Highlights for journalists - Methodist Conference 2015
08 June 2015
- Volumes One and Two of the Methodist Conference Agenda
This year's Methodist Conference will take place in Southport at
the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre from 25 June to 2
July. The Conference is the governing body of the Methodist Church
and meets annually to discuss matters affecting the life of the
Church, the nation and the world.
Highlights at this year's Conference will include:
- Induction of new President and Vice-President and Opening of
Conference: Saturday 27 June, 2:15pm.
- New ministers being received into Full Connexion and ordination
services: Sunday 28 June, from 10:45am.
- Courage, Cost & Hope: The Report on the Past Cases Review:
Monday 29 June, 11:15am.
- Report from 3Generate, the Methodist Children & Youth
Conference: Monday 29 June, 5pm.
- Issues of Connexionalism: Tuesday 30 June, 11:15am.
- Mission and Heritage activities resourced by the President and
Vice-President: Tuesday 30 June, 2:15pm.
- Discussion of fossil fuels and ethical investment : Thursday 2
- Induction of the Secretary of the Conference: Thursday 2 July,
The Conference's representative session will open at 2.15pm on
Saturday 27 June with the induction of the President of the
Conference, the Revd Steven Wild, and the Vice-President, Dr Jill
Barber. Their biographies are included in the Methodist Church press
Following Sunday morning worship on 28 June, Methodist
presbyters and deacons will be ordained in venues across the North
West. Over 5,000 people are expected to attend the weekend events
of the Conference.
The Past Cases Review is an independent review of all
Safeguarding instances in the Methodist Church in Britain since
1950, undertaken by Jane Stacey. The report is available to
read here and an apology to survivors
and victims of abuse can be found here.
Video of debates and Conference worship will be streamed live
online through the Methodist Conference website from
Saturday 27 June onwards.
The Conference is a gathering of 306 full members drawn from
each Methodist district, along with some who have been elected by
the Conference, together with some ex officio members,
international, ecumenical and youth representatives, and associate
You can check out a provisional timetable for the Representative
Session online here, but please note that this may be subject to
change. A press office will be available at the Conference and
journalists wishing to attend should contact Toby Fairclough by
email email@example.com or
phone 0207 467 5208.
1. The Conference meets annually as a group
of 306 members, along with a number of associate and ecumenical
members. Visit the Methodist Conference website for more
information. The website contains the full timetable and agenda for
the Conference, along with information about fringe events.
2. Follow the Conference conversation on
Twitter via the
#methodistconf hastag. Please note that comments and opinions
on Twitter do not necessarily represent the Methodist Church's
3. Photos of the President-Designate and Vice-President Designate. Please see
the Methodist Media Flickr Stream for further
Conference and Methodist Church images.