How can the district chair learn the basics?

By having conversations locally in your early months with:

i) District officers - What is their brief? - To whom do they relate? - how do they experience ecumenical work in their area of responsibility?

ii) County Ecumenical Officer (CEO) - there may be several in the district

iii) Denominational Ecumenical Officers (DEOs) - (the CEOs will have a complete list)

iv) Opposite numbers in Partner Churches - an up-to-date database may be available through your office: maybe through the invitation list assembled for your inaugural service; or through one of the above officers.

Visiting these colleagues at their office or home is a courtesy likely to bring long-term gains - as would an invitation to your own home. Some of you will be relating to more than one area and its meetings - getting that acknowledged helps!

• By seeking an initial briefing from national officers at:

i) Connexional Ecumenical Officer
Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR. 020 7467 5228
Also, check out the ecumenical section of the Methodist Church's website.

ii) National Ecumenical Officers
England - Ecumenical Officer or Assistant Ecumenical Officer at Methodist Church House.
Scotland - Methodist Church Centre (Scotland), Scottish Churches House, Kirk Street, Dunblane FK15 0AJ. 01786 820295
Wales - The Methodist Church in Wales Synod Office, 54 Cardiff Road, Llandaff, Cardiff CF5 2YJ

iii) Churches Together in England - 27 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HH. 020 7529 8141:
The General Secretary; The Field Officers: one for the South; and one for the North and the Midlands
The Secretary of the Free Churches' Group (within CTE)

iv) Action of Churches Together in Scotland - 7 Forrester Lodge, Inglewood House, Alloa FK10 2HU. 01259 216980
The General Secretary

v) Cytun: Churches Together in Wales - 58 Richmond Park, Cardiff CF24 3UR. 029 2046 4204
The Chief Executive
Secretary of The Covenanted Churches in Wales (within CYTUN)

vi) Churches Together in Britain and Ireland - 39 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1BX. 020 7901 4890:
The General Secretary

How will new district officers determine who they need to meet?

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