- 28 December 2007
Christine Elliot, World Church Secretary for Asia and the
'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...
- 20 December 2007
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
- 03 December 2007
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
- 28 November 2007
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'
- 19 November 2007
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...
- 16 November 2007
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...
- 16 November 2007
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
- 12 November 2007
"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...
- 09 November 2007
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 ...
- 06 November 2007
Anthea Cox, Coordinating Secretary for Public Life and Social
"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...
- 31 October 2007
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...
- 25 October 2007
A resource book for children and youth leaders aims to
help 9 to 13-year-olds focus on the issues of respect, reputation
Keepin' It Real is produced by the Methodist Church and ecumenical
children's charity CURBS. It is aimed f...
- 24 October 2007
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...
- 22 October 2007
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 ...
- 16 October 2007
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 ...
- 05 October 2007
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
- 27 September 2007
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...
- 19 September 2007
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...
- 18 September 2007
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...
- 31 August 2007
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
- 30 August 2007
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...
- 24 August 2007
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...
- 15 August 2007
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...
- 09 August 2007
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
- 09 August 2007
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...
- 03 August 2007
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
- 12 July 2007
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...
- 11 July 2007
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
- 11 July 2007
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 ...
- 10 July 2007
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...
- 10 July 2007
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...
- 10 July 2007
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...
- 10 July 2007
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...
- 08 July 2007
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, ...
- 07 July 2007
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...
- 26 June 2007
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...
- 25 June 2007
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
Peacebuilders is a brand new project which does exactly t...
- 05 June 2007
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
- 31 May 2007
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...
- 24 May 2007
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-...
- 10 May 2007
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...
- 03 May 2007
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...
- 19 April 2007
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...
- 12 April 2007
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...
- 05 April 2007
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...
- 05 April 2007
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...
- 03 April 2007
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...
- 30 March 2007
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...
- 27 March 2007
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,
- 22 March 2007
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.
- 15 March 2007
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...
- 14 March 2007
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
Anthea Cox, Coordinating Secretary for Pub...
- 12 March 2007
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
- 07 March 2007
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...
- 05 March 2007
"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...
- 02 March 2007
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...
- 16 February 2007
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...
- 15 February 2007
· 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...
- 15 February 2007
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...
- 09 February 2007
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...
- 02 February 2007
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
- 31 January 2007
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
- 30 January 2007
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...
- 29 January 2007
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...
- 26 January 2007
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...
- 25 January 2007
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...
- 18 January 2007
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...
- 12 January 2007
· Tackling the issues at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick,
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 ...
- 05 January 2007
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...