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02/21/2018 12:00 AM
Death of Billy Graham

02/09/2018 12:00 AM
Church of England and Methodist Church to continue exploring closer communion

01/29/2018 12:00 AM
Methodist young people launch manifesto

01/25/2018 12:00 AM
Faith in Politics: podcast launched

01/22/2018 12:00 AM
Servicemen encouraged to explore faith

12/17/2017 12:00 AM
Attack at a church in Quetta, Pakistan

12/14/2017 12:00 AM
Christmas Message

12/12/2017 12:00 AM
Faith leaders call on UK Government to sign Nuclear Ban Treaty

12/08/2017 12:00 AM
Statement on Jerusalem

12/05/2017 12:00 AM
Churches call for support on treaty banning nuclear weapons

11/30/2017 12:00 AM
Brave New World? Faithful living in a time of change

11/29/2017 12:00 AM
New Methodist Youth President Announced

11/27/2017 12:00 AM
Announcement of royal engagement

11/23/2017 12:00 AM
Young Methodists gather for 3Generate

11/15/2017 12:00 AM
Methodist Church pledges support to UK Armed Forces

11/15/2017 12:00 AM
Churches call on UK Government to support stateless people

10/31/2017 12:00 AM
Churches and faith groups urge Government to be strong and not to fudge reform of FOBTs

10/23/2017 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.

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.

10/13/2017 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.

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.

10/04/2017 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.

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
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 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.

09/03/2017 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.

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
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 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
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 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.

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

07/21/2017 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.

07/17/2017 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

07/12/2017 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.

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.

07/03/2017 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.

06/29/2017 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.

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
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 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
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 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
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 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.

06/26/2017 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.

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.

06/24/2017 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.

06/19/2017 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

06/17/2017 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.

06/17/2017 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.

06/15/2017 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.

06/15/2017 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

06/12/2017 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.

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.

06/04/2017 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.

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.

06/01/2017 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.

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.

05/09/2017 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.

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
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?"

04/13/2017 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.

04/05/2017 12:00 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 12:00 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.