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From the Chair’s Desk

Revd Leslie Newton – District Chair

The Yorkshire North and East District is one of the larger geographical districts in Methodism.  It encompasses the three cities of York, Hull and Ripon, as well as large rural areas, and a long coastline. The District is divided into a number of circuits – Beverley, Bridlington, Pocklington Market Weighton, Tadcaster, Thirsk & Northallerton, Ripon & Lower Dales, Pateley Bridge, Nidd Valley, North Yorkshire Coast, South Holderness, York, Ryedale, Driffield-Hornsea, Goole & Selby and Hull (Centre & West) and each Circuit is made up of several churches served by one or more ministers, deacons and lay employees. We are currently looking at our structures and how they might be adapted and developed to better serve our mission purpose.

Working ecumenically in the district is a priority and there is plenty of opportunity both around the two Cathedrals of York and Ripon and in the rural areas where declining populations demand innovative solutions from their Christian communities.  We work especially closely with the Church of England and the United Reformed Church, in covenanted partnership, to provide a Christian presence wherever possible.

So, welcome to the Yorkshire North and East District.  We hope you will find time to get to know us.