01 November 2003
Queen witnesses signing of Anglican-Methodist Covenant
The Anglican-Methodist Covenant in England has been signed at a national celebration today, in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen.
The Covenant was earlier this year strongly endorsed by the Methodist Conference of Great Britain and the General Synod of the Church of England.
The service of celebration began at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, at 11.00, in front of an invited assembly of more than 600 people from both Churches as well as ecumenical and civic guests.
After the historic Covenant was signed at Methodist Central Hall, the ceremony continued at Westminster Abbey at 11:45 with a short service of thanksgiving and dedication.
The Covenant was signed on behalf of the Church of England by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of York, the Most Rev Dr David Hope, and the Secretary General of the Archbishops' Council, Mr William Fittall.
The Methodist Church signatories were the President of the Methodist Conference, the Rev Dr Neil Richardson, the Vice President of the Conference, Mrs Judy Jarvis, and the General Secretary of the Methodist Church, the Rev David Deeks.
During the first part of the service at Methodist Central Hall, a brief address was given by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Methodist President in turn addressed the congregation at Westminster Abbey.