What's On

In addition to Sunday worship a wide range of events and activities take place throughout the week. Changes in worship times occur from time to time and many ‘one-off’ activities take place. These are publicised in the church newsletter and, increasingly, on our Facebook page.

Please note that, Sunday services excepted, not all these events and activities take place every week. Please check the church calendar or the person responsible the activity for further information.

Forthcoming events

Coronavirus updates

04 July 2020
Some good news!! We’re delighted to tell you that, as part of plans to open the church back up after lockdown, we’re opening church up on a limited basis for private prayer. So over the next four weeks church will open as follows:
Thursday 9 July 1pm – 3pm
Thursday 16 July 5pm – 7pm
Thursday 23 July 1pm – 3pm
Thursday 30 July 5pm – 7pm
Sounds great doesn’t it?
Well not exactly! Because it won’t be church as we know it! We’ve followed government and Methodist Church guidance and taken every effort to keep you safe as we get used to meeting again.
  • There’ll be a one-way system through the church – in via the front door out through the youth hall. Please don’t arrive and congregate before 1pm as the doors will not be opened until then. The automatic door and lift will be available for anyone who needs them to enter the church
  • To keep a safe social distance, we’ll only able to have a maximum of 12-13 people in the building at any one time. So,
    • You may need to queue
    • You will be guided to your seat
    • Your time will be limited to around 15 minutes
  • No hymn or prayer books will be available
  • There will be no access to the toilet facilities
  • You will need to leave the building as soon as you have come to the end of your prayer time.
Stewards will ensure that the church is suitably sanitised and safe. They will be wearing face coverings and, if you have one, it will reassure others if you wear it too as it is an enclosed area.
Baby steps to keep everyone safe! We’ll keep arrangements under review as things change. All other activities within the church are still cancelled  until further notice and we urge everybody to follow the government’s instructions we can slow down the spread of the disease. 

We have well developed arrangements through our pastoral visitors to maintain phone contact with people, and help to support including shopping for provisions, collections of prescriptions etc without physical contact. Volunteers helping in this way have been approved by church council and subject to DBS clearance checks. This helps to ensure any vulnerable person is fully protected. Pastoral visitors will ensure that everyone is kept informed about what is happening

In the meantime we are ‘doing church’ in different ways. We are uploading weekly acts of worship to our YouTube channel Great Ayton Methodist Church YouTube Channel for you to take part in. Each time a new act is uploaded a link will be posted on the church’s Facebook page and shared by email to those people who receive the weekly newsletter in this way. The church secretary is working from home and producing an email newsletter every week. Please email her with any news, stories or matters for the newsletter.

Audio CDs of Sunday services are available. If you know someone who would like to hear our online services but does not have the facilities to watch, email gamc.help@gmail.com and we’ll arrange to contact the person and deliver a CD to them. Pastoral visitors are speaking to people about this to make sure that everyone knows there are available.

Some house groups are continuing to meet in various ways including some meeting online using video conferencing platforms,

Thy Kingdom Come 2020 is taking place online this year from 21 – 31 May. You can find out more about it from the inititive’s website https://www.thykingdomcome.global/ and local information is available from local churches. The annual ‘Tie a Ribbon’ initiative, this year is taking place in people’s own homes for safety reasons. Check our Facebook Page for details.

While we wait patiently and trustingly on the Lord what can you do in the meantime? Don’t panic, follow expert advice, pray and help those in need of support. If you need to self-isolate, tell someone so they can help get you what you need. Contact your pastoral visitor and we can arrange support in whatever form you need. If you need help or support or have a need for prayer you can email us on gamc.help@gmail.com. This is a confidential service.

We might have to be apart but no-one should be alone!

‘The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to His Heavenly Kingdom.’ 2 Timothy 4 v18

Rev Lisa and Andy’s sponsored tandem ride.

On 27 June, Rev Lisa and Andy completed their sponsored tandem ride in aid of Teesside Hospice. They cycled around 27 miles (in meed weather!!!) past all the six churches in Stokesley Methodist Circuit! This also provided a ‘socially distant’ chance to say farewell to people across the circuit before they depart for Sheffield in August. Their heroic efforts raised around £4,500 when Gift Aid is taken into account!

An amazing achievement and a great testimony to Lisa and Andy’s generous and thoughtful natures! We will miss them!

You can donate until 7 July 2020 by visiting their JustGiving page.

Regular and weekly events


9:00 am to 10:00 am in church


A more traditional service format, suitable for all but one which will particularly suit those people who value the structure of this type of service and worshipping with traditional hymns sung to the organ.

10:30 am to 12:00 pm in church

Contemporary worship.

A more modern style of service suitable for all ages including families with children. Led by our worship band, this service is highly accessible to people who are seeking or newly exploring their faith as well as those who have been Christian for many years. At certain times of the year this service will take the form of café style all age worship.

Contacts: Rev Lisa Quarmby (01642 724968), Jeanette Hardy (01642 714799)


King’s Kids* in church

During this service there are activities for children that usually follow the themes considered in the church services. Children join the congregation for the beginning of the service then leave to take part in the crèche (ages 0-3) and King’s Kids (ages 4-11). They then rejoin the service for a shared time of worship.

Contact: Sally Chaplain (01642 724221)

Coffee is served between these services and after the second service.


10:00 am in a member’s home

Men’s house group

See below for more information

Contact Jeanette Hardy (01642 714799)


9.30 to 10.30 am in the hall


This activity is provided by an external group

Contact: Natalie Toogood (07900 802561)


Evening in the hall

Brownies and Guides For times and activity details please contact the leaders below.

These activities are provided by an external group

Contacts: Alison Lambert, Brownies (01642 722565), Eleanor Albrecht, Guides (01642 724020)


6:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the Living Room at church

Youth Group *

This youth group is for young people already involved in the church and those who are not but are being helped to learn about the Christian faith and explore their response to it. Young people take part in a range of activities as well as outings and weekends away. There are two groups, one for school years 7 – 10* who meet from 6.30 to 7.45 pm and one for school years 11 – 13 who meet from 7.45 to 9.00 pm.  *The younger group is currently not running. Please contact one of the people below for more information,

Contacts: Rev Lisa Quarmby (01642 724968), Sally Chaplain (01642 724221)


10:00 am to 12:00 pm in church

Primetime Games

Indoor floor games in the church including bowling and curling type games. Suitable for all people and ages including people with additional physical needs as well as able bodied people.

Contact: Colin Hunt (01642 711191)


12:15 pm to 1:45 pm in the hall

Community Lunch

On the first and third Tuesday of the month  a two course meal is cooked on the premises followed by tea and coffee; priced at £4.00. On the second and fourth Tuesday a lighter ‘soup trio’ a choice of soup and sandwiches with a side salad followed by tea or coffee is served; priced at £2.80. These meals are open to anyone from the local community or visitors from further afield. This is a highly social occasion and a valuable support to many people.

Contact: David Kent (01642 722682)


3:15 pm to 4:30 pm in church

J Time *

After school activities for children aged from birth to the age of seven and their families. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children receive a small healthy snack and take part in wide range of activities including video, crafts, songs and play with a Christian theme. Parents and carers can enjoy a coffee or tea and cookies and, of course, a good chat. A small charge is made

Contact: Ruth Smith (01642 723717)


7:30 pm and 7:45 pm in members’ homes

House groups

See below for more information

Contact: Jeanette Hardy (01642 714799)


10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the hall

Coffee and Crafts

Bring a craft you’re working on (or none) and come along for a coffee and good company. Please note this does not take place every week. Please contact the activity organiser for details.

Contact: Hannah Jackson (01287 637882)


7:00 pm to 9 pm in the hall

Tai Chi

This activity is provided by an external group

Contact: Keith Wilkinson (01642 723802)


7:30 pm in a member’s home

House group

See below for more information

Contact: Jeanette Hardy (01642 714799)


9:30 am in a member’s home

House group

See below for more information

Contact: Jeanette Hardy (01642 714799)


10:00 am to 11:30 am and 1:15 pm to 2: 45 pm


Play and social time as well as mutual support for pre-school; children and their parents and carers. A small charge is made.

Contact (morning): not currently available

Contact (afternoon): not currently available


7:00 pm to 9:30 pm in the hall

Angrove Singers Choir rehearsal

The choir meet weekly in school term time to rehearse and perform three concerts each year in the village. New members always welcome

This activity is provided by an external group

Contact: Carol Morgan (01642 722897)


8:00 pm

House group

See below for more information

Contact: Jeanette Hardy (01642 714799)


6:45 pm in church

Film Club (First Friday in the month from October to March).

Showing recent releases that are suitable for general viewing. Films start at 7:00 pm and refreshments are served after the showing. Donations are accepted in lieu of a charge and go toward the current church charity

Contact: Chris Stokeld (01642 723573)


10:00 am to 11:30 am in the hall 

Coffee Morning (second Saturday in the month onward)

Coffee, tea scones and biscuits served at a small charge to anyone in the community. A time to socialise with friends.

Contact: Eileen Cowen (01642 723241)


BBC – that’s Bacon Butties and Coffee (first Saturday in the month)

Coffee or tea with delicious bacon butties. Suggested donations taken in aid of the church’s annual charity. A time to chat and enjoy the irresistible aromas (and taste!) of bacon and coffee.

Contact: David Kent (01642 722682)

From time to time

Family Fun Time*

Saturdays 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in church

The church is transformed into an inflatable fun park with bouncy castle, inflatable slide, ball pool and soft play items. Suitable for younger children aged up to approximately school year two. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Coffee, tea and biscuits are available as well as cold drinks for children. There is a small charge per family for this activity.

This usually takes place once per month.

Contact: Ruth Smith (01642 723717)


Messy church*

A special church service based on fun and craft activities for children and their families that includes a snack meal.

This usually once per term on Saturday afternoon, times may vary.

Contact: Doreen Hunt (01642 711191)

House groups

House groups follow a set programme of topics following the themes that were preached on in the previous Sunday’s sermon. House groups vary greatly in their composition, style and the way they tackle the study material. However, all are friendly, supportive and are a great way of getting to know people and finding your place within the church. Ideas and visions arising from house groups are a major source of the mission work undertaken by the church. Anyone who would like more information about a particular house group, house groups in general or to join a group should contact Jeanette Hardy, the worship portfolio leader on 01642 714799.


*Leaders of children’s activities and clubs are DBS checked and comply with the church’s safeguarding procedures and commitment to making church a safe and enjoyable place for children

View the full church calendar here