Could you volunteer to help homeless people in York next winter?
‘YES - Below Zero’ is a new project to help keep people off the streets in the coldest weather. The council has provided us with a space. Now we need the volunteers from churches and voluntary groups across the city to staff it. We are now ready to train our first teams of helpers. Recruitment and Training start on Sept 8th in The Belfrey Hall. Charles Walters of Christ the Light Church is taking the lead on this project, supported by Barrie Stephenson of Restore. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to show your interest and for more details. Inspired by One Voice York.
You are all most welcome to join the YoYo team and trustees for prayer and their annual commissioning at the House of Prayer on Monday September 17th at 7pm.
Keith Hayden, one of our House of Prayer volunteers, will be running the Great North Run in September in aid of Open Doors.
A few weeks ago I signed up to run the Great North Run in support of Open Doors. This charity works in nations around the world to support persecuted Christians. You can find out more from my webpage here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Keith-HAYDEN1
If you know anyone who might like to sponsor me for this please forward this on to them, and/or put in on Facebook. If anyone would like to know more about Open Doors please visit
Thanks for taking a moment to consider this. I'm sure those who are being helped by Open Doors will be eternally grateful!
Finally, if you are able and willing, please tell your friends about this, and please add the above, especially the link, on Facebook and Instagram etc.
Thank you so much!
This year's Art Exhibition at the Tithe Barn in Poppleton will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend which is 25-27 August. The timings are 10am-5pm on the Saturday and the Sunday and 10am- 4.30pm on the Monday.
Betty Law and Ann Mills invite members of the Belfrey family to the above Exhibition where they will again be exhibiting and selling their latest art work completed this year along with over twenty other local artists from the area.
Teas, coffees, scones and cake served all day. Car parking. Entrance free.
Come and enjoy a browse in the beautiful medieval Tithe Barn and its lovely surroundings.
Preview night Friday 24 August (7pm-9pm) Tickets £6 available from Betty 01904 481690
In August there will be an opportunity to attend a week long Art Summer School at Southlands Methodist Church.
Please see further details below
From Friday July 20th this Friday Weekly Update will be sent out through ChurchSuite, our church database. Therefore you will need to be signed up to ChurchSuite to receive it.
Since April most of you have taken the opportunity to sign up to this new and secure database whilst providing the necessary consents for us to remain in contact with you - a requirement of the new GDPR which came into effect recently. If you suddenly stop receiving the Belfrey Weekly Update then this will be for one of a couple of reasons:
Mike Perkins, our new curate, has moved to York with Emma and they thank everyone for the kind food hamper that was here to welcome them.
Thank you for your generosity in blessing Mike and Emma in this way as they start their ministry among us. Mike was ordained in the Minster on July 1st and started working with us on July 2nd.
Do say 'hi' to them as you see them around church.
They have prepared this short video to introduce themselves:
The York School of Ministry is holding an informal Open Evening on Thursday 16th August for people to find out more about the modules starting in September. The York School of Ministry offers theological and ministerial education on behalf of the Diocese of York, for those who would like to explore more about their faith and discipleship. For further details please take a look at their website here.
The Diocese of York will be starting a Spirituality and Spiritual Accompanying course in the autumn. For more details and to book a place please download this form.
To keep you up to date, the Belfrey's financial position up to the end of June 2018 on the running budget can be summarised as follows:
Jan-June Budget Actual difference
Income £340,293 £335,273 -£5,020
Expenditure £361,381 £345,384 + £15,997
Leo Kennedy has a large collection of reel to reel tapes which he would like to have converted into CDs. Would you be able to help him with this? Leo has a reel Mc (Tamberg) and can pay the cost of converting. If you are interested, or can think of someone who might be, please contact Leo on 07754 773427
Do you have a spare room and some space in your life?
Britain has a fine history of granting asylum to those who need it - could you play your part in the UK continuing to be a welcoming country for refugees?
If so, would you consider taking in a teenager who has fled conflict or persecution abroad and found themselves alone in York looking for a safe place to call home or would you be interested in supporting families caring for refugee children?
Several children have already come to our city and are living with families of various shapes and sizes, but there is a need for more. We are called to take care of orphans, to open our homes to strangers and to provide for the poor. This is a practical way of doing that for these vulnerable children.
For more information please read this and if you'd like to chat to someone please contact Emily Gould at email@example.com
"Practise hospitality, for by doing so many have entertained angels without knowing it"
If you or someone you know who is part of The Belfrey family is ill for a while either at home or in hospital then it is hoped that their Belfrey Group would take a lead in looking after them. However, if a visit from someone else would be appreciated please let Ruth Somerville know (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01904 624190) so that she can arrange for a member of the pastoral visiting team or a member of the clergy to go and see them and take communion if that would be appreciated.