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.

Coronavirus updates

We are open!

At present there is usually only one Sunday service takes place at 10.30am. This is also streamed live on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/greataytonmethodistchurch. However, in January and February 2022 there will be two services, a more traditional service at 9am and a contemporary style service once a month for a trial period. Keep an eye on our newsletter and social media pages for up-to-date information.

Arrangements for ‘in-person’ services at Great Ayton Methodist Church
All our arrangements take into account the latest government and Methodist Church guidance. Great Ayton Methodist Church leadership team have set out the following arrangements for our services, in order to allow us to move forward with fewer restrictions but also to keep each other as safe as we can.
 
The arrangements from Sunday 30 January 2022 are as follows:
 
  1. Although the wearing of face coverings is not required by law in church  we would urge you, if you feel able, to continue to wear a face covering out of consideration and care for others. Face coverings protect the person wearing them and give even more protection to others by reducing the spread of infection. So, out of love for all the members of our church family, please continue to wear a mask while in the building (especially while singing) unless you really feel you are not able to do so.
  2. Hand sanitiser will be available at entrances and exits. Given the uncertainties presented by the omicron variant of the coronavirus we will be asking people to complete track and trace documentation to allow us to contact people if necessary.
  3. Please continue to enter the building from the front door only and follow the guidance of stewards when leaving the building.
  4. Although ‘formal’ social distancing will no longer be required, please try to give each other as much space as you possibly can. 
  5. Please try and refrain from physical contact (shaking hands, hugs etc) with people other than those you live with. This will help prevent the spread of the virus from anyone who has it but might not realise it. Also, not everyone will feel ready for this level of contact; some people are understandably still anxious and we need to respect the feelings of others. Hopefully, in time we’ll get back to how we were before – until then ‘elbow bumps’ are probably as much as we should be doing.
  6. We will be opening windows during services because evidence shows that a good airflow helps to disperse any virus being carried in the air. Although our heating will be on, this means that the church may be colder than we are used to. For your comfort, please remember to dress accordingly!
  7. We will be serving refreshments after the service. Those people who don’t feel ready to come back to the building to worship yet are welcome to join us afterwards for these refreshments. Please free to remove your face coverings while seated and enjoying your refreshments!
  8. There is no need to book your place! Just come along!
We’ll keep all this under regular review.
 
We hope all this is clear and understandable. If you have any concerns or questions please contact a leadership team member or a service  steward. This is a great step forward, let’s just remain careful and considerate of each other.

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

 

A word about streaming
We continue to ‘live-stream’ our services as they occur. 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.
 
If you have any questions about this or have any concerns please contact Steve Smith at gamc.tech@gmail.com 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 producing an email newsletter every week. Please email her with any news, stories or matters for the newsletter. Printed copies of the newsletter will be available at Sunday services.

Some house groups are continuing to meet in various ways including online, in person in church or in homes. All groups are operating in line with the wishes of their members.

While we wait patiently and trustingly on the Lord what can you do in the meantime? Please continue to follow expert advice, pray and help those in need of support. We know that many people continue to need support and the future is still not certain.  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

Upcoming events

Pudding night

Date to be rescheduled: Watch this space! Great Ayton Methodist Church

It’s January, you’ve overeaten over Christmas and you’ve broken your New Year’s resolution already! What better remedy then, than to join us eating puddings! A simple main course to start (did your mum not tell you that you wouldn’t get pudding unless you’e eaten your main course?) then we get to the main event. Five puddings to sample in turn then your chance to be judges and award marks. Pudding related entertainment between desserts then witness the awarding of the GAMC Biggest Pudding Award to the makers of the winning pud!

All proceeds to the Russ Devereux Headlight Project. Tickets £10 per person available from Ruth and Steve Smith, tel: 01642974198 or email gamc.tech@gmail.com.

 

Regular and weekly events

The programme of events below shows those that were taking place until the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. The current arrangements are set out in bold red text.

Sunday

9:00 am to 10:00 am in church. 

Worship.

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 Rob Weir (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.

Currently there is one service taking place at 10.30 am with refreshments served afterwards. King’s Kids is taking place during this service.

Evening from 5.00 – 6.00 pm

Youth Groups  in the Living Room at church. This group is taking place. 

These youth groups are 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. There are two groups (one for school years 6 – 9 and one for years 10 – 13) who meet on alternative weeks between 5 and 6pm on Sunday evening. Young people take part in a range of activities as well as outings and weekends away.

Contact:  Sally Chaplain (01642 724221)

Monday

10:00 am in a member’s home

Men’s house group. This is not currently taking place.

See below for more information

Contact Jeanette Hardy (01642 714799)

 

9.30 to 10.30 am in the hall

Aerobics. This is not currently taking place.

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. This is taking place.

These activities are provided by an external group

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

Tuesday

10:00 am to 12:00 pm in church

Primetime Games  This group is not currently taking place 

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 This group is not currently taking place but there are plans to restart soon. Watch this space!

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 * This group has restarted and is currently taking place 

After school activities for children aged from birth to the age of 10 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. The main group, up to school year two meet in church, children who are older than this have their own activities in the youth hall.

Contact: Ruth Smith (01642 723717)

 

7:30 pm and 7:45 pm in members’ homes

House group This group is taking place 

See below for more information

Contact: Jeanette Hardy (01642 714799)

Wednesday

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

Coffee and Crafts This group is taking place

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 group is taking place

This activity is provided by an external group

Contact: Keith Wilkinson (01642 723802)

 

7:30 pm in a member’s home

House group This group is not currently taking place 

See below for more information

Contact: Jeanette Hardy (01642 714799)

Thursday

9:30 am in a member’s home

House group This group is not currently taking place 

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

Toddlers. At the present time only the morning group is taking place.

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. This group has restarted its meetings

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 This group is taking place 

See below for more information

Contact: Jeanette Hardy (01642 714799)

Friday

6:45 pm in church

Film Club (First Friday in the month from October to March). This event is running.

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 the organiser for the film selection for the month.

Contact: Chris Stokeld (01642 723573)

Saturday

10:00 am to 11:30 am in the hall

Together for tea (third Saturday in the month) This event takes place for the first time on Saturday 18 December.

If you want company and a good chat or if you or someone you love and care for, feel lonely, anxious or isolated we’d love you to join us for some good company and a good old cup of tea!

Contact: Eileen Cowen (01642 723241)

 

BBC – that’s Bacon Butties and Coffee (first Saturday in the month) This event has restarted.

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