News archive 2006

 
  • Revd Graham Carter, President of The Methodist Conference, says in his Christmas message that efforts to replace Christmas with non-religious holiday events are either seeking 'to enforce a kind of sameness or are afraid of religion.' Graham, s...

     
  • The Methodist Church has launched an innovative booklet in health clubs, play centres and bars. Peace in Your Pocket is a thought provoking 16-page booklet the size of a postcard, and 75,000 copies are available in hundreds of venues nationwide...

     
  • Following on from the success of last year's Narnia-themed Christmas service, MethodistChildren have come up with a selection of new services for use in churches across Britain designed to illustrate the gospel through sounds, stories and praye...

     
  • How can Christians share their faith with those of other religions? What is the relationship between dialogue and evangelism? How can people of different faiths work together to serve their communities? These are just some of the issues that ar...

     
  • Michael King, Team Leader for World Church Relationships: 'Although there have been political tensions in Fiji for several weeks, it still came as a surprise to many that the military felt that they needed to take control on December 5th. We ar...

     
  • 'Our churches urge the British Government to work tirelessly to rid the world of weapons of mass destruction. The end of the Cold War gave us hope that this aim is achievable. Replacing Trident would send the wrong message to aspiring nuclear p...

     
  • The Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) announced the results of its Harvest appeal this week, with over £250,000 received in donations over the Harvest period. 'We are very grateful to all the churches who made a special effort to ...

     
  • The Methodist Church is repeating its call for the Government to not replace Trident and to take a leading role in disarmament talks under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Steve Hucklesby, Methodist Secretary for International Affair...

     
  • Speaking in response to Trevor Phillips' call for churches to refuse communion to supporters of the British National Party, Anthea Cox, Coordinating Secretary for Public Life and Social Justice, said; "The Methodist understanding of communio...

     
  • An online survey conducted by MethodistChildren has found that children prefer to participate in the fun, fellowship and community offered by churches during the week and in summer holidays than on Sundays. Steve Pearce, Children's Secretary...

     
  • Following the war in South Lebanon hundreds of thousands of unexploded cluster bomblets litter the landscape and are maiming and killing civilians including children long after the end of the hostilities. The UN Under Secretary General for Huma...

     
  • The Methodist Youth Conference 2006 is heading to Norfolk for debate, worship, entertainment, friendship and food: both nutritional and spiritual. From 17-19 November, the Conference will be at Chapel Field Road Methodist Church in Norwich. ...

     
  • Major papers discussed include senior leadership structures, grant making and urban mission. The Methodist Council met yesterday and today at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hertfordshire. For the first time ever, the reports and papers to b...

     
  • Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) has produced an Advent calendar with a global perspective. The calendar tells the story of Sivamma, living in South India. She is a Dalit, or 'untouchable', a group outside the caste system that f...

     
  • Speaking in advance of tomorrow's International Summit on Online Gambling, hosted by the Department for Culture Media and Sport, Anthea Cox, Coordinating Secretary for Public Life and Social Justice, said; "The Methodist Church welcomes the ...

     
  • The Revd David Deeks, General Secretary of the Methodist Church and Secretary of the Methodist Conference, wishes to retire at the end of August 2008. David became the Church's first ever General Secretary on 1 September 2003, and will be 66 wh...

     
  • A controversial antislavery pamphlet has been republished in advance of next year's Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. Originally available in 1774, John Wesley's Thoughts Upon Slavery challenged those in the society of his da...

     
  • Calling for fresh thinking about the role of children and young people in the Methodist Church, two new resources offer support and encouragement to youth and children's workers and invite Methodists to work together as a church of all ages. ...

     
  • Leading Methodists will take part in the I Count rally in London on 4 November. The event is organised the Stop Climate Chaos coalition and backed by Operation Noah, an ecumenical Christian movement backed by The Methodist Church. Vice Presi...

     
  • Endorsing the recommendations of the United Nations Secretary General's Global Study on Violence Against Children, released yesterday, members of the UK's major faith groups and charities will make a commitment to protecting children from all f...

     
  • The first of its kind in the UK, mctxt4u is a new regular texting service for 9 to 13 year-olds. Launched by MethodistChildren, the service aims to keep children in touch with what's going on in the world, give them food for thought and help t...

     
  • A new online space invites visitors to join a pilgrimage of discovery, freeing the mind from clutter, calming the spirit and strengthening awareness of and openness to God. Based on an ancient design, www.lostinwonder.org.uk is an online lab...

     
  • Methodist Church House in London will host a public debate on the role of air travel in causing climate change on Thursday 28 September. The announcement comes the day after Richard Branson committed to spend £1.6 billion in profits from his ai...

     
  • The Methodist Church is backing a new ecumenical training programme for children's work in churches. The Core Skills programme was created by the Consultative Group on Ministry among Children (CGMC) to provide training and good practice in six ...

     
  • The Methodist Church is joining other Free Churches to hold a series of meetings at the forthcoming party conferences. Representatives from the Free Churches will hold breakfast meetings at the Liberal Democrat, Conservative and Labour Party Co...

     
  • MEMBERS of Methodist churches in Kent, East and West Sussex, Surrey and parts of Berkshire and Hampshire Ð plus Methodist churches in Malta and Gibraltar Ð come together from September in a new District of the British Methodist Church. The ...

     
  • The Revd Oseias da Silva and his family have travelled almost 5,500 miles from their home in Sao Paulo to Tewkesbury, but this is no holiday Ð they're here for five years. Oseias has joined the World Church in Britain Partnership programme, whi...

     
  • · 14 months · 33 Methodist districts · More than 22,000 hours spent in prayer As September begins, the Methodist Church bids farewell to Pray Without Ceasing Ð a marathon 14 months of non-stop prayer. An initiative of the young people of Me...

     
  • From the beginning of September, the Methodist Church in the South East is taking on a new shape, helping it to work more effectively to enrich and serve communities. A new Methodist London district will come into existence serving the whole of...

     
  • 'From communities in poverty to the corridors of power ', Methodists in London will catch a glimpse of the different ways in which they contribute to the life of London when they meet next weekend at the Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. ...

     
  •  From the beginning of September, the Methodist Church in the South East is taking on a new shape, helping it to work more effectively to enrich and serve communities. A new Methodist London district will come into existence serving the whol...

     
  • "As representatives of the Christian and Muslim communities of High Wycombe, we are united in our sense of shock, disbelief and pain at the unfolding events of last week. "We are from different faith traditions, but are one community. High W...

     
  • Welcoming the ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon that began this morning, Anthea Cox, Methodist Coordinating Secretary for Public Life and Social Justice said; 'We have to recognise this as being a positive move towards peace for the peopl...

     
  • Anthea Cox, Methodist Co-ordinating Secretary for Public Life and Social Justice, says; 'The Prime Minister has talked of 'getting a UN Security Council resolution, which will give us an opportunity both to have a complete cessation of hostilit...

     
  • The Methodist Church is supporting a day of prayer for Pakistan, taking place on August 6. The day of prayer is organised by the Pakistan Asian Christian Welfare Association in Bradford. The day of prayer is a response to attacks on Christian...

     
  • Statement by Steve Hucklesby, Secretary for International Affairs for The Methodist Church: 'We are pleased to see the Defence Committee's findings reflect many of the points raised by the Methodist Church in its submission. 'The report n...

     
  • This morning, the Methodist Conference announced the Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, as President Designate. He will start his office at Conference in 2007. Speaking about becoming President Designate, Martyn said, "I was speechless when I heard the ...

     
  • Ms Ruby Beech has been elected Vice President Designate of the Methodist Conference. She will begin her year of office at the 2007 Methodist Conference, which meets in Blackpool in July of next year. Mansfield-born Ruby is Assistant Serjeant...

     
  • The Methodist Church will not formally bless same sex Civil Partnerships, although ministers will be allowed to offer informal, private prayers to couples. The Methodist Conference yesterday voted on the report on Pilgrimage of Faith, the Churc...

     
  • Asylum, revival and inter-faith relations are just some of the issues covered in the annual report of the Methodist Youth Conference (MYC). Received today by the Methodist Conference, the report details all resolutions passed by Youth Conferenc...

     
  • The new Vice President of the Methodist Conference has called on the Church to be more visible, to take risks and to stress the spiritual rather than offering rules and regulations. In his inaugural address to the annual Methodist Conference, M...

     
  • Addressing matters of life and death, today the Methodist Conference commended a resource considering the ethics of modern warfare. Produced jointly by the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, Peacemaking: A Christian Vocation aims ...

     
  • The Methodist Conference has voted for the Church to draw up guidelines on how to engage with corporations or activities that support illegal Israeli activity in the West Bank or Gaza strip companies, with disinvestments as the ultimate sanctio...

     
  • Today, the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) is celebrating 21 years of 'small miracles', made possible by its partner organisations overseas and the generosity of Methodist people in the UK. MRDF campaigns for justice and supports s...

     
  • The Revd Graham Carter, new President of the Methodist Conference, today called on the Church to take up the challenge of discipleship. Graham told the Conference 'the kingdom needs wholehearted disciples. Nothing must be allowed to get in the ...

     
  • The Methodist Church has thrown its support behind a Bill that commits the UK to its international aid targets. The International Development Bill, introduced by Tom Clark MP, would require the Government to report to Parliament annually on its...

     
  • Methodist Relief and Development (MRDF) will be celebrating 21 years as a registered charity at the Methodist Conference on Monday 26 June. New President of the Methodist Conference the Revd. Graham Carter will mark the event by blowing out the...

     
  • The Methodist Church has launched a major consultation into what young people and children want from the Church and how it can improve its work in this area. The Future Present consultation will run from the summer until November, and children,...

     
  • Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) partners will feature in a Sport Relief documentary to be broadcast on BBC1 on Wednesday 7 June. Sport Relief GoesÉAll Out For India follows a group of famous faces as they play a series of cricke...

     
  • Two senior members of the Methodist Connexional Team will take to the hills to raise money for the Fund for Home Mission. Co- ordinating Secretaries Anthea Cox and the Revd Jonathan Kerry aim to raise over £2000 by climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell P...

     
  • Anthea Cox, Coordinating Secretary for the Methodist Church has expressed concerns over Tony Blair's statements at Prime Minister's Question Time regarding the deportation of foreign criminals: "Whilst concern about crime should be taken seri...

     
  • Does Christianity clash with culture or complement it? Can faith contribute to politics? Should biblical values influence how we respond to contemporary issues? www.theinterface.org.uk provides a new forum for people to consider how Christian f...

     
  • The Methodist Conference will take place at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, from 24-29 June. This will be the first time that the Conference has been held in Scotland. The annual Conference is the ruling body of The Methodist Church, sett...

     
  • Determined to make a difference, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have established the Methodist/URC Environmental Network. Launched today, this initiative seeks to inspire churches and individuals to take direct action again...

     
  • MethodistChildren has re-launched Rainbow, the magazine for 4 to 13 year-olds. Produced by Junior Mission for All (JMA), it has a fantastic new look with stunning images illustrating the lives of children all over the world. As before, Rainb...

     
  • Rev Garo Kilagi and his wife and three children have traveled almost 9000 miles to Lancashire, but they aren't here for a holiday - they're here to serve people in Accrington and Haslingden. In September last year, Garo joined the World Church ...

     
  • An ecumenical urban mission initiative backed by the Methodist church is producing results. The Methodist Church and the Evangelical Coalition for Urban Mission (ECUM) jointly sponsor an Urban Mission post, with an office at the Church Army Col...

     
  • As Local Authority Elections draw near and candidates begin to canvas for support, the Methodist Church is encouraging people to get involved and ask their candidates the hard questions. The elections take place in England on Thursday 4 May a...

     
  • The Revd Tom Stuckey, President of the Methodist Conference, says in his Easter message that it is ironic that so many people will spend Easter Day at a garden centre, given that the first Easter took place in a garden, and that Mary mistook th...

     
  • The Methodist Council met at All Saints Pastoral Centre, London Colney, on 6 & 7 April, for its last scheduled meeting for the annual Methodist Conference meets in June. In response to a note from the Stationing Committee, Council and th...

     
  • The Revd Asif Karam has travelled almost 4000 miles from his home in Lahore, Pakistan to serve as a Methodist minister in Witney, Oxfordshire. In September last year, Asif joined the World Church Partners in Britain programme, through which min...

     
  • Legacies to the Methodist Fund for World Mission reached £779,000 in the year to 31 August 2005, nearly double that total for the year before. The money left in legacies has offset a fall in donations from churches to take giving to the Fund to...

     
  • Many of us fantasise about being someone else: someone richer, more attractive, or more famous. But a new book is challenging people to imagine being someone less glamorous: disadvantaged, marginalised and forgotten. People Like Us is a new ...

     
  • A body calling itself the Christian Council of Britain and apparently associated with the BNP recently started joining protests against Jerry Springer: The Opera. For more details see www.ekklesia .co.uk Anthea Cox, Methodist Coordinatin...

     
  • The Methodist Church is creating a disability justice strategy as part of a project to make the Church its buildings and all its activities welcoming and accessible to all. Alison Parker is heading the project as part of her three-year work on ...

     
  • Today, Anthea Cox, the Methodist Church's Coordinating Secretary for Public Life and Social Justice, said: 'Tony Blair's interview on Parkinson on Saturday night firmly reintroduced in the public arena the ongoing debate about the relationship ...

     
  • Sex trafficking is one of the most tragic and alarming products of today's society, where women and children are forced or coerced into prostitution. Each year several hundred thousand women are trafficked across Europe and in their Social Acti...

     
  • The Churches Network for Non-Violence (CNNV) is launching a new resource to support the Church's teaching that physical punishment is wrong and that children should be treated with respect, love and non-violence. Launched this Friday, Respec...

     
  • Anthea Cox, Methodist Co-ordinating Secretary for Public Life and Social Justice, recently returned from the World Council of Churches assembly in Brazil. She, along with over 700 other representatives from 340 member churches, spent 10 days in...

     
  • The Methodist Council met at All Saints Pastoral Centre near London on 16-17 February. With only one more meeting scheduled before the Methodist Conference meets in June, the Council had a lot of business on a range of topics from Church organi...

     
  • Christine Elliott, World Church Secretary for Asia and the Pacific, has recently returned from visiting the Abbottabad District of Pakistan that was devastated by the massive October 8 earthquake. As Chair of the Church of Pakistan Mission Part...

     
  • The Salvation Army and the Methodist Church are encouraging local groups to speak out about any proposals for casinos in their communities under the new Gambling Act. The two churches have produced resources for any faith group or local action ...

     
  • Members of Horsforth and Bramley Methodist circuit in Leeds have had their prayers answered and may soon be celebrating by denying themselves! Only eight months after their memorial to Conference on self-denial a new pack, Take Up Your Cross, h...

     
  • Dr. Elizabeth Harris, Methodist Secretary for Inter-Faith Relations: 'In the light of the current controversy over the publication of cartoons depicting the Holy Prophet Muhammad, the Methodist Church affirms that freedom of speech and responsi...

     
  • The 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) will meet in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 14 - 23 February 2006, addressing the theme "God, in your grace, transform the world". Anthea Cox, Coordinating Secretary for Public Life and Social J...

     
  • On Tuesday 31 January, MAKE POVERTY HISTORY member organisations met to determine the next steps for 2005's world-changing campaign. The mood was of celebration and determination. Activists were reminded that the character of the campaign will ...

     
  • Alison Jackson, Methodist Secretary for Parliamentary and Political Affairs: 'The Methodist Church opposes incitement to hatred of people for any reason, including their religious beliefs. We also support freedom of speech, including the right ...

     
  • The Methodist Church of Great Britain has written to congratulate the appointment of Casimira Rodriguez Romero as Bolivia's Minister of Justice. The Rev Tom Quenet, World Church Secretary for the Americas, wrote to Bishop Carlos Poma of The Me...

     
  • · Cornwall district leads the way with over 1,000 hours of prayer · London North-East, Bristol and South Wales also report high numbers At its halfway point, The Methodist year of Pray Without Ceasing is far exceeding expectations, with ove...

     
  • Margaret Sawyer, Secretary of the Methodist Women's Network: 'The Government's attempts at controlling prostitution through legislation are in danger of falling between two stools unless the intention of the legislation is kept clear. The kind ...

     
  • Anthea Cox, Coordinating Secretary for Public Life and Social Justice for the Methodist Church: 'There is a danger that the election of Hamas to government may stall meaningful dialogue. The continued settlement expansion in the West Bank th...

     
  • The Methodist Church has published guidelines telling churches everything they need to know about the Licensing Act 2003. The Act is fully explained in a new updated version of the briefing One Too Many? New additional guidance advises people h...

     
  • Almost every sphere of human activity nowadays has its awards ceremony. It is good to celebrate achievement, but often the recognition won in this way is only fleeting. The theme of Education Sunday this year focuses on St Paul's encouragement ...

     
  • It's easy to underestimate the importance of simple things: a bar of soap, a warm blanket, someone to talk to about your hopes and fears. Yet in the aftermath of an emergency, simple things like these can save lives and rebuild hope. Despite...

     
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