Methodism in the Media

Good advice on how to get your church or circuit into your local paper is available from the  Media Trust

The latest stories from around the Methodist Church featured in the media.
 

 

 

 

Please let us know of any Methodist news featured in your local media. Contact Media Officer, Toby Fairclough.

 

 

 

Methodists return to their radical roots

The church is selling many of its near-empty buildings and using the cash to reach out to people on the streets. 

14 October 2017
The Times

Harwood Methodist Church fundraiser in The Market Place Bolton on track

A CHURCH is on track to hit its target as it attempts to cycle from one Harwood to another. Harwood Methodist Church has been totting up cash for the past nine years to build a new community centre and church in Longsight Lane.

13 October 2017
Bolton News

Train to be named after Christian theologian

A train on Great Western Railway will be named after John Wesley, founder of the Methodist church.

12 October 2017
Premier

Bromley church keeps its doors open to make sure people don't go hungry

BROMLEY Methodist Church ran a successful summer holiday lunch club for local families, providing a hot meal for those who would otherwise have found it hard to manage during the six-week school break.

11 October 2017
Westerham County Border

Charities Christmas Sale

Charities set up stalls at Shoreham Methodist Church on Saturday for the annual Christmas sale. The church, in Brunswick Road, opened its doors to a variety of charities, both local and national, for the sale of all things Christmassy.

10 October 2017
Shoreham Herald 

Mayor Brian Rollo roughs it for Preston homeless charity

The city's mayor will be swapping his ceremonial chains for a blanket and pair of thick socks to support a Preston homeless charity. First citizen Brian Rollo and wife Trisha will brave the elements, spending a night sleeping rough later this month. 

9 October 2017
Lancashire Post

Jane leads the way forward for Methodist Women

On Saturday, 23rd September, Mrs Jane Parsons of Westfield, was inducted as the new Bristol District President of Methodist Women in Britain. The Bristol District covers most of the counties of Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and the whole of Bristol.

8 October 2017
The Midsomer Norton, Radstock & District Journal

Methodist Church congratulates Nobel Peace Prize winner

The Methodist Church has congratulated the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican) for winning the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

7 October 2017
Premier

New minister flies in all the way from South Africa to take up Droitwich Methodist Church role

A NEW minister has arrived at Droitwich Methodist Church, all the way from Pretoria in South Africa. Rev Gary Molver, who will hold the role for the next five years, said it was his dream to serve in a UK Methodist church ever since he and his wife Gail visited in 2008 for his eldest son's wedding.

6 October 2017
Droitwich Standard  

Masterpieces of British 20th century painting go on display in new exhibition during Ilkley Art Trail

NINE outstanding works by artists such as Edward Burra, Elizabeth Frink, William Roberts and Graham Sutherland will go on display today (Thursday, October 5) as part of the Ilkley Art Trail in a new exhibition which considers the impact of the two World Wars on the lives of these key artists. The paintings are selected from the internationally renowned Methodist Modern Art Collection.

5 October 2017
Ilkley Gazette 

Halesowen fundraiser Lynda Parsons to create lasting tribute to her brother with charity card sale

A CHARITABLE Halesowen fundraiser is hoping to create a lasting tribute to her brother by raising money in his memory. Lynda Parsons will be selling her handmade greetings cards in aid of Worldwide Cancer Research at Hurst Green Methodist Church on Saturday (October 7).

4 October 2017
Halesowen News

Wells Green Methodist in Wistaston celebrates 50th anniversary

Wells Green Methodist Church has celebrated its 50th anniversary in their church building, writes Jonathan White.

2 October 2017
Nantwic News

Villagers invited to check out 'church without a building' in Horndean

WORSHIPPERS have promised a warm welcome to people who check out a "church without a building" in a south of Butser community. Horndean Methodist Church is based in the Blendworth Centre, with services taking place at 10.30am every Sunday.

1 October 2017
Clanfield Post

The harvest is gathered at Beamish

They've brought the harvest home at Beamish and everyone's invited to celebrate this weekend. Harvest Festival and Harvest Home is the final event in Beamish's annual Great North Festival of Agriculture which museum visitors can enjoy today and tomorrow.

29 September 2017
Chronicle Live

Outdoor prayer space created in Cockermouth

A prayer space has been created in the grounds of a Cockermouth church. A wooden arbour is the focal point of an outdoor place for prayer and contemplation at Lorton Street Methodist Church.

28 September 2017
Times & Star

Charity launches new anxiety café in Newport

Island Charity, Independent Arts has started a new daytime group, offering people living with anxiety a chance to take part in creative sessions and learn new skills to help manage their condition.

27 September 2017
Isle of Wight Radio

Thornaby knitters donate blankets to help care home residents

GENEROUS knitters have donated homemade blankets to elderly care home residents stay warm over the winter months. Marianne Kitching and Shirley Whitfield from the Thornaby Methodist Church Knitting Club, near Stockton, created the colourful gifts to help keep the residents cosy during the colder months of the year.

26 September 2017
Northern Eco

Portesham Methodist Church marked its 150th anniversary

Members of a west Dorset church celebrated a 150 year of worship with a special anniversary service. Portesham Methodist Church marked the historic milestone with a well-attended service reflecting on its past and its place in the present.

25 September 2017
Dorset Echo

Special service starts new era

Hundreds of Methodists from across West Yorkshire gathered in Huddersfield to celebrate the beginning of a new era for the church. They gathered at Huddersfield Mission to mark the launch of the new Yorkshire West District, which came into being on 1 September, the start of the Methodist year.

24 September 2017
Dewsbury Reporter

A dying resurrection in India

NEARLY 4.5 million Christians are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the formation of the first organic reunion of Churches in the history of the ecumenical movement - the Church of South India (CSI).

22 September 2017
Church Times

Tree sponsors wanted for annual Christmas tree festival

The organisers of the Christmas Tree Festival at Richmond Methodist Church are looking for people interested in sponsoring a tree at this year'e event. The Christmas Tree Festival runs from December 1 to December 9.

21 September 2017
Richmondshire Today

Bromley Methodist Chuch answers foodbank's prayers and helps serve lunch to struggling families

The prayers of a Bromley food bank were answered when a church stepped in to help meet the needs of struggling families over the summer holidays. Bromley Methodist Church on College Road opened its doors every Wednesday between 11.30am and 2.00pm and invited families to the Holiday Club Lunch for a hot meal.

20 September 2017
News Shopper

Meet the reverend looking to bring an 'alternative' style to Maldon Methodist Church

PUPPETS, sing-a-longs, drama and cake - this isn't your regular Sunday church service. Reverend Barry Allen, 65, is the new minister at Maldon Methodist Church, in High Street, looking to bring an alternative style of worship to the town.

19 September 2017
Maldon Standard

Plenty of spirit for parishioners at St John's Methodist Church as they raise thousands for disabled access

A Whitchurch church is set to undergo huge changes after raising enough money to improve disability access. St John's Methodist Church, in St John's Street, has raised the £108,000 needed to improve access at the church, through parishioners' fundraising and grants.

18 September 2017
Whitchurch Herald

New Deacon welcomed to South Lakes Methodist circuit

THE South Lakes Methodist circuit in Cumbria welcomed a new Deacon to its churches at a service in Ambleside on September 3. Deacon Maggie Patchett was formally welcomed in a service led by District Chairman Rev Richard Teal and circuit Superintendent Rev Graham Ransom. 

14 September 2017
The Westmorland Gazette 

Doris' happy 100th

Friends and family gathered to celebrate the 100th birthday of a proud Cornishwoman in Polperro. Doris was part of a large family and the Wesley Methodist Church played a big part in family life.

13 September 2017
Cornish Times 

Dog show raises funds for charity

A prestigious dog show has raised funds to support a 
hospital in Sierra Leone and other charities. This was the 12th year of the show and it is run by the Stamford's Trinity Methodist Church.

12 September 2017
Rutland and Stamford Mercury

Expanding Isle food bank set to introduce cookery sessions

A food bank opened in the Isle by a church minister, in collaboration with other organisations, is feeding to increased demand.

11 September 2017
South Yorkshire Times

Gillian Platt, Queen of the flowers

Gillian Platt has seen Harwood blossom along with her floral art career. And along the way has helped thousands of people to enjoy the skill.

10 September 2017
This is Lancashire

Andy Burnham pledges to help 'abandoned and left behind' at Bolton Methodist Mission

ANDY Burnham addressed hundreds of people at the Bolton Methodist Mission at Victoria Hall.

8 September 2017 
Bolton News 

Lots to offer at second Isle of Wight Celebrating Age fesitval

Age Friendly Island's second annual Celebrating Age Festival begins on International Older Persons Day- Sunday, 1st October.

7 September 2017 
On the Wight

Padgate Methodist Church's Scatter a Scarecrow Week entry abducted

THIEVES have abducted a 'homeless' scarecrow - leaving only one of his feet behind. Deacon Helen Coleman from Padgate Methodist Church created the scarecrow with her family as part of the Scatter a Scarecrow Week, which is currently being held in Padgate and Woolston.

6 September 2017 
Warrington Guardian 

Gainsborough museum part of county's heritage festival weekend

Events in Gainsborough and Epworth are part of this year's Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days Festival. Starting on Thursday, September 7 and running throughout the weekend, the festival is Lincolnshire's biggest festival of history and local culture.

4 September 2017 
Gainsborough Standard

Baptism in the River Anton

A BAPTISM with a difference took place in a town centre river on a sunny Sunday morning. People gathered on the bridge over the River Anton, next to Bridge Street Methodist Church, as Mark Doherty was baptised in the water.

3 September 2017 
Andover Advertiser

Scarborough Art Society Show will go ahead after thefts and vandalism

AN open-air art exhibition which was cancelled after thieves and vandals trashed the site has been rescued.

31 August 2017 
Gazette & Herald

Ukeleles, puzzles and cakes: Wesley Hall Methodist Church host summer socials to combat loneliness

Church members sought to quell summer loneliness by putting on summer socials for the elderly.

The congregation of Wesley Hall Methodist Church in Stapylton Road, Barnet, ran four summer socials offering tea, cakes and music on a Monday afternoon every week at the church

30 August 2017 
Borehamwood & Elstree Times

Old Burnham-on-Sea to be the focus of fundraising history talk

An illustrated talk about old Burnham-on-Sea is to be held to raise funds for a town church's roof appeal.

29 August 2017 
Burnham-on-Sea.com 

Scunthorpe church holds its final service

Around 50 people attended the final service on Sunday in order to see out Riddings Methodist Church, Scuntorpe. "The service was great and not sad at all. It's good to know that they are staying together as a group."

28 August 2017 
Scunthorpe Telegraph

Atherton Central Methodist Church to host charity bake-off

A BAKE-off is being held at Atherton Central Methodist Church, raising money for charity.

27 August 2017 
Leigh Journal

North Somerset Mencap marks 20th anniversary

A North Somerset charity has celebrated the 20th anniversary of one of its successful clubs. To celebrate the milestone, volunteers and visitors gathered at Nailsea Methodist Church for arts and crafts.

26 August 2017 
North Somerset Times

Devon Air Ambulance Trust profits from churches together coffee mornings

Members of village churches have presented the product of a year's coffee mornings to Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

25 August 2017 
Kingsbridge & Salcombe Gazette

Day trip to seaside for villagers

A total of 62 people, including around 30 children, went on the outing which was heavily supported by Old Tupton Methodist Church.

21 August 2017 
Derbyshire Times

Woodlands Art Group hold annual art exhibition

Budding artists are showcase their pieces at Haddenham Methodist Church.

20 August 2017 
Mix96

Fundraiser at Crediton Methodist Church in aid of Edukid

SIX people from the youth cafe at Crediton Methodist Youth visited Uganda with the Devon-based charity, Edukid, in February 2017.

18 August 2017 
Creidton Courier

Items urgently needed for Braintree Area Foodbank's harvest festival appeal

Braintree Area Foodbank, run by the Trussell Trust, helps individuals and families in the district in times of crisis from centres in Halstead, Witham and Braintree.

17 August 2017 
Braintree & Witham Times

Follow our lead and pay staff the Real Living Wage says Crediton church

Crediton Methodist Church is urging other organisations and employers in the town to follow its lead and to consider paying their employees the Real Living Wage.

16 August 2017 
Crediton Courier

Emotional play penned by Reverend being shown at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

LANCASHIRE churches and a Blackburn theatre group have come together to take an emotional play about the Second World War to the famous Edinburgh Festival fringe.

14 August 2017 
Lancashire Telegraph

Fun and games at Penryn holiday club

Groups of children jumped at the chance to take part in some craft activities and games when Penryn Methodist Church opened the doors of its holiday club last week.

13 August 2017 
The Packet

Tenbury Methodist Church open day

Tenbury Methodist Church host open day to showcase the variety of activities that they do.

11 August 2017 
Ludlow Advertiser

Youngsters avoid the cannon balls during a week of holiday fun at Watt-a-Lott Castle

With the weather not great outdoors, around 50 children enjoyed staying in for a fun-filled castle-themed holiday club at Seaton Road Methodist Church, Felixstowe.

9 August 2017 
Ipswich Star

New book looks at the quirky and unusual side of Lincolnshire

Today, it is a fairly common sight to see old chapels converted into stylish modern homes. However, Lea is home to the attractive little Methodist Chapel on Park Close, which for many years was the lodge to Lea Hall but after becoming unoccupied, the home was purchased by local Methodists in 1950 and converted into a chapel.

8 August 2017 
Gainsborough Standard

Local groups benefit from a popular weekend at Etwall Well Dressings Festival

Four groups, including Etwall Methodist Church, have been given a share of £4,000 raised at this year's Etwall Well Dressings Festival.

6 August 2017 
Burton Mail

Little Cherubs' angelic time

MORE than 50 children from Little Cherubs Nursery celebrated the end of summer term over two days with sports activities, games as well as picnics at the Methodist Hall in London Road, Liphook.

5 August 2017 
Liphook Herlad

Art workshops for all the family at Pyramids Shopping Centre

THE Pyramids Shopping Centre is all set to become a creative hub with special art event 'Inside Outside', in partnership with Williamson and Priory Friends and Wirral Methodist Housing Association.

4 August 2017 
Wirral Globe  

Pictures from Allerston Flower Festival

A SUCCESSFUL flower festival with a theme of children's books was held in Allerston. The parish church and the Methodist Chapel were filled with floral displays depicting a wide variety of books from classics such as The Secret Garden and Jungle Book to modern favourites Postman Pat and The Gruffalo.

3 August 2017 
Gazette & Herald 

British Red Cross shops in Horncastle help turn excess Grenfell donations into cash for victims

There is a new opportunity for people in Horncastle to support the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, as British Red.

2 August 2017 
Horncastle News 

Malvern Methodist Church £900,000 upgrade plan gets underway

THE first phase of a £900,000 plan to renovate a Malvern town centre church got under way this week. The Lansdowne Crescent Methodist Church has spent the last few years preparing its vision of the future.

1 August 2017 
Worcester News

Congregation rejoice after Bladon Methodist Church gets £500,000 overhaul

IT IS smiles all round for worshippers at a village church after it was given a crucial £500,000 makeover - after more than a century. For the past 12 months, members of Bladon Methodist Church have been working hard to overhaul the building, which was in urgent need of renovation.

31 July 2017 
The Herald

Church to host cream tea for Acorns Children's Hospice

A BLACK Country church is hosting a cream tea to raise funds for Acorns Children's Hospice. Scones with cream and jam will be on offer for £3 at Hurst Green Methodist Church in Halesowen on Saturday, August 5.

30 July 2017 
Dudley News

Phoneix Choir to help stop further leaks

East Cowes Methodist Church has asked The Phoenix Choir to help raise funds to buy roof tiles as the church roof continues to leak.

29 July 2017 
Island Echo

Rescue dog Lola wins award for visiting care homes in Gillingham

A dog has been recognised for her hard work in the community. Lola is also a regular visitor at Gillingham Methodist Church where she has her own column in their magazine titled Lola News, and she even has her own bus pass to help her get around.

28 July 2017 
Kent Online

Retiring teacher says he'll miss the buzz

A TEACHER who is retiring after more than 30 years says his favourite thing about the job was the "wonderful buzz of inspiring children." He also plans to focus his efforts on volunteering work - including helping out at the Epping Forest Foodbank and taking more responsibility at the Loughton Methodist Church.

27 July 2017 
Epping Forest Guardian

Methodist Council gains living wage accreditation

The Methodist Council, the governing body of the Methodist Church, has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.

26 July 2017 
Ekklesia

Family fun day at church

LINDFORD Methodist Church invited friends and family to a barbecue and fun day last Saturday.

25 July 2017 
Bordon Herald

Lickey Hills Arts Society to host author and professional watercolour artist Stephen Coates

LICKEY HILLS Arts Society will be hosting Stephen Coates, author and professional watercolour artist, on Saturday, August 5,  writes Jacob McDonald. The event takes place at Longbridge Methodist Church Hall, Bristol Road South.

24 July 2017 
Bromsgrove Standard

New hands on the tiller for Vale Methodists

Reverend Peter and Deacon Samantha Taylor, Methodist ministers in the Vale, are moving on this summer.

21 July 2017 
Barry Today

Flowers and cake for anniversary

WOOLASTON Methodist Church celebrated its 150th  anniversary with a flower festival and a special service.

20 July 2017 
The Forest Review

Wellingborough theatre company looking for more stars to take the stage

A Wellingborough theatre company is looking for stars to take on key roles as part of its new season of shows.  Since opening, the theatre has continued to grow and now operates at Glamis Hall in Wellingborough and Earls Barton Methodist.

19 July 2017 
Northamptonshire Telegraph

Village marks Methodist church anniversary with celebratory service

A celebration was held this week to mark the 200th anniversary of a much-loved village church.

16 July 2017 
Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury

Philip Richter, author, Spirituality in Photography

An interview with Methodist minister and author, the Revd Dr Philip Richter, about his new book - Spirituality in Photography.

14 July 2017 
Church Times

Fond farewell to ministers

MORE than 100 worshippers gave a fond farewell to two retiring Methodist ministers at St Mary's Newent Local Ecumenical Partnership.

12 July 2017 
Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review

Free breakfast club launched for dads

A DAD'S club has been launched in Acomb offering a free breakfast and a chance for dads to bring their kids along and get together with others in the same boat. Working together, volunteer group Yorkey Dads, Lidgett Methodist church and Acomb's Labour Councillor, Stuart Barnes, plan to grow the group to offer other activities.

10 July 2017 
The Press

Sunday

The Church of England and the Methodist Church in Britain are considering proposals that would bring them into a new relationship of full communion, after 200 years of formal separation. What would John Wesley think?

9 July 2017 
BBC Radio 4

Arts & Crafts exhibition at Dursley Methodist Church on Carnival day

THE interior of Dursley Methodist Church will be transformed this weekend into an exhibition hall in readiness for an Arts & Craft Exhibition being held on Saturday, July 15 as part of Dursley Carnival Day.

8 July 2017 
Gazette 

New dementia-friendly memory cafe launches in Thornbury

A NEW memory café has been officially opened in Thornbury to support residents with dementia, and their families and carers.  The Haven Memory Café, which is based in the Thornbury United Reformed Church, has been launched to complement the memory café held at Thornbury Methodist Church Hall, which has become heavily over-subscribed due to popular demand.

7 July 2017 
Gazette

Husband and wife gearing up for fundraising bike ride to support youngsters in Gaza

A HUSBAND and wife are gearing up for a bike ride to raise funds for children 'traumatised' by the horrific Gaza bombing in 2014.

6 July 2017 
Warrington Guardian

Tributes to woman who dedicated decades to community life

MOURNERS are expected to gather in their hundreds to remember a woman who has been at the heart of community life for decades.

5 July 2017 
The advertiser Wear Valley 

Bristol homeless couple's tent and all their belongings burned down in fire started by arsonists

A homeless couple in Bristol have been left with nothing but the clothes on their backs after an arson attack on their tent.  Since the fire, the couple have been going to Lawrence Hill Methodist Church to shower and to eat their one meal a day.

4 July 2017 
Bristol Post 

Methodists call for a spirit of respect over Brexit

The Methodist Church has called upon its members to contact their MPs and MEPs to ask the UK and EU Government to finalise, as a matter of urgency, the future rights of EU citizens and UK citizens living elsewhere in the EU.

3 July 2017 
Ekklesia

Churchgoers enjoy an Outside the Walls event on the Downs

On a sunny Sunday morning, in beautiful surroundings, around 250 - 300 members of Methodist churches in South Bedfordshire gathered for an open-air service close to the Dunstable Downs Visitor Centre.

1 July 2017 
Luton Today

Girls donate £300 to hospice after selling handmade products

A girls' group has been working hard to make handmade items to sell at local events in aid of Children's Hospice South West (CHSW).

30 June 2017 
North Somerset Times

Crowds gather at new art exhibition

More than 100 people came to check out a new Methodist Modern Art exhibition in Haywards Heath on Friday.

29 June 2017 
Mid Sussex Times

Choir's concert raises £1k for Heart Foundation

The recent concert at Christchurch Methodist Church, Bexhill performed by the Christchurch Singers, entitled 'Sussex by the Sea' received an enthusiastic response from the audience and raised more than £1.000 for charity.

28 June 2017 
Bexhill Observer

North Yorkshire Methodist Minister Rev Derek Lund celebrates 60 years

A METHODIST minister who received the calling while serving in the RAF has just celebrated 60 years of preaching.

27 June 2017 
The Press

Penarth war veteran received France's highest honour

A SECOND World War veteran, and member of Trinity Methodist Church, from Penarth has been presented with the Légion d'honneur for risking his life during the liberation of France.

19 June 2017 
Penarth Times

Grenfell Tower fire: army of volunteers join relief effort

Volunteers from across London and as far away as Birmingham poured into north Kensington on Saturday to help the bereaved and support communities displaced by the Grenfell Tower fire.

17 June 2017 
The Guardian

Waterway to spread the gospel

A Methodist minister is walking the full length of the Leeds Liverpool Canal in a special pilgrimage.

9 May 2017 
Pendle Today  

Loughton Methodist Church group recreate photo they took 30 years ago at anniversary party

A CHURCH group recreated a photo they took 30 years ago when they said goodbye to their beloved building. Members of Loughton Methodist Church reminisced about everything they have achieved in the last three decades at an anniversary party.

8 May 2017 
Eastr London & West Essex Guardian 

Charles Wesley statue returns to Bristol after revamp

A statue of Methodist Charles Wesley has returned to its home in Bristol after 18 months of restoration work. The bronze figure, created in 1938, was removed in November 2015 as part of a £4.5m restoration of the New Room - said to be the oldest Methodist chapel in the world.

6 May 2017 
BBC News

Aircraft disaster used to train Chippenham Street Pastors

A light aircraft crashing into Chippenham's Emery Gate Shopping Centre was the scenario Street Pastors found themselves thrown into as they took part in a training exercise in the town.

5 May 2017 
Gazette & Herald

Brothers to cycle 200 mile route to raise money for charity and Colsterworth pre-school

Two brothers are planning to put their fitness to the test with a near 200-mile cycle challenge. Through their efforts they are hoping to raise £1,500, to be divided between Macmillan Cancer Support and Colsterworth Methodist Pre-School.

29 April 2017 
Grantham Journal

New day service for vulnerable islanders in Jersey

A charity in Jersey has launched a new day service for vulnerable islanders. Residents at Les Amis formerly attended the States-run Le Geyt Centre but this service was withdrawn last year. They have now found a new base at the Bethlehem Methodist Church in St Mary.

28 April 2017 
ITV 

Car-free Channel Island in Avis car hire advert 'gaffe'

An international car hire firm has apologised for its online advert recommending a car-free Channel Island as a good place for a leisurely drive. The company has since apologised for its "inadvertent gaffe" and made a £500 donation to a local Christian charity, the Methodist Sark Sanctuary Centre.

27 April 2017 
BBC News

There's all things bright and beautiful in our churches

Five more church flower festivals start tomorrow, to join those already under way in South Holland.

26 April 2017 
Spalding Today

Can John Wesley teach us how to campaign in a general election

There's a quote doing the rounds of Methodist circles which I assume is genuine. It's from the diary of John Wesley (naturally) and reads: 'I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them, 1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy: 2. To speak no evil of the person they vote against: And, 3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.'

25 April 2017 
Christian Today

Search for Haringey landlords willing to offer refugees a roof 

A scheme to provide homes for Syrian refugees in Haringey by striking a mutually beneficial deal with private landlords has been launched.

24 April 2017 
Enfield Gazette

New Sark Sanctuary Centre promises to help economy and community 

A new Sanctuary Centre was officially opened in Sark this weekend, aiming to boost the local economy and support the community.

23 April 2017 
ITV

Parishoners gathered for Walk of Witness

THIS year's traditional 'Walk of Witness' on Good Friday morning, again brought together members of the Anglican, Methodist and Catholic churches from across the parish on one of the most important days of the Christian calendar.

21 April 2017 
Lipook Herald 

Launceston Choral Society perform at Central Methodist Church

THE Launceston Choral Society gave a spirited version of Haydn's great oratorio 'The Seasons' at Central Methodist Church recently.

19 April 2017 
Cornish & Devon Post

Arthritis sufferers, family members and carers invited to support meeting

PEOPLE with arthritis are invited to attend a meeting at the youth centre next to Kingsleigh Methodist Church in Leigh on Wednesday.

17 April 2017 
Leigh Journal 

Ukelele band set for Hindley Green Methodist Church performance

A UKULELE band is set to perform at a church in Hindley Green.

16 April 2017 
Leigh Journal

Churchgoers unite for open air Good Friday service

CHURCHGOERS congregated in the heart of East Oxford as they strolled along the streets during annual open-air festivities. More than 60 people united outside Cowley Road Methodist Church before quietly trailing through nearby streets during yesterday's Walk of Witness service.

15 April 2017 
Oxford Mail

Launch of community garden in Clay Cross

A new community garden will open in Clay Cross this weekend, thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers.

14 April 2017 
Derbyshire Times 

There are cetainly no fools at this ball

Methodist Action (North West) Ltd welcomed 90 guests to their April Gools' Ball at the Preston Marriott Hotel.

13 April 2017 
LEP  

Worlds Oldest Bowler?

102 year old Ted King, Methodist and bowler talks to the newspaper.

12 April 2017 
Worthing Herald 

Methodists open doors to brand new chapel in Hesketh Bank

A BRAND new Methodist church has finally opened in Hesketh Bank.

10 April 2017 
Champion 

Roly the donkey star of the show at Palm Sunday procession

ROLY the donkey was the star of the show when he led special Palm Sunday processions.

9 April 2017 
Bolton News

Triptych puts church unity in the spotlight

Three paintings forming one image representing religious unity in Wymondham have gone on display in the market town.

8 April 2017 
Eastern Daily Press

Pause for Thought

Tony Miles discusses the potential benfits of Living Dangerously.

7 April 2017 
BBC Radio 2

Two Child Rule

Paul Morrison discusses the join Churches' position against the two-child rule.

6 April 2017 
UCB Radio

Lottery cash boost for Malton Methodist Church restoration

A CHURCH which is currently undergoing a transformation has received a £10,000 boost.

5 April 2017 
Gazette & Herald

Children from Wellfield Methodist and Anglican Church School in Burnley highlight dangerous parking

GRADE ONE listed buildings are thin on the ground in North Lincolnshire, but one of the finest of the few is the Old Rectory at Epworth.

3 April 2017 
This is Lancashire

Grand old buildings - the home of John Wesley

GRADE ONE listed  buildings are thin on the ground in North Lincolnshire, but one of the finest of the few is the Old Rectory at Epworth.

2 April 2017 
Scunthorpe Telegraph

Maldon Standard

A GROUP has been formed to raise money to help rehome a family feeling war-torn Syria.

30 March 2017 
Maldon Standard

'As good as new' sale taking place at Bag Lane Methodist Church

A CHURCH is holding an 'as good as new' sale on Friday.

29 March 2017 
Leigh Journal

St Stythians Male Voice Choir raise nearly £600 for Children's Hospice South West

To celebrate their 70th anniversary the St Stythians Male Voice Choir held a fund-raising coffee morning at Falmouth Methodist Church on March 25.

27 March 2017 
Falmouth Packet 

Hindley Green Methodist Church to host fundraising Easter fair

AN Easter fair has been organised to raise money for a church.

24 March 2017 
Leigh Journal  

Special Mother's Day treat baking event for children in Daventry

The international Grace Team based at Daventry Methodist Church will be presenting a lively Mothers' Day Service this Sunday.

24 March 2017 
Daventry Express  

Hundreds flock to Otley for Yorkshire Shepherdess talk

FIVE hundred people crowded into an Otley church last week to hear a talk by The Yorkshire Shepherdess.

24 March 2017 
Ilkley Gazette 

Westminster terror attack: Invitation to join Methodist Church for prayer and reflection

AN evening session of prayer has been organised by the Methodist Church, to take place this evening, after yesterday's tragiv events in London.

23 March 2017 
Grimsby Telegraph 

Westminster terror attack: Invitation to join Methodist Church for prayer and reflection

AN evening session of prayer has been organised by the Methodist Church, to take place this evening, after yesterday's tragiv events in London.

23 March 2017 
Grimsby Telegraph

Celebrations to mark Methodist Church anniversary

DELABOLE Methodist Church celebrated its 154th anniversary on Sunday, March 12.

22 March 2017 
Cornish & decon Post 

Celebrations to mark Methodist Church anniversary

DELABOLE Methodist Church celebrated its 154th anniversary on Sunday, March 12.

22 March 2017 
Cornish & decon Post

Methodist euphonium player attempts to lap her town four times in four hours

WANTAGE'S foremost Methodist euphonium player will take her last major London Marathon training run this Saturday - four laps around the town.

21 March 2017 
Oxford Times

Brixham toilets officially twinned with loos in developing countries

The people of Brixham have made a wee difference to a campaign to flush away poverty by twinning their toilets with ones in developing countries.

20 March 2017 
Devon Live

Messy church session is a hit with Yatton villagers

Children in a North Somerset village enjoyed learning about religion in a whole new way at the weekend.

17 March 2017 
Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury 

Go back in time at King's Lynn model railway exhibition

London Road Methodist Church holds Model Railway Exhibition in aid of church funds.

16 March 2017 
Lynn News  

Loughton Methodist Church install pump in bid to go greener

A CHURCH has installed a new heating system in a bid to become greener. Loughton Methodist Church, in High Road, have had eight holes, each at 160 metres deep, drilled into their car park. In this, water circulates and generates the heat that now warms up the church.

15 March 2017 
East London & West Essex Guardian  

Vicar's pop-up coffee shop is a big boost for charities

A pop-up coffee shop is raising more than £60 an hour for good causes after it was launched - by a vicar.

14 March 2017 
Cambridge News  

Preacher celebrating 60 years beind the pulpit

A 79-year-old member of Mount Zion Independent Methodist Church in Cliviger has celebrated 60 years of preaching.

13 March 2017 
Burnley Express    

St Jimmy, the man who created Camberwell's Temple of Youth

Clubland served as an early stomping ground for Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, ballerina Margot Fonteyn, and actor John Gielgud.

12 March 2017 
Southwark News   

Music night to help raise funds for church roof fund

A night of fun and music held in aid of Burnham-On-Sea's Methodist Church Roof Fund.

11 March 2017 
Burnham-On-Sea.com  

Knitting nanny completes more than 1,000 jumpers and hats for South African babies

'FISH and chip babies' in South Africa will sleep a little warmer thanks to a dedicated group of knitting nannies.

10 March 2017 
Oxford Times

Young Methodists call for support in a challenging World

Mental health and the pressures of school life are among the topics about which young Methodists have told the Church they would like support and guidance.

9 March 2017 
Ekklesia

Nankersey Male Voice Choir to help Delabole Methodist Church celebrate 154th anniversary

THE Nankersey Male Voice Choir from Flushing, near Falmouth, will be helping the members and friends of Delabole Methodist Church to celebrate their 154th chapel anniversary on Sunday, March 12.

8 March 2017 
Bude & Stratton Post

Play told the story of town dementia sufferer

A PLAY about an Immingham local preacher and his daughter has helped raised £500 for local dementia charities in North East Lincolnshire.

7 March 2017 
Grimsby Telegraph

Have-a-go choir singing for charity

Fund-raisers came together to 'sing for fun' to help raise funds for Preston homeless charity Methodist Action North West.

6 March 2017 
Lancashire Post

Haworth Band celebrates redecoration of village Methodist Church

HAWORTH band will perform at the village's Methodist Church in West Lane on Saturday, March 18.

5 March 2017 
Keighley News

103rd Taunton Drama Festival at Temple Methodist Church, Taunton

THE 103rd Taunton Drama Festival gets underway today (Sunday).

4 March 2017 
County Gazette

Atherton's Central Methodist Church hosting crafts fair

AN Atherton church is holding a crafts fair on Saturday.

2 March 2017 
Leigh Journal

Sunderland woman unveils a family treasure

A family treasure is looking as good today as the day it first made an appearance nearly 80 years ago. Silksworth woman Hazel Oliver, 79, still has the veil and robe from her christening. And the 11 shillings and 10 pence outfit from Risdon's is still in the same pristine condition as it was when she was christened in it at the Independent Methodist Church in Silksworth.

1 March 2017 
Sunderland Echo

Volunteers from Methodist churches have arranged a series of litter-picking sessions

VOLUNTEERS from several Methodist Churches will hold a series of litter-picking sessions for six days during Lent.

28 February 2017 
The Northern Echo

Women's chrity to hold 'fesitval of wellbeing'

A CHARITY which helps women in York is hosting a special feel-good event this week. Kyra is run by women to help women who have suffered personal problems, including domestic abuse, and is based in the Central Methodist Church in St Saviourgate.

27 February 2017 
The Press

Dementia art group to put on exhibition

An art group set up to support people with dementia is holding an exhibition of members' work at St John's Methodist Church, Whitley Bay.

26 February 2017 
News Guardian  

Olympian Dame Sarah Storey visits Hapton CE/Methodist Primary School

YOUNGSTERS got a special visit from Olympian Dame Sarah Storey as a school launched a new healthy living scheme.

25 February 2017 
Lancashire Telegraph  

Sunderland couple celebrate 65 years of wedded bliss

A sparkling Wearside Methodist couple have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

24 February 2017 
Sunderland Echo 

Stonemason makes incredible 19th century discovery after finding secret chamber

A stonemason has made an incredible discovery after finding a Methodist time capsule from 1880.

23 February 2017 
Metro 

The River School pupils give church a lick of paint in lesson about responsibility

PUPILS from a Worcester school donned decorators' overalls to help brighten up a local church. The youngsters were from the Delta team at The River School and they joined forces with a work party from Ombersley Road Methodist Church in Barbourne to undertake a variety of jobs, including painting walls and skirting boards.

22 February 2017 
Worcester News

Women's World Day of Prayer services planned in Falmouth and Mawnan

Falmouth and Penryn Churches Together will hosting a service as part of the World's World Day of Prayer (WWDP) on Friday, March 3.

19 February 2017 
Falmouth Packet

Churches give new roof system seal of approval

Two churches, in North Yorkshire and Merseyside have specified the new BBA certified flat roofing system, Topseal Direct Lay, for roof covering solutions.

16 February 2017 
Specification Online

Streetwise bid to give a voice to outsiders

A GROUP of talented refugees, asylum seekers and homeless people are rehearsing a new chorus ahead of a Streetwise Opera performance next month.

14 February 2017 
The  Northern Echo 

Streetwise bid to give a voice to outsiders

A GROUP of talented refugees, asylum seekers and homeless people are rehearsing a new chorus ahead of a Streetwise Opera performance next month.

13 February 2017 
The  Northern Echo

A tasty way of supporting projects in Terrington St Clement

There were bacon butties and coffee all-round at Terrington St Clement Methodist Church on Saturday. A bacon butty breakfast and scarf and handbag stall were held in aid of a number of projects in poverty-stricken Kenya, including the Kivuria Resources Centre and Karibuni children's project.

13 February 2017 
Lynn News

History Group to explore story of Wilden Church's stained glass windows

WILDEN Church's stunning stained glass windows will be the hot topic at the Bromsgrove Society Local History Group's next talk this month, meeting at Bromsgrove's Methodist Centre.

12 February 2017 
Bromsgrove Advertiser 

Keelby's first bake-off to a great start

With five children and young person categories and four adult ones, residents of all ages were able to take part in the bake-off competition which saw an array of delicious entries brought in, organised by Keelby Methodist Church as part of an 18-month programme of events.

11 February 2017 
Grimsby Telegraph    

Rededication for Wesley Methodist Church

THE latest chapter in the long history of Wesley Methodist Church in Elm Road, Leigh was written last week when a packed church attended the rededication of the building redevelopment that has taken place in recent months.

9 February 2017 
Leigh Times   

Christian students discuss End Hunger Campaign with Gisela Stuart MP

Students from the University of Birmingham's Catholic and Methodist societies have met with Gisela Stuart, Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston, to discuss the End Hunger UK campaign. They discussed the nature and causes of food poverty, the role of the political system, and the part played by ordinary citizens in bringing about change. 

8 February 2017 
ICN  

Survey looks at church's future use

A METHODIST chapel is calling on residents to help it build for the future with a survey asking them about what they would like to see in the church.

6 February 2017 
Darlington Stockton Times   

Narnia themed sleepover was a roaring success

A PRINCE Caspian-themed activity day and sleepover was enjoyed by around 50 members of 8th Portsmouth Girls' Brigade and 4th Portsmouth Boys' Brigade last weekend. The event, which took place at Copnor Methodist Church in Copnor Road, Portsmouth, featured fun and games based around the children's fantasy story - part of the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis.

3 February 2017
Portsmouth News  

Methodists welcome UMC statement on Trump immigration order

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Rev Dr Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard, have welcomed a United Methodist Church statement on Trump's immigration order, given by Bishop Bruce R. Ough, the president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops.

2 February 2017 
Ekklesia 

Activists try to stop warplanes leaving UK bound for Saudi Arabia

Methodist minister arrested at BAE Systems' Warton Aerodrome says he was trying to prevent war crimes in Yemen.

29 January 2017 
The Guardian  

Nepal earthquake survivors are moving into Stamford thanks to you

The generosity of the people of Stamford has enabled seven new earthquake-proof homes to be built in Nepal.

27 January 2017 
Rutland & Stamford Mercury 

Friendship Café opens for people with dimentia

MEMBERS of Knutsford Methodist Church have set up a social café for people with dementia.

24 January 2017
Knutsford Guardian  

Ecumenical Canons installed at Norwich Cathedral

During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Bishop of Norwich welcomed three new ecumenical canons to Norwich's Anglican Cathedral.

23 January 2017
Network Norfolk 

New Drama Group for Young People Staring in Norwich

Moss Banks Productions is setting up a drama group for young people aged eight to 20 which will meet every Thursday at Rosebery Road Methodist Church.

19 January 2017
Evening News 24

Quinton Methodist Church host Boys Brigade and Girls Brigade parade service

Cliff College, Sheffield, one of the training colleges used and supported by the Methodist Church, has announced a new partnership with the  Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF).

18 January 2017
Halesowen News 

Quinton Methodist Church host Boys Brigade and Girls Brigade parade service

THE 59th Birmingham Boys' Brigade and the 40th Birmingham Girls' Brigade held a parade service at Quinton Methodist Church on Sunday.

16 January 2017
Halesowen News

Flushed with success of twinning fund

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON Methodist Church's Church's Green Group launched a toilet twinning project as a way of showing gratitude for the new toilet facilities provided in the recent church redevelopment.

15 January 2017
Stratford-upon-Avon Herald  

Otley date for The Yorkshire Shepherdess

'THE YORKSHIRE Shepherdess' will address an audience in Otley this Spring. Amanda Owen, whose adventures working on a remote North Yorkshire hill farm proved a TV hit, will appear at Otley Methodist Church on Friday, March 17.

14 January 2017
Ilkley Gazette  

Amazing response from Wharedale residents to refugee appeal

WHEN Wharfedale Refugee Response launched its Reverse Advent Calendar Appeal at the beginning of December, they had no idea the response would be so overwhelming. The idea was for people to take a box and put an item of non-perishable food into it each of the 24 days of Advent, then on January 3 bring their boxes to the collection point at Burley-in-Wharfedale Methodist Church, ready to be taken to PAFRAS on January 4...

13 January 2017
Wharfedale Observer 

Wantage euphonium player Heather Well's Methodist marathon for MHA care homes

A METHODIST euphonium player is training to run the London Marathon for a good cause which she says 'melts her heart'. Heather Wells, 53, from Wantage, never had any interest in the famous race, but has changed her tune to raise money for a Methodist housing association.

12 January 2017
The Oxford Times

Methodist Modern Art Collection comes to Canterbury

One of the UK's most significant collections of modern Christian art is to go on display in its entirety in the county this weekend. The Methodist Modern Art Collection will go on show at the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge in Canterbury from Saturday, January 14.

11 January 2017
Kent Online

Lunch club serves meal to Congresbury villagers

Members of one of Congresbury's most popular clubs kick-started the new year by enjoying a tasty lunch with friends on Tuesday. The village's Methodist church, in High Street, is home to a Tuesday lunch club which meets every two weeks for a coffee and a catch-up.

10 January 2017
Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury

Organist given gift of childhood dream to celebrate 50 years of playing

AN ORGANIST has been given the chance to make a life-long ambition come true as a thank you for fifty years of service. This festive season, John Savage celebrated quarter of a century of playing for the Weymouth Methodist Churches having first played for the church on Christmas Day 1966.

9 January 2017
Dorset Echo

Learn more about the histroy of British surnames at Bromsgrove Methodist Church

A presentation on 'Surnames - Their History and meanings' will be given by Richard Churchley at Bromsgrove Methodist Centre, Stratford Road, at 7.45pm on Tuesday (January 10).

8 January 2017
Bromsgrove Standard

Blackdown District cub scouts celebrate 100 years at Temple Methodist Church, Taunton

CUBS from across the Blackdown District enjoyed a promise party to mark 100 years of cub scouting.

5 January 2017
County Gazette

Free Kidz Klub at Daventry church

There is a free monthly Kidz Kulb on Saturdays at Daventry Methodist Church, in Golding Close...

The project to convert Wesley Methodist Church in Leigh into a community facility is now complete.

3 January 2017
Leigh Times

Historic Victoria Hall Methodist Mission is a treasure trove of Bolton heritage

Hidden in plain sight on busy Knowsley Street, its tower looming out between rows of shops, it is a jewel in Bolton's heritage crown. The Methodist Victoria Hall was opened more than 116 years ago and not only harbours a hub of Victorian history behind its doors, but arts and enterprise.

2 January 2017
The Bolton News

Church's community Christmas brings cheer to guests

KIND-HEARTED churchgoers and members of the public gave up their Christmas Day to make sure others had a good time. The Billericay Methodist Church held a free Christmas lunch at its Queens Park site for residents who would otherwise be on their own.

1 January 2017
The Echo

Town gets Christmas messages on a wing and a prayer

CHRISTMAS angels brought heavenly festive cheer to a community as 700 descended on a town looking for a home. The finger-sized angels were knitted by volunteers from the churches of Bedale, led by the Methodist church who wanted to spread a message of peace and love.

31 December 2016
Darlington and Stockton Times 

Town gets Christmas messages on a wing and a prayer

CHRISTMAS angels brought heavenly festive cheer to a community as 700 descended on a town looking for a home. The finger-sized angels were knitted by volunteers from the churches of Bedale, led by the Methodist church who wanted to spread a message of peace and love.

31 December 2016
Darlington and Stockton Times

Pirton church organist who's played for almost 80 years and Hitchin-born hockey player recognised in New Year's Honours list

A veteran church organist and an Olympic gold medal winning hockey player and have both been recognised by the Queen in the newly released New Year's Honours list - showing the wide scope the awards cover.

30 December 2016
The Comet   

A warmer Christmas for the lonely thanks to generous church

The Central Methodist Church in Hargreaves Street opened its doors to around 80 people on Christmas Day where they were given food parcels, presents and a tasty lunch.

29 December 2016
Burnley Express  

Kids give a helping hand to garden birds

At a Manx Wildlife Trust workshop held at St John's Methodist Church hall, youngsters created a number of items to give our feathered friends a boost and learned how to identify the birds that they see in their gardens.

28 December 2016
IOM Today 

Tolpuddle Martyrs' old chapel to be restored as a place to 'sit and think'

A small derelict agricultural building beside the main road through the Dorset village of Tolpuddle is to be restored as "a quiet place" to sit and think, in honour of the structure's little known role in British trade union history.

27 December 2016
The Guardian

Worshipers at Swan Methodist Church in Burslem feed more than 350 on Christmas Day

Worshipers at Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem helped out after the Christmas Day morning service to feed people who would have been alone or without  food this year on December 25.

25 December 2016
The Sentinel  

This little girl's Christmas list shows the true spirit of the season

6 year old Georgia Roberts - with sister Sienna and brother Marshall - presents food she has collected for the Huddersfield Methodist Mission.

24 December 2016
The Huddersfield Examiner 

Tree Festival's roots to success

Trinity Methodist Church, Fleetwood, was turned into a winter wonderland with a display of 29 specially-designed Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes.

23 December 2016
The Gazette 

Live nativity returns to goring on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, Goring Methodist Church will be holding its Live Nativity for the third year running.

22 December 2016
Worthing Herald 

Yeo Valley Lions Club's carol service brings Christmas spirit to Yatton

A Christmas carol concert in Yatton was the talk of the village on Saturday, after families and friends wrapped up warm to enjoy some festive cheer.

21 December 2016
Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury

Stroud Methodists sign 4ft Christmas Card

Members of Stroud Methodist Church signed a 4ft card Theresa May at their service on Sunday (December 18) calling on the Prime Minister to reflect on her rhetoric about refugees.

20 December 2016
Stroud News and Journal 

Did you find one of the 800 secret angels hidden around Mirfield?

Volunteers from Churches Together in Mirfield knitted 800 angels which were distributed around the town. This one was found in a phone box.

19 December 2016
Huddersfield Daily Examiner

No room for the new as Nativities stay firmly in the manger

Churches and schools are increasingly returning to traditional storytelling, says Ruth Gledhill.

17 December 2016
The Times 

Methodist Vice-President to be Co-President of Housing Justice

Rachel Lampard, Team Leader of the Joint Public Issues Team and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, has been appointed as a Co-President of the charity Housing Justice.

16 December 2016
Ekklesia

Otley church renews appeal for help with its Sheep Trail

AN OTLEY church has renewed its appeal for help with finding 32 lost sheep. The toy animals, which Otley Methodist Church needs for its Christingle service, are believed to be hiding in shop windows around town.

15 December 2016
Ilkley Gazette

Church donation boost to looked after children in Sandwell

Sandwell Council's Children's Service Christmas toy appeal for Looked After Children has got off to a great start with a fantastic donations of toys for all ages from the congregation at Great Barr Methodist Church.

14 December 2016
Sandwell

Newlyweds will spend first Christmas married helping elderly people so they aren't alone

A Willerby husband and wife will spend their first Christmas  as a married couple hosting a feast for elderly residents who would have spent the day on their own.

13 December 2016
Hull Daily Mail

Festive fun and activities at fundraising fair by Uppermill Methodist Scouts

YOUNG SCOUTS got festive as they hosted a fundraising Christmas Fair and their unique 'ScoutPost' services.

12 December 2016
Saddleworth Independent

Stamford's Second Helpings community cafe will be open Christmas Day

A community cafe which runs on a pay as you feel basis will be opening on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

11 December 2016
Rutland & stamford Mercury

Church of Scotland moves out of historic Cumbrian home to join up with Methodists

A church which has had its own Longtown base for almost two centuries is giving up its building.

10 December 2016
News & Star

The unaffordable cost of benefits sanctions

The benefit sanctions system is a damaging, expensive failure. Churches, as well as charities, see daily the human cost of this failure in people left without enough money to buy the very basics of life.

9 December 2016
The Guardian

Bexhill Christian drama group holds 20th production

A Bexhill Christian musical drama group will be performing a landmark 20th production with its annual Christmas play which starts on Sunday (December 11).

8 December 2016
Bexhill Observer

Methodist church rejoices at Angel Fest success

A Ripon church is rejoicing the success of its latest scheme to deliver the Christmas message in a non commercial way.

7 December 2016
Harrogate Advertiser

Virgin Trains' locomotive named the 'Lord Mayor of Newcastle'

A Virgin Trains locomotive has been named the "Lord Mayor of Newcastle" to celebrate the 800thanniversary of the city's Mayoralty and Freemen.

6 December 2016
Virgin Trains

Churches release modern retelling of Nativity to highlight asylum seeker plight

A short film has been released by a group of churches to highlight the challenges that asylum seekers face in the UK.

5 December 2016
Premier

Newlyweds to spend first Christmas bringing joy to lonely in Hull

A HULL couple spending their first Christmas together are sharing the special day with more than 20 elderly people who would normally spend the festival season alone.

4 December 2016
Yorkshire Voice

Prima choral tripple bill to perform Christmas Gala

PRIMA Vocal Ensemble, Prima Vox chamber choir and all-female Prima Cantica choir will unite for a groundbreaking Christmas Gala  Concert under the artistic directorship of Ewa Salecka at Central Methodist Chapel, St Saviourgate, York, on December 17.

3 December 2016
The York Press

Emmerdale stars launch charity campain by visiting elderly people in Horsforth

EMMERDALE actors joined volunteers at a Live at Home Scheme to highlight the problem of isolation and loneliness among older people.

2 December 2016
Ilkley Gazette

Methodist Youth President-elect: Let's get young people involved

Getting more young people involved and using their gifts within the Methodist Church is the goal of its new Youth President-elect.

1 December 2016
Premier

Contingent of choristers thrill the audience at Launceston Central Methodist Church

IT IS infrequent for five Cornish male voice choirs to perform in concert together, but on November 19, over 130 choristers thrilled the audience in the Launceston Central Methodist Church.

30 November 2016
Cornish & Devon Post

Rev Jonny Gios of Sandylands Methodist Church to spearhead new charity

ONE of the best-known names in Kendal's flood recovery effort - the Rev Jonny Gios, of Sandylands Methodist Church - is taking on a fresh challenge in the new year.

26 November 2016
Westmorland Gazette

Liphook Methodist Church holds Christmas sale 

LIPHOOK Methodist Church got into the festive spirit and held a Christmas sale.

24 November 2016
Petersfield Post

Sandylands Methodist Church to hold day of hope

A DAY of Hope to bring comfort on the first anniversary of Storm Desmond is to take place at Sandylands Methodist Church, Kendal.

22 November 2016
Westmorland Gazette

Oh baby! Stainton Methodist Church hosts its first christening in almost 150 years

You wait almost 150 years for a christening - and then two come along at once.

21 November 2016
Gazette Live

Plan to transform Archway Methodist Hall into a community arts hub

The Better Archway Forum (BAF) is in talks with a "major local arts organisation" to transform the 1930s building, built by Methodist and British film legend J Arthur Rank, into a hub for the arts in Archway.

18 November 2016
Islington Tribune

Callous thieves raid Action 4 Bullying youth club at Erdington Methodist Church

'HEARTLESS' thieves have broken in to a youth club in Erdington which helps the victims of bullies.

17 November 2016
Sutton Coldfield Observer

Droitwich Messy Church to celebrate all things Advent

WITH Christmas approaching, Droitwich's Messy Church will be getting all festive when the latest one takes place at St Andrews Church on Saturday (November 19).

16 November 2016
Droitwich Standard  

Hurst Green Methodist Church holds Christmas quality craft fair for charity

HURST Green Methodist Church is holding its first ever Christmas craft fair on Saturday, November 26. The Narrow Lane church holds monthly craft fairs but they are pulling out all the stops for the Christmas craft fair.

15 November 2016
Halesowen News  

Methodist Conference statement on Us presidential election

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have released the following statement in response to the US Presidential election.

14 November 2016
Ekklesia 

Friends of Burnham-on-Sea to host Christmas events to raise money for church roof

THE Friends of Burnham-on Sea are hosting a range of events this December to raise money for a church roof. 

11 November 2016
This is the West Country

Catshill Methodist Church hosts Christmas bazaar to support refugees and Haiti hurricane victims

A CHRISTMAS bazaar to raise vital funds for refugees fleeing war-torn countries and Haiti victims left devastated by Hurricane Matthew will be held in Catshill.

10 November 2016
Bromsgrove Advertiser

Portland Methodist Churches collect hundreds of shoeboxes for Christmas

AS the nights draw in and Christmas edges nearer, hundreds across Portland  have been thinking of those less fortunate as the Samaritan's shoebox appeal gets underway.

9 November 2016
Dorset Echo

5302 food parcels handed to starving families

More than 5,000 food parcels have been handed to cash-strapped families because they did not have enough money to eat.

8 November 2016
The Sentinel

Charity's boost from church

Following a year of fundraising activities Tingley Methodist Church, Wakefield, made a donation of £2,010 to the charity which supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it.

7 November 2016
Morley Observer  

Neath couple to walk Inca Trail to raise funds for Action for Children

Reverend Christopher Gray and his wife Vivienne will be pulling on their walking boots and flying to Peru in the New Year to raise money for Action for Children projects in Swansea, Port Talbot and Briton Ferry.

6 November 2016
South Wales Evening Post 

£7,000 raised at Fairtrade Sale

An annual three-day Fairtrade sale raised a record breaking £7,000 to support One World Week. Christmas cards, Fairtrade food and craft gifts were sold at the Cooil Methodist Hall, with an additional £1,900 raised from 'simple lunches', which offered a bowl of homemade soup, a bread roll and homemade dessert for £7.

5 November 2016
Isle of Man Today

Stamford Methodist Church will celebrate big fundraising milestone at Sunday service

A service of celebration is to be held at Stamford Methodist Church after members raised an amazing £100,000 for some of the world's poorest communities.

4 November 2016
Stamford Mercury 

Government Benefit Cap 'Overwhelmingly Targets Families With Children, Warn Church Leaders

Church leaders have condemned the benefit cap as "damaging" and warned that it overwhelmingly targets families with children.

3 November 2016
Christian Today

Incredible artwork to go on show at church after labour of love from team of volunteers

A STUNNING new artwork has been unveiled in memory of the fallen. Around 50 volunteers from Hawkshaw Methodist Church and the village's Monday Afternoon Social Club have spent the last few months making paper poppies and stitching them to netting to create the Weeping Window artwork in time for Remembrance Sunday.

2 November 2016
Bury Times

Inspired Reverend follows in the footsteps of soldiers for milestone

Turning 40 brings with it new life challenges but for Reverend Paul Critchley it was an emotional and gruelling test as he lined up with a group of adventurers to walk 100km of the Western Front from France to Belgium raising funds for soldiers and their families.

1 November 2016
Lancashire Evening Post 

Proms raise cash for Norwich foodbank

A Proms concert given at Mile Cross Methodist Church on September 10 made £204 for Norwich foodbank. 

31 October 2016
Network Norwich

Hospital chaplain holds memorial service to remember loved ones

THE CHAPLAIN of Southport, Rev. Martin Abrams, is leading a memorial service on 6 November for anyone wishing to remember a loved one.

30 October 2016
Champion 

Residents jump 'fir' joy

RESIDENTS in Crossens are jumping fir joy after fundrsaisers managed to secure funding for a brand new Christmas Tree - something they have waited twenty years for!

29 October 2016
Champion

Teenagers Joe and Jenni launc innovative cooking project to stop children going hungry

The Conyers Sixth Form students launched the project after returning from a Yarm Methodist Church aid project building houses in Mexico.

28 October 2016
Gazette Live

Charity honoured for work with the homeless

Preston based charity Methodist Action North West have been presented with a prestigious award in recognition of their work with the homeless.

28 October 2016
Lancashire Evening Post

Tenbury Methodists sing to keep spirits and temperatures up

THE congregation at a Tenbury church and their supporters are singing to keep their spirits and the temperature up.

28 October 2016
Ludlow and Tenbury Wells Advertiser

Methodist Panto Society needs your vote

Greenbrook Methodist Church Pantomime Society is a not-for-profit organisation on the shortlist for Aviva Community Funding of up to £5,000.

27 October 2016
Burnley Express

Time capsule from 1906 found at former chapel site

A TIME capsule from 1906 has been found by property developers which contains information about a special ceremony where the memorial stones of a chapel were laid. Builders converting the old Methodist school on Lower Green Lane, Astley, into a townhouse and apartments spotted it under a ramp at the building.

26 October 2016
Leigh Journal

Christians band together to raise £50,000 for roof repairs at Methodist church

CHRISTIANS, trusts and the council have banded together to raise £50,000 for vital repairs at Willersey Methodist Church.

25 October 2016
Cotswold Journal

Little Cherubs present bumper harvest

CHILDREN at Little Cherubs Nursery presented a bumper harvest festival collection to the Bordon food bank at Liphook Methodist Church Hall.

24 October 2016
Bordon Herald

Campaigners chain themselves to railings a new Ken Loach film prompts protet against benefit sanctions

Campaigners have chained themselves to railings in Gateshead and Stockton this morning, to protest against benefit sanctions.

21 October 2016
ITV News

Launceston Flowerpatch Quilters raise £2,500 for Motor Neurone Disease Association

MORE than 40 members of Launceston's Flowerpatch Quilters went to the Central Methodist Hall for their annual meeting on Thursday, October 13.

18 October 2016
Cornish & Devon Post

Eighth Southport church broken into and ransacked

Southport's Neighbourhood Inspector has issued an appeal - following EIGHT churches being broken into in recent weeks.

17 October 2016
Visiter 

Minister recalls Aberfan 'devastation'

A Methodist minister has spoken about the "total devastation" caused when a coal waste tip collapsed in the Welsh village of Aberfan.

16 October 2016
BBC

Quinton Methodist Church raises a record £17,000 for Ups n Downs

KIND-HEARTED members of Quinton  Methodist Church have raised a record £17,000 for charity this year.

15 October 2016
Halesowen News

Double celebrations at Ben Rhydding Methodist Church

A DOUBLE celebration took place at Ben Rhydding Methodist church recently. Its Harvest Festival was celebrated in a service conducted by the Rev Vicky Atkins and at the end of the service the congregation assembled outside the church for the dedication of new glass entrance doors.

14 October 2016
Wharfedale Observer

Communities - everyone included

On Monday my talk started with the lesson I gained from Baroness Richardson, the first female president of the Methodist Conference and moderator of the Free Churches Council...

13 October 2016
Worthing Herald

Ivybridge's new minister gets busy in first few weeks on the job

THE new minister at Ivybridge Methodist Church, the Revd Mark Lawrence, says he is excited to get to work in what he describes as a 'divine appointment'.

11 October 2016
Dartmouth Today

Service at Truro Methodist Church for families who have suffered the death of a baby

An annual remembrance service for those who have experienced the death of a  baby will be held this weekend.

10 October 2016
West Briton 

Craft lovers invited to fair at Trinity Methodist Church

The culinary ladies and pastoral visitors of the Trinity Methodist Church will be proving home made baked goods for the cake stall in the morning and there will be demonstrations of various crafts in the afternoon.

9 October 2016
Penarth Times 

Calvin Samuel to be new Principal of London School Theology

The London School of Theology today announced that the Revd Calvin T Samuel BA MBA PhD will be the University's next Principal.

8 October 2016
London School of Theology

Feast of eclectic music at harp festival

HARP on Wight 2016 kicked off last night (Thursday) with events taking place at venues across Ryde over the coming days. Last night saw classical trio Arpatagora perform a special concert at Ryde Methodist Church.

7 October 2016
Isle of Wight County Press Online 

Vantage sows seeds for school's sustainable future

Pupils and teachers will redevelop a 40 square metre area at the front of Leyland Methodist Junior School to create a safe and secure learning environment for pupils and a pleasant green space for the wider community to use following a £2,000 donation from Toyota. 

6 October 2016
Car Dealer Magazine

St Just Methodist Chapel to open doors to public

Curious Cornish residents will soon have the chance to explore the iconic Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in St Just at informal drop-in sessions that will see  parts of it that are not usually seen open for public viewing.

5 October 2016
West Briton 

The Welcome celebrates 20 years of community service

A KNUTSFORD community service is celebrating 20 years of helping Longridge residents. The Welcome, based in Longridge, opened on September, 30 1996 as a second-hand store thanks to Knutsford Methodist Church member Sue Jackson.

4 October 2016
Knutsford Guardian

Remarkable May's 85 years of playing the organ

A special service will be held to celebrate the achievements of a church organist who has been playing for more than eight decades.

3 October 2016
Newark Advertiser  

Hall in need of help welcomes Mayor

The Mayor of Bolton was invited behind the scenes at an historic event at Victoria Hall, Bolton. Run by the Bolton Methodist Mission and home to a number of community amateur musical and dramatic groups, the hall is currently seeking support to raise money towards running costs which amount to £200,000 a year.

2 October 2016
The Bolton News 

Five young people commissioned as Crediton Connect workers

An ecumenical welcome service was held to recognise the appointment of two new Connect workers for the Crediton branch of the organisation.

1 October 2016
Crediton Courier News 

Minister finds solace in shepherd's hut

A Yorkshire minister's built his very own shepherd's hut to give him space for prayer and reflection in a busy world. 

28 September 2016
Premier Christian Radio

Lambeth welcomes refugee families

Four Syrian refugee families were formally welcomed to Lambeth last night at a celebration in St Gabriel's College in Myatt's Fields. Representatives of Christian, Muslim, Jewish and secular groups joined Lambeth mayor Saleha Jaffer, deputy council leader Paul McGlone and Donatus Anyanwu, the council's lead member for community relations, at the welcome party.

27 September 2016
Brixton Blog

All the fun of the farm at Huntingdon harvest event

The event, organised by Huntingdon Methodist Church and St Mary`s Church, in High Street, was part of the harvest weekend organised by the Methodists, and helpers from other churches in the town were involved in making the day a success.

26 September 2016
The Hunts Post  

Pupils learn about Helston and Lizard Foodbank

A number of primary schools welcomed Jenny Jackson, a volunteer from Helston and theLizard Foodbank, to raise pupils' awareness of what the foodbank strives to do in the community. The children were given the chance to guess what goes into a food box - tuna, yes; ice-cream, no. The schools are donating their harvest gifts to the organisation.

25 September 2016
The Packet

Coffee lovers spoilt for cjoice of Macmillan fundraisers in Worcestershire

On Friday, (September 23), Ombersley Road Methodist Church held its annual event, impressively raising around £950.

24 September 2016
Worcester News

Tributes paid to inspirational sporting legend and former councilor

A sporting legend and life-long public servant who was dedicated to his many roles in the community has died. Mr Newsome, also a Methodist preacher, was club president when he died and chairman of Sitlington Parish Council.

23 September 2016
Wakefield Express

New Methodist minister in Spalding

'It's flat, has big skies and lovely sunsets. Then there are the level crossings that stop her journey into Spalding.' They are the Rev Frances Ballantyne's first impressions of the town and South Holland, where she is in the process of transfer into the Methodist ministry.

22 September 2016
Spalding Today

Church launches new look Sunday service

A church in Marlow is launching new-look Sunday services in a bid to attract new members who have previously been "put off" going. Marlow Methodist Church says it is taking a "fresh look" at the way it provides Sunday morning services. 

21 September 2016
Bucks Free Press

Methodist Church unveils £60,000 facelift

USERS of a village chapel are delighted with the progression of refurbishment to its building. A refurbishment project that took 18 months to plan for Scotter Methodist Chapel has seen the completion of around £60,000 of work done to its seating and flooring.

18 September 2016
Scunthorpe Telegraph

Church reopens after £1.1m revamp

Horbury Methodist Church has officially reopened after a £1.1 million refurbishment. The development included the building of the new church, landscaping work, the renovation of the hall and the car park.

17 September 2016
Wakefield Express  

Church becomes first Birmingham organisation to sponsor family of Syrian refugees

Birmingham's Methodist Church has become the first organisation in the city to take advantage of the government's community sponsorship scheme for Syrian refugees, by sponsoring a family of four as they settle into the city.

15 September 2016
Christian Today  

Mozart music for concert at Cheap Street Methodist Church

Leading concert pianist Jonathan Delbridge is giving a concert at Cheap Street Methodist Church in Sherborne on Saturday evening, 17th September.

14 September 2016
Blackmore Vale Magazine 

Streetly Methodist Church to host Eco-weekend

Anyone with an interest in the environment should head to Streetly Methodist Church over the weekend of 15th and 16th October when they will be hosting an eco-themed event.

12 September 2016
Sutton Coldfield Local News  

Community sponsorship for Syrian refugees

The Methodist Network, led by Rev David Butterworth, will offer to sponsor a family of four - with the support of Birmingham City Council and the Home Office - as part of the council leader's commitment to welcome 500 refugees over the next five years.

10 September 2016
Birmingham Newsroom 

Bromsgrove Methodist Centre to host talks on the Insitute of Mechanical Engineers

A PRESENTATION on Men of the Mechanicals will be given at Bromsgrove Methodist Centre by Neville Billington at 7.45pm on Tuesday (September 13).

9 September 2016
Bromsgrove Standard

Plans reveled for historic church renovation

Plans have been submitted to breathe new life into a historic County Durham church. Gateshead-based Gradon Architecture has drawn up its proposals to transform the venue, which dates back to 1850, into a more inviting and flexible community space.

7 September 2016
Insider Media Limited

Methodists lead the way with new sign

The congregation of Paythorne's Methodist Chapel were joined by villagers and visiting friends at an outdoor gathering where junior member Katie Holden unveiled a new sign to promote the presence of the chapel in the village.

4 September 2016
The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times

Victoria Hall secrets revealed during musical Heritage Weekend

A WEEKEND of music, history and heritage is being held at Victoria Hall. Bolton Methodist Mission, based in the building, are holding a heritage weekend on September 17 and 18.

2 September 2016
The Bolton News

Phoneix Choir invite you to fundraising concert

The Phoenix Choirare to hold a concert at Cowes Methodist Church, in aid of Cowes Sailability Club.

30 August 2016
On the Wight

Church and Muslim community take part in neighbourhood street clean

Sixty volunteers took to the streets to clean-up their local area. The group tackled streets, grassy areas and public paths in the Lammack and Beardwood areas of Blackburn collecting over twenty bags of rubbish.

23 August 2016
Lancashire Telegraph

Holidays at homes for members of Methodist churches in Cross Hills

A HAPPY 'holiday at home' was enjoyed by members of Methodist churches in  Cross Hills,Silsden Cowling and Eastburn when they 'visited' England, Scotland and Wales over three days.

15 August 2016
Craven Herald & Pioneer

Wimborne Methodist Church member raises funds for Water-Survival Boxes

Heather West from Wimborne Methodist Church has, over the last few months, hosted coffee mornings at her home in order to raise money for Water-Survival Box which is also supported by Wimborne Rotary Club.

3 August 2016
Blackmore Vale Magazine

Malvern churchgoers ascend tower in support of school chaplaincy

MEMBERS of the congregation at a Malvern church have been climbing to the top of their tower and seeing the town from a new perspective. The tower ascents at the Lansdowne Crescent Methodist Church was held to raise money for the project to support a youth chaplain at the Dyson Perrins Church of England Academy.

1 August 2016
Worcester News 

New temporary home for congregation

A church congregation is a step closer to returning to the building where it used to worship at Higham Ferrers Methodist Church.

1 August 2016
Northamptonshire Telegraph 

Plans put forward for new modern worship and community development

PLANS have been put forward to demolish a church hall in Harwood and create a modern multi-purpose community building in its place. The proposals from the Harwood Methodist Church aim to create a 'fantastic new worship space' as well as other facilities to be used by the residents of the area.

29 July 2016
The Bolton News 

Ann and Sarah's annual open day raises record £1,325 for Soham Methodist Church

Soham Methodist Church has been given a boost of more than £1,300 thanks to an annual fundraising event. Ann and Sarah Willett's open day at the church hall yesterday (Wednesday) raised a record £1,325 for church funds.

Residents who are against plans to convert a city centre church into 20 flats are urging other neighbours to have their say on the future of the site.

26 July 2016
Eastern Daily Press

Banbury church congregation steps back in time

A Banbury congregation celebrated the final phase of building on its new church by adding to a time capsule discovered earlier this year.

25 July 2016
Branbury Guardian

Silsden Proms on the Farm is 'best ever' say organisers

ORGANISERS of Silsden's annual Proms on the Farm have hailed the latest event as the best ever. Well over 1,000 people - many in fancy dress - attended yesterday's event, at Sycamore Farm, Brunthwaite.

24 July 2016
Keighley News

Same sex marriage legeal from today

The Isle of Man District will abide by a decision from the Methodist Church in the British Isles where a working group is investigating the whole topic - it will report to the 2018 conference.
The Methodist Church has welcomed the participation and ministry of gay men and lesbians for a couple of decades now.
District Chair of the Methodist Church in the Isle of Man, the Reverend Richard Hall, speaks to Manx Radio.

22 July 2016
Manx Radio  

Residents condemned for using EU referendum result as excuse to hurl racist abuse

A ROSSENDALE minister has hit out at residents using the European Union referendum result as an excuse to hurl racist comments. Rev Paul Martin, district chairman for the Methodist Church in Rossendale, said that since the UK voted last month to leave the EU, he has become deeply worried that minority communities in the borough are feeling unwanted and threatened.

21 July 2016
Lancashire Telegraph  

Methodist Church leader calls for support to end post-EU referendum hate

THE district chairman of the Methodist Church in Leigh is urging residents to write to their MP to 'call for respect and tolerance in our national life in the wake of the divisive EU referendum'.

20 July 2016
Leigh Journal  

Hope Not Hate to set out vision to bring town's communities together at meeting

CAMPAIGN group Hope Not Hate (HNH) will map out its vision to bring the town's communities together following the post-EU referendum 'division' on Monday, July 25. The organisation is holding a meeting at Bold Street Methodist Church in the town centre as part of its #MoreInCommon national campaign.

19 July 2016
Warrington Guardian 

Methodist Investment Unit unveils new management team

The Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church has announced the management team that will assume responsibility when its current Chief Executive, Bill Seddon, steps down at the end of 2016. 

19 July 2016
Ekklesia

Discover more about refurbishment plans for Soham Methodist Church at open day

An open day is being held at Soham Methodist Church this month to enable residents and organisations to have their say on major refurbishment plans for the building.

18 July 2016
Cambridge News

Church welcomes Pokemon Go users after it's listed as a gym

A church congregation were baffled when their Sunday service was bombarded with Pokemon Go users. Trainers - who want to be the very best, like no one ever was - were hunting for Pikachu and co in the City Road Methodist Church in Birmingham as the building is as a gym in the popular app.

17 July 2016
Metro 

Songs from around the world

You may have seen them during the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, singing their brand new, stirring Flood Song in advance of the Hand Made Parade.  The concert is open to the public and will be held at the Methodist Chapel on Market Street, Hebden Bridge.

16 July 2016
Hebden Bridge Times

Pokémon Go: 'Pokestop' church tells players - 'Jesus loves you'

The Birmingham church which has attracted a string of Pokemon Go players is inviting them to stay for a service - saying: "Jesus cares about you". Fans of the new phenomenon are turning up at City Road Methodist Church after it was designated a so-called PokeStop in the virtual reality sensation.

14 July 2016
Birmingham Mail

Churches say proposal to renew Trident is unwarranted and unethical

The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and Quakers in Britain have said that the proposals to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system are "unwarranted" and "unethical."

13 July 2016
Independent Catholic News  

Sunderland toddler group raises more than £8000 for Grace House

Boys and girls from St Leonard's RC Church, Independent Methodist Church and Calvary Christian Fellowship from Silksworth, took part in their annual toddle to raise money for Grace House.

12 July 2016
Sunderland Echo 

Homeless charity saved as new Christmas venue is finally found

A FESTIVE homeless shelter that was facing homelessness itself has been thrown a lifeline. The Christmas Care Shelter, which has traditionally been held at Queens Drive Methodist Church, was in danger of not being able to operate this Christmas.

3 July 2016
This is Wiltshire    

It's a gym church, but not as we know it

A Methodist church in Birmingham has been experiencing an unlikely stream of visitors due to the success of new augmented reality game Pokemon Go.

1 July 2016
Inspire    

Church members in celebratory mood

Members of Brierfield Methodist Church are in celebratory mood and are holding two events at the Colne Road church over the weekend.

26 June 2016
Pendle Today    

Young pop stars show off their hidden talents

YOUNGSTERS from two Radcliffe primary schools have been finding their pop star talent. Pupils from Millwood Primary Special School and Wesley Methodist Primary have spent the week working with Pop UK, an organisation which runs singing projects at schools across the country.

24 June 2016
Bury Times   

Short Cross Methodist Church to serve cream teas for charity

SHORT Cross Methodist Church is serving cream teas for charity next month.

23 June 2016
Halesowen News 

Broadstone Methodist Church holds sports service

The Rev Andy Rimmer, chaplain to  AFC Bournemouth was the guest speaker at a recent sports service held at Broadstone Methodist Church.

22 June 2016
Blackmore Vale Magazine

Plans revealed to turn Malton Methodist Church into a community hub

MALTON Methodist Church has launched a survey on proposals for a new community hub in the historic building.

8 June 2016
Gazette & Herald  

Whitehead Methodist to host Big Lunch

The local community are being asked to support the Big Lunch in Whitehead this weekend.  The event will take place in the gardens of Whitehead Methodist Church on June 12.

7 June 2016
Carrick Furgus Times 

Emotional scenes as popular couple tie the knot in Redruth

"Scores of people attended the ceremony held at Redruth's Wesley Methodist Church on Saturday before moving on to the St Rumons Club for a reception afterwards. Among those present were firefighters David Moyle, Rob Stapleton, Richard Spear and Mike Warren from Tolvaddon Red Watch who David invited to attend the celebration...

6 June 2016
West Briton 

Tributes paid to 100 year old from Burton who ran Sunday schools for 60 years

A 100-YEAR-OLD  woman born during the First World War and who ran Sunday schools in Burton for 60 years has been remembered by her family.

5 June 2016
Burton Mail  

New award for village heroes

Stamford Bridge Parish Council members decided they would give a Community Award for the first time at the Parish AGM this month to John Coombes and Rene Norton. John's award was for all the help he has given at the Methodist Church. If you visit Stamford Bridge when a Chapel coffee morning is on you are very lucky if you get past him without been persuaded into going for a coffee or tea.

4 June 2016
Pocklington Post 

Bradford minister's project to 'weave' people together to get national acclaim

A METHODIST minister in Bradford will see her rug-making community project receive national recognition. The Reverend Dr Barbara Glasson set up Weaving Women's Wisdom, a project designed to create a safe space for inter-community groups around faith and life.

3 June 2016
Telergaph & Argus 

Fun Run in Nailsea

Children raced against their parents in a family fun run at Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club.

2 June 2016
North Somerset Times

Tribute for 70 wonderful years' service as church organist

Christchurch Methodist Church at Bexhill was a blaze of colour over the Bank Holiday weekend when it held its 28th annual Flower Festival.

1 June 2016
The Cornwall Advertisers   

Methodist Church says it with flowers

Christchurch Methodist Church at Bexhill was a blaze of colour over the Bank Holiday weekend when it held its 28th annual Flower Festival.

31 May 2016
Bexhill-on-sea Observer  

Caistor Methodist spring fair

Plenty of visitors visited an annual spring fair at Caistor Methodist Church, looking for bargains and enjoying the refreshments.

28 May 2016
Market Rasen Mail 

Caistor Methodist spring fair

Plenty of visitors visited an annual spring fair at Caistor Methodist Church, looking for bargains and enjoying the refreshments.

28 May 2016
Market Rasen Mail

Two centuries old Valley Church saved thanks to community efforts

A 200-year-old church has been saved from the threat of closure thanks to the efforts of volunteers. Newchurch Methodist Church on Turnpike has been a place of worship for nearly two centuries, but a lack of money and helpers to keep the building running had placed its future in jeopardy.

26 May 2016
Rossendale Free Press

Churchless congregation find new home for coffee mornings

A CONGREGATION which had to move out of its church building last October after the discovery of damaged roof timbers is returning to normality - with the resumption of their coffee mornings. The Saville Street Methodist congregation found out in September last year that, during a routine inspection, a weakness to one of the large roof beams had been discovered.

25 May 2016
The Gazzette & Herald

Christian Aid week events well supported

In Weymouth the Bay Methodist Church hosted a Christian Aid Brekkie event - fighting poverty with porridge -  as the slogan outside the church said.

24 May 2016
View News

Penryn knitting group create over 300 garments for charity

A group of women from Penryn Methodist Church have spent the winter knitting away to provide less fortunate children in Cornwall and abroad with warm clothes and soft toys.

23 May 2016
The Packet

Homeless Jesus is just that in London

From Washington, D.C., to Chicago, to Toronto and Madrid, cities across the world are embracing a life-sized bronze statue of Christ curled under a blanket on a park bench. Homeless Jesus, as the statue is known, has been welcomed at the Vatican, installed outside a church in Davidson, N.C., and can be found at a busy intersection in Indianapolis. But not in London.

22 May 2016
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Children have a right royal time at fun day

A FUNDAY in support of St Helens Road Church raised more than £500 through funfair games and a scarecrow competition. In addition to the two children's competitions, the event also celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday.

21 May 2016
The Bolton News 

Chapel Anniversay a Fitting Celebration

Appleby's Methodist Church on the Sands celebrated 128 years since the building was completed over the recent weekend. A full church on the Sunday enjoyed an inspirational and uplifting service led by the Rev Richard Teal, District Chairman. Coinciding with Pentecost, Richard preached on the role of the Holy Spirit and illustrated his talk with examples of the impact the Holy Spirit makes on all our lives as Christians.

20 May 2016
Cumbria Crack 

Star scarecrows pop up in village

SCARECROWS will once again be popping up all over Aldbourne as the village prepares for its annual scarecrow trail.

19 May 2016
Swindon Advertiser

Peggy notchest up 70 years as church organist

MRS Peggy Wilton was presented with a certificate and a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the Delabole Methodist Church at a church lunch at Trencreek near Bude on Sunday, May 8.

18 May 2016
Cornish & Devon Post

New Lord Mayord of Bradford, Methodist minster Geoff Reid, elected

A METHODIST minister who was at the heart of inter-faith work in Bradford for many years has become the new Lord Mayor of Bradford.

17 May 2016
Telegraph & Argus

Knitted Bible show at Long Clawson Methodist Church

Classic stories from the Bible in the old and new testament were brought to life in a unique cuddly exhibition at the weekend.

16 May 2016
Melton Times

Omlette challenge for Christian Aid week

Darlington Methodist District chairperson Ruth McGee cooked an omelette in front of the tourist attraction while giving a 90-second homily about "loving every neighbour" to advertise the charity's Big Brekkie fundraising events.

15 May 2016
Teesdale Mercury

Churches celebrate talents of Dudley's youth

THE talents of young people will be celebrated with an all-singing, all-dancing event in Dudley this weekend. Dudley's Methodist churches have organised the workshop event, called Ignite, which will see groups from across the borough act, make music and dance.

14 May 2016
Dudley News

Tributes paid as Methodist believed to be Manchester's oldest resident dies at 109

"Her main hobby was walking, and she played the organ for the methodist church. She got a certificate from the church for 40 years of service."

13 May 2016
Manchester Evening News

Huddersfield Mission lands £275,000 grant

Charity secures funding for its three-year project Rebuilding Lives and Telling Stories

12 May 2016
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner 

Tributes paid to Blackpool church and charity hero

Tributes have flooded in for a well-known Blackpool churchman and charity worker who has died.

11 May 2016
The Gazette

£160,000 refurbishment of Methodist Chapel underway

WORK has started on a major refurbishment of Scotter Methodist Chapel.

10 May 2016
Scunthorpe Telegraph 

Archbishop links up with Christians in Strensall

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu joins members of the congregation at Strensall methodist Church as they attempt to create a paper chain link to neighbouring church St Marys.

9 May 2016
York Press

Hundreds fill up food bank thanks to generous donations

Hundreds of people continue to turn to Newark Food Bank for help to put meals on the table.

7 May 2016
Newark Advertiser

West Lindsey churches open their doors for festival event

Market Rasen Parish and Methodist churches are just two of the 48 opening their doors to visitors this weekend.

6 May 2016
Market Rasen Mail

Eastbourne Minister forgives church thieves

Raiders smashed their way into Greenfield Road Methodist Church in Eastbourne, then broke into Rev Paul Tabraham's office and stole a safe containing church records.

2 May 2016
The Argus

Church sale to help fund move to new spiritual home

Cross Way Church in Seaford has announced plans to sell the Methodist Church building in Steyne Road.

1 May 2016
Sussex Express 

Holme Valley Storke Group opens its doors to survivors

Members of a Holme Valley Stroke Support Group, hekd at Holmfirth Methodist Church, share their stories in the run-up to Stroke Awareness Month in May

30 April 2016
Huddersfield Daily

Church has been constant for couple celebrating diamond anniversary

A couple who met at, married in and volunteer for the same church have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

29 April 2016
Eastern Daily Press

Legacy of Wesley brothers in song celebrated at Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral resounded to the sound of Charles Wesley's hymns on Sunday, as part of a celebration in words and music of Charles Wesley and his brother John, leaders of the Methodist movement.

28 April 2016
The Herald

Charity sale to help homeless

A SALE and coffee morning is being held at Halesowen's Hurst Green Methodist Church, on Saturday, April 30, at 10.30am to raise money for a homeless charity.

27 April 2016
Halesowen News    

Westminster council turns away homeless Jesus

An application to place a life-size bronze cast of Homeless Jesus, a sculpture by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz, in front of Methodist Central Hall has been rejected on the grounds it "would fail to maintain or improve (preserve or enhance) the character or appearance of the Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square conservation area".

25 April 2016
The Guardian   

The Way We Were: Grove MEthodist Church was 'more than a church'

"I was always at the church and my family was extended with close friends becoming 'uncles' and 'aunts' too. That had a smashing effect whenever it was my birthday or at Christmas - and quite a few Easter eggs came my way, too."

24 April 2016
The Sentinel  

Faith leaders: Cameron and Obama have 'moral duty' to help refugees

Leaders from the Church in Wales, Catholic and Methodist churches have written an open letter to David Cameron and Barack Obama urging them to do more to help refugees.

22 April 2016
Premier Christian Radio  

Service to be held to remember 62 adults and children ahead of reburial

A PUBLIC service to remember 62 adults and children whose remains and memorials were found at a chapel graveyard will take place next week. The remains of those laid to rest at the former Lion Terrace Chapel and graveyard in Gilwern, near Abergavenny, were removed last year and the Primitive Chapel demolished, together with eight other buildings, to make way for the scheme to dual the Heads of the Valleys road between Gilwern and Brynmawr.

21 April 2016
South Wales Argus   

Explosive concert with lasers and pyrotechnics coming to Gillingham

AN explosive classical music concert with a difference will dazzle the people of Gillingham this week. The Classical Fireworks event will combine lights, lasers, fireworks and other effects with classical music at Gillingham's Methodist Church on Friday (April 22).

19 April 2016
Western Gazette  

Coffee morning to fund Jacob's trip

A FAMILY from Longbridge is organising a coffee morning to help raise funds so that they can take their autistic son over to America for treatment. Paul and Christine Checkley have organised the coffee morning at Longbridge Methodist Church to help raise money for their son Jacob, who is severely autistic.

18 April 2016
Bromsgrove Advertiser 

Coffee morning to fund Jacob's trip

A FAMILY from Longbridge is organising a coffee morning to help raise funds so that they can take their autistic son over to America for treatment. Paul and Christine Checkley have organised the coffee morning at Longbridge Methodist Church to help raise money for their son Jacob, who is severely autistic.

18 April 2016
Bromsgrove Advertiser

Mayor's charity concert commemorates St George

NOAH is welcoming animals onto his Ark, Jonah is emerging from the mouth of the whale, Jesus is attending the Last Supper, and Lazarus is rising from the dead, all at a Newport church from today.

17 April 2016
Dunstable Today

Purls of wisdom in Newport as Knitted Bible goes on show

NOAH is welcoming animals onto his Ark, Jonah is emerging from the mouth of the whale, Jesus is attending the Last Supper, and Lazarus is rising from the dead, all at a Newport church from today.

16 April 2016
South Wales Argus

Enjoy a taste of India to support Lostock Green church renovation work

CHURCHGOERS are being invited to enjoy a taste of India this weekend to help support a repair and renovation scheme. Work has started on the project at Lostock Green Methodist Church, which will cost more than £30,000 to complete.

14 April 2016
Northwich Guardian

British museum celebrates minister who spread Christiainity in US

Hundreds of people have gathered for a day of special events at the Black Country museum in Dudley to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the death of a local man who is credited with growing the Church in America.

13 April 2016
Premier Christian Radio 

93 year old Harold's zip-wire challenge in memory of his late wife

Most Great-Grandpas prefer sipping cocoa in their slippers, and perhaps the most daredevil part of their week is playing bowls.

12 April 2016
Premier Christian Radio

Incredible tale of Bishop's life at Black Country Living Museum

An event to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Bishop Francis Asbury was held at Black Country Living Museum, with guest speakers from America celebrating his legacy.

11 April 2016
Express & Star 

Congregation hosts first service in modernised chapel following 13 year campaign

A CONGREGATION has worshipped in its new chapel for the first time following a 13-year campaign to modernise it. Members packed in for the first service at Middleton-in-Teesdale Methodist Chapel, in Teesdale, County Durham, today (April 10) following an open day yesterday (April 9).

10 April 2016
Northern Echo

Anniversary marks true Black Country American idol

This week marks the 200th anniversary since Asbury's death. His life was one devoted to spreading the word of God and he is widely regarded of being the founder of the Methodist Church in the US. Many experts even say that Christianity as a whole in America can be traced back to the Black Country man. His incredible tale sounds like something from a movie. He travelled an astonishing 225,000 miles on horseback over 45 years preaching to anyone who would listen in the burgeoning New World.

9 April 2016
Express & Star

Catholics and Methodists can teach each other about holiness, says Pope Francis

Religious leaders must also ensure that members of both congregations "meet regularly, come to know one another and encourage one another to seek the Lord and his grace".

7 April 2016
Catholic Herald

Work completed at Methodist Centre in Bingham

Work at the new Methodist Centre in Bingham was formally completed with an official handover of the keys.

7 April 2016
Newark Advertiser  

Pope Francis addresses Methodist guests: full text

Pope Francis on Thursday met with members of the World Methodist Council, the Methodist Council of Europe, and the Methodist Church in Britain.

7 April 2016
Radio Vaticana 

WMC Opens European Office at Methodist Church House, London

Bishop Ivan Abrahams, General Secretary of the World Methodist Council, will be taking up semi-permanent residence at Methodist Church House, London, following the official opening of a new desk for the World Methodist Council European Office.

5 April 2016
World Methodist Council News  

Jon Skeet: The 'Chuck Norris' of programming

A list of the "world's 15 greatest living programmers" was published by IT World last year, based on names which came up again and again in coder discussion forums. Alongside the woman who programmed Nasa's Apollo flight control software, the creator of the Linux operating system and the man who created the game Doom, was Jon Skeet, a Methodist Local Preacher and programmer from Reading.

3 April 2016
Nuneaton News  

Major £300,000 plan to revap former Nuneaton church

AN AMBITIOUS £300,000 plan is now in place to transform a Nuneaton church into a community centre.

2 April 2016
Nuneaton News 

Major £300,000 plan to revap former Nuneaton church

AN AMBITIOUS £300,000 plan is now in place to transform a Nuneaton church into a community centre.

31 March 2016
Nuneaton News

Hundreds of UK churches set to go green

More than 400 churches in the United Kingdom plan to switch to clean energy providers for their light and heat, shifting spending of 1 million pounds ($1.4 million) to renewables from fossil fuels, two Christian charities said on Wednesday.

30 March 2016
Daily Mail 

Easter message by Superintendent of the Methodist Church

FEW people will not have experienced both exhilaration or despair - the birth of a child and the death of a dearly loved one, a wonderful holiday and the loss of a job, a friendship made and a friendship lost...

27 March 2016
Jersey Evening Post

Youngsters keep Manx tradition alive

Now in its fifth year, classes open to youngsters aged four to 18 were held over four days at the Youth Arts Centre, in Douglas, and Rosemount Methodist Church. New classes for this year included Manx Gaelic reading for all ages and classes for brass (prash), harp (claasagh) and flute (feddan vooar).

26 March 2016
IOM Today

Solemn Good Fridays of Sunderland's past

Solemn ceremonies to mark Good Friday have been held in the city for many years.

25 March 2016
Sunderland Echo

Lincoln Islamic association and Methodist church to unite for Good Friday service

The Lincolnshire Methodist Church is inviting people to attend a city centre service and walk to join Muslims after prayer on Good Friday following terrorist attacks in Brussels this week.

24 March 2016
The Lincolnite

Anand Mela festival takes place at Chandler's Ford Methodist Church

Volunteers from the South of England Marathi Pariwar (SEMP) filled the Chandler's Ford  Methodist Church with Bombay street food stalls, games and activities on Sunday.

23 March 2016
Southern Daily Echo

Youngsters mad about science

All Saints' Anglican/Methodist Primary School, Elston, was visited by Mad Science, a company that provides creative, interactive and educational science sessions. 

21 March 2016
Newark Advertiser

76-year-old chooses a charity run for birthday celebration

Thetford Methodist member, Sue Webber, runs 5km in aid of Cancer Research UK for her 76th birthday.

20 March 2016
Eastern Daily Press

Cinderella takes to stage in Skelmanthorpe

Skelmanthorpe's Methodist Wives Group are staging their annual panto this week - celebrating their 40th amateur production. The group staged their first panto in 1977 - and have marked their milestone with a production of Cinderella.

18 March 2016
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Thursford packed for MEthodist Songs of Praise

Almost 1000 people attended one of East Anglia's biggest Songs of Praise celebrations which took place at the famous Thursford Collection near Fakenham on Sunday March 13.

17 March 2016
Netowrk North Northfolk

Eighty five years since plans for landmark Methodist Church were revealed

EXACTLY 85 years ago this month plans were revealed for the first time of a building that is now an established landmark of one of Southampton's booming suburbs.

15 March 2016
Southern Daily Echo

Musicians unite in perfect harmony for launch of Swindon Music Festival

MUSICIANS united in perfect harmony for the glittering launch of the 107th annual Swindon Music Festival on Friday. Held at locations in and around Old Town the festival marks an opportunity for the town's best instrumental and vocal talent to take centre-stage.

14 March 2016
Swindon Advertiser

New Methodist Centre set to open in Bingham

The new Methodist Centre in Bingham is on schedule to open its doors in early April with an open day and official opening service during a weekend to remember. Fifteen years in the planning, the building will be the only new-build Methodist Church in the country to be opened in 2016.

11 March 2016
Nottingham Local News

Pat Jamison to take on vital role in Africa

A woman from Whitehouse is set to embark on a nursing trip at the end of the month to Ghana, where she will work for three years. Pat Jamison, who has been a full member of Newtownabbey Methodist Mission for over 20 years, will be travelling to her new nursing position in Ankasse, Ghana, on Saturday, March 26.

10 March 2016
Newtownabbey Times 

St Just Methodist Church hosts Alice in Wonderland tea party

St Just residents hosted a Wonderland-themed tea party on Tuesday on behalf of St Just Methodist Chapel. The Mad Hatter's Tea Party was hosted as part of a series of social events held once a month throughout the year, which was started 18 months ago by the chapel's churchgoers.

7 March 2016
The Cornishman

Follow Stations of the Cross through London

A unique exhibition - held in 14 locations across London - uses works of art to tell the story of the Passion in a new way. In this pilgrimage for art lovers, viewers will travel across London, mapping the geography of the Holy Land onto the streets of a 'new Jerusalem.'

6 March 2016
Independent Catholic News

Circus comes to Hunstanton church

A trapeze act, juggling, hula hoops and stilt walking from Duggie Dug Dug's Circus Praise Party was held at Hunstanton Methodist Church on Sunday. Described as an event for all ages with music and puppets the audience weren't quite sure what to expect and when machete's were juggled a collective gasp was heard throughout the room.

3 March 2016
Lynn News

Celebrating 20 years of the choir 'for people that can't sing'

A CHOIR aimed at people who think they can't sing is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a special concert at North Road Methodist Church, Durham.

3 March 2016
The Northern Echo

Visitors flock to see Wicken Methodist Church's new look

The church has been modernised and made more accessible, providing flexible space for cafe church and retreat days in the sanctuary, as well as continuing with youth club and Sunday teas. The work was funded largely by the Methodist Church, with support from recycling charity WREN, and the National Churches Trust amongst others.

1 March 2016
Ely Standard

£250,000 refurb paves way for re-opening of Studley Methodist Church 

A MAJOR £250,000 redevelopment of Studley Methodist Church is coming to an end with the church set to reopen with a service of re-dedication on Sunday, March 6 at 10.45am conducted by the Reverend Richard Wilde, circuit superintendent.

29 February 2016
Redditch Standard

Christian theme to Lynn author's new novel

Michael Meehan, a member of North Lynn Methodist Church, is the author of Mucky Ducks, which has been published by Melrose Books. This is an insightful Christian-themed novel with widely applicable morals and viewpoints expressed through two friends as they travel a journey, ambling along the river pathway to Mucky Ducks, a pub where "love and understanding are served" where they are joined by others.

28 February 2016
Lynn News

Volunteers improving the communities of Crowle and Ealand

From small beginnings a group of volunteers have worked tirelessly to improve an Isle community, funding organisations, providing newsletters and directories and enhancing the environment with floral displays and a dedicated bridleway.

27 February 2016
Epworth Bells

Young Methodist publish concerns in manifestos

THREE manifestos published by the Children and Youth Assembly of the Methodist Church put concerns about the environment, the refugee crisis, and the poverty gap at the top of the agenda for the Church. The manifestos are by children aged up to 11, teenagers, and young adults, and list the topics they want to discuss, and hear more of, in church.

26 February 2016
Church Times

Fiji's Methodist Church sets out cyclone relief plan

Fiji's Methodist Church says there's still an immediate need for clothing, cooking equipment and bedding for those affected by Cyclone Winston. The church has mapped out its response to the devastation caused by the category five storm, which includes filling in gaps in current relief efforts.

26 February 2016
Radio NZ

Reunion planned for Boys Brigade

A big reunion is being planned in April for past members of the 3rd Hastings Boys Brigade. This company of the Boy's Brigade was formed at Park Road Methodist Church in December 1930 as the 2nd St Leonards , but later became the 3rd Hastings and eventually closed its doors In July 2011.

25 February 2016
Bexhill Observer

Can they fix it? Yes, an Exmouth group can!

Churchgoer Jean Holden put out an appeal on social network Street Life for volunteers to meet at Tower Street Methodist Church, in Exmouth. The 62-year-old said since meeting in November of last year that the Exmouth Repair Café now has 10 volunteers.

24 February 2016
Exmouth Journal

Go-ahead given to £160,000 revamp of Cononley's St John's Church

PLANNING authorities have given their blessing for an extensive £160,000 refurbishment of St John's United Church in Cononley. The joint Church of England and Methodist church, in Netherghyll Lane, has won permission from the Diocesan Chancellor and Craven District Council to revamp a building which will provide parishioners with a "welcoming" church that is "fit for purpose for the 21st century"

23 February 2016
Craven Herald & Pioneer

Materials for Funds

FIR Lane Methodist Church Crafters group will be selling excess materials to raise church funds on Saturday, 10am-noon. They include card-making supplies, material and jewellery beads as well as craft books.

22 February 2016
Oldham Evening Chronicle

Love in the air at Valentine's Day reunion service in Brixham

LOVE was in the air at a Valentine's Day reunion service. Fore Street Methodist Church in Brixham is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2016, and as part of the celebrations, all those who were married in the church were invited back on Valentine's Day.

21 February 2016
Herald Express

Raising the roof at Trinity Methodist Church

TRINITY Methodist church played host to the Emmanu'-el Apostolic Gospel Academy choir from de Montfort University last night. One of the top choirs in the 2015 BBC Gospel Choirs competition, the choir brought two hours of roof-raising, foot-stomping joy to a packed church where they quickly had their audience on their feet and dancing along to the irresistible beat of Africa.  

21 February 2016
East Grinstead Online

Penarth organist to delight audience with exceptional performance

PENARTH-born organist Dr David Ponsford will be performing a selection of incredible musical pieces on Sunday, February 28. Dr Ponsford was brought up in Penarth where his family have been members of Trinity Methodist Church for decades.

19 February 2016
Penarth Times

Tenants prayers answered by Anniesland Methodist Church 

Sanctuary Housing have completed a £2.7m redevelopment of a former church hall in Anniesland, Glasgow, to provide 24 flats and two roof gardens in addition to a new hall for the religious groupThe Sutcliffe Road  site has been given over exclusively to tenants aged 55 and over in five floors of accommodation above a ground level congregation space.

18 February 2016
Urban Realm

Pulling out all the stops to save organ

In a time of continuing threats to our city heritage, I'm sure readers will be pleased to learn that the future of one of Leicester's important historical buildings looks likely to be secured - with your help. Bishop Street Methodist Church, in Town Hall Square, has one of the most impressive and spacious interiors, dominated by a stunning carved organ case, often attributed to "Father Smith" - one of the greatest organ builders of his time.

16 February 2016
Leicester Mercury

Donations from Stortford residents driven to Calais refugee camps

Food and clothing donated by residents of Bishop's Stortford were delivered to the refugee camps in Calais. The collection for refugees ran through January at the Methodist Church in South Street and The Hub Church in Portland Road. A group of Stortford residents, with links to the Herts Welcomes Syrian Refugees group set up last year headed by Mione Goldspink, organised the trip.

15 February 2016
Herts & Essex Observer

Church to plan fundraisers to support major repairs set to start next week

MEMBERS of Lostock Green Methodist Church are planning to hold a series of fundraising events to help pay for long-awaited work to the chapel. The repairs and renovations to the chapel are due to start next week, and are estimated to cost more than £30,000.

14 February 2016
Northwich Guardian  

Worth Valley Methodists launch community libraries in Oxenhope, Lees and Haworth

METHODISTS in the Worth Valley have launched volunteer-run libraries at churches in Lees, Oxenhope and Haworth. Church leaders have teamed up with Bradford Council's Library Service to provide replacements for mobile libraries, which used to visit the local neighbourhoods.

11 February 2016
Keighley News  

West Yorkshire's Church Leaders back Asylum Seekers

Church leaders from across West Yorkshire have met in Huddersfield to sign a statement of support for asylum seekers. They are backing people seeking refugee protection in our communities and express concern at policies that cause homelessness and poverty among people seeking asylum.

11 February 2016
Premier Radio  

Town cafe steps up to provide support for church's elderly meal scheme

Foxy's Deli, of Victoria Road in Penarth, will help provide meals for the Live at Home Scheme after cuts in funding meant a change of provider from the local authority was required. The scheme is based at Trinity Methodist Church and provides meals and social opportunities for those over 65 years-old.

10 February 2016
Penarth Times 

Weekend of celebrations after £300,000 revamp at church centre

A WEEKEND of celebrations, including a Hoe Down, are planned to herald the new look to Louth Methodist Church Centre. The Nichol Hill church has undergone a £300,000 refurbishment.

10 February 2016
Grimsby Telegraph  

Methodists boost flood relief work on Kendal's Sandylands estate by £1,900

METHODISTS touched by the plight of flooded-out families on Kendal's Sandylands have raised £1,900 for relief efforts. Nine churches from the Vale of Stour Methodist Circuit in the West Midlands held retiring collections, made donations from their funds and supported an afternoon tea held at Kingswinford Methodist Church.

10 February 2016
The Westmorland Gazette 

Norfolk's Songs of Praise Service at Thursford

One of Norfolk's biggest Songs of Praise services is returning to the famous Thursford Collection this month. The event, which has been organized by the Methodist Church, attracts over a thousand people

9 February 2016
Network Yarmouth 

New chairs for Neston Methodist Church Hall

Radstock Trinity Methodist minister Jan Tate is the new chairwoman of Christians Together in Radstock and Westfield.

8 February 2016
About My Area 

Christians welcome new chairwoman

Radstock Trinity Methodist minister Jan Tate is the new chairwoman of Christians Together in Radstock and Westfield.

7 February 2016
Somerset Guardian

Local churches unite for launch of prayer project

Churches in Lisburn are preparing for the launch of Relentless Prayer,which will be held at Trinity Methodist Church next Tuesday (February 9). Churches across the denominations will join together in forty days and forty nights of prayer for the City of Lisburn and its people.

6 February 2016
Ulster Star

New church services now in Churwell

A new church service is offering a space for three Churwell congregations which saw their place of worship close. A weekly 10.30am service on Sundays at Stanhope Hall Churwell Community Centre for former attendees of All Saints, St Brigid and Back Green Methodist churches has been successfully going ahead since the end of September last year.

5 February 2016
Morley Observer & Advertiser

Well-known artist living in care home inspires art exhibition

A CARE home has decided to launch a free art exhibition inspired by a well-known artist who is now living in the home. Richard Gilmore Douglas, originally from Thirsk, is one of the foremost living painters of Methodist founder John Wesley and is known for his artwork depicting eighteenth century scenes.

4 February 2016
Darlington and Stockton Times

Potterton Commercial donates boilers to Methodist Church

Potterton Commercial has donated two boilers to Salem Methodist Church in Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire, with free installation provided by specialist church heating contractor, Christopher Dunphy

3 February 2016
Heating & Ventilating Review 

Knitted Bible scenes educate church visitors

A number of colourful and creative knitted Bible story figures were on display at Sage Cross Methodist Church on Friday and Saturday.

2 February 2016
Melton Times

Beith's 50 years for church

The Rev Gill Welsh presented the former MP for Berwick with a certificate from the Methodist Church to commemorate his 50 years' service as a lay preacher at last Sunday's morning service at Berwick Methodist Church.

31 January 2016
Northumberland Gazette 

Sanctuary homeless shelter offers warm bed and community spirit

A new night sanctuary, at Gravesend Methodist Church, for the homeless has dealt with more than 200 visits since it opened about eight weeks ago. And with temperatures expected to fall, the team of volunteers in Gravesend are braced for demand to increase.

30 January 2016
Kent Online

Sandylands Methodist Church receives community support and donations after Songs of Praise appearance

A SOUTH Lakeland church that appeared on BBC's Songs of Praise has been inundated with support since the showing, including a huge donation from a local Manchester United fan. Sandylands Methodist Church was featured on the programme on Sunday January 17, with presenter John Craven visiting the church.

29 January 2016
The Westmorland Gazette 

Swaffham church tunes up for Lent challenge

Supporters of a Swaffham church are tuning up to sing hundreds of hymns over the next few weeks to help fund renovations and repairs. Worshippers at the town's Methodist Church are preparing to take part in a Hymnathon to raise funds for its ongoing Pinnacle Appeal.

28 January 2016
Lynn News

Changes in education funding will hit poorest students

As the only Methodist MP, it fell to me to host the annual Methodist Covenant Service which gave the opportunity for Methodists who work in Parliament to reaffirm their faith in the context of their work.

27 January 2016
The Visitor

British Christians are 'in a bad time' and must unite to counter secularism, says senior Methodist

Christians must take greater risks in the cause of unity if they are to effectively counter the rising challenge of secularism, one of Britain's most senior Methodists has said. Lord Griffiths of Burry Port suggested that the churches were failing to effectively preach the Gospel in the West because they were assailed by problems within and without.

27 January 2016
Diocese of Shrewsbury

Lamps at the ready at Mousehole's annual panto

Mousehole's Porthenys Players are all set to entertain you with their production of Aladdin from this Thursday, January 28 to Saturday, January 30 in the Mousehole Methodist Sunday School rooms, starting at 7.30pm.

26 January 2016
The Cornishman

Couples married at church invited back for Valentine's Day celebrations

COUPLES who were married at a Worcester church are being invited to come forward for a Valentine's Day event. St Andrew's Methodist Church, in Pump Street, is holding a St Valentine's Fair on Saturday, February 13, between 10am and 4pm, and on Sunday, February 14, between noon and 3pm

25 January 2016
Worcester News

Community spirit and coffee on offer

Community, coffee and chat are on the agenda at Thornton Methodist Church every third Saturday of the month. The event aims to be fun for all the family and give members of the local community a chance to get together.

23 January 2016
Blackpool Gazette

Flat conversion above Plymouth Foodbank will help more city people find work

THE PLYMOUTH Foodbank is expanding to help more city people get back into work. The council has granted planning permission for the Stonehouse-based centre to convert the upstairs flat into a training room.

22 January 2016
Plymouth Herald

Hooked customers full of praise for fish & chip club that's a great plaice to meet up!

TASTY treats are in store for those who attend the Healing First & Third Fish & Chip luncheon club, at Healing Methodist church in Station Road.

21 January 2016
Grimsby Telegraph

'Leave the lights on' weekend at Carrick Methodist

'An open door and a listening ear' will the theme for an outreach event at Carrickfergus Methodist Church later this month. The 'Leave The Lights On' weekend will see the church made available to all members of the community, providing a place of comfort and solace along with information on mental health issues.

19 January 2016
Carrick Times

New reception and entrance hall planned for Hedon Methodist Church

A PLANNING application has recently been submitted by Hedon Methodist Church for further development at its premises to expand both the church and community facilities.

18 January 2016
Hedon Blog

BBC's Songs of Praise visit Kendal

WITH many parts of Cumbria still reeling from the floods, the BBC's Songs of Praise team paid Kendal a visit to see how residents are coping. One of the show's hosts, John Craven, visited Sandylands Methodist Church, to observe how community spirit and the strength of people's faith was pulling them through the ordeal.

17 January 2016
The Western Gazette

Teachers and playgroup staff invited to knitted bible figure event

The Ladies of Sage Cross Methodist Church and the Melton Methodist Circuit have invited teachers, playgroup leaders and toddler group leaders to attend a launch event they have organised featuring some of their knitting craft work.

16 January 2016
Melton Times

Methodism has a huge amount to offer

The future of the Eglos Methodist Chapel in Cornwall is very much in focus. It is close to the Cornish DNA and every hamlet once boasted a chapel. Today, although thriving from Penzance to Bude and from Redruth and Truro to Porthia the landscape is haunted by closed chapels.

15 January 2016
Western Morning News

Methodist church youth club dress up for 'mock' wedding

Having featured photographs of the Barnstaple Boutport Street Methodist Youth Club before, I couldn't resist another. This one shows a "mock wedding" held in 1952 with John Fry as the "groom" and the Rev Corke just appearing on the extreme left.

14 January 2016
North Devon Journal

Knitters mark Methodist centenary in Wellesbourne

KNITTERS have been busy to mark the centenary of Wellesbourne's Methodist Church. Although there has been a Methodist presence in the village since 1827, the current chapel on Bridge Street was not built until 1916.

13 January 2016
Stratford Observer

A touch of the fire of God from Welsh revival

Norwich Methodist minister Rev Nigel Fox has been on a three-year journey of faith leading from a Hebrew blessing through fire to revival. Here he continues the second part of a trilogy of articles describing his experience.

11 January 2016
Network Norfolk

Coffee mornings raise £1,500 for Burnham tourist information centre

The community group that runs Burnham-On-Sea's tourist information centre has raised over £1,500 towards its work by holding a series of coffee mornings.

9 January 2016
Burnham-on-Sea

Top Gospel choir at Trinity Methodist

ONE of the top Gospel choirs in the 2015 BBC Gospel Choirs competition will be performing at Trinity Methodist church next month.

6 January 2016
West Briton  East Grinstead Online

Village Methodist chapel celebrates 200 years

CELEBRATIONS are underway to mark the 200th anniversary of a village Methodist chapel nestled between Portreath and Redruth. Bridge Methodist Chapel was first founded in 1816 and are celebrating 200 years of worship with a host of events planned throughout the year.

5 January 2016
West Briton 

Perfectly preserved time capsule from 1893 unearthed at Gainsborough chapel

The Gainsborough Heritage Centre is currently showcasing a fascinating time capsule that was squirrelled away at Morton Methodist Chapel in 1893.

4 January 2016
Gainsborough Standard

Churches unite to offer food and shelter to needy people

A CHURCH is preparing to open its doors to offer shelter to the most needy people in the city. Swan Bank Methodist Church, in Burslem, has volunteered to pilot a new project and provide beds for the homeless on Saturday nights.

3 January 2016
The Sentinel

Willington lunch club ready for move to new home

A LUNCH club has met for the last time in the church it has called home for more than a decade.

2 January 2016
The Northern Echo

Southport's The Fernley Event a resounding success

People in Southport  saw in 2016 in an unusual way this morning - by either watching, or taking part in, a major new event in the town.

1 January 2016
Visiter

Retired Silsden headteacher awarded British Empire Medal for community work

A RETIRED headmaster from Silsden has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his wide-ranging community work. Mike Carey has received the accolade in the New Year's Honours List following many years as a volunteer in Silsden, Addingham and Ilkley.

31 December 2015
Craven Herald & Pioneer

Making sure no one is alone

Volunteers in Cleveleys rallied round to make sure those who were home alone got a Christmas to remember. Around 60 people who would have spent the big day isolated enjoyed a fun packed day complete with dinner and presents at Cleveleys Park Methodist Church.

30 December 2015
Blackpool Gazette

Church service to commemorate former minister

A special commemorative service will be dedicated to the life of an esteemed Christian minister who retired in Bexhill. Sackville Road Methodist Church will be celebrating Leslie Weatherhead's career as a preacher, author and well-known Methodist who attended the church after moving to the town in 1960.

29 December 2015
Bexhill-on-sea Observer

Global bake-off run  by academy students

Students in Shefford have been busy raising funds to help their sister school in Ghana. The year 12 pupils at Samuel Whitbread Academy organised and held a global bake-off to help improve educational facilities at the school in the town of Kwahu-Tafo.

26 December 2015
Biggleswade Today

Christmas tree fesitval in Fleetwood

Attendance figures were up to a record level at an annual Christmas tree Festival in Fleetwood. The sparkling event, likened by organisers to a winter wonderland, lit up Trinity Methodist Church for three days.

25 December 2015
Fleetwood Weekly News

Lincoln food bank to ensure 200 families have a proper Christmas dinner

More than 200 Lincoln families are eating Christmas dinner this year thanks to donations at the city's food banks.

24 December 2015
Lincolnshire Echo  

Lincoln food bank to ensure 200 families have a proper Christmas dinner

More than 200 Lincoln families are eating Christmas  dinner this year thanks to donations at the city's food banks.

24 December 2015
Lincolnshire Echo 

Christmas Day in the life of a Methodist Minister

CHRISTMAS is a time for a well-earned holiday for many of us, however for Ministers across the country it is anything but...

23 December 2015
Wilts Gloss Standard

Tree-mendous sponsor boosts church appeal fund

Boston Spa Methodist Church has received a cash boost of £500 for its annual Community Christmas Tree Festival from property developer, Taylor Wimpey North Yorkshire.

21 December 2015
Wetherby News

Christian Comment with the Revd Dr Simon Topping

Christian Comment with Reverend Dr Simon Topping of Methodist Minister for the Stroud area Methodist churches.

20 December 2015
Stroud News & Journal

Midland Beer Company charity race night in aid of Castleton Methodist Church

A charity race night and collection, organised by Midland Beer Company, raised £1,250, which, along with presents, has been donated to Castleton Methodist Church.

18 December 2015
Rochdale Online 

The Methodist Church's Christmas Message

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have reminded people of the importance of 'welcome' in this year's Presidential Christmas message.

17 December 2015
Ekklesia

Booths surplus food provides good cheer all year round

Booths has been thanked for its generosity after the well-known family firm has agreed to support the Blackpool Food Partnership all year round. 

16 December 2015
Q Local - Blackpool

Village church in Nantwich shares in £390,000 national payout

A popular church in a Nantwich village is to share in a £390,000 funding payout from the National Churches Trust. Hankelow Methodist Church is one of 29 churches and chapels in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to benefit from the latest grants.

15 December 2015
Nantwich News 

Green travel contest winners Class 3 of St Peter's Methodist Primary

Class 3 of St Peter's Methodist Primary School took the top spot for a festive walk to school competition open only to schools in the Canterbury district. They had the highest number of pupils walking, cycling and riding their scooters to school on the challenge date of Wednesday, November 25.

14 December 2015
Kent Online 

Floods Minister visits Cumbria church as snow hits northern Britain

As northern Britain continues to recover from the flooding of Storm Desmond, it's now been hit with two inches of snow caused by Storm Eva. The snow struck on Friday and Saturday amid 38 flood warnings in the north east and north west as of Sunday morning - one of them marked as "severe" and a "danger to life".

13 December 2015
Premier 

Early Christmas present for Louth church

Louth Methodist Church, Nichol Hill, has received an early Christmas present in the form of the completion of a major redevelopment of their community halls and ancillary rooms.

12 December 2015
Louth Leader 

Meteorite anniversary event in Barwell this weekend

The biggest chunk of Barwell's famous meteorite will be landing back in the village for one day only to mark the 50th anniversary of it falling to Earth.

11 December 2015
Hinckley Times

Knitting ladies and crafty children bring Christmas cheer to old folk in Keighley

THE SPIRIT of the John Lewis TV ad is alive in Keighley as townsfolk rally round to support pensioners this Christmas! Schools and community groups are making Christmas cards and knitted gifts for older people who face Christmas Day alone.

10 December 2015
Keighley News

Life at a Leeds food bank

VOLUNTEERS AT the Leeds North and West Foodbank warehouse spend each day carefully sorting out deliveries of pasta sauces, teabags and milk to feed Leeds's hungriest people.

8 December 2015
Yorkshire Evening Post 

Churches urge Ian Duncan Smith Christmas card campaign to highlight benefit fears

A coalition of UK Churches is encouraging people to add Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith to their Christmas card list and include a personal greeting asking the minister to ensure that every family and child has enough this Christmas.

5 December 2015
Christian Today   

Best feet forward for Midsomer Norton Methodist Fundraisers

Three members of Midsomer Norton Methodist Church, Martin Dymond, Marilyn Weeks and Carol Price have raised £780 for Action for Children.

4 December 2015
Somerset Guardian  

Ashford will welcome three refugee families from Syria in the next few days, in time for Christmas

Homes, schools, healthcare and interpreters have been arranged as the first three Syrian refugee families are set to arrive in Ashford later this month.

3 December 2015
Kent Online  

Burnley Methodist Church new home for group helping homeless

A MOVEMENT inspired by a single Facebook message and set up to help homeless people, has a new home. After two years on the car park of Burnley Library, Help The Homeless East Lancs has moved to Burnley Methodist Church in Hargreaves Street.

2 December 2015
Lancashire Telegraph 

Work gets underway to give Wicken Methodist Church a new lease of life

The building work, which started last month, will create space which is more appropriate for Wicken Youth Club and the long established Sunday Teas in the village. The project, which is being funded by a £35,137 grant from WREN'S FCC Community Action Fund, will provide new kitchen facilities, an accessible toilet and nappy change, along with rewiring and modernisation once it is open at the end of February next year.

1 December 2015
Ely Standard

Festive tree on walkies to bring in the crowds

A walking talking Christmas tree will be used to help drum up business for a church fair this weekend. Wetherby Methodist have used the marketing ploy for a few years and hope it will bring further success on Saturday.

30 November 2015
Wetherby News

Hundreds of angels descend on Burley-in-Wharfedale for Christmas

LADIES at Burley-in-Wharfedale Methodist Church have been busy during the past few months knitting hundreds of small angels. The little figures were all blessed by the Rev Leslie Holmes during a service on Sunday, and will now have a number of important duties to fulfill during the Christmas period

29 November 2015
Wharfedale Observer

Sheep hunt to bring festive spirit to Alrewas

A SPECIAL "sheep hunt" is being held in Alrewas aimed at getting the village's children in the Christmas spirit. Organised by the Alrewas churches, children are invited to seek out 18 knitted sheep which will be hiding in shops and local businesses from Monday November 30 until Thursday, December 10.

28 November 2015
Lichfield Mercury

Children's hospice boosted by lunch

Congresbury Methodist Church, in High Street, hosted a soup and puds lunch to raise money for Children's Hospice South West (CHSW) in Wraxall. The meal was held on November 12 and a dedicated team of chefs prepared the lunch for guests.

27 November 2015
North Somerset Times

Successful Christmas fair for Porthleven Methodist Church

All the fun of the Christmas fair came to Porthleven as the Methodist Church invited everyone in for its annual fundraiser. Volunteers raised over £1,000 for church funds as people visited for refreshments and to buy gifts and decorations ahead of the festive season.

26 November 2015
This is the West Country

Pop-up store to help the poor to open in a Torquay church

A TORQUAY church will be joining a worldwide movement when a pop-up clothing store for the poor opens in December. The street store will be the 370th worldwide when it opens in the Central Methodist Church on Tuesday, December 8 between 10.30am and 4.30pm.

25 November 2015
Herald Express

Verwood Methodist Church holds regular 'big breakfasts'

Verwood Methodist Church has introduced a contemporary style of worship for all the family. Their 'Big Breakfast' service is held on the first and third Sunday of every month. They start off with tea, coffee, bacon and sausage rolls, croissants fruit and cereals, and then along with the musical talents of their members on the guitar they begin with songs and lessons from the Bible.

24 November 2015
Blackmore Vale Magazine

Bexhill Christians raise record sum for charity

A Bexhill Christian musical drama group's latest performance has raised more than £500 for a cancer charity. Christian Voices' play Runaway Slave made a record £528 for the Children with Cancer Fund.

23 November 2015
Bexhill Observer

Church project looks for home for couple

Temporary homes are being sought for a couple in the run-up to Christmas. Knitted figures representing Mary, Joseph and the donkey have been created for a Posada - a Spanish word meaning lodgings - project by members of the Cullercoats Methodist Church community.

22 November 2015
News Guardian 

Blyth Brownies & Rainbows celebrate anniversaries

Rainbows and brownies held a joint party at Blyth Central Methodist Church to celebrate their respective 21st and 60th birthdays. There has been a brownie group based at the church for 60 years, although originally in a different building.

20 November 2015
News Post Leader

Soup lunch raises cash for charity

Congresbury Methodist Church, in High Street, hosted a soup and puds lunch. The meal was held on Thursday and a dedicated team of chefs prepared the meal for guests.

19 November 2015
Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury

Swaffham church launches Hymnathon roof campaign

Church leaders in Swaffham are appealing for sponsors to support their plan to sing 748 different hymns to help raise funds for repairs. Officials at the town's Methodist Church are running the Pinnacle Appeal to find the estimated £160,000 needed to pay for a new roof at the London Street venue.

18 November 2015
Lynn News 

Chunk of Barwell meteorite is heading our way

The biggest chunk of Barwell's famous meteorite will be landing back in the village for one day only to mark the 50th anniversary of it falling to Earth. Barwell Methodist Church will be hosting the renowned piece of space rock on Saturday December 12 from 10am.

17 November 2015
Hinkley Times

Methodist Minister to be next Lord Mayor of Bradford

A Methodist minister says he is looking forward to becoming the next Lord Mayor of Bradford. Councillor Geoff Reid, who represents the Eccleshill ward at Bradford Council, will be the first Liberal Democrat in eight years to become the district's first citizen.

17 November 2015
Telegraph & Argus 

Donations flood in for roof appeal

The latest donations for St John's Burlington Methodist Church roof appeal to stop the rot mean it has beaten its planned target of £50,000 in just seven months.

14 November 2015
Bridlington Free Press 

Lovington Primary School presented with £250 cheque

A Primary School near Castle Cary has been presented with a cheque by the town's Methodist Church. The contribution to Lovington Church of England Primary School has been funded by donations at the 'coffee for all' sessions on Wednesday mornings, run by the Methodist Church.

13 November 2015
Western Gazette  

Stratford Methodist Church reaches fundraising goal

Stratford Methodist Church is no longer in the red after raising enough money to pay back all the debt from the building's redevelopment. Major upgrades to the church were made between 2013-2014 including a better disabled access, new stained glass window, chairs, baby change area, movable wall, outdoor soft play area, kitchen, green heating system and WiFi.

13 November 2015
Stratford-upon-Avon Herald  

200 scouts set to perform en masse at carol concert

Scouts and guides from around Uttoxeter will descend en masse into the town for the annual Christmas carol service at Uttoxeter Methodist Church.

12 November 2015
Uttoxeter Advertiser 

Government's two child limit on benefits will lead to "increased abortions", claim faith leaders

A coalition of UK's biggest churches and Jewish groups claim that the Government plans on benefit reform have the potential to split up families as well as put pressure on people trapped in abusive households. Paul Morrison from the Methodist Church explains.

12 November 2015
Premier Christian Radio

Methodist church hosts Pearl of Africa Children's Choir for final concert

A Ugandan choir will be holding a concert and a workshop at Falmouth's Methodist church on the weekend, which will be one of their final gigs as they reach the tail end of their Cornish tour.

10 November 2015
the Packet

Village turns out in force to support Troon Methodist Church Christmas bazaar

A village Methodist church was packed to the rafters for an annual Christmas bazaar at the weekend. The event was staged at the Troon Methodist Church and a total of £1,284 was raised to go towards the church renovation fund.

10 November 2015
West Briton

UK faith leaders unite to challenge welfare penalties on larger families

Christian and Jewish leaders have joined forces to challenge the UK government's welfare reform proposals, calling on members of the House of Lords to throw out clauses that penalise larger families.  The Church of England, Church of Scotland, the Catholic Caritas Social Network, Methodists, Baptists, Quakers, the United Reform Church, the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the orthodox Jewish Interlink Foundation are behind the effort to amend legislation going through parliament.

10 November 2015
The Guardian

Longbridge Methodist Chruch has raised £4,800 for Mercy Ships UK

Longbridge Methodist Church has raised £4,800 for a charity which helps some of the world's poorest people. The money will be going to Mercy Ships UK, which provide the world's largest floating hospital, taking free medical care to those in need.

09 November 2015
Bromsgrove Standard

Macclesfield residents urged to welcome refugees

A group of volunteers, based at Maccelsfield Methodist Church and working in conjunction with charity Citizens UK, are appealing for residents and the council to welcome 10 refugee families into Macclesfield.

09 November 2015
Macclesfield Express

Reminders of past in Spalding church

The early worshippers at Broad Street Methodist Church in Spalding reached out from the past to have a presence at the official reopening of the refurbished church.

09 November 2015
Spalding Today

Remembrance week talk on Methodism and the First World War

Andrew Pickering, a member of Bishop's Stortford Methodist Church, is giving a talk on Methodism and the First World War. It is based on research he has been conducting for his Master of Arts degree at the University of Cambridge.

08 November 2015
Herst & Essex Observer

Can laughter bring you closer to God?

Tom Elliott tours the UK as a comedian, magician and all-round entertainer. But the majority of his gigs aren't in comedy clubs or theatres - they are in churches, of all denominations. BBC News went on the road with him, on a typical Friday night gig at a Methodist church in south London, to learn more about what motivates him.

08 November 2015
BBC Magazine 

Historic Scunthorpe church to be demolished and turned into block of flats for the homeless

Plans have been submitted to demolish one of Scunthorpe's historic churches and convert the site into bed-sits and flats for the homeless.  The investment, by the Newcastle-based charity Home Group, will see the former Centenary Methodist Church in the town's Frodingham Road turned into 17 one-bed units. There will also be seven on-site car parking spaces.

06 November 2015
Scunthorpe Telegraph

140 years of the loudest dragon

Cockerton Methodist Church is celebrating its 140th anniversary next weekend with an open day on Saturday.

06 November 2015
The Northern Echo

Comic opera lolanthe is coming from Christchurch group

Christchurch Gilbert and Sullivan Society, from Christchurch MEthodist Church in Shepshed,celebrate 50 years of shows with their latest production of comic opera Iolanthe. Members of the local theatre company are dusting off their fairy wings and peers' robes for the special anniversary performance.

06 November 2015
Loughborough Echo

A holiday for Charles Wesley

The well-known statue of Charles Wesley that stands in the Horsefair Courtyard at the New Room in Broadmead has gone on a short holiday. Charles Wesley's statue, which normally stands in the Horsefair Courtyard at the New Room, Broadmead, has been carefully winched off its plinth for a short holiday.

04 November 2015
Bristol Shopping Quarter

Meet the new president of the Methodist Conference

Rev Steve Wild, the newly appointed President of the Methodist Conference spoke to Premier's Ian Britton, Regional Producer for the North, about reaching out and spreading the Gospel, whilst on his travels around the UK. He shares some of the chance conversations he has had with people whilst on the move.

02 November 2015
Premier Christian Radio

Project provides 'Safe Haven' for vulnerable

Vulnerable people on the streets will be helped by a new project aimed at providing a safe haven for those in need. The Safe Haven project is based at Talbot Lane Methodist Church and will started work last Friday night.

02 November 2015
Rotheram Adviser

Vicar dons hard hat for service

A vicar wearing a hard hat and a dog collar has helped lay the foundation stone for her new church. Rev Kim Williams officiated in a slightly different capacity - with book of worship and a trowel - at Horbury Methodist Church on the High Street on Monday.

01 November 2015
Wakefield Express 

Burglars stole children's toys from Sunderland church

Burglars who broke into a church, stealing hundreds of pounds worth of children's toys and equipment have been branded 'lowlives'. Intruders are thought to have sneaked into Roker Methodist Church on Monday evening and hidden inside as it was locked up before carrying out the raid.

30 October 2015
Sunderland Echo 

Birmingham respond proactively to refugee crisis

Few cities are responding as proactively to the refugee crisis as Birmingham. The work of the Methodist Church in Birmingham, combined with the efforts of Citizens UK, has secured 50 homes for refugees in the city. This result came after meetings with Birmingham City Council at both specifically organised events and City Council meetings.

29 October 2015
JPIT   

Trinity Methodist to hold Christmas lunch

TRINITY Methodist Church will be holding a traditional Christmas lunch for 30 people who might otherwise be alone on 25 December.

29 October 2015
East Grinstead Online  

Rallying call to residents to come and take part in Bromsgrove's Big Draw

RESIDENTS will get to show off their arty sides when the Big Draw comes to Bromsgrove next Saturday (October 31). The event, from 10am to 2.30pm at the Methodist Centre, Stratford Road, will enable people to unleash their imaginations by drawing, doodling, or colouring to their heart's content.

26 October 2015
Bromsgrove Standard   

Christians praye for the UN on 70th anniversary

Christians are being encouraged to pray and give thanks for the United Nations (UN) and it's General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon on its 70th anniversary. The Methodist Central Hall in London is joining the celebrations looking back at 70 years of the global peace body.

24 October 2015
Premier  

Tins donated to homeless cause

It is Harvest Festival time and Pocklington Methodist Church in Chapmangate was beautifully decorated with vintage cups and saucers, jugs and teapots filled with garden flowers and hedgerow foliage, brought by members of the congregation.

24 October 2015
Pocklington Post  

Preperations underway for Pontefract Music Festival 2016

Early preparations are now underway for hundreds of performers to showcase their skills at Pontefract Music and Drama Festival 2016, which will take place in April at The King's High School and Central Methodist Church. Around 250 people took to the stage at venues across the town during the last festival in March. 

24 October 2015
Wakefield Express 

Budleigh kids give up mobile phones for charity

Members of Budleigh Salterton's Methodist Adventure Group also created huts out of cardboard donated by Spar and slept on the church floor. More than £400 was raised for Christian relief charity Tearfund. The money will be used to pay for a block of four organic toilets for a village in Africa.

24 October 2015
Exmouth Journal 

Foodbank helps those in need

Organisers of a foodbank in Brighouse have urged those in need to make use of the service. Based at Central Methodist Church, Commercial Street, and run by Brighouse and Surrounding Homeless (BASH), it's hoped the foodbank will play a huge part in helping society's most vulnerable.

23 October 2015
Halifax Courier

Syrian refugees in Hull to be welcomed with Avenues dinner

An Avenues church will host a welcome event for Syrian refugees living in Hull. For 15 years, The Open Doors Project, based at Princes Avenue Methodist Church, has been helping destitute asylum seekers, refugees and migrants workers who have come to the city.

22 October 2015
Hull Daily Mail

People travel from far and wide for Farnhill Methodist Chapel's final service

Farnhill Methodist Chapel was full for its final service. People travelled from far and wide to share in the service, which was conducted by present minister, the Rev Ruth Crompton and previous ministers, the Revs Alan Raine and Ken Beardsley.

22 October 2015
Craven Herald & Pioneer

Youth clubs celebrate move with special church service

More than 160 people celebrated 8th 
Portsmouth Girls' Brigade and 4th Portsmouth Boys' Brigade moving to new premises. A special welcome service followed by a buffet lunch was organised to officially mark the occasion at Copnor Methodist Church, Copnor Road, Portsmouth on October 11.

21 October 2015
Portsmouth News 

Downham Market pupils celebrate harvest

Generous youngsters from a Downham school have collected donations for the Food Bank during their harvest festival. Youngsters from Nelson Academy enjoyed their harvest festival at Downham Methodist Church on October 15.

21 October 2015
Fenland Citizen

First Messy Church event in Tysoe is a success

The first ever 'Messy Church' held by Tysoe Methodist Church has been hailed a great success and planning has already commenced for the next one at Christmas time. Over thirty people attended the inaugural harvest themed Messy Church on Saturday October 17 in the treehouse and forest school at Winchcombe Farm Day Nursery in Upper Tysoe.

20 October 2015
Cotswold Journal

Table top sale in Somerton raises valuable funds for West Street Church

A table top sale in Somerton raised £88 towards West Street Church, which was formed when the town's Methodist Church and United Reformed Church merged earlier this year.

19 October 2015
Western Gazette

Carharrack Methodists to celebrate 200th anniversary with festival

A village Methodist chapel is celebrating its 200th anniversary with a week-long festival.

19 October 2015
West Briton

New Chaplain won't shy away from Island issues

Scilly's new Methodist Chaplain says he won't shy away from speaking out and sharing his views on important issues affecting the islands.

19 October 2015
Scilly Today

Choir sings for hospital appeal

The Maesteg Male Voice Choir, known as Côr Meibion Maesteg A'r Clych in Wales, will be performing at the Methodist Church in Midsomer Norton in a concert organised by Radstock and Midsomer Norton Lions.

18 October 2015
Somerset Guardian

Village show is hailed a great success

A SUCCESSFUL Barrow Village Show took place in September - with the number of entries tripling since last year. The event took place at the Methodist Church Hall on Saturday, September 19 and included a host of extra classes to enter including baking, painting, photography and knitting.

16 October 2015
Loughborough Echo

Tenbury's new Methodist minister James Eaton-Challinor takes up his new post

James Eaton-Challinor moved into his new office on Saturday and was able to meet a number of his his new faithful at a jumble sale organised by the church and benefiting a number of good causes.

16 October 2015
Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser

Methodist minister appointed

A former accountant who helped to found a non-league football club has been appointed a Methodist minister in the Driffield-Hornsea Circuit.

15 October 2015
Driffield Today

Gosberton Ladies Circle supports life-saving service

A gift of £150 was presented to Martin Wright, treasurer of Lincolnshire Emergency Blood Bikes Service, during a meeting of the Ladies Circle at Gosberton Methodist Church on Thursday.

14 October 2015
Boston Standard

Fundraising concert to improve access at town centre church

Wilmslow Methodist Church is hosting a concert to raise funds to improve the access and toilet facilities at the church.

13 October 2015
Wilmslow

Flower festival fundraiser held at Windsor Methodist Church

Windsor Methodist Church in Alma Road received £3,640 for Macmillan Cancer Support and Thames Hospice through the event and will be adding £360 to give £2000 to each charity following a successful flower festival to raise money for good causes.

13 October 2015
The Royal Borough Observer

Blooming good flower festival at Quinton Methodist Church

Scores of visitors packed into Quinton  Methodist Church for its first flower festival in five years, raising £500 for a support group for children with Down syndrome.

13 October 2015
Halesowen News

Pets service at Wesley Methodist Church hailed success

All creatures great and small took on a new significance at Wesley Methodist Church in Frome last Sunday afternoon when the Rev Marie Attwood held a pets' service and blessing.

12 October 2015
Frome Standard

Broadmayne Churches renew Covenant

Anglicans and Methodists in Broadmayne have come together to sign an historic three year covenant.

12 October 2015
Market Rasen Mail

Ready to wrap

Christmas came early at Market Rasen Methodist Chapel as members join Wrap & Pack event for Operation Christmas Child scheme.

11 October 2015
Market Rasen Mail

Coffee Morning at Smithy Bridge Methodist Church

Smithy Bridge Methodist Church held a coffee morning to raise money for the Cavernoma Alliance UK on Saturday (10 October).

11 October 2015
Rochdale Online

Sing and Smile charity launches in Silsden

The Golden-Oldies charity, that has singing and smiling at its heart, is launching fun daytime sessions for older people at Silsden Methodist Church.

10 October 2015
Get West London

Volunteers (and dogs) to sleep ruff in bid for homeless centre

Sugar the pooch and other volunteers are getting ready to sleep on the streets of Marylebone to raise money for Methodist homeless charity West London Mission.

09 October 2015
Get West London

Work well underway on Bingham Methodist Church - with six months until launch

The Rev Tanner spoke as work progressed well on the new Bingham  Methodist Church, in Union Street. The church was demolished earlier this year to make way for a new £1.7 million building, which will also house a church hall, two shops and offices.

09 October 2015
Nottingham Post

Historic pulpit exchange in Earby

An historic first will take place when churches in the West Craven area do an annual pulpit exchange on Sunday with Local Preacher David Harley preaching at St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church.

08 October 2015
Craven Herald & Pioneer

Bromley Methodist Church celebrates silver jubilee

Nearly 200 people attended the silver jubilee of Bromley Methodist Church on Sunday. Members from the past and present visited the church on College Road, as it celebrated it's 25th anniversary. 

08 October 2015
Bromley Times

Bromley Methodist Church celebrates silver jubilee

Nearly 200 people attended the silver jubilee of Bromley Methodist Church on Sunday. Members from the past and present visited the church on College Road, as it celebrated it's 25th anniversary. 

08 October 2015
Bromley Times

Cromer church's vision for change to provide day centre

Cromer Methodist Church wants to convert part of the main hall into a homeless pod, day centre and part church after its congregation drops to fewer than 30 people using the large main hall. 

08 October 2015
Eastern Daily Press

Buxton Methodist Church hopes council sees the light over solar bid

Buxton Methodis Church is once again looking to the heavens to save on its energy costs after resubmitting a planning application for solar roof panels. 

08 October 2015
Buxton Adviser

Vandals smash defibrillator cabinet at Blaby church

A life-saving defibrillator is out of action after vandals smashed the cabinet it was in. But on Saturday volunteer Stuart Hook, who maintains the defibrillator at Blaby MethodistChurch, which was bought with money raised locally, arrived to find the cabinet had been forced open. 

07 October 2015
Leicester Mercury

Long-serving village GP hangs up her stethoscope

A long-serving village GP has retired from the surgery that she opened almost 30 years ago and a surprise tea party was thrown at the South Killingholme Methodist Church Hall,

07 October 2015
Grimsby Telegraph

An enthusiastic response to the first concert of its kind at Dursley Methodist Church

The recent tea-time performance at Dursley Methodist Church by The Blackheath Piano Quartet proved to be a stunning success. Performances of Mozart's Piano Quartet in G minor and Schuman's Piano Quartet in E flat major were received with rapturous applause from a capacity audience.

07 October 2015
Gazette

Christian friends to fill stomachs and 'fill gap' left behind by Leatherhead homeless charity

Two friends are filling the stomachs of homeless and vulnerable people at Leatherhead Methodist Church, filling the gap left by the closure of a Mole Valley charity.

06 October 2015
Your Local Guardian 

New Year Helpzone to return to Chippenham

Central Methodist Church to host team of Chippenham street pastors, St John's Ambulance volunteers and members of the South West Ambulance Service on hand to help deal with emergency medical issues from 10pm to 3am on New Year's Eve.

06 October 2015
Gazette & Herald 

Historic Fegg Hayes Methodist Church to be refurbished after being handed £135k grant

Renovation work is now set to start at Fegg Hayes Methodist Church after receiving grant for £135,000.

06 October 2015
The Sentinel

Jigsaw Club proving to be hit with all ages

Maghull Councillors join Jigsaw Club at Maghull Methodist Church in Hall Lane where folk are able to pop in and pick up a jigsaw, absolutely free. 

05 October 2015
Champion

Namosau Church Marks 100 Years of Mission Work

Members of the Ba Methodist community gathered to celebrate 100 years of Christian mission work.

05 October 2015
Fiji Sun Online

Portland minister says churches could provide supporting role for youths

Revd Christopher Briggs, from the Portland Methodist Circuit has suggested churches could play a supporting role for young people in the event of youth services being cut.

05 October 2015
Dorset Echo

Warm welcome in Headless Cross

New minister, Revd Ruth Wilson, joins Methodist Church Ministry team in Redditch.

04 October 2015
Redditch Standard

Upton community rallies around Hemsworth quad crash victims' families

A book of condolence has been set up at Upton Methodist Church, for the victims of the Hemsworth Quad Bike accident. 

01 October 2015
Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express 

Upton community rallies around Hemsworth quad crash victims' families

A book of condolence has been set up at Upton Methodist Church, for the victims of the Hemsworth Quad Bike accident. 

01 October 2015
Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express

Who let the dad's out?

Mums are being invited to put their feet up while the dads take over thanks to the launch of a new playgroup at Trinity Methodist Church, Harrogate.

01 October 2015
Harrogate Advertiser

Church finds time capsule from 1886

A time capsule, placed under one of the memorial stones in Broad Street Methodist Church, Spalding, from 1886 has been uncovered following building refurbishments.

30 September 2015
Spalding Today

Methodist minister appeals for community use of Cheadle buildings

The Revd Andrew Farrington has approached Cheadle Town Council for ideas of how to better use the Methodist Church buildings in the area for the community. 

30 September 2015
Leek Post & Times  

School pupils give donations to Newark Foodbank

Pupils from Elston All Saints' Anglican Methodist Primary School gave Newark Foodbank 112kg of food and drinks, including orange juice, boxes of cereal and fruit from their harvest festival.

29 September 2015
Newark Advertiser 

School pupils give donations to Newark Foodbank

Pupils from Elston All Saints' Anglican Methodist Primary School gave Newark Foodbank 112kg of food and drinks, including orange juice, boxes of cereal and fruit from their harvest festival.

29 September 2015
Newark Advertiser

Two Somerton churches merge to become one

Somerton Methodist Church and Somerton United Reformed Church have formally united to become West Street Church following a year of discussions.

29 September 2015
Western Gazette

New look for Howden-le-Wear Methodist chapel

Howden-le-Wear Methodist chapel, West Durham, celebrates a £26,000 refurbishment to bring 145-year-old chapel up to date.

29 September 2015
The Northern Echo

Boys' Brigade celebrates 30th anniversary with reunion

Thirty years of memories are set to be revived next month as a Boys' Brigade company at Whitburn Methodist Church, South Tyneside marks a special anniversary with a reunion.

27 September 2015
The Shields Gazette

Arthur Dooley's Black Christ statue reinstated in Toxteth after restoration work

A statue by the renowned Liverpool  sculptor Arthur Dooley has been given a new lease of life after being taken down from its home of 46 years. The sculpture, known as Black Christ, is now back decorating the wall of Princes Park Methodist Church following the restoration.

27 September 2015
Liverpool Echo

Staff helping to beat hunger

Volunteers raise money for the Blackpool Food Partnership, led by Methodist Action NW.

26 September 2015
Blackpool Gazette

Refugee aid: Three cheers for volunteers!

Generous locals brought tents, clothing and other vital supplies to Central Methodist Church on Saturday after an appeal issued by Todmorden Town Council.

25 September 2015
Todmorden News

Pupils donate hundreds of tins, cans and packets of dried food to harvest appeal

Pupils at a Newport school collected more than 280 items of dried food towards a harvest appeal at St Julian's Methodist Church, Wales.

24 September 2015
South Wales Argus

Café church meets in Worcester

Nearly 40 members and visitors met at St Andrew's Methodist Church, in Pump Street, to rekindle memories and view artifacts from the George Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, which closed after a ceiling fall in 1963.

24 September 2015
Worcester News

Long-term plan for Hope Methodist Church in Higham Ferrers

A number of buildings will be demolished as part of a long-term plan to renovate Hope Methodist Church following discussions for more than 20 years.

24 September 2015
Northamptonshire Telegraph

50 years of service

A special very well attended service was held in Lansdowne Methodist Church in recognition of Professor Barry Jones having completed 50 years service as a Methodist Local Preacher.

24 September 2015
Malvern Gazette 

Growing solidarity with Syrian refugees

Shetland's churches have come out to publicly express their solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of refugees heading for Europe from their war torn home countries.

23 September 2015
Shetland News

Rubery youngsters at Longbridge Methodist Church nursery support harvest festival collection

Children at Jellybabies Nursery and Pre-School, based in Longbridge Methodist Church, were encouraged to bring in donations of tinned food for the collection that is being passed on to a homeless charity.

23 September 2015
Bromsgrove Advertiser

Mitcham Heritage Day opens pavilion to the public

Mitcham Methodist Church was opened to visitors along with other local heritage buildings as part of the Mitcham Heritage Day.

23 September 2015
Your Local Guardian

Blue plaque to honour Methodist leader

A blue heritage plaque has been unveiled at Central Methodist Church, Burnley, to mark the life of a Burnley man who rose from poverty to become a leading light in the Methodist movement.

22 September 2015
Burnley Express 

Wimborne unites for National Prayer Weekend

The Wimborne Methodist Church community will be praying for the community over the weekend.

22 September 2015
Blackmore Vale Magazine 

Winterton Town Council backs appeal to take in 10 refugee families

Winterton councillors have agreed to take in refugees following the Lincolnshire Methodist District Synod's motion that local councils should take in at least 10 refugee families.

21 September 2015
Scunthorpe Telegraph 

Survey lets you have your say on transformation of city-centre church

Deacon Ian Cartwright has launched a survey to discover how York's Central Methodist Church can be transformed to better serve the local community.

21 September 2015
York Press 

Cash aid for local good causes

Torrisholme Methodist Church received a £500 grant for a new dishwasher and cooker to provide meals for elderly people and children from Morecambe Town Council.

20 September 2015
The Visitor

York churches offer property to refugee family

Banners declaring 'refugees welcome' are to be displayed outside Methodist Churches across the York area. In addition, a church property in the York Circuit will be made available for use by a refugee family. 

20 September 2015
York Press

Toasty! £25k heating system installed at Barkingside Methodist Church in time for winter

Worshippers at Barkingside Methodist Church can look forward to a much warmer and more welcoming building after a new £25,000 heating system was installed.

20 September 2015
Ilford Recorder

We are proud of Victoria Hall Methodist Mission's heritage

Around 200 people came through the doors of Victoria Hall Methodist Church at the Hall's Methodist Mission heritage day, enjoying guided tours around the building, magic lantern shows, great music and light refreshments.

18 September 2015
The Bolton News

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot: church welcomes Rugby World Cup

Carrville Methodist Church, Durham, is getting into the Rugby spirit, by screening matches live this Rugby World Cup.

17 September 2015
The Northern Echo

Oakworth Methodist Church unveils £260,000 plan to expand

Oakworth Methodist Church, West Yorkshire, has unveiled a £260,000 plan to extend its building in the centre of the village.

17 September 2015
Keighleynews

A huge restoration project is underway at Camelford Methodist Church as they build a new roof

Camelford Methodist Church leaders have started a huge restoration project which will include a new church roof and disabled access facilities. The roof project will cost £185,000, with £111,000 secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the rest having been raised from a variety of other organisations including Camelford Town Council, Cornwall Historic Churches, the Methodist Circuit and fundraising efforts from the churchgoers themselves.

15 September 2015
Cornish Guardian

Charity concert to boost funds for repairs to Barnard Castle Methodist Church

A brass band cornet player has orchestrated a charity concert to benefit a church close to her heart.  Sharon Walker, of Barnard Castle Brass Band, has called on her band mates to perform a special concert in aid of the town's Methodist Church, where she, her mother and her daughter were all married. 

15 September 2015
Teesdale Mercury

Methodist President acclaims church organist after 75 years of service

A special certificate has been presented to Virginia Laity by the President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Steve Wild, in recognition of her 75 years of playing organ at Kenneggy Methodist Church.

15 September 2015
The Cornishman 

Flower society puts on a blooming marvellous show

Bondgate Methodist Church Hall, Darlington, was awash with colourful blooms as a flower society hosted its most successful show in a decade.

14 September 2015
The Northern Echo

'First ever' table top sale raises money for Elburton Methodist Church

A successful table top sale at Elburton Methodist raised £168 for the upkeep of the building.

14 September 2015
Plymouth Herald

Grimston grandfather completes annual Norfolk Churches' Trust cycle ride - on his exercise bike

An 89-year-old grandfather rode on an exercise bike at his place of worship as part of the annual Norfolk Churches' Trust sponsored bike and walk.

13 September 2015
Eastern Daily Press

Heritage Open Day: Long Street Methodist Church

Completed in 1901, Long Street Methodist Church was built in the Arts and Crafts style by architect Edgar Wood and displays elements of Gothic, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Modernism. The church welcomed visitors from across the community to explore the grounds, art and history with special activities laid out for the children.

13 September 2015
Rochdale Online 

From Cockermouth to Calais, with love

Sian Spencer set up the Cockermouth to Calais website on Sunday (6 Sep) to ask for people to donate camping kit, clothes and food at the town's Lorton Street Methodist Church and by Wednesday (9 Sep), the church was full of goods.

11 September 2015
Times & Star  

New community centre opens in Smithy Bridge

A new community centre, 'The Bridge Centre', has been opened in Smithy Bridge. The Centre,  which is owned by Smithy Bridge Methodist Church, also houses a café and a charity shop.

10 September 2015
Rochdale Online 

Collection held in aid of Calais refugees at Fleet Methodist Church

A collection was held in Fleet Methodist Church to help those fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and seeking refuge on European soil. The team, which is supporting Syria Relief and the Migrant Offshore Aid Station, attracted more than 1,300 supporters on Facebook in just a few days.

10 September 2015
Get Hampshire

Do we still have good manners?

The Revd David Monkton, Woodthorpe, discusses the ongoing battle for good manners. 

10 September 2015
Nottingham Post

Churwell Methodist Church moves to new venue after 200 years

It's all change for Churwell Methodist Church as the congregation prepare to hold the first service away from their Back Green chapel in over 200 years.

10 September 2015
Morley Observer & Advertiser

Special service to welcome first Anglican priest to take over responsibility for a Methodist church in Cornwall

An historic service has been held at Troon Methodist Church to welcome its new priest. The Reverend Dom Whitting, vicar of Crowan and Treslothan, has become the first Anglican priest in Cornwall to be made responsible for a Methodist chapel. He was welcomed to the church during a special service on Thursday after being granted permission from the Methodist Church for the groundbreaking ecumenical venture.

9 September 2015
West Briton

Thornbury Methodist Church flower festival to support local hospice

Severnside Support Group of St Peter's Hospice celebrate their 30th anniversary with fundraising flower festival at Thornbury Methodist Church.

8 September 2015
Gazette

Annual Ride and Stride for Lancashire churches

Central Methodist and Fulwood Free Methodist Churches among others in eighth annual Ride and Stride event in Lancashire - a sponsored cycle ride visiting churches in the area.

8 September 2015
Lancashire Evening Post

North East Lincolnshire urged by Lincolnshire Methodists to give home to 10 refugee families amid crisis

Lincolnshire Methodist District Synod has passed a motion calling upon local councils - including North East Lincolnshire Council - to take in 10 refugee families in response to the refugee crisis.

8 September 2015
Grimsby Telegraph

Purrrfect pets at cat re-homing day at Soham Methodist Church Hall

Soham Methodist Church, Ely, held a cat re-homing event in support of Ely and District Cats Protection. 

8 September 2015
Ely News

Methodist art on show in Epwroth

Epworth's historic Old Rectory are now showing several paintings from the Department of Methodist Studies at Oxford Brooks University. 

6 September 2015
Gainsborough Standard

£250,000 revamp to transform Studley Methodist Church

Following valliant fundraising efforts of the Studley Methodist Church congregation, a £250,000 revamp is to begin, making the building accessible for all. 

6 September 2015
Redditch & Alcester Advertiser

Work set to start on £497,000 community centre

A new community hub in Stoke is to be built alongside Fegg Haye Methodist Church after being awarded £497,000 from the Big Lottery Fund and £70,000 from the Tudor Trust. 

6 September 2015
The Sentinel

Auction set to raise funds for new church hall

Members of Mayne Methodist Church are holding an auction to raise vital funds for a future church building project, with a wide range of household furniture, toys, books, bric-a-brac and various other items will be included in the auction

6 September 2015
Ulster Herald

Nantwich Methodist Church Family Films @ 4 project nominated for award

The community cinema project received a commendation in the 'Best New Society' category at last year's National Film Society Awards and is once again in the running for an accolade. 

4 September 2015
Crewe Chronicle

A tent in a cage to raise awareness

Daniel Feeny, 20, is spending seven days and seven nights in a tent in a cage at Fulwood Free Methodist Church to raise awareness of the world-wide problem of human trafficking.

3 September 2015
Blog Preston

Art exhibition raises £350 for Discovery Centre

London Road Methodist Church, Horsham, hold art exhibition in support of local Discovery Centre.

3 September 2015
Lynn News  

War memorial reinstalled following renovation

A war memorial at Frodsham Methodist Church has been reinstalled following careful renovation works.

3 September 2015
Chester Chronicle 

BBQ marks end of weeklong pilgrimage across Wensleydale

A special celebration service and BBQ was held in the tranquil setting of the Jonas Centre Redmire following a weeklong pilgrimage as part of the Church About the Dale project.

2 September 2015
Darlington & Stockton Times

New Methodist minister treks 27 miles in one day

The Revd John Purdy has walked 27 miles to introduce himself to the 15 churches in the Bishop Auckland and Shildon circuit.

30 August 2015
The Northern Echo

Children gather for summer holiday church clubs

Almost 100 children adopted a cops and robbers theme when they took part in the Vale of Glamorgan Methodist Circuit Summer Holiday Clubs, with Saint John's, Barry Island, The Gathering Place Church and Community Centre in St Athan and Crossway Methodist church in Barry also hosting special family services.

28 August 2015
Barry & District News

Rustington Street Fayre nets £2,500

A cheque for £2,500 has been presented to Chestnut Tree House children's hospice following the Rustington street fayre, held at Rustington Methodist Church, West Sussex

28 August 2015
Little Hampton Gazette

Barnard Castle Methodist Church Sing for the Brain

Bishop Auckland's MP, Helen Goodman, joined more than 30 dementia sufferers and their carers at a Singing for the Brain event, held at Barnard Castle  Methodist Church.The service, provided by the Alzheimer's Society, uses singing to bring people together in a friendly and stimulating social environment and is held at the church every two weeks as part of a wider programme to make the town dementia friendly. 

28 August 2015
The Northern Echo

From pages to pews: New minister is appointed at Romsey church

A former newspaper editor, the Revd Gareth Hill, is Romsey's new Methodist Church minister, arriving just as a £100,000 revamp of the church has been completed.

28 August 2015
Southern Daily Echo

Tributes paid to popular Methodist minister

Tributes have been paid to the Revd Bob Senior, MBE, after he lost a lengthy battle against cancer. Well known in both Hayle and Penzance - he was Superintendent of both the West Penwith and St Ives and Hayle Methodist circuits at various times - he moved to West Cornwall around 15 years ago after serving in the Royal Engineers and then becoming a Methodist minister, serving in the Woodford area of Plymouth.

25 August 2015
The Cornishman

Trailer carries on its Dale pilgrimage

An exhibition trailer offering support and advice on every day issues, is on pilgrimage throughout Wensleydale this week as part of the Church about the Dale programme, a joint project between the Methodist and Anglican Churches.

24 August 2015
Ripon Gazette

Coffee and Cake supports Hull Street Angels

Home made cakes were a prime feature of the Coffee Morning held in support of Hedon Street Angels at the Hedon Methodist Church, Yorkshire.

24 August 2015
The Hedon Blog

Nuneaton Methodist Church coffee morning helps boost charity funds

A coffee morning has helped raise over £200 in support of a North Warwickshire chairty - with the proceeds going toward a feeding programme in Chinthowa.

23 August 2015
Nuneaton News

African-themed adventures

Nailsea Methodist Church held an African-themed holiday club seeing children build shelters, bake pitta bread and make fake snakes.

21 August 2015
North Somerset Times

A letter from the past...

An amazing piece of Action for Children history has been uncovered, at the discovery of a letter written by founder Revd Thomas Bowman Stephenson at Briggswath & Sleights Methodist Church, Yorkshire. 

20 August 2015
Action for Children

Letter Response: DWP Benefit Sanction fabrication scandal

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference joined others in signing an open letter in the Telegraph criticising the DWP for fabricating testimonies from benefit claimants. 

20 August 2015
Shoreham Herald

Shoreham Methodist Church Arts and Crafts Festival success

Crafts galore at popular annual Arts and Crafts Festival at Shoreham Methodist Church. 

19 August 2015
Shoreham Herald

Aldridge local preacher proving a revv-elation as motorcycle champ

Andy Haynes packs away his Bible and slips into racing leathers for his 'altar ego' as Britain's ultimate pulpit petrol head. 

18 August 2015
Birmingham Mail

Stepping back in time

Beaconthorpe Methodist Church, Lincolnshire, joined the local community in stepping back in time to the Victorian era for a Family Fun Day in Cleethorpe. 

18 August 2015
Grimsby Telegraph

Lostock Green Methodist Church chooses Sunday School Queen

Six-year-old Sophie Ritchings announced as Lostock Green Sunday School Queen at village fete as over £1,500 is raised for running costs and renovations at Lostock Green Methodist Church. 

16 August 2015
Northwich Guardian  

Giant milk bottle igloo is turning heads

New Longton Methodist Church holds Holiday Bible Club for 70 children and creates giant igloo out of thousands of milk bottles.

13 August 2015
Lancashire Evening Post 

Cradley kids tuck into big meal at Methodist church

Free lunches are being dished up to around 80 primary aged children and their parents every Wednesday during the school holiday at Providence Methodist Church in Cradley. 

12 August 2015
Halesowen News

Immingham's Got Talent at Trinity Methodist Church

Finalists are chosen for Immingham's Got Talent at Trinity Methodist Church in the run up to the final of the competition on Friday. 

11 August 2015
Grimsby Telegraph  

Summer Concerts at Gillingham Methodist Church

Gillingham Methodist Church is holding it's 12th series of annual Summer Sunday afternoon organ concerts this year with guest organist Peter Lattimer. 

10 August 2015
Blackmore Vale  

District Chair retires after 17 years of service

The Revd Ward Jones retires following 17 years on the job, the longest serving chairman of the Bristol District.

09 August 2015
Frome Standard 

Hospice help from Methodist coffee

Nettleton Methodist Church held their annual charity coffee morning in support of St Andrew's Children's Hospice, raising £304.

08 August 2015
Market Rasen Mail 

Midsomer Norton welcomes The Mendip Male Voice Choir

Midsomer Norton Methodist Church ended its summer season with a sell-out concert with The Mendip Male Voice Choir.

06 August 2015
Frome Standard

Feasting and Fun at Midsomer Norton Methodist Church

120 children and 80 adults joined in Midsomer Norton Methodist Church's Feast and Fun Day this summer, with free barbecues, bouncy castles and more.

05 August 2015
Somerset Guardian

Baildon Methodist Amateur Dramatic Society celebrates 75th anniversary

Wartime drama group still performing plays 75 years later.

05 August 2015
Telegraph & Argus

Good Samaritan scheme to be discussed at Holbeach Methodist Church meeting

Details of a scheme where volunteers can become good neighbours to elderly, disabled and vulnerable people will be unveiled at a meeting of Holbeach Parish Council next week.

03 August 2015
Spalding Guardian

Fond farewell to minister after nine years' service

The Wolds and Trent Methodist Circuit say farewell to the Revd Andrew Lomax following a stay of nine years.

03 August 2015
Grimsby Telegraph

Charity tool sale at Barton Methodist Church

Smashing success for DIY fans as Barton Methodist Church holds a tool sale to raise money for charity 'Tools for Self Reliance', a UK-based charity that refurbishes old tools to relieve poverty in rural Africa.

30 July 2015
Lichfield Mercury

Methodist minister on the move from Tenbury

Helen Roberts is swapping the land of the orchard for the country of the Last of the Summer Wine. The Methodist minister is moving on from Tenbury and is off to Holmfirth, near Huddersfield.

28 July 2015
Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser 

North Walsham Methodists celebrate 125 years

Over 500 people attended the Flower Festival to celebrate the 125 year anniversary of the North Walsham Methodist Church building.

28 July 2015
Network Norfolk 

Celebration at Lansdowne Crescent Methodist Church

ON August 1 Lansdowne Crescent Methodist Church will be celebrating the laying of the foundation stone 150 years ago.

27 July 2015
Malverne Gazette 

Bromsgrove Methodist Church Centre holding holiday at home event

AN event for people unable to take a holiday this year is being held at a Bromsgrove church this August.AN event for people unable to take a holiday this year is being held at a Bromsgrove church this August.

27 July 2015
Bromsgrove Advertiser 

Methodist minister Rev Pat Brown bids fond farewell to parish

Rev Pat Brown has served the parishes of Great Harwood, Clayton-le-Moors and Rishton for the last six years and will now hang up his collar at the age of 67.

27 July 2015
Accrington Observer

Faith communities respond to 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be remembered around the world on 6 August.

24 July 2015
Ekklesia 

Longton Methodist Church volunteers set up breakfast club to support 'struggling' families

A BREAKFAST club is being launched to help struggling parents provide their children with a meal to start the day over the summer holidays.

24 July 2015
Stoke Sentinel

Thousands line streets for joyful celebration of Buckley Jubilee

Methodist churches joined other churches in the area as thousands of people lined the streets to celebrate the 159th year of the religious festival. 

15 July 2015
The Leader

Family's prayers for new home answered

A family of 10 facing homelessness had their prayers answered by a Methodist minister in response to an appeal in the Macclesfield Express.  

14 July 2015
Macclesfield Express

Busy going nowhere in race to the beach to raise funds for village Methodist church

Memebers of Boston Spa Methodist Church cycled from 'Boston Spa to Sandsend' in the foyer of Morrison's Supermarket on excercise bikes to raise money towards a major building project at the church.  

14 July 2015
Wetherby News

Sixty years of 'pulling together'

A couple from Ashbourne Methodist Church celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary, after 60 years of being happily married.  

13 July 2015
Ashbourne News Telegraph

Travelling preacher raises over £2,500 for charities

Robin McEwen, of Hemel Hempstead, toured the country delivering sermons at different Methodist churches across the UK, 275 years after John Wesley toured the country, delivering sermons on the subject of Grace.  

12 July 2015
Hemel Today

Skye Methodist Church and Skye Community Base Open Day

Held at Skye Methodist Church, the open day was the first joint event of its kind since the two joined forces. The event included a bouncy castle, face painting, a ball pool and soft play area. 

11 July 2015
Rochdale Online

Anniversary celebrations at Steeton

More than 80 people enjoyed a pie and pea supper at the Steeton Methodist Church 25th anniversary celebrations, followed by a humorous talk by local historian Ian Dewhirst - who compiles the popular Memory Lane column in the Keighley News - on Chapel Life in Victorian and Edwardian Times. 

11 July 2015
Keighley News

Youngsters step back in time to learn about Vikings

Pupils at Summerseat Methodist Primary School swapped pens for swords as part of a Viking themed fun history day. Children at the school in Rowlands Road spent the day exploring the life of Vikings as part of their Year 3 and 4 curriculum. 

10 July 2015
Bury Times

Dig deep to save St John's Methodist Church, Bridlington

A major appeal has been launched to repair the roof of one of Bridlington's best known landmarks. St John's Burlington Methodist Church in Quay Road needs around £50,000 for urgent repairs to help maintain the 131-year-old Grade II listed building and keep the rain out.

10 July 2015
Bridlington Free Press

Buckley Jubilee set to make town's 'great day of summer'

Several Methodist churches in Wales will be celebrating amongst other Christian churches at the 159th Buckley Jubilee - an historic religious procession through the streets of Buckley.

10 July 2015
The Leader

Fundraising campaign launched to save fire ravaged church

Following a fire at Darlington Street Methodist Church, Wolverhampton, a fundraising campaign has been launched to raise funds for repairs.

10 July 2015
Express and Star

Christchurch, Ilkley's soft play centre Dan's Den is a "roaring success"

More than 130 children and their parents, carers and grandparents celebrated the opening of Ilkley's new not-for-profit soft play area on Saturday.

09 July 2015
Ilkley Gazette

Borrowash Methodist Church plays important role in community for 220 years

A special service was held at the church in Derby to celebrate its 220th anniversary.

09 July 2015
Derby Telegraph

Methodist primary school offers clothes, food and toys for families

St Peter's Methodist Primary School, Canterbury, is providing help for the families affected by the Tannery fire on 4 July.

08 July 2015
Canterbury Times

New community chaplains commissioned at Portland church

Easton Methodist Church has appointed two new community chaplains, Dave Farmer and Janet Guy, to act as a visible sign of the church's mission and ministry.

06 July 2015
Dorset Echo

Stortford Knit and Natter group create flower display out of wool

Bishop's Stortford Methodist Church Knit and Natter group have created a flower arrangement out of wool for a display in the church.  

05 July 2015
Herts and Essex Observer

Steeton Methodist Church celebrates 25th anniversary

More than 80 people enjoyed a pie and peas supper to celebrate Steeton Methodist Church's 25th anniversary.

03 July 2015
Craven Herald

Kites to fill the skies of Shiply Glen

Kites flew in Shipley Glen at the Baildon Churches Together picnic-and-praise event.

02 July 2015
Telegraph & Argus

Downham Market stroke group celebrates five years of support

A support group for people living with the aftermath of a stroke has celebrated its fifth anniversary. Around 50 members regularly attend the group's weekly meetings Downham Market Methodist Church, Norfolk.

02 July 2015
Lynn News

Musical treat at Church Gresley Methodist Church

Local performers provided an evening of entertainment at the Church Gresley Methodist Church summer concert - raising money for church maintenance.

01 July 2015
Burton Mail

Church training on defibrillation

Thanks to an initiative by church member Brian Latham, Aylesbury now has its first publicly available defibrillator, which is installed on the side of Aylesbury Methodist Church in Buckingham Street.

27 June 2015
The Bucks Herald

Churches celebrate 50 years of union

Trinity Methodist Church, Immingham celebrates its 50 years of union with a Golden Jubilee Flower Festival.

27 June 2015
Grimsby Telegraph

Methodists dig deep to help Nepal

Caring Evesham Methodists have again dug down into their Emergency Disaster Fund to donate to the victims of the Nepal earthquake, donating £1,000 via the British Red Cross.

26 June 2015
Evesham Observer

Church Gresley Methodist Church will ring with the sound of music

Music filled the air of South Derbyshire during 'A Celebration of Music' summer concert held at Church Gresley Methodist Church.

26 June 2015
Burton Mail

Steeton Methodist Church celebrates its silver jubilee

Steeton Methodist Church is to celebrate 25 years of worship in its present building.

25 June 2015
Craven Herald

Ugandan children's choir brings music to Tyneside

African children who act as ambassadors for millions of orphans in their home country have performed on Tyneside at a sold-out West Harton Methodist Church in South Shields.

25 June 2015
Chronicle Live

A way with music and words

Young stars gave some impressive performances during the latest stages of the Cleethorpes Festical of Music and Words at St Andrew's Methodist Church, Cleethorpes.

23 June 2015
Grimsby Telegraph

Refurbished Community Centre to hold pole dancing, knitting and more

A pole dancing class, a toy library and a "knit and natter" group are just some of the community groups using the newly refurbished Genesis Project centre at Yarm Road Methodist Church, after its £200,000 transformation.

22 June 2015
Northern Echo

Methodist Ladies raise money for Keighley Parkinson's Support Group

Exley Head Methodist Ladies Circle has raised £310 for Keighley Parkinson's Support Group following lecture by Keighley historian Ian Dewhirst earlier in the spring.

19 June 2015
Keighley News

Flower show to bloom at Newbury Methodist Church

Newbury Methodist Church will be holding a three-day flower festival this weekend. The church, which was subject to a major restoration project in 2014, will play backdrop to the numerous displays prepared by the team of flower arrangers from the Newbury Floral Society; coinciding with their 60th anniversary.

18 June 2015
Newbury Today

Methodist ladies knit unique Twiddlemuffs for dementia patients

The Monday at Eight ladies' group in Uppermill knitted and crocheted the 'Twiddlemuffs' after hearing about their benefits for dementia patients. The Monday at Eight ladies used wool, yarn and embroidery silks donated through Uppermill Methodist Church and spent the winter months on the project.

17 June 2015
Saddleworth Independent

Methodists open new community centre

The Revd Steven Wild officially opened a new community centre in the Mount Charles area of St Austel. Funded by the efforts of the Methodist Church, the community centre is offering a fully equpped open plan kitchen, cloakrooms, meeting rooms and more.

15 June 2015
Cornish Guardian

Mahon Methodist Church coffee morning to help Uganda project

Mahon Methodist Church hold coffee morning to help raise funds for a vital project in Africa - providing clean drinking water for over 1,000 people.

13 June 2015
Portadown Times

Church boasts a beautiful spectacle of colour and fragrance

An annual flower festival at St Mary's Church in Horsham will be showing 32 displays from local churches, schools and businesses.

11 June 2015
West Sussex County Times

Cockerton Methodist Ladies to midnight walk for local hospice

Nine members of Cockerton Methodist Ladies Group have signed up to take part in the eighth annual St Teresa's Hospice Midnight Walk, which takes place on Friday, June 19 in Darlington's South Park.

10 June 2015
Northern Echo

More than 100 enjoy free lunch at Evesham Methodist Church

A free lunch brought members of the community together in Evesham as more than 100 people turned out to enjoy the food on offer and get to know their neighbours.

8 June 2015
Bournemouth Echo

Poole church celebrates 150 years of praise

A church in Dorset is celebrating 150 years of praise by inviting friends old and new to call in for an open morning and Church Gift Day, with displays, music and refreshments.

7 June 2015
Bournemouth Echo

Culcheth and Croft Open Gardens weekend returns

The Culcheth and Croft Open Gardens weekend returns, raising money for St Rocco's Hospice and Culcheth Methodist Church, with plant and tea stalls, photo exhibitions and 10 open gardens.

3 June 2015
Warrington Guardian

Swandlincote Methodist Church offers insight into the New Testament

A national touring exhibition presenting different points of view on the New Testament has been to Swadlincote. Seeing the New Testament for What It Is has offered visitors to Swadlincote Methodist Church, in West Street, an insight into the Bible.

2 June 2015
Burton Mail

Members bless foundation stone of new Willington Methodist Church

Members of Willington Methodist Church celebrate with a brick blessing service, having raised £200,000 over ten years to fund a new building, which will be constructed on the car park of the existing church. 

1 June 2015
Wear Valley Advertiser

Two churches on West Street in Somerton to merge after more than 170 years

A Methodist Church and a United Reformed Church are to merge after more than 170 years of worshipping across the road from each other.

1 June 2015
Western Gazette

Carnkie Methodist Church grows in numbers since vacating historic chapel

A village Methodist church is growing despite having had to move out of its historic chapel. "We've found that holding our worship outside the church has actually made it more inviting..." 

31 May 2015
West Briton

Church celebrates 100 years of music with special concert

Parkside Methodist Church in Outwood celebrates 100th birthday party with a difference as church members in Outwood get ready to celebrate a century of using the organ.

30 May 2015
Wakefield Express

Methodist minister sings at FA Cup Final

100-year-old Methodist minister, Revd Jim Errington. sings hymn 'Abide with Me' at FA Cup Final.

30 May 2015
Radio Times

Dersingham school pupils launch Methodist Church flower festival weekend

Local primary school pupils open Dersingham Methodist Church flower festival with singing.

26 May 2015
Lynn News

Volunteer coffee bar back in Radstock church

A popular community coffee bar in Radstock has been given a facelift. Trinity and Coffee, run by volunteers, has reopened following a facelift.

22 May 2015
Somerset Guardian

Fitness fanatics raise cash for new play park

Sponsored workout raises money for play park at Sandylands Methodist Church.

20 May 2015
Westmoreland Gazette 

Methodist church celebrates its history with events week

Church members praised a week of events which celebrated their history. Wesley Memorial Church, in New Inn Hall Street, hosted its Heritage Week to mark the history of the building which opened in 1878.

19 May 2015
Oxford Times 

Kingsbury community group reqarded for their services

Kingsbury Methodist Church community outreach group given £699 from co-op for continued projects.

18 May 2015
Tamworth Herald

The Revd Jim Errington celebates 100th birthday

Methodist minister celebrates 100th birthday - and is still preaching.

17 May 2015
Chronicle Live

Demolition paves way for new church centre in Birmingham

Bingham Methodist Church will be replaced by a new multi-purpose building which will also act as a community centre.

16 May 2015
Nottingham Post

'Foodbanks for baby stuff' have helped nearly 100 new mothers

Volunteers from Hanworth, Hampton and Sunbury Methodist churches have helped almost 100 new mums by providing essential items to help with the financial and practical burden of having a baby.

15 May 2015
Get Surrey News

Tasty treats help Swaffham's Methodists with church renovation appeal

More than £800 was raised for the appeal to renovate Swaffham's Methodist Church during a savoury bake sale held at the London Street venue.

12 May 2015
Lynn News

Solihull Methodist Church set to undergo big change thanks to revamp

Solihull Methodist Church is to undergo a major refurbishment, including alterations to the church entrance, improved toilet facilities and removal of the pews.

05 May 2015
Solihull News

Baby Basics - Big Blessings

Sunbury, Hampton and Hanworth Methodist churches start a new Baby Basics project, providing essential items to new mothers.

05 May 2015
The Cinnamon Network

Methodists' new climate policy signals move away from dirtiest fossil fuels

The UK's fourth largest Christian church says future divestment is an option from tar sands, coal for power generation and companies exploring unburnable resources.

01 May 2015
The Guardian 

Barnard Castle Methodist Church spire appeal gains support from town council

A Teesdale church has received support to repair its damaged church spire after raising £18,000 to carry out the work.

29 April 2015
Darlington & Stockton Time

Methodists to expand disinvestment option on fossil fuels

The Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church (CFB), which manages investments of £1.1 billion for the Church, has announced a new investment policy on climate change. The policy, launched yesterday (28 April 2015) at the CFB's annual General Meeting, sets out how the CFB will assess the exposure of companies to different types of fuel when managing its investment portfolios.

29 April 2015
Ekklesia News

Minster Methodist Church, Wards Hill Road, Minster, to be sold at auction

A former place of worship, which closed its doors after 76 years due to a dwindling congregation, is to go under the hammer. Minster Methodist Church, Wards Hill Road, Minster, which held its final service in October 2013, is to be put up for sale by Clive Emson over five days of auctions later this month.

06 March 2015
Kent Online

Cockerton Methodist Ladies' Group celebrate 50th anniversary

A celebratory dinner will be held to mark the 50th anniversary of a popular ladies' group. The golden anniversary of the Cockerton Methodist Ladies' Group is being celebrated with a series of events taking place throughout 2015.

05 March 2015
The Northern Echo

Ely Methodist Church holds Women's World Day of Prayer service

A rainbow of colour filled Ely Methodist Church for an annual prayer celebration. More than 170 countries marked the Annual Women's World Day of Prayer today (Friday), including the city's Methodist Church.

06 March 2015
Ely News

Protest held over Longbridge Methodist Church mast

A rallying call has gone out to residents to have their say on controversial proposals to build a 57ft phone mast outside Longbridge Methodist Church. People have until Wednesday (March 11) to put their views forward to Birmingham City Council ahead of a decision on the plans by Vodafone Ltd for a mast, base station, six antennas and associated equipment on the footpath outside the church.

05 March 2015
Bromsgrove Standard

Browse the stalls at Newhall Methodist Church 'Saturday Cafe'

A monthly 'Saturday Cafe' will offer good company and an array of stalls for visitors this weekend. Newhall Methodist Church will host the event which will see bric-a-brac, handicrafts, recycled cards, children's toys, books and a selection of home-made cakes on sale.

05 March 2015
Burton Mail

Cockerton Methodist Ladies' Group celebrate 50th anniversary

A celebratory dinner will be held to mark the 50th anniversary of a popular ladies' group. The golden anniversary of the Cockerton Methodist Ladies' Group is being celebrated with a series of events taking place throughout 2015.

05 March 2015
The Northern Echo

Pancakes make for sweet success for Epworth church fund raising event

People in the Isle were given a special treat when they attended a coffee morning at an Epworth Church last weekend. Freshly cooked pancakes were on offer at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, and the church hall was full as a result. New faces joined regular customers to enjoy the sweet treat on Saturday.

28 February 2015
South Yorkshire Times

Campaigners make £600,000 bid on Sturton Street Methodist Chapel

Campaigners trying to save a closed Methodist chapel and hall have made a £600,000 bid on the property. The Save our Space campaign was formed after the Sturton Street Methodist Chapel and Hall in Sturton Street, Petersfield, was shut down due to lack of congregation last August.

27 February 2015
Cambridge News

Crowland Methodist Church centenary celebrations

The centenary of Crowland Methodist Church was commemorated with a celebration service on Sunday. The service was taken by the Rev Brenda Wood, former circuit superintendent minister for the Peterborough Circuit and serving minister for Crowland Methodist Church until she retired in 1999.

18 Feburary 2015
Spalding Guardian Lincolnshire Free Press

Rummage sale for Trinity Methodist Church, in Linton Heath, Linton

A rummage sale is being held to raise money for a church. The event will take place at Trinity Methodist Church, in Linton Heath, Linton, on Friday from 6pm. It will be in aid of church funds and admission costs 25p.

Burton Mail
18 February 2015

Special milestone for Knightthorpe Methodist Church

The church opened its own building sometime in early 1915 and has remained so ever since. It'S 100 not out for Knightthorpe Methodist Church and its members are hosting a special day of celebrations on Sunday, February 22. The church opened its own building sometime in early 1915 and has remained so ever since.

17 February 2015
Loughborough Echo

Folk singer Louise Jordan in concert at Gillingham Methodist Church

Following her superb appearances at our Gill-Aid Benefit event in 2013 and at their carol service last year, Gillingham Methodist Church is delighted to announce that folk singer Louise Jordan will be returning for a full-blown concert at 7.30pm on Saturday 28th February.

15 February 2015
Blackmore Vale

Review: Lirica Chamber Choir, Kingswood Methodist Church, Wollaton

Love was in the air in Wollaton on Saturday afternoon. But it was Valentine's Day, so no surprises there. What was surprising was the degree of passionate commitment that the musicians brought to their task of presenting 'Love's Joys and Sorrows' in a wide-ranging programme which encompassed words and music spanning nearly 500 years.

15 February 2015
Nottingham Post

Guild anniversary service to take place at Trinity Methodist Church, Linton

A guild anniversary service will take place at Trinity Methodist Church, in Linton, this weekend. The service will start at 3pm, on Sunday, February 15, and will be conducted by Reverend Andrea Sims, and will feature a performance by the Boundary Singers.

13 February 2015
Burton Mail 

Yorkshire stone flags stolen from outside Trinity Methodist Church in Mirfield

Community leaders fear Mirfield is being stolen - piece by piece. Thieves have targeted Yorkshire stone in at least three parts of the town including a grade II listed church.

13 February 2015

Lottery Fund boost for world's oldest Methodist chapel

The oldest Methodist chapel in the world is to embark on a major building programme to bring it into the 21st century thanks to a massive grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

12 February 2015
Christian Today

John Wesley chapel: Oldest Methodist building given £3.9m

The first meeting room used by preacher John Wesley, founder of Methodism, has been given £3.9m to make improvements. The 276-year-old New Room, in Bristol, is set to be "transformed" with grants of £2.5m from the lottery and £1.4m from the Bristol Methodist District.

12 February 2015
BBC Bristol

Methodist Church plans its first mental health conference

The Methodist Church in Britain is organising its first-ever Mental Health Matters Conference for the summer of 2015. The Conference will provide training, support and advice to children, youth workers, ministers, lay employees and anyone else who wishes to learn more about mental health issues affecting members of their congregation.

08 February 2015
Ekklesia

MP backs Witton Park Methodist Chapel's £35,000 extension

AN MP dug up support for a Methodist chapel today (February 6), as work got underway for a £35,000 extension. MP for Bishop Auckland, Helen Goodman, visited Witton Park Methodist Chapel, where preparation work for a new kitchen has begun.

06 February 2015
Bishop Auckland News

Petersfield campaigners need your help to save Sturton Street Methodist Chapel and Hall

Residents are being urged to buy shares which could save a chapel and hall from being sold to developers. The Sturton Street Methodist Chapel and Hall in Petersfield was closed at the end of August due to lack of congregation, after serving the community for over 140 years.

Cambridge News
04 February 2015

Stoke Methodist Church celebrates launch after raising £500,000 to transform dilapidated West End pub

Parishioners celebrated the launch of a new church after raising £500,000 to transform a dilapidated pub into a place of worship. Stoke Methodist Church welcomed supporters of the refurbishment to a service on Saturday at the former West End pub in London Road.

The Sentinel
02 February 2015

North Cerney Methodist church is closing

North Cerney Methodist Church is set to close as a place of worship after the evening service on Sunday. The church is closing due to regular flooding of the church hall and increased repair costs.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard
27 January 2015

Coffee morning at Ely Methodist Church raises £291 for the Whitechapel Mission

A coffee morning in Ely has raised almost £300 to help support people who are homeless in London. Reg and Jessie Hutchinson, from Ely, organised the event at the city's Methodist Church on Saturday to raise funds for the Whitechapel Mission.

Ely News
26 January 2015

Dedication service held at Bromsgrove Methodist Church

Residents and members of the church community are invited to attend a service to celebrate the refurbishment of a worship area and organ in Bromsgrove Methodist Church. Over the past year, members of the community and organisations worked together and managed raise more than £60,000, for the church to complete the renovation work, this included making a focused space for leading worship.

Bromsgrove Advertiser
22 January 2015

Oldest member Raymond Sleep opens the rededicated Tintagel Methodist Church

Tintagel Methodist Church was rededicated on Sunday after a major refurbishment. The church, which seats 210 people, and the Sunday School, have been re-roofed and refurbished in a project financed from the legacy of Miss Phyllis Johnson.

Cornish Guardian
21 January 2015

Louise Jordan at Gillingham Methodist Church on Veritas Live Album tour

Acoustic singer, composer and musician Louise Jordan launches her third album 'Veritas' and will be stopping off at Gillingham Methodist Church on Saturday 28th February.

Blackmore Vale Magazine
17 January 2015

Haverhill Methodist Church supports Ebola campaign

The campaign calls for food, clothing and other essential items to be donated to the Ebola-affected areas of Sierra Leone. Haverhill Methodist Church has support the initiative with clothes donations - and is calling on the wider community to do the same.

Cambridge News
16 January 2015 

Celebration after major work at Tintagel Methodist Church

Tintagel Methodist Church is to be re-dedicated on Sunday after major work over the past months. The church, which seats 210 people, has been re-roofed and refurbished in a project which has been financed from the legacy of Miss Phyllis Johnson.

Cornish Guardian
14 January 2015

New Year Honours: Axbridge town crier Yvonne Chamberlain, 81, appointed MBE

Yvonne Chamberlain, aged 81, the sprightly town crier of Axbridge, charity fund-raiser and unofficial international ambassador for the town, has been appointed MBE for her services to the community. A dedicated member, steward and communion steward of the local Methodist Church, she knits jumpers for charity.

Western Daily Press
31 December 2014 

 Axbridge town crier Gladys Chamberlain appointed MBE

An 81-year-old town crier from Somerset who has raised thousands of pounds for charity has been appointed MBE in the New Year Honours list. Gladys Yvonne Chamberlain is Axbridge's third town crier and has held the position since 1979.

News Somerset
30 December 2014

Toy collection at Church Gresley Methodist Church ensures children do not go without

Generous people in South Derbyshire helped to boost a toy appeal to help children who are less fortunate by contributing a huge amount of items.

Burton Mail
30 Decemember 2014

Camborne residents pack Centenary Methodist Church for Christmas lunch

More than 70 people packed a Camborne church for a special Christmas lunch last week. Centenary Methodist Church holds weekly Thursday lunches and last week's edition had a festive feel to it.

West Briton
18 December 2014

Tree festival at Sileby Methodist Church

Tweleve Christmas trees were decorated at Sileby Methodist Church. The trees are displayed in the main church to add some festive joy to the building. Trees have been decorated by 1st and 2nd Sileby Brownies, former Mayor of Charnwood's wife Gill Brown, Sileby nursery and other church-goers.

Loughborough Echo
18 December 2014 

Christmas at Spotland Methodist Church

On Saturday, 20 December, at 7.30pm Rochdale Chimera Opera Group are holding their Christmas Concert in the Church Hall. Our Sunday morning service at 10.30am will be led by the Stewards. At 4.00pm on Sunday 21 December we have our Candlelight Carol Service which will be followed by coffee and mince pies.

Rochdale Online
14 December 2014

WWI truce spurs Christmas Eve call for peace

Two Methodist congregations - one in England and one in Germany - are using the 100th anniversary of the "Christmas Truce" to signal the hope for peace in today's conflicted world. The Christmas Eve services of Knutsford Methodist Church in Cheshire, England, and the United Methodist Erlöserkirche (Church of the Redeemer) in Bremen, Germany, will include a mutual order of worship, short getting-to-know-you videos, the singing of "Silent Night" in English and German and a late-night Skype connection from Bremen to Knutsford.

11 December 2014
UMC.org.uk

Lepton Methodist Church helps New Hall Woman Prison with books gift


Each year, Lepton Methodist Church choose an overseas charity and a local charity to support. On the theme of books, this year members chose to support a library in a village in Cambodia by donating money and locally, New Hall Woman Prison, Flockton, by supplying books for their library.

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
09 December 2014 

Warm welcome to all at Gillingham Methodist Church carol service

Music at Gillingham Methodist Church is hosting a Community Carol Service at 7pm on Thursday 18th December. You don't have to be of any particular religious persuasion to come along and enjoy the celebration - apart from the traditional lessons and carols for all to sing by candle-light, there will be lovely organ music (including some beautiful French Noëls) and the very talented local folk singer, Louise Jordan will be making an appearance.

Blackmore Vale Magazine
08 December 2014 

Uttoexeter Methodist Church: 'Spare your time for others at Christmas' - Reverend Gordon Gresswell

Time is the most precious gift you can give' said a Uttoxeter vicar as townsfolk start shopping for their festive presents. Gordon Gresswell, of Uttoxeter Methodist Church, urged residents to spend some of their valuable time with loved ones this Christmas instead of getting into debt buying those must-have toys.

Uttoexeter Times
08 December 2014 

Dearnley Methodist Christmas Fayre raises money for EDS

A Christmas Fayre held at Dearnley Methodist Church on Saturday (6 December) raised money for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). Organised by former Smithy Bridge resident Rachel Hastie, who suffers from the condition, the fair included a number of stalls, raffles and face painting.

Rochdale Online
07 December 2014

Christmas: Hilton Methodist Church services outlined

A Methodist church has confirmed the date and times of its upcoming Christmas services.
Hilton Methodist Church will host an all age nativity service at 10.30am on Sunday, December 21. From 6.30pm on the same day the church will be filled with song in a "Carols by Candlelight" service, led by John Cumpstone and the choir.

Burton Mail
06 December 2014

NEWHALL: Christmas cafe running at Newhall Methodist Church

NEWHALL Methodist Church will be transformed into a Christmas Cafe this weekend. Stalls including bric-a-brac, handicrafts and recycled cards will fill the Chapel Street venue from 11am tomorrow. There will also be home-made cakes, a raffle, books and a special Christmas hamper raffle. Light lunches will be served for those who want them.

Burton Mail
05 December 2014 

Methodist Church addresses mental health concerns among young people

The Methodist Church has launched a series of mental health resources after young Methodists raised concerns that not enough was being done by the Church to help young people struggling with mental health issues.

Ekklesia 
21 November 2014 

Controversial Jesus statue turned away by St Martin-in-the-Fields finds new home

A London home for the controversial Jesus the Homeless sculpture has been found at last - as long as Westminster Council agrees. The sculpture shows Jesus under a blanket sleeping on a park bench. It is one of 10 produced by Canadian artist Tim Schmalz and was turned down by the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square when the artist approached the church authorities earlier this year. Now, though, the acclaimed work has been accepted by Methodist Central Hall Westminster (MCHW), which has approached Westminster Council for permission to erect it outside the building.

Christian Today
19 November 2014 

Army chaplain who took the Unknown Warrior's secret to his grave

Born in 1881, George Kendall first became a steel worker at Thorncliffe in Yorkshire and then trained as a Primitive Methodist minister. In Windsor - where he befriended Queen Mary, who invited him to tea after he was spotted outside the castle preaching on the steps of Queen Victoria's statue - when war broke out he volunteered to go to France as chaplain with the local regiment.

The Guardian
11 November 2014

Centenary Methodist Church to provide temporary solution for homeless this winter

A cold weather provision will be returning to Camborne this winter to provide relief for people forced to live outdoors in icy temperatures. St Petroc's Society will be once again be teaming up with Centenary Methodist Church to offer a temporary solution for people without a permanent home.

West Briton
11 November 2014

Chief Rabbi in interfaith Mitzvah day food bank project

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, who is also President of the CCJ (Council of Christians and Jews), took part in food collection with members of his office as part of a wider, nationwide CCJ-Mitzvah Day foodbank project. CCJ has partnered with MD this year to organise collections for food banks through CCJ Presidents, church organisations and members in branches throughout the UK.

Jewish News
11 November 2014

Huntingdon Methodist Church faces £45,000 bill for emergency repairs

Members of a church in Huntingdon are facing a shock bill for £45,000 for emergency repairs to dangerous masonry discovered during a major upgrade. Serious problems in the frontage were revealed during replacement of the roof of the 19th Century Methodist Church in the High Street, with rain, frost and pigeons being blamed for the damage.

Cambridge News
12 November 2014
 

Police and criminals all under one roof at Royston half-term holiday club

Cops & Robbers Holiday Club took place from Monday to Friday at Royston Methodist Church last week. Children aged from four to 11 attended the free event which involved songs, games, craft activities and bible stories at the Queens Road church.

Royston Crow
7 November 2014

WW1 REMEMBRANCE: Ashbourne church to hold special service

A church is holding a memorial service on Sunday to remember the men who died during the First World War. The names of those connected to the Methodist churches in town (formerly Trinity, in Church Street, and Beulah, in Station Street), who also appear on the war memorial in Ashbourne Methodist Church, will be honoured during the morning service.

Ashbourne News Telegraph
06 November 2014

Christmas Box Appeal at Westbury Methodist Church

Several members and friends packed over 30 shoeboxes at Westbury Methodist Church on 11th October, for The Trussell Trust Christmas Box Appeal.

White Horse News
04 November 2014

New heritage project at Trinity Methodist Church

Trinity Methodist Church, Penarth is launching the project 'Trinity Heritage' with an open meeting on Sunday, November 9 from 2.30pm until 4.30pm.

Penarth Times
04 November 2014

Church Gresley: Book sale and coffee morning at Church Gresley Methodist Church

Second-hand books will be on offer for frugal bookworms in a sale due to take place in South Derbyshire this weekend. Church Gresley Methodist Church will be offering a selection of books for 50p during the monthly coffee morning at the York Road site.

Burton Mail
03 November 2014

Something Wonderful is Going to Happen exhibition at Burnham Methodist Church

A celebration of a year of work will be put on display at the Burnham Methodist Church from the members of the Well @ Lent Rise. From Saturday, November 8, the church in Eastfield Road will have its walls filled with a mixture of art work from people who attend the Wednesday Meeting Place group run by the charity.

Maidenhead Advertiser
02 November 2014

Fegg Hayes Methodist Church bids for funding to secure lightweight tables


Members of a 'community church' are hoping make some new additions to their building - so they can carry on helping both the young and old. Fegg Hayes Methodist Church's hall currently plays host to a range of groups including a weekly pensioners' social club and a boys' and girls' brigade.

The Sentinel
31 October 2014 

November Fair at Horncastle Methodist Church

Final preparations are underway for a major fundraising event at the Methodist Chapel in Queen Street, Horncastle. A fair will be held on Saturday November 1 (10am-3pm) with all proceeds going towards chapel funds.

Horncastle News
31 october 2014

Former RAF Brize Norton padre posted to Witney Methodist churches

A former chaplain at RAF Brize Norton has been appointed as the new minister for the Methodist churches in Witney and Minster Lovell. The Revd Melanie Reed is responsible for the High Street Methodist Church, Davenport Road Methodist Church and Newland Church, as well as Minster Lovell Methodist Church.

Witney Gazette
29 October 2014

Double celebration at Droitwich Methodist Church as two members turn 100

There was a double celebration at Droitwich Spa Methodist Church to mark two long-time members of the congregation reaching their 100th birthdays. Centenarians Dorothy Hatfield and Ivor Wilkinson regularly attend the church and the pair were congratulated after the weekly service.

Droitwich Standard
29 October 2014 

Nineteenth century Leeds Methodist chapel turned into radio station

It once reverberated with the sound of worshippers raising their voices in song. Now the former Methodist chapel in Seacroft is a big noise for different reasons - after being turned into a community radio station and arts venue.

Yorkshire Evening Post
27 Ocotber 2014

Campaign to turn Sturton Street Methodist Church in Cambridge into a community centre has identified commercial opportunities

A community's bid to resurrect a closed methodist church into an asset for local residents to enjoy has taken a major step forward. John Franks, one of the driving forces to reopen the former Sturton Street Methodist Church and its adjacent hall, has revealed that campaigners have identified commercial opportunities at the site worth "multiple tens of thousands".

Cambridge News
27 October 2014

Pews to pints: Pub chain JD Wetherspoon buys landmark Methodist church in south Belfast

A church is set to replace pews and Bibles with pints and barstools as it is resurrected as a pub. The red brick Methodist church in south Belfast survived the bombs of both the Blitz and the Troubles - but dwindling congregation numbers led to its demise.

Belfast Telegraph
24 October 2014

Lea: Coffee morning at methodist church

A coffee morning is taking place at Lea Methodist Church on Saturday 25th October from 10am and 11.30am. There will be a tombola, books and a cake and crafts stall.

Worksop Guardian
24 October 2014

Picture special: Craigyhill Methodist Church coffee morning

In this week's Larne Times we have a fantastic picture special on Craigyhill Methodist Church's fundraising coffee morning. Only in this week's Larne Times, available in shops now.

Larne Times
24 october 2014

Gillingham Methodist Church welcomes Chepstow Male Voice Choir

Gillingham Methodist Church's last concert of the year is on Saturday 8th November when Chepstow Male Voice Choir will be returning by popular demand.

Blackmore Vale Magazine
21 October 2014

Historic Methodist church marks 250 years with programme of events

The historic Heptonstall Methodist Church celebrated its 250th anniversary last weekend. The church, which is one of the oldest of its kind in the world, held a programme of special events to mark the occasion.

Todmorden News
19 October 2014

Charity fair is held at Trinity Methodist Church

A host of charities and groups were at Trinity Methodist Church in Loughborough last Saturday to promote themselves. Hundreds of people attended the Charity Fair at the Royland Road church to see what the 20 different groups had to offer.

Loughborough Echo
18 October 2014

Rosie Emmerson to shepherd her rural flock as new Methodist rural life officer


Bringing together Christians in isolated areas will be the mission of the new rural life officer for Gloucestershire's Methodist churches. County farmer and preacher Rosie Emmerson, from Coln St Aldwyn, near Fairford, has been given the role at the Gloucestershire Methodist Circuit.

Gloucester Citizen
16 October 2014

Burslem's Swan Bank Methodist Mission receives Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Volunteers have been presented with a prestigious honour in recognition of their work in bringing the community to a church. Members of Burslem's Swan Bank Methodist Mission have been handed the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

The Sentinel
16 October 2014

Marsh Methodist Chapel members turn on the style

Nowhere better illustrates our former homely entertainments, community involvement and fun, than Marsh Methodist Chapel after the war. Here is part of the cast of their "T'Owd Maids Goas on a Mediterranean Cruise" in March, 1951.

Keighly News
16 October 2014

Methodist Church to hold 10th anniversary concert

Alderley Edge Methodist Church will host their 10th Anniversary Lunchtime Concert on Wednesday 15th October featuring students from Chetham's School of Music Manchester.

Alderley Edge
07 October 2014

Methodists on the move

The church was built in 1902 at a cost of £4,643, with 580 seats for both the congregation and the choir. The original Methodist chapel for that area of Basingstoke was in premises in Flaxfield Road.

Basingstoke Gazette
7 October 2014

Meridian Singers to raise the spirit and funds at Horncastle Methodist Chapel

Chapel coffers will be given a boost when the sweet sound of poetry and music come to town. The Louth Ladies' Meridian Singers will hold their first concert in the Horncastle area on October 10 at the Horncastle Methodist Chapel, starting at 7pm.

Horncastle News
06 October 2014 

Christian Comment with Gareth Zimmerman, local preacher, St Albans Methodist Church

By now most church congregations will have celebrated Harvest Festival, reminding us of what our bounteous God provides. The festival has its origins in the times when people were almost exclusively reliant on the soil for their existence. After the winter, the soil would be prepared and sown with seed, which ideally was watered by spring and summer rains, and then harvested in the autumn when the plants reached fruition.

Community News
05 October 2014

Margaret Thatcher's miner speech 'inspired by Methodist hymn'

The inspiration for Margaret Thatcher's controversial "enemy within" phrase may have been a hymn promoted by the founding fathers of Methodism, it has emerged. Chris Collins, a historian at the Margaret Thatcher Foundation, said Mrs Thatcher was likely to have seen the term as part of her Methodist upbringing.

The Telegraph
03 October 2014

Margaret Thatcher's miner speech 'inspired by Methodist hymn'

The inspiration for Margaret Thatcher's controversial "enemy within" phrase may have been a hymn promoted by the founding fathers of Methodism, it has emerged. Chris Collins, a historian at the Margaret Thatcher Foundation, said Mrs Thatcher was likely to have seen the term as part of her Methodist upbringing.

The Telegraph
03 October 2014

Harvest festival at Methodist Church

On Saturday the Church will be open from 11am - 4pm serving morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon tea/cake. In aid of Church Funds. On Sunday, after morning service, there will be a Bring and Share lunch.

Rye and Battle Observer
02 October 2014

Disabled Blackburn car park attendant loses battle with church bosses to keep business open

A disabled car park attendant has lost his battle with church bosses to keep his business open. Mark Pickering, who operated Park With Mark at Blackburn's Wesley Hall Methodist Church since 1994, locked up for the last time yesterday after his rent more than doubled.

Lancashire Telegraph
01 October 2014

Last Night of the Organ Proms at Gillingham Methodist Church next week


Gillingham Methodist Church hosts the final concert in their series of organ recitals at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8th October, when Professor Ian Tracey (Organist Titulaire at Liverpool Cathedral and City of Liverpool Organist) will return to GMC to give a special concert. Ian is no stranger to the church, having entertained members on numerous occasions before with his inimitable brand of consummate musicianship and fascinating anecdotes.

Blackmore Vale Magazine
29 September 2014

Baptist and Methodist leaders challenge Cameron over bombing of Iraq

David Cameron's attempts to gain widespread support for bombing Iraq suffered a setback today as the leaders of two of Britain's biggest Christian denominations cast doubt on the plan. The leaders of the Methodist Church in Great Britain and the Baptist Union of Great Britain signed a joint statement saying that the group calling itself Islamic State cannot be defeated through military action alone.

Ekklesia
24 September 2014 

Churches call on government to cancel Trident replacement

In a letter to the Times newspaper, church leaders and representatives in the UK have called on the government to cancel the replacement of Trident. "As leaders of faith communities in Britain we believe that one significant contribution to a safer world is the abolition of nuclear weapons."

Ekklesia
24 September 2014

New porch for Lindley Methodist Church is unveilled to the public 

A church porch built following £25,000 of fundraising has been unveilled. At the beginning of the year members of Lindley Methodist Church set about raising the sum. They wanted to build a new porch extension on the church centre building. The centre, located adjacent to the chuch, acts as a community hall for the Lindley area.

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
23 September 2014 

Open House at Almondbury Methodist Church dishes up the goods!

Almondbury Methodist Church has a solution for anyone wanting a warm welcome with good company and enjoyable food. Its Open House has now been dishing all this up and more for 30 years. Coffee is available before the meals which are served from noon. Everyone is welcome.

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
23 September 2014

Methodist Cake Stall Is Success Story Of The Summer

A roadside cake stand has been the fundraising success of the summer on St Mary's. A selection of freshly baked scones put on sale outside The Manse has raised around £3,000 for the Methodist Church.

Scilly Today
23 September 2014

Green award for Wokingham church

A Wokingham church is celebrating after being awarded a coveted green status. The Eco-Congregation initiative aims to encourage churches to address environmental issues in everything they do, from the buildings they meet in to the ways in which they meet the needs of the local community.

XN Excellent News
23 September 2014 

Open House at Almondbury Methodist Church dishes up the goods!

Almondbury Methodist Church has a solution for anyone wanting a warm welcome with good company and enjoyable food. Its Open House has now been dishing all this up and more for 30 years. Coffee is available before the meals which are served from noon. Everyone is welcome.

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
23 September 2014

Gillingham methodist church - celebrating 200th anniversary of the greatest organ builder of the 19th century

'Music at GMC' at Gillingham Methodist Church will be holding the fourth concert in their 11th series of Summer Organ Recitals at 3pm on Sunday 28th September. This concert is a little different - instead of having a live organist the audience will be seeing and hearing many of the world's top organists on film!

Blackmore Vale Magazine
22 September 2014 

New Methodist Church revealed 50 years ago

At the first meeting of the newly constituted Trust for Leicester Road Methodist Church and Schools in February 1960, discussion arose about the future pattern of Methodism in Loughborough, having regard to the increasing cost of maintenance (likely to be very heavy in the next 10-20 years) and the difficulties of noise from traffic and car parking, which were acute in the Leicester Road and Swan Street areas.

Loughborough Echo
19 September 2014

Erklärung zum schottischen Unabhängigkeitsreferendum

Die in allen Teilen Großbritanniens und Nordirlands arbeitende Britische Methodistische Kirche hat das Unabhängigkeitsreferendum in Schottland mit Spannung verfolgt. Zum Ausgang des Referendumgs melden sich Pastor Ken Howcroft und Gill Dascombe, Präsident und Vizepräsidentin der Britischen Methodistischen Konferenz, zu Wort.

Evangelisch-methodistische Kirche
19 September 2014

Methodists lobby rag trade

While not as vast as the 30 metre effort hung by Waterloo Bridge by War on Want, the banners displayed outside Methodist Central Hall during London Fashion Week were the result of hours of work by children who were alert to the injustices faced by garment workers around the world.

Church Times
19 September 2014 

Macmillan coffee event Pomphlett Methodist Church

It was a bright Saturday morning and the smell of Bert's Bacon Butties was filling the air in and through the open window and around Pomphlett Methodist Church in preparation for a busy morning raising cash for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Herald
18 September 2014

Ice bucket challenge for Wimborne Methodist Church members

Two members of Wimborne Methodist Church who have received MBEs from the Queen, have declared that in their case the MBE now stands for Mad British Eccentrics.

Blackmore Vale
17 September 2014

British Methodists watch Scottish independence vote

In the days leading to the Sept. 18 vote on independence for Scotland, "the level of activity and debate has become frenetic," says the Rev. David Easton, chairman of the Scotland District for The Methodist Church in Britain. The most recent polls show the vote over this proposed breakup of the United Kingdom as too close to call, Reuters and other news media are reporting. British politicians are making last-minute efforts to entice Scotland to stay within the fold.

UMC News website
16 September 2014

Meet new Methodist minister

He is minister for Trinity Methodist Church, Castleford, Airedale Methodist Church, Castleford United Reformed Church and Kippax Methodist Church.

Pontefract and Castleford Express
15 September 2014

Churches campaign for abolition of Trident ahead of Peacemaking Sunday

As diplomatic initiatives gather pace to build a framework for a nuclear-weapon-free world, three British Churches are reiterating their call for the abolition of Trident. The call comes in advance of Peacemaking Sunday, which falls on 21 September this year.

Ekklesia.co.uk
15 September 2014

Churches: UK would be "better off without Trident"

CND welcomes the 'Better off without Trident' campaign launched by an alliance of Churches today, urging the government to scrap Britain's nuclear weapons system. The Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church have produced a briefing on the economic costs of Trident which slams the projected £55bn expenditure on running and replacing Trident over the next 15 years.

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
15 September 2014

Sage Cross Methodist Church to host Salvation Army band

The Nottingham-based William Booth Memorial Halls Salvation Army Band will perform at the Sage Cross Methodist Church and Community Centre on Saturday, October 4 at 7pm.

Melton Times
12 September 2014

Longbridge Methodists donate £4,000 to Tiny Babies

Almost £4,000 has been given to the Tiny Babies, Big Appeal by Longbridge Methodist Church which selected the cause as its chosen charity for the last 12 months.

Bromsgrove Standard
12 September 2014

Abolish Trident urges Churches ahead of Peacemaking Sunday 

Britain's nuclear deterrent, Trident, should be abolished and the money saved used elsewhere - that's the verdict of leaders from three of Britain's biggest Churches. The call comes in the run up to Peacemaking Sunday, which runs on September 21. Steve Hucklesby, speaking on behalf of Baptists Together, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, said: "Trident is a product of the Cold War era and we believe that it cannot meet the security needs of our world today.

XN Excellent News
12 September 2014

Video: Minister of mirth entertains the faithful with his favourite jokes

A joking vicar has been using his comedic talents to help to entertain his congregation. The Revd Dermot Thornberry's repertoire has impressed churchgoers at the Patcham, Woodingdean and Stanford Avenue Methodist churches after he joined the circuit team this month.

09 September 2014
The Argus 

New £1.5 million church in Doffcocker 'almost finished'

A new church joining together three congregations from Bolton will be completed within weeks. Triangle Community Methodist Church, which is being built on the site of the former Delph Hill Methodist Church, will unite the Astley Bridge, Halliwell and Chorley Old Road Methodist churches under one roof.

The Bolton News
08 September 2014 

Priory Methodist Church hands over £7,500 to help victims in Zimbabwe

A cheque for nearly £7,500 was presented to the Zimbabwe Victims' Support Fund at Priory Methodist Church, Bedford, during Sunday morning worship. Following a year of fundraising events the Rev. Glayne Worgan, Minister at Priory, handed the money over to Rev. David Winwood, chair of the trustees of the fund.

Bedford Today
02 September 2014 

Mickleover Methodist Church marks 100 years and looks confidently to the future

AS the country commemorated the 100th year since the beginning of the First World War, a suburb in Derby is marking its own centenary occasion. Mickleover has evolved from a small, countryside village to a busy Derby suburb and Mickleover Methodist Church is doing all it can to remain an integral part of the community.

Derby Telegraph
31 August 2014

Leicester shows support for NHS People's March as campaigners rally in Town Hall Square

The Town Hall Square was bursting with support last night (SAT) as Leicester welcomed dozens of campaigners fighting to protect the NHS.

Leicester Mercury
31 August 2014 

Methodist church being rebuilt in West Liberty

West Liberty - The thought of spring is bringing the members of West Liberty United Methodist Church a vision of a new house of worship. On March 2, 2012, a tornado flattened buildings and dropped electrical lines.

The Independent Online
31 August 2014

Way We Were: Memories of Middleport Methodist Church

Madam - What wonderful memories were brought back by the photograph of Middleport Chapel (The Way We Were, August 9). My late husband, Don, and I, were married there and our three children were baptised and attended Sunday school there. My late parents, Jack and Marjorie Shufflebotham, were among the last to have their funerals held there.

The Sentinel
30 August 2014

Centenary celebration at Neath's 'Penny Brick' Methodist Church

An iconic Neath church celebrates 100 years of worship next week. Neath Methodist Church - known at the Penny Brick Church - will invite people from across the town inside to help them celebrate a century of being open.

South Wales Evening Post
28 August 2014

Artistic director and actor to join Gloucestershire Methodist Circuit

A former artistic director of a theatre company is set to be welcomed into the Gloucestershire Methodist Circuit on Tuesday.

Gloucestershire Echo
27 August 2014

City of Edinburgh Methodist Church commended on its credit union scheme

Lothians MSP Sarah Boyack has lodged a motion at the Scottish Parliament to commend The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church on its recent partnership with Capital Credit Union, to facilitate the provision of credit union financial services to staff, members and the wider community in Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders. Ms Boyack was unable to attend the church's launch event for the partnership but wants to support the initiative. The motion has attracted strong cross-party support.

The Edinburgh Reporter
27 August 2014

City of Edinburgh Methodist Church commended on its credit union scheme

Lothians MSP Sarah Boyack has lodged a motion at the Scottish Parliament to commend The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church on its recent partnership with Capital Credit Union, to facilitate the provision of credit union financial services to staff, members and the wider community in Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders. Ms Boyack was unable to attend the church's launch event for the partnership but wants to support the initiative.

The Edinburgh Reporter
27 August 2014 

CofE, Methodists committed to safeguarding collaboration

Against the background of a considerable increase in safeguarding policy-related work at national level, our two churches have been discussing how this can best be resourced over the coming period. We remain committed to joint working on safeguarding across both our churches. Some changes are, however, now needed in the light of new demands.

Anglican Communion News Service
26 August 2014

Methodist restoration

Poole Methodist Church, Poole, High Street, is undergoing a £1.1 million restoration and re-development of the existing church by Dorset Chartered Builders, Greendale Construction Limited.

Daily Echo
25 August 2014

Priory Methodist Church hands over £7,500 to help victims in Zimbabwe

A cheque for nearly £7,500 was presented to the Zimbabwe Victims' Support Fund at Priory Methodist Church, Bedford, during Sunday morning worship. Following a year of fundraising events the Rev. Glayne Worgan, Minister at Priory, handed the money over to Rev. David Winwood, chair of the trustees of the fund.

Bedford Telegraph
24 August 2014

Scarecrow Making Workshop - Hedon Methodist Youth Club

One plan, is to send the kids on a SCARECROW WORKSHOP to make scarecrows for the event and take a little bit of pressure off parents! Fortunately the Hedon Methodist Youth Group is doing just that.

The Hedon Blog
22 August 2014

Trinity Methodist Church in Ellesmere Port to celebrate its centenary

A re-energised town centre church is to celebrate its centenary. Trinity Methodist Church on Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port is looking forward to a very special day on Tuesday (August 26) which marks 100 years since the church was dedicated.

Chester Chronicle
22 August 2014

Gillingham Methodist Church hosts organ recital

Music at GMC at Gillingham Methodist Church will be holding the first concert in its 11th series of organ recitals this coming Sunday 17th August at 3pm.

Blackmore Vale Magazine
13 August 2014 

Nursery children help YEP food campaign

Youngsters at two Leeds nurseries are sacrificing dessert once a week in a sweet effort to help feed hungry children across the city.

Yorkshire Evening Post
11 August 2014 

Razzmatazz Robot fun for Aberdare children at Green Street Methodist Church's holiday club

Children have enjoyed the first week of their summer holiday by taking part in robot-themed fun at Aberdare's Green Street Methodist Church. Reverend Paul Donnison and his wife Mary threw open the church doors for a second year running for a week of crafts, games, Bible ­stories and puppets, all with a special twist - a Razzmatazz Robots theme.

Wales Online
03 August 2014

Banner at Thurlby Methodist Church commemorates war anniversary

A banner and stained-glass panel have been created to commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War. The banner with the words Lest We Forget and a stained-glass panel depicting poppies and cross now adorn a corner of Thurlby Methodist Church ready for the anniversary on August 4.

Rutland and Stamford Mercury
29 July 2014 

Big Methodist victory over Brislington is fitting tribute to Malaysia Airlines MH17 victim Ben Pocock

Cricket report: Midsomer Norton Methodist 1st XI 80-4 Brislington 4th XI 79 (Methodist won by six wickets). After a run of five consecutive cancelled North Somerset League games, the Methodists returned to action in style with victory over visiting Brislington 4ths on a hot afternoon at Norton Hill.

The Bath Chronicle
29 July 2014

Demand for Leeds foodbanks on the increase

As the Yorkshire Evening Post's Feed A Family campaign gathers pace, Laura Bowyer reports from East Leeds Foodbank. They have only been open for a matter of weeks. But the two foodbanks in east Leeds are already starting to see a rise in demand from people who are finding themselves struggling to make ends meet.

Yorkshire Evening Post
29 July 2014

Events to commemorate centenary of the First World War

The following are some of the events taking place in north Northumberland to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War on August 4, 1914. Saturday, August 2, and Sunday, August 3: Exhibition, Christon Bank Methodist Church, 10am-4pm (Sat), 10am-6pm (Sun).

Northumberland Gazette
28 July 2014

Feed a family campaign: Stocks fall at west Leeds foodbank

More than 10,000 meals have been handed out to vulnerable people in west Leeds who are struggling to make ends meet. But to keep up with the growing pressure volunteers at west Leeds foodbank need at least NINE TONNES of food to cope with the demand over the next three months.

Yorkshire Evening Post
22 July 2014

Ilford fundraiser puts on plant sale for Christian women's charity

A green fingered church-goer and flower-grower put on a summer plant sale for charity on Friday. Janet Crosslin, 68, of Auckland Road, Ilford, held her annual summer plant sale at The Drive Methodist Church, Ilford, for charity Women's World Day of Prayer.

Ilford Recorder
28 July 2014

Methodist Church welcomes vote on women bishops

The President of the Methodist Conference has welcomed the Church of England's General Synod vote in favour of allowing women to become bishops.

Ekklesia.co.uk
16 July 2014

First World War centenary event at Salem Methodist Church in Smallthorne

Salem Methodist Church are set to commemorate the First World War centenary with a special remembrance event. This weekend a special display will be erected in the Smallthorne church which will contain a memorial record of the 98 names found on its roll of honour.

The Sentinel
11 July 2014

Religion 'makes people more generous'

It preaches help for the poor and loving thy neighbour but now a new study has provided evidence that religion can make people more generous in their everyday lives.

The Telegraph
09 June 2014 

Methodist minister gives Epworth men's society members fowl talk

The historic world of rearing poultry was revealed to members of the Epworth Men's Society at its recent meeting. Guest speaker was Rev David Leese (pictured), minister at Epworth's Wesley Memorial Methodist Church. He explained that he came from a farming background and has been showing poultry since he was aged ten. Rev Leese is now a qualified judge with the Poultry Club of Great Britain.

The Epworth Bells
27 May 2014

Future of Burnley Methodist Church is secure

A thriving church, which members feared may have to close, WILL stay open. That was the assurance given this week after concerns were raised that Burnley's Parkside Methodist Church would be forced to close its doors. Concerns were expressed as the church has to find a £10,000 "assessment'' fee towards the Burnley Methodist Circuit.

Burnley Express
27 May 2014

Songwriter performs to boost church refurbishment project

A project to refurbish a Leeds church received a fundraising boost through a musical performance in Otley. About 400 people packed into Wesley Hall at Otley Methodist Church to watch Christian songwriter Stuart Townend play, supported by his son Joseph on the drums and keyboards.

Yorkshire Evening Post
25 May 2014

Somerset flood fundraiser at Bridgwater Methodist Church

A 'musical Kaleidoscope' takes place at Bridgwater Methodist Church at 7.15pm on Friday, June 13. Kate Hewson of Winds of Change, one of the bands performing at the event, said: "We wanted to do something to help raise cash for the Somerset Flood Relief Fund, a charity that helps victims of the flood on the Somerset Levels rebuild their homes and, in some cases, their livelihoods."

ThisIsTheWestCountry.co.uk
25 May 2014

Ministers to live on £1 a day to highlight global food poverty

No need for trolleys for Christine Fox and Gill Isterling on their next supermarket shops. For their basics-only menus next week, baskets will be more than enough. The two ministers have pledged to live for five days on food costing no more than a fiver per head. Family members, friends and members of their congregations will join them and "Live Below The Line" during Christian Aid Week, which begins on Sunday.

Nottingham Post
07 May 2014

Lindley Methodist Church was filled with colourful quilts for a show by the Imperial Quilters

A church was filled with colourful quilts to raise money for charity. Lindley Methodist Church was taken over by Imperial Quilters for their biannual Quilt Show. Group members displayed quilts, wall hangings, bags, pincushions, table runners and other quilted items.

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
06 May 2014

New exhibition of modern art with Parsonage show

A new exhibition of modern British art goes on display tomorrow at the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Artists of Faith explores the relationship between the Bronte family and Methodism. The exhibition features ten works selected from the Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art.

Keighley News
03 May 2014

Lutterworth Methodist Church wins lottery grant to restore organ

Members of a congregation are singing the praises of a lottery fund after being given a £26,900 grant to restore their church organ. Bill Tomkins is delighted that Lutterworth Methodist Church has been awarded the money from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Mr Tomkins, a member of the Lutterworth Methodist Church Council, said: "We cannot thank the HLF enough.

Leceister Mercury
02 May 2014

Sensory gardens created for St Thomas Methodist Church

ST Thomas Methodist Church has altered the gardens, fronting onto to Cowick Street, to create community peace and sensory gardens. They include both raised and ground level flower beds, seating, wheelchair accessible paths and a notice board for community helpful information.

Express and Echo
01 May 2014

Keenley: Spreading the word on chapel

One of the world's oldest Methodist chapels is preaching the message of its history to visitors to the Allen Valley.Tucked away from the road, behind a crop of tall trees, Keenley chapel is believed to be the oldest Methodist chapel in the world still in use.

Hexham Courant
30 April 2014 

Great Ayton Methodist Church remembers preacher who paved the way for his church

A church has been remembering one of its founding fathers who made sure he wouldn not be preaching a sermon from the mount by levelling the building site himself. Great Ayton Methodist Church marked 100 years of its current church with an exhibition on its history.

The Northern Echo
30 April 2014

Easter boost for Brierfield Methodist Church

Williamstown -- The one-stroke lead that the Williams College women's golf team had on Saturday did not hold up on Sunday against Division III power Methodist. Methodist outscored Williams 309-312 on Sunday for a two-stroke win. Methodist finished up with a score of 620, while Williams shot 622. "It was a solid weekend for us overall and we have much to be proud of," Williams coach Erika DeSanty said. "Methodist outperformed us today."

The Berkshire Eage
28 April 2014 

Lowestoft's Trinity Methodist Church's community garden will provide an oasis of calm for everybody

Featuring an array of flowering plants and shrubs, and with seating to enjoy the views, the Trinity Triangle Community Garden has been designed as a quiet and scenic refuge for all. The garden - located in a triangle of land off Yarmouth Road between the Trinity Methodist Church and neighbouring GP surgery - was officially opened by the Rev Graham Thompson, chairman of the East Anglia District of the Methodist Church, with Lowestoft mayor June Ford also attending the event.

EDP 24
27 April 2014

Plans to turn Ilminster Methodist Church into homes for adults with learning disabilities

AN iconic Ilminster church could become accommodation for adults with learning disabilities if plans get the go-ahead. Illminster Methodist Church, off West Street, has been closed since 2005 due to high maintenance costs and a dwinding congregation. An application to South Somerset District Council by Chris Baranowski, on behalf of Robert Doak, lays out plans to convert the Grade II listed building into 12 rooms.

ThisISTheWestCountry.co.uk
25 April 2014

Easter boost for Brierfield Methodist Church

The funds of Brierfield Methodist Church received a boost from the proceeds of an Easter fair and car boot sale on Saturday. The event was the latest in a series of sales the Colne Road church holds on Saturdays, with a cake stall included with Easter being on the horizon.

Burnley Express
24 April 2014 

Beeston Methodist Church News

Our Easter services commenced on Good Friday with the Rev.David Haseldine officiating. The bible reading was taken from Matthew Ch.27 - "The Crucifixion" with Sonia Butler and Mary Millar sharing the lesson. David read an account of a young man talking about his big brother who he always looked up to but who was a liar and a thief but had a charming way with him and could talk himself out of trouble, the younger brother was just the look-out.

AboutMyArea.co.uk
22 April 2014

Andrew Christer to play Bishop Auckland Methodist Church organ

Christer Concert: Organist Andrew Christer will play the recently refurbished JJ Binns Pipe Organ at Bishop Auckland Methodist Church tomorrow (April 24). The concert will start at 7pm and entry is free.

The Northern Echo
23 April 2014

A play with a passion... modern day crucifixion takes over town

Jesus Christ was paraded through the streets of Belper as amateur actors played out a contemporary version of the crucifixion. Carrying a cross and with has face bloodied, Dan Skidmore played the part of the Messiah, dragging a giant cross from the Methodist Chapel, in Chapel Street, through the town to St Peter's Church, in Chesterfield Road.

Derby Telegraph
19 April 2014

News from Haworth, Stanbury

Today, Maundy Thursday: Haworth Parish Church are hosting "Pray-as-you-go" at 9am during Holy week and an Agape meal at 7pm will be served today. Haworth's West Lane Methodist Church will mark Maundy Thursday at 11 am and later by a Holy Communion service at 2.30pm.

Keighly News
17 April 2014

Helston Methodist Church helps the homeless

A coffee morning at Helston Methodist Church has raised £1,050 to help the homeless. The money will go towards the early-morning breakfast that has been running for the past year. Also in the pipeline are plans to start a soup kitchen to help those in need.

West Briton
17 April 2014
 

Trussell Trust reveals large national increase in people using foodbanks

Reverends David McGough, left, and Geoff Annas at Wesley Hall Methodist church food bank. Picture: Mark Scott. NEW figures released today have revealed that almost one million people in Britain have used foodbanks.

The Sentinel
17 April 2014 

Shock 343% rise in Wiganers using food banks

The Trust's food banks are based at Atherton Parish Church, every Wednesday and Friday from 1pm until 3pm; Leigh Baptist Church on Thursdays 10am until noon and Kingsleigh Methodist church, Monday and Tuesday between 10am an noon.

Wigan Today
17 April 2014

Food pantry grateful to Triton community

Our heartfelt thanks go to the Triton High School community for their generous donation of food and money to the food pantry at the Byfield Community Methodist Church.

Daily News
17 April 2014

Poll: Are food banks a sign of a failing society?

Leaders of the Methodist Church, Baptist Union of Great Britain and United Reformed Church said the figures should spark "shock and anger". Methodist president the Rev Ruth Gee said: "Hunger should not and need not be a problem in a rich country like the UK - and yet clearly it is. We thank God for food banks, which provide a vital lifeline to people who would otherwise be forced to go hungry.

Shropshire Star
16 April 2014 

Leaders of the Methodist Church, Baptist Union of Great Britain and United Reformed Church have responded with concern to the latest figures from the Trussell Trust, released today

"These figures should shock and anger us," said Methodist President the Rev Ruth Gee. "Hunger should not and need not be a problem in a rich country like the UK - and yet clearly it is. We thank God for foodbanks, which provide a vital lifeline to people who would otherwise be forced to go hungry.

Ekklesia
16 April 2014 

The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat

Leaders of the Methodist Church, Baptist Union of Great Britain and United Reformed Church said the figures should spark "shock and anger". Methodist president the Rev Ruth Gee said: "Hunger should not and need not be a problem in a rich country like the UK - and yet clearly it is."

The Independent
16 April 2014

Minister donates transplant double

A Chesterfield methodist minister who gave two people the chance of life is urging others to follow in his footsteps. Andrew Checkley, 42, from Hasland, has donated his stem cells twice to people in desperate need of bone marrow transplants.

Derbyshire Times
16 April 2014 

Hunger is a 'national crisis', religious leaders tell Cameron

Other signatories to the bishops' letter, organised by the End Hunger Fast campaign, include representatives of all the main Christian denominations, including Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, and Quakers, as well as groupings such as the Evangelical Alliance. There are no Muslim signatories to the letter but a number of mosque and community-based faith projects are now active providing food aid.

The Guardian
15 April 2014

Royston Methodist Church prepares for Easter with first ever Festival of Crosses

The iconic imagery of Easter was on full show at a Royston church last weekend. Royston Methodist Church saw itself completely decked in crosses from Friday to Sunday as part of a new festival. Created from materials varying from flowers, paper and even recycle waste, the crosses were arrayed throughout the church providing a reminder of the story behind Easter.

Royston Weekly News
15 April 2014

St Keverne Methodist services to move to hall

Methodist services in St Keverne will be held in the church hall from now on. The church council voted last week to stop using the Methodist chapel building for the majority of services and instead hold the weekly 11am Sunday worship in the adjacent hall.

15 April 2014

Royston Methodist Church prepares for Easter with first ever Festival of Crosses

The iconic imagery of Easter was on full show at a Royston church last weekend. Royston Methodist Church saw itself completely decked in crosses from Friday to Sunday as part of a new festival.

Royston Weekly News
15 April 2014

A 'New Song' for a new church (Stephen Lindridge)

The Psalms inspire us as God's people to 'sing a new song' to our Lord, for the marvellous things he has done (Psalm 98.1). So it's very apt that the newest church to be recognised in the Methodist Church of Great Britain is forged on exactly this principle; to sing new songs to our Lord!

FreshExpressions.org.uk
14 April 2014 

Helston Methodist Church celebrates 125th birthday

The Helston Methodist Church is putting on a three day extravaganza to celebrate its 125th anniversary on May 3, 4 and 5. Saturday, May 3 will open at 11am with an opening service featuring soloist Joan Williams, which will also feature the cutting of the anniversary cake. The church will then stay open until 3pm with an anniversary exhibition.

ThisIsTheWestCountry.co.uk
12 April 2014

Methodist Church welcomes UK ratification of Arms Trade Treaty


Leaders of the Methodist Church in Britain have welcomed the UK Government's ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty on 2 April 2014. The President of the Methodist Conference, the Rev Ruth Gee, said that the move was a "legal milestone that should help to protect those who are abused and oppressed".

Ekklesia
02 April 2014

As major arms exporters ratify Arms Trade Treaty, WCC calls for more such action

Five of the world's major arms exporters are among a group of mostly European countries ratifying the world's first Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) today, 2 April, a year after the treaty was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.

World Council of Churches
02 April 2014

Cakes go out to help with Swaffham Methodist Church fundraising

A fine spread of tasty treats has helped to bring vital repairs of a 50-year-old problem at Swaffham's Methodist Church a step closer. A cake sale, which was held at the church on Saturday, raised £850 for the ongoing appeal to raise tens of thousands of pounds to repair the parapet of the London Street building. It is also hoped there may be a further donation following the event.

Lynn News
01 April 2014

Methodists respond as Street Child World Cup kicks off in Brazil

Over the past two years, Methodist children and young people in Britain have been encouraging local churches to help raise £30,000 for the Street Child World Cup (SCWC) by organising fundraising events of their own. In Bristol, young Methodists organised a fundraising event that was supported by the whole District. The Rev Ward Jones, District Chairman, volunteered to be gunked in a Cheshire cat onesie to raise money to sponsor two teams from Nicaragua - a girls' team and a boys' team - to take part in the tournament in Rio.

Ekklesia
31 March 2014 

Durham Wesleyan Methodist Circuit baptisms 1841-1856, 1860-1870

1,939 baptisms on the Durham Wesleyan Methodist Circuit, covering 1841-1856 and 1860-1870. This is the first addition we have made to this collection since Oct 2008. These filled all of the gaps we had, so we now have continuous coverage of this circuit from 1815 to 1957. Unfortunately, the baptism register between Apr 1837 and August 1841 did not survive, or if it did, its location is unknown and it has not been filmed by the Durham Record Office.

Durham Records Online
27 March 2014

Mayor attends service of dedication at Darlington funeral directors

The mayor of Darlington joined staff at a new funeral directors for a special service of dedication. Clergy and staff at the Co-operative Funeralcare, on West Auckland Road, in Cockerton, Darlington, were joined by Darlington Mayor Charles Johnson for the service on Friday, March 7.

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
25 March 2014

Walkers complete their visit to all 30 churches in the Huddersfield Methodist Circuit

Walkers have completed their trek around all 30 Methodist churches in the town. The walk was organised to welcome the Holmfirth section to the newly enlarged Huddersfield Methodist Circuit and enabled people from all parts of the circuit to meet up, make new friends and walk together to visit each other's churches.

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
25 March 2014 

Volunteers discover hidden war memorial at Temple Street Methodist Church in Fenton

A forgotten war memorial has been discovered in the corner of a church more than three decades after it was hidden away for safe-keeping. Volunteers working on repairs at Temple Street Methodist Church in Fenton were delighted when they made the discovery under an old stage.

The Sentinel
24 March 2014

Karen looking to help young families develop their faith in new role at Broadstone church

There is no doubt that Karen Greene is relishing her new role as Broadstone Methodist Church's first children and young families worker. "It's a challenge - I'm up for it," said the former youth and young adult pastor from Pennsylvania, USA.

Daily Echo
23 March 2014

Tunstall Methodist Church & Centre rescues World War One memorial from the Primitive Methodist Church building

Church officials have unveiled a First World War memorial after it was rescued from a neighbouring building which is being demolished to make way for flats. Tunstall Methodist Church and Centre revealed the 33-name plaque, which was found at dilapidated Primitive Methodist Church in Pittshill

The Sentinel
20 March 2014

Hands up, who wants to learn sign language!

New baby signing class has opened in the Test Valley. Liz Morland has started classes at Woodley Village Hall in Romsey and another at Chandler's Ford Methodist Church under the umbrella of the Tiny Talk franchise which has similar schemes across the UK and elsewhere.

Romsey Advertiser
18 March 2014

Tewit Youth Band perform at Starbeck

This year's concert by Tewit Youth Band at the Starbeck Methodist Church was another resounding success, with the band playing to a packed, appreciative, audience.

Harrogate Advertiser
18 March 2014 

Special service for renovated church

A rededication service of the refurbished Seahouses Methodist Church is taking place on Saturday at 3pm with the president of the Methodist Conference, Rev Ruth Dee.

Northumberland Gazette
17 March 2014

Wildflower Gardens at Neston Methodist Church and Community Centre 2014

August 2014 marks One Hundred Years of the start of World War I and in commemoration, plantings are being established at Neston Methodist Church.

AboutMyArea
17 March 2014

Herald History: God's 'soldiers' come to Tamworth

In early 19th century England social, religious and political groups proliferated. Most had the similar aim of getting alcoholics, drug addicts, prostitutes and vagrants to turn over a new leaf.

Tamworth Herald
16 March 2014 

Somerton Methodist Church raises £300 for flood victims on the Somerset Levels

A church sale in Somerton has raised £300 to support people affected by the floods in Somerset. Volunteers set up a sale at the Somerton Methodist Church on Saturday to raise cash for flood victims on the Somerset Levels.

Western Gazette
26 February 2014
 

27 bishops slam David Cameron's welfare reforms as creating a national crisis in unprecedented attack

Britain's leading bishops denounce David Cameron's welfare reforms for creating a "national crisis". In an unprecedented attack on the Tory-led Coalition, 27 Anglican bishops and 16 other clergy accuse the Tory-led coalition of creating hardship and hunger.

The Mirror
19 February 2014

Darlington Methodist church opens charity shop to support local community

A Darlington church has opened its own charity shop to support the local community and raise funds for the church. The new shop at Northland Methodist Church, in North Road, Darlington, will be open two days a week, with 20 per cent of the profits going back into community initiatives.

The Northern Echo
17 February 2014

Concert will raise funds to replace leaking roof at Tunstall Methodist Church

A concert is being staged to support a church's campaign to replace its leaking roof. Tunstall Methodist Church and Centre needs £70,000 to replace the roof. Now parishioners are helping to organise a music concert to help raise funds.

The Sentinel
17 February 2014

Former Methodist Church vice-president Ruth Pickles to visit Fenton's Temple Street church

A former vice-president of the Methodist Church will visit a church this weekend. Ruth Pickles, of Congleton, is set to make a presentation on her year as vice-president to the Temple Street Methodist Church in Fenton on Saturday.

The Sentinel
13 February 2014

Soham Methodist Church raises £340 for Action for Children

Churchgoers in Soham have raised more than £300 for a children's charity.
The congregation at Soham Methodist Church decided to support Action for Children by holding numerous collections and fundraisers throughout the Christmas period.

Ely-NEws
13 February 2014

Rare bust of Epworth Methodist returns

A rare miniature bust of one of the forefathers of Methodism has been returned to his birthplace of Epworth. The stone bust of Alexander Kilham was spotted at auction by Epworth Methodist Minister the Rev David Leese.

The Epworth Bells
12 February 2014

Stretford slimmers bid to shed lbs to make £s

The 130 slimmers, who visit Trafford Social Club and Gorse Hill Methodist Church every week for their classes, are getting involved in the national 'Slim for Good' campaign which starts on February 24 and runs for six weeks.

The Messenger
12 February 2014

'Question Time' event on international issues to take place in Leamington

International issues will be debated in a 'Question Time' event hosted by the Warwick district branch of the United Nations Association (UNA) in Lillington. Warwick and Leamington MP Chris White, Dr Marwan Darweish - lecturer in peace and reconciliation studies at Coventry University, Natalie Samarasinghe - the UNA's UK executive director - and Steve Hucklesby MBE - a policy adviser for the Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church - will be on the panel for the event at St Paul's church in Leicester Street on Saturday February 22 from noon to 2.30pm.

The Leamington Spa Courier
12 February 2014 

Methodist Church's 150th anniversary celebrations get under way

A special service was held at Pocklington Methodist Church recently to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the church. The President of the Methodist Conference, Reverend Ruth Gee, was the guest preacher at the service on Sunday 19 January.

The Pocklington Post
27 January 2014 

Chepstow Methodist Church given cash for toilet use

A church which provides its toilets for public use by day - and suffers from public urination at night - has been promised payment for cleaning costs.

24 Jan 2014

BBC News

Thou shalt tweet responsibly, Church urges clergy and staff

The guidelines range from practical security advice to more faith-based instructions, including a warning that updates are "transient yet permanent".

22 Jan 2014

BBC News

Bromsgrove couples can renew their vows a week before Valentine's Day

Married couples can rekindle their romance in Bromsgrove next month by renewing their wedding vows at the town's Methodist Church Centre a week before Valentine's Day.

22 Jan 2014

Bromsgrove Standard 

Stoke Methodist Church holds auction to pay for revamp... of a pub!

Stoke Methodist Church will be leaving their church in Epworth Street and moving into the former West End pub after the refurbishment.

21 Jan 2014

The Sentinel

Lifelong Doncaster Scout dies after collecting gong

A Doncaster Scouting stalwart has died just a few months after receiving the British Empire Medal.

21 Jan 2014

The Star

Winter warmer lunch for elderly

Elderly people enjoyed the first lunches in a campaign to help support them during the winter period.

21 Jan 2014

This is Local London

Churches spread the word on blood and organ donation

Churches across Britain are being challenged to become "Donor Churches" and raise the profile of blood and organ donation in their communities.

20 Jan 2014
Ekklesia

Ministers stage snooker marathon in Fenton to raise cash for charity


Ministers swapped pews for potting after staging a 12-hour snooker marathon in support of poorly children. Retired methodists Stuart Hickerman and John Bates finished their challenge at midnight and hope the venture will raise hundreds of pounds for a Jerusalem-based centre for disabled children.

The Senitel
18 January 2014 

Burscough Methodist Church set to begin redevelopment after grant

Thanks to the National Churches Trust, along with many other contributors, Burscough Methodist Church can go forward with its refurbishment plan.

16 Jan 2014
Ormskirk & Skelmersdale Advertiser

A Warm Welcome at Newly Launched Church Cafe in Neston

Hall filled with loyal customers and newcomers for Welcome Café opening Dedication Prayer and Thanks led by Rev Marcus Torchon. The newly painted and decorated Hall at Neston Methodist Church & Community Centre was filled with loyal customers and newcomers for the launching of "The Welcome Café", formerly the Drop In, on Friday January 10.

TheBestGuideForTheNestonArea
13 January 2014

Coffee morning to be held at Hurworth Methodist Church on Saturday

A coffee morning will be held at Hurworth Methodist Church on Saturday (January 11) from 10am to 11am. Admission is £1 and includes coffee and biscuits. All proceeds will go towards church funds.

The Northern Echo
09 January 2014

Volunteers sought for arts festival

Organisers and sponsors of the first Ellesmere Port Arts Festival are calling for local people to get involved. Volunteers will have the opportunity to take part in the festival running from March 5 until April 27, and spread across four venues in the town centre - Trinity Church, West Cheshire College, the University Church of England Academy and the Paperboat Gallery. It will feature the internationally recognised Methodist modern art collection, a unique collection of Christian art by renowned artists.

Chester Chronicle
08 January 2014

Nativity played out on Facebook

Members of Ashbourne Methodist Church have marked Christmas this year by organising a unique take on the traditional nativity story - through the medium of social networking. Members wanted to share the traditional message and meaning of Christmas using Facebook and it is believed that this is the first time the story has been shared in this way.

Ashbourne News Telegraph
07 January 2014 

Dillon the donkey is the star attraction at Crowle Methodist Chapel

Dillon he donkey was the star attraction at this year's annual Christmas carol service at Crowle Methodist Chapel. He proved to be so popular the 109-year-old church was packed to the rafters with parents and children hoping to catch a glimpse of the four-legged thespian.

The Epworth Bells
07 January 2014 

Hope 2014: A Year of Mission

Hope is a catalyst bringing churches together to transform communities. Momentum is accelerating now in a year of mission for 2014 - the whole Church, reaching the whole nation, for a whole year.

Inspire Magazine
06 January 2014

Work begins on Epworth church gardens revamp and statue

A project has been launched to revamp the gardens of an Isle church and site a statue in honour of Methodist movement pioneer John Wesley. Work started to upgrade the communal front gardens of Wesley Memorial Methodist Church in Epworth.

The Epworth Bells
04 January 2014


Biggest charity book fair in Epsom is back

The "biggest charity book fair in Britain" is back for its 13th year. After generating in excess of £26,500 for charities and church funds last year, the Epsom Methodist Church is determined to go a step further in 2014.

ThisIsLocalLondon
04 January 2014 

Carpenders Park and South Oxhey Methodist Church set to celebrate its opening

A South Oxhey church will be celebrating its opening later this month with a weekend of events. Carpenders Park and South Oxhey Methodist Church will be opening their new building, which has taken more than 10 years to attain, in Prestwick Road.

Watford Observer
03 January 2014

Vicar called 'The Bush' keeps getting mistaken for Man United midfielder Fellaini

A young vicar nicknamed 'The Bush' on account of his afro hairdo was singled out by Manchester United fans at Old Trafford chanting 'there's only one Marouane Fellaini'.

Daily Mail

3 January 2013

Nottingham's youngest minister is bringing love and laughter to his congregation

Nottingham's youngest minister is making waves with his congregation - and not just with his unconventional hairdo.

Nottingham Post

3 January 2014

Nantwich Methodist Church to house town's first community cinema

Church volunteers in Nantwich have clubbed together to launch the town's first community cinema! Nantwich Methodist Church in Hospital Street is behind the "Nantwich Family Films@4″ project.

Nantwich News
27 December 2013

Storage plan for Lostock Hall Methodist Church approved


A disused church is to be turned into offices and storage space, after plans were approved.The plans to turn Lostock Hall Methodist Church in Watkin Lane, Lostock Hall into a storage building with office space were put forward by AMS Cladding Ltd and have now been given the go ahead.

Lancashire Evening Post
20 December 2013 

Methodist message

The Vale of Glamorgan churches is inviting people to share the Christmas spirit in the lead-up to the main day. The Cadoxton Methodist Church will host a Christingle at 4pm on Friday, December 20.

Barry and District News
18 December 2013

Penryn pupils visit Methodist church to put presents under the tree

Children from Penryn Infants School have visited the Methodist Church to put presents under the Christmas tree.

ThisistheWestCountry.co.uk
17 December 2013

Helston Methodist Church

Ruby Brown led the morning worship, and the three candles for Advent were lit by the children.

ThisIsTheWestCountry.co.uk
17 December 2013

 

Elm Ridge Methodist Church Christmas services  

Elm Ridge Methodist Church in Carmel Road South, is holding a Christingle service at 5pm on Christmas Eve especially for children, but all are welcome...

16 Nov 2013

The Northern Echo

Mince pie event proves popular at Ketton Methodist Chapel

The refurbished Ketton Methodist Chapel hosted the popular annual mince pie morning on Saturday last week, raising £545.

15 Nov 2013

Rutland & Stamford Mercury

Get in the picture at life-size stable

People of all ages are being encouraged to be in the picture at a life-size stable this weekend

13 Dec 2013

Cotswold Journal

Elburton Methodist Messy Church proving popular in Plymouth

Elburton Methodist Messy Church has proved very successful during the past year, with young people and families meeting in the hall on the first Saturday in the month at 10.30am.

13 Dec 2013

The Herald

Monthly coffee morning at Haughton Green Methodist Church

A coffee morning will be held on Saturday (December 14) at Haughton Green Methodist Church, from 10am to 11am. The event will include cakes and a bring and-buy stall. Admission is free and all are welcome.

12 Dec 2013

Northern Echo

Haverhill Methodist Church congregation shows generosity with toy donations

The congregation at Haverhill Methodist Church showed their generosity as their donations of toys helped to ensure less priveleged children get to open a present this Christmas...

11 Dec 2013

Haverhill Echo

Food poverty: Welsh assembly debates 'next big health emergency'

Debate in Cardiff takes place as archbishop of Wales leads calls for unity in tackling poverty and hits out at 'shirker' stereotypes. 

11 Dec 2013

The Guardian

Christmas trees are taking over Bromsgrove for a good cause

Next week the Methodist Centre in the middle of Bromsgrove will be opening its doors to an entire forest of Christmas trees decorated by volunteers.

11 Dec 2013

Bromsgrove advertiser

Archbishop speaks out against portrayal of poor people

The Archbishop of Wales is calling for people to 'stand up for what is right' when people living in poverty are labelled as skivers and shirkers.

10 Dec 2013

ITV

Join in with the Shopper Service and Carols during Drop In at Neston Methodist Church & Community Centre Hall

Celebrate the joys of Christmas at Drop In with some hearty Carol singing, led by Rev Marcus Torchon and the Shopper Service at 10.30 am in the Hall.

9 Dec 2013

About My Area

Church leader joins 50th anniversary celebrations

Brigg Methodists have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the building of their church in style over the past two weekends...

8 Dec 2013

Market Rasen Mail

Christian Comment with the Rev Simon Topping Methodist minister, Stroud

One of our sons was recently part of a Methodist Church group that went to Nicaragua to support a project called Street Child World Cup.

8 Dec 2013

Stroud News & Journal

West Runton Scouts enjoy charity Christingle service

A north Norfolk Scout group joined a candle-lit parade around East Runton Methodist church on Sunday, as part of a Christingle service held in aid of UK charity the Children's Society...

8 Dec 2013

EDP24

Teesside preacher recalls visit to Nelson Mandela in Robben Island prison cell

Marjorie Clayton visited the former South African president twice while he was in jail. And the two became such firm friends that during a visit to London after his release he called her from Buckingham Palace during a State visit to the Queen simply to wish her well.

7 Dec 2013

Teeside News

Scholes Methodist Church concert

Holme Valley Orchestra joins Scholes Methodist Choir for its Christmas concert in Scholes Methodist Church.

6 Dec 2013

Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Methodists assess views of members

The Methodist Church has begun a consultation to assess its members' views on same-sex marriage and civil partnerships. 

6 Dec 2013

The Church Times

Teenager who vows to rebuild destroyed nursery is nominated for award

Seeing the nursery school you helped build destroyed could put some people off charity work for life. But not Bedford teenager Kirsty Kalyan, who has been nominated for a Young People of the Year Award (YOPEY).

5 Dec 2013

Bedford Today

Methodist Church consults on same-sex marriage and civil partnerships

The Methodist Church has launched a consultation on the implications of same sex marriage legislation for the denomination.

4 Dec 2013

Ekklesia

Charity launches campaign to help elderly survive winter months

AN annual charity campaign to help the region's elderly and vulnerable people survive the winter months has been launched.

4 Dec 2013

Darlington & Stockton Times

Methodist Church Consulting Members on Gay Marriage Stance

The Methodist Church in England is consulting its 250,000-plus members on whether it should revise its understanding of marriage in light of the new gay marriage law.

4 Dec 2013

Charisma News

Adel Methodist Church table top sale to help animal charity

Animal lovers from Wharfedale are being invited to a Christmas-themed table top sale next month.

4 Dec 2013

Wharfdale Observer

Christmas trees on display at Bourne Methodist Church

Hundreds of visitors passed through Bourne Methodist Church over the weekend to look at the beautiful trees...

3 Dec 2013

Rutland & Stamford Mercury

Roborough Methodist Church in Plymouth successful Sankey evening

A Cornish-style Sankey evening held at Roborough Methodist Church on November 16, brought back memories of lovely old hymns for about 50 lusty songsters.

2 Dec 2013

The Herald

Debt crisis in the region is revealed

The level of debt in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire has been revealed in an independent report...

28 Nov 2013

EDP24

Christmas with a big bang in New Malden Methodist Chuch

A festive swing will be coming to New Malden as a big band takes over a community church for the night.

12 Nov 2013

Your Local Guardian

Methodist's say their RE Resources are 'open hearted'

The Methodist Schools and Education Service has completed a two year project that has produced what are intended to be accessible and informative Religious Education resources.

10 Nov 2013

Ekklesia

Young Methodist to sing official Poppy Appeal single

Charlotte Mellor, 17, is the daughter of the Reverend Paul Mellor and one of The Poppy Girls, the first all-girl group formed from Armed Forces families.

08 Nov 2013

Christian Today

Saltaire Methodist Church to host fundraising concerts

Two Motown-style concerts at Saltaire Methodist Church will take place on November 15 and 16 in aid of 12 orphaned children in Zimbabwe.

07 Nov 2013

Telegraph & Argus 

Heroes from same Darwen church saluted

Historians at a Darwen church have investigated the stories behind names on a First World War memorial plaque.
The 14 names are on a plaque at Spring Vale Methodist Church, in Watery Lane, and the research has been carried out ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

04 Nov 2013

Lancashire Telegraph

John's church pilgrimage helps charity

Not many 70-year-olds would voluntarily walk for 200 miles through wind and torrential rain. But retired Gloucestershire methodist minister Reverend John Beardsley has just done exactly that.

04 Nov 2013

Gloucestershire Echo

Wonderful day' as fire-hit church reopens

A CHURCH has held its first service since it was left devastated by a fire 16 months ago.

03 Nov 2013

Lincolnshire Echo

Ilford Methodist Church wins grant to improve access for wheelchair users

Tens of thousands of pounds have been awarded to an Ilford church to make it accessible for wheelchair users.

02 Nov 2013

Ilford Recorder

Bourne Methodist Church fund is £675 better off after autumn fair

The building fund for Bourne Methodist Church was £675 better off thanks to generous donors and customers attending it's Autumn Fair.

30 Oct 2013

Rutland and Stamford Mecury

Droitwich Methodist Church to hold garment exhibition

DROITWICH Methodist Church is set to hold an exhibition of garments with a religious influence.

30 Oct 2013

Droitwich Spa Advertiser

Church Leaders want government apology for misrepresenting the poor

Senior British Christian leaders have criticised Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, for failing to apologise on behalf of the government for misrepresenting the poor.

28 Oct 2013

Ekklesia

Blackburn Church's harvest of sound

A YEAR long collection by a church congregation has led to the purchase of solar-powered radios which have been sent to Africa.

28 Oct 2013

Methodist church harvests a colourful flower festival in Terrington St Clement

Terrington St Clement Methodist Church was awash with colour when its annual Flower Festival coincided with this year's harvest celebrations.

24 Oct 2013

Lynn News 

Double centenary for Methodism's first district mission outpost

Methodists will celebrate 200 years since the founding of one the Church's first district missionary societies at a special event next week.

Inspire Magazine

24 Oct 2013

Methodists are compassionate, but need to hear both voices

The British Methodist Church has a proud history of working for justice and fairness and for racial and gender equality. In the 18th Century, John and Charles Wesley, the founding fathers, had a ministry to the poorest in society, caring for them in body, mind and spirit. In the 19th Century, many early trade unionists were Methodists. The Labour party was said to have owed more to Methodism than to Marxism.

Jewish News 

23 Oct 2013

Tuesday club at Knutsford Methodist Church marks its 70th birthday

The Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship sessions were started in 1943 by the then minister's wife to support women who were left at home while their husbands and sons fought in the war.

20 Oct 2013

Knustford Guardian

The Stoke-on-Trent pub which is to become a church

From a pub to a building that will play a similar key role in the community, a group of parishioners have started work on an exciting new worship centre in the city.

The Sentinel

18 Oct 2013

New leader for Fresh Expressions team

Fresh Expressions is a movement established by the Church of England and the Methodist Church to pioneer new congregations and churches that appeal to people who have never attended church or those who are not attracted to traditional styles of church.

15 Oct 2013

Christian Today

Causeway Green Methodist Church celebrating 150th anniversary

AN OLDBURY church is celebrating its 150th anniversary this month with a series of events.

Halesowen News

14 Oct 2013

Harvest Festival Celebration at Methodist Church

Last weekend saw the celebration of harvest festival at Hasland Methodist Church, when Deacon Mavis Plater led the morning servicePassages were read from the Old and New Testaments by Joyce Offiler and Val Gratton. During the first hymn the congregation, including members from 1st Hasland Guides, were invited to bring their harvest gifts to the front of the church.

Derbyshire Times

11 Oct 2013

Faith groups pile pressure on coalition over lobbying bill

Faith-based groups including World Jewish Relief and Reform Judaism have backed an open letter to the government highlighting their concern over a proposed law to establish a register of lobbyists and regulate election spending.Isabel Carter of Operation Noah, Niall Cooper from Church Action on Poverty, The Salvation Army's Lt. Colonel Marion Drew, Revd Sally Foster-Fulton from the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Congregation's Revd Ruth Gee, Loretta Minghella from Christian Aid, Neil Thorns of CAFOD and Dr Dave Landrum of the Evangelical Alliance all put their names to the letter.

Jewish Online News
07 October 2013 

Haverhill solicitor qualifies as a lay preacher

A special celebration service took place at Haverhill Methodist Church recently, the culmination of years of training for Nick, which included practical assessments, exams and many essays.

07 October 2013

Haverhill Echo

Organist Starts Horsforth Church Music Season

Lindley, who is also master of music at Leeds Minster, will perform at the Grove Methodist Church, Town Street, at 7.30pm, on Wednesday, October 23

07 October 2013

Ilkley Gazette 

Villagers to mark the first sermon preached in Wales by the founder of Methodism

A MONMOUTHSHIRE village will mark the first sermon preached in Wales by the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, at a ceremony next week.

06 October 2013

South Wales Argus

Praise be toa great 60 years of worship at St Paul's Church

It has been 60 years since St Paul's Church opened its doors to worshippers in Northgate and beyond.

06 October 2013

Crawley and Horley Observer

Village Methodists to mark 125 years

Villagers in Hopwas are set to celebrate the Methodist Chapel's 125th anniversary this weekend.

04 Oct 2013

Tamworth Herald

Methodists consult on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

The Methodist Church has launched a major consultation on the arguments for and against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The consultation, arising from a request by the annual Methodist Conference, is seeking responses from any interested individuals or organisations, in writing or through an online form.

02 Oct 2013

Ekkesia

Church's monthly shoppers' service in Coxhoe 

St Andrew's Methodist Church, in Coxhoe, near Durham, holds the latest of its monthly Shoppers' Services on Saturday (October 5), from 10 -10.30am.

01 Oct 2013

Northern Echo

Methodists to celebrate 200 year mission heritage in Leeds

Methodists will be gathering in Leeds this week to celebrate 200 years since the founding of the Church's first district missionary societies.

30 September 2013

Christian Today

Methodist 'Road trip' to Londonderry

Members of the Methodist Church chose Londonderry for their Circuit Road Trip last week.

30 September 2013

Londonderry Sentinel

Wollaston Ladies Guild celebrates diamond anniverary

A LADIES Guild which meets weekly in Stourbridge celebrated its 60th anniversary with a cake cutting ceremony and meal for members.

30 September 2013

Stourbridge News

Methodist leaders mark chapels historic role

A village described as a "very special resting place" by the founder of Methodism 262 years ago has been recognised by the church for its role in the birth of the faith.

29 September 2013

This is Cornwall

Methodists celebrate 200 years of life-affirming mission

Methodists will celebrate 200 years since the founding of one the Church's first district missionary societies at a special event next week.

27 September 2013

Ekklesia

Theft sparks £1k Salem Methodist Church roof repairs

Community groups have returned to a historic church which suffered a roof collapse after metal thieves stripped out the lead. Storms left Salem Methodist Church, in Smallthorne, with a nine-foot square hole, several rooms ruined by flooding and a repair bill running into thousands of pounds.

27 September 2013
ThisIsStaffordshire 

Churches call for peace, prayer and advocacy in the week ahead

UK Churches will promote peace and justice next week, beginning with Peacemaking Sunday on 22 September and continuing with the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel 22-28 September.

19 Sept 2013

Ekklesia

Barrow Hill: Hymn afternoon at Methodist Church

Barrow Hill Methodist Church is hosting an afternoon of hymn singing on Sunday, September 22, at 3pm. The afternoon will be led by Tony Loach, an ex Salvation Army officer, assisted by Val Loach, Tricia Presson, Peter Widdowson, Margaret Tighe and Tony Wainwright, and supported by Hazel Wainwright on the church pipe organ.

18 Sept 2013

Derbyshire Times

North Kirklees methodist preachers honoured for long service

Four North Kirklees Methodist preachers, who between them have more 200 years of experience, have been honoured for their outstanding service in the pulpit.

15 Sept 2013 

Batley & Birstall News

Vicar swaps communion wine for grape juice 'to avoid isolating alcoholics in his congregation'

A vicar has stopped serving wine during holy communion because of the growing number of alcoholics in his congregation

 13 Sept 2013

Daily Mail

Justice for Bangladeshi workers sought

A global coalition of churches and church-based groups on Sept. 5 launched a campaign to press for justice and better rights for garment workers in Bangladesh.

11 Sept 2013 

Anglican Journal

Silence is no longer an option' on plight of Bangladesh workers

The Methodist Church, Church of Scotland and Church of Bangladesh are campaigning for better rights for garment workers and greater global awareness following the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, where over 1,127 workers were killed.

10 Sept 2013

Christian Today

World Methodist Council Meets in London

Approximately 300 people from the World Methodist Council member Churches will be gathering in Wesley's Chapel, London this week for the World Methodist Council Meeting.

10 Sept 2013

Ekklesia

Church of England and Methodists Seek Further Unity Push

A joint commission of the Church of England and the Methodist Church in Britain wants renewed efforts to fulfil the hope of unity.

10 Sept 2013

Ekklesia

Church of England and Methodist Church moving closer to unity

The Church of England and Methodist Church have committed to finding further ways of collaborating 10 years after the Anglican Methodist Covenant came into being.

09 Sept 2013

Christian Today

Churches call on shoppers to support Bangladeshi garment workers

This follows the collapse of the nine-storey Rana Plaza in Savar, Bangladesh where over 1,127 people were killed in April this year.

06 Sept 2013

Ekklesia

Anglican-Methodist unity urged on

TEN years since the signing of the Anglican-Methodist Covenant, it is time for the two Churches to overcome their "inertia" and move towards "institutional" unity, a new report by the Covenant's Joint Implementation Commission (JIC) says.

06 Sept 2013

The Church Times

New Anglican-Methodist partnership in Guildford

A special service marking the beginning of a new church partnership took place last Sunday, uniting Guildford Methodist Church (GMC) and St Mary's Church (part of the parish of Guildford Holy Trinity and St Mary's).

04 Sept 2013

Diocese of Guilford

Lancashire Gardens - Mere Magic Garden Trail

When cash was needed to repair the Methodist Church, the seeds were sown for a scheme which has lasted seven years.

04 Sept 2013

Lancashire Life

Methodist changes aim towards being 'a learning church'

The Methodist Church has formally launched what it says is the biggest change in generations to how and where it offers training, learning and development, according to lead staff working for its new Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network.

03 Sept 2013

Ekklesia

Church of England and the Methodist Church moving closer to unity

* 10 years since signing of historic Covenant

The Joint Implementation Commission (JIC) of the Church of England and Methodist Church in Britain has called for "Church leaders and decision-making bodies to make the Covenant a priority in order to bring our Churches closer together in mission and holiness."

02 Sept 2013

Church of England Media Centre

Penwith Methodist chapels close after well over 100 years of service

TWO Methodist chapels built in Victorian times have closed after their "purposes were fulfilled".

02 Sept 2013

The Cornishman

Celebrations as church unveils results of £250,000 revamp

A weekend of celebration is planned to mark the completion of a £250,000 facelift at Coppenhall Methodist Church.

30 Aug 2013

Crewe Chronicle

Free Churches Urge Caution Over Syria

Senior figures from the Methodist Church in Britain, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church have released a short statement on the crisis in Syria.

29 Aug 2013

Ekklesia

UK Churches to meet over plight of Bangladeshi garment workers

Representatives of UK Churches and church-related organisations will be meeting in London next month to discuss how they can support efforts to improve conditions for Bangladeshi garment workers.

28 Aug 2013

Christian Today

Churches to launch rights campaign for Bangladesh garment workers

A global coalition of churches is to launch a campaign in London to press for better rights for Bangladeshi garment workers before Christmas and the northern hemisphere winter sales.

27 Aug 2013

Ecumenical News

Methodist Church celebrates ethnic inclusion

Churches have been encouraged to be intentional about ethnic diversity in leadership and stationing decisions in order to be consistently inclusive.

26 Aug 2013

Christian Today

Methodist Church puts human rights slant on investment

The Methodist Church has adopted a new investment policy encouraging the companies it invests in to promote human rights in the areas where they operate.

22 Aug 2013

Christian Today

New Methodist investment policy stresses human rights

Methodist investment decisions are now being guided by a new policy on human rights which focuses on companies operating in areas of conflict around the world, the Church claims.

15 Aug 2013

Ekklesia

Pray silence - Rushden church to hold silent auction 

A Methodist church in Rushden will sell off a number of its items in a silent auction as it prepares to move out of its current premises.

13 Aug 2013

Northamptonshire Telegraph

Great preacher found his voice and vocation here

The name Dr Leslie Weatherhead may not ring a bell with some people, but to Methodists of a certain generation, it will bring back memories of the glory days of great Methodist preachers.

13 Aug 2013

Leicester Mecury

Methodist Building Step Closer To £2m Fund

The oldest Methodist building in the world,  in Bristol, is through to the next round of getting over £2m in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

25,000 people across the world each year come to visit The New Room in John Wesley's Chapel, which dates back to Georgian times. 

04 Aug 2013

106.5 JackFM

BARROW HILL: Palm Court Trio entertains at Methodist Church

Applause echoed around Barrow Hill Methodist Church on Saturday after an excellently attended congregation showed their appreciation of the Palm Court Trio.

The guest singer was Gwen Knight whose songs included 'I could have danced all night' and 'Every time we say goodbye'. The trio included Mavis Barnes (cello) and Hugh Finnegan (piano) and the talents of Robin Johnson (violin) again provided such amazing memories of the golden era of Palm Court Music.

02 Aug 2013

Derbyshire Times

West End Shuts for good, but Greetland Methodists fight on as yet more Churches face closure

While West End's closure brought an end to more than 200 years of Methodism in Queensbury, the good fight will still be fought in Greetland.

26 July 2013

Halifax Courier 

Sataire Methodist Church Wives Club gives £2,500 to charity

Saltaire Methodist Church Wives Club has donated £2,500 to Bradford and Airedale Cancer Support. The money will be spent on running a relaxation class for 12 months.

25 July 2013
Telegraph & Argus

Sheringham methodist church gets ready to welcome flower festival visitors and say goodbye to minister

One of the area's top flower festivals opens on Thursday (July 4) at St Andrew's Methodist Church, Sheringham. The event, which was first held more than 40 years ago, regularly attracts upwards of 3,000 visitors and last year raised nearly £14,000 for church funds, with a donation also made to Sheringham RNLI. Entitled We Have a Lot to be Thankful For, this year's festival will feature 30 floral arrangements created by experts from all over the county, with themes of displays ranging from neighbours, music and birdsong, to water, food and a nice cup of tea.

EDP
1 July 2013

Spalding church leaders sign unity pact

Ministers from nine churches, including Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal and Church of England, signed a covenant drafted by Churches Together in Spalding District (CTSD) during a service of Christian unity at St John the Baptist Church, Spalding. Rev Anthony Walker, chairman of CTSD and pastor of Spalding Baptist Church, said: "Together as churches in our area we can achieve a great deal, both in sharing the good news of the message about Jesus Christ as the only hope for mankind and in practical ways such as Agape Care Foodbank and Street Pastors starting in July."

Spalding Guardian
28 June 2013

Wirral pensioners' lunch club saved

A Wirral pensioners' luncheon club facing the axe has been saved from closure today. Age UK Wirral was due to shut the doors on its Greasby Methodist Church club today for good today, because of cash cuts.

28 June 2013
Wirral Globe

A year of leading the way

Ruth Gee is about to become the earthly leader of more than 250,000 Methodists across the country. Ahead of her year as President of Conference, the Darlington-based mother-of-two talks to Mark Tallentire. The Reverend Ruth Gee is just back from Bolivia. She clearly enjoyed the trip - exotic souvenirs dot the walls of her Darlington home. But what did the locals in South America want to talk about?

The Northern Echo
27 June 2013

Penryn Methodist Church knitters help African children

A group who have been enjoying pop-in sessions at Penryn Methodist Church have been helping children in Africa. The women and one man have been knitting teddies, vests, hats and blankets during their Monday afternoons. Anyone who wishes to join them can attend between 1pm and 3pm every week, apart from bank holidays.

Cornish Guardian
27 June 2013

Priest in switch to become Methodist minister

The Rev Ben Nicholson, of Helmsley, who was ordained a Church of England priest four years ago, is to become a minister in the Methodist Church. The Vicar of Helmsley, the Rev Tim Robinson and the Methodist minister for the town, the Rev David Emison, said an application had been made to the York Diocese and the Methodist Conference for his authorisation to serve as a Methodist.

The Press
26 June 2013

Churches partner up to launch debt advice centre

Seven churches have joined forces to open a new advice centre to provide free help to people struggling with overwhelming debt. St Leonard's Baptist Church, St Matthew's Church, King's Church, Calvert Methodist Church, The Salvation Army in Hastings, St Helen's Church and Wellington Square Baptist Church, have partnered up with charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to make the service available.

Hastings and St Leonards Observer
26 June 2013

£2.5m Old Rectory renovation begins at the home of Methodism

A £2.5 million renovation project has started at The Old Rectory in Epworth. The first of five phases has started at the grade one listed building, which officials say will see it restored to its original state. More than £75,000 is being spent on renovating the entire roof, along with work on the chimney and fireplaces. The work, expected to be finished in October, is the start of a planned £2.5 million project to restore and add to the historic building.

Scunthorpe Telegraph
24 June 2013

Revd David Monkton: E-mail scam opened my eyes

Many people world-wide suffer from the criminal activities of scammers and many people don't report hackers because they are embarrassed. Investigating hacking is now a highly specialised activity, to be dealt with by police forces nationally and internationally. We are reminded again policing can no longer be thought of only in a localised way. I am reminded of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, who preached around the British Isles and beyond during the 18th Century.

Nottingham Post
22 June 2013

Tory chairman Grant Shapps told aides to suppress emails that showed he 'misled MPs' 

This week the Methodist Church accused Mr Shapps of wrongly claiming - to prove the need for welfare reform - that 878,300 people had dropped claims to incapacity benefit "rather than completing a medical test". The Church said the figure referred to every claim that had ended since 2008, and was not connected to the test.

The Independent
07 June 2013 

Bath's Nexus Methodist Church wins a first Eco-Congregation Award

A Bath church has become the first in the city to win a new environmental award. Nexus Methodist Church, which has buildings in Nelson Place at Walcot and at Camden, was presented with the Eco-Congregation Award by city MP Don Foster. The award which lasts for three years, is organised in association with the Christian environmental action group, A Rocha.

The Bath Chronicle
10 June 2013

Church leaders demand ministers apologise for "misrepresenting the poor

An alliance of 11 churches, including the Methodist Church, the Quakers and the Church of Scotland, has written to Cameron demanding "an apology on behalf of the government for misrepresenting the poor."

The New Statesman
07 June 2013

Holt Guide leader's important role in Queen's Coronation service

The Rev Jenny Pathmarajah, a volunteer with 1st Thorpe Marriott Guides and 1st Taverham Senior Section, will be carrying the anointing oil and handing it to the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.Mrs Pathmarajah will be the only representative of British Girlguiding in the procession at Westminster Abbey, London. She was chosen to take part in the special occasion because she is of Christian faith and a Queen's Guide - the highest award given out in Girlguiding.The main service will be attended by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the royal family. Mrs Pathmarajah, 30, is the current probationary minister for Holt Methodist Church but will be ordained in London on July 7.

EDP 24
4 June 2013

Austerity has hardened the nation's heart

The Centre for Global Education confirms, with some apprehension, that the debate on poverty has been redirected away from structural and political causes to opprobrium towards the unemployed and welfare dependents. The national sport of baiting and hating of the poor has been damned in The Lies We Tell Ourselves (Jan 2013) and The Blame Game Must Stop (March 2013), both commissioned by church groups.

The Independent
21 May 2013

Young Methodists back young Nicaraguans in 2014 Street Child World Cup

Street children in Nicaragua will have the chance to compete in next year's Street Child World Cup in Brazil with the support of the children and young people of the Methodist Church in Britain. Young Methodists in Britain have pledged to back two Nicaraguan teams - a girls' football team and a boys' football team - in partnership with the Methodist Church in Nicaragua and the Methodist Church in Brazil. They aim to raise £30,000 by taking part in sponsorship events aimed at opening their eyes to the lives of street children.

Ekkelsia
13 May 2013  

Tours, talks and strawberry teas

A trio of Methodist-related events will take place in Epworth later this month, with two of them at the town's Old Rectory museum. The first is on May 17 when the Old Rectory - the childhood home of John and Charles Wesley - will be hosting free guided tours as part of the annual and national Open Museums at Night event.

The Epworth Bells
10 May 2013

Loose banner fails to halt launderette party

The opening of Camelford's new community launderette on Friday was a real knockout - literally. The Bishop of Truro, the Right Reverend Tim Thornton and the Reverend Steve Wild, chairman of the Cornwall Methodist District, cut the ribbon to open the much-needed facility which has been funded by £53,000 from the East Cornwall Local Action Group and grants from other organisations.

Cornish Guardian
08 May 2013

Roger O'Brien obituary

The kindness that he had always hidden under that gruff exterior came shining through. His main concern was that his sons would be properly provided for. On the Wednesday before he died, his main topics of conversation were his boys and the way his mother's Methodism had shaped his own political views and spiritual intuitions.

The Guardian
07 May 2013

Methodist local preacher Sue Stamenkovic's accreditation service

Sue Stamenkovic of South Normanton was received as a fully-accredited Methodist local preacher at an accreditation service on Saturday at St John's Methodist Church at Sutton-in-Ashfield. The church was packed for the service, which was conducted by John Whitehead, local preachers' secretary in the Borders Mission Methodist Circuit. An address was given by the circuit superintendent minister, the Rev Mike Redshaw, who presented Sue with a Bible. Sue, who replied, received greetings from ministers and local preachers in the circuit.

Derbyshire Times
07 May 2013 

Penarth church conversion gets thumbs-up from residents

The renovation of Albert Road Methodist Church has been completed - and it's been given a big thumbs up by members of the local community. Retaining the original stonework, slate, stained-glass windows, and ceiling, the final touches were being put to the remodel last week, after just seven months.

Penarth Times
02 May 2013 

Church set to launch its latest food bank

Church set to launch its latest food bankHUNGRY families will have somewhere to turn to when a new food bank opens its doors tomorrow.

The Bolton News
29 April 2013 

Mustard Seed Singers at St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury

THE near capacity audience at the Mustard Seed Singers' fundraising concert at Canterbury's St Peter's Methodist Church on Thursday April 11 was confronted by a sea of black and red as this singing group in collaboration with Cantores Dominicae, a well established community singing group from Lyminge, combined their collective talents to produce a musically satisfying evening.

Canterbury Times
28 April 2013 

Newly-published letters show founder of Methodism struggled to pay for his wife's extravagant tastes

Newly-published letters from the founder of Methodism Charles Wesley have revealed he struggled with his wife's extravagance which was effectively subsidised by his church.

Daily Mail
26 April 2013

Letters of "Hark the Herald" composer published

The private letters of the composer of some of the world's most popular hymns have been published, providing a rare glimpse into the birth of Methodism.

University of Manchester
25 April 2013 

Fellowship rally at Methodist Church

Trusthorpe Methodist Church are hosting a Fellowship Rally on Tuesday, April 23, 7.30pm, including a talk from Rev Peter Sulston. Refreshments are available at the end. Everyone welcome.

Louth Leader
24 April 2013

New venue for dementia group

A support group for carers of people with dementia in Harborough has been relocated and re-launched by the Alzheimer's Society. The peer support group which previously met at the Congregational Church now meets at the Methodist Church in Northampton Road every first Friday of the month, from 10am to midday.

Harborough Mail
24 April 2013

HIV awareness event with gospel choir at Methodist Central Hall, Coventry

Coventry charity Dumi International Aid is holding an HIV awareness event featuring a gospel choir next month. It hopes to attract more than 800 people to the Methodist Central Hall in Warwick Lane, city centre on May 18 from 2pm.

Coventry Telegraph
23 April 2013

Can you identify this Methodist marriage?

This photo was supplied by our Whalley correspondent, Jean Miller. Jean discovered it when she was sorting out the belongings of her late mother, Mrs Peri Adele Chatburn. She believes the bridegroom on the picture may have been a Methodist minister either in Whalley, which her mother and father (Carey Chatburn) attended, or at Clayton Street Methodist Church, Blackburn, where her parents were married.

The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times
22 April 2013

Holt Methodist church celebrates 150 years

Holt Methodists will be enjoying a landmark anniversary this month with a range of events at the church to celebrate 150 years in the town.

The Norwich and Norfolk Christian Community Website
22 April 20013


Justicecampaigner Garth Hewitt will perform at Sketty Methodist Church next week

Using songs, stories and pictures he will tell of his about his work, spanning nearly four decades, amongst peoples such as the Dalits, or untouchables, of India.

This.Is.South.Wales.co.uk
20 April 2013

Haworth and Stanbury news

The Baptist Church hold a prayer meeting at Thornfield, Station Road at 10am. every Thursday, except the first in the month. Karate class at the Methodist Church Hall from 6.30pm to 8pm. Call Mo Ilyas on (01535) 600407. The Friendship Group is at the Methodist Church Hall in West Lane at 10.30am. Scouts is at the Community Centre, 7pm to 9pm. Call (01535) 644745. The Hall Green Coffee morning and walk. The walkers set off from Hall Green Church at 10am every Thursday for a two-hour walk around Haworth. Information from James on 07840 981761.

Telegraph and Argus
19 April 2013

BBC Philharmonic violinist joins Otley Chamber Orchestra for spring concert

A distinguished local violinist will join Otley Chamber Orchestra for their spring concert. Mark Ostyn will be the orchestra's soloist when it performs Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op 64, at the Methodist Church's Wesley Hall on Sunday, April 28.

Ilkley Gazette
19 April 2013

President of the Methodist Conference visits Coventry Central Hall!

Yesterday Coventry Central Hall was honoured to welcome Mark Wakelin, President of the Methodist Conference, to be the key speaker at an event organised by the College of Preachers.

Coventry Central Hall
19 April 2013

Wang returns home to join staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

Dr. Vincent Wang has joined the staff at Texas Spine and Neurosurgery Center, located on the campus of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. He will also serve on the medical staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

Sugar Land Sun
18 April 2013

Inner City Children's Program At 1st Centenary United Methodist

The Inner City children and their parents will be guests for Prime Time on Wednesday, at First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 410 McCallie Ave. The children will put on the presentation, which will include a flag ceremony by the Boy Scout troop, a performance by the dance and baton troupe and readings by the children about volunteers who have made a difference in their lives. Dinner by reservation is at 5:15 p.m. and the performance at 6:30 p.m.

Chattanoogan.com
18 April 2013

 Special service for Margaret Thatcher's family at Grantham Methodist church

Prayers were said for the family of Margaret Thatcher during a Sunday service at ChristChurch in Grantham. The service at the Methodist church was led by the Rev Jane Campbell, and special mention was given to a lecturn which was dedicated by Baroness Thatcher in 1970 during a visit to the church, in Finkin Street. It was given in honour of her father Alfred Roberts, who had died earlier that year. He had been a lay preacher.

GranthamJournal.co.uk
18 April 2013

Centenary Singers to perform at Windmill Methodist Chapel

Windmill Methodist Chapel is hosting a concert by the Centenary Singers, featuring songs from the shows, on Tuesday, April 23, starting at 7pm. Admission is £2.50. Coffee and biscuits will be available.

The Northern Echo
17 April 2013

Top jazz musician coming to town

Highly-acclaimed jazz musician Dave Newton is performing in Harborough on Saturday. Mr Newton, ten times a winner of the British Jazz Awards' Best Jazz Pianist award, will play the Methodist Church in Northampton Road, from 7.30pm to 10pm.

Harborough Mail
16 April 2013

Methodist church prioritises equality, inclusivity and truth about poverty

The Methodist Council agreed further work on poverty, equality and inclusivity when it met at Uplands House in High Wycombe on 13 - 15 April. Council members discussed a number of reports on the issues of inclusion and diversity, and considered plans to improve the ways the growing contributions of the diverse communities represented within the Church are valued. The Belonging Together project has involved engaging with a range of people and groups within and connected to the Church.

Ekklesia
16 April 2013

Calderdale Big Band at Methodist function
 
A "Swing into Spring" fundraiser is being held for the Greetland and Lindwell "Cross Hills" project. The Methodist churches at Lindwell and Greetland will shut this year and a new church will be built on the Rochdale Road site.

Halifax Courier
16 April 2013

Hasland: Methodist minister hosts courses at his home

During the period of Lent a 'Lent Course' was held on Friday mornings at the home of Rev Andrew Checkley, Minister of Hasland Methodist Church. He led eight regular attendees through a course by Paula Gooder, looking at five different spiritual essentials. The group shared opinions and discussions on the weekly topics.

Derbyshire Times
16 April 2013

Padiham church's £500k renovation target in sight

Generous church-goers are edging closer to reaching a mammoth fund-raising target to repair a crumbling building. Members of Padiham Road Methodist Church are 80 per cent of the way to collecting the £500,000 needed to renovate their base in Brassey Street, Burnley.

This.Is.Lancashire.co.uk 
15 April 2013

Margaret Thatcher's Methodist roots at heart of funeral

Margaret Thatcher's Methodist upbringing will play a key role at her funeral this week with St Paul's Cathedral set to echo to the rousing hymn Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.

The Telegraph
15 April 2013 

Margaret Thatcher: her unswerving faith shaped by her father

Thatcherism always owed more to Methodism than it ever did to monetarism. This was the real source of Mrs Thatcher's "conviction politics". Thatcherism centred on a charismatic leader who cultivated a religious aura, was promoted like a religion, had notable converts like a religion, was rejected like a religion, and would cause a sharp divide within the nation like that of a religious war from centuries past.

Sunday Telegraph
14 April 2013

Village church gets £12,000 refurbishment

A church has been handed a £12,000 refurbishment grant. East Boldon Methodist Church has been given the SITA Trust award in a bid to boost its community activities. A total of £12,199 will be spent on rewiring, damp proofing, re-plastering and decorating its community hall.

Sunderland Echo
12 April 2013

Thatcher: inspirations, aspirations and legacy

Sir, I was a minister at Finkin Street Methodist Church in the Grantham Circuit and a friend of Alfred Roberts, Margaret Thatcher's father. Your readers may be interested in the eight books Mrs Thatcher said she would take to a desert island in response to a request from me for an article I was writing for my church magazine in 1976:

The Times
 11 April 2013

Methodist President visits Cromer foodbank

Rev. Dr Mark Wakelin, the President of the Methodist Conference, pictured right, accompanied by Rev. Graham Thompson, Chair of the Methodist District, pictured below, visited the Cromer & District Foodbank HQ on Friday 19 October to meet trustees and volunteers and see the foodbank in action.

Norwich and Norfolk Christian Network
12 April 2013

Methodist youth president visits Dover project

The youth president of the Methodist Church has spoken of the importance of projects such as Cross-Links on Dover's Buckland Estate, being active in areas where there is a need for support.

Kent Online
11 April 2013

Methodist hymns for Margaret Thatcher

It is true that nonconformity predominantly influenced Liberal and then Labour politics in late 19th- and early 20th-century Britain but we should never underestimate its hold on Conservatives, especially in the case of Methodism, whose founder was a loyal Tory to his dying day.

Guardian
10 April 2013

Guest speaker gives talk at Methodist church

Visitors to Shildon Methodist Church can hear local speaker Dulcie Lewis give a talk entitled Down the Hatch which is a humorous look at food. The talk starts at 7pm on Friday, April 26. Entry is by donation with the minimum requested £10 with a meal provided. Details from 01388-773171.

The Northern Echo
10 April 2013

Margaret Thatcher the Methodist

Margaret Thatcher was forever the thrifty Methodist grocer's daughter of Grantham. Her father was both lay preacher and Conservative Party stalwart. They attended the Methodist church several times every Sabbath and heeded many then Methodist strictures against theater-going and dancing.

American Spectator
09 April 2013

Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dies

The President of the Methodist Conference, the Reverend Dr Mark Wakelin said: "Margaret Thatcher was a hugely significant, complex and yet divisive figure in post-war British politics. She achieved a major breakthrough as Britain's first woman Prime Minister, and her time in office fundamentally changed the nature of British society, especially the relationship between individuals and the state.

Christian Today
09 April 2013

Farewell to North Lambeth Methodist minister Rosemary Fletcher  

The final sermon by the departing minister dwelt on the gospel passage about St Thomas touching Christ's wounds which she said was being read that morning in every Anglican, Methodist and Roman Catholic Church.

London SE1
09 April 2013

Methodist Christian Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies

The President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Mark Wakelin said: "Margaret Thatcher was a hugely significant, complex and yet divisive figure in post-war British politics. She achieved a major breakthrough as Britain's first woman Prime Minister, and her time in office fundamentally changed the nature of British society, especially the relationship between individuals and the state.

Cross Map
08 April 2013

Church says no to politics

The Methodist Church says it's not going to be involved in the 2014 elections in any way.
The church's General Secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra says, neither the head office nor any of their branches will have anything to do with politics.

FBC News
08 April 2013

Methodist Christian Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies

The President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Mark Wakelin said: "Margaret Thatcher was a hugely significant, complex and yet divisive figure in post-war British politics. She achieved a major breakthrough as Britain's first woman Prime Minister, and her time in office fundamentally changed the nature of British society, especially the relationship between individuals and the state.

Cross Map
08 April 2013

Blaming the poor

Examples of shiftlessness can be produced, of course, but the evidence assembled by the authors of The Lies We Tell Ourselves suggests that these are rare - and far rarer than the electorate is led to believe. The greatest problem among the poor is despair. Those struggling to survive in a world where work is scarce and uncertain deserve sympathy, not blame.

Church Times
05 April 2013

York Street Methodist Church in Broadstairs goes green with solar panels

A Broadcstairs church is the first in Thanet to go green after solar panels were installed. The panels at the York Street Methodist Church, went live on Thursday, March 28, just four days after fitters Blue Sky started work.

ThisIsKent.co.uk
05 April 2013

Family fun day wins funding

A SUMMER fun day is to be staged later this year after a church group was awarded funding. Consett Churches Together, which includes Consett Methodist Churches, the church of England and Salvation Army, has been awarded almost £3,000 to stage the event.

The Northern Echo
05 April 2013

Osborne criticised by church groups

Tensions between the Government and Churches have heightened this week as changes to the welfare system begin to take effect. The Chancellor, George Osborne, gave a speech on Tuesday in which he defended changes that come into force this month. These include introducing a cap on housing benefit; the so-called "bedroom tax" on spare rooms; and limiting benefit increases to one per cent ( News, 15 March).

Church Times
05 April 2013

Dorchester band hopes to buy old methodist church

Let us play - musicians are tuning up to buy up an old church hall in Dorchester. The Durnovaria Silver Band hopes to raise £125,000 to buy the Fordington Methodist Church Hall and turn it into a community arts centre. The venue would become a performance and pratice space for the long-established group but would also be open for community groups to use.

Dorset Echo
05 April 2013

In praise of the Joint Public Issues Team on truth and lies about poverty

When I received an embargoed press release a few weeks ago from the Joint Public Issues Team (The Methodist Church, Baptist Church, United Reformed Church) and the Church of Scotland about their new "Truth and Lies about Poverty" campaign, my heart leaped.

Ekklesia
02 April 2013

Church groups challenge 'lies' about UK poverty

Yesterday, the government began implementing its latest austerity measures - significant changes in public services and a reform of the benefits system. The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland claim that politicians and the media have misrepresented those who receive benefits as well as people experiencing poverty, in order to justify the spending cuts.

Evangelical Alliance
02 April 2013

George Osborne mounts fierce defence of 'essential' cut in top tax

The Chancellor was also fiercely critical of churches and charities which have opposed the Government's welfare cuts, describing them as simply "vested interests" reacting with "depressingly predictable outrage" to necessary change.

Independent
02 April 2013

George Osborne: Benefit critics talk 'ill-informed rubbish'

The chancellor claimed in a speech to supermarket workers that nine out of 10 working households would be better off. The shake-up, including cuts to housing benefit for some social housing tenants with a spare room and alterations to council tax, took effect on Monday. Some churches, charities and campaign groups, as well as the Labour Party, have criticised the changes as unjust.

BBC
02 April 2013

Church concerned about impact of welfare reforms

The changes to the benefits system have been widely condemned, including by a group of four churches. Paul Morrison, a public issues policy adviser at the Methodist Church told ITV News: "Many of the poorest will be worse off because of the benefits that have changed".

ITV
02 April 2013

New web site tells church's history

A new Methodist family history website - the second in a trio of online community archives - has been launched by Methodist Heritage with the aim of encouraging people to share information related to every aspect of Methodist history.

Halifax Courier
02 April 2013

Just one in eight on sickness benefit is truly too ill to work: Almost a million drop benefits claim to avoid new test

In a joint report, the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist church, the United Reformed church and the Church of Scotland said that the 'systematic misrepresentation of the poorest in society' was a matter of injustice. Economic Secretary Sajid Javid last night wrote to Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls ahead of this week's changes asking him to say whether Labour - which has opposed every significant spending cut - would reverse them if elected.

Daily Mail
01 April 2013 

Plan for John Wesley statue to go on Devauden green

A religious leader who helped start a branch of Christianity is to be immortalised with a statue on a spot where he preached his first sermon in Wales. Methodist founder John Wesley addressed up to 400 people on the Devauden village green in 1739 and 276 years later, he will be back there in bronze resin form.

South Wales Argus
01 April 2013

We have to talk about why some people agree with benefit cuts

There is still a huge problem with language, and the ubiquity of the hopelessly loaded term "welfare". Last week the Unite union launched a website called Our Welfare Works, and thus stumbled at the start. Meanwhile, the entry of the church into the debate may or may not mark a watershed point, as we begin to find out whether Duncan Smith has overreached himself. Like the Anglicans, Methodists and the rest, I will be praying he has. But don't count on it.

Guardian
31 March 2013

Quiz night to be held at Methodist church

Quiz NightT: A quiz night is to be held at Shildon Methodist Church on Friday (April 5). Entry includes pie and pea supper and is by donation with at least £3.50 requested. Details from 01388-773171.

The Northern Echo
31 March 2013

Royal Manor Workshops art exhibition at Easton Methodist Church on Portland

Local artists made an impression on visitors at a popular art exhibition. Around 15 artists displayed their work at the Royal Manor Workshops art exhibition at Easton Methodist Church on Portland. The artwork was a mixture of landscapes, seascapes and figure and animal paintings, organiser Vi Winter said. She added: "We had a constant flow of people coming through the doors.

Dorset Echo
30 March 2013

Hucknall's Central Methodist Church celebrates 50 years

Celebrations have taken place at Hucknall's Central Methodist Church to mark its 50th Anniversary and to recognise 200 years of methodism in the town. Church stalwarts Graham Daft, Sarah Brennan, Mike Allcock and Maureen Newton teamed up to co-ordinate the two day golden jubilee event which was well supported and served as a showcase to all the good work the Baker Street church has achieved in five decades.

Dispatch
March 29 2013

Baildon Methodist Church coffee morning raises funds for Tools for Self Reliance

Tools for gardening and DIY will be on sale at a coffee morning at Baildon Methodist Church on Saturday, April 20, from 10am to 11.30am. Proceeds will go to the charity Tools for Self Reliance, whose members refurbish old tools and sewing machines to send to African countries to help people to further their skills and improve their standard of living.

Telegraph and Argus
29 March 2013

Dish of the day: Zak's snacks hit the spot

It's the new kid on the block in Oadby but, despite competition, Zak's Cafe is already making its mark on the town's eating scene. This light, bright, spacious new food venue opened at the end of February. It can seat 49 people with ease, is an enterprise by Trinity Methodist Church, Oadby, and is an extension to the church's existing community building.

Lecister Mercury
28 March 2013

Methodist Church begins six months of celebrations

One of Market Rasen's most iconic buildings celebrates an important landmark this year. For 150 years, Market Rasen Methodist Church has been active in the community through worship and service.

Market Rasen Mail
28 March 2013

Lees Methodist Church Craft and Chat Group helps needy to stay warm

Keighley knitters and crocheters came up with a purler of an idea to help people stay warm and well in the face of rising energy bills and icy weather. Needles, hooks and yarn were deployed by Lees Methodist Church Craft and Chat Group to support a charity initiative. Members filled five bags full of knitted blankets, scarves, neck warmers and mittens, all destined for people coping with hardship.

Telegraph and Argus
25 March 2013

Quiz night at Brough Methodist Church


A quiz night will be held at Brough Methodist Church on Saturday, April 13, at 7pm. Tickets are priced at £3 including refreshments. All proceeds from the evening will go to the Brough Methodist Church building fund. Futher details are available from Linda Barber on 01482 666322

Borough People
22 March 2013

Sutton-on-Sea Methodist Church lightning damage repair work starts

Work has begun to repair a church badly damaged by a lightning strike on the Lincolnshire coast. Sutton-on-Sea's Methodist Church, on Station Road, was hit by a bolt of lightning last summer.

BBC News Lincolnshire
18 March 2013

CODNOR; Tea and toast mornings at Methodist Church hall

Tea and toast is still served every Tuesday morning between 10am and 12 noon at Codnor Methodist Church Hall on Mill Lane. The cost being £1.

Derbyshire Times
18 March 2013

Purple Coffee Morning at Barn Hill Methodist Church in Stamford

A Purple Coffee Morning will be held at Barn Hill Methodist Church, Stamford on Friday, March 22 at 10am and on the day itself there will be a Purple Cake Sale at Stamford Hospital cafeteria.

Rutland and Stamford Mercury
18 March 2013

BRAMPTON: Methodist Church's Wesley Guild members see holiday photos

The Storrs Road Methodist Church Wesley Guild met on Monday evening for the regular monthly meeting. Sister Mavis Plater took the chair. Following the opening devotions Clive Dennis gave a presentation of a variety of holiday photographs from many different locations abroad and in the UK.

Derbyshire Times
18 March 2013

SWANWICK: Methodist church hosts Big Brew in aid of Traidcraft

On Saturday, March 23, Swanwick Methodist Church on Derby Road, is inviting local people to say cheers to fair trade farmers in developing countries by joining them at their Traidcraft Big Brew event.

Derbyshire Times
16 March 2013

Methodist Church launches internal review of historical abuse cases

The Methodist Church is starting a comprehensive review of every case of abuse it's dealt with over the past sixty years. The painstaking examination of safeguarding issues is expected to take up to 36 months.

Premier Radio
15 March 2013

Marco Cheng to play at Thurlby Methodist Church in aid of Bourne mayor's charities

A piano concert by Marco Cheng in aid of the Bourne mayor's charities will take place at Thurlby Methodist Church on Sunday at 3pm.

Rutland and Stamford Mercury
14 March 2013

Methodist churches conduct safeguarding review to boost safety

The Methodist Church is undertaking a comprehensive review of every safeguarding matter it has dealt with over the past sixty years in order to learn the lessons of the past. The independent Past Cases Review will see letters sent to all Methodist church leaders throughout Britain asking them to share the details of all relevant cases, dating back to 1950.

Ekklesia
13 March 2013

Teacup auction at Methodist Church Saturday

The Whitehall United Methodist Church will host its teacup auction this Saturday. The event will be held on Saturday, March 16, at the church. Doors are set to open at 11 a.m. and drawings will be held at 1 p.m.

Manchester Newspapers
13 March 2013

England v Italy: Vunipola brothers Mako and Billy want Mum to see their Sunday best

It may not happen on Sunday against Italy with Tom Croft's return meaning Billy will probably have to wait for his debut at No 8 and to join Mako, who should win his eighth cap at prop. Normally on Sunday, the boys, along with their two sisters Tiffany and Ana, would be listening to mum's sermon at the Avenue Methodist church down the road from their home.

The Telegraph
11 March 2013 

New look Methodist Church

The new look Brigham Church. Revamped seating inside the church- pews have been replaced by chair.

ITV Border
27 February 2013

Jack Dromey Visits Erdington Methodist Church - "An Impressive and Progressive Church at the Heart of the Local Community"

Jack Dromey MP visited Erdington Methodist Church. The Church is situated in Wesley Road and serves a congregation of several hundred local people. Jack says: "It was good to visit Erdington Methodist Church and to meet with the ever enthusiastic Rev. Nichola Jones and the Church leadership. They are an impressive and progressive Church at the heart of our local community, acting as the hub of many local voluntary initiatives. It was also for me moving to be there as the Church celebrated the life of Evelyn Lonsdale, a long time worshipper, who recently died aged 103"

Jack Dromey MP website
26 February 2013

13 million people are living in poverty

Some 13 million people, including 3.6 million children, are living in poverty in the UK, a report claims today. The Lies We Tell Ourselves, published by several different church groups, says evidence and statistics have been misused, misrepresented and manipulated by politicians to create myths that blame and stigmatise the most vulnerable in society.

The Independent
04 March 2013

How shaming the poor became our new bloodsport

How long would it take for "poor-shaming" to embed itself in the national psyche as borderline normal? Or perhaps it has already done so? The Methodists, the United Reformed Church, the Church of Scotland and the Baptist Union have joined forces to publish a study called The Lies We Tell Ourselves. It highlights myths surrounding people and poverty, including Iain Duncan Smith's much trumpeted "families out of work for three generations" line (which, it turns out, has never been backed up by data).

The Guardian
03 March 2013 

Government 'misrepresenting' the poor, say churches

The government is deliberately misusing evidence and statistics to misrepresent the plight of the poor, a report says. The Methodist and United Reformed Churches, the Church of Scotland and the Baptist Union jointly published the The Lies We Tell Ourselves study.

BBC News
1 March 2013

New look Methodist Church

The new look Brigham Church. Revamped seating inside the church- pews have been replaced by chair.

ITV Border
27 February 2013

Jack Dromey Visits Erdington Methodist Church - "An Impressive and Progressive Church at the Heart of the Local Community"

Jack Dromey MP visited Erdington Methodist Church.  The Church is situated in Wesley Road and serves a congregation of several hundred local people. Jack says: "It was good to visit Erdington Methodist Church and to meet with the ever enthusiastic Rev. Nichola Jones and the Church leadership. They are an impressive and progressive Church at the heart of our local community, acting as the hub of many local voluntary initiatives. It was also for me moving to be there as the Church celebrated the life of Evelyn Lonsdale, a long time worshipper, who recently died aged 103"

Jack Dromey MP website
26 February 2013

Methodist church to re-open in west .Cumbria

A Methodist Church in Brigham, west Cumbria, is about to re-open to the public- nine months after it closed for urgent repairs. Members of the church community raised more than £120,000 through a combination of grants, donations and events.

Border
22 February 2013

Men's Fellowship of Mountsorrel Methodist Church celebrating 50th birthday

The Men's Fellowship of Mountsorrel Methodist Church will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary this weekend. On Saturday, February 23, there will be a three course dinner served at 6pm followed, at 7.30pm, with a concert by the Loughborough Concert Band with guest trombone soloist Sam Dye, who is a music scholar at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester.

Loughborough Echo
20 February 2013

Barlborough: Special service to mark 100 years of Methodist Chapel

This year sees the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Methodist Chapel on New Road, Barlborough. A special service is to be held at 11.00am on Sunday 24th February at the Chapel. The service is to be led by Rev Vernon Marsh, Chair of the Sheffield District of the Methodist Church.

Derbyshire Times
18 February 2013

Mullion Methodist Monday Club's charity fundraiser

Mullion Methodist Monday Club will be providing refreshments at this weekend's farmers' market in the village, to fundraise for charity. Club members will be selling "winter warmer" soup with bacon and sausage sandwiches, using meat provided by one of the market's producers, to raise funds for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

ThisIsTheWestCountry
15 February 2013

World Methodist Peace Award service to honour Asia-Pacific peace advocate

Ms Balazo will be presented with the 2012 World Methodist Peace award at a service in her honour at Sydney's Wesley Mission. Previous award winners include former US President Jimmy Carter (1985), Mikhail Gorbachev (1990) and Nelson Mandela (2000). The award will be presented by Bishop Ivan Abrahams, General Secretary of the World Methodist Council at a ceremony presided over by the President of the Uniting Church's Assembly Rev. Professor Andrew Dutney.

Christian Today
13 February 2013

Responses to Pope Benedict's resignation hint at need for change

The Methodist Church in Britain was among the first to respond to the ailing Pontiff's unexpected resignation this morning (11 February 2013). The Rev Ken Howcroft, who represents World Methodism in Rome, commented: "It is sad when a Christian leader has to lay aside an office in this way. I was present when the Pope presided at a service to mark the end of this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. His address was excellent and clear," Howcroft continued, "but he has started to look more frail recently, and there are great challenges urgently facing all our Churches. It will be fascinating to be in Rome as a new Pope is found."

Ekklesia
11 February 2013

Methodist leaders praying for Pope and Catholics

Methodist Church leaders have offered their prayers for Pope Benedict XVI after he announced his resignation today. The Reverend Dr Mark Wakelin, President of the Methodist Conference, said: "We were shocked to hear of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, which must have been a difficult decision to make.

Christian Today
11 February 2013

Bourne Methodist Church to host series of lectures

A number of religious lectures will be held in the run up to Easter. The talks on the subject of "glimpses of God" will be held at 11am in Bourne Methodist Church on February 22 and March 1, 8, 15 and 22.

The Local
10 February 2013


'Taste and See' day at Broomhill Methodist Church

Don't forget that Broomhill Methodist Church is offering locals the chance to "sample discipleship, evangelism and mission resources over a day with coffee, lunch and afternoon tea" today.

09 February 2013

Droitwich Methodist Church marks 75th anniversary

A service has been held to mark the 75th anniversary of the building of Droitwich Spa Methodist Church. Civic dignitaries attended the event on Sunday, January 27 to celebrate the Worcester Road site's construction in 1938.

Droitwich Spa Advertiser
1 February 2013 

Fit for new purposes

Other denominations are also turning redundant churches to new uses. Of the 900 Methodist chapels in Cornwall, only 250 are still working churches; most of the rest are now homes. But since 2008 the Methodists have started to take their heritage more seriously, says Jo Hibbard, the first Methodist heritage officer. John Wesley's chapel in London is undergoing a £1.5m renovation; the rectory he grew up in is being turned back from a guesthouse into a tourist attraction.

The Economicst
26 January 2013

Methodist Church re-envisages mission

The Methodist Church has renewed its commitment to mission in the UK and overseas. Its Council voted at a meeting in London this week to continue the process of integrating the Methodist Missionary Society into the Church. The process is being undertaken to strengthen the Church's mission work in a changing world.

Christian Today
23 January 2013 

Prescot and Whiston Methodist Church donated more than 60 presents to Pan CHeshire Missing From Home Service, ran by Halton-based Catch 22

A church has given more than 60 presents to a missing-from-home service run by Halton-based organisation Catch 22. The gifts were donated from Prescot and Whiston Methodist Church to children and young people who had previously used the Pan Cheshire Missing From Home Service.

Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News
11 January 2013

Songs of Praise service at St John's Methodist Church in Allestree

Allestree Churches Together will be holding a special 'Songs of Praise' service on January 20 as part of its celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

ThisIsDerbyshire.co.uk
09 January 2012

Alnmouth Methodist Church will be converted into luxury home

A former church in a pretty seaside village has been put up for sale with planning permission to make it into a luxury family home.

The Journal
09 January 2012

Couples can help celebrate Droitwich Methodist Church anniversary

Couple who were married at Droitwich Methodist Church are being asked to come forward to help mark its 75th anniversary.

The Droitwich Spa Advertiser
09 January 2012

Nativity scene at Southwick Methodist Church

Little Lights Children's Singing and Worship Group from Southwick Methodist Church put on a Nativity play on Thursday, December 20, featuring the new minister, the Rev Ian Suttie.

Shoreham Herald
3 January 2012

Methodist church turns a new leaf

New leaders of Fiji's largest Christian denomination - the Methodist Church - who take up their roles this year want to work closely with the government.

The Fiji Times
02 January 2012

Knitted tree the way forward at West Huntspill Methodist Church

A church group near Highbridge decided to create an unusual festive decoration this year - by knitting a 7ft Christmas tree.
The plushy marvel, made up of around 1,200 knitted squares and over 100 stitched decorations, was crafted over nine months by dedicated members of West Huntspill Methodist Church.

ThisIsTheWestCountry.co.uk
31 December 2012

Methodist Church to host chamber music group

Manchester's newest chamber music group, The Pleyel Ensemble, which consists of experienced performers all of whom have some affiliation with the city, is about to launch a series of Saturday evening concerts at Alderley Edge Methodist Church.

AlderleyEdge.com
31 December 2012


Festival of Christmas trees at Bridgwater Methodist Church

Hundreds of people packed into Bridgwater Methodist Church to see 36 Christmas trees displayed in a festival.The trees, a mix of real and replica, were decorated by various organisations, businesses, charities and churches from across Sedgemoor.

ThisIstheWestCountry.co.uk
26 December 2012

Exciting times at Cornerstone Methodist Church

THE £500,000 development at Cornerstone Methodist Church in Davyhulme is progressing well, with the completion of the first part of the works. A new, state-of-the-art gas central heating system has been installed at the Hayeswater Road Church, which has replaced a very old oil burning system.

Messenger
25 December 2012

Discover a 'vulnerable God', says Methodist President

The President of the Methodist Church has invited people to discover a "vulnerable God" in Jesus this Christmas.The Reverend Dr Mark Wakelin, President of the Methodist Conference, said that the point of Christmas was God communicating with humans "when words are not adequate".

Christian Today
25 December 2012

Christmas Eve family service at Bourne Methodist Church

Bourne Methodist Church will be holding a Crib Service particularly for families at 4pm on Christmas Eve. The service will be led by Rev Dr Daniel Mwailu to celebrate the birth of Jesus. All are welcome.

The Bourne Local
23 December 2012

Ketton Methodist Church was buzzing for mince pie event

An annual mince pie and coffee morning was held at Ketton Methodist Church last Saturday. Chris Lemmon, one of the organisers, said the event raised more than £300 for overseas aid.

Rutland Times
18 December 2012 

Carol service at the Bourne Methodist Church

The Bourne Methodist Church will be holding a carol service on Sunday at 3.30pm. Among the guests who will be reading is the mayor Helen Powell.

Rutland and Stamford Mercury
15 December 2012

Church needs to be creative in a changing society, say Methodists

The census figures on religion for England and Wales have been described as "challenging but not discouraging," by the Methodist General Secretary.

Ekklesia
12 December 2012 

Methodist response to proposals on same-sex marriage

Statement from the General Secretary of the Methodist Church, the Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, in response to the Government's proposals on same-sex marriage

Anglican Mainstream
12 December 2012

Same-sex marriage: Methodist Church response

Statement from the General Secretary of the Methodist Church, the Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, in response to the Government's proposals on same-sex marriage...

Thinking Anglicans
11 December 2012  

Census figures are a challenge, not a problem say Methodists

Today's census figures have been described as "challenging but not discouraging," by the Methodist General Secretary who says that the Church is there to serve others.

Xn
11 December 2012

Christmas tree festival at Earlsdon Methodist Church

Earlsdon Methodist Church launches its 13th Christmas tree festival this week. Every year, community groups decorate a tree to promote their work, or just for the fun of it. Last year there was a knitted tree and one decorated with recycled rubbish.

Coventry Telegraph
04 December 2012

Cradley Methodist church to host Christmas festivities

A traditional Christmas fair is being held at Cradley's Overend Methodist Mission on Saturday. The event at the Banners Lane church, from 11am until 2pm, will feature stalls selling items including crafts, nearly new, white elephant, cakes and groceries plus hot and cold food.

Halesowen News
04 December 2012

Classical piano recital at Thurlby Methodist Church

A classical pianist recital is taking place on Sunday to raise money for charity. The concert at Thurlby Methodist Church, in High Street, will be given by 17-year-old student Marco Chueng. The recital will begin at 2pm, raising money for the Bourne mayor's charities and the chapel fund. No entry fee but donations welcome. To book call Helen Powell on 01778 421042.

Rutland and Stamford Mercury
03 December 2012

Young Methodists discuss sexuality and gender at 3Generate

Young people aired their views on conflict and peace, exam stress, bullying, sexuality and gender orientation at the sell-out 3Generate event this month. More than 250 children and young people met at Whitemoor Lakes in Lichfield for the annual gathering, which drew delegates from as far away as Gibraltar, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales. A report on the assembly will be presented to the Methodist Conference next summer.

Ekklesia
03 December 2012

Musical entertainment at tree festival

Visitors to Tottington Methodist Church can enjoy a tree-mendous start to the festive season. The church is staging its first-ever Christmas tree festival tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday and is being supported with musical entertainment.

Bury Times
03 December 2012

Cradley Methodist church to host Christmas festivities

A traditional Christmas fair is being held at Cradley's Overend Methodist Mission on Saturday. The event at the Banners Lane church, from 11am until 2pm, will feature stalls selling items including crafts, nearly new, white elephant, cakes and groceries plus hot and cold food.

Halesowen News
03 December 2012

Methodist Charles Wesley cottage painting 'original'

A painting of evangelist Charles Wesley in a cottage in Cornwall has been identified as an original painted by his daughter. The painting at Wesley Cottage in Trewint, near Launceston, was previously thought to be a copy.

BBC News Cornwall
02 December 2012

  Methodists seek to beat rising energy costs

Methodist churches are being encouraged to take up a new scheme that will help them save on their energy bills. The Church's approved buying group 2buy2 are offering churches negotiated tariffs on electricty, gas and oil from suppliers that they manage.

Christian Today
01 December 2012

Methodist scheme aims to save money and reduce energy consumption

A new scheme will offer thousands of Methodist churches in Britain the chance to save money, time and energy on their electricity, gas and oil bills. The Methodist Church is recommending that all Methodist properties buy their energy through 2buy2.

Ekklesia
01 December 2012

Beer mat campaign launched in Darwen as festival gets underway

A Quirky beer mat campaign urging people not to drink and drive will launch tomorrow as Darwen's first real ale and cider festival gets under way. Methodist churches in Darwen have produced 1,000 beer mats containing a 'quick response' (QR) code which links to a one-minute video and message.

Lancashire Telegraph
30 November 2012

11th annual festival of decorated Christmas Trees at Sleaford Methodist Church

THE 11th annual festival of decorated Christmas Trees will take place at Sleaford Methodist Church this weekend. The trees will be on display from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and from 11am to 5pm on Sunday.

ThisIsLincolnshire
30 November 2012

Bluestone Methodist BB to hold car boot sale

First Bluestone Methodist BB will be holding a Christmas car boot sale, wash and indoor variety sale at their Bluestone Road premises on Saturday. starting at 9am.

Lurgan Mail
29 November 2012


Methodist president visits Hale to open the Vine

On Sunday, the President of the Methodist Church in Great Britain visited Hale for the dedication service of a new church and community building. At the Vine, the new home of Hale Methodist Church, the Rev Dr Mark Wakelin said that he would be telling people around the country what has been done in Hale.

The Messenger
28 November 2012

 Anglican Communion News Service - Digest News

The Joint Implementation Commission (JIC) of the Anglican Methodist Covenant has voiced its disappointment that the General Synod has not found a way to move forward on the question of women bishops. It added, however, that, although the vote in General Synod on Tuesday failed to remove a major obstacle to growing into that unity to which the Church of England and the Methodist Church are committed in the Covenant between them, the basis of that Covenant has not changed.

Anglican Communion News
26 November 2012

Methodist milestone marked at
memories 
exhibition

A church celebrated its centenary with a series of events, including an exhibition of the history of the building and religious movements which inspired it.Two days of events took place at Thurlby Methodist Church to celebrate the centenary of being in its present building in High Street.

The Bourne Local
25 November 2012

 
Flower festival and craft fair at Seymour Street Methodist

Seymour Street Methodist Church will host its advent flower festival and craft fair over the weekend off Friday, November 30-Sunday, December 2. The official opening of the festival by the Mayor of Lisburn will take place on the Friday at 10.30am.

Ulster Star
25 November 2012

Cleobury Methodist Church hosts art festival

Cleobury Methodist Church is being transformed into an art gallery for an arts and craft festival this weekend. A display of local work will be on offer, as well as jewellery and gift cards.

The Shuttle
23 November 2012

Upminster Methodist Church calls on businesses to sponsor trees in annual Christmas Tree Festival

Havering charities will benefit when Upminster Methodist Church holds its third annual Christmas Tree Festival from next week. The festival will take place between Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 9, and will see about 30 trees displayed in the Hall Lane church. The trees will be decorated by businesses and community groups to the theme of "2012: a special year".

22 November 2012
Romford Recorder

Do you have Primitive Methodist roots?

Historians are inviting people to dig up stories about Methodists in their family tree and share them on a new heritage website.
My Primitive Methodist Ancestors provides a space where people can share information about every aspect of Primitive Methodism.

XN
20 November 2012

Philippa Hanna to play Chester-le-Street church

Christian singer Philippa Hanna, who recently supported soul legend Lionel Ritchie on the UK leg of his European tour, will perform at Chester-le-Street Methodist Church, North Burns, on Saturday December 1 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7 for adults and £4 for under-18s (£1 extra on the door) and are available by calling 0191-389 0363.

The Northern Echo
19 November 2012

Christmas fair at Bridgwater Methodist Church

Bridgewater Methodist Church is will hold a Christmas fair at the town hall on Saturday, December 1, from 10am to 2pm with jewellery, crafts, books, cards, cakes, a tombola, a raffle and refreshments.

Bridgewater Mercury
19 November 2012

The magnificence of 80 Huddersfield Methodists on stage together for the first time

Eighty singers, musicians and actors have gathered together on stage for the premier of a new musical. Huddersfield's Methodist Circuit of churches performed the first of three Two Sisters and a Funeral shows.

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
19 November 2012

Lambeth Anglicans and Methodists celebrate 40 years of cooperation

The Lambeth Mission & St Mary's building in Lambeth Road was full on Sunday morning for a service marking the 40th anniversary of Lambeth's Anglican-Methodist ecumenical partnership.

Lambeth Anglican
18 November 2012

Altrincham Foodbank set up by Anglican, Catholic and Methodist communities

Churches and schools in Altrincham and Timperley have collected a massive two and a half tonnes of food for a foodbank to help feed people in need. Altrincham Foodbank has been set up by the Anglican, Catholic and Methodist communities of Altrincham and it opened on November 9.

Messenger
21 November 2012

Messy church on Tuesday

Etherley Methodist Church, on South Road, Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, will hold a Messy Church session for children on Tuesday (November 13) at 3.20pm. The theme is the Good Samaritan. There will be food, crafts and stories. All are welcome.

The Northern Echo
21 November 2012

Britain in nutrition recession as food prices rise and incomes shrink

Pitsmoor Methodist Church in Sheffield offers senior citizens a weekly lunch service. This film follows the volunteers who keep the service going, and tells the story of what it means to the people who depend on it for their only hot meal.

The Guardian
18 November 2012 

Gwent Police Choir, St Julian's Methodist Church

Gwent is rich in tradition with male choirs, and Gwent Police Choir, now in its 43rd year, remains true to that tradition.

South Wales Argus
18 November 2012

Thought for the week - the Rev Andrew Johnson   

ON Remembrance Sunday together with the Rev Deborah Hall from Batley Central Methodist Church, I led Batley's annual Remembrance Day service...

Batley & Birstall News
18 November 2012

Methodists encourage people to dig out their radical history

Historians are inviting people to dig up stories about radical, dissenting Methodists
in their family tree and share them on a new heritage website.

Ekklesia
1
7 November 2012 

Methodists in the family

People across the UK are being asked to look into their family trees and see if there are any Methodists among their ancestors. A new website - My Primitive Methodist Ancestors - has been set up where people can share their stories and pictures.

Christian Today
16 November 2012 

Songs of Praise marks Prisons Week in Norfolk

To mark the start of Prisons Week, BBC1's Songs of Praise will come from Wayland Prison, Norfolk on Sunday November 18.

Network Norwich
16 November 2012

Services held in tribute to fallen heroesServices held in tribute to fallen heroes

Service men and women who have lost their lives in conflicts fought around the world were remembered in services and acts of remembrance across the area last weekend.

This is Somerset
15 November 2012 

Concerts mark 20th anniversary

RIPLEY-BASED Musical Dimension will be holding a pair of 20th anniversary concerts in the town on Friday and Saturday, November 16-17. They will be held at Wood Street Methodist Church, at 7.30pm nightly, and will feature a selection of the choir's favourite songs from the last 20 years.

Ripley & Heanor News
15 November 2012 

Centenary at Thurlby Methodist Church

Thurlby Methodist Church is celebrating 100 years of being in its present building in High Street. 

Stamford Mercury
15 November 2012

Methodist Church announces two lunchtime concerts

Alderley Edge Methodist Church will host two lunchtime concerts during November. Their regular monthly recitals continue on Wednesday 21st November with a performance by postgraduate students from the Royal Northern College of Music: violinist, Michael Jones and pianist, Andrew Dunlop

 15 November 2012

Remembering the fallen of the town

SILENCE fell in Knutsford as civic dignitaries, church leaders and the community honoured their fallen heroes.

Knutsford Guardian
14 November 2012 

Beckenham MP Bob Stewart visits Talking Tots at Beckenham Methodist Church

AN MP who is used to the floor of the House of Commons found himself sitting on the floor during a visit in his constituency. Bob Stewart was visiting Talking Tots, Beckenham Methodist Church, Bromley Road, Beckenham, to show his support for its nursery rhyme campaign.

News Shopper
15 November 2012

Nailsea Methodist Church annual craft Christmas fair

More than 40 stalls opened for business at Nailsea Methodist Church on Saturday for its annual Christmas craft fair. Bigger and better than ever the festive event raised £2,400 most of which will be given to charities.

Nailsea People
15 November 2012

Pewsey Country Market marks its 30th birthday

Pewsey's Country Market celebrated its 30th birthday on Tuesday, although the organising committee warned that if some new and younger blood does not join it the future of the market looks bleak.

This is Wiltshire
14 November 2012 

Christmas gifts sale at Methodist Church

CUSTOMERS and vendors are invited to a Christmas gifts sale in Sherwood. The event will take place on Saturday, December 1, from 10.30am at Sherwood Methodist Church in Devon Drive.

This is Nottingham
12 November 2012 

Give something different this Christmas

The Methodist Church is helping to spread the Christmas cheer this year with the latest edition of its A Gift of Christmas booklet.

Christian Today
12 November 2012 

Taunton and Somerset Music and Drama Festival starts today!

THE 99th Taunton and Somerset Music and Drama Festival kicks off today (November 12) with music classes at Queen's College and speech and drama classes at the Temple Methodist Church, Taunton.

This is The West Country
12 November 2012 

Record Remembrance Day turn-outs in tribute to the fallen

Bradford Lord Mayor Councillor Dale Smith attended a Remembrance Day parade in Ilkley. The parade was led from the Brook Street car park to the Memorial Gardens.

Wharfdale Observer
11 November 2012 

Justin Welby: reaction to new Archbishop

Dr Mark Wakelin, president of the Methodist Conference: "Bishop Justin has demonstrated himself to be a man of spiritual depth and wisdom. He has shown great passion and enthusiasm for working together with other Churches and we look forward to working with him in the context of the partnership between our two Churches."

The Times
09 November 2012   

Otley service to remember war dead

Otley will remember all those who have died in conflict with an 11am service and a two-minute silence in the memorial garden on Remembrance Sunday.

The first ceremony will be followed by a 2.15pm parade - led by the local branch of the Royal British Legion and ex-servicemen - through town to the Methodist Church.

Ilkley Gazette
08 November 2012 

West Leeds: Meet a 21st century vicar with a timeless mission

Reverend Charity Hamilton doesn't exactly present the traditional image of a vicar. But the 33-year-old Methodist Minister is a ray of light in this working class corner of west Leeds. Originally from Whitehaven in Cumbria, Charity arrived in Leeds two years ago and took over Lower Wortley Methodist Church, which was originally built in 1884.

Yorkshire Evening Post
09 November 2012

Youth choir will perform in Morpeth

A youth choir will be performing in Morpeth next month. The British Methodist Youth Choir will perform a concert at Morpeth Methodist Church on Saturday, November 17, at 7.30pm.

New Post leader
09 November 2012

Epworth events will mark 350th Wesley Methodist milestone

Events to mark the 350th birthday of the father of the Wesleys will be taking place in Epworth in December. Samuel Wesley, the determined Rector of Epworth for nearly 40 years, had a huge influence, particularly on his sons John and Charles Wesley as they developed the Methodist movement.

East Hull and Riding
07 November 2012

Aged and orphans benefit from festival

Mayor of Broxtowe Councillor Margaret Handley opens a winter fair and festival at Wollaton Road Methodist Church, Beeston, on Saturday, December 1, at 10am.

ThisIsNottingham.co.uk
07 November 2012

British Methodist youth president to visit Auschwitz

The Methodist Youth President, Hayley Moss, will visit a former Nazi extermination camp on Wednesday 7 November 2012 after she was selected to represent the British Youth Council on a one-day visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Ekklesia
05 November 2012

Art group exhibition a success

Organisers of an art group's annual exhibition say the event was a success, with more than 200 visitors coming through the doors.Cockerton Art Group's exhibition, held at Cockerton Methodist Church on Saturday (October 27), showcased the group's art work, with the pieces up for sale.

The Northern Echo
05 November 2012

A tale of two cities revealed: The hidden deprivation in Norwich

Norwich Foodbank has highlighted deprivation in the city. Foodbank co-ordinator Grant Habershon and methodist minister Rev Sharon Willimott at Mile Cross Methodist church on Aylsham Road.

Norwich Evening News
05 November 2012

Church leader heads walks to 130 Lancashire churches

The leader of Lancashire's Methodists has successfully completed a walk to each of the denomination's churches in the county. The Reverend Stephen Poxon visited 130 Methodist churches, chapels, schools and homes for the aged in the county.

BBC News Lancashire
05 November 2012

Fundraising milestone for church project

Volunteers at a Darlington church have reached a fundraising milestone in their support for an African school project. Members of Cockerton Methodist Church have now helped raise more than £7,500 for the Grace project, in Ghana.

The Northern Echo
05 November 2012

Methodist Church launches fund for Haiti storm victims

Areas devastated by superstorm Sandy are facing a new crisis - fuel shortages. Motorists are driving for miles, only to face long queues, hours of waiting, and no guarantees they'll be able to fill up.Taxi drivers in New York have started turning away business. Meanwhile, the Methodist Church is providing funds to the Carribean after Sandy killed more than 70 people there.

Premier Radio
05 November 2012

Methodist invites leaders

THE Methodist Church in Fiji has invited political leaders in the formation of the constitution, to align themselves to the plan of God, in whose hands the future of the world lies.

The Fiji Times
04 November 2012 

Final events mark bicentenary of Crabbs Cross Methodist Church

THE final events to mark the bicentenary of Crabbs Cross Methodist Church have been called a huge success.The events, a special concert with the Arrow Vale Singers and an anniversary morning service followed by lunch, took place on October 21 and 22.

Redditch Advertiser
03 November 2012

Methodist Church in Britain makes grant to victims of Hurricane Sandy

The Methodist Church in Britain has agreed a grant of £18,000 in aid to support communities struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Ekkelsia
03 November

Singers serve up a tasty treat

And so said the minister at Par Methodist Church on October 13 at the end of a truly Cornish evening in a chapel packed to the rafters.It was a concert - an entertainment - given by the 12 good men and true from Redruth, The Trelawney Singers. Songs to make you laugh, to think, to uplift.

Cornish Guardian
02 November 2012

Methodists to use Advent gifts to support vulnerable communities

On Advent Sunday (2 December) Methodists around Britain will celebrate and raise money for the work of a fund which gives grants to support work across the country's communities, not least among the most vulnerable in society.

Ekklesia
02 November 2012

Methodists assist Haiti and Cuba after Sandy

The Methodist Church has sent £18,000 in aid to support communities recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Grants will go to help communities in Cuba and Haiti, where Sandy left a trail of destruction last week.

Christian Today
02 November 2012

Methodists focus on mission's work

AS A fishing port, Porthleven had always had a special affinity with the sea. So it was appropriate that the town's Methodist chapel celebrated Harvest of the Sea at the weekend, which this year looked at the work of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen.

01 November 2012
ThisIsCornwall.co.uk

Cadoxton Methodist Church celebrates 150 years of service

Once upon a time Cadoxton was a small village community quite separate from Barry. With the industrial revolution and the worldwide demand for Welsh coal the village grew providing homes for workers on the booming Barry Docks until if became part of the town. The Methodist community of Cadoxton decided that they needed their own neighbourhood church and in 1862 Cadoxton Methodist Church was opened and on Sunday (October 28) the church celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Barry and District News
31 October 2012

'Inconsistent' Europe imports 15 times more goods from West Bank than from Palestinians

A report published today by a coalition of 22 non-governmental organisations, including Christian Aid and the Methodist Church, criticises the "inconsistency at the heart of EU policy".It calls for EU member states to issue strict guidelines on labelling products that are grown or made in the settlements, rather than in Israel.

Telegraph
30 October 2012

Yarm Methodist Church donates to Emergency Relief Fund

A big "thank you" to Yarm Methodist Church who kindly donated their retiring collection to the Teesside Emergency Relief Fund which is one of the funds administered by the Foundation.

30 October 2012

Falmouth Methodist Church to host charity 'Cards for Good Causes'

Charity Christmas cards will go on sale in Falmouth from this Monday. Cards For Good Causes sets up at Falmouth Methodist Church on The Moor each year, selling festive greeting cards in support of a range of different charities.

The Packet
25 October 2012

Funding paves way for new village hall

The Methodist chapel, which was built in 1866, closed in 2004 after a covenant was agreed between the Methodist Church and Anglicans in the village to share services, buildings and mission. Mr Exelby said the scheme, which is one of the first projects in Yorkshire to be awarded funding from the fund's Reaching Communities Buildings scheme, would also bolster proposals for the development of a community orchard and allotment, to provide produce for use in the community café or for sale locally.

The Northern Echo
24 October 2012

Criminals give something back to Taunton community

Criminals who want to make amends have helped spruce up the outside of Rowbarton Methodist Church. They repaired and painted the railing outside as part of the Community Payback Scheme. Church treasurer Chris Downing said: "The team did a superb job and the restored railings really do enhance our church building and the surrounding area. We thank all those involved."

ThisIsTheWestCountry.co.uk
23 October 2012

Children's music groups at Broomhill

Music groups for children as young as four are now being held at The Beacon, formerly known as Broomhill Methodist Church in Broomhill. Budding musicians from the ages of four through to 10 can take part in the classes, covering musical skills and offering the chance to try out various muscial instruments.

Postcode Gazette
23 October 2012

Veterans join cadets for rededication of war memorial

Veteran soldiers joined Army and Air Cadets for the rededication of a war memorial in Lostock Hall.A parade attended by the Deputy Mayor of South Ribble Coun Dorothy Gardner was held on Sunday to mark the relocation of the monument, from Lostock Hall Methodist Church to Brownedge Road.

Lancashire Evening Post
23 October 2012 

Help older people get out more, say south west residents

Loneliness is one of the biggest issues facing older people in the south west of Sheffield, according to residents who attended a special meeting on Thursday evening. Support for older people was the topic of debate chosen by locals for the Meet the Cabinet event at the South West Community Assembly meeting in Banner Cross Methodist Church.

Postcode Gazette
23 October 2012

Roast beef dinner served up in Witton Park

Luncheon Club: Witton Park Methodist Chapel is serving a roast beef dinner and dessert from noon to 2pm on Wednesday (October 24). The meal costs £4.

The Northern Echo
22 October 2012

URC and Methodist Church look to increase joint working

Representatives of the United Reformed and Methodist Churches have met to discuss the possibility of working more closely together. The second joint meeting of the URC's Mission Council and the Methodist Council was held in Sutton Coldfield this week.

Christian Today
20 October 2012

Papua New Guinea mission 

A church has invited the public to hear about a mission to tribal lands in Papua New Guinea. Crownhill Methodist Church, in Crownhill Road, is to host an informal meeting and presentation by Alison and David Tute next Saturday.

ThisIsPlymouth.co.uk
20 October 2012 

URC and Methodist Church explore greater joint working

Representatives of two of the nation's largest free Churches have met to discuss the opportunities and challenges of working more closely together. The groups met in Sutton Coldfield, 17-19 October, for the second joint meeting of the United Reformed Church's Mission Council and the Methodist Council.

 The United Reformed Church
19 October 2012

Acclaimed composer set to run fundraising choral workshop in Cheltenham

Nationally acclaimed composer and conductor Bob Chilcott is set to stage a choral day in Cheltenham for singers of all ages to boost funds for the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts.

15 October 2012
This is Gloucestershire 

Christian students join week of protests against drones

On Friday, 23 students training as ministers in the Church of England and the Methodist Church gathered at the UAV Engines, Lynn Lane,Shenstone plant, in order to witness against the manufacture and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and their military applications.

15 October 2012
Independent Catholic News 

Churches join forces to share work of clergy and services

A groundbreaking partnership between the Church of England and the Methodist Church has been established. The agreement between the Ripon and Leeds Anglican Diocese, which covers a large chunk of North Yorkshire, and the Leeds Methodist District, will mean greater sharing of clergy and joint services with both churches working together to support their ministry and mission.

15 October 2012
Northern Echo 

Norwich churches speak out against EDL march

Leaders of all the main Christian denominations in Norwich have spoken out against a march by the English Defence League in Norwich organized because a city church has been barred by Norwich City Council for anti-Islam material.

15 October 2012
Network Norwich 

Methodist sell-out for 2012 youth and children's assembly

Tickets have sold-out for the annual Methodist Children and Youth Assembly, 3-Generate, weeks before the event, say the organisers.

15 October 2012
Ekklesia 

Learn to sing Brahms Requiem from scratch 

Reading Bach Choir are hosting a 'Brahms Requiem from Scratch' day workshop at Caversham Heights Methodist Church

12 October 2012 
Get Reading 

Will new centre ease multifaith worship?

Last week the West Briton reported on "the proposed first multifaith facility for Cornwall" which seems to have gained the backing of the Bishop of Truro and the chairman of the Methodist District in Cornwall and has been dubbed 'Woodhenge'.

ThisIsCornwall.co.uk
11 October 2012

Talk on bus for elderly

Chief executive of Bath Age UK Janet Dabbs will be the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Midsomer Norton and Radstock Community Service Vehicle Trust, which takes place on Thursday, October 18, at Paulton Methodist Church at 7.30pm.

11 October 2012
This is Somerset

Temperance and modern Methodism's bid to save lives

An exhibition at Manchester's People's History Museum marks 180 years of the Temperance movement in north west England, a tradition linked to charitable movements today including in Preston, where Methodist and other church communities help people whose lives are blighted by alcohol.

09 October 2012
BBC Religion and Ethics

Church marks diamond jubilee

Central Methodist Church in Pontefract is marking its 60th anniversary on Sunday with a visit from the head of the Methodist church in Britain.

Express Pontefract and Castleford
09 October 2012

Items needed for exhibition to mark Thurlby Methodist Church's centenary

Thurlby Methodist Church is appealing to members of its congregation past and present to get in touch with memorabilia and photos for an exhibition, on November 17 from 10am to 5pm, to mark its centenary.

Rutland and Stamford Mercury
09 October 2012

Ground-breaking partnership between churches to take place in North Yorkshire

A ground-breaking partnership between the Church of England and the Methodist Church will be inaugurated in the region this Saturday.

The Northern Echo
08 October 2012

Unique church agreement signed

A groundbreaking partnership between two religious denominations has been inaugurated in North Yorkshire.The agreement between the Ripon and Leeds Anglican Diocese, which covers a large part of the region, and the Leeds Methodist District will mean more sharing of clergy and services and both churches working together to support their "ministry and mission".

The Press
08 October 2012

Churches put government's green credentials on trial

Four major British faith groups have warned that the Government's draft Energy Bill would set the UK up for failure on carbon targets. The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the Quakers in Britain and the United Reformed Church have warned that, in its current form, the Bill undermines the Government's commitment to meet the UK's carbon targets.

Ekklesia
08 October 2012

UK churches oppose US drone strikes

Churches in the UK have hit out at the US Government's use of missiles to target individuals believed to be involved in terrorism. The Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Baptist Union of Great Britain are concerned by the humanitarian and legal implications of the CIA-operated drone campaign, which has killed thousands in Pakistan.

Christian Today
08 October 2012

Britain's forgotten Methodist Halls

At one time, Methodist Central Halls thrived across Britain, but since their heydey in the early twentieth century, only a handful remain in the hands of the Methodist Church.

Christian Today
04 October 2012

New Methodist minister welcomed

The Rev Stephen Robinson has been appointed as the new Methodist minister at Midsomer Norton. His role also includes being minister at Farrington Gurney.

Somerset Guardian
04 October 2012

Yorkshire churches enter groundbreaking partnership

A new and groundbreaking regional partnership in Yorkshire between the Church of England and Methodist Church will be inaugurated on Saturday 6 October.

Ekklesia
04 October 2012

Forgotten Methodist Halls 'thrived in every city'

A University of Manchester historian has discovered how the Methodist Church built some of Britain's most important and successful community buildings in the early twentieth century - now mostly forgotten.

The University of Manchester
03 October 2012 

Dewsbury's new methodist minister gets a warm welcome  

Dewsbury has welcomed a new methodist minister after saying farewell to the Rev Peter Bates. The Rev Judith Satchell took over responsibility of Westborough, Longcauseway and Thornhill Methodist churches at the beginning of this month. But Mrs Satchell hasn't moved too far, having spent the past 10 years as minister for three churches in Halifax.

Dewsbury Reporter
1 October 2012

Jackie inducted into new Methodist circuit

Methodists held a unique double last month as it inaugurated a new Circuit and welcomed a new minister to the area.Sandhurst & Yateley Methodist Church was packed as more than 120 people came together to launch the Berkshire Surrey Borders Circuit and induct the Revd Jackie Case as its superintendent minister.

XN
28 September 2012

Tenor and base voices required in Westbury


Westbury Choral Society is seeking new singers, particularly tenor and bass voices, in the run-up to Christmas. Experience is not required. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays, from 7.30-9.30pm at the Methodist Church. For details, call Luke Pickett on 01225 345408

This Is Wiltshire
28 September 2012

Haverhill Methodist Church to hold free course
 
Haverhill Methodist Church will hold a series of informal meetings for people to come along and discuss the basics of Christianity.'The Alpha Course' will consist of a series of meetings on Wednesdays, starting next week (September 26).

Haverhill Echo
22 September 2012

Health, heptathlon and happiness at Glengormley Methodist

Glengormley Methodist Church is holding a health fair between 10am and 1pm on Saturday, September 22. The theme of the event in the Ballyclare Road Church will be 'health, heptathlon and happiness' which will aim to build on the success of the London 2012 Games.

Newtonabbey Times
20 September 2012

UK churches urge govt to prioritise Arms Trade Treaty

Leaders of the United Reformed Church, the Methodist Conference and the Baptist Union of Great Britain welcomed the UK Government's support for the treaty and asked the Foreign Secretary to continue to make adoption of the treaty a priority.

Christian Today India
20 September 2012

Bus makes a stop to call for fairer taxation

Members met the chairman of the methodist district, the Reverend Steve Wild, at Truro Methodist Church and Falmouth mayor Geoffrey Evans on Events Square, Falmouth.

This Is Cornwall
20 Septmber 2012

Diamond duo Derek and Jean, from Tyldesley, celebrate 60 years of married life

Diamond duo Derek and Jean Lawrence are today celebrating 60 years of married life.In all those years 81 year-old ex-miner Derek and Jean, 80, haven't strayed far from the place where they tied the knot.
Their Charleston Court home is 50 yards from the site of Tyldesley Methodist Church where they married on September 20, 1952.

The Bolton News
20 Septmber 2012

Members of Loughton Methodist Church gather for opening of new £700,000 LifeWorks creative arts centre

Churchgoers gathered at the weekend to mark the opening of a £700,000 creative arts centre. Loughton Methodist Church's new LifeWorks building was formally opened on Saturday (September 15).

Epping Forest Guardian
18 September 2012

Horley grandmother spends spare time helping Zambia's street children

About £30,000 in total is needed to fund the building and furnishing of both dormitories. To help with the fund raising, Horley Methodist Church is holding a Jazz Songs of Praise on 23 September with donations going towards the cost of equipping the new dormitory with bunk beds and mattresses.

BBC News Surrey
18 September 2012

Civic leaders attend launch of book about Juanita Maxwell Phillips

A book about the life of a trailblazing former Mayor of Honiton received an enthusiastic welcome when it was launched in the town last week.Viva Juanita!, written by Dr Julia Neville, charts the rise of suffragette Juanita Maxwell Phillips, who stood for office as soon as women were given the vote and went on to serve as Honiton's civic leader a record 11 times as well as becoming Devon's first female county councillor.The book was launched at a coffee morning, hosted by Honiton Senior Voice in the Methodist Church on Wednesday, before Dr Neville attended a book signing event at Honiton Library.

Midweek Herald 24
17 September 2012

Francis's personal commitment forged in childhood

AS A lad, Francis Gray and his school chums would cheekily pop into the blacksmith's shop at West Pinchbeck to fan the flames in the forge.They invariably got into trouble with the blacksmith for doing it, but Francis says they loved to see flickering flames emerge from the heap of ashes.Little did Francis know that the smithy, known as Alleluia Blacksmith because he was also a local preacher in the Primitive Methodist Church, would in return fan some flames that have lasted Francis a life-time.

Spalding Guardian
17 September 2012

Methodists launch major survey and consultation on evangelism

The Methodist Church has launched a national consultation on evangelism, asking Methodists across Britain what the term means to them and what they find challenging about it.

Inspire Magazine
14 September 2012 

Jimmy Armfield opens new sports field in Oswaldtwistle

The new facilities will benefit local schools.Janice Lewer, headteacher of Hippings Methodist Primary School, said: "This is a very exciting time and we are pleased this area is being developed as it will be a valuable resource for the whole community."

BBC Lancashire
14 September 2012

Heritage extravaganza

Attractions on the Heritage Day include the Acorn Morris Dancers, Harvest Festival produce at Cowick Church, Sam's Safaris, a hawking flying display, Snaith Toy Museum, street organ, and a family treasure trail.Three buildings will be the main focus of the event - Cowick Church, Snaith Priory Church and Snaith Methodist Church.

Selby Times
14 September 2012

Methodist founder is honoured with service

Gwenapp Pit marked the 250th anniversary of its first visit from the founder of Methodism with a service attended by hundreds of people.The congregation sang Father Of Everlasting Grace at 5pm last Wednesday, the exact time that John Wesley spoke to a crowd of 1,000 on September 5, 1762.

ThisIscornwall.co.uk
13 September 2012

Trinity Methodist Church on Main Street, Runcorn, marks revamped kitchen launch

Trinity Methodist Church on Main Street is holding a buffet lunch with Halton's mayor to declare its renovated premises open. A £25,000 grant funded a state-of-the-art kitchen, a meeting room and revamped a storage area. Funds came from Halton Borough Council, Plus Dane housing association and the Runcorn Methodist Circuit. The total cost of the work was £28,409.

Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News
13 September 2012 

Trinity Methodist Church on Main Street, Runcorn, marks revamped kitchen launch

Brough Methodist Church is holding a craft fair on Saturday, October 6, between 10am and 4pm. Taking place at the Methodist Church on Welton Road, there will be over 30 stalls including jewellery, kitchen ware, cards, knitwear, wood carving, paintings and much much more.

Brough People
12 September 2012

Methodist Church looks to boost evangelism

The Methodist Church has launched a national consultation on evangelism. Methodists across Britain will be asked what evangelism means to them and what they find challenging about it.

Christian Today
11 September 2012

Artist 'sees the light' for exhibition

Cononley artist Shelagh Powell is hoping people will see the light when she stages a solo exhibition as part of Saltaire Festival.Lancashire-born Shelagh will display 34 paintings at Saltaire Methodist Church, on Saltaire Road, over the next two weekends.

Keighley News
12 September 2012

What's On - Your Guide to Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster

Glee Club, fun singing & dancing, Wisewood Methodist Church, 6.15pm, £3, all ages welcome.

The Star
12 September 2012

750 years since king put town on the map

Also to be held tomorrow is a display of banners at Wigton Methodist Church and a vintage tractor parade, while there will be a jazz band playing in the town.

News and Star
12 September 2012

MS sufferer's 200-lap challenge inspires her to raise more cash

One courageous lady yesterday finished a gruelling 10km walk - which she began more than nine months ago.Multiple sclerosis sufferer Heather Thompson completed the last of 200 laps of Northland Methodist Church, in Darlington, to achieve the distance, timed perfectly to coincide with the final day of London's Paralympic Games.

Darlington and Stockton Times
10 September 2012

Library borrows church

A church has launched a book borrowing service - a year after council cutbacks led to its town library being axed.Burslem's Swan Bank Methodist Church will offer 2,500 books, with volunteers ready to run the service.

ThisIsStafforshire.co.uk
10 September 2012

Minister's life of good work cut short by tragedy at sea

I was moved to hear the sad story of the Rev George William Clutterbuck - an energetic Methodist minister and family man who was drowned at sea in 1899 - courtesy of Margaret Stacey, of Uppingham Local History Studies Group.

ThisIsleicestershire
07 September 2012

Busy weekend for Methodist president

The President of the Methodist Conference will visit Nottingham this weekend. The Rev Dr Mark Wakelin, a graduate of Nottingham University, will attend the autumn meeting of district Methodists tomorrow. On Sunday, he will preach at Hucknall Church in the morning.

ThisIsNottingham
07 September 2012

Pit filled with voices 250 years after Wesley debut

Under a cloudless blue sky and seated on grass and stone tiers, several hundred Methodists gathered at Cornwall's famous Gwennap Pit yesterday evening for a service to mark the 250th anniversary of the first visit by their movement's founder.

ThisIsCornwall.co.uk
06 September 2012

Jersey church to get better disabled access

A Jersey planning department decision refusing to allow disabled access to a chapel in St Martin has been overturned. The Planning Applications Panel involves seven members of the States who reconsider requests.The panel said a door, ramp and handrail for disabled access to the Methodist Chapel at St Martin should be allowed.

BBC NEws Jersey
06 September 2012 

Tax justice bus rolling into Teddington

A campaign bus is due to roll into the borough to highlight how tax dodgers are destroying the lives of poor people in the UK and abroad.Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty will ride their Tax Justice Bus to Teddington Methodist Church on Friday, September 14.

Richmond Guardian
06 September 2012

Fiji Methodists back Christian state

The new President of Fiji's Methodist Church says the church backs the idea of Fiji being an officially Christian state.

Australia News Networks
05 September 2012 

New venue for film society

Darley Dale Film Society is moving to a new venue and is now based at the Methodist Hall, Dale Road, Darley Dale. The first film to be screened there, at 7.45 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, will be The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Bakewell Today
05 September 2012

Quaffer & Scoffer

Moseying through Wath I spotted a sign outside Trinity Methodist Church, for the Lite Bite Cafe. I found the entrance tucked away behind the church in the Trinity Hall on Chapel Street with just an A-board to show where.

Doncaster Free Press
05 September 2012

District: From Crowland to Weston Hills

The New Name Group of Sibsey is leading the harvest service at the Gosberton Risegate Methodist Church on Sunday, September 9 at 2.30pm, followed by tea. The harvest continues on Monday, September 10 at 7pm with an auction and supper. Proceeds for chapel funds.

The Spalding Guardian
05 September 2012

'Nervous' job for first Paralympic gold medalist

Britain's first Paralympic gold medal hero has today spoken of her joy after she was chosen to light the cauldron at this week's opening ceremony. Margaret Maughan, 84, from Much Hoole, won two gold medals at the inaugural Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960 in archery and in the 50 metres backstroke.
She then went on to compete in a further four Paralympic Games. On Wednesday night, Margaret, a former member of Much Hoole Methodist Church, had the honour or lighting the cauldron at the Paralympic games opening ceremony.

Lancashire Evening Post
05 September 2012

Memorable occasion for York Methodists

The launch of the York Circuit was a memorable occasion for Methodists in the York area. The service in the Central Methodist Church, in St Saviourgate, York, also included the commissioning of the new superintendent and new members of staff and was attended by a congregation of 350.

The Press
04 September 2012 

Darwen church encourages people to get in touch with God - via Twitter

Elderly churchgoers have been given a crash course in social media as part of a drive to bring back past worshippers.New Methodist Church, Blackburn Road, Darwen, has launched a Twitter account aimed at encouraging people who used to attend to give it another try.

Lancashire Telegraph
03 September 2012 

Lincoln pupils smash Guinness World Record for singing and signing

Hundreds of school pupils from Lincoln have helped to smash the Guinness World Record for the most people singing a song while performing it in sign language. National charity SignHealth organises the sign2sing record-breaker every year and in February, 114,277 pupils and teachers from across the country took part. This included 225 from schools in Lincoln, which included Bracebridge Infant School and Nursery and Brant Broughton Church of England and Methodist Primary School.

This Is Lincolnshire
01 September 2012

Nantwich crossrail showcased to shoppers

A SHORT track of narrow-gauge steam railway offered a taster of what a new park and ride scheme might look like in Nantwich. A railway was temporarily setup outside St Mary's Church in the town, offering free rides to members of the public.

Crew, Nantwich & Sandbach Guardian
29 August 2012 

Neighbourhood mews

Clifford Methodist Church service: on Sunday, September 2 at 10.30am. Open house Coffee Morning in the Methodist school room on Tuesday September 4, from 10-11.30am. All welcome.

Whetherby News
29 August 2012

Nantwich crossrail showcased to shoppers

A short track of narrow-gauge steam railway offered a taster of what a new park and ride scheme might look like in Nantwich.A railway was temporarily setup outside St Mary's Church in the town, offering free rides to members of the public.

Crewe, Nantwich and Sandback Guardian
29 August 2012

Arts and crafts raise money for Shoreham church charities

The 43rd Shoreham Methodist Church arts and crafts festival ran for six days last week, and organisers say, although the proceeds have not yet been fully totted up, they are on track to at least match last year's £700.

Shoreham Herald
28 August 2012 

Church warns flock

THE Methodist Church has issued a warning to its members to come clean tomorrow when their annual general conference begins. The church is aware that some members will bring their own agenda to the table and this could jeopardise their permit for the conference.

Fiji Times
28 August 2012 

Major change for York Methodist churches

A major reorganisation of the Methodist Church in York is on the way, involving the merging of its north and south circuits. The new York Methodist Circuit will have a total membership of more than 1,800 people, worshipping at 37 churches and centres across the city and surrounding countryside.

The Press
27 August 2012

Methodists to stick to agenda

THE Methodist of Fiji and Rotuma's annual conference is set to begin in Suva on Wednesday. And the church is optimistic that members would formalise the framework of their submission to the Constitution Commission, which will be made towards the end of the three-day meet.

The Fiji Times
27 August 2012 

Tax bus is coming

Evesham will welcome the Tax Justice Bus next Wednesday. The bus, which is on a 53-day tour, highlights how global tax-dodging is hurting the poor. Speakers from Zambia and the UK will be on the bus to talk with visitors. Rev David Haslam, founder of the Methodist Tax Justice Network, will welcome Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty's red double-decker as it stops on the High Street from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

Worcester News
26 August 2012 

The Tax Justice Bus is coming

EVESHAM will welcome the Tax Justice Bus next Wednesday. The bus, which is on a 53-day tour, highlights how global tax-dodging is hurting the poor. 

Worcester News
26 August 2012

Baby sensory classes at Broomhill Methodist Church

Baby Sensory classes are being held at Broomhill Methodist Church on Mondays. The activities are aimed at building up babies' 'sensory experiences' to help with developing physical, social, emotional and language skills, as well as co-ordination, awareness of the world, a love of music and concentration. 

Postcode Gazette
23 August 2012 

Church meet is to go ahead

The Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma has finally been issued the permit to hold its annual conference, the Bose Ko Viti, this year. This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun yesterday by church assistant general secretary, Reverend Tevita Nawadra.

Fiji Sun
22 August 2012 

Street pastors take their watch to the beaches to help young people

In their matching blue tops, the group walking along Whitstable seafront certainly stands out. And it is meant to. The picturesque Kent seaside resort is hardly a hotbed of social problems, but as the latest town to launch a branch of "street pastors" it is part of a growing phenomenon.

The Guardian
21 August 2012

Best of British on display at flower festival

THE Methodist Chapel at Delabole was a blaze of colour for its flower festival when more than 35 organisations and individuals donated flowers and gave their time and talents in order to create imaginative arrangements.

This Is Cornwall.co.uk
17 August 2012

250th anniversary of Wesley first preaching at Gwennap Pit

THE 250th anniversary of Methodist founder John Wesley first preaching at Gwennap Pit, the famous amphitheatre near Redruth, is being celebrated in style. Wesley first preached at the pit on September 5, 1762, as 'The wind was so high at five that I could not stand in the usual place at Gwennap'.

Cornish Guardian
16 August 2012

Methodists establish leaders' forum for community engagement

Methodist Church leaders are being invited to attend the first meeting of a forum that aims to work with people at engaging in their local communities.

Ekklesia
16 August 2012 

Off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Barnes

Children in Barnes are putting on a performance of the Wizard of Oz at the Methodist church hall.

Richmond Twickenham Times
16 August 2012 

Fiji Government lifts ban on Methodists meeting

The Methodist Church in Fiji will finally hold its annual congregation after a four-year ban was lifted by the country's interim government.

Australia Network News
14 August 2012 

Shoreham Methodist Church arts and crafts festival  

The 43rd Shoreham Methodist Church festival will be open from 10am on Saturday August 11.With about 250 paintings and a dozen craft stalls, plus work from young members, the festival will fill the church, in Brunswick Road, Shoreham

Shoreham Herald
08 August 2012

Sutton-on-Sea Methodist Church repairs to take a year

The minister of a Lincolnshire church badly damaged when it was hit by lightning has said it will be at least a year before it is fully repaired. A bolt hit Sutton-on-Sea's Methodist Church in June setting its roof on fire and causing water and smoke damage inside the building.

BBC Lincolnshire
08 August 2012

Sheffield's Cecil is a real glass act on his 100th birthday!

In 100 years Cecil Higgins has moved less than half a mile.But while the Gleadless pensioner rang in his 100th birthday on Friday just minutes' walk away from his childhood home, he was celebrating a century of life that has been anything but unchanging. Cecil has served as a stained-glass window designer, artilleryman, book illustrator, Methodist preacher and draughtsman - and even pieced back together from memory the damaged windows of Sheffield Cathedral after the Second World War.

The Star
08 August 2012

Summer's day music programme at Methodist church

Greenfield Methodist Church is holding a programme of music for a summer's day on August 21 (3pm). Celebrated organist Rev Michael Maine, who was the organist at All Saints Church in Hove for 30 years, will be giving a recital.

Eastbourne Herald
08 August 2012

Outcry over 'child-friendly' Facebook gambling app

The first Facebook app to allow players to gamble with real money has provoked an outcry from Christian groups, who charge that its cartoon branding breaches rules designed to protect children. "Gambling is age-restricted for a reason: children are excluded because they are vulnerable," said Toby Scott, director of communications for the Methodist Church.

The Telegraph
07 August 2012

New 'controversial' Facebook gambling app launched

Some Christian groups argue the game breaks rules designed to protect youngsters because of the cartoons featured and have urged the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to do something. 'Gambling is age-restricted for a reason: children are excluded because they are vulnerable,' said Toby Scott, communications director for the Methodist Church.

Metro
07 August 2012

Facebook launches first real-cash gambling app in 'well-regulated' UK market

Despite seeming to tick all the regulatory boxes necessary, not everyone is the UK is happy about the launch of a Facebook gambling game. "This appears to be a blatant breach of the ASA's Gambling Advertising rules, which clearly state that marketing 'should not be likely to be of particular appeal to children or young persons, especially by reflecting or being associated with youth culture'," Toby Scott, director of communications for the Methodist Church, told the Telegraph. "It's hard to see how age restrictions on games on social networks can be reliably enforced".

Wired.co.uk
07 August 2012

Facebook real-money gambling game launched

Developed by gambling gaming company Gamesys, the Friendzy App comprises of a series of 90 Ball Bingo and Slots games which punters the chance to gamble real money. The Telegraph reported Toby Scott, director of communications for the Methodist Church saying, "Gambling is age-restricted for a reason: children are excluded because they are vulnerable."

T3 The Gadget Website
07 August 2012

Free spaces at luncheon club in Rodbourne, Swindon

A luncheon club, run by Age UK, meet every Wednesday at Rodbourne Methodist Church, in Rodbourne Road, from noon. Activities, including bingo, follow lunch. It is £3 for lunch or £3.50 for lunch and the activities. Call Susan Verity on 01793 687018.

Swindon Advertiser
07 August 2012

Polperro Methodist Church has allowed BT to install a broadband street cabinet on its property. BT has rolled out fibre optic broadband to the Cornish village of Polperro with help from the local Methodist church.

Cable
06 August 2012 

Haddenham congregation simply potty for recycling competition

Haddenham Methodist Church is competing in a UK wide recycling fund-raising competition to see who can save the most yogurt pots from going to landfill.

Ely Standard
04 August 2012

Milestone for the Methodists

For thousands of years now, churches have been at the centre of local communities, providing friendship and good neighbourly support.So I was interested to hear from Mr Graham Webb, of Blaby, that Blaby Methodist Church has recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

This Is Leicestershire
25 July 2012

North Walsham Methodist Church youngsters sleep rough to help fund street children's World Cup in Brazil 2014

A dozen hardy youngsters aged 10-16 camped in cardboard under the stars outside North Walsham Methodist Church on Saturday in a sponsored event to raise money for a street children's World Cup tournament in 2014, to be held alongside the real World Cup, in Brazil.

EDP 24
22 July 2012

A Knutsford minister is leaving the town after 14 years to spread his church's message across the country. The Rev Paul Wilson, of Knutsford Methodist Church in Princess Street, is taking up a position with Methodist Evangelicals Together in St Helens.

Knutsford Guardian
21 July 2012

Knutsford Methodist minister to depart to embark on Evangelical challenge

A KNUTSFORD minister is leaving the town after 14 years to spread his church's message across the country. The Rev Paul Wilson, of Knutsford Methodist Church in Princess Street, is taking up a position with Methodist Evangelicals Together in St Helens.

The Knutsford Guardian
21 July 2012

Helston's longest running Methodist Minister Reverend Andrew Hill is leaving for East Cornwall. After making the move from Tiverton, Devon to Helston in 1999, Rev Hill has been in charge of the Methodist church in Helston for the last 13 years.

The Packet
19 July 2012

Bouncy fun for charity

Murton Methodist Church Hall hosts a summer fair next month to raise funds for the church. The event, which includes a bouncy castle, takes place on August 4 from 2pm.

South Wales Evening Post
19 July 2012 

On patrol: the seaside God squad

Helen Letley doesn't look like a Methodist minister. Dressed in jeans, a navy blue anorak and matching cap, the mother-of-four could be just another windswept daytripper on Whitstable strand in Kent. 

The Daily Telegraph
19 July 2012 

Street Pastors head to the seaside 

Street Pastors are taking to the beach for the first time this summer to lend their assistance to night time revellers enjoying the sand and sea.

Christian Today 
16 July 2012

Whitstable beaches to be patrolled by pastors

The seaside equivalent of a street pastors' scheme is being launched in a Kent seaside town.

BBC News
14 July 2012

Bourne Methodist Church 200 year celebration this weekend

Bourne Methodist Church is celebrating 200 years since a church was first built on its present site. The church in Coggles Causeway will be decorated and open from 10am to 4.00pm on Saturday, refreshments will be served all day, finishing with a barbecue at 4.30pm.

Rutland and Stamford Mercury
18 July 2012

Methodist minister bids farewell to enjoy his retirement

A Methodist minister has bid farewell to his congregations in North East Lincolnshire after five years on the local circuit. The Reverend Michael Townsend gave his last service at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Cleethorpes on Sunday.

ThisIsGrimsby.co.uk
17 July 2012

Methodist minister moves on after eight years

Methodist minister Malcolm Hickox is leaving Salisbury after eight years. His final service will be at the Salisbury Methodist Church at 10.30am on Sunday, July 29, with farewell services to be held around the Methodist circuit, which covers chapels from Amesbury to Fordingbridge on Sunday.

Salisbury Journal
17 July 2012

Churches compete in Olympic inspired football tournament

Churches came together to compete in an Olympic inspired five-a-side football tournament last weekend. Spurred on by the excitement of the Games, St John's Methodist Church organised the first ever Potters Bar inter-church football competition at Elm Court Youth and Community Centre on Saturday, July 14.

Hendon and Finchley Times
16 July 2012

Methodist event an '£800k boost for economy'

A Methodist conference has injected more than £800,000 into Plymouth's economy, according to conference chiefs. Almost 2,000 delegates attended the Plymouth Pavilions event. Conference Plymouth has estimated this pumped £815,110 into the city's economy.

ThisIsDevon.co.uk
14 July 2012

Wesley Mission expect thousands to join celebration of Methodist bicentenary

Wesley Mission is celebrating 200 years of the Methodist faith in Australia with two major public events in Sydney on Sunday, 15 July, 2012.

Christian Today
13 July 2012

Former Christian Aid director to be Methodist Vice-President

The Methodist Church has elected the Rev Ruth Gee as President Designate and Dr Daleep Mukarji as Vice-President Designate for the 2013 to 2014 session.

Christian Today
07 July 2012

A Sutton woman is leaving her post as a minister in the Airedale Methodist Circuit to do mission work on a small island off the southeast coast of Africa.

Craben Herlad and Pioneer
07 July 2012

British Methodists Oppose Drone Use in Targetting Terrorists

The Methodist Church in Britain has challenged the use of drones in targetting suspected terrorists. In a debate at its annual Conference in Plymouth, the Church called upon the British Government to urge the US to discontinue the practice

The Christian Post
06 July 2012

Quinton Methodists celebrate Harry's 100th milestone

Quinton Methodist Church turned out in force to celebrate one of the congregation's 100th birthday. Harry Williams is a direct descendant of William Williams who wrote the famous hymn Guide Me Oh Thy Great Jehova.

Halesowen News
06 July 2012

Methodist Church opposes use of drones

The Methodist Church has challenged the use of drones in targetting suspected terrorists. In a debate at its annual Conference in Plymouth, the Church called upon the Government to urge the US to discontinue the practice.

Christian Today
05 July 2012

Methodist Church launches interactive web map

The Methodist Church has launched a new web map of its churches across Britain. In addition to details about churches, fellowships and groups, users will be able to find out more about the surrounding areas with the addition of statistical information on religious affiliation, population density and ethnicity.

Christian Today
22 June 2012 

Methodist Church response to government consultation on equal civil marriage

The Methodist Church, in line with scripture and traditional teaching, believes that, "Marriage is a gift of God and that it is God's intention that a marriage should be a lifelong union in body, mind and spirit of one man and one woman".

Thinking Anglicans
19 June 2012 

Queen's birthday honours list 2012: Commonwealth

CBE: The Reverend Oscar Holman Millar, For serve the Methodist Church, education and the commty.

Guardian
16 June 2012

Neighbourhood watch meeting at Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Stamford

Residents will have the chance to raise concerns they have about their area at a neighbourhood watch meeting in Stamford. People are being invited to attend the meeting which will take place at Trinity Methodist Church in Barn Hill, Stamford on Wednesday, June 20, at 7pm.

Rutland and Stamford Mercury
12 June 2012 

Methodist Church in Fiji given permission to meet 

The Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma has been granted permission by the government to hold its annual conference. The Fijian Church has been refused permission to meet in the last four years.

Christian Today
11 June 2012 

Churches join forces to care for bereaved

Methodist and Church of England leaders have joined forces to ensure that everyone has access to religious bereavement care. The new Church Funerals service will ensure that a minister is available to offer pastoral support following the death of a loved one.

Times and Citizen
11 June 2012

Reigate Methodist Church to host Gilbert and Sullivan musical

East Surrey musical theatre group Utopians Unlimited return to the stage this weekend with a production from the pens of Gilbert and Sullivan. For the group, founded in 1980 and which stages two Gilbert and Sullivan shows each year in churches in the Reigate, Redhill and Croydon areas to help raise church funds, will be presenting the master theatre duo's sixth collaboration, Patience. The show will be going on in Reigate Methodist Church, High Street, Reigate, this Saturday (June 16) at 7.30pm.

Redgate, Reiley, Horley Life
11 June 2012  

Tribute concert to Burton accordion legend Pauline 

The life of an accordion player from Burton who overcame cancer will be celebrated with a fund-raising concert at a town church.

Burton Mail
07 June 2012  

Jubilee beacon to be lit in Croydon as celebrations continue

A Diamond Jubilee beacon will be lit Croydon Council's offices tonight (Monday) as part of the borough's weekend of celebrations. The beacon will be lit at Taberner House on Park Lane between 10pm and 10.30pm, with Croydon among the hundreds of towns and cities across the UK taking part.

ThisIsCroydon.co.uk
04 June 2012 

Diamond Jubilee: Staffordshire beacon lit after parties

Hixon, near Stafford, also held a celebration featuring collectable cars manufactured during the Queen's reign. Cross Heath Methodist Church in Newcastle also combined the celebrations with raising money for the church.

BBC Staffordshire
04 June 2012 

Jubilee book signing at Westhouses Methodist Church

Westhouses Methodist Church Book Signing for Queen. Evie and Annie Middleton.

Derbyshire Times
03 June 2012

Christmas plans underway            

We may have been having some warm weather lately, but plans are already well under way for Christmas in Rossington. The 2012 Christmas Fair will take place on Friday, December 14 across the Rossington Marketplace and Methodist Church with activities taking place throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

The Epworth Bells
03 June 2012 

Video: Diamond Jubilee: Steven Hall at Sandylands Methodist Church

Zany Britain's Got Talent finalist Steven Hall dazzled crowds with his special Diamond Jubilee dance outside a Kendal church. The quirky performer was the headliner act at Sandylands Methodist Church's celebrations.

The Westmorland Gazette
03 June 2012 

Diamond Jubilee: What's on and where

Noon-5pm - Street party and children's party at Easton Gardens and Easton Methodist Church Hall, Portland. 

Dorset Echo
02 June 2012 

A prayer by right royal assent

June 14, 7pm at the Marjon Chaplaincy Centre, THE ART OF PREACHING. A Public Lecture on the subject The Art of Preaching will be given by Rev Paul Smith, Superintendent Minister at Methodist Central Hall, Plymouth.

ThisIsPlymouth.co.uk
02 June 2012  

Tuesday, June 5, 7.30pm - Bramhope Methodist Film Club screening of Bertie and Elizabeth, Methodist Church Hall.

01 June 2012
Ikley Gazette 

Bourne Methodist Church lunch club celebrates 25th anniversary

A lunch club celebrated its 25th birthday with a party.The Bourne Methodist Church lunch club was set up by a small group of volunteers in 1987, and yesterday celebrated 25 years since its formation.

Rutland and Stamford Mercury
21 May 2012 

Blowing up a storm 

Award-winning Brunel Brass Band are in concert this weekend. The brass band have qualified for four national finals in five years and tomorrow they will be performing at the Bath Road Methodist Church in Old Town, Swindon, from 7.30pm.

ThisIsWiltshire.co.uk
18 May 2012

Capital City Marathon: UK man travels 6,459 miles to run in Sunday's 26.2-mile race

Of the nearly 2,100 runners registered for the Sunday's Capital City series -- marathon, half-marathon and 5.2-miler -- Malcolm Brookes will be the runner who traveled the most miles to Olympia to run in Sunday's 31st annual event. Brookes, a 71-year-old retired Methodist minister, is traveling from his home in Hereford, United Kingdom, a total distance of 6,459 miles, to run in his first Capital City Marathon.

The Olympian
17 May 2012

What's On (May 18-20): Richard Digance, Howard Marks, Museums at Night and more

The Orpheus Male Voice choir presents The Gibside Singers, who will sing with soul on Saturday at St Andrew's Methodist Church, in Cleethorpes.

ThisIsScunthorpe.co.uk
17 May 2012

'Secret to long life is being happy and lots of friends'

Reading the Grimsby Telegraph, watching TV and having plenty of friends are this 90-year-old's recipe for a long and happy life. Marjorie made many of her friends through attending North Killingholme and Ulceby Methodist Churches and working in a Christian literature shop in Grimsby.

Grimsby Telegraph
17 May 2012

Films play vital role in dementia therapy

Films from the collections housed at the Yorkshire Film Archive are at the forefront of a pioneering project to unlock memories for people with dementia and other age-related memory disorders. Working with experts from Age UK, the Alzheimer's Society and Methodist Homes for the Aged, the Yorkshire Film Archive has created Memory Bank, a series of themed DVDs and online films, plus a wealth of information and activities for use in reminiscence therapy and life story work.

Telegraph and Argus
17 May 2012

£500 is raised for outreach trust 

A cheque for £500 has been presented to Carey Skelton, of the Genesis Trust, by Joan Pierce on behalf of those who attend the Open Doors Club at South Road Methodist Church, Timsbury. The club meets on Wednesday mornings to give villagers the chance to meet in a relaxed atmosphere, play games, chat, borrow books, and make new friends.

ThisIsSomerset.co.uk
17 May 2012

From donkey rides to maypoles: Archive films help to revive memories in dementia patients

Old films are being used to help people with dementia recover some of their forgotten past.
Footage housed at the Yorkshire Film Archive (YFA) have been carefully selected for the "Memory Bank" initiative in collaboration with experts from Age UK, the Alzheimer's Society and Methodist Homes for the Aged.

Daily Mail online
17 May 2012

Clenchwarton: Ready for Jubilee! 

Clenchwarton Methodist Entertainment Group are back treading the boards with their latest show, being staged especially to mark the Diamond Jubilee. Performances will take place on Thursday, May 17, Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at 7.30pm at the Methodist Chapel Schoolroom, Clenchwarton.

Lynn News
16 May 2012

Church embraces solar energy

A Cornish church has become one of the first in the UK to light the way for renewable energy after having solar panels fitted its roof to help reduce the electricity bills.

Business Cornwall Magazine
15 May 2012

Wales Methodist Chapel Jubilee celebrations

Wales Methodist Theatre Company together with Worksop Choristers and local schools will celebrate the Queen's Jubilee in style with songs from the past 60 years including songs from the war and Commonwealth.

Wanstead and Woodford Guardian
15 May 2012

Can you help celebrate 100 years of church?

There is a special landmark around the corner for everyone connected with Neath Methodist Church and now an appeal has been launched so it can be properly marked. Planning to celebrate the centenary of the Stockham's Corner place of worship on September 3, 2014, begins now.

ThisIsSouthWales.co.uk
14 may 2012

New author launches sci-fi novel

A local 93-year-old retired scientist is proving age is nothing but a number after penning his first major piece of fiction. Harold Barker, of Westbourne Park, launches a new sci-fi novel Seeking Home tomorrow at Westborough Methodist Church main lecture hall at 12.30pm.

Scarborough Evening News
14 May 2012

Tenbury Methodist Church to serve up family film nights

A trip to the flicks can now involve a visit to Tenbury Methodist Church. It's the latest venue for films in the town. Newly licensed to show DVDs to the public the church is taking the opportunity to offer its facilities to the community.

Ludlow and Tenbury Wales Advertiser
12 May 2012

Workers take action over pension erosion

Workers in the NHS, including a small number from the Great Western Hospital, and the Ministry of Defence and government departments - members of Unite, the UK's largest union - will be joining other union members in nationwide protests which will feature a lunchtime rally at London's Methodist Central Hall addressed by Unite's general secretary, Len McCluskey.

Swindon Advertiser
10 May 2012

Community fund hands out £1.5m in west Cumbria

A group which gives out cash for community projects has celebrated handing out £1.5 million in west Cumbria. A celebration event was held to mark the Nuclear Management Partners' (NMP) Community Fund milestone. A host of organisations met at Cleator Moor Methodist Church.

News and Star
09 May 2012

Methodists and Morrisons support Cromer Foodbank

The new Cromer and District Foodbank has received a boost after local Methodists offered a storage facility, and the local Morrisons supermarket gave permission for an in-store collection.

Netowrk North Norfolk
09 May 2012

Wiltshire unions back London pension protests

Workers from the NHS, Ministry of Defence and government departments will be attending a lunchtime rally at London's Methodist Central Hall where Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, the UK's largest union will be addressing the protestors.

ThisIsWiltshire.co.uk
09 May 2012

Methodist church's new look

It'S been at least 20 years in the making, but the redesigning of Birstall Methodist Church is now half way to completion. Phase one of a project to move the church into one half of its building in Chapel Lane has finished. It boasts a new worship room, kitchen, vestry, toilets and meeting room.

Batley and Birstall News
09 May 2012


Around the churches

Christians have found The Holy Bible to be that truth, that light, that revelation of a creator God who seeks relationship with each and every one of us - His Created. A prayer room is being set up at the front of Methodist Central Hall from 17th-26th May to pray and seek Him, His Light and His Truth. Do join us there.

ThisIsPlymouth.co.uk
08 May 2012


Phantom of the Opera's Philip Griffiths returns for Abermule chapel celebration

A star of West End musicals is swapping the stage for a village chapel to help celebrate its 150th anniversary. Philip Griffiths, originally from Caersws, Powys, will perform at Abermule Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, where he has close family ties.

BBC News Mid Wales
07 May 2012

Methodist church celebrates centenary

A Methodist church is celebrating its 100th birthday with an exhibition. Darley Hillside Methodist Church will hold its centenary celebration next Saturday and Sunday.

Matlock Mercury
04 May 2012

Marching for St George

The parade was followed with a service held at Talbot Lane Methodist Church, where the scouts renewed their promises and were transported back in time, to hear from the founder of the movement Robert Baden Powell.

Trader and Guardian
03 May 2012

Bicentary celebrations at Crabbs Cross Methodist Church continue

The bicentenary celebrations at Crabbs Cross Methodist Church started April 21 with a concert given by Arrow Vale Singers under their new musical director David Wynne.

Redditch Advertiser
03 May 2012

Festival's sounds of furies and lightning

Dynamic Danish ensemble MidtVest will perform at St Gregory's Centre for Music on Sunday at 8pm. The Rhodri Davies Ensemble will be at St Peter's Methodist Church on Tuesday, collaborating with the Sounds New Poets from the University of Kent.

ThisIsKent.co.uk
03 May 2012

Floral displays show the 'best of British'

Redruth Methodist Church was filled with colourful floral displays at the annual flower festival. The theme was Best of British, which incorporated the Olympics, the Paralympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

ThisIsCornwall.co.uk
03 May 2012

Church celebrates bicentennial

Frome's Wesley Methodist Church will say it with flowers when it celebrates its 200th year. To mark the bicentennial the congregation is organising an anniversary festival next weekend on May 11, 12 and 13.

ThisIsSomerset.co.uk
03 May 2012

Why trees sweat and plants talk to insects

Gardening expert Doug Stewart will be giving a talk at Cottingham Methodist Church on Thursday, May 24. The Seafarers UK fundraising evening will begin at 7.30pm. Mr Stewart's talk, Why Plants Talk To Insects And Why Pumpkins Can't Fly, is being advertised as a sideways look at the science of gardening.

ThisIsHullandEastRiding.co.uk
02 May 2012

City-wide food bank to open in Stoke-on-Trent

A new food bank that helps those struggling to feed their families is to open in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday. It will be backed by the Trussell Trust, which runs a network of food banks across the UK and based at Wesley Hall Methodist Church in Noblett Road.

BBC News Stoke and Staffordshire
02 May 2012

Our hidden poor: The desperate families begging for food handouts to keep alive

Most of the people handing over their vouchers at the Birmingham Central Food Bank at Ladywood Methodist Church aren't homeless or destitute, but hard-working individuals who have hit tough times.

The Mirror
30 April 2012


Bike safety day set at Methodist church

An event to raise awareness about bike safety was being held in Sherwood today. Sherwood Bike Day will begin at 12.30pm and end at 3.30pm. The community event will be held at Sherwood Methodist Church in Devon Drive.

ThisIsNottingham.co.uk
28 April 2012

30 Street Pastors ready for patrols 

The launch of a Street Pastor initiative has been a huge success with nearly 30 members signing up on the night and public endorsement from local dignitaries.
The idea of introducing street pastors in Ivybridge has been quickly turned into a launch, which took place last Friday evening at the town's methodist church, which is one of four churches in the town backing the scheme. 

Ivybridge Gazette
27 April 2012

St George's Day fun for Parkinson's group

England flags and hats were in abundance as people came together throughout the borough to celebrate St George's Day. Parkinson's UK Harrow branch, which holds weekly exercise classes aimed at improving the mobility and quality of life for people with the condition, held a special class on Monday with a truly British flavour. Some 20 people took part at Wealdstone Methodist Church hall in Locket Road, joining in with traditional English songs such as Land of Hope and Glory and the Lambeth Walk.

Harrow Observer
27 April 2012

Chance to have your say in shaping town's future

Radstock residents will get their chance to help shape the future agenda of the town. The town council has prepared a document, known as a draft strategy, which sets out the town council's vision, aims and priorities over the next three years and councillors want to hear from residents at the annual town meeting on Wednesday, May 9 at 7pm at Radstock Methodist Church Hall.

ThisIsSomerset.co.uk
27 April 2012

Kelsall Methodist Church unveils newly-refurbished £220,000 worship area

A service of thanksgiving marked the completion of the £220,000 scheme to regenerate Kelsall Methodist Church and provide facilities for community use.

Chester Chronicle
26 April 2012

Hundreds visit new Epsom scout hall

After 20 years of fundraising, the new £680,000 building for the 7th Epsom (Methodist) Scouts, located behind Epsom Methodist Church in Ashley Road, was formally opened by Tim Kidd, scout chief commissioner for England.

YourLocalGuardian.co.uk
25 April 2012

Louth town parade a success despite the rain

Groups involved in the parade included the Combined Cadet Force, the British Legion, Beavers and Brownies and the Market Rasen RPC band. It ended at the Methodist Church, in Nichol Hill, where a service was held.

ThisIsGrimsby.co.uk
24 April 2012

Cromer and District Foodbank set to launch - thanks to help from Methodist church
and Morrisons

Cromer and District Foodbank was launched unofficially at a meeting last month, and within days Cromer Methodist Church offered use of one of its halls to store and package the food.

Norwich Evening News
24 April 2012

£10,000 sent to help Methodist Church in storm-hit Fiji

A "solidarity" grant of £10,000 has been sent to the Methodist Church in Fiji to support its response in the aftermath of a tropical storm.

Christian Today
24 April 2012


Methodists make solidarity grant to flood and storm-hit Fiji

The Methodist Church in Britain has made a solidarity grant of £10,000 to the Church in Fiji, which has been helping communities affected by flooding after a tropical storm hit the islands.

Ekklesia
23 April 2012


Touchstone Methodist Centre set to move into former Bradford pub

They might have teetotal roots, but members of a Bradford Methodist community plan to open a new headquarters in a disused pub.

Telegraph and Argus
23 April 2012

Methodist Church marks its centenary

Like the 100-year-old governing ANC the Methodist Church of Southern Africa celebrated its centenary during the 56th annual Young Men's Guild Convention at the Ngoako Ramathlodi sports complex in Seshego township outside Polokwane in Limpopo at the weekend.

Sowetan
23 April 2012

Are you prepared to do a 'Full Monty'?

Open workshop auditions for the production begin on Tuesday April 24 at Hightown Methodist Church from 7.30pm - 10pm and will continue on Sunday April 29.

Luton Today
23 April 2012

Enter a MADD world

An amateur dramatics group are putting on a nostalgic, one off concert which will bring British wartime spirit back to Driffield and raise money for charity. Methodist Amateur Dramatics Driffield (MADD) will be performing the unique 'Bluebirds over Driffield' this Saturday (April 21).

Driffield Times and Post
23 April 2012

Lots on at Wroot Methodist Chapel

At the heart of the village of Wroot is its Methodist Chapel which first opened in 1870. Services are led by Superintendent Minister, the Reverend David Leese, and take place every Sunday at 9.30am, except on the fourth Sunday in the month when a combined service is held with the congregation at St Pancras Anglican Church at 9am.

Doncaster Free Press
23 April 2012


Methodist Church looks to improve budget control and fund accounting with Access Dimensions & FocalPoint

The Methodist Church has invested in a new financial and expenses solution from mid-market and not-for-profit specialists Access, following an extensive software selection process. The charity organisation went to market as the existing Sun Accounts system was no longer serving its needs.

Access
19 April 2012

Bureau takes advice services on the road

An advice service for people looking for help with their finances, housing or employment issues is extending its mobile service. The Citizens' Advice Bureau is planning to offer support to more people by taking its van to more locations throughout Bath and North East Somerset. The van will be in Writhlington, outside the Methodist Church on Manor Road, the first Monday of each month between 10am and 1pm. On the third Monday of each month it will be in Peasedown St John, outside the Methodist Church on the High Street, from 11am to 2pm.

Somerset Guardian
19 April 2012

Under-earners anonymous      

What sort of person identifies themselves as an 'under-earner', in desperate need of an emotional and time-consuming recovery process?
Well, quite a few people do, as it turns out. All the 30 seats in the utilitarian meeting room in the basement of a Methodist church are taken.


Daily Mail Online
19 April 2012

Liskeard pianist gives something back 

Tickets have been selling well for a concert to be given by Jonathan Delbridge and fellow local musicians on Saturday in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at Liskeard Methodist Church.

Cornish Guardian
19 April 2012

Methodist Church Prepares for London Olympic Outreach 

The Methodist Church is encouraging people to get involved in the Olympic and Paralympic celebrations as the 100-day countdown to the London Games begins Wednesday.

The Christian Post
18 April 2012


Methodists look forward to Olympics engagement

The Methodist Church is encouraging people to get involved in the Olympic and Paralympic celebrations as the 100-day countdown to the Games begins today.

Christian Today
18 April 2012

Methodists launch 100-day countdown to 2012 Games

The Methodist Church is encouraging people to take part in the Olympic and Paralympic celebrations as the 100-day countdown to the start of the Games begins today.

Inspire Magazine
17 April 2012

Methodist Church marks 100 day Olympic Games countdown

The Methodist Church in Britain is encouraging people to take part in the Olympic and Paralympic celebrations as the 100 day countdown to the start of the Games begins today.

Ekklesia
17 April 2011
 
Mayor of Oakham Coun Joyce Lucas pays tribute to community at civic service

People gathered to sing hymns at the Town Mayor's civic service and reception last Thursday. Mayor of Oakham Coun Joyce Lucas held her service at Oakham Methodist Church in Northgate and Oakham Castle.

Rutland Times
17 April 2012

Reading choir pays Titanic tribute

Audience members at Wesley Methodist Church were treated to a moving rendition of the Titanic band's reputed final tune, Nearer Thy God to Thee, on Friday, March 23.

Get Reading
17 April 2012

Methodists on a mission to celebrate anniversary

Bridging the generation gap: Cockermouth's Lorton Street Methodist Church celebrates its 80th anniversary this month.

Times and Star
16 April 2012

Choir is singing out for a new generation 

On May, 15 1959, a meeting was held in the school-room of Station Road Methodist Church, Shiney Row.

Sunderland Echo
16 April 2012

East Norfolk churches in Easter show of unity

  The East Norfolk village of Acle demonstrated ecumenism at its best when a cross-section of about 50 members of the Roman Catholic, Methodist and Church of England community celebrated dawn on Easter Sunday outside the 12th century Church of St Mary's Fishley.

East Norfolk Network
16 April 2012

Support on diabetes day

The event is set to take place at Westborough Methodist Church on Saturday, and has been organised by the Diabetes UK Scarborough Volunteer Group.

Scarborough Evening News
16 April 2012

School celebrates refurb work

Major refurbishment work on buildings at Wainfleet Magdalen Church of England/Methodist School was officially unveiled recently.

Skegness Standard
16 April 2012

Donkey teaches pupils Easter meaning

A donkey from Rand Farm Park arrived at Bardney Church of England and Methodist Primary School to join in with the Easter celebrations last week.

Horncastle News
16 April 2012

Curtain Call Previews

Mistaken identity, two murders, a medium who really can reach the other side and the ghost of a long deceased thespian are amongst the attractions awaiting visitors to The Crippled Harlequin, a guest house in the Peak District, when they arrive to spend their Christmas holiday in the country. Who will murder who and what are their true motives? Join Dalian Players at Woolston Methodist Church, Southampton, from Thursday to Saturday. Tickets: 023 8043 8596.

Southern Daily Echo
13 April 2012


'Titanic' murder mystery at Penketh Methodist Church

Step aboard the Titanic for an afternoon of espionage and intrigue at Penketh Methodist Church, Chapel Road.

ThisIsCheshire
12 April 2012

Music at Methodist church

Cottingham: The Music Recital Club's next concert takes place on Saturday, April 21, at Cottingham Methodist Church in Hallgate.

ThisIsHullandEastRiding.co.uk
12 April 2012

Methodist Church helps with relief effort

Hundreds of Methodist Church members of the Nabua division flocked to the divisional headquarters in Nabua yesterday to give whatever they can as part of their contributions to flood affected families in the Western Division.

The Fiji Times
11 April 2012

Congregation ready to celebrate Cumbrian methodist church's anniversary

Worshippers young and old will turn out at Cockermouth's Lorton Street Methodist Church on April 22 to celebrate its 80th anniversary.

News and Star
10 April 2012

Care homes charity granted permission for solar panels

A care homes charity has been granted permission to fit solar panels to retirement flats under construction in Ben Rhydding. Bradford Council planning officers acting under delegated powers have approved plans by Methodist Homes to install photo-voltaic panels on the south-facing side of the roof at Emmandjay Court in Valley Drive.

Telegraph and Argus
09 April 2012

Wainfleet school unveils £2.3m remodelling and refurbishment

Pupils at a Wainfleet school are now enjoying the benefits of a £2.3 million development project. Major remodelling and refurbishment works have taken place at Wainfleet Magdalen Church of England/Methodist School and were officially unveiled on Friday.

ThisIsLincolnshire.co.uk
07 April 2012

When house-hunting is left up to divine intervention

John Wesley was a Church of England clergyman responsible for organising the largest branch of Methodism in England known as Wesleyan Methodism.

Henley Standard
05 April 2012

God's wool be done - North Cowton knitters recreate the Last Supper

Women at a methodist chapel, inspired by recent incidents of guerrilla knitting, have picked up their needles to issue a timely reminder of Easter's religious message.

The Northern Echo
05 April 2012

Churches celebrate Easter services

In Midsomer Norton, Methodists, Baptists and Salvationists are joining together for their main morning service on Easter Sunday.

ThisIsSomerset
05 April 2012

Bakers in Ellesmere Port raise money for Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Last Thursday three young people collected more than £42 for the hospital's IMAGINE appeal by baking and selling cakes outside the newly reconfigured Trinity Methodist Church in the centre of Ellesmere Port.

Ellesmere Port
04 April 2012
 

Wesley's medical wisdom revealed in touring heritage exhibition

As one of the founding fathers of Methodism, John Wesley is well-known throughout the world as a Christian evangelist. But his experiments into producing cures for the sick are not often talked about - until now.

Inspire
04 April 2012

Arts for Easter's sake at North Wales coastal resort

An Easter story arts exhibition opens tonight (Friday, March 30) and runs until Sunday April 8, thanks to an enterprising crew of local Methodists in Colwyn Bay, writes Karen Carter.

Inspire
04 April 2012 

Buckshaw school children to appear in film

Trinity Church of England Methodist Primary School, Chorley, has been selected to produce the television film, which will see pupils having an active role in presenting news from their school and the Buckshaw Village area.

Lancashire Telegraph
04 April 2012

Award for young Methodist recognises creativity and leadership

Sam Taylor has won the British Youth Council Make a Difference Award for making a real difference through his role as the Church's Youth President.

Inspire Magazine
04 April 2012

Churches to offer a big welcome this September

Baptist, Methodist and Elim Pentecostal churches will be extending a big welcome to friends and neighbours this September.

Christian Today
02 April 2012


Tax on landfill helps refurbishment of St Giles Methodist Church Hall

The members of St Giles Methodist Church and local community groups are benefiting from recent work carried out to install a new heating system in the Church Hall and refurbish the toilet facilities.

ThisIsLincolnshire.co.uk
01 April 2012

North East hospital chaplain to make Olympic history 

From hospital chaplain to Olympic runner, Methodist chaplain David Shaw is set to make history. The dad-of-two has been chosen from hundreds of thousands of people to be one of the first to cross the finish line at London's new Olympic Stadium.

JournalLive.co.uk
30 March 2012

British Youth Council praises work of Methodist Youth President

The Youth President of the Methodist Church in Great Britain has won an award for his effective representation of young people within Methodist structures.

Ekklesia
30 March 2012

Methodist Youth President wins British Youth Council Award

The British Youth Council has given its Make a Difference Award to the Methodist Church's Youth President.

Christian Today
30 March 2012

Dedication of groups to village is rewarded with a park party grant

A variety of groups across the area received grants last week thanks to a popular summer festival in Peasedown St John. Peasedown Youth Albion FC, Bath Stroke Group and Peasedown Methodist Church have all received cheques after applying for funding from Peasedown's Party in the Park Fund, which was set up in 2009 to help community groups that serve the area.

Somerset Guardian
29 March 2012

Gibraltar Street Pastors on the move

Street Pastors have been very successful in the UK and have contributed to a significant decline in night crime figures in the areas in which they operate, says the Methodist Church.

Isolas
27 March 2012

Mourners pay tribute to former Middlesbrough football scout Jack Watson - legend of North-East sport

John Martin Watson, of Shildon, County Durham, known by most as Jack, was passionate about local sport and was a respected football scout for five decades. About 300 family and friends - many from the worlds of football and cricket - packed Neville Parade Methodist Church, in Newton Aycliffe, to celebrate his life.

The Northern Echo
24 March 2012

Methodists give 'cautious welcome' to government's alcohol plan

The Methodist Church have "cautiously welcomed" reports that the government plans to enforce a minimum unit price on alcohol sales in England and Wales. But they warn that a long delay on implementation could cost lives.

Ekklesia
23 March 2012

Recital season finishes in style 

The last of this season's Fylde Arts Mid Day recitals at Poulton Methodist Church tomorrow features popular concert pianist John Shirley.

The Gazette
26 March 2012

Government must not delay in implementing minimum price on alcohol

The Methodist Church was one of several major denominations in the UK to write to the Prime Minister last month asking for the introduction of minimum pricing on alcohol.

Christian Today
23 March 2012

Sidmouth: Memory awareness event a success

The "Memory Matters" event, held at Sidmouth Methodist Church Hall, was organised by the Sidmouth Locality Health and Social Care Team with the backing of Sidmouth Cottage Hospital.

View Online
23 March 2012

Congregation donates chapel banner to Methodism museum

The banner which was used to proclaim the Sunday School anniversary procession was used at least up until the 1930s. Since that date it has been kept behind the organ. The congregation realised that the banner needed professional care and appropriate storage, and the museum of Primitive Methodism were happy to accept the banner because of its generally good condition, and strong bold design, featuring a different picture on the two sides.

Thorne and District Gazette
20 March 2012

Luke's cash drive

The Kingsclere Primary School pupil is already nearly halfway towards hitting his target after making an impressive £2,100 through the 24-hour Scalextric endurance event. Luke, from Kingsclere, was sponsored to stay up all night in the Methodist Church, in Kingsclere, where he charged people £2.50 to race one of six cars around a track for half-an-hour.

Gazette
18 March 2012

'Moral leadership through ethical banking model'

The UK could show global moral leadership with a new banking model built on trust, figures in the Methodist, Muslim and Church of England communities have claimed.

FT Adviser
16 March 2012

Nick Clegg backs specialist free school for Norwich

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg addresses the British Chambers of Commerce annual conference, at Methodist Central Hall, London.

Norwich Evening News
16 March 2012

A magical month for the arts

Sacconi String Quartet playing Haydn, Bartok and Schubert. St Peter's Methodist Church, St Peter's Street, Canterbury. 7.30pm. Tickets £12 (£6 students, under-16s free). Call Jenny Devenish on 01227 456359 or Canterbury Bookings on 01227 378188.

Canterbury Times
15 March 2012

Clergy in danger at the front

The trials and tribulations of army chaplains during the First World War provided an unusual topic for members of the North Lancs branch of the Western Front Association. The talk at the Lancaster City Museum was given by the Reverend John Bolton OBE who was a Methodist chaplain for 25 years.

North West Evening Mail
13 March 2012

Visit to homeless drop-in centre

BRISTOL'S Lord Mayor visited a homeless drop-in centre for breakfast and talked to the people who use it.

Around 30 people attend Bristol Methodist Centre in Midland Road, St Philip's, for breakfast, while up to 60 people eat lunch there.

Bristol Evening post

14 March 2012

Concert club's season to end with performance

Droitwich Concert Club's latest season will end on Saturday, March 24 with a performance from a top string quartet. The event will be held at 7.30pm at Droitwich Methodist Church, Worcester Road, and will bring an end to the club's 39th season.

Bromsgrove Advertiser
12 March 2012

Sidmouth: Memory matters

The Sidmouth Locality Health and Care Team, with the support of Sidmouth Hospital, are organising an exhibition and coffee morning at the Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Sidmouth, to promote local organisations that provide support to carers and to give help and information to anyone concerned about memory loss.

View Online
09 March 2012

Double treat for music fans

Tomorrow's Grundy Fylde Arts Mid Day Recital at Springfield Methodist Church, the last of the current series, will be given by The Quattromani Piano Duo - Nicholas Oliver and Joan Greenburgh.

The Blackpool Gazette
09 March 2012

Festival week

While the heart of the music festival continues to be held in the light and airy space of Truro Methodist Church, each year it grows larger, and this year additional classes are being held in Truro City Hall (above the Tourist Information Centre on Boscawen Street) and in the Roman Catholic Church in St Austell Street.

ThisIsCornwall.co.uk
08 March 2012

Brass band lines up charity date

ONE of Britain's most famous brass bands are to perform a charity concert in Barnsley. Grimethorpe Colliery Band are playing in aid of the Mayor of Barnsley Charity at Emmanuel Methodist Church, on Monday, April 16.

The Star
01 March 2012

Archaeology proves popular

Eminent archaeologists from across the country gathered in Wath on Saturday to deliver a series of talks and presentations. Academics told visitors of numerous projects taking place up and down the UK during the Dearne Valley Arhchaeology Day at Wath Trinity Methodist Church.

Thorne and District Gazette
09 March 2012

Years battling 'demon drink' 

The earliest references found for the UCV were Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall Temperance Society 1842 and the Cross Lane Methodist Band of Hope 1859. Band of Hope started in Leeds in 1847.

Hebden Bridge Times
09 March 2012
 

First class facility delivered to village

A Village is celebrating after being able to secure the return of its post office, five years after it closed. The doors were opened on Friday at Tansley Methodist Church and marked the end of a long campaign to restore the facility.

Matlock Mecury
07 March 2012

New centre gives former homeless a helping hand

A drop-in centre providing support for homeless men as they adjust to living back in society has been opened in Londonderry. The Methodist Mission has operated a hostel for homeless men in Derry since 1933 and the new drop-in centre in the basement of the Carlisle Road Methodist Church will complement the work of its mission in Crawford Square.

Belfast Telegraph
06 March 2012

Methodist exhibition at Epworth

The rise of the Methodist movement will be the subject of an exhibition starting at Epworth's Old Rectory on Wednesday, March 14.

Thorne and District Gazette
05 March 2012

London 2012: Churches urged to get involved with the Olympics

Churches in Lancashire have been urged to get involved in "once in a lifetime opportunities" offered by the 2012 Olympics. They have been asked to be at the forefront of the voluntary help that will be required when the Olympic torch travels through Lancashire in June. Ish Lennox, from the Methodist church, said people would be travelling the length and breadth of the UK.

BBC News Lancashire
02 March 2012

Celebration for diamond pair

A 60-YEAR romance - put down to 'counting your blessings' - started at a Sunday evening church service. Plymouth Methodist Central Hall was where Henry and Joan Horrell first met.

ThisIsPlymouth.co.uk
02 March 2012

Story Shorts

The next Ashton area Police and Communities Together (PACT) meeting takes place on Monday at Ashton Methodist Church hall, Wellington Road, Ashton, Preston. The meeting gets underway at 6.30pm and all residents are invited to attend.

Lep.cp.uk
02 March 2012

Irish troubadour Frank returns

Celebrate St Patrick's Day - albeit a day early - in the company of an international Irish country music star. Frank McCaffrey makes a welcome return to Market Rasen Methodist Church on Friday, March 16.

Market Rasen Mail
02 March 2012

Annual charity concert returns

The annual concert by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band for the Mayor's Charity will take place on Monday, April 16, at Emmanuel Methodist Church in Barnsley.

South Yorkshire Times
01 March 2012

Display focuses on global church

An exhibition charting the rise of the Methodist Church into a world-wide organisation opens at its north Lincolnshire birthplace next month.

Yorkshire Post
01 March 2012

Charity welcomes a band of Archbishops

Cross Links is an ecumenical Christian charity which runs community programmes including a day centre, a cafe, parent and toddler groups, youth and after school clubs, summer holiday programmes, and a weekly Messy Church for families at St Nicholas Church. The scheme is funded through the Canterbury diocese, the Methodist church and the United Reform church.

ThisIsKent.co.uk
01 March 2012

Short Cross Methodist Church holding community drop-in sessions

Short Cross Methodist Church is holding drop-in sessions every week for elderly and unemployed people.

Halesowen News
28 February 2012

Special church services to mark Women's World Day of Prayer

The 2012 Women's World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 2, is being marked in Newtownabbey with special services at Glengormley Methodist and Ballyhenry Presbyterian.

Newtownabbey Times
07 March 2012

Women's World Day of Prayer marked in Ilminster

In and around Ilminster three colourful events will be planned to offer choice and convenience on March 2 at 10.30am at St Peter's Church, Horton; at 2pm in the Minster Rooms, Ilminster, hosted by the Methodist Church; and from 6.30pm for 7pm start at Monks Yard at Horton Cross. 

ThisIsWestCountry.co.uk
26 February 2012

Choir concert raises £500 for Minehead clock tower appeal

A rousing concert by the Minehead Male Voice Choir has raised more than £500 for the town's Jubilee clock tower appeal. More than 100 people attended the event at Minehead Methodist Church in The Avenue, with the programme consisting of a repertoire from all four corners of the UK.

ThisIsTheWestCountry.co.uk
25 February 2012
 
Touch of Class with Daniel Keen

Tomorrow night the Audley Male Voice Choir will be performing at Wolstanton Methodist Church. They will be joined by tenor Philip Cartwright and outstanding pianist and accordionist Stefan Andrusyschun. For further information and tickets call 01782 720568.

ThisIsStaffordshire.co.uk
24 February 2012


Craft fair in Burniston

A craft fair in Burniston tomorrow will raise funds for the British Heart Foundation's Red for Heart campaign. It will be at the village's Methodist church, whose craft group will sell Easter eggs, cakes, jewellery, cards, etc.

Scarborough Evening News
24 February 2012


Church leader's nostalgic trip

Two national leaders from the Methodist Church are to spend a week in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. The Rev Leo Osborn, president of the Methodist Conference, and vice president Ruth Pickles will visit from March 3 to 11 - the longest trip in the UK since their year of office started last July.

The Star
24 February 2012

Village News: Burgh le Marsh 

Daffodil Coffee Morning - Burgh Methodist Church is hosting its annual daffodil coffee morning on Tuesday, February 28 from 10am to noon. There will be various stalls and a raffle - gifts for these will be gratefully received.

Skegness Standard
24 February 2012

Sing along with choir

There's an opportunity to sing along with the East Cornwall Bach Choir (ECBC) on Saturday next week. The choir will be at Liskeard Methodist Church spending the whole day rehearsing some favourite choruses, and some less familiar and less-often-performed parts of Handel's Messiah.

ThisIsPlymouth.co.uk
24 February 2012

Cornish Methodist chapel attendance grows

A number of Methodist chapels in Cornwall say they are bucking trend when it comes to church attendance. Nationally, the number of people going to church regularly has dropped significantly since the 1980s.

BBC Cornwall
21 February 2012

Setting scenes for church anniversary


Volunteers have been hard at work preparing for a pageant to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Westborough Methodist Church. The special events are due to be held over the second weekend in March and Maggie Bridge, the pageant's producer, said work was progressing well.

Scarborough Evening News
21 February 2012

Methodist Church guild boosts CAMPAIGN 2012

Valentine's Day saw members of the Sidmouth Methodist Church Wesley Guild show their love for for the Herald's CAMPAIGN 2010 - with an evening of romantic music. The event last Tuesday saw a donation of around £60 made to Sidmouth Primary School's minibus appeal.

Sidmouth Herald
20 February 2012

UK 'better off without Trident' say churches

Churches are urging the Government not to shackle the UK to a £55 billion spending commitment on Trident over the next 15 years. They argue that dispensing with nuclear missiles would be beneficial to UK security and our economy. The Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church have launched a campaign - "Better off Without Trident" - which calls on the Government not to spend £26 billion of tax payers' money on replacing the country's nuclear submarines.

Ekklesia
17 February 2012

Winchelsea Village Voice

Tomorrow morning (18th February) there will be a gathering at the Methodist Chapel to welcome the Rev. Peggy Heim who will be talking on 'Women Preachers in early Methodism'. Both men and women are, of course, welcome to attend and coffee will be served from 10 am for a 10.30 am start.

Rye and Battle Observer
17 February 2012

Methodist Church backs minimum alcohol pricing

The Methodist Church says it's not in favour of the government's plans to introduce 'drunk tanks'. Public drunkenness and alcohol abuse costs the health service 2 point 7 billion pounds a year - the govenment says it wants to introduce a series of measures to curb the issue.

Premier Radio
15 February 2012

Churches say UK would be better off without Trident

The Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church are calling upon the Government to ditch its Trident nuclear weapons.

Christian Today
15 February 2012


British Christians say no to nukes

Baptists and other Christian leaders in the United Kingdom are urging the government to scrap plans to replace its fleet of nuclear-armed submarines.The Baptist Union of Great Britain joined the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church in a briefing for the "Better off without Trident" campaign outlining costs of the proposed replacement of Britain's nuclear-weapons system over the next 15 years.

Associated Baptist Press
15 February 2012


Axing Trident would benefit UK public services, say Churches

Churches are urging the Government not to shackle the UK to a £55 billion spending commitment on Trident over the next 15 years. They argue that dispensing with nuclear missiles would be beneficial to UK security and our economy. The Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church have launched a campaign - "Better off Without Trident" - which calls on the Government not to spend £26 billion of tax payers' money on replacing the country's nuclear submarines.

Inspire Magazine
15 February 2012

Churches: UK would be "better off without Trident"

CND welcomes the 'Better off without Trident' campaign launched by an alliance of Churches today, urging the government to scrap Britain's nuclear weapons system. The Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church have produced a briefing on the economic costs of Trident which slams the projected £55bn expenditure on running and replacing Trident over the next 15 years. The briefing can be viewed here: Better Off Without Trident.

CND website
15 February 2012

Cottingham Methodist Church Music Festival 'huge success'

Judges have called the Cottingham Methodist Church Music Festival a huge success. The event saw hundreds of people of all ages competing in classes ranging from string and harp performances to solo choral singing.

ThisIsHullandEastRiding.co.uk
15 February 2012

Museum's a slice of English history

Recently my husband and I visited England on a trip of 33 pilgrims from our Methodist Church to visit John and Charles Wesley sites.

ThisIsStaffordshire
13 February 2012


Stitchers sew up first anniversary 

A group founded to knit and stitch hats, scarves and quilts for good causes has celebrated its first birthday. The Lutterworth Knit and Stitch group meets on every first Thursday of the month between 2 and 4pm at Lutterworth Methodist Church.

Harborough Mail
13 February 2012

Demolition for Goole church

Trinity Methodist Church is set to be bulldozed and rebuilt after leaders decided it's just too costly to run. The church, at the junction of Boothferry Road and Clifton Gardens, has been without heating for the past two years, and last year a depserate plea was issued for help with fund-raising.

Goowle - Howden Courier
13 February 2012

Who's Maud May, and who planted her tree?

Methodists are mystified by the appearance of a memorial tree that has been planted in their chapel grounds. The tree is accompanied by a plaque bearing the name of Maud May - but no one in the congregation at Carnon Downs Methodist Church knows her.

ThisIsCornwall
09 February 2012

Alcoholic drinks to get weaker, says minister

A coalition of churches is now adding to these calls, after a study showing six in ten people feel excessive drinking is blighting their communities.
The Church of England, the Methodist Church and the Baptist Union of Great Britain, have all written to the Prime Minister urging him to consider strong measures to tackle "current levels of ill health and public disorder".

Daily Telegraph
07 February 2012

Get Messy with Sprowston Methodist Church

On Saturday 11 February, Sprowston Methodist Church invites families to join them for a completely different kind of Saturday teatime as they launch 'Messy Church'.

Network Norwich
09 February 2012

Guide dogs volunteer appeal

The Scarborough branch of Guide Dogs are holding an information morning at Westborough Methodist Church, Westborough, on Friday February 24 at 9.30am.

The Scarborough Evening News
09 February 2012

Push for weaker alcoholic drinks as UK tackles binge drinking

Doctors' groups, including the Royal College of Physicians and the British Medical Association, support the toughest option of minimum pricing per unit, as do a coalition of churches. The Church of England, the Methodist Church and the Baptist Union of Great Britain have all written to Mr Cameron urging him to consider strong measures to tackle "current levels of ill-health and public disorder".

Irish IE.
08 February 2012

Alcoholic drinks to get weaker, says minister

A coalition of churches is now adding to these calls, after a study showing six in ten people feel excessive drinking is blighting their communities.
The Church of England, the Methodist Church and the Baptist Union of Great Britain, have all written to the Prime Minister urging him to consider strong measures to tackle "current levels of ill health and public disorder".

Daily Telegraph
07 February 2012

Arrows will swoop along for supper

Open for Coffee - The Methodist Church is open to welcome visitors and serve cups of tea and coffee to guests on Friday, February 10, and all are welcome to call in between 10am and 11.30am to have a chat with friends and neighbours while enjoying a cuppa.

Market Rasen Mail
06 February 2012

Gomersal Methodist Church marks its reopening

Members of Gomersal Methodist Church, known as 'Pork Pie chapel' due to its circular shape, will hold their first service tomorrow following the completion of the 14 month-long project.

Telegraph and Argus
04 February 2012

Share memories of Crabbs Cross Methodist Church

Crabbs Cross Methodist Church will mark its 200 year anniversary on May 20. Beginning in April, church organisers have planned a series of services and events including concerts by local choirs, a flower festival, barbeque, barn dance and exhibition of memorabilia.

Redditch Advertiser
03 February 2012

Name and shame church vandals
 
Wimblington residents are being asked to name and shame vandals who have caused damage in a church memorial garden. Users of the community-created garden behind the Methodist Church on Norfolk Street were distressed to see that someone had broken a stone seat and bent a metal archway out of shape.

Fenland Citizen
03 February 2012


Church investors join fight over excessive bonuses

Stephen Beer, senior fund manager and UK strategist for the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church, said: "We want pay to be linked to performance, and we don't want it to be excessive. As Christian investors, we also focus on the low-paid, which is why we encourage UK companies to pay the Living Wage."

Church Times
03 February 2012

Burscough Methodist Church hosts pantomime Sinbad 

Worshippers at the Methodist Church in Burscough were given a magic carpet when they arrived last Sunday - which was all part of the annual Pantomime Service.

Ormskirk and Skelmersdale
02 February 2012

Children invited to have fun getting messy at church event

Children across Abbots Langley are invited to try a new form of worship - Messy Church. Organised by volunteers from St Lawrence parish church and Abbots Langley Methodist church, the aim of the event is to entice children, parents and carers to have fun, be creative and enjoy a meal together.

Watford Obersver
1 February 2012

Serving up dinner for heart appeal

Heart patient Amelia Scholey, right , who is organising 'The Big Roast' lunch at Westborough Methodist Church on Sunday Febuary 6th, as part of the British Heart Foundation's annual Red for Heart campaign. Pictured with Amelia is Anne Dargue, left, from the coffee lounge at the church, and Sharon Oakley, from the British Heart Foundation. 120313 Picture by Andrew Higgins 17/01/12

Scarborough Evening News
31 January 2012

Art festival in Brighouse will mark the Jubilee

It will take place at a number of venues across Brighouse including The Central Methodist Church, The Smith Art Gallery and Library, The Salvation Army Citadel, St Martin's Church and the Civic Hall.

Halifax Courier
31 January 2012

Historic organ sounds last note

An historic organ has sounded its last notes in a church which has been its home for more than a century. Hurworth Methodist Chapel is selling its chamber organ to make way for an electronic keyboard because the church rarely uses it.

Darlington and Stockton Times
30 January 2012

Acle churches model Christian unity

The walk was led by Church of England Rector Rev Martin Greenland, Methodist Minister Rev Steve Cullis and Roman Catholic Deacon Rev Peter Glanville. Members of the local churches joined together to recite prayers outside the village branch of Barclays bank, the fire station, primary school, recreation centre, health centre and Herondale Care Home.

The Norwich and Norfolk Christian Community Website
25 January 2012

Wise Albert condenses life into a pocket guide

This one time newspaper short-story writer has also just had published a delightful compendium of thoughts, musings and advice picked up during ten decades on planet Earth. "Why have I done it?" ponders the great grandfather, of Endcliffe. "That's a good question."I feel I have a lot to share with people. I was a Methodist minister for 37 years, and that meant writing a sermon once a week. I learned a lot doing that which I want to pass on."

The Star
24 January 2012


Just imagine if the Iron Lady had got the big call wrong

I sense that the share price of Margaret Thatcher anecdotes is peaking, so I'm offloading some stock. Ten years ago, the great woman came to lunch with a group of Telegraph writers. Determined not to ask a sententious question about public policy, I instead blurted out: 'Is there anything worth watching on television at the moment, Lady Thatcher?' She fixed her fierce blue eyes on me, trying to remember who I was. (On a previous occasion, I had managed to thump her on the elbow while making an expansive point, and she has been wary in my presence ever since.) Then she softened. 'We enjoy the Sunday evening programmes, dear, especially those stirring Methodist hymns. But we find that even they are becoming a little wishy-washy these days'.

The Telegraph
24 January 2012

Religious leaders ask government not to penalise children

Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders have issued a joint call for the government's household welfare benefit cap to exclude child benefit. Many will also be joining the wider rebellion against the cap wholesale, and the major Free Churches (Methodists, United Reformed and Baptists) are among those who have focused on the cuts aimed at disabled and sick people in the coalition's Welfare Reform Bill (WRB), which concludes its Report Stage in the House of Lords this week.

Ekklesia
23 January 2012

Influential religious leaders praise churches and their congregations in Chester and Cheshire

Leaders of denominations, including the Roman Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury, the Rt Rev Mark Davies and the congregation were greeted by United Reformed Church Moderator, the Rev Howard Sharp. Others taking part in the service included Dr Forster, readers from the Roman Catholic, Baptist and Methodist churches and the Rev Peter Barber, chairman of the Chester and Stoke Methodist District.

Chester Chronicle
23 january 2012

Councillor's budget makes for happy Christmas for some 

About 80 people who might otherwise have spent Christmas day alone were able to have a joint feast, thanks in part to a financial contribution from South Holland District councillor Gary Taylor. The ward member for Spalding Castle gave £400 from his designated budget available to hand out to worthwhile community projects to Broad Street Methodist Church's Christmas Day meal.

Spalding Guardian
23 January 2012

New nominees for our Person to be Proud of 

The chairman of Portadown Philatelic Society JOHN PROCTOR has served the community for many years. A stalwart of 1st Portadown (Thomas Street Methodist) Boys' Brigade, he went on to be an officer in the company, and organised many of its activities. He still serves Methodism faithfully, through the church at Mahon.

Portadown Times
23 January

Special service marks Preston Guild 2012

Highlights include a religious drama filmed in the city called Preston Passion, to be broadcast on BBC One on Good Friday, and the Methodist Collection of Modern Art.

BBC News
22 January 2012
 

Demand for handouts doubles in Bicester

Record numbers of families are seeking help from the Bicester Foodbank. In the past three years the number of people visiting the organisation, based at the Sheep Street Methodist Church, has almost doubled.

The Oxford Times
20 January 2012
 

Homeless given a bed for the night in church

Homeless people will be able to escape the cold by sleeping in churches from tomorrow. A four-week-trial is starting, providing shelter in three Halifax churches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Dave Fawcett, chairman of the food drop-in run at Ebenezer Methodist Church in Halifax and co-ordinator of the Inn Churches scheme, said: "It's exciting.

Halifax Courier
20 January 2012
 

Methodist viewpoint on ecumenical dialogue

As Christians around the world mark the annual week of prayer for Christian unity, we shine the spotlight on one of the oldest ecumenical dialogues, that between the Catholic Church and the World Methodist Council which began in 1967. The Rev. Ken Howcroft is the minister at the Ponte Sant'Angelo Methodist Church in Rome and until last year served as the Ecumenical Officer for the British Methodist Church. He spoke to Susy Hodges about the events taking place to mark the week of prayer for Christian unity in Rome.

Vatican Radio
19 January 2012


Reaching your goals

Sheffield Beauchief Kumon centre welcomes new Instructor. Kumon Instructor Alison Morgan has taken over the Sheffield Beauchief maths and English study centre. The centre is held at Woodseats Methodist Church on Holmhirst Road, and is open on Tuesdays from 3.30-5.30pm and on Fridays from 3.30-6.30pm.
 

St Helens The Reporter
20 January 2012


Heritage grant for church hall in Longton

A church hall in Stoke-on-Trent is being refurbished as part of a wider £750,000 investment in one area of the city. Central Hall Methodist Church in Longton, built in the mid-19th Century, will be restored as part of a scheme to renovate the town's architectural gems.

BBC News Stoke and Stafforshire
15 January 2012

Linthwaite Methodist pets service

Cats and dogs were welcomed to Linthwaite Methodist Church, when the Rev Jo Archer-Siddall led the 'all age worship' animal service.

The Huddersfield Examiner
14 January 2012

Looking for something to do? Here's our guide to what's happening around the area

A range of activities including dancing, singing and crafts takes place at the Oak over 50s 'Drop-in Friday' at Central Methodist Church from 10am until 3pm. Refreshments available. Dru Yoga sessions are held at Roomfield House on Tuesdays at 2pm. For more information, call 01706 813969.

Todmorden News
12 January 2012

Honours for our unsung heroes

Those who received a certificate this year were Keith Sheldon for his 65 years dedicated to Darley Dale Brass Band; local character Ken Forbes for his dog-walking work; Doreen Britland's work for the Bank Road Methodist Church.

Matlock Mecury 
12 January 2012

Puppet training offered at N Walsham church

North Walsham Methodist Church will be hosting a Puppet Training Day later this month, and anyone with an interest in puppets is welcome to attend.

North Norfolk Network
12 January 2012


Methodists losing faith in Fiji


Methodist minister Reverend Tevita Nawadra Banivanua had every reason to hope that 2012 was to be the beginning of a new period of rapprochement between his church and Fiji's military regime.

The Sydney Morning Herald
12 January 2012

Methodist Church conference to go ahead during school holidays

The Methodist Church of Fiji is planning on holding their annual church conference during the August school holidays.

FijiVillage.com
12 January 2012

Parishioners' joy at new church

Parishioners celebrated earlier this year when they reached their £330,000 target to revamp the Grove Methodist Church in Main Street for worshippers and community groups.

The Oxford Mail
10 January 2012

New Temporary Venue for Neston Civic Society

Neston Civic Society are holding their first public meeting in 2012 in a new venue - Neston Methodist Church, Park Street, Neston.

AboutMyArea
09 January 2012

Norfolk course shows new ways to do mission

Nearly forty people participated in the course from Church of England, Methodist and URC churches So what sort of people were involved in the course and what did they make of it? 

The Norwich and Norfolk Christian Community Website
09 January 2012

Methodist Church allowed to conduct meetings

The Methodist Church has been informed that they are allowed to conduct their meetings but with a permit.

FBC
09 January 2012
 
Methodist Church meetings still restricted

Speaking to FijiLive Rev Nawadra said police have told the Methodist Church that they are still restricted from having any meetings after the lift of the Public Emergency Regulations (PER).

Fiji Live
08 January 2012
 

Christmas Eve Christingle service at Linthwaite Methodist Church


Linthwaite Methodist Church celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Eve with a special Christingle Service.

The Huddesfield Examiner
07 Janurary 2012
 

Haddenham Methodist Church helps the homeless

Haddenham Methodist Church donated Christmas goodie bags to Aylesbury Homeless Action Group last week.

Thame Gazette
05 January 2012


Longton's Central Hall Methodist Church gets heritage grant

The historic Central Hall Methodist Church, in The Strand, Longton is to be refurbished in as part of a project to improve the town's heritage appeal.

Pits n Pots
05 January 2012


Methodist churches in Coventry and north Warwickshire saved in reorganisation

Methodists in Coventry and north Warwickshire have decided not to close any churches as part of plans to reorganise the way they worship.

Coventry Telegraph
05 January 2012

Methodist Church now able to hold AGM with lifting of PER

The Methodist Church will now be able to hold their annual general meeting with the lifting of the Public Emergency Regulation.

FijiVillage.com
04 January 2012

Memorial service held for 57 miners killed in Sneyd Colliery disaster

The memorial service had previously been held at Hot Lane Methodist Chapel and then at Hamil Road Methodist Church in Burslem, but both have now closed.

ThisIsStaffordshire
02 January 2012

Live nativity returns to goring on Christmas Eve

 

Wesley Methodist Church community facility is complete

Theresa May under pressure from Christians to crack down on betting terminals

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Theresa May is under pressure to surge ahead with a crackdown on highly addictive betting machines - dubbed the 'crack cocaine' of gambling - despite reports of a row with chancellor Philip Hammond.

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Andy Burnham pledges to help 'abandoned and left behind' at Bolton Methodist Mission

ANDY Burnham addressed hundreds of people at the Bolton Methodist Mission at Victoria Hall.

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