20 April 2016
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.
Originally published in 2005, the new design is the first major update to Called By Name, one of the Church's most important publications.
Called by Name is a fully illustrated book including hymns, prayers, Christian art and images from contemporary life for those considering membership in the Methodist Church or for those who have recently joined.
Designed as a resource to help people understand the distinctive meaning of the Methodist Church, Called by Name covers topics including God's inclusive love, Wrestling with faith and Our Calling as well as information on further resources.
Secretary of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Gareth J Powell, said: "This superb resource helps us all understand the call of Christ to discipleship, as it is expressed by membership of the Methodist Church.
"Through words and images, it challenges us to demonstrate our calling in worship, learning and caring, service and evangelism. I pray that this will help people hear that call, and equip them as they continue on the journey of discipleship."
The Methodist Church's Director of Publishing and Communications, Andy Jackson, said: "Called by Name is one of those special publications of the Methodist Church which can be given to those who have recently joined the Church or are considering membership. However, it also makes an ideal gift for lifelong Methodists.
"Running out of stock gave us the wonderful opportunity to refresh the design of the book. It's now even easier to read and we've augmented parts of the book to help those new to the Church, for example, when a hymn has been quoted, we've explained who the hymn was written by and where it can be found in Singing the Faith.
"The book also reflects the Church's continuous calling to be relevant to the challenges of modern life."
- Called by Name is available to order from www.methodistpublishing.org.uk