About Us

We are a busy, inclusive, community church, sitting a little outside the famous city walls, along what is known locally as ‘Bishy Road’ ( Bishopthorpe Road). We are proud to be one of the Methodist churches in York, that can offer same-sex marriage.  We support Pride and are a spiritual home for those who would self-describe as being in the LGBTQ+ community.  We just think of them as part of our family!

Pride Passing Southlands

This vibrant cosmopolitan area of York is full of quirky independent shops and food outlets, and served by the beautiful Rowntree’s Park, which has activities for all the family.  Our church echoes our community.    We offer the usual church activities, Sunday worship, prayer and study groups, children’s work as well as hosting many community groups.   

The church partners with ‘Seek Art School’ who offer a variety of painting and drawing classes, and host a community of 20 artists ‘Southbank Studios’  in a set of art studios on our upper floors.  The walls of the church and its rooms, are host to many of the artist’s works, and we run a ‘gallery café’ on a Saturday morning to enable access to even more.

We also partner with Planet Food, who take waste food, and as well as being able to pick up a bag each week, also turn it into a 3 course meal. Their Thursday café is a place where church members, artists, ladies/gents who lunch, busy professionals, environmental activists and those in need of a little extra help gather around tables and enjoy one another company.

Most recently we have worked together, as a community to establish a community garden, with beds that grow flowers, herbs and produce for the cafe, as well as being a tranquil space to rest and reflect. There is a small volunteer team who meet monthly, and often in between, which you’d be most welcome to join.

Whos Who

Officers of the church Our Minister Rev Andy Lindley (tel York 784545). Andy, of Lincolnshire stock, is an ex-physicist and engineer and is married with two older children. He has … Continue reading Whos Who


It all started in a butcher’s shop What we now know as Southlands Methodist Church came into being in 1887 as a result of two differing forms of outreach. In … Continue reading History

Our Faith

Our Faith As Christians we believe in the God of love as revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Aware of our human frailty we claim the … Continue reading Our Faith


Methodist Church York CircuitSouthlands is just one of the churches within a group (circuit) of churches that covers York and the surrounding countryside. http://www.yorkmethodist.org.uk Yorkshire North and East Methodist District … Continue reading Links

Fair Trade

Southlands methodist actively seek to live out our faith in daily life. To that end we seek to make choices that both protect others from injustice, and promote a better … Continue reading Fair Trade


Southlands Methodist has welcomed members of the LGBTQ+ community for many years, but following a change in the Methodist Church’s own guidance, was able to embrace the opportunity to host … Continue reading Inclusive


Images are being monitored and recorded inside the church premises by CCTV cameras, for the purpose of crime prevention and public safety. This system is controlled by Southlands Methodist Church. … Continue reading CCTV