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12/08/2017 12:00 AM
Statement on Jerusalem
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have released a statement regarding Jerusalem.

12/05/2017 12:00 AM
Churches call for support on treaty banning nuclear weapons
Churches release a new video calling for people to act in support of the ground breaking UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

11/30/2017 12:00 AM
Brave New World? Faithful living in a time of change
In a time of political turbulence, social upheaval and climate change, the 2018 Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) conference will be looking at how Christians can live prophetically and faithfully.

11/29/2017 12:00 AM
New Methodist Youth President announced
Jasmine Yeboah, 22, from north London, has been elected as the new Methodist Youth President-designate. She was elected at this year's 3Generate event, attended by more than 1,000 young Methodists supported by 500 leaders and volunteers, that took place over the weekend of the 24 - 26 November in Southport.

11/27/2017 12:00 AM
Announcement of royal engagement
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have released a statement congratulating Meghan Markle and HRH Prince Harry on the announcement of their engagement.

11/23/2017 12:00 AM
Young Methodists gather for 3Generate
More than 1,000 young Methodists and 600 youth workers will be coming together at Pontins in Southport this weekend, 24 to 26 November, for 3Generate, the annual gathering which keeps on growing.

11/15/2017 12:00 AM
Churches call on UK Government to support stateless people
A new initiative calling for improved rights and better support for ‘stateless’ people has been backed by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams and Rabbi Hercshel Gluck OBE, chairman of the Arab-Jewish Forum.

11/15/2017 12:00 AM
Methodist Church pledges support to UK Armed Forces
The Methodist Church of Britain has signed the Armed Forces Covenant pledging its commitment to fair treatment and support to the whole Armed Forces community including regulars, reserves, veterans, and their families. The signing took place at Methodist Church House on Tuesday 14 November.

10/31/2017 12:00 AM
Churches and faith groups urge Government to be strong and not to fudge reform of FOBTs
Today a group of Churches and faith-based organisations have welcomed the Government’s announcement of a consultation on proposals for changes to gaming machines and social responsibility measures, but warned that the range of options presented for a maximum stake for fixed-odd betting terminals is too wide.

10/23/2017 01:00 AM
Global agencies unite to respond and raise awareness of humanitarian catastrophe
Methodist relief funds across the world have united to respond and raise awareness of the humanitarian catastrophe in Myanmar's Rakhine State.

10/19/2017 01:00 AM
Methodist Council October 2017
The Methodist Council, the body which undertakes work on behalf of the Methodist Conference, met at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, on 16 and 17 October 2017.

10/19/2017 01:00 AM
Celebrating 50 years of Methodist-Catholic dialogue
A delegation of Methodists, including representatives from the World Methodist Council and the Methodist Ecumenical Office in Rome, met with Pope Francis to celebrate 50 years of Methodist-Catholic dialogue, marking the formation of the Joint International Methodist-Catholic Dialogue Commission in 1967.

10/13/2017 01:00 AM
Rohingya Refugee Crisis Appeal
All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain are calling for support for this urgent appeal for refugees displaced by the recent violence in Myanmar.

10/13/2017 01:00 AM
Train to be named after John Wesley
A new train on the Great Western Railway is to be named after John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church.

10/12/2017 01:00 AM
President of the Methodist Conference welcomed at URC Church House
Church House, the London offices of the United Reformed Church (URC), welcomed a special guest on 11 October for a tour of the newly-refurbished building and an informal chat about sustaining current ecumenical relationships and building new ones.

10/06/2017 01:00 AM
Methodist Church congratulates ICAN on Nobel Peace Prize
The Revd Loraine N Mellor and Jill Baker, the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, have congratulated the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today.

10/04/2017 01:00 AM
An update from the Methodist Ministers' Housing Society
It is with deep sadness that the Methodist Ministers' Housing Society announces the sudden death on 29th September 2017 of the Chair of its board, Debbie Faulkner MBE, at age 55.

10/02/2017 01:00 AM
Remembering places affected by tragedy and violence
Following the tragic and violent events earlier today in Las Vegas and over the weekend in Catalonia and Marseilles, below we offer prayers and readings for you to use by yourself or in groups.

09/15/2017 01:00 AM
Parsons Green
The Chairs of the London District, the Revds Michaela Youngson, Nigel Cowgill and Jongi Zihle, and the President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Loraine N Mellor, offer their thoughts and prayers following today's explosion at Parsons Green, London.

09/08/2017 01:00 AM
Caribbean Hurricane Appeal
The Methodist Church in Britain is raising money to support the humanitarian aid and relief work following the heavy rains and winds causing disaster across the Caribbean.

09/03/2017 01:00 AM
Youth President 2017-18 Inaugural Address
Michael Pryke, 18, has been welcomed as the new Youth President of the Methodist Church with a service at Oswald Elliott Hall, Stamford.

09/01/2017 01:00 AM
Girls' Brigade appoint new Director
Girls' Brigade Ministries has appointed a new Director, Julie Murdy. Julie (known as Jules) started in her new role on Monday 7 August 2017, replacing former Director Ruth Gilson who stepped down to train for ordained ministry in the Methodist Church.

08/18/2017 01:00 AM
Spain attacks
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have shared their thoughts and prayers for the people of Spain, following the spate of terrorist attacks this week, calling the Methodist people to pray for peace in our world.

08/17/2017 01:00 AM
Sierra Leone appeal
Following the terrible destruction of homes, properties and lives in Freetown, Sierra Leone, the World Church Relationships Team are collecting donations toward relief work in the area.

08/15/2017 01:00 AM
Sierra Leone
It was with great shock and sympathy that we watched the destruction of homes, properties and lives of the flood victims in Sierra Leone on the 14 August 2017.

08/15/2017 01:00 AM
MHA announces new Chair of Board of Trustees
Methodist Homes, MHA, has announced the appointment of John Robinson as the new Chair of its Board of Trustees.

07/28/2017 01:00 AM
Cholera outbreak adds to Yemen’s misery- All We Can responds
Yemen is facing one of the largest cholera outbreaks in recent recorded history. All We Can has extended its work in the country to meet the needs of people not only facing the threat of starvation but the risk of contracting this deadly disease too. Yemen facing largest cholera outbreak anywhere in the world

07/21/2017 01:00 AM
Methodist Council gains living wage accreditation
The Methodist Council has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.

07/17/2017 01:00 AM
President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference meets the Archbishop of Canterbury
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference visited Lambeth Palace on Friday (14th July) for a meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury. Image courtesy of Lambeth Palace

07/12/2017 01:00 AM
UK High Court judgement fails to offer protection to civilians
The Methodist Church has expressed its disappointment and concern following a ruling of the High Court, announced earlier this week, allowing the UK to continue to export weapons to Saudi Arabia.

07/06/2017 01:00 AM
Religious persecution in Sri Lanka
The Revd Loraine N Mellor, President of the Methodist Conference, has written to MP Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, expressing the concern of the Methodist Church over the escalating level of religious persecution in Sri Lanka.

07/05/2017 01:00 AM
Paul Taylor to join Cliff College as Operations Director
Paul Taylor, currently the Director of Learning and Development (Regions) with the Methodist Church’s Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network (DMLN), will be joining the staff at Cliff College as its new Operations Director from September.

07/03/2017 01:00 AM
Epworth Old Rectory celebrates diamond jubilee
A Lincolnshire museum, which attracts visitors from throughout the world, is celrbating its diamond jubilee this year.

06/29/2017 01:00 AM
"Membership figures don't tell the whole story"
The Methodist Church in Britain has revealed a 3.5% year-on-year decline in membership over the past decade, with membership now at 188,000.

06/29/2017 01:00 AM
Professional Supervision for Ministers
The Methodist Conference, currently taking place in Birmingham, has confirmed that “social worker style” supervision is to be introduced for its ordained ministers.

06/29/2017 01:00 AM
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI): a central agenda for the Methodist Church
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI): a central agenda for the Methodist Church with much more to do

06/29/2017 01:00 AM
Methodists call for Brexit compassion
The Methodist Church has called upon its members to contact their MPs and MEPs to ask the UK and EU Government to finalise, as a matter of urgency, the future rights of EU citizens and UK citizens living elsewhere in the EU.

06/28/2017 01:00 AM
Safeguarding Implementation - Past Cases Review
The Methodist Conference, currently being held in Birmingham, has announced that significant progress has been made on implementing all the recommendations of the 2015 report into non-recent abuse.

06/28/2017 01:00 AM
The Revd Michaela Youngson and Bala Gnanapragasam elected as President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference for 2018/19
The Methodist Conference has elected the Revd Michaela Youngson to serve as President, and Bala Gnanapragasam to serve as Vice-President, starting their year of office when the Representative Session of the Methodist Conference meets in Nottingham next year.

06/28/2017 01:00 AM
Reflections on Statistics for Mission
The Secretary of the Conference reflects on the Statistics for Mission triennial report and its implications for the state of the work of God in the Connexion.

06/27/2017 01:00 AM
3Generate’s continued growth – new venue due to increasing demand
The Methodist Youth President, Tim Annan, has told the Methodist Conference about the continued growth of the Church’s annual gathering for young people including a move to a new venue to meet increasing numbers.

06/27/2017 01:00 AM
Methodist Schools launch new video
A new video highlighting the history, values and impact of Methodist Schools across the country has been launched today at the Methodist Conference.

06/27/2017 01:00 AM
Publication of Mission and Ministry in Covenant
The Methodist Church in Britain and the Church of England have today published a joint report called Mission and Ministry in Covenant. It sets out proposals which, if accepted, will enable a new depth of communion between the two churches and would make presbyters from each church eligible to serve in the other. Together these developments will enhance the churches’ common mission to the glory of God.

06/26/2017 01:00 AM
New Assistant Secretary of the Methodist Conference appointed
Following the recommendation from the Methodist Council, and today’s approval from the Methodist Conference, meeting in Birmingham from June 22-29, the Revd Dr Jonathan R Hustler has been appointed as the Assistant Secretary of the Conference, taking office for a period of six years from 1 September 2017.

06/26/2017 01:00 AM
Interdependent and Diverse - The Gift of Connexionalism
The Methodist Conference reaffirmed the importance of being an “interdependent” and “diverse” Church today, as it met in Birmingham for its annual gathering.

06/24/2017 01:00 AM
New Vice-President reflects on the importance of laughter and lament in Church life
In her inaugural address made earlier today, Jill Baker, the newly elected Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, reflected on the need for both laughter and lament in the Church's life.

06/24/2017 01:00 AM
"Let's change the culture" says new Methodist President in Inaugural Address
In her inaugural address made earlier today, the Revd Loraine N Mellor, the newly elected President of the Methodist Conference, asked: “How are we disturbing the present in the Church today?” as she shared her concerns with the current state of the Church and her vision for taking radical risks to change its culture.

06/19/2017 01:00 AM
Statement and Prayer following the Finsbury Park Attack
From the President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Roger Walton, and Vice-President Rachel Lampard

06/17/2017 01:00 AM
Response to the fire at Grenfell Tower and appeal for donations
Statement and prayer from the London District Chairs in response to the fire at Grenfell Tower and appeal for donations.

06/17/2017 01:00 AM
Message from the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference following fire at Grenfell Tower.
Message from the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, Rev Dr Roger Walton and Ms Rachel Lampard, following the fire at Grenfell Tower.

06/15/2017 01:00 AM
Former Vice-President awarded Lambeth Cross for contribution to ecumenism
A former Vice-President of the Methodist Conference (2002-2003) and Emeritus Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Leeds, Professor Peter Howdle, has been awarded the Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby.

06/15/2017 01:00 AM
Media Highlights - The Methodist Conference 2017
Highlights and Invite for Journalists The Methodist Conference 2017 22 June to 29 June Hilton Birmingham Metropole National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham

06/12/2017 01:00 AM
Appointment of the next Principal of Cliff College
Cliff College is pleased to announce that the Methodist Council has approved the appointment of the Revd Ashley Cooper as the next Principal of Cliff College.

06/09/2017 01:00 AM
Statement following General Election
Following the election results, the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Roger L Walton and Ms Rachel Lampard MBE, have issued a statement.

06/04/2017 01:00 AM
Response to attack at London Bridge and Borough Market
A statement from the Chairs of the London District in response to the attack at London Bridge and Borough Market.

06/01/2017 01:00 AM
Church leaders' statement in advance of the General Election
“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Leaders of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church have called for Christians to be guided by their faith in discerning what sort of society they wish the government to create.

06/01/2017 01:00 AM
New scholarship announced by Central Finance Board
The Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church (“the CFB”) has announced a new academic scholarship in honour of Bill Seddon.

05/23/2017 01:00 AM
Statement and prayer following Manchester attack
The Revd Dr Roger Walton, President of the Methodist Conference and Vice-President, Rachel Lampard, have responded to last night's attack in Manchester. With prayers from Andrew Lunn, Chair of Manchester and Stockport District and Paul Martin Chair of Bolton and Rochdale District and a statement from Youth President, Tim Annan.

05/12/2017 01:00 AM
New Director of Online Learning at Wesley House, Cambridge
The recently rededicated Methodist College, Wesley House Cambridge, has taken a step into the digital age in appointing the Revd Hannah Bucke as Director of Online Learning, to help develop accessible resources and flexible patterns of study for online learning.

05/09/2017 01:00 AM
Methodist 'Fab Four' receive national award for dedication to tackling global issues
Methodist fundraisers Dick and Monica Sinden and Alan and Pauline Grassam have been recognised by the international aid and development charity, Christian Aid, for their years of dedicated fundraising.

05/04/2017 01:00 AM
Dr Pauline Webb
It is with sadness that the death has been announced of the former Vice-President of the Methodist Conference (1965–1966), Dr Pauline Webb.

04/26/2017 01:00 AM
Bookings open for 3Generate youth event
Promising to be the biggest 3Generate yet, bookings have now opened for this year’s children and youth assembly of the Methodist Church, taking place at a new, bigger, venue, with up to 1,000 young people and leaders expected to attend.

04/19/2017 01:00 AM
New ONE Intern scheme launched to link faith and work
The Methodist Church is seeking young people to take part in a new scheme to develop their careers and faith. These exciting opportunities for 21-26 year-olds offer a year exploring faith alongside a paid placement with a range of professional organisations across a variety of business sectors.

04/13/2017 01:00 AM
Hope in the midst of despair
More than £340,000 has been given in response to the East Africa Famine Appeal, launched at the end of February by All We Can and the World Church Relationships Team of the Methodist Church in Britain.

04/13/2017 01:00 AM
Easter Message
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Roger Walton and Ms Rachel Lampard MBE, speak about confidence, suffering and hope in this year's Easter Message. "Do we sometimes race over the reflection on of holy week and the pain of Good Friday, in order to reach the joy of Easter?"

04/05/2017 01:00 AM
Churches condemn Government’s new two-child limit as "deliberately ignoring" needs of some of the UK’s poorest children
From Thursday 6th April the Government’s flagship benefit, Universal Credit, will not offer help to the third or subsequent children in a family. This fundamentally changes the benefit system so that it “deliberately ignores” the needs of some of the UK’s more vulnerable children say Church leaders.

03/27/2017 01:00 AM
Girls' Brigade Ministries - New film encourages conversation around mental health
koko, a multi-award winning blog for teenage girls initiatied by the Girl's Brigade, has just launched a new film looking at mental health.

03/22/2017 12:00 AM
Westminster Attack
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have called for prayer during this time following the attacks in Westminster, London.

03/21/2017 12:00 AM
Conversation Welcome
In readiness for the impending trigger of Article 50, four of the UK’s largest Christian churches, representing three quarters of a million members, are inviting their congregations to take part in discussions across the UK to explore what kind of society we should be seeking to create.

03/16/2017 12:00 AM
A race against time: Communities unite to raise money for famine appeal
Over 7 million people are at serious risk of starvation in Yemen, and millions more are severely malnourished in Somalia and South Sudan. Chronic food insecurity across these nations has led to the grim reality that a huge number of people are at serious risk of dying of hunger.

03/14/2017 12:00 AM
East Africa food crisis: A catastrophe of this magnitude means that every response matters
More than 10 million people in East Africa and Yemen are facing starvation and famine: “Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease,” said Stephen O’Brien, UN Humanitarian chief at a meeting of the UN Security Council last Friday.

03/07/2017 12:00 AM
Director of Girls' Brigade to step down
The Director of Girls’ Brigade Ministries and Girls’ Brigade England & Wales, Ruth Gilson, has announced that she'll be stepping down from her role at the end of August 2017 - to prepare for ordained ministry in the Methodist Church.

03/06/2017 12:00 AM
Methodist young people call for support in a challenging world
Mental health and the pressures of school life are among the topics that young Methodists have told the Church they would like support and guidance with.

02/22/2017 12:00 AM
East Africa Famine Appeal
All We Can and the World Church Relationships Team of the Methodist Church in Britain are calling for support for this urgent appeal to respond to immediate needs in South Sudan and to help avert famine in other countries on the verge of disaster.

02/22/2017 12:00 AM
A Place to Call Home
With many churches finding themselves called upon to offer practical support to those in housing crisis, four leading UK churches, with the support of the national Christian charity, Housing Justice and Scottish Churches Housing Action, have called upon their congregations to hold conversations around housing and homelessness in the UK.

02/22/2017 12:00 AM
Mission in Britain, Winter Grants Announced
Details of the successful applications for the Mission in Britain Fund winter grants round have been announced. In this recent round, over £800,000 has been granted to churches and Christian organisations across England, Wales and Scotland to help fund worship and mission focused projects.

02/20/2017 12:00 AM
Appreciating Church book launch
How can local churches, congregations and communities use their strengths to spark transformation and growth? That is the question at the heart of a new Appreciating Church website and book launched this month.

02/16/2017 12:00 AM
Queen’s Foundation and Methodist Church name building
The Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham and the Methodist Church have announced the name of a newly purchased building today, named after a renowned theologian and minister.

02/10/2017 12:00 AM
Church leaders denounce suspension of “Dubs” policy
In a joint letter to the Home Secretary, the leaders of five Churches have expressed their concern at the Government’s announcement that it intends to suspend the programme for the safe re-settlement of unaccompanied minors seeking refuge in the United Kingdom.

01/31/2017 12:00 AM
UMC issue statement on Trump immigration order
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard MBE, have welcomed Bishop Bruce R. Ough's statement on Trumps immigration order, the president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops.

01/18/2017 12:00 AM
Cliff College announces partnership with the Bible Reading Fellowship
Cliff College, Sheffield, one of the training colleges used and supported by the Methodist Church, has announced a new partnership with the Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF).

12/23/2016 12:00 AM
'An unpromising Christmas' - The Presidential Christmas Message
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard MBE, speak about the Nativity, Syria and unpromising situations in this year's Christmas Message.

12/15/2016 12:00 AM
Vice-President of the Methodist Conference announced as President for national Christian housing and homelessness charity
Ms Rachel Lampard, Team Leader of the Joint Public Issues Team and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, has been appointed as a Co-President of Housing Justice charity.

12/09/2016 12:00 AM
The unaffordable cost of benefits sanctions
A letter published in The Guardian calling for an urgent review of the sanctions system, written by Church leaders.

12/02/2016 12:00 AM
UK's 'hostile environment' for asylum seekers highlighted by children in modern retelling of the nativity story
A new film released today highlights some of the challenges facing asylum seekers in the UK through a modern retelling of the nativity story.

12/01/2016 12:00 AM
New Methodist Youth President Designate Announced
Michael Pryke, aged 17 from Stamford in Lincolnshire, has been announced as the Methodist Youth President Designate. He was elected at this year’s 3Generate event for young Methodists that took place over the weekend of the 25 and 27 November.

11/30/2016 12:00 AM
3Generate brings Methodist young people together
The 3Generate event for young Methodists took place over the weekend of the 25 and 27 November, with more young people than ever before taking part.

11/28/2016 12:00 AM
Churches call for government and UN to act on Aleppo
The UN has warned mass starvation in Aleppo is a real prospect if aid is not allowed in.

11/21/2016 12:00 AM
“Benefits freeze is putting the poorest in the way of economic harm”
Ahead of the Government’s Autumn Statement, The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church are calling for assurances that families will be protected from the expected rise in inflation.

11/11/2016 12:00 AM
US Presidential Election
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have released the following statement in response to this week's Presidential election.

11/03/2016 12:00 AM
Churches say Benefit Cap is "damaging" and overwhelmingly targets families with children
Today’s Government statistics on the Benefit Cap reveal that over a quarter of a million children have been affected by the Cap since it was introduced in April 2013. Additionally, the majority of families affected were accepted as not being able to work due to illness, disability or caring responsibilities.

10/20/2016 12:00 AM
Churches demand action on Aleppo
The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church in Wales, the Church of Scotland, Quakers in Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have released a statement calling upon the Syrian and Russian Governments and other forces to stop their bombardment of Aleppo.

10/04/2016 12:00 AM
President of the Methodist Conference visits Rome
The Revd Dr Roger Walton, President of the Methodist Conference, is in Italy’s capital this week to celebrate 50 years of the Anglican Centre in Rome.

09/29/2016 12:00 AM
A reflection by the President of the Methodist Conference on housing
A reflection by the Revd Dr Roger Walton, President of the Methodist Conference, at the Christians on the Left prayer breakfast on housing at the Labour Party Conference 2016.

09/12/2016 12:00 AM
Methodists Lead Community Sponsorship
The Methodist Church in Birmingham and Birmingham City Council made a landmark announcement on Saturday, 12 September that the city council will be the first local authority to support the community sponsorship of Syrian refugees.

09/12/2016 12:00 AM
Senior religious leaders gather to call for new refugee policy
The Vice President of the Methodist Church, Rachel Lampard, has chaired the launch of a letter from over 200 faith leaders to the Prime Minister calling for more help to be given to refugees fleeing Syria, Iraq and other areas of conflict. The launch took place at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in London on the 12 September 2016.

08/23/2016 12:00 AM
Methodist Chapel takes leading role in Poldark series 2
The New Room (John Wesley's Chapel) in Broadmead, Bristol, is the location for some of the most dramatic scenes in Poldark series 2. The long awaited second season of the hit show returns to BBC1 on September 4th.

08/18/2016 12:00 AM
Methodist Church marks 'World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation' with special prayer
A special prayer has been written by the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference in support of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, taking place on Thursday 1 September.

08/15/2016 12:00 AM
Tim Annan inducted as new Methodist Youth President
Timm Annan, 22, was inducted as the new Youth President of the Methodist Church yesterday (Sunday 14 August 2016) at Harrowby Lane Methodist Church, Grantham.

08/01/2016 12:00 AM
All We Can appoints Deputy Chief Executive
To confirm its commitment to expanding its innovative relief and development programmes, All We Can recently welcomed Graeme Hodge as its new Deputy Chief Executive.

07/26/2016 12:00 AM
Letter from the Police
The following letter is from the Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Neil Basu QPM, for the attention of all church congregations in the UK.

07/18/2016 12:00 AM
Methodist Investment Unit Unveils New Management Team
The Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church has announced the management team that will assume responsibility when its current Chief Executive, Bill Seddon, steps down at the end of 2016.

07/13/2016 12:00 AM
Replacement of Trident is 'unwarranted' and 'unethical' say Churches
The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and Quakers in Britain have said that the proposals to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system are 'unwarranted' and 'unethical.'

07/06/2016 12:00 AM
The Revd Loraine N Mellor and Jill Baker elected as Methodist President and Vice-President for 2017/18
The Methodist Conference has elected the Revd Loraine N Mellor to be President and Jill Baker to be Vice-President. Both will start their year of office when the Representative Session of the Methodist Conference meets in Birmingham on 24 June 2017. They will succeed the current President and Vice-President, the Revd Dr Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard.

07/06/2016 12:00 AM
Methodist Church issues progress report on Past Cases Review
A year after the apology to survivors and victims of abuse, and the publication of Courage, Cost & Hope - the report on the Past Cases Review (PCR), the Methodist Church has given an update to the Methodist Conference, the supreme decision-making body of the Church, about its work over the past 12 months.

07/06/2016 12:00 AM
Call on your MP to challenge racism and discrimination
The Methodist Conference of 2016 unanimously passed a resolution calling for respect and tolerance in our national life in the wake of the divisive EU Referendum Campaign.

07/05/2016 12:00 AM
Methodist Church to review its understanding of marriage and relationships
A task group established to consider whether the Methodist Church’s understanding of marriage and relationships should be revisited has reported back to this year’s Methodist Conference.

07/04/2016 12:00 AM
Made for goodness - a JPIT report on the refugee crisis
The Joint Public Issues Team have created a new briefing looking at the history and consequences of the current humanitarian crisis and highlights four specific areas that Churches can engage with and campaign on.

07/04/2016 12:00 AM
Redesign of Methodist grant fund to better provide for changing face of UK poverty
The Methodist Church is to respond to the changing face of poverty in the UK through a redesigning of its national grant programme supporting projects that work with people experiencing poverty, following a decision of the Methodist Conference ...

07/04/2016 12:00 AM
Methodist Young People Heard at Conference
Young people have had their views heard at the Methodist Conference held at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster with a call for the Church to help them explore issues of faith and society.

07/02/2016 12:00 AM
New resources to highlight importance of ethics for Methodist Church's £1 Billion investments
The Joint Advisory Committee on the Ethics of Investment (JACEI) has produced a film, leaflet and report highlighting the importance of investing ethically.

07/02/2016 12:00 AM
Stop trying to fix the poor says Methodist Vice-President
The newly inducted Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, Rachel Lampard MBE, has called for the Church to stop ‘problematising’ and trying to ‘fix’ the poor, but “address the problems and pain that not having enough money brings.”

07/02/2016 12:00 AM
New Methodist President Calls for Holiness
In his inaugural address made earlier today, 2 July, the Revd Dr Roger Walton, the newly elected President of the Methodist Conference, has reminded the Church of its calling to spread holiness.

06/29/2016 12:00 AM
Methodist youth event selling out fast in record breaking year
Tickets for the Methodist Children & Youth Assembly, 3Generate, are selling out at record speed, for what is the event’s largest gathering to date.

06/24/2016 12:00 AM
Statement on EU referendum
The Revd Steve Wild and Jill Barber, the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, have released the following joint statement following the EU referendum.

06/17/2016 12:00 AM
Murder of Jo Cox MP
The Secretary of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Gareth Powell, has written to the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition to express his condolences on behalf of the Methodist Church following the murder of Jo Cox MP. Reactions have also been made by the local Methodist communities within Jo Cox's constituency.

06/14/2016 12:00 AM
Highlights and Invitation for Journalists - Methodist Conference 2016
The Methodist Conference 2016 is meeting to discuss matters affecting the life of the Church, the nation and the world at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, in London from 30 June to 7 July.

06/13/2016 12:00 AM
Orlando shooting
The Revd Steven Wild and Dr Jill Barber, the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, have made a statement adding their prayers to millions across the world in response to the horrific mass shooting at a gay night club on Sunday 12 June in Orlando, Florida.

06/10/2016 12:00 AM
Tickets now on sale for Methodist Children & Youth event – 3Generate
Bookings are now open for 3Generate 2016, the Children’s and Youth Assembly of the Methodist Church.

05/14/2016 12:00 AM
Faith groups’ dismay at UK Government boycott of UN disarmament meeting
On Friday of this week the UN Open-ended Working Group completed its second session on working out how to bring in new treaties that could lead to multi-lateral disarmament. This intergovernmental meeting was endorsed by the UN General Assembly a...

04/29/2016 12:00 AM
Bombing in Aleppo
A statement from the Revd Steve Wild and Dr Jill Barber, President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have made a statement following the recent deaths of at least 200 civilians in Aleppo.

04/27/2016 12:00 AM
Hillsborough Inquest
A joint statement from the Presidents of Churches Together in the Merseyside Region in response to the Hillsborough Inquest.

04/21/2016 12:00 AM
The Queen's Birthday
The country and Commonwealth are celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday today.

04/20/2016 12:00 AM
Refreshed Guide to Methodism Released
The Methodist Church has launched an updated resource to help new, existing and potential Methodists with their journey of faith.

04/14/2016 12:00 AM
New Legacy Appeal encourages Methodists to celebrate life
The Methodist Church in Britain has launched a new set of materials encouraging people to consider a legacy, acting generously and thinking about the Church when writing a will.

04/14/2016 12:00 AM
Spring Council Report
Methodist Council Meeting 2 to 4 April 2016 Woodland Grange, Leamington Spa

04/13/2016 12:00 AM
Great success for event remembering an 'American saint'
Hundreds of people attended a day of special events at the Black County Living Museum, Dudley, on Saturday 9 April to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the death of a local man who helped shape modern America, Bishop Francis Asbury.

04/08/2016 12:00 AM
Revd Dr Stephen Skuce to become new Acting Principal of Cliff College
The Revd Dr Stephen Skuce is to be seconded from working in the Methodist Connexional Team to the role of Acting Principal of Cliff College in Derbyshire from 1 June 2016.

04/07/2016 12:00 AM
An Address to the Bishop of Rome
Secretary of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Gareth J Powell, with other senior Methodist representatives from around the world, was received by Pope Francis in a private audience at the Vatican last week, on the morning of Thursday 7 April.

04/05/2016 12:00 AM
Connexional Team ‘Bake Off’ raises money for charity
Keen bakers of the Connexional Team took part in a special ‘Bake Off’ competition on Tuesday 5 April to raise money for the World Mission Fund and Mission in Britain Fund.

04/01/2016 12:00 AM
Pope to meet senior Methodists during launch of new ecumenical office in Rome
Pope Francis and senior Methodist representatives from around the world will take part in a series of events to mark the opening of the new Methodist Ecumenical Office in Rome (MEOR).

03/24/2016 12:00 AM
Presidential Easter Message
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have reminded people of the central Easter message of hope, passion and joy in the midst of despair.

03/16/2016 12:00 AM
Black Country man who helped shape America to be celebrated
A man from the Black Country who helped shape America is to be celebrated this April with a day of special events in Tipton on Saturday, 9th April.

02/29/2016 12:00 AM
Methodists to commemorate 100 years of legal Conscientious Objections
Methodists from across the country will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the right to refuse to fight in war at a special free event held at Englesea Brook Chapel, Crewe, on Sunday 20 March.

02/09/2016 12:00 AM
Young people have their say on priorities of Methodist Church
Young Methodists from across the country have taken the opportunity to share their priorities and passions for their Church, highlighted for the very first time in three new ‘manifesto’ documents.

02/03/2016 12:00 AM
'Governments must do more to meet the immediate need of Syria's people' say Churches
Four major UK Churches have called on governments to provide substantial new funding to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria including refugees in the neighbouring countries of Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.

12/17/2015 12:00 AM
The Presidential Christmas message
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have reminded people of the importance of 'welcome' in this year's Presidential Christmas Message.

12/16/2015 12:00 AM
COP21 Climate Change Summit - Statement
The Methodist Church in Britain have released a statement regarding the recent agreements made at the COP21 climate change summit in Paris which concluded on Saturday.

12/07/2015 12:00 AM
Winter Flooding
The Methodist Church is joining with organisations and individuals across the country to help those affected by flooding in Cumbria. The Revd Richard Teal, Cumbria District Chair, comparing this incident with the last major flooding in 2009 said: "The devastation this time is far worse than before". Read on for how you can respond and how you can donate to the fundraising appeal.

12/04/2015 12:00 AM
Don’t forget Iain Duncan Smith this Christmas
UK Churches are encouraging people to add Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to their Christmas card list and include a personal greeting asking the minister to ensure that every family and child has enough this Christmas.

12/03/2015 12:00 AM
“Pray for peace” say Church leaders following UK vote to take military action in Syria
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Church have made a call for peace following the vote in the House of Commons last night to authorise UK military action in Syria.

12/02/2015 12:00 AM
Statement on Syria
The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church in Britain and the United Reformed Church have released a joint statement on military action in Syria

11/26/2015 12:00 AM
Church leaders call on Governments for ‘credible and sustainable’ transition from fossil fuels
Senior leaders of four major UK Churches have welcomed the Government’s commitment to limiting climate change, and have called for more to be done to keep global warming below 2°C.

11/23/2015 12:00 AM
Tim Annan to be next Methodist Youth President
Tim Annan has been elected as Methodist Youth President designate to begin his term in September 2016, following his election at this year’s 3Generate, the Methodist Children and Youth Assembly, which took place from 20-23 November.

11/19/2015 12:00 AM
Sold-out success for Methodist Children and Youth event 3Generate
The Methodist Children's and Youth Assembly, 3Generate, promises to be the biggest event, yet, having sold out of available places in two out of three of its main age streams.

11/18/2015 12:00 AM
Share A Gift this Christmas - new resource out now
In a time where your advent calendar is more likely to feature a pet than Jesus and almost half of people in the UK feel the birth of Jesus is irrelevant to their Christmas, the Methodist Church has produced a new booklet going back to the roots of the festive season.

11/14/2015 12:00 AM
Responses to the Paris attacks
Prayers, hymns and statements in response to the attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015

11/04/2015 12:00 AM
Benefit cuts to change behaviour are unpopular, ineffective and immoral, say Churches
Major UK Churches are warning that the Government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill marks a dangerous shift away from a core principle of the Welfare State and will make poor people even poorer.

10/22/2015 12:00 AM
DWP “stubbornly ignoring” calls for sanctions review
A coalition of national Churches and charities has criticised the Department for Work and Pensions over its refusal to undertake a full review of the benefit sanctions system. The DWP has issued its overdue response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into benefit sanctions, but has failed to commit to a review as recommended.

10/21/2015 12:00 AM
Methodist Central Hall Westminster turns blue to mark 70 years of UN
To mark 70 years since the founding of the United Nations, Methodist Central Hall Westminster, the first meeting place of the United Nations General Assembly, will be turning blue on Saturday 24 October.

10/13/2015 12:00 AM
Methodist Church makes further progress on safeguarding
The Methodist Council has heard of the progress made by the Church in addressing the concerns of the Past Cases Review.

10/09/2015 12:00 AM
Hope is coming this advent
A free advent resource, ‘Keeping Hope Alive’, has been released today by the Methodist Church.

09/22/2015 12:00 AM
Statement on Israel and the West Bank
In the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have issued this statement on Israel and the West Bank.

09/18/2015 12:00 AM
Methodist Church appoints new national Safeguarding Adviser
Tim Carter has been appointed to the post of Connexional Safeguarding Adviser to the Methodist Church.

09/11/2015 12:00 AM
New report reveals changing shape of Britain’s families
A new study has raised questions about the common concept of 'family'.

09/11/2015 12:00 AM
The death of the Revd David Gamble
It is with deep sadness that the death is announced of former President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd David Gamble.

09/07/2015 12:00 AM
Time is running out - book your place at 3Generate 2015
Places still available for 3Generate 2015, the Methodist Children & Youth Assembly.

08/14/2015 12:00 AM
Stop lowering the level of immigration debate, churches tell government
Leaders of four UK Churches have called on the Government to rethink the way it speaks about migrants.

08/12/2015 12:00 AM
Rural partnership begins innovative project tackling financial exclusion
Comic Relief is supporting a new initiative by The Arthur Rank Centre, The Plunkett Foundation and The Church of England’s Mission and Public Affairs Division to extend access and use of rural credit unions.

08/06/2015 12:00 AM
Church leaders commemorate Hiroshima bombing saying ‘never again’
At an interfaith commemoration service held today (6 August) at the Friend’s Meeting House in Central London, religious leaders from many faiths, including several Christian denominations, gathered to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

08/04/2015 12:00 AM
People with mental health problems bear the brunt of benefit sanctions in Wales
#RethinkSanctions A shocking new report by a group of Christian churches shows that people with poor mental health are bearing the brunt of one of the Westminster Government's policies aimed at getting people back to work. The Welsh Data Supplem...

07/30/2015 12:00 AM
Conference to highlight changing face of family ministry
A new report looking into the diversity of family life and a new Core Skills for Family Ministry training course will be launched at the We are Family Family ministry Conference on 11-12 September.

07/23/2015 12:00 AM
Statement on the 70th anniversary of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings
Statement from the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference ahead of the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

07/02/2015 12:00 AM
“Where’s the review?” say Churches and charities
It has been 100 days since the Work and Pensions Select Committee called for a full independent review of the benefit sanctions system, but the Government has not indicated any intention to conduct a review. A group of Churches and charities is calling urgently for the Government to heed the Committee’s report and act on its recommendations.

07/01/2015 12:00 AM
Roger Walton & Rachel Lampard elected as Methodist President & Vice-President for 2016/17
The Methodist Conference has elected the Revd Dr Roger Walton to be President of the Conference in 2016/17, and Ms Rachel Lampard to be Vice-President.

07/01/2015 12:00 AM
Church must celebrate and learn from diversity, says report
The Methodist Fellowship Groups, congregations of Methodists united by a shared ethnicity or language, announced their intention to grow in deeper relationships, mutual partnerships and genuine integration in a report to the Methodist Conference.

07/01/2015 12:00 AM
Churches encouraged to offer support to migrants
Following on from a Notice of Motion presented to this year’s Methodist Conference, all Methodist churches are being encouraged to provide support to at least one individual or family crossing Europe from the Mediterranean fleeing from conflict.

06/29/2015 12:00 AM
News: Church to take major steps in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
Today the Methodist Conference has vowed to make significant changes to its policy and procedures in a move to make the Church a safer place for all.

06/29/2015 12:00 AM
Let's talk about sex, say Methodist youth
Young Methodists have challenged the Church to be more open and willing to discuss issues of sexual identity, pornography and sexual relationships in a report to the Methodist Conference.

06/27/2015 12:00 AM
“Bring one person to faith this year,” Methodist President urges churches
The newly elected President of the Methodist Conference has urged the Church to ‘take God seriously’ and put evangelism back on the agenda.

06/27/2015 12:00 AM
We must find our voice, urges new Methodist Vice-President
The newly appointed Vice-President of the Methodist Conference has called for the Church to find its distinctive voice in her inaugural address.

06/19/2015 12:00 AM
Message of solidarity sent to African Methodist Episcopal Church
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have sent a letter of solidarity to the African Methodist Episcopal Church following the killing of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

06/18/2015 12:00 AM
Methodist President and Vice-President welcome Papal Encyclical
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have welcomed the latest Papal encyclical, which focuses on the issue of climate change.

06/08/2015 12:00 AM
Highlights for journalists - Methodist Conference 2015
This year's Methodist Conference will take place in Southport at the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre from 25 June to 2 July.

05/28/2015 12:00 AM
Church issues ‘full and unreserved apology’ to abuse survivors
The Methodist Church in Britain has today published the report of an independent review of past safeguarding cases related to the Church from 1950 to 2014.

05/23/2015 12:00 AM
'Mutual cooperation, not mutual destruction' say Churches
An unprecedented 107 nations have signed a pledge to "stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons in light of their unacceptable humanitarian consequences and associated risks" at the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in New York. Four major UK Churches have welcomed the news, but called on the UK Government to unblock discussion of new multilateral disarmament initiatives.

05/13/2015 12:00 AM
Support the most vulnerable, say Churches in open letter to Prime Minister
Leaders from four major UK Churches have signed an open letter to the re-appointed Prime Minister, David Cameron, congratulating him on his election and encouraging him to hold ‘truth, justice, peace and wellbeing’ at the heart of the government.

04/28/2015 12:00 AM
Methodists to expand disinvestment option on fossil fuels
The Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church, which manages investments of £1.1 billion for the Church, has announced a new investment policy on climate change.

04/13/2015 12:00 AM
Church to tackle bullying and harassment
The Methodist Council has pledged to tackle issues of bullying and harassment within the Church. The move is a response to concerns raised about the vulnerability of churches to destructive patterns of behaviour and affirms the desire for the Church to be a safe and inclusive community for all.

04/02/2015 12:00 AM
Easter reflection from the Methodist President and Vice-President
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have invited people to step into the Easter story with their Easter reflection.

03/24/2015 12:00 AM
Churches welcome call for benefit sanctions review
A coalition of major UK Churches, with a combined membership of more than 800,000 people, has welcomed the call for a full independent review of the benefit sanctions system. The recommendation comes in a report from the Work and Pensions Select Committee that has been released today.

03/13/2015 12:00 AM
UK faith leaders call for new initiatives to bring an end to nuclear weapons
Faith leaders across the UK have signed a statement calling on nuclear weapons states to join with other states to implement new approaches to eliminate nuclear arsenals

03/04/2015 12:00 AM
Share the hope of Easter with your community
A new edition of the popular booklet celebrating the Easter story is now available from Methodist Publishing

03/02/2015 12:00 AM
New report: Nearly 100,000 children affected by benefit sanctions in 2013/14
A new report from a coalition of major UK Churches has revealed that around 100,000 children were affected by benefit sanctions in 2013/14. It also shows that in the same period a total of nearly 7 million weeks of sanctions were handed out to benefit claimants.

02/26/2015 12:00 AM
Churches aim to bring truth and justice to politics with latest resources
Four of the UK’s major churches have produced a set of election resources designed to better equip Christians to view and interpret the policies and promises put forward by political parties in the run up to May’s General Election.

02/25/2015 12:00 AM
Photo competition puts the focus on local preachers and worship leaders
The Local Preachers and Worship Leaders Photo Competition, launched today, aims to showcase the diversity of worship leaders and local preachers across the Church.

02/21/2015 12:00 AM
Christians encouraged to sow the seeds of a new politics at this election
Delivering a keynote address to nearly 400 people at the Love Your Neighbour: Think, Pray, Vote conference, Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, has urged Christians to resist political narratives that appeal to self interest and vote for the common good.

02/16/2015 12:00 AM
Statement on the murder of Coptic Christians by IS
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have issued this statement in response to the murder of 21 Coptic Christians by Islamic State in Libya.

02/11/2015 12:00 AM
Churches launch major credit union
A group of major Churches is promoting access to responsible credit and savings with the launch of the Churches Mutual Credit Union Ltd. (CMCU).

02/06/2015 12:00 AM
Tickets now on sale for first ever Methodist Mental Health Conference
Tickets are now on sale for the first ever Mental Health Matters Conference organised by the Methodist Church.

02/02/2015 12:00 AM
Methodist Churches to bring life and healing this Easter
The 2015 Easter Offering dedication service draws inspiration from the prophetic vision of the Tree of Life that produces leaves for healing...

01/27/2015 12:00 AM
Mission, political extremism and connexional budget discussed at Methodist Council
The Methodist Council discussed political extremism, releasing money for mission and the connexional budget when it met at the High Leigh Conference Centre in Hoddesdon on 26-27 January.

01/21/2015 12:00 AM
Prayer for Boko Haram terrorist victims
Prayer for the victims of Boko Haram terrorism in Northern Nigeria and Northern Cameroon

01/20/2015 12:00 AM
New data: More than 100 people per day with mental health problems are having their benefits sanctioned
New data released today has revealed that benefits claimants judged as unfit to work due to mental health problems are more likely to have their benefits stopped by sanctions than those suffering from other conditions.

01/20/2015 12:00 AM
Boobs are old news, says Methodist Church
The Methodist Church has welcomed reports that The Sun newspaper will no longer feature topless women on Page Three.

01/09/2015 12:00 AM
Statement on the Charlie Hebdo terror attack in Paris
The Methodist Church fully supports the statement issued by the Council of Christians and Jews concerning the barbaric Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris on 7 Janaury 2015.

01/07/2015 12:00 AM
Nomination of Assistant Secretary of the Conference
The Council has voted to nominate to the Conference the Revd Helen D Cameron for appointment as Assistant Secretary of the Conference

12/19/2014 12:00 AM
Make space for Jesus this Christmas
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have urged people to make space in their homes and lives for Jesus this Christmas.

12/17/2014 12:00 AM
Go-ahead for major church credit union
Fair returns to savers, fair interest rates on loans and the aspiration to be a flagship credit union are among the aims of the Churches’ Mutual Credit Union Ltd (CMCU) which received formal authorisation from the regulatory authorities yesterday.

12/08/2014 12:00 AM
More tickets made available for Archbishop Welby’s keynote to public issues conference
Extra tickets have been made available for those wishing to attend the Archbishop of Canterbury’s keynote address at an upcoming public issues conference. The event is organised by the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church.

11/20/2014 12:00 AM
Methodist Church addresses mental health concerns among young people
The Methodist Church has launched a series of mental health resources after young Methodists raised concerns that not enough was being done by the Church to help young people struggling with mental health issues.

11/19/2014 12:00 AM
Churches urged to share A Gift of Christmas with their communities
Choosing the right gift for the right person can be a festive nightmare. But churches wishing to bless their communities at Christmas time are being offered a simple and beautiful solution.

11/19/2014 12:00 AM
Welcome for major step in Anglican Methodist unity
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have welcomed a major step forward in Anglican-Methodist unity.

11/17/2014 12:00 AM
Pornography, trafficking and transgender issues debated at Methodist Children and Youth Assembly
Young Methodists tackled political issues and elected Craig Gaffneyas the Church Youth President for 2015/16 during the Methodist Children and Youth Assembly, 3Generate

11/17/2014 12:00 AM
Warm welcome for women bishops vote
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have welcomed the General Synod's vote to adopt legislation to ordain women as bishops.

11/14/2014 12:00 AM
Letter to prison chaplains from Methodist Presidency
• Prisons Week 2014: 16-22 November

11/11/2014 12:00 AM
Celebrate the second half of life, say Churches
In today’s society, growing older is often seen as a reason for sadness or regret. But the Church of England and the Methodist Church have published a new resource which urges Christians to celebrate and affirm the ‘second half of life’.

11/06/2014 12:00 AM
International Day Against Fascism and Anti-Semitism
Statement from the Methodist Presidency on the International Day Against Fascism and Anti-Semitism (November 9th)

10/23/2014 12:00 AM
Faith in politics but less faith in politicians, say Church young people
The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church asked Christian young people about their attitudes to voting and politics. The young people were clear – they cared about politics, their faith had a major impact on how they voted – but they didn’t think their voices were heard or have faith that politicians would deliver positive change.

10/15/2014 12:00 AM
Methodist Council announces nomination of Secretary of the Conference
The Methodist Council, which is meeting from 15 to 16 October at the High Leigh Conference Centre in Hoddeston, has agreed to nominate to the Conference the Revd Gareth Powell to serve as the Secretary of the Conference from 1 September 2015.

10/07/2014 12:00 AM
Ecumenical Day of Reflection on Mining
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the President of the Methodist Conference today hosted an Ecumenical Day of Reflection on Mining with representatives of leading mining companies, as well as representatives from non-governmental and other faith-based organisations at Lambeth Palace.

10/05/2014 12:00 AM
Response to the murder of Alan Henning
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference issue a statement in response to the murder of Alan Henning by Islamic State militants.

09/25/2014 12:00 AM
How good are you at watching and waiting?
In a ‘want it all, want it now’ culture, the art of watching and waiting can get lost in the melee of consumerism and instant gratification. Yet Advent can also bring us closer to God, and to the effects of God’s justice and love in the world today.

09/24/2014 12:00 AM
Islamic State cannot be defeated by military action alone, say major Church leaders
Leaders of two of Britain’s major Churches say that the UK Government must not give into the rhetoric that Islamic State can simply be bombed out of existence. In a statement released today, leaders of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the Methodist Church in Britain say that the case for military intervention can only be supported as one part of a broader political and economic strategy to tackle the ideology of IS.

09/12/2014 12:00 AM
Churches campaign for abolition of Trident ahead of Peacemaking Sunday
As diplomatic initiatives gather pace to build a framework for a nuclear-weapon-free world, three British Churches are reiterating their call for the abolition of Trident.

09/12/2014 12:00 AM
Statement on the death of Ian Paisley
The Revd Ken Howcroft, President of the Methodist Conference, and Ms Gill Dascombe, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have issued a statement on the death of Ian Paisley.

09/02/2014 12:00 AM
Archbishop to deliver keynote speech at public issues Conference
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will give the keynote address at the ‘Love your neighbour: Think, Pray, Vote’ conference.

08/26/2014 12:00 AM
Call to prayer for Iraq and Syria on 31 August
People are being urged to dedicate a special time of prayer to the ongoing crisis in Iraq and Syria next Sunday.

08/26/2014 12:00 AM
Joint Statement by the Bishop of Durham and the General Secretary of the Methodist Church
Safeguarding arrangements in our two Churches

08/10/2014 12:00 AM
Presumed Consent: What happens to your body after you die?
The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) of the Methodist Church in Britain, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church has produced a free resource on the ethics of organ donation ahead of a change in the law in Wales.

07/28/2014 12:00 AM
Secretary of the Conference
The Methodist Church is seeking to appoint its next Secretary of the Conference, who will succeed The Revd Dr Martyn Atkins on 1 September 2015.

07/26/2014 12:00 AM
Gaza Statement by the President and Vice-President
The situation in Gaza continues to capture our attention and prompt our compassion. It is time now to pray.

07/14/2014 12:00 AM
Methodist Church welcomes 'yes' vote on women bishops
The President of the Methodist Conference has welcomed the news that the Church of England's General Synod has today voted in favour of allowing women to become bishops.

07/03/2014 12:00 AM
Boobs aren’t news, says Methodist Conference
Sign the No More Page 3 petition here The Methodist Conference has today pledged its support for the No More Page 3 campaign, and is asking all of its members to sign the campaign's petition.

07/03/2014 12:00 AM
Church marks 20 years since genocide in Rwanda
Nearly one million Rwandans were slaughtered during 100 days of genocidal killing twenty years ago. Today, representatives of the Methodist Conference meeting in Birmingham prayed for lasting peace during a commemorative service led by Bishop Samuel Kayinamura, the leader of the Methodist Church in Rwanda.

07/02/2014 12:00 AM
Get serious about mental health, young Methodists urge Church
Methodist Children and Youth Assembly Report Watch the 3Generate video Young Methodists are challenging the Church to take mental health issues seriously, and are calling for children's and youth workers to receive relevant training.

07/02/2014 12:00 AM
Methodist Conference receives report on same-sex marriage
The Methodist Church has committed to a two year period of listening, reflecting and discernment following the legislation of same-sex marriage in England, Wales and Scotland earlier this year. A report exploring the issues around same-sex marriage was brought by a working party to the Methodist Conference meeting today in Birmingham.

07/02/2014 12:00 AM
The Conference elects President and Vice-President Designates for 2015/16
The Methodist Conference has elected the Revd Steve Wild to be President of the Conference in 2015/16, and Dr Jill Barber to be Vice-President.

07/01/2014 12:00 AM
Methodist Conference celebrates vital role of chaplains in today's Forces
The centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 is a reminder to the Methodist Forces Board of the moment when its predecessor, the Wesleyan Royal Navy and Army Board, regularised the Church’s relations with the Armed Services.

07/01/2014 12:00 AM
Methodists step up to the challenge of the Covenant
The Methodist Church has made a commitment to taking a major step forward in its relationship with the Church of England.

06/30/2014 12:00 AM
Membership statistics are a ‘challenge to the Church’, says General Secretary
The General Secretary of the Methodist Church is encouraging Methodists to rise to the challenge of falling membership figures.

06/28/2014 12:00 AM
Back to the Bible, forward to the world: Inaugural address of the Methodist President
In his inaugural address as President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Kenneth Howcroft spoke of the "desperate need" for the Church to "speak biblically to serve the present age." He encouraged Conference representatives to turn outwards to face the world with renewed self-confidence in their Methodist identity.

06/28/2014 12:00 AM
Newly elected Vice-President lays out four new building blocks for Methodism
The new Vice-President of the Methodist Conference for 2014-15 laid down four building blocks of faith for 21st century Britain in her inaugural address to the Methodist Conference.

06/17/2014 12:00 AM
Methodist Church celebrates 40 years of women’s ordination
This Saturday, the Methodist Church in Great Britain will celebrate forty years of women’s ordination.

06/11/2014 12:00 AM
Exploring the Family Ministry Landscape: Major UK research project
A major research project will reveal the scope of families work in the majority of UK Churches. Exploring the Family Ministry Landscape is thought to be the first project of its kind in the UK and will look at what churches are doing to support families, as well as the range of training and resources that are already available for families work.

06/09/2014 12:00 AM
Tickets now on sale for 3Generate - the Children's and Youth Assembly
Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 3Generate – the Children's and Youth Assembly of the Methodist Church.

06/08/2014 12:00 AM
Religious people "are more charitable" - Church response to BBC stats
According to statistics released by the BBC today, people who practise a religion are more likely to say they have given to charity in the last month than those who don't.

06/05/2014 12:00 AM
News: Highlights for Journalists - Methodist Conference 2014
This year's Methodist Conference will take place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel from 26 June to 3 July.

05/22/2014 12:00 AM
‘Significant steps’ needed to progress Anglican-Methodist Covenant
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, together with the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, have today issued a joint statement to their Churches.

05/20/2014 12:00 AM
Churches challenge food poverty with latest resource on foodbanks
"Faith in Foodbanks?" recognises the ministry of many churches helping people who cannot afford to eat, looks at why there has been such a growth in foodbanks, and suggests ways churches can take action to tackle the underlying causes.

04/30/2014 12:00 AM
Church leaders: "The UK government has missed opportunities to make progress on disarmament"
The leaders of the Baptist Union, Methodist Church and United Reformed Church are pushing the government to make progress on disarmament at the Non Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting in New York this week. They are concerned that the UK government has failed to live up to commitments made at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in 2010.

04/18/2014 12:00 AM
The grit in the oyster: Easter message from the Methodist President
In her 2014 Easter message, the Revd Ruth Gee, President of the Methodist Conference, speaks of Mary Magdalene and the many misunderstandings about her story.

04/16/2014 12:00 AM
Latest foodbank figures 'should shock and anger’ say Churches
Leaders of the Methodist Church, Baptist Union of Great Britain and United Reformed Church have responded with concern to the latest figures from the Trussell Trust, released today.

04/11/2014 12:00 AM
“Wondering how to vote in European elections in May?” ask Churches
Churches are urging people to vote in the upcoming European Parliament elections in May.

04/07/2014 12:00 AM
Heritage, mission and inter faith work top Church’s agenda
The Methodist Council met in Leamington Spa from 5 to 7 April to consider some of the key issues that will be debated at this year’s Methodist Conference.

04/05/2014 12:00 AM
Methodist General Secretary to step down in 2015
The Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Church and Secretary of the Methodist Conference today announced his intention to step down from his current post in August 2015.

04/04/2014 12:00 AM
Church offers young people exam stress support
As the exam period looms large, for young people facing GCSEs, A-Levels and other exams, this can be a very stressful and difficult time. The Methodist Church in Britain hopes to ease some of this pain by offering advice for young people facing exams as well as guidance for youth leaders.

04/03/2014 12:00 AM
Take a spin on the Wheel of Generosity
People are being encouraged to spin an online Wheel of Generosity and commit to small acts of kindness as part of a new campaign from the Methodist Church.

04/02/2014 12:00 AM
Church welcomes UK ratification of Arms Trade Treaty
Leaders of the Methodist Church in Britain have welcomed the UK Government's ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty today. The President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Ruth Gee, said that the move was a "legal milestone that should help to protect those who are abused and oppressed".

03/28/2014 12:00 AM
Street Child World Cup Kicks Off Today in Brazil
Over the past two years, Methodist children and young people have been encouraging local churches to help raise £30,000 for the SCWC by organising fundraising events of their own.

03/25/2014 12:00 AM
Call for clarity on use of UK drones by US forces
Churches are calling for the Ministry of Defence to clarify its deployment of UK drones in Afghanistan.

03/19/2014 12:00 AM
Churches criticise Budget alcohol announcement
Three major British Churches have criticised government plans to scrap the alcohol duty escalator as announced in the Chancellor's Budget speech today.

03/10/2014 12:00 AM
Helping young people navigate the Bible
Why bother with the Bible? Can we trust it? What difference does it make to life today? Navigate is a free resource designed to help teenagers explore these questions and engage with the Bible.

02/27/2014 12:00 AM
Government provides no credible plan to end child poverty, say Churches
Three major British Churches have attacked the Government's Child Poverty Strategy, saying that it fails to provide a credible plan to tackle child poverty.

02/24/2014 12:00 AM
Supporting Ministers who are unwell
The Methodist Church has produced resources to support ministers experiencing ill health or impairment.

02/19/2014 12:00 AM
‘Let’s get the facts straight’. Yes, Mr Cameron, please do.
Four major British Churches have criticised David Cameron for neither understanding his Government’s own figures nor recognising the reality of more and more people facing destitution.

02/17/2014 12:00 AM
DWP’s response to Archbishop Vincent Nichols ‘seriously misleading’
• Welfare reform is set to be the driving force behind increasing child poverty for the next decade

02/14/2014 12:00 AM
Britain has ‘moral responsibility’ to accept Syrian refugees, say Church leaders
Church leaders are urging David Cameron to rethink government policy on Britain accepting Syrian refugees.

02/12/2014 12:00 AM
Tribute paid to Revd Dr Kenneth Greet
Tribute has been paid to the Revd Dr Kenneth Greet, former Secretary and President of the Methodist Conference, who died yesterday.

02/11/2014 12:00 AM
Is there a Methodist in your family?
The family history show - Who Do You Think You Are? - is returning to London with its annual live event and the Methodist Heritage team will be there.

02/04/2014 12:00 AM
Church responds to government alcohol announcement
Paul Morrison, policy adviser for the Methodist Church in Britain, said: "Today the government has announced that it will ban below-cost alcohol sales. This is a pale reflection of the Minimum Unit Pricing policy, which the government originally co...

01/30/2014 12:00 AM
Methodist Church to join major national credit union
The Methodist Council, meeting in London this week, has agreed to become a partner to the Churches Mutual Credit Union (CMCU).

01/24/2014 12:00 AM
Letter to Pakistani High Commission expresses dismay at blasphemy law reform
The Methodist president and vice-president have expressed grave concern over potential reforms to Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law.

01/07/2014 12:00 AM
Churches challenged to spread the word on donation
Churches across the UK are being challenged to become “Donor Churches” and raise the profile of blood and organ donation in their community.