02/21/2018 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.
02/09/2018 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.
01/29/2018 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.
01/25/2018 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).
01/22/2018 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.
12/14/2017 12:00 AM
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.
12/08/2017 12:00 AM
Statement on Jerusalem
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have released the following statement regarding Jerusalem.
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.
11/27/2017 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
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.
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 Herschel Gluck OBE, chairman of the Arab-Jewish Forum.
10/19/2017 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.
10/19/2017 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.
10/13/2017 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.
10/12/2017 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.
10/06/2017 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.
10/02/2017 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.
09/15/2017 12:00 AM
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 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.
09/01/2017 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.
08/18/2017 12:00 AM
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 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.
08/15/2017 12:00 AM
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.
07/28/2017 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
07/06/2017 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.
07/05/2017 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.
06/29/2017 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.
06/29/2017 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.
06/28/2017 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.
06/28/2017 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.
06/27/2017 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.
06/27/2017 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.
06/26/2017 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.
06/24/2017 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.
06/09/2017 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.
06/01/2017 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.
05/23/2017 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.
05/12/2017 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.
05/04/2017 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.
04/26/2017 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.
04/19/2017 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.
04/13/2017 12:00 AM
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?"
04/13/2017 12:00 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.
03/22/2017 12:00 AM
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
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.
03/07/2017 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.
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.
02/10/2017 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.