- 25 December 2003
Following is the sermon given by the President of the
British Methodist Conference, the Rev Dr Neil Richardson, at the
Christmas Midnight Communion Service at Lidgett Park Methodist
- 17 December 2003
The Rev Alan Ashton, Superintendent Minister of the
Newmarket Methodist Circuit, which includes Soham, has today made
the following statement after the verdict was announced in the
- 03 December 2003
British people are being urged by a Methodist development agency
to not buy a Christmas tree this year. Instead, by helping to plant
trees in Africa and Asia this Christmas, they will be ensuring
farmers and their families have enough to eat in...
- 01 December 2003
Delegates attending a Pan African church assembly in Cameroon
have voluntarily taken the AIDS test to dramatise the importance of
HIV screening and to fight the stigma associated with the scourge.
Their symbolic gesture came ahead of World AIDS...
- 27 November 2003
The Methodist Church has voiced its concern about new proposals
for dealing with asylum seekers announced today in the Queen's
Speech. The Methodist Church has, alongside many other
denominations and faiths, long expressed concern for the treat...
- 21 November 2003
New resource published ahead of World AIDS Day on 1
- 20 November 2003
The Methodist Church says that the Draft Gambling Bill published
today goes some way towards providing protection for children
against plans for deregulation, but needs to go further to
safeguard them from the risks intrinsic to gambling.
- 19 November 2003
'This pack is for all Christians who want to understand
people of other faiths and reflect on their own faith. I hope that
it will be the first step on a pilgrimage of exploration, a
pilgrimage to which I believe the church is called in...
- 18 November 2003
The Board of Management for Methodist Schools next week
celebrates its centenary with a celebration concert and service at
Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. More than 570 pupils of the 14
independent Methodist schools in England and Wales ta...
- 16 November 2003
Methodist and Anglican ministers in West and North Yorkshire are
to be allowed to preach and lead services in each other's churches
under radical proposals which this weekend have received the
backing of an historic 'Joint Synod' held in Harrog...
- 07 November 2003
British and Irish Church leaders have this week written to
the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem assuring them of the prayers for
continued international support for a sustainable political
resolution. The letter was sent by Churches Together in B...
- 07 November 2003
The 2003 World Methodist Peace Award recipient is Casimira
Rodriguez Romero, a Bolivian Domestic Worker. The Award will be
presented on 20 November by His Eminence Sunday Mbang, Chairperson
of the World Methodist Council, in a ceremony at La Re...
- 06 November 2003
These photos were taken at the signing of the
Anglican-Methodist Covenant at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster,
last Saturday, 1 November.
- 01 November 2003
The Anglican-Methodist Covenant in England has been signed at a
national celebration today, in the presence of Her Majesty The
- 01 November 2003
Address given by the President of the Methodist
Conference, the Rev Dr Neil Richardson, at the Service of
Thanksgiving to mark the Anglican-Methodist Covenant, Westminster
- 31 October 2003
The Anglican-Methodist Covenant of England is to be signed
tomorrow in Westminster by the leaders of the Methodist Church and
the Church of England in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen.
Leading up to this historic day is a story going back ...
- 28 October 2003
Methodist Conference President, the Rev Dr Neil Richardson,
today appeared on the 'Wake Up To Wogan' programme's 'Pause For
Thought' spot. Below is the script of the President's contribution
on BBC Radio Two:
- 29 September 2003
The Methodist Church has voiced concern that exposure to certain
paranormal practices on television can be "potentially damaging to
- 25 September 2003
The impact of the injustices of trade rules are to be witnessed
first hand in a MAYC World Action fact-finding trip to Ghana next
month. Taking part in the visit - which takes place in the wake of
the collapse of world trade talks in Cancun - a...
- 22 September 2003
The Methodist Church has long been concerned about the impact of
National Lottery games upon children and vulnerable people, and has
been pleased to see the strict regulations that have been put in
place to protect these groups from harm.
- 19 September 2003
The President of the Methodist Conference, the Rev Dr Neil
Richardson, has called for renewed efforts in campaigning on trade
justice in the wake of the collapse of World Trade Organisation
(WTO) talks, as poor countries proved they could - and...
- 16 September 2003
Historic Service brings together the ancient City parish
of St Giles Cripplegate with Wesley's Chapel
- 11 September 2003
More than 100 guests attended the launch of a new ecumenical
agency for the media at Methodist Church House on Tuesday evening,
9 September. They were welcomed by the Rev David Deeks, the new
General Secretary General of the Methodist Church in...
- 08 September 2003
A Service of Welcome and Induction for the Methodist Church's
first ever General Secretary was held at Wesley's Chapel, City
Road, London, yesterday morning (Sunday 7 September).
- 04 September 2003
Statement by the Rev Ward Jones, Chairman of the Bristol
- 04 September 2003
The Methodist Church in Britain has expressed its delight at
the appointment of Kenyan Methodist minister, the Rev Dr Samuel
Kobia, as the new General Secretary of the World Council of
Churches - the first African churchman to take on this sign...
- 01 September 2003
The Rev James Booth has been appointed as the new Chairman of
the Liverpool Methodist District. A welcome service was held for Mr
Booth at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral last Saturday afternoon.
- 26 August 2003
The Rev Graham Thompson has been appointed as the new Chairman
of the East Anglia Methodist District. A welcome service was held
for Mr Thompson at Chapel Field Methodist Church, Norwich, on
Saturday, 23 August, at 3pm.
- 04 August 2003
This prayer has been released on behalf of the Rev Alan
Ashton, the Superintendent of the Newmarket Circuit of the
Methodist Church. The prayer was used in all church services in
Soham, Cambridgeshire, yesterday, ahead of the first anniversary
- 28 July 2003
The Anglican-Methodist Covenant in England, recently strongly
endorsed by the Methodist Conference and the General Synod, will be
signed at a national celebration on 1 November 2003.
- 11 July 2003
The Government is to ban unaccompanied children from going into
pubs following lobbying by The Salvation Army and The Methodist
- 04 July 2003
The Methodist Conference today called on the British Government
to ban the use of cluster bombs.
- 03 July 2003
With appropriate symmetry in
a year that Methodism is holding its annual conference in Wales,
one of Wales's Methodist leaders has been elected President of the
Church's governing body for 2004.
The Rev Will Morrey, who is
Chairman of the S...
- 02 July 2003
The BBC's Head of Religion & Ethics has issued a challenge
to religious communities to be more courageous and passionate in
the way they make use of the media.
- 02 July 2003
A Methodist Church leader has expressed "shame" that Christians
may have voted for the BNP.
- 01 July 2003
Methodists vote to enter into Anglican-Methodist
- 01 July 2003
The Methodist Conference in Britain has today backed historic
moves towards merging with other Christian Churches in
- 30 June 2003
Methodist Church in Britain is to have a General Secretary for the
first time in its history.
- 26 June 2003
The President of the Methodist Conference would be a more
effective leader for Britain's Methodist community if he or she
were able to stay in office for longer than one year, says the
outgoing holder of the most senior office in the Church.
- 24 June 2003
What's on the agenda in Llandudno at the Methodist
- 18 June 2003
Christians should celebrate the 300th birthday of John Wesley
and then move on, said the leader of Britain's Methodists yesterday
during a service marking the anniversary of the Church's founder at
- 16 June 2003
The President of the Methodist Church, the Rev Ian White, will
lead prayers tomorrow at a national service of thanksgiving for the
life and ministry of one of Britain's greatest Christians, John
Wesley. The service will be held at Lincoln Cathe...
- 24 May 2003
Signing the York
regional Anglican-Methodist Covenant on Saturday 24 May
2003 (left to right): Bishop Andrew Hefkie
(Methodist District of the Cape of Good Hope); Mrs Rosemary
Harrison, Synod Secretary, Methodist District of York & Hu...
- 23 May 2003
More than eight out of ten Methodist ministers are happy with
the outcome of new appointments they receive, says new research
published this week ahead of this year's Methodist Conference.
- 22 May 2003
Methodist youth project MAYC World Action is running a
competition to give one talented young person (aged 18-25) the
opportunity to travel to Africa to report on a trade issue.
- 20 May 2003
The leaders of three Church education bodies have together
proposed the development of a new national statutory Religious
Education (RE) syllabus.
- 19 May 2003
The Methodist Retreat Group is to change its name to the
Methodist Retreat and Spirituality Network (MRSN), the group's
Annual General Meeting, held at Erdington Methodist Church,
Birmingham, has decided.
- 15 May 2003
The President Designate of the British Methodist Conference, the
Rev Dr Neil Richardson, swapped his clerical shirt for a sweatshirt
in order to compete in the Leeds Marathon last Sunday, 11 May. He
finished in a time of 4 hours and 8 minutes.
- 02 May 2003
It is with regret that we announce the death today of
the Rev W. Norman Charles Wooldridge, a
former assistant to the Secretary of the British Methodist
Conference. He was 84 years old.
- 02 May 2003
The Methodist Church's Secretary for Parliamentary
and Political Affairs, Ms Rachel Lampard, has today made the
- 14 April 2003
The President of the Methodist Conference, the Rev Ian
White, yesterday preached at Palm Sunday Evensong at Westminster
Abbey. His sermon included the following Easter message:
- 10 April 2003
A City Council opposition leader, a former chair of children's
charity Barnardo's and the minister responsible for the training of
students for ordination have been nominated to three senior
national Methodist posts this week.
- 31 March 2003
A choir of over a thousand Methodist voices raised the roof at
the Royal Albert Hall last night during filming of a special
edition of the BBC's Songs of Praise.
- 26 March 2003
This article was written jointly by the Secretary of
the Methodist Conference, the Rev Nigel Collinson, and the General
Secretary of the United Reformed Church, the Rev David Cornick. It
is published in the latest edition of the URC magazine,
- 21 March 2003
The President of the Methodist Conference, the Rev
Ian White, and the Vice President, Professor Peter Howdle, have
made the following joint statement:
- 13 March 2003
New Free Churches Moderator is inducted - and makes
commitment with fellow Christian leaders
- 12 March 2003
Methodists are being invited to visit Methodist Church House
(MCH) on Wednesday 2 April to meet connexional staff and discover
first hand the work that they undertake on behalf of the Church in
- 27 February 2003
One of the most valued prayers of Christian commitment of the
Methodist Church is being used by Dr Rowan Williams during his
enthronement as Archbishop of Canterbury today.
- 23 February 2003
Methodist churches across Britain are invited to read this
letter out during services on 23 February 2003.
- 21 February 2003
The President and Vice President of the Methodist Conference
have written to explain the position of the Church in the midst of
the current Iraq crisis. In a letter to be read out at Methodist
church services across Britain this weekend, they w...
- 14 February 2003
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) is hosting a
visit of US Church Leaders to London at the start of next week to
lobby political and church leaders to support peaceful means of
resolving the crisis over Iraq.
- 03 February 2003
MAYC World Action has appointed Lizzie Jeans as its new World
Action Development Worker to run its new trade justice
- 31 January 2003
The anniversary is being marked by a celebration this Sunday (2
February) at the church where Donald Soper began his journey of
faith - St John's Methodist Church, Wandsworth. During the special
service, there will be a presentation of the life...
- 27 January 2003
The President of the Methodist Church, the Rev Ian White,
has made the following statement:
- 24 January 2003
A theological workbook has been produced on behalf of the Church
of England and the Methodist Church by Dr Martin Davie, the
Theological Secretary to the Church of England's Council for
Christian Unity. Although Dr Davie has produced the workbo...
- 17 January 2003
The Salvation Army and the Methodist Church are asking the
Government to introduce legislation requiring the drinks industry
to print cigarette-style health warnings on all products and
adverts along with the recommended weekly alcohol unit int...
- 15 January 2003
The Chairman of the Scotland Methodist District, the Rev
James Jones, has made the following comments upon the launch
of the report of The Scottish Church Initiative for Union
- 15 January 2003
The fruit of seven years' work towards the unity of the
Christian Church in Scotland - "a few, first steps on the way to
union" - are published this week in a report by the Scottish Church
Initiative for Union (SCIFU) group.
- 08 January 2003
NCH wins first ever lottery award