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
Our churches are open for worship as listed below. See the weekly plan of services at the foot of this page, and get in touch with the contacts below for more details:
Bolton (11am most weeks) 01759 380687
Bubwith (MONDAY 2pm meeting at All Saints Bubwith) 01757 288319
Holme on Spalding Moor (9.30am fortnightly) 07740 282665
Melbourne (9.30am fortnightly) 01759 318918
Newton (9.30am from 5th Sep) 01904 607295
Pocklington (11am weekly) 07812 414812
Sancton (10am weekly from 5th Sep) 01430 827283
St John’s, Market Weighton (11am weekly from 5th Sep) 07835 318089
Join our Zoom worship; Thursday 9.30am & Sunday 6pm. Contact email@example.com for login details.
See ‘Our Sunday Service-Worship at Home’ tab at the foot of this page for worship sheets
See 'Connected-Newsletter' tab at the foot of this page for our latest news
Are you finding it difficult at this time of year? Christmas is a special time, but for some we see the empty chair and remember the loved one who is no longer there. If that is the case, you are invited to a service of remembering and thanksgiving at Pocklington on Sunday 12 December at 3pm. The service will give you space to be sad, space to remember, and space to give thanks.
Wanted - warm clothes (for adults and children) asylum seekers, refugees and migrant workers.
Please leave donations of warm clothes in the box outside Wesley House (to the right-hand side of Pocklington Methodist Church). The box will be there from Wednesday 17th to Monday 29 November, when the contents will be passed to Open Doors in Hull. Thank you for your support.
REMINDER - Last date for donations is Monday 29 November. Thank you.
“Give the gift of hope”
Last year I wrote in my Christmas message headed “Christmas is not cancelled” and thought we would be able to meet with family and friends. In the end we faced a Christmas separated from loved ones and it was tough. Hopefully, this year we will be able to meet and socialise with those we love.
Socialising is an integral part of Christmas celebrations for most however it’s not Christmas. Christmas is the celebration of Jesus coming into the world to change it forever. The Word became flesh as John describes it and dwelt among us. Isn’t that wonderful! God loves us so much that he comes to bring hope for the times we live in. In his time on this planet Jesus gave hope to the marginalised, hope to the poor, hope to the corrupt, hope to the stranger, hope for the foreigner, hope for the prisoner, hope to the ordinary and often missed, hope to the rich. Hope for all including you and me. Jesus changes lives.
Paul says, ‘May the hope of God fill you’ ‘so that you may overflow with hope’ (Romans15: 13). We are to be filled with the hope of God today because of Jesus not so that we can feel self contented or it sustains our Christian discipleship rather so that hope can overflow from us. Overflow implies it goes somewhere and doesn’t just stay with us. Overflow also implies you being continually topped up with hope otherwise overflow would happen only once. Christian hope flows from us into the world. Living in hope means we expect God to be at work in the world today. In the New Testament and early church just look at the emphasis given to seeking justice, peace, reconciled relationships, reintegration into community and on love of neighbour. Hope drives our commitment to social action and to the sharing and proclamation of the Good News. What a Christmas gift of hope we can give to others this Christmas!
May you and all those you care about know God’s love, hope and peace this Christmas and may you give the gift of hope to others.