News archive 2010

 
  • The Revd Alison Tomlin, The President of the Methodist Conference, calls on the Methodist people to be generous this Christmas to those in need, those in pain and to God. She asks people to reflect how they are developing as disciples, learning...

     
  • On Sunday 5 December Methodists are being asked to show solidarity with Dalits, 300 million people outside the caste system that face discrimination in Indian society and around the world. Dalit Liberation Sunday is a joint initiative of the...

     
  • Churches are urging political leaders to lay out plans for low carbon economies at the Cancun follow-up to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. The Methodist Church, The United Reformed Church and The Baptist Union of Great Britain have...

     
  • The Methodist Youth Assembly has elected Sam Taylor as the Church's new Youth President for 2011-2012. "I am delighted to have been elected as Youth President designate and I am greatly looking forward to starting the role in September," sai...

     
  • Christian organisations have warned that the Government's welfare proposals are based on a lack of understanding of the poor. They argue that constructive reforms are at risk of being lost under a wave of punitive measures and cost-cutting. ...

     
  • A website is offering a new insight into the story behind the new Methodist hymn collection, Singing the Faith. Anyone can also now take advantage of the pre-publication discounts on Singing the Faith. These include a saving of £5 on the full...

     
  • The annual Methodist Youth Assembly is set to empower young people in fresh, new ways when it meets at the PGL Liddington site near Swindon this November. Around 200 young Methodists will gather at the centre from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st ...

     
  • What are the challenges facing the rural church? What does it mean to be a disciple in a rural community? Rural Presence is the new interactive website for Christians engaged in rural mission. It provides a forum for all Christians to share ...

     
  • Dear Mr Cameron We are writing to express our concern that a number of recent Government announcements have had the effect of stigmatising the poor, especially those in receipt of out of work benefits. Our experience of working in deprived c...

     
  • Churches have voiced concern over Chancellor George Osborne's inaccurate use of welfare fraud statistics in his Spending Review speech. The Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church have criticised ...

     
  • Methodist minister Revd David Haslam is to attend an international church meeting on caste discrimination taking place in Delhi from October 22-25. Caste discrimination is believed to be the largest systemic human rights abuse in the world t...

     
  • Addressing a rally organised by the Trade Union Congress today, Revd Alison Tomlin, President of the Methodist Conference, raised concerns that spending cuts will hit the poor hardest. Speaking on the eve of the comprehensive spending review ...

     
  • In the first ever joint meeting of the United Reformed Church Mission Council and the Methodist Council, the Councils voted to work together to challenge the causes of poverty and inequality ingrained in British society. The joint meeting to...

     
  • Shops are already stacking their shelves with Christmas cards and presents, hoping to make a profit from early-bird shoppers. But the Methodist Church is encouraging people to give a free gift to their friends and neighbours this Christmas. ...

     
  • The Methodist Church has launched its first ebook as its renewed emphasis on discipleship continues to gather momentum. The book, Discipleship and the People Called Methodists, will be available to download for free from www.methodist.org.uk in...

     
  • The Fijian government has dropped most of the charges against leaders of the Methodist Church in Fiji. Fijian Methodists have made contact with the Methodist Church in Britain to thank people for their prayers and support. All members of the...

     
  • The Methodist Church has released statistics which reveal the diversity of its congregations across Britain. For the very first time, the Church's Statistics for Mission Report features data on language, ethnicity, Fresh Expressions and the...

     
  • Three leading British churches have welcomed the Liberal Democrats decision to hold a debate on Trident renewal following grassroots pressure. The Churches believe there is no ethical, financial or strategic reason to invest in these weapons in...

     
  • Over a million people will be invited back to church this Sunday following the success of last year's largest ever ecumenical evangelism event in Britain. Churches across the UK will be offering an especially warm welcome to people at church...

     
  •  The Big Society, affordable housing and poverty will be on the agenda when senior leaders and representatives of five Church organisations meet with politicians and activists at the three main party conferences this autumn. A delegation ...

     
  • Churches are being encouraged to mark the United Nations' International Day of Peace on 19 September - Peacemaking Sunday - using ecumenical worship resources provided by the Baptist Union of Great Britain, The Methodist Church and the United R...

     
  • The President of the Methodist Conference, Revd Alison Tomlin, will meet Pope Benedict XVI during his four day state visit to the UK next week. She will travel to Edinburgh on Thursday (September 16) for Pope Benedict's arrival and Official ...

     
  • The Methodist Church, Baptist Union of Great Britain and United Reformed Church have launched a video campaign asking people what they would say if they had just one minute with David Cameron and Nick Clegg. The My Minute campaign launched ...

     
  • An appeal launched by the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) has raised nearly £20,000 in a week after devastating floods hit Pakistan. The funds will help to support some of the people affected by the disaster, along with a £15,00...

     
  • Christians are being encouraged to share a little peace with their neighbours, in the form of a new booklet from the Methodist Church. Lavishly illustrated, A Gift of Peace features encouraging words from the Bible as well as reflections on...

     
  • With over 1,400 people dead and three million people affected after heavy flooding in Pakistan, the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) and the Methodist Church are supporting efforts to help the survivors. There are fears that the ...

     
  • The Methodist Church will look at cohabitation, at the urging of the Youth Assembly. The annual report from the Youth Assembly, which was received by the Conference, requires the Methodist Council to work with young Methodists to produce advice...

     
  • The Revd Lionel Osborn has been elected President Designate of the Methodist Conference for 2010-2011 and Ruth Pickles has been elected Vice-President Designate. The elections were announced at the annual Methodist Conference in Portsmouth. ...

     
  • The Methodist Church has today voted to boycott all products from Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories, and to encourage Methodists across Britain to do the same. The decision is a response to a call from a group of Palestinian ...

     
  • The Methodist Conference has announced plans to publish 'Singing the Faith', a major new authorised hymn collection for the Church. The collection contains 772 hymns and songs, plus 59 canticles and psalms. It has been six years in the makin...

     
  • 150 years ago, the Methodist Church purchased land in the garrison town of Aldershot to provide a place of worship for the men stationed in the camp. At last, after years of oppression and uncertainty, Wesleyan soldiers could attend a Methodist...

     
  • The Methodist Church signed up to a series of carbon reduction commitments at its annual Conference today. The Conference, meeting in Portsmouth's Guildhall, confirmed a pledge to reduce Church's carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 in li...

     
  • Addressing the annual Methodist Conference, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, said he wanted to see the Church of England and Methodist communities growing much closer together.

     
  • The new President of the Methodist Church, Revd Alison Tomlin, emphasised that listening requires action in her inaugural address to the Methodist Conference. Alison paused half way through her speech at The Guildhall in Portsmouth to demons...

     
  • In her inaugural address as Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, Deacon Eunice Attwood called on the Church to recognise the transforming power of God's love. Speaking at the annual Methodist Conference in Portsmouth, she said, "Tonig...

     
  • Last Sunday, Stanley Lucas of Cornwall died aged 110 (born on 15 January, 1900). Stanley was thought to be not only the oldest male member of the British Methodist Church, but one of the oldest men in the world. Is this sort of longevity cha...

     
  • Leaders from the Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Churches, together with the Christian charity Church Action on Poverty (CAP), are calling upon the chancellor to make a thorough revision of the taxation system a central part of Tuesday's...

     
  • This year's Methodist Conference will meet in Portsmouth, from 26 June to 1 July. The Conference is the governing body of the Methodist Church and is also a festival of celebration, worship and friendship. More than 300 representatives from ...

     
  • An alliance of nine UK Churches has expressed disappointment at the failure of nuclear weapons states to agree deadlines for actions on nuclear disarmament. While the Churches welcomed progress made on discussions on the Middle East and a de...

     
  • This July will see the last Breakout event of its kind, at Cliff College in Derbyshire from 9-11 July. This year's theme is 'Connect', encouraging young people to connect with God, with each other, and with the world. The programme includes ...

     
  •  The Methodist Church will play a larger role than ever before at this year's Greenbelt Festival - Europe's longest running Christian event celebrating the arts, faith and justice. The Church has sealed a three year partnership deal with G...

     
  • The Methodist Church today announced the launch of their first app for iPhone and iPod touch. The Methodist App enables people to view daily bible studies, prayers and news from the Church. Toby Scott, Director of Communications and Campaigns...

     
  • A new booklet, entitled Glimpses of the Word, offers readers an inspiring collection of images, prayers and reflections on the Bible. Readers are encouraged to listen to scripture and consider what God might be saying to them personally. The...

     
  • A website for young people run by young people has been launched by the Methodist Children and Youth Team. Generous is a safe, online space designed to enable young people to discuss and act upon decisions made at Youth Assembly - an interac...

     
  • Elizabeth Hall has been appointed to the post of Safeguarding Adviser for the Church of England and the Methodist Church in Britain. Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Church, said: "Our churches take the safety and we...

     
  • Endorsing a campaign by UK Churches, Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba of Hiroshima has stressed the crucial role of British citizens in ridding the world of nuclear weapons. The Mayor's statement came just days before the Non-Proliferation Treaty Revie...

     
  • Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Church leaders have united to urge all Christians to vote on 6 May. The leaders of the three Churches have encouraged Christians to read the parties' manifestos, question their local candidates on key p...

     
  • British Methodists are being offered the opportunity to make their views heard on climate change, as part of a new Church-wide consultation. The consultation concerns the draft Methodist Conference Statement on climate change, entitled 'Hope...

     
  • Three months on from the catastrophic earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince in January, money donated by British Methodists continues to make a real difference to the relief effort in Haiti. Moved by news of the disaster that killed around 230,...

     
  • The Methodist Council met on 10-12 April at Royal Holloway College, University of London in Egham, Surrey. This is the third Council meeting of this Church year. A key theme running through the Council's discussions was the vision of Methodist ...

     
  • Methodist, Baptist and United Reformed Church leaders are celebrating after the Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Act was passed in the final hours of the current Parliament sitting. Vulture funds allow private companies to purchase debt fro...

     
  • The Methodist Church has warmly welcomed an amendment to the Equality Bill which will enable the Government to make caste-based discrimination illegal in the UK. The Government said it was prepared to ban caste prejudice against Dalits under...

     
  • In his Easter message, Revd David Gamble, President of the Methodist Conference, has called on Methodists to celebrate God's action in the here and now. David stressed the Church's responsibility to tell good news stories, witnessing to God'...

     
  • Methodist, Baptist and United Reformed Church leaders have welcomed the passing of the Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Act today in parliament. The Act ensures that the UK military cannot use cluster munitions, nor can UK military establish...

     
  • Re-telling the Methodist story will strengthen the mission of the Church, says Heritage Officer Jo Hibbard. The Church is launching the Methodist Heritage Handbook at the Best of Britain & Ireland travel show at London Olympia, 17-20 Mar...

     
  • Representatives from the Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church will meet with Government officials at a symposium on workers' rights this Friday. Church policy advisers and delegates from the De...

     
  • Baroness Shirley Williams is warning that the proliferation of nuclear weapons is one of the greatest threats to the survival of humankind. The Prime Minister's advisor on nuclear proliferation made the statement just days after the White Ho...

     
  • The leaders of the Methodist Church in Britain, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church are asking politicians to take the Sanctuary Pledge, which is an initiative of the Citizens for Sanctuary Campaign. The Revd Da...

     
  • A Methodist fundraising appeal has raised £74,432 to help victims of the floods which struck Cumrbia in November. Methodist Churches across the UK have sent individual donations to The Cumbria Foundation totalling £36,000 while contributions ...

     
  • Following a successful pilot, the Methodist Church is now offering free weekly prayer texts to help Methodists join in prayer with hundreds of others on topical and personal issues. To receive the texts people simply send a text message readi...

     
  • The Methodist Church has welcomed news that the drinks industry could be forced to put health warnings on all alcoholic drinks. The proposals from the Department of Health would mean that, by law, labels would have to give information such a...

     
  • Methodists across Great Britain and Ireland are being urged to participate in a day of prayer and fasting, in solidarity with the Methodist Church in Fiji. People are being asked to abstain from food and to consider donating the money they w...

     
  • The President and the Vice-President of the Methodist Conference addressed the Church of England's General Synod this morning, expressing the Methodist Church's commitment to a covenant relationship with the Church of England and answering ques...

     
  • The Methodist Council met on 1 - 2 February at the High Leigh Conference Centre in Broxbourne. This is the second Council meeting of this Church year. Key themes running through the Council's discussions were relationships and communication bot...

     
  • Church representatives have met immigration minister Phil Woolas MP to seek to resolve visa problems for overseas visitors to the Methodist Church in Britain. Mr Woolas met Revd Ken Howcroft, Assistant Secretary to the Methodist Conference, ...

     
  • UPDATE 23 Feb 2010 - total now over £535,000 Appeals for Haiti launched by the Methodist Church and MRDF have raised more than £270,000. Donations to both MRDF and to the Church's World Mission Fund are supporting the emergency relief and...

     
  • Donations to the Church's World Mission Fund have reached more than £37,000 by this morning. The Fund gave an immediate grant of £20,000 on 13 January, and the money raised through this appeal will allow for continued support. So far, donations...

     
  • The Methodist Church is establishing an independent education commission, responsible for reviewing Methodism's approach to education in Britain. The Commission will be responsible for identifying a set of principles and a theological ration...

     
  • Eleven Churches and Church agencies have worked together to create an electronic booklet and website www.churcheselection.org.uk, which includes information on how to arrange a hustings meeting at local churches as well as a downloadable guide ...

     
  • The Methodist Church in Britain has launched an emergency appeal and granted £20,000 in immediate aid to Haiti after a catastrophic earthquake rocked the Caribbean nation yesterday. Reports revealed that the 7.0-magnitude quake, the worst to ...

     
  • Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Church, signed up to the 10:10 campaign yesterday on behalf of over 100 staff at Methodist Church House in London. Throughout 2010, staff will work to cut 10 per cent off the building's ...

     
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