6. Church News

Joan Neish

We have been saddened to learn of the death of one of our methodist church members, Joan Neish, on Tuesday 22 September. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

Retirement of Malcolm Smith

Mr Malcolm Smith has decided to retire from Reader Ministry from 22 August 2020. Malcolm has been a Reader in these parishes for many years, and in Wheldrake previously. We are very grateful to Malcolm for his faithful ministry to us, especially his gift for preaching, and we wish him well in his retirement. 

Revd Mark Poole

Congratulations to our curate Revd Mark Poole, who was ordained deacon at York Minster on Friday by Archbishop Stephen!

Canon Nick

Congratulations to our rector Revd Nick Bird who has been appointed a Canon at York Minster. This is an honorary position, so he’s not leaving us! The collation and installation dates have not yet been decided.

Children’s Harvest Scarecrow Trail and Competition

Saturday 3rd October 2pm-5pm at both St Nicholas’s Church, Dunnington and Holy Trinity Church, Stockton on the Forest.

Join us in the churchyard for a fun scarecrow word trail, with prizes. Pick up your scarecrow making craft kit and enter our competition. Please remember social distancing rules. Thank you.

Download the poster for the Children's Scarecrow Trail and read more about the churches' harvest celebrations on the next page.


The Benefice churches are having their ACPMs (Annual Church Parochial Meeting) this autumn. Warthill has already had theirs. Stockton APCM will be on Tuesday 17 November, 7pm, in Holy Trinity Church. The ACPM for St Nicholas Church will take place on Sunday 22 November (time and location tbc). The number of attendees may have to be limited. Details will be posted in the weekly church newsletter which is on our News page

St Nicholas Church Dunnington needs YOU!

We have several vacancies to be filled at the Annual Meeting on 22 November:

We need a new church warden to take up duties early in 2021. It is time now to identify a successor to Peter Helm, who is stepping down, to fill this immensely important, fulfilling and rewarding role. Please do consider if you can take this on and speak with Peter, Carole, or Revd Nick for more information. 

Representatives on Deanery Synod
Anyone interested please speak to Judith Hewitt, Joan Verrier, Alison Gilmour or Rev Nick Bird. 

PCC Members - four to serve until the APCM in 2023 and four to serve until the APCM in 2022
Anyone interested speak to Rev Nick Bird, a churchwarden (Peter Helm and Carole White) or any current member of PCCNomination forms for all the above are available from Eve Scoreby or the churchwardens.

Refugee Action York

RAY are in need of items for some of the refugees currently in York. If you can help them please get in touch with them on John Williamson 07419815387 john@refugeeactionyork.com or Carrie Wheater carrie@refugeeactionyork.com 07545 060694.

The main things that are needed are:
- Trainers (especially sizes 39-46)
- Small sizes of men’s jeans, jogging trousers, hoodies, winter jackets, track suits
- Large sized rucksacks
- Suitcases
- Smaller cross-body bags
- Watches
- Old tablets (for those with poorer eye sight to be able to access the zoom English language lessons more easily)
- Smart phones

Date for your Diary 2021

Flourish 21: Rooted in Love
More information at https://www.yorkshirenemethodist.org/news-events/the-theme-for-flourish-21/ 

Methodist Circuit News

Anyone is welcome to recieve the Circuit News, please ask them to email yorkcircuitoffice@gmail.com and ask to be put on the mailing list for the Circuit News. 


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