Events and activities

What's happening 

Harvest  Festival 2018

OUR Harvest Festival takes place over the weekend on 22nd and 23rd September, with a Harvest Extra event at 3.00pm on the Saturday, in aid of All We Can, and an All Age Harvest Celebration at 10.30am on the Sunday.

The Harvest Extra event is being put together by church stewards and takes a look at the work of All We Can in Malawi. It includes activities, games,a quiz and a short film. There will also be some food. The cost is £6.00 per person.

The Harvest Celebration on the Sunday is being led by our Pastoral Missioner, John Bailey.

The 2017 Harvest Extra event comprised a short film focussing on a chicken project in one community in Zimbabwe supported by All We Can, some background information, a quiz, a couple of games and an activity for which we had to imagine that we were in a tin and we had to design a new label with a slogan and a list of ingredients (our talents).

There were also some prayer activities leading into prayers before we finished with afternoon tea prepared by our catering team.

The 2017 harvest celebration was led by our new minister, the Rev Andy Lindley, who focussed on the work of Carecent, which provides breakfasts for the homeless in York, and also on the supply chain which results in the production of chocolate bars in York.

There was a chocolate fountain at the front of the church which delighted old and young.

The produce making up the harvest display was later passed on to Carecent. 

Easter 2017

ON THE approach to Easter we held a weekly Lent study series. This focussed on Holiness and Justice, using a booklet produced by the Connexion and some additional notes prepared by York circuit minister Ian Hill.

On Palm Sunday, worship started at St Chad's, and - after a procession between the two churches - continued at Southlands with an inter-active address by the Rev Graham Jones, and Communion. The church was full on this occasion. The day finished with a joint service led by superintendent minister Leslie Newton and attended by Methodist congregations from Clifton, Heworth and Huntington as well as our own people.

A Good Friday reflection was led by Rita Milne.

Then on Easter Day our Easter Praise service was led by our own minister, the Rev Sue Swires, with Communion. This was followed by an Easter Egg trail and maze arranged by Phil Puckrin and for which there was good response from children and adults.

Christmas 2016

OUR Christmas festivities in 2016 started with a special morning event entitled Follow The Star, on Saturday, 10th December, with lunches, Fair Trade stall, Christmas stalls, and community carol-singing and a display of Nativity scenes.

Our Candlelight carol service took place on Sunday, 18th December, at 4.00pm - a time more suited to families than the normal 6.30pm evening service.

On Christmas Eve we joined our friends at St Chad's Church, in Campleshon Road, for an 8.00pm Christmas Eve eucharist.

On Christmas Day there was a family Christmas service at 9.30am. The congregation were asked to bring along an unopened present and our minister had the opportunity to see the toys the children had been given.

Strawberry tea and Beetle Drive

THE father-and-son team of David and Sam Whittaker won a beetle drive held at Southlands in conjunction with a strawberry tea on Saturday, 2nd July 2016.

With a total of 141 points, including 14 points for each of two complete beetles, they beat their nearest rivals by seven points over the 12 rounds.

Two pairs were in joint second place on 137 points each. They were another father-and-son team, Michael and Matthew Banham, who boasted five complete beetles, and the mother-and-daughter pairing of Elaine and Erin Quinn, who had three complete beetles.

Altogether 12 pairs took part in the event arranged by Gill Hagyard and the catering team. Gill said afterwards that the afternoon seemed to go very well and everyone had enjoyed themselves.

The event was arranged partly to mark the fact that the church kitchen had been brought back up to spec thanks to an anonymous donation of £10,000 from a church member.  

Southlands at Rowntree Park

SOUTHLANDS had a stand at Rowntree Park when the park marked its 95th birthday with a big party in July, 2016.

The team operating the stand offered a couple of free individual challenges to children and adults, as in previous years, and gave out information about what goes on at the church. There was also a bric-a-brac stall and another stall at which Southlands member Naomi Whittaker was taking orders for her stained glass products.

Challenge results and more information, can be found under "Latest news".

Film show

SOUTHLANDS put on a couple of film shows in July and August, 2015, in aid of the York Circuit's Ebola Orphans appeal which closed at the end of July, and MWiB projects.

Recycle event

SOUTHLANDS supported the Planet Southbank recycle event on Sunday, 7th June, 2015, by providing refreshments for passers-by and putting up some stalls on the Bishopthorpe Road frontage. Some stalls were loaded with items which could be taken away for nothing (though there was a box for donations) and stalls on the opposite side of the area had books and bric-a-brac for sale.

The church had been asked by the Planet Southbank organisers to provide refreshments because of the numbers of people expected to visit recycle stalls across the South Bank area. It meant a quick turn-round after the morning All Age Worship service and a more leisurely turn-round before the evening service.

Tour de Yorkshire and E by 'Eck Street Party

THE first Saturday of May was a busy day for Southlands folk who were involved in providing refreshments for spectators watching the cyclists race past Southlands - and later in the day some of the Southlands team were down by the shops managing a Southlands stall at  the street party organised by the Bishy Road Traders Association.

There was continuing excitement outside the church as the organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race had planned a route which took the women's and men's cyclists past Southlands on several occasions during the day (See full story under "News" on this website).

The Southlands team also laid on bric-a-brac and book stalls on the Bishopthorpe Road frontage to fill the lull between circuits.

Later the church had a stand at the street party down by the Bishopthorpe Road shops, giving out information about what the church does and also offering a couple of individual challenges. 

Sponsored wiggle

THE Southlands Parent & Toddler Group held a sponsored wiggle themed on the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar after the Easter break and raised more than £160 for Action for Children.

Action for Children organiser Sue Hood read the story to the toddlers (and their mums) in the Community Centre before taking them through to the church where a course, including obstacles and tunnels, had been laid out with "reward stations" at which they were given pieces of the fruit featured in the story.

Lent 2015

SOUTHLANDS was one of three churches in the circuit which held Ash Wednesday Communion Services including the imposition of ashes. The Southlands service, intended to be for all ages, had as its theme Love Life: Live Lent Together, and marked the start of our shared Lenten journey. The journey includes themed services, midweek reflections, craft activities and more.

On Palm Sunday we had a joint service with St Chad's, starting at St Chad's Parish Church at 10.15am, with a procession leaving St Chad's soon after 10.30am to take the joint congregation to Southlands where the service finished with Holy Communion.

There was also  a Maundy Thursday Communion service at Southlands on 2nd April, and a Good Friday Reflection on 3rd April, at 11.00am.


Southlands and the Tour de France

SOUTHLANDS was geared up for action on Sunday, 6th July, 2014, the day when the cyclists taking part in the Tour de France, passed by the front of the church on Bishopthorpe Road.

The church was open for quiet prayer from 8:30am to 12:30pm and at the same time a small team of church folk were busy serving hot and cold drinks, crisps and snack biscuits from the vestibule at the front of the premises.

They were still able to see the cavalcade of decorated vehicles passing by with police and French gendarmerie motorcyclists, and watch the main event as well.

In the afternoon some of the team were running a stand at the Bishy Road Traders street party, offering a couple of individual challenges together with leaflets giving details of what the church does in the area.

For report see under "Latest news".

Nostalgia afternoon 2012

THE church held a nostalgia afternoon on Saturday, 7th July, 2012, when we were able to fill five long tables with memorabilia from years past.

The display, featuring a range of items from clothing to medals, coins, eisteddfod certificates, programmes, magazines, newspapers, magazines and photographs, was set up by those attending the event.

Over afternoon tea they were able to talk about the items they had brought, attempt a nostalgia quiz comprising 30 questions or play some old table games.

The event ended with the singing of some old Cliff College Choruses with a piano accompaniment provided by Joyce Hearn.

Easter Festival 2011

SOUTHLANDS held an Easter Festival in 2011, reflecting Easter traditions from different countries.

It included a Palm Sunday procession with TWO donkeys, this time from St Chad's to Southlands where our ecumenical morning service finished with Communion. It also included the Good Friday service at Southlands; and the Easter services on Easter Day.

On the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Day, there were craft activities for all ages to provide firther exhibits for the exhibition which was then being set up.

The exhibition was open to the public on Saturday and Sunday afternoon and also on the morning of Easter Monday. Then, on the afternoon of Easter Monday, we had an Easter Party, with Easter games and an Easter buffet 

Car boot sales

ALISON WHITE took a vehicle to one of the regular car boot sales at Knavesmire on Saturday, 13th September, 2014.

Leaflets about the church and its activities were also given out to buyers and passers-by. 

Recipe book

More than 70 recipes are included in a booklet entitled Naomi's Cakes And Puddings on sale at £5 a copy with proceeds for Southlands.

Southlands Biblefresh Week  

SOUTHLANDS held a Biblefresh Week in June, 2011, to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Authorised Version of the Bible and encourage people to start taking the Bible seriously.

The week ran from Monday 13th June to Saturday 18th June, with a special exhibition open to the public daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm as church members read their way through the Bible at the lectern. By the end of the week they had reached Proverbs 23:8, but they had missed our Leviticus and Numbers!

In addition there were two special evenings built around a Bible topics version of the BBC Radio 4 panel game, Just A Minute. The host for the panel game was the Rev Graham Carter, a former President of the Methodist Conference, who lives in the circuit, and there was a different panel for each evening.

The programme for each of these evenings - Wednesday, 15th June, and Saturday, 18th June - also included music and song, quizzes, and other activities.

NOTE: This page checked and updated on 21st September, 2018.