Planning for Retirement

Booking still open for the 2022/23 programme of workshops to help ministers and their partners plan for retirement. To access the Eventbrite system, please click on the appropriate link:  

11-13 October 2022 – Yarnfield Conference Centre - click here to book your place

15-17 November 2022 – High Leigh Conference Centre - click here to book your place

If you are attending with a partner, please book two tickets and give your partner's name on the booking form. 

We are holding a Pensions and Housing Webinar on 8 December 2022 from 9am to 12pm. Click here to book your place.

If you have an enquiry about the workshops, please contact

Planning for later life and retirement is an important part of a minister’s journey and relationship with the Methodist Church. As life expectancy increases the options are more varied and retirement can become a time for reflection and renewal as well as a time for relaxation and leisure.

Ministers who are in their final appointment (or last two years of ministry) are invited to attend a residential or online workshop which provides support for this important transition into retirement.

The workshop will help you to

  • Reflect on ageing,  change and what retirement means
  • Explore your options and decide what’s right for you
  • Develop greater understanding of your gifts and ways of working
  • Reflect on your changing role, identity and relationships within the Methodist Church
  • Be confident about managing change positively

The workshop is participative and will encourage self-reflection, exploration, discussion and shared learning.

The event is hosted by a retired presbyter and retired single deacon and the sessions are delivered by Judith Wardell, an external facilitator who specialises in later life planning, supported by the hosts.

The workshop is held over 48 hours, starting early Tuesday afternoon and ending with lunch on Thursday. Please note that the workshop will include evening sessions.

The aim of this workshop is not to provide detailed information or individual advice on the Methodist Church Pension Scheme or the Methodist Ministers Housing Association. Please contact the teams directly to discuss your options and needs.

Workshop dates for 2023/24

Please note that bookings cannot yet be made, but you may wish to note these in your diary. 


 This part will be updated soon.

Removals/Relocation on Retirement

 The Fund for the Support of Presbyters and Deacons will reimburse removal expenses when a minister in Full Connexion and in an appointment within the control of the Church retires. If the amount exceeds £4000, the approval of the Connexional Allowances Committee is required.

The grant form to apply for removal costs, travel mileage and a relocation grant can be found on Ministerial Grants (

You will need to obtain three removal quotes and send them to stating your preferred removal company.  Once the quote has been agreed you can then proceed to book the removal company and return the completed grant form.  

 If you have any queries please contact the Senior Administrator of Finance and Resources on 0207 467 5264


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