Methodist Conference comes to Wolverhampton

The Methodist Conference will meet in Wolverhampton this July.The Conference is the governing body of the Methodist Church and isalso a festival of celebration, worship and friendship.

More than 300 representatives from across British Methodism willgather at the Civic Hall from July 2 to 9, as well as hundreds ofvisitors. New Methodist ministers will be ordained in a two-partceremony and then at services across the Midlands.

The Conference will also celebrate new President, the Revd DavidGamble, and Vice-President, Dr Richard Vautrey, at the start oftheir year in office. The ceremonial swearing-in of President andVice-President will open the main Conference on the afternoon ofJuly 4.

Debates on climate change, young people and leadership and ethicalinvestment are on the Conference agenda.

The Methodist Media Service will run a full press office for theduration of Conference. Journalists wishing to attend for some orall of Conference should contact Anna Drew or Karen Burke.

There will be two ISDN-equipped radio studios for broadcastinterviews throughout the week. Audio from the Conference sessionswill be streamed live in partnership with Premier Media Group(www.premier.org.uk) and will later be available on the MethodistWeb Radio page(http://www.methodist.org.uk/index.cfm?fuseaction=opentogod.webradio).A twitter feed and a daily blog update will also beavailable.