Who’s Who

MINISTER

The  Methodist Minister serving us at Acomb Methodist church is the Rev Andy Lindley.  He is responsible for the leadership, mission and spiritual nurture of the church and the surrounding community of Acomb.  At Acomb we are fortunate to have a local worship development team which works with preachers, minister’s and lay volunteers from Methodist churches across York to offer a range of weekly worship services.

In addition to this church, Andy shares pastoral charge of nearby Holgate and Southlands Methodist, with John (below) . He is also co-leader of the Kairos Movement and will be Superintendent of the associated Kairos circuit come September 2021.   www.kairosmovement.org.uk

He can be contacted on 01904 784545

LOCAL PASTOR

Louisa Taylor joined the team in 2021 and works as a local pastor at Acomb specifically. Her roles include oversight of the pastoral care of the congregation and those who are part of our community family. Louisa has a deep spirituality, having spent 12 years in training and ministry as part of a religious order in France and Belgium, including many years providing pastoral care for young (and not so young!) people in the Taizé Community. She hopes to bring this experience, and her passion for going deeper with God, into developing quiet days, retreat spaces and a rhythm of prayer in our community garden, and online with the Kairos Movement. Louisa is also training as a Local Preacher.


PASTORAL MISSIONER

John Bailey joined our local clergy team in September 2017, and works alongside Rev Andy at Southlands churches as our Pastoral missioner and Pastoral charge at Holgate methodist.  This involves sharing pastoral oversight of the church family, and those linked with us, as well as helping us develop new ways to serve our community and engage with its needs.  John is also a Local Preacher, and as well as leading worship in the circuit, and our church also takes home communion to our housebound members.   John can be contacted on 07866078223


Church Booking Secretary / Caretaker

Janette Strodder is employed in our church office, and manages the running of our building, which is heavily used by both church and community organisations.  Janette is also a volunteer in our brownie pack, and leads assemblies in some of our local schools.

The office number is 01904 790510


Church Stewards

A team of five Church Stewards, and several representatives from different aspects of the churches life and mission work with the minister in the leadership the church. As well as providing support to the minister the stewards have a particular responsibility for ensuring that worship services of the church take place. Stewards are elected from within the membership of the church and usually serve for up to four years.


Church Council

The Church Council is the decision making

and legally responsible body in the Church. All formal correspondence with the church should be address to the secretary of the church council, Janet Holdaway, at the church address.


Pastoral Care

All members and regular worshippers are included in the pastoral care system, which is the formal way in which the people of the church exercise care for each other. We use a combination of methods to ensure pastoral care is available in a way that is appropriate to each person. Some choose to have a pastoral visitor, others receive care through their house group. More hi-tech options are also available. The pastoral care work is co-ordinated by the minister and the pastoral secretary, Joan North, to support a church community where all are cared for.