complements the period-style agility of Yorkshire Baroque Soloists.
Bethany Seymour, soprano,
Anna Huntley, mezzo-soprano
Jason Darnell , tenor
Frederick Long , bass
Yorkshire Baroque Soloists
Tickets are £25 (£23 for concession and £5 for students) and can be purchased online from www.ncem.co.uk
Are you inspired by the ministry of CMS Mission Partners Andy and Rose Roberts and the ReVive House in Olinda Brazil 'Restoring Lives, Renewing Hope' (http://www.revive-international.org)? If so there is a great opportunity for you to go to Brazil this August, see first-hand and get involved. Rachel Maclure (formerly of The Belfrey) is leading a team to visit ReVive and another project in the Recife area. Rachel is a Brazilian national, now living in England and is a trustee of ReVive UK. The proposed dates are 1-10 August and there will be training, probably in April. Please contact Pat Chapman (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible for more information.
Having done a great job as church treasurer in recent years, Roger Holmes will be stepping down at the church's Annual Meeting at the end of April. So we'll be looking for a new Treasurer to advise the Vicar and PCC regarding our finances. This role will involve less work than Roger undertook, as we will be employing a part-time Finance manager to work alongside the treasurer. If you - or someone you know - might be interested in this role please contact Matthew Porter for further discussion.
Baby Kirkby has arrived. Phoebe Elise, 7lb 6oz, born 2nd Feb, 11.45am at home with big sister on hand to help. Phoebe & Rach really well. Thanks for your love & prayers. Lee, Rach, Amara & Phoebe.
Have you got a car and a couple of hours you could give on a Thursday morning? We get given free food from Sainsburys on Bootham and Morrisons at Foss Islands and we are looking for someone who might be willing to pick this up for us and deliver it to the Belfrey Hall by 10.30 on a Thursday morning. If you could support us in this it would be great! Please contact Liz Ransford on 07525 210572. In addition, people to join the volunteer team in the afternoon are always welcome.
The Wisdom House Live tour is coming to York on 22nd March and is an evening with best-selling author Rob Parsons. Full details and how to book can be found at https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/event/the-wisdom-house-live-york