News archive 2007

 
  • Christine Elliot, World Church Secretary for Asia and the Pacific, says; 'Thursday 27 December was a very sad day, especially for the people of Pakistan. The shocking killing of Benazir Bhutto has been a desperate blow for the fragile hope o...

     
  • The President of the Methodist Conference, Revd Dr Martyn Atkins offers this message for Christmas 2007; '"Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for someone else?" This is the crucial question the imprisoned John the Baptist asks ...

     
  • A Word in Time, the online Bible study for daily life, was launched at the beginning of September and has been hugely successful, with around 300 visitors to the site every day. But now the team have decided to make the studies even more a...

     
  • This Christmas, new worship material is encouraging adults and children alike to become Messengers of Peace. Produced by MethodistChildren, the Messengers of Peace service material invites congregations to make a Christmas 'Peace Box' contai...

     
  • The Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) is holding its first conference for African partner organisations from 22-26 November 2007. The conference, entitled Strength to Strength, will be held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Repre...

     
  • The Methodist Church has made giving to its funds easier than ever by setting up an Internet facility for donations and fundraising. The website is reliable, secure and easy to use, and by using GiftAid, UK taxpayers can increase the value of t...

     
  • The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and the United Reformed Church made the following statement today in relation to the constitutional crisis in Pakistan...

     
  • "Rob's passion for evangelism was boundless, and he leaves a great legacy. Although he was Methodist to his core, he loved working with other groups and anyone who shared his vision. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and we will mis...

     
  • The Methodist Church has launched an emergency appeal for funds following the devastating floods that have swept through South Mexico in the wake of the heaviest rains to hit the country for 40 years. The Church's Fund for World Mission has ...

     
  • Anthea Cox, Coordinating Secretary for Public Life and Social Justice, says; "The Government wants to make education, housing and health care the centre of its work over the new Parliamentary session. Methodists care passionately about these...

     
  • For three days in November, Cardiff will become the focal point for Methodist young people all over Great Britain to meet. The reason? Cardiff will be hosting the annual Methodist Youth Conference from 16-18 November 2007 in the new Urdd Centre...

     
  • A resource book for children and youth leaders aims to help 9 to 13-year-olds focus on the issues of respect, reputation and conflict. Keepin' It Real is produced by the Methodist Church and ecumenical children's charity CURBS. It is aimed f...

     
  • The Methodist Relief and Development Fund launches its first alternative gift scheme. This Christmas, camels won't just be featuring in the nativity story - they are also among a range of alternative Christmas gifts available from the Method...

     
  • The debate on the topical issue of abortion has been joined by the Methodist Church, United Reformed Church and Baptist Union of Great Britain, who have produced a joint briefing paper for churchgoers. The 40th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion ...

     
  • The October meeting of the Methodist Council was held on October 15 and 16 at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hertfordshire. The first of three meetings planned for the current Connexional Year, it addressed a wide range of topics. As part ...

     
  • The Methodist Church has welcomed Pentameter 2, a government initiative to tackle the growing problem of sex trafficking. UK police forces aim to rescue women and children who have been forced to work in the sex industry and to prosecute those ...

     
  • Encircled in Care is a resource for all those who care for others. Produced in partnership between the Methodist Church and charity MHA, it is designed to train, empower and enable pastoral visitors and all who offer care and support in the chu...

     
  • The Methodist Church has said that it is relieved by the results of the Gambling Commission's prevalence study, published today. The study shows that the number of problem gamblers is the same as the previous study in 1999 and the number of peo...

     
  • On the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Mine Ban Treaty the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Baptist Union of Great Britain call on the UK Government to end their use of cluster bombs by UK forces. The churches are a...

     
  • As daily life gets more and more hectic, many find it difficult to make time for the spiritual side of life. Now they can simply log on to www.methodist.org.uk/bible from wherever they happen to be and access A Word in Time, the Methodist Chur...

     
  • In advance of the implementation of the Gambling Act 2005, the Methodist Church and the Salvation Army are responding to the new law and highlighting the risks of gambling with a new resource, Against the odds…? The document offers informat...

     
  • The Methodist Church is one of the first UK denominations to sign up for the 11 MILLION Takeover Day. On Friday November 23, children and young people will take over at Methodist Church House, finding out about the different work that goes on t...

     
  • The leaders of the Methodist Church have launched a weblog. Revd Martyn Atkins, President of the Conference, and Vice President Ms Ruby Beech will use the weblog to share their thoughts during their year of office. Martyn and Ruby began add...

     
  • The Methodist Church have welcomed the UK Government's decision to request the return of five former British residents being held in Guantanamo Bay. The announcement overturns the previous refusal of the UK Government to intervene in their cas...

     
  • Speaking in response to today's announcement that gambling firms that do not meet UK regulatory standards will be banned from advertising in the UK, Alison Jackson, Secretary for Parliamentary and Political Affairs, says: "We welcome this a...

     
  • Anthea Cox, Coordinating Secretary for Public Life and Social Justice, has welcomed the publication of the Report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill: "We are pleased to see that this report raises many of the concerns th...

     
  • The Revd Stephen Poxon has been elected President Designate of the Methodist Conference for 2008-9, and Mr David Walton has been elected Vice President Designate. Stephen has served in Jamaica, Wales and the North West of England, and is cur...

     
  • Today, the annual Methodist Conference has received the second report from the Joint Implementation Commission (JIC). The JIC monitors and promotes the implementation of the Anglican-Methodist Covenant which was signed in November 2003 between...

     
  • Anthea Cox, Coordinating Secretary for Public Life & Social Justice, says; "We're delighted to hear this news. Our concerns about casinos have always primarily been about the harm they can do to people who develop gambling problems but ...

     
  • Within every church there will be people who have mental health problems or have experienced them in the past, as well as people who are affected as family, friends or carers. Churches strive to understand these pressures, but don't always know...

     
  • The Methodist Conference has warmly received a report on the Church's involvement in the Fresh Expressions initiative. Fresh Expressions is an ecumenical initiative backed by The Methodist Church and the Church of England. At the moment abo...

     
  • Receiving the report 'Caring for creation in the face of climate change', the Methodist Conference is encouraging local churches, circuits and districts to monitor and reduce their carbon emissions and made a commitment to identify resources to...

     
  • The Methodist Youth Conference is urging the Church to provide greater support for vulnerable young people, to encourage action on climate change and to engage more with young people on issues of faith and sexuality. Received today by the Metho...

     
  • Ruby Beech, new Vice President of the Methodist Conference, called for Christians to "listen to what God had to say to us today." She pointed out that, as people celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Act to abolish the slave trade in Britain, ...

     
  • The new President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Martyn Atkins, issued a call to go back to the future in his inaugural address. Martyn said that the Church needs to rediscover the reasons why it was created in the first place, but not t...

     
  • The Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) will be using a red, two metre high 'carbon footprint' at this year's Methodist Conference to highlight the danger to developing countries posed by climate change. The charity will be challenging...

     
  • Banning violent video games doesn't go far enough, according to Steve Pearce at MethodistChildren: "We need to take the more difficult step and do something positive to build peace." Peacebuilders is a brand new project which does exactly t...

     
  • Speaking ahead of the G8 Summit to be held in Germany on June 6, The Methodist Church, United Reformed Church and Baptist Union of Great Britain have issued this statement: "As the G8 meets in Germany, our churches urge its leaders to place ...

     
  • Rachel Lampard, Methodist Secretary for Parliamentary and Political Affairs: "The Methodist Church welcomes the initiative to include health warnings on bottles of alcohol, a move for which it has long campaigned. Under an agreement between the...

     
  • The Methodist Church has completely revamped its website. From Thursday 24 May, visitors to www.methodist.org.uk will see a completely redesigned site that aims to be easier to use and more expressive of the best of Methodism. Dave Webster, Co-...

     
  • New booklet launched at Christian Resources Exhibition. 72% of Britons pray at some point, even though they may not believe in God. But many people struggle with prayer. A new publication from the Methodist Church is encouraging people to pra...

     
  • If you go for a walk in the countryside over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, you might find yourself in the company of a couple of people from the early 19th century. On 25-27 May the Revd Jonathan Kerry and Anthea Cox are donning period costu...

     
  • As Local Authority elections draw near and candidates begin to canvas for support, The Baptist Union of Great Britain, The Methodist Church and The United Reformed Church have joined together to encourage people to get involved, ask their candi...

     
  • Ahead of the May local elections, The Methodist Church has launched guidelines for churches that find themselves represented by a councillor from an extremist party. The guidelines address a series of questions, such as whether councillors from...

     
  • The Revd Graham Carter, President of the Methodist Conference offers his thoughts this Easter: 'Easter is about celebrating life Ð but not a self-centred, 'let me be fulfilled at all costs' kind of life. It's about the life that does not dep...

     
  • This year, experience meets optimism as two very different runners take on the London Marathon for the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF). However different, both runners have the same aim: to help make 'small miracles' possible in so...

     
  • The Methodist Council met on 30-31 March, for its last meeting before the annual Methodist Conference in July. As it always the case for the last Council meeting before Conference, it addressed a wide range and a large number of topics. The Cou...

     
  • Children are not often asked for their opinions on the big issues of life, but church partners in India and the UK have decided that children are the perfect place to start when talking about peace. This Easter, representatives from the Methodi...

     
  • In advance of Wednesday's votes in Parliament on the geographical distribution of casino premises licences, The Salvation Army and the Methodist Church have re-stated their general concerns relating to increased gambling opportunities, particu...

     
  • Day tickets for the upcoming Heart of Worship weekend are now on sale. Priced at £40 for each of Saturday and Sunday and £15 each for Friday evening and Monday morning, the day tickets allow day visitors to take in some of the packed weekend. ...

     
  • The Women's Network in the Methodist Church is delighted to support the initiatives of the Metropolitan police as they launch their trafficking project in London. Following the success of Operation Pentameter, Margaret Sawyer, National Secretar...

     
  • Leaders from the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have expressed deep concern over Parliament's call to replace the Trident Nuclear Weapons System. Anthea Cox, Coordinating Secretary for Pub...

     
  • This Mother's Day, the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) is highlighting the fact that today over one thousand women worldwide will die in childbirth. The vast majority of these deaths take place in the developing world, where mothe...

     
  • Following today's report 'The Future of the UK's Strategic Nuclear Deterrent; the White Paper' by the Defence Select Committee, leaders from the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church continue to urg...

     
  • "The Governors, staff and pupils of Edgehill College express their great sorrow at the tragic death of Charlotte Shaw following an incident on Dartmoor yesterday and our hearts go out to her family. We are all shocked by the tragedy and are wor...

     
  • Over 5,000 people have a taken a journey through an online prayer labyrinth since it was launched by The Methodist Church in October last year. Lost in Wonder offers a place for meditative prayer for anyone at their computer, and the response f...

     
  • 32 per cent of children have been bullied, almost one in ten children are bullied at least once a fortnight and 10 is the peak age for being bullied. These figures from children's charity NCH, and other worrying facts about the difficulties chi...

     
  • · 46 days without shopping for anything but essentials The average UK household spends £443 a week, with £58 on recreation & culture and £62 a week on transport. But what if we didn't? What if we said 'no' to all this spending and settled...

     
  • Giving to the Methodist Church Fund for World Mission grew by nearly £700,000 in the last Connexional Year, reaching £5.7 million. The increase followed a call for more giving to the fund made by Revd Stephen Poxon, Secretary of the Methodist M...

     
  • 1st prize £350 Jessops vouchers People of all ages and faiths are being encouraged to take part in the Face 2 Faith photo competition, capturing images that communicate something powerful about inter faith relations. Face 2 Faith is the Me...

     
  • Hinde Street Methodist Church in central London will host ecumenical service at 10:30 on 24 February. Christians joining the anti-Trident demonstration in London on 24 February are invited to an ecumenical service beforehand. Hinde Street ...

     
  • The Methodist Council met on 30-31 January at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hertfordshire. The Council, which serves to carry forward the work of the annual Conference, addressed a wide range of topics, which were mostly looking at internal ...

     
  • In light of today's announcement by the Casino Advisory Panel that Manchester is the preferred location for the UK's first supercasino, a challenge has been issued by The Salvation Army and the Methodist Church, who have long campaigned on gamb...

     
  • Is your church worship dull? It is lively? Is it stuck in the past, or is it so far into the future that only the very young enjoy it? Whatever the answer, The Methodist Church wants to know, and wants you to tell it to the camera. As part o...

     
  • A new DVD shows how the Methodist Church brings hope, healing and reconciliation to communities around the world. 'Shared Lives' is a short film that combines stories from projects that work for justice and to combat deprivation and poverty w...

     
  • In 2006, the young people of Methodism challenged the Church to dedicate a month to prayer for improved relationships between people of different faiths. They pointed to the 'hostile and untrue' things that are said about some faiths, particula...

     
  • In order to help celebrate the Methodist anniversaries in 2007, the Civic Trust has offered 300 places to The Methodist Church as part of their annual Heritage Open Days weekend (Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th September 2007). This means that up to...

     
  • · Tackling the issues at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, 2-4 February What role does the Church have in bringing multicultural Britain together? How can the Church help ethnic minority Christians express their faith and culture fully ...

     
  • Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) has released a new Bible Study Pack for Lent and beyond, entitled 'What does the Bible say about poverty?', to help small groups get to the heart of the Bible's teaching on poverty. 'No other issu...

     
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