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 our buildings, but please see the Connected – Newsletter tab at the foot of this page for our fortnightly newsletter which has details of events taking place.
We are continuing to hold worship services via Zoom: 09.30am on Thursdays & 6.00pm on Sundays, and other activities also continue. If you would like to join us please do contact email@example.com for login details, in addition we distribute Worship at Home sheets (see ‘Our Sunday Service – Worship at Home’ tab at the foot of this page).
At the moment, we are unsure how many of our church buildings will be open at Christmas. We will be holding online services over the Christmas period. More details about services over the Christmas period will be included in future editions of the Connected - Newsletter.
Christmas is not cancelled!
Who would have thought in March that the most wished for presents this Christmas would be permission to meet with close family members and a vaccine? We should be excited as it looks like we’ll get both. What we are facing has made most people reflect on their priorities and I think for many of us to change them. It has made me think about what really matters. We can so easily build our foundations for life on the wrong things like status and material possessions. It has been wonderful this year to see greater appreciation for our NHS staff and delivery drivers and other people so often taken for granted.
Christmas has become more commercial with an increased pressure to spend to have the ‘perfect’ Christmas. Yet as lovely as the trimmings are, and I delight in them all, they are not the reason for the season. Christmas is not cancelled we celebrate Jesus coming into the world to change it forever. The word ‘Emmanuel’ is used in the bible to describe Jesus it means ‘God with us’ and that is true even in these most difficult times. Christmas is not cancelled and in the mess Jesus is with us.
In the account of Jesus’ birth angels visit Mary then Joseph and then the shepherds and each time say the words ‘do not be afraid’. The reason for saying that was because God was at work and with them in the mess and confusion. Nothing has changed and those words ring true today. No matter what you face you are not alone God is with you. May you, your family and all those you care about know God’s love, peace and care this Christmas and may love cast out fear.