27 June 2005

Methodist Church welcomes Covenant report

The annual Methodist Conference has received the first report from the Joint Implementation Commission (JIC) on the Anglican-Methodist Covenant. The Covenant was signed in November 2003 between the Methodist Church and the Church of England, and the JIC report is the first opportunity the churches have had to review progress in the implementation of the Covenant since then.

The JIC report Ð entitled In the Spirit of the Covenant Ð contains many examples the ways in which, in every part of both churches, there is lively and positive working together.

The Revd David Deeks, General Secretary of The Methodist Church, said, 'The aim of this report is both to celebrate what the Covenant has already achieved, and to stimulate discussion, prayer and action on what more our churches and peoples can do together. We will continue to explore what Covenant means, and to find ways that we can work together with our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Church of England.'

The JIC will make a further report to both the Methodist Conference and the General Synod of the Church of England in 2008.

The Revd Peter Sulston, Methodist co-convenor of the JIC said, 'in Priorities for The Methodist Church we say that we will work in partnership with others wherever possible, and we celebrate all the links and projects we share with other churches. But the Covenant is a particularly significant partnership. It is already demonstrating how two separate churches can work effectively together for the sake of our common mission. It is also providing a framework for re-energising the historic links between Methodism and the Church of England. I hope that I hope that in every part of both churches we will take the stories and suggestions in the report to heart, and be inspired to discover further ways of implementing the Covenant and growing together again.'

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