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09/08/2018 01:00 AM
Church leaders ask Home Secretary for end to hostile environment

07/08/2018 01:00 AM
50th anniversary of global Methodist partnership

25/07/2018 01:00 AM
Statement of the President and Vice-President on the prosecution of two IS fighters

06/07/2018 01:00 AM
Methodist Church reflects on the nature of ministry in the 21st century

04/07/2018 01:00 AM
The Revd Dr Barbara Glasson and Professor Clive Marsh elected as President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference for 2019/20

04/07/2018 01:00 AM
Report on Marriage and Relationships

02/07/2018 01:00 AM
Methodists to continue exploring a relationship of communion with Anglicans

02/07/2018 01:00 AM
Methodist young people grow in strength and confidence

30/06/2018 01:00 AM
New President of the Methodist Conference promises a year of radical grace

30/06/2018 01:00 AM
New Vice-President reflects on Transforming Hope

26/06/2018 01:00 AM
Methodist Church announces new Director of Evangelism and Growth

21/06/2018 01:00 AM
Churches urge end to ‘hostile environment’ policies

15/06/2018 01:00 AM
“A benefit system which drives families into debt and leaves people hungry is a failing benefit system” say Churches

21/05/2018 01:00 AM
Death of the Revd Dr Colin M Morris, Past President of the Methodist Conference

21/05/2018 01:00 AM
The 2018 Methodist Conference: Interim Report on marriage and relationships

17/05/2018 01:00 AM
DCMS Gaming Review Announcement

10/05/2018 01:00 AM
Ascension Day statement on overcoming religious intolerance

24/04/2018 01:00 AM
Universal Credit is driving families to food banks

18/04/2018 01:00 AM
Church Action for Tax Justice

13/04/2018 01:00 AM
Statement and prayer about Syria from the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference

05/04/2018 01:00 AM
Statement from the London District Chairs on the recent murders in London

04/04/2018 01:00 AM
Statement about the recent violence on the Gaza-Israel border

28/03/2018 01:00 AM
Easter Message 2018

27/03/2018 01:00 AM
Prayers for Kemerovo

26/02/2018 12:00 AM
Brave New World? New JPIT conference on faithful living in a time of change
The hopes, fears and challenges for the future of our communities, countries and the world will be the theme of a new Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) Conference taking place in Manchester on 17 March.

22/02/2018 12:00 AM
Cleggs Lane positively engaging the community on mental health issues - UMC
How can the church positively engage with the community on mental health issues?

21/02/2018 12:00 AM
Death of Billy Graham
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Loraine N Mellor and Jill Baker, have offered their condolences to the family of US evangelist the Revd Billy Graham, who has died aged 99.

21/02/2018 12:00 AM
British Church stays alive through service - UMC
Nearly a decade ago, Cleggs Lane Methodist Church was about to close.

20/02/2018 12:00 AM
British Methodists open doors to stay relevant - UMC article
In the shadow of the Shard — a 21st century building that is part of the modern London skyline — sits a British Methodist church that has been ministering in the Borough of Southwark for more than 125 years.

09/02/2018 12:00 AM
Church of England and Methodist Church to continue exploring closer communion
Following debate at the General Synod, the Church of England’s Faith and Order Commission will now undertake further refinement and clarification on proposals that would see the Church of England and the Methodist Church enter into a relationship of communion and enable an interchange of their presbyteral ministries.

29/01/2018 12:00 AM
Methodist young people launch manifesto
The need for the Methodist Church to keep God at its centre and to be brave, inclusive and dynamic has been expressed by young Methodists as part of their manifesto to the Church.

25/01/2018 12:00 AM
Faith in Politics: podcast launched
Faith in Politics, an exciting new podcast series that features guests discussing topics from current affairs that link in with faith, has been launched by the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT).

22/01/2018 12:00 AM
Servicemen encouraged to explore faith
The Methodist Forces Board has launched a new initiative to help men in the armed forces and their civilian colleagues talk openly about life’s big issues.

17/12/2017 12:00 AM
Attack at a church in Quetta, Pakistan
A message and prayer from the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference.

14/12/2017 12:00 AM
Christmas Message
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, The Revd Loraine N Mellor and Jill Baker, have released their 2017 Christmas message on the subject of visitation.

12/12/2017 12:00 AM
Faith leaders call on UK Government to sign Nuclear Ban Treaty
Following Sunday’s presenting of the Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons, leaders from all faiths across the UK have called on the British Government to affirm the new UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

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

05/12/2017 12:00 AM
Churches call for support on treaty banning nuclear weapons
A two-minute video calling on Christians to safeguard God's good world through working towards a future free of nuclear weapons has been released this week.

30/11/2017 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.

29/11/2017 12:00 AM
New Methodist Youth President Announced
Jasmine Yeboah, 22, from north London, has been elected as the new Methodist Youth President-designate.

27/11/2017 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.

23/11/2017 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.

15/11/2017 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.

15/11/2017 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 Herschel Gluck OBE, chairman of the Arab-Jewish Forum.

31/10/2017 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.

23/10/2017 12:00 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.

19/10/2017 12:00 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.

19/10/2017 12:00 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.

13/10/2017 12:00 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.

13/10/2017 12:00 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.

12/10/2017 12:00 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.

06/10/2017 12:00 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.

04/10/2017 12:00 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.

02/10/2017 12:00 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.

15/09/2017 12:00 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.

08/09/2017 12:00 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.

03/09/2017 12:00 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.

01/09/2017 12:00 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.

18/08/2017 12:00 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.

17/08/2017 12:00 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.

15/08/2017 12:00 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.

15/08/2017 12:00 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.

28/07/2017 12:00 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

21/07/2017 12:00 AM
Methodist Council gains living wage accreditation
The Methodist Council has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.

17/07/2017 12:00 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

12/07/2017 12:00 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.

06/07/2017 12:00 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.

05/07/2017 12:00 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.

03/07/2017 12:00 AM
Epworth Old Rectory celebrates diamond jubilee
A Lincolnshire museum, which attracts visitors from throughout the world, is celrbating its diamond jubilee this year.

29/06/2017 12:00 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.

29/06/2017 12:00 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.

29/06/2017 12:00 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

29/06/2017 12:00 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.

28/06/2017 12:00 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.

28/06/2017 12:00 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.

28/06/2017 12:00 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.

27/06/2017 12:00 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.

27/06/2017 12:00 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.

27/06/2017 12:00 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.

26/06/2017 12:00 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.

26/06/2017 12:00 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.

24/06/2017 12:00 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.

24/06/2017 12:00 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.

19/06/2017 12:00 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

17/06/2017 12:00 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.

17/06/2017 12:00 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.

15/06/2017 12:00 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.

15/06/2017 12:00 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

12/06/2017 12:00 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.

09/06/2017 12:00 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.

04/06/2017 12:00 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.

01/06/2017 12:00 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.

01/06/2017 12:00 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.

23/05/2017 12:00 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.

12/05/2017 12:00 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.

09/05/2017 12:00 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.

04/05/2017 12:00 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.

26/04/2017 12:00 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.

19/04/2017 12:00 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.

13/04/2017 12:00 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?"