Welcome to Southlands Methodist Church

Welcome to our website.  Southlands is an Inclusive, family friendly, and community focussed church, with a fabulous art community at our heart.  We have 20 artists in residence, with whom we work collaboratively to bless our community.  We also hosts counsellors, and lots of community groups.  So do explore, and if you can, join us in person.

Proud To Be An Inclusive Church

Southlands Methodist is registered and is an Inclusive Church*, ‘a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate’.  Although a fairly traditional Methodist church, as well as embracing a community of artists, partnering with a weekly waste food cafe,  mental health counsellors,  we support  Pride and already offer a place of belonging and spiritual growth for individuals from the LGBTQ community.  We have been registered as a venue for same-sex marriages since March 2022.  We delight in being a church that spans the generations and a building that supports so many different activities in our community.


Art at Southlands

South Bank Studios

South Bank Studios is also open, with artists in residence and workshops, both on-site and on-line. Do check out the South Bank Studios website for details and links to the artist’s own pages.

Art and craft LESSONS

We have many artists holding craft and art lessons on our premises.  If you wish to hold a session here, please visit our room bookings page for more info.  To see what lessons are happening, please see the calendar at the bottom of the page.

Seek Art School

Our partners ‘Seek Art School’ have also begun to run workshops again, on-site and on-line so please check out our events diary to join them. seek-art-school.

The Gallery Cafe

Our new weekly Saturday ‘Gallery Cafe’, where art is on display and for sale, alongside barista coffees, drinks and home made cakes. Do drop in.

Engaging in Our Community

Waste Food Cafe & Food Bank

Planet Food

We partner with Planet Food, and environmental project that takes waste food, and uses it to offer a weekly food store, and three course meal to hundreds of local people each week.

Community Garden

Partnering with Local volunteers , artists and volunteers from Planet Food we have developed raised beds which supplement the herbs, flowers and ingredients for Planet Food, but also provide a welcome place of rest and relaxation alongside the church.  We have chosen plants that help with pollinators and use the space as an outdoor gallery as well.

Planet Food Video

Click on the image to the right to watch the Planet Food donut economics video, to see how they do what they do each week.


Details of Weekly Worship At Southlands


We meet each Sunday at 10:30am  in-person in the church each week, although on occasion join with our sister churches in the area.

If you are unable to be present at church, or would prefer to join us online for any reason, then do join our Zoom services hosted by Acomb Methodist Church, which take place at the same time each Sunday morning (see the Zoom log in details below.)

We also meet physically each Wednesday at 2pm for a simple prayer service, which is a smaller gathering, and partner with the Kairos Movement, which also offer times of prayer and online bible study and worship.

Details of Upcoming Services

Sunday 21 July 10.30am – Michael Chester will be leading our communion service

Sunday 28 July 10.30am – Louisa Taylor will be leading our all age worship

Sunday 4th August 10.30am – Ralph Frankland will be leading our service

Sunday 11 August 10.30am – Vic Paylor will be leading our service

Please note: in August there will be no Young Church. There will be crafts supplied at the back of church to occupy any kids who wish to attend the service.


We now have a separate page for our bigger events, including York Open Studios. That can be viewed HERE

The York Potters Fair is at Southlands again on Saturday 20th July 11am – 5pm. 

social media

Here are some photos from our social media pages in 2023. We can be found on Facebook and Instagram

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Walk the Talk York Podcast

Produced by York Methodist Circuit, our host Rory Dalgliesh will be chatting to local people involved in local projects addressing important issues and helping those in need. We’ll be discussing how faith plays a part and letting you know how you can get involved, support or help in a practical way. Episode #3 features our garden.

Available on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, Spotify and  the link below

Room Booking Calendar

We’d love to welcome you in person, but if you would like to find out more about us, or our partners, or are simply looking for more information on our events and activities, then select from the menus above to find out more.