Welcome to the Nidd Valley Methodist Circuit

New President welcomes our new Chair, Anne Brown

The new President of the Methodist Conference comes to Trinity to welcome our new Chair of Leeds District 

Revd Dr Roger Walton, President of the Conference in 2016/17 preached at Trinity on Saturday 20th August at the Welcome Service for our new Chair of the Leeds District, Rev. Anne Brown.

His message was about the giving and receiving of gifts.  It was an uplifting and thoroughly enjoyable occasion. Rev Gareth Powell,  Secretary of the Conference conducted  the service and presided at Holy Communion.

From the left: President Revd. Roger Walton, Rev. Anne Brown our new Chair of District, Sarah Caves, who organised the service and Rev. Gareth Powell, Secretary of  the Conference.  (photo JY)

Posted on: Thu, 15 Sep 2016

Killinghall Boy Shortlisted in 'The Wicked Young Writers' Competition

Noah from Killinghall was shortlisted as a finalist in the Wicked Young Writers competition.  He tells us all about it:

I wrote a story called 'The Fastest Dog' and entered it into the Wicked Young Writers competition. I was shortlisted as a finalist and was asked to go to the awards ceremony in London. Me, my Mummy, Daddy and little sister Elyssa all got the train down to London to the Apollo Theatre for the awards. I had my own seat with the other finalists. A lady called Gaby Roslin presented the awards, the people that play the witches in 'Wicked' sang a song and then Cressida Cowell (who wrote 'How to Train your Dragon') read out the winners' stories. I didn't win but my story is now published in an anthology, I am very proud that I'm a published author! We spent the rest of the afternoon sight-seeing in London, I loved Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament best and I can't wait to go back to London again one day!"     

The Wicked Young Writer Award  recognises excellence in writing, encourages creativity, and helps develop writing talent in young people between 5-25 years old from all backgrounds and areas of the UK. For more information about the awards visit www.wickedyoungwriterawards.com

Congratulation Noah, well done!

Posted on: Wed, 14 Sep 2016

Welcome to our new Circuit Administrator

We are pleased to welcome Juliana Caukwell to our circuit. Juliana will be dividing her time between working for the Circuit and Gracious Street.

Juliana was born in Brazil, with a Yorkshire born mother and a Spanish father and she speaks four languages.  Her career includes administration, marketing, recruitment and HR (amongst other skills).  One of her previous jobs was with Paperworks, in Harrogate.

She is married, has two little girls, 2 dogs and has been living in the Harrogate district for the last 13 years (3 in Knaresborough).  She started work as the circuit administrator on the 2nd August and is looking forward to meeting you all.

Posted on: Wed, 14 Sep 2016

Town Pastors - Harrogate

I am Dave Thomas and I head up Town Pastors in Harrogate, from May we have swapped to Saturday nights, due to Friday nights almost being completely devoid of people.

May I be so bold as to appeal to you for people who may feel led to serve as a town pastor. We start at 9pm with a flexible finish, some go home at 1am, whilst some stay right through to 3am. There is no pressure to serve every Saturday night, twice a month, once a month, or once in a while. We aim to have two teams, rotating between patrolling the town and stationed at our catering trailer.

If you do know of anyone who would be interested just ask them to contact me or just turn up at the trailer on a Saturday night and introduce yourself. 

Dave Thomas
Mobile: 07900 028084


Posted on: Mon, 12 Sep 2016

'Transformed Life' Programme at Trinity

In September 2015 the Bible Study Group, which meets on a Monday evening to follow 7-8 week programmes, piloted the ‘Transformed Life’ programme based on Ephesians chapters 1 to 3.

On completion of the pilot, where it was very well received, it was recommended to the Church Council in October for adoption as a programme that can be followed by the whole church. After a presentation, including a video of Dave Smith, the creator of the programme, the Council readily agreed that it was ideal for us at Trinity and that we should cover the 8 week programme in the summer months starting May 2016!

We would commend the ‘Transformed Life’ to any congregation – it engages everyone no matter at what point we are at in our Christian journey. It has been refreshing to engage together, to learn together and to have the opportunity to follow focused daily private devotionals. The following verse of the hymn by Charles Wesley based on his own transformation, sums up the ‘transformed life‘ – the first two lines show his position before meeting with Jesus and the rest picks up momentum as he comes to see that he is ‘Alive in Christ’

‘Long my imprisoned spirit lay fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray - I woke, the dungeon flamed with light!
My chains fell off! My heart was free, I rose, went forth and followed thee’

If anyone is interested in looking at this dynamic programme for refreshing our faith please do not hesitate to make contact with Don Rolls either by email (panddrolls@virginmedia.com)  or by phone (01423 507820 or 07703327406)

Posted on: Fri, 9 Sep 2016

A fond farewell to much-loved brothers and sisters

The 24th of July was a busy and emotional day for several churches in the Nidd Valley Circuit. We said goodbye to Rev Nick Witham, Rev Tim Sims, Rev John Schofield - and a heartfelt thank you to Margaret Grant, who retires as Circuit Secretary.

Rev Nick leaves us after 9 years at Starbeck Methodist Church, and more recently Park Grove and Scotton. His final service was made even more special with the Baptism of two new members: Martha and Gabriel Sherwood. Nick has a particular gift with children of all ages and this was a fitting addition to a well-attended service.

Afterward we shared a time of fellowship together at a buffet lunch. Many thanks go to the members of our new neighbours at Life Destiny Church who moved their service and gave up their time to host the buffet. The hospitality was over-and-above and deeply appreciated.

Nick and Elaine were presented with several gifts: A framed photograph which featured specially-commissioned photos of the three churches, a photo-memory book. Thanks go to Simon Mulholland for organising these gifts and the buffet lunch, which was truly magic. Elaine, who was as much a fixture at church as Nick himself and whose tireless ministry in Sundi Club, JMA and Messy Church will be missed by us and her colleagues at Starbeck Primary School, where she and Nick encouraged a knowledge of God in the young people there.

We also said goodbye to Rev Tim Simms who has been a part of the Circuit for a considerable time and now takes up his first post as Presbyter at the Northwich and Winsford Circuit. We say thanks to Tim’s wife, Pauline, for her fellowship at Starbeck and her support as Tim made the decision to candidate with the Methodist Church.

Thank you to Rev Mark Godfrey for leading us in worship in the 3pm farewell service. Mark admitted that it was his first such service - and it was a fitting tribute.

You will all be deeply missed, but we feel joy too, because we know that God will be with you and we will continue to keep you in our prayers and hearts.

We look forward now to welcoming Ann Fox, as she takes up her probationary position at Starbeck, Park Grove and Scotton. There is a welcome service to be held at 3pm on 11th September at Starbeck. Please join us if you can and help to welcome our new Minister.

Nick Button

Posted on: Sun, 14 Aug 2016

Sponsored Sew at Harlow Hill

Sponsored walks and swims are quite usual but a sponsored sew is more uncommon (and sedentary) so that’s what I decided to do in response to a fundraising plea for repairs to our side porch.

I lead the U3A Textile Crafts Group which meets in our hall at Harlow Hill. So, although this wasn’t a U3A project, I asked my members for help and three volunteered.

The date was fixed for Friday, 6 May  and was publicised in our Methodist Circuit, on the U3A website, in the local paper, in local shops, by word of mouth and, on the day itself, by eye-catching posters exhorting everyone to drop in. Meanwhile

I planned to be there from 10 am to 4 pm with two U3A members coming for two hours in the morning and another for two hours in the afternoon. They continued with some stumpwork which had been started in the group. I brought the goldwork wall hanging which I’d started previously and which will go on the church wall. I also arranged an exhibition of textile work and visitors showed a lot of interest in the methods used. I had to explain the mysteries of techniques such as “twisting”, “couching” and “plunging”.

As we all know, Methodists are “good with food” and there was a small team of church members who provided delicious cakes and refreshments throughout the day.

This, plus donations on the day itself, brought in more cash contributions though the largest part of the £257 raised came from people who very kindly sponsored me. I’d like to thank them for their generosity and their willingness in giving me a chance to do the sponsored sew.

Julie Clark

Posted on: Wed, 10 Aug 2016

RideLondon - London to Surrey 100

Every year thousands of amateur cyclists participate in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 – a 100 mile challenge on the same closed roads as the professionals, with the added incentive of raising money for good causes.

This year I joined 26,000 cyclists! I was riding for Alzheimer’s Society and there were 550 in Alzheimer’s Society team. Thank you everyone for sponsoring, supporting and praying for me. I raised approximately £2,000 for Alzheimer’s Society.

I sadly didn’t do the full 100 miles due to serious accidents and having to be detoured. I completed 74 miles in 6 hours and 48 minutes. I am disappointed not to have done 100 miles, but I still rose to the challenge. Cycling in the centre of London with roads closed and cycling in Surrey was a wonderful achievement. Riding under Admiralty Arch before finishing on The Mall is something I’ll never forget.

On a serious note please can you hold the family of Robin Chad in your prayers. Robin sadly passed away at the event. Robin was riding to raise money for Cancer Research UK, after both his dad and stepdad died from lung cancer.

Alzheimer’s Society have said that I can cycle again for them next year, so hopefully I can finish the 100.

Three days after the ride we had Summer Club 2016 at Bilton Area. Bad planning by me, but the team was looking forward to doing summer club in the new building. This was our fifth summer club and the theme was ‘Polar Explorers’. The building was decorated based on North and South Pole. The groups were Penguins, Seals, Arctic Foxes, Polar Bears, and Arctic Wolves. The children were explorers who went on a mini-expedition each day to learn about a New Testament character.

How wonderful it was to share the ‘good news’ with 63children. Six out of the seven schools in Bilton had children represented. The Summer Club celebration was packed with 20 children from Summer Club and their families attending. I would like to thank the team for decorating, planning the programme, and providing the refreshments.

Mr Matthew Lunn

Posted on: Mon, 8 Aug 2016

Queen's 90th Birthday - celebrations at Harlow Hill

All kinds of celebrations were held at Harlow Hill Methodist Church to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday!

At Messy Church, following a reenactment of the Battle of Jericho, the children took part in a fly past for the Queen using paper aeroplanes, before celebrating in royal style with a themed tea party.

At the end of June members and their especially invited guests met to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. Tables were decorated with the best china, patriotic flags were draped around the hall and the red, white and blue theme was dominant.

Harlow Hill members do celebrations well and this was no exception!

The shared tea was amazing, our visitors appreciative and the afternoon ended with the National Anthem.

Charlotte South

Posted on: Sun, 12 Jun 2016

Young Peoples Events

So many exciting things are happening in the next few months with our young people!! Put these dates in your diary!!

Posted on: Fri, 27 Nov 2015

Celebrations for Brian Hoare and Don Rolls

We had a lovely Circuit Service on Sunday afternoon, celebrating the music of Brian Hoare and the 40 year commitment of Don Rolls to being a local preacher!

Posted on: Thu, 26 Nov 2015

Prayer for Paris

Tonight at Killinghall Methodist Church Rev. Roberta Topham led a prayer vigil in response to the tragic events in Paris and the ongoing war in the Middle East.

Posted on: Fri, 20 Nov 2015