As a minister in the Pocklington and Market Weighton Methodist Circuit group of churches may I welcome you to our website. You will find information on all of our churches and events taking place in the area. Please come along to any service or event of interest to you. We seek to provide all who come with a warm welcome and opportunities for faith and friendship. Our desire is to be an “Attractive, welcoming, church community transforming lives for God.”
Rev Neville Simpson
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic we are currently not meeting in most of our buildings. However, two of our churches re-open for public worship from 4 April 2021: Pocklington (weekly at 11am) and Sancton (fortnightly at 10am). These services will follow current government guidelines and numbers are restricted, so you must book a place in advance. Contacts: (Sancton) Tel 01430 827283 or (Pocklington) Tel 07812 414812.
We continue to hold worship services via Zoom: 09.30am on Thursdays & 6.00pm on Sundays. If you would like to join us please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for login details.
You can access Worship at Home sheets (see ‘Our Sunday Service – Worship at Home’ tab at the foot of this page) and our fortnightly newsletter (see 'Connected – Newsletter' tab at the foot of this page).
We wish to support All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain’s joint appeal to provide essential support to vulnerable communities in India so have created a Just Giving page for donations here:
Last year 103 jumpers were knitted & sent to Wullinkamma Arribaja clinic, Gambia, for babies under a year old whose mothers died, & are being looked after often by the wider family. An additional 359 jumpers, most with hats too, was sent last month & should arrive in June. This was a fantastic number. A huge thank you to all at Bolton & our other churches who contributed to the knitting, collection & shipping costs. Another collection of jumpers is planned for this autumn.
Have a ‘year of growth’
One of the pleasant discoveries of restrictions on movement because of Covid19 has been doing local walks and realizing what a beautiful part of the world we live in. It has also been interesting to see the same places in different seasons. One of the places we have walked regularly is Allerthorpe Wood where we have seen the trees adjust to the seasons and the weather. When walking recently we came across a large amount of trees that had been cut down and logged. You could see the ring marks indicating the age of the tree and how it had grown each year. The implication being you could tell if it had been a good year for the tree or a hard one. What was clear is that until felled each tree had got through the year whatever the conditions. It made me think that it is the same for us as people. We have some really good years, some ordinary years, and sometimes really bad years but we get through them and overall, we grow and not just survive. I wonder what has this last twelve months been like for you? Whatever it has been like as Christians I believe that we have journeyed through it with God who promises to be with us and sustain us. I pray that the coming year will be a good one for you.
Of course, as followers of Jesus our years are not just measured physically but spiritually and I wonder what growth God has seen in your life and mine? In terms of a tree is it a wide gap between rings or a short one this last year or no growth at all? We are seeking to provide opportunities within the circuit to help each person grow as a disciple of Jesus even in the tough years. This has happened this year through house groups, bible study groups, the Methodist Way of Life material and course, the Lent course on ‘Extravagant Generosity and Unexpected Gifts of Kindness’ and now the ‘Everyone an Evangelist Course’. We have seen growth in our lives and in love and care for our communities in all sorts of ways including the Easter Gift bags. However you sustain your faith I hope and pray you will have a ‘year of growth’ as you journey on with Jesus whatever lies ahead for you.