Jane Achaloi from Tearfund will be with us all day on Sunday March 10th, speaking at all three services. She will also be hosting a talk on 'The power of the Bible to lift people out of poverty', and provide a taste of the Belfrey's possible mission trip to Uganda later in the year over a lunch in the Belfrey Hall at 1.15pm. If you would like to come to this tickets are £5. Please let Beth Kelsall know if you are interested by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every 6 years we have to make a completely new Electoral Roll. This means that whether you have been on the Roll in the past or not you have to re-apply to be on the Roll this year.
If you have been a part of The Belfrey for at least 6 months then please complete the form on line here or pick up a paper form from church over the next few weeks.
The Roll will close on March 23rd ready for the Annual Meeting on April 7th. You need to be on the Roll to take part in the meeting.
MySight York is the new name for the city’s long-established charity, York Blind & Partially Sighted Society.
MySight York has a simple core value of enabling everyone to ‘live well with sight loss’. Losing your sight can be an extremely challenging time, both practically and emotionally, but our services enable people to make confident choices about all aspects of their lives.
We offer practical advice, emotional support and information, as well as guiding people in the use of a vast range of equipment and technology. We also run a full programme of supported activities, ranging from Boccia and Tai Chi to knitting, singing and an audio book group. We also offer a free, confidential counselling service - Talking Space – which is available to anyone experiencing sight loss, or to their family or friends.
Our dedicated team of ‘home visiting’ volunteers can offer support in people’s own homes, providing companionship and helping with the little things that really matter like reading a letter, writing a birthday card or visiting a local cafe.
We also run a hospital-based sight support service which provides practical and emotional support directly to patients at York, Scarborough, Bridlington and other outlying hospital eye clinics.
If you, or anyone you know, could benefit from the MySight York services, don’t hesitate to pop in to our offices on Rougier Street, call 01904 636269, or visit www.mysightyork.org.
If you are following Jesus but have not yet been baptised there is an opportunity coming up at The6 on February 17th for you to be baptised. Similarly, if you have been baptised but are now following Jesus and would like to confirm baptismal vows that might have been made on your behalf, there will be confirmations on February 17th at The6 by Bishop Graham Cray.
If you'd like to be baptised or confirmed please let one of the clergy know, or ring the parish office on 01904 624190 or email email@example.com
Every Thursday at 5.30pm in the Belfrey Hall a delicious hot meal is served up to our guests. Our visitors are the homeless and marginalised of York and those who are struggling for a variety of reasons.
Sitting and eating with them are people from our volunteer team. We are looking for some more volunteers to come at around 5pm to eat with our guests and listen to their stories. We would then value help in putting everything away and cleaning the hall.
Alternatively, more background help is also needed in the kitchen washing up. Again a meal is provided so you wouldn’t have to go home to cook.
We are happy to welcome those who could not commit every week but would be able to contribute say once a month, or maybe those who could come during the summer when we lose our students.
Perhaps there is a Belfrey Group who might consider coming on a rota? Our aim is to be finished by 7.15pm.
If you can feel God stirring you up to love and serve those whose lives are very broken then please be in touch with Liz Ransford on 07525210572 or talk to Paul Myers or Mick Corringham for more information.
A new book has recently been published about Rev Edmund S. Carter who was vicar of St Michael le Belfrey from 1882-1908. The book is one of a series of books about cricketers as Rev Carter played for Yorkshire. If you're interested in the history of our church and/or Yorkshire cricket you might like a copy of this brief book which aims "to single out his cricketing endeavours in the wider context of a vigorous clerical vocation."
We can obtain copies at £10 each, and if you'd like one please let firstname.lastname@example.org know and she'll order one for you.
Reflect Pregnancy Support in York sees anyone who may be facing a difficult pregnancy choice, or who may have lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, or for anyone who has had an abortion and now may be struggling to come to terms with this.
Please see our website here for more information about what we do: www.reflectyork.co.uk
We are running training this year starting in February for anyone interested in becoming a pregnancy choices and loss adviser. We are looking for people who are naturally good listeners and who have a desire to support those in crisis or who are grieving.
Please see below for more details
Margaret Hornby is our oldest church member at 99 years old! She recently suffered a stroke and was admitted to hospital, but was subsequently discharged back home to the care of her niece. She wants to thank you for your prayers and messages which are a great encouragement and support. Sadly, since she came out of hospital she has had a fall and now has an infection, which is being treated with antibiotics. Please can you continue to pray for Margaret?
The Diocese of York is holding a day of encouragement and resource in sharing our faith on 23rd March, at Manor Academy.
‘Talking Jesus: Perceptions of Jesus, Christians and Evangelism in England’, is the name of a recently published report about research conducted on behalf of the Church of England which uncovers the views of those outside the church towards Christians and Jesus. Rachel Jordan-Wolf will explore implications for our mission and help us to shape what we say and do in our outreach as we seek to make and nurture disciples in our local communities.
To book on and for more information, please click here.
Are you looking for a new way to get involved in church life as you go into 2019? Do you have some spare hours during the day on Mondays to Saturdays? Belfrey Doors needs you! Join a team of friendly volunteers who keep our church building open to visitors during the week. Maybe you could do this with some of your Belfrey Group?
Belfrey Doors is an exciting team to be part of, as we frequently see God impacting people’s lives in such tangible ways. We recently chatted to and prayed with a couple from Newcastle, who had been having a difficult time. They went away saying they’d been truly inspired, and that their perspective had changed after hearing about the hope that Christians have. They remain in touch with us via email - they are reading through some booklets we gave them, and are looking forward to attending our upcoming church plant in Newcastle!
Interested? Contact Izzy on email@example.com or at 01904 624190 on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Do you come to XI and enjoy all that it offers? Could you help it run well?
We're looking particularly for people to help with serving refreshments and welcoming but there are other areas that you could help with as well. Please contact our wonderful service administrator, Miriam Lowe, if you'd like to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org
York has over 200 Snow Wardens across the city. Volunteers receive training, equipment and insurance cover. They pick up where and when to keep pavements free of ice and snow and make a real difference to their neighbourhoods.
City of York Council issues volunteers with a high visibility vest, warm hat, gloves, a snow shovel and a supply of grit which is topped up when required.
If you would like to find out more, or if you would like to become a volunteer snow warden, please contact the Environment and Community team at City of York Council on 01904 553676 or email@example.com.
YES - Below Zero is now up and running and offering an evening meal and a bed for up to 5 people each night, for 7 nights a week, keeping them off the streets during these cold winter nights. But to keep the service running they need to add more volunteers to the team. Could you help?
To keep you up to date, the Belfrey's financial position up to the end of December 2018 on the running budget can be summarised as follows:
Jan-Dec Budget Actual
Income £692,540 £660,526
Expenditure £696,821 £677,871
Difference -£4,281 -£17,345
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.