10 September 2013

Norwich Books and Music to distribute Methodist publications

The Methodist Church is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement with Norwich Books and Music for the provision of distribution services for Methodist Publishing resources. This follows the difficult decision taken earlier this year to close down the Peterborough office of Methodist Publishing after a review confirmed that it was no longer a cost-effective operation. The Methodist Church remains grateful to the staff at Peterborough for their years of dedicated and loyal service.

Norwich Books and Music, a division of Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd, is the country's foremost provider of specialist distribution services to Christian publishers and Churches. Based in modern premises in Norwich, the company distributes publications for the Church of England, the Church of Scotland, Canterbury Press, the Royal School of Church Music and a number of Christian publishers. During the review process, Norwich Books and Music emerged as clearly the best fit for the requirements of Methodist Publishing.

Methodist Publishing will continue to publish resources for the Methodist Church, managed by the Publishing and Fundraising team within the Mission and Advocacy cluster of the Connexional Team at Methodist Church House. Publications will include all the resources required by the annual Conference as well as new materials to support the Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network as it works to build a discipleship movement shaped for mission and fulfil the aims of Our Calling.

The transfer of responsibilities is planned to take effect from 15 November 2013. For the time being, orders should still be placed with Methodist Publishing on the usual telephone number 01733 235 962, email resources@methodistchurch.org.uk, website www.methodistpublishing.org.uk. New contact details for Norwich Books and Music will be announced in October.

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