Christmas Fair, Saturday 18th November 2017‬

Christmas Fair at Woodlands on Saturday 18th November 2017, 10am-3pm.

Where you can find stalls of cakes, preserves, sweets, bric-a-brac, toiletries, books, handicrafts, second hand toys, stationery, tombola.

Refreshments available and also a visit from Santa.

Admission 50p.

We look forward to seeing you there.



For children and young people between 5 and 11. £5 for three mornings. Drama, crafts, music and stories. At Woodlands Methodist Church.

Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th August 10am – 12noon

Also, we have a Celebration Event Sunday 13th August at 10.30am

For more information contact Evelyn on: or 07890 615931

Parents and Guardians need to complete an application form by the 10th July available from Evelyn and also below:

Woodlands Summer Club Registration Form (pdf)

Woodlands Summer Club Registration Form (word .docx)


Easter Garden Festival 14–18 April



Come and see a fantastic display of gardens depicting the Easter story!


Call Richard to garden a garden tray: 01423888720

Woodlands Methodist Church is holding an Easter Garden Festival and invites you to take part. We will supply the tray which will be the maximum size of each display and feel free to be as inventive as you wish.

To garden: Fill the tray with soil or potting compost; Arrange it to make a hill on one side; Cover the soil with moss, grass or sand; Make three crosses with the dried twigs and the sewing thread and place on the hilltop; Put a small pot into the hillside, to make a cave like the garden tomb; Put an egg cup full of flowers into the soil around the garden.

Opening times

  • Good Friday 14th April 11.30 – 1pm (After morning service)
  • Saturday 15th April 10am – 12noon & 2pm – 4pm
  • Easter Day 16th April after church and then 2pm – 4pm
  • Bank holiday Monday 17th April 10am – 12noon & 6pm – 8pm
  • Tuesday 18th April 4pm – 6pm with a short service at 6pm to give thanks and celebrate

Easter Day services, Sunday 16th

  • 9am Holy Communion Service
  • 10.30am Morning worship
  • 6.30pm Evening worship

Church with choices 5th February

Our service on 5th February was built from three different activities and groups based on Luke 5: 1-11. Here are three reflections this wonderful service.


A Bible Study…

The morning service on 5th February was different from our usual First Sunday service, called “Church with Choices”, we were invited to join one of three groups,   Drama, Bible Study, Creative, to explore and interpret the same bible passage, Luke chapter 5 verses 1-11 “Jesus Calls the First Disciples”.

I chose to go to the Bible Study, which was led by our Minister, Christine. We began by sharing the reading together, it was then broken down under three headings, the Introduction, the Development and the Cliff Hanger, the group then discussed how Simon and all his friends reacted and then coped with all that Jesus was asking them to do.

We finished by Christine reading the first verse of Hymn 674 from Singing the Faith “Would I have answered when you called, come follow, follow me?” We then all gathered back in Church, where each group shared what they had done.

On a personal note, I really enjoyed this new style of worship and hope that we can have it again soon.


A creative activity…

We were intrigued to hear we would be doing things a little differently in church this morning. After considering the options, my children chose the craft activity (and I thought I had better go too!) We were guided by Sue in the colouring in of our fishermen figures and the assembly of our fish. Sue moved around and checked we all had the hang of what to do. When we had finished this we gave some thought to how we could endeavour to be modern day disciples and write these ideas on the back of the figures. A practical activity to capture the children’s imagination and a thought provoking question in a very informal setting.

When we got back together in church to share ideas it was very interesting to see what a mix of people there had been in each group.


A dramatisation…

Our congregation was divided in three and our group looked at a dramatisation of the Good News version of the scene by Lake Genneseret. We had a script with three spoken parts and ‘crowd participation’.

At this time Jesus had an accompanying crowd and asked Simon if he could address the people from his boat. Later, Jesus suggested that the boat be pushed into the water and that they recommence fishing. This suggestion was met with surprise as the men had worked all night with no success. Nevertheless, the advice was heeded and resulted in such a catch the boats could barely float. Together with help from James and John the boats were beached. Simon, James and John, astonished at what had occurred, knew they were in the presence of a great leader, abandoned their boats and became followers.

The drama caused us to think about this familiar story in different ways. The situation, the attitude of the leading characters and the impact of leadership on ordinary people.

Delia and Violet

Web construction update

PsToolBox_by_Artdesigner.lvOur Church Council gave the green light on Wednesday to advertise and develop our web pages further.

Thank you everyone involved, especially the wonderful folk who contributed wonderful writing and images to give us such and amazing “initial prototype” of these pages.

We’ll now be registering a short(er) URL (web address) and getting ready to make the next set of content over the next couple of months:

  • The “Children and Families” tabbed page;
  • A clear path to how to make bookings for the Church facilities;
  • A clear path to the Church Photo Gallery, and how to contribute images that contributors are happy to share on the Internet;
  • A nicer, more diverse, banner graphic across the top of all the pages;
  • A network of links to related pages, in the Circuit, District, Harrogate and beyond.

Over the next few months we are looking for three kinds of volunteers to help keep our web doors open, vibrant and interesting:

  • Content contributors – mostly of news articles from the miniscule to the deep. To ensure we catch a good breadth of the life of our Church and also the special and smaller group activities that not all of us will be aware of;
  • Content editors – to create and gather news articles and get them into the web pages looking great, possibly just for specialist areas relating to one or a few church groups;
  • Webmasters – to administer the web pages and master the content on the pages that are more stable, beyond the current news and events. As we are keeping costs to a minimum, fancy wordpress template editing is neither required nor possible, so the webmastery is an easy thing to learn.

In the New Year, there will be a little bit of calendar entering to do (Google Calendar), email forwarding to manage (Gmail) and photo gallery to grow and share (Flickr), as well as the main web pages to administer (WordPress). All of this is individually much easier than understanding how to write a good looking letter in MS Word, and we’ll arrange some info, training and sharing sessions that will be fun.

Leave a message/reply below or get in touch with Rod if interested. Thanks!