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

Great Ayton Methodist Church is re-opening on Easter Sunday 

We have been worshipping online only since Christmas but are delighted that we will be able to open the church building for ‘in-person’ worship starting on Easter Sunday! Initially there will be only one service that will take place at 10.30am. This will also be streamed live on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/greataytonmethodistchurch with links and further information being posted on our social media channels. Click here for details.  

Arrangements for ‘in-person’ services at Great Ayton Methodist Church

Despite the rapid rollout of the covid-19 vaccines it is likely to be many months before we are able to return to services as before. In the meantime we will continue with arrangements that were in place in the Autumn:

  1. Numbers of people attending worship will be limited so the we can ensure you can keep a safe social distance from other worshippers. To help address this we will also be ‘streaming’ the service live on YouTube as it happens. It may well be that many people prefer to watch a service from their own home. See below for more information.
  2. In line with legislation, you will need to wear a face covering while in the church building for worship.
  3. We will need to record your name and contact details to support the ‘track and trace’ initiative to help and control the spread of the virus.
  4. There will be  strict ‘one-way’ system in operation and you will need to follow the stewards instructions about how and when you can move around the building and where you can sit
  5. Additional seating will be available in the upper section of the youth hall where the service will be shown on a large screen. It may be that you are asked to sit in there rather than in the main body of the church.
  6. There will be no ‘live’ music. We will use pre-recorded music and, unfortunately, we cannot allow any singing by the congregation.
  7. Services will only last for around 40 minutes,
  8. Toilet facilities will be available for those ‘emergencies’!
  9. Refreshments will not be available and, at the close of the service, you will need to leave the building immediately following the directions of one of the church stewards.
  10. Hand sanitising stations are available at the entrance and exit of the building. 
What do I need to do?

If you wish to attend a service at Great Ayton Methodist Church on a Sunday morning you will need to ‘book’ your place. This is so that we can make sure that we don’t exceed safe numbers of people in the building. To book your seat please contact Steve or Ruth Smith by email at gamc.tech@gmail.com or by phone (01642 974198 or 07530 111912). We’re sorry but we may not be able to guarantee you a seat if you do not tell us in advance that you plan to come along. Please note we expect that demand for seats will be much higher than it was in Autumn and we have a maximum of 55 seats (split between the church and the youth hall) available for booking. So we would advise you to book in plenty of time – especially for Easter Sunday.

Please keep an eye out for further information as it becomes available.


A word about streaming
We plan to continue to ‘live-stream’ our services as they occur. You can find all our services on our YouTube channel.


You can go directly to our streamed services by going to www.youtube.com/greataytonmethodistchurch/live

When we ‘stream’ a service you will be able to watch this as it happens, rather than watching a services recorded earlier in the week. Streamed services will appear on our channel shortly before the service is about to begin. You can receive a notification when we are ‘going live’ by subscribing to our channel (this is not a financial subscription and carries no cost) by clicking the subscribe button on our channel, then clicking the ‘bell’ icon to receive notifications.
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.
If you have any questions about this or have any concerns please contact Steve Smith or any member of Great Ayton Methodist Church’s leadership team.
Pastoral support
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.
Other matters

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.

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

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.

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

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)

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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