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THERE was a note of celebration in the air at Joseph Rowntree School, New Earswick, on Saturday (July 12) when the York Circuit of the Methodist Church held its first AGM and party.

The York Circuit, comprising 36 churches, was formed two years ago with the merger of the old York North and York South circuits. Under new rules it is governed by a circuit council but now has to hold an AGM once a year which is open to all involved in the life of the churches.

This first AGM which received reports on the past year and looked at prospects for the future lasted 50 minutes and included the presentation of bouquets to Yvonne and Peter Alderson, retiring from their job-sharing role as senior circuit stewards, and Joan Oliver, another retiring circuit steward.

There was also applause for the Rev Philip Turner, who had steered the circuit through its first two years by taking on the role of superintendent minister, which he described as "an impossible task" when he also had pastoral oversight of the largest church in the circuit. He is stepping back from the superintendent's job to concentrate on pastoral work.

Sally Gall, taking on the role of senior circuit steward, said there were significant challenges facing the Methodist Church, both in York and nationally — a declining and aging membership and the fact that the Methodist Church has too many buildings.

Increasingly it was proving difficult to find enough candidates for presbyteral ministry and she said there was a need to "look outside our comfort zones".

This might sound a little threatening but it could also be seen as an opportunity to be united and invigorated. "New ideas and ways of working can bring rewards," she said.

Things in York were going to be exciting from the start of the new Connexional year with a welcome service for new presbyters on Saturday, August 30, at 6.00pm at Central. The new presbyters would be Leslie Newton, coming as superintendent, and also a highly commended probationer minister, Julia Skitt.

Urging people to make a point of being at this service, she said it will be a time of challenge and excitement for all of us.

At the same time the circuit was trying to support a number of new initiatives across.

Worship at the AGM, held in the school's lecture theatre was led by the Rev Ian Hill, from his keyboard.

The party in the school grounds included a barbecue, numerous information stalls, all-age football games, juggling, table tennis, Bat-the-Rat, a couple of challenges, and performances by the Golden Rail Brass Band.

Inside the school there were cream teas and a performance by children and adults from Lidgett Grove Methodist Church of songs from the musical, Joseph And The Technicolor Dream Coat, staged earlier in the year.

The party, which lasted 2½ hours, finished with community hymn-singing.

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Lidgett — Three Day Accredited Godly Play training course -- Wed 26th -- Fri 28th April 2017
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This certificated course is being led by accredited members of the College of Trainers of Godly Play UK. Over 3 days (minimum 25 hours training) this training develops your ability to use Godly Play methods and understand its principles. The training follows an action/reflection model of learning -- learning through hands-on experience and reflection rather than lectures. There is a mixture of trainer-led sessions, and opportunities for coached participant storytelling presentations. We work in a model Godly Play environment, with the opportunity to use and see a comprehensive set of resources. Each day focuses on different kinds of Godly Play (sacred stories, parables and liturgical action/Church practice) so you will learn how different genres of Christian language can support spiritual exploration. Workshops in the core module also cover: Setting up a Godly Play Environment, the Spirituality of Childhood, your particular concerns and questions.
Godly Play story telling techniques are being used in more and more settings and situations from churches to schools and care homes so the course is open to anyone who wishes to attend.
The cost is £295 per person which includes a detailed training handbook, lunch each day as well as refreshments in coffee/tea breaks.
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Bookings need to made through Godly Play UK and you can find out more and download an application form via their website:
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Lidgett — Three Day Accredited Godly Play training course -- Wed 26th -- Fri 28th April 2017
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This certificated course is being led by accredited members of the College of Trainers of Godly Play UK. Over 3 days (minimum 25 hours training) this training develops your ability to use Godly Play methods and understand its principles. The training follows an action/reflection model of learning -- learning through hands-on experience and reflection rather than lectures. There is a mixture of trainer-led sessions, and opportunities for coached participant storytelling presentations. We work in a model Godly Play environment, with the opportunity to use and see a comprehensive set of resources. Each day focuses on different kinds of Godly Play (sacred stories, parables and liturgical action/Church practice) so you will learn how different genres of Christian language can support spiritual exploration. Workshops in the core module also cover: Setting up a Godly Play Environment, the Spirituality of Childhood, your particular concerns and questions.
Godly Play story telling techniques are being used in more and more settings and situations from churches to schools and care homes so the course is open to anyone who wishes to attend.
The cost is £295 per person which includes a detailed training handbook, lunch each day as well as refreshments in coffee/tea breaks.
The course runs from 8.30am each morning and finishes on the first and second day at 6.30pm and the final day at 5.00pm.
Bookings need to made through Godly Play UK and you can find out more and download an application form via their website:
http://www.godlyplay.uk/2016/11/18/acomb-york-3-day-accredited-training-course/

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Lidgett — Three Day Accredited Godly Play training course -- Wed 26th -- Fri 28th April 2017
Lidgett Methodist Church, Wheatlands Grove, York YO26 5NH

This certificated course is being led by accredited members of the College of Trainers of Godly Play UK. Over 3 days (minimum 25 hours training) this training develops your ability to use Godly Play methods and understand its principles. The training follows an action/reflection model of learning -- learning through hands-on experience and reflection rather than lectures. There is a mixture of trainer-led sessions, and opportunities for coached participant storytelling presentations. We work in a model Godly Play environment, with the opportunity to use and see a comprehensive set of resources. Each day focuses on different kinds of Godly Play (sacred stories, parables and liturgical action/Church practice) so you will learn how different genres of Christian language can support spiritual exploration. Workshops in the core module also cover: Setting up a Godly Play Environment, the Spirituality of Childhood, your particular concerns and questions.
Godly Play story telling techniques are being used in more and more settings and situations from churches to schools and care homes so the course is open to anyone who wishes to attend.
The cost is £295 per person which includes a detailed training handbook, lunch each day as well as refreshments in coffee/tea breaks.
The course runs from 8.30am each morning and finishes on the first and second day at 6.30pm and the final day at 5.00pm.
Bookings need to made through Godly Play UK and you can find out more and download an application form via their website:
http://www.godlyplay.uk/2016/11/18/acomb-york-3-day-accredited-training-course/

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