News archive 2009

 
  • The President of the Methodist Conference has challenged people to look beyond the romanticism of the Christmas story in search of the reality. Revd David Gamble Christmas said Christmas was actually much more about the real world than it wa...

     
  • The Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Churches have condemned the world's richest countries for failing to reach a binding agreement at the Copenhagen climate change summit. The Free Churches have been arguing that, as the world's bigges...

     
  • Ben Bradley has cycled 140 miles to the United Nations climate change summit at Copenhagen, with a group organised by Christian Aid. Ben, Events Coordinator for the Methodist Church, has spent the last three days travelling with a team of 28...

     
  • Methodist, Baptist and United Reformed Church leaders are reminding people to send Christmas greetings to Immigration Minister Phil Woolas MP, asking him to end the detention of children in the asylum system. Last month, the Churches launche...

     
  • Three UK Churches are calling for protection for the poor and job security in a response to think tank Reform's call today to cut public sector jobs. Ahead of the Government's Pre-Budget Report, the Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Gr...

     
  • Over half of people in Britain have taken steps to reduce the amount of energy they use at home in the last year. As governments prepare to meet in Copenhagen to discuss climate change, a new YouGov survey, on behalf of the Methodist Church, ...

     
  • The Methodist Church's investment arm has outlined how its investments reflect Methodist teaching on the environment and take forward the fight against climate change. It aims to 'create and manage portfolios with a carbon footprint that is rel...

     
  • Broadcaster Debbie Thrower has been appointed by Churches in Alton as the new "chaplain to older people". The appointment has been funded by The Simeon Trust through The Greater Alton Project or GAP, a partnership of Anglican and Methodist Chur...

     
  • Ben Bradley will be cycling 140 miles to the United Nations climate change conference at Copenhagen, with a clear message for world leaders: It's not raining, it's pouring - time to act on climate change. Ben, Events Coordinator for the Meth...

     
  • Methodist, Baptist and United Reformed Church leaders have called on people to send an extra card this Christmas, to Immigration Minister Phil Woolas MP, asking him to end the detention of children in the asylum system. Revd David Gamble, Pr...

     
  • The President of the Methodist Conference has called for people to pray for all those affected by last night's severe flooding. Revd David Gamble is asking churches to pray in their services this Sunday for people affected by the flooding an...

     
  • Last weekend, the Methodist Youth Assembly appointed Pete Brady from Bradford, aged 23, as its President. Pete will be the Methodist Youth President, working full-time for one year to serve the young people of the Methodist Church in Britain...

     
  • On the occasion of the State Opening of Parliament, three British Churches are reminding politicians that they still have a duty to work for the benefit of all people. With a general election looming, political parties are already focusing o...

     
  • At a court hearing today, a lawyer representing nine Fijian Church leaders appealed for the case against them to be dropped. The leaders of the Fijian Methodist Church, including the Church's President, General Secretary, Accountant and Trus...

     
  • Churches across Great Britain are being encouraged to hold special services and events to mark Prisons Week from 15-21 November. The theme for Prisons Week this year is Hold Fast to Hope, encouraging Christians to focus on real stories of ho...

     
  • The Methodist Church is hoping to spread a little festive cheer with the latest edition to their hugely popular In Your Pocket booklet series. Christmas in Your Pocket offers readers an inspiring collection of images, Bible verses, prayers a...

     
  • In 2011, the Methodist Conference will be heading northwest to Southport, from 30 June to 7 July. The Methodist Conference is the governing body of the Methodist Church and meets annually in June or July. Next year's Conference will be held ...

     
  • This year more young Methodists than ever will be making their voices heard through an interactive-styled assembly that replaces Youth Conference. The new process has been designed to maximise the impact of young people's influence on the Me...

     
  • The Methodist Church is carrying out a major review of training and support for local preachers throughout Great Britain. This week, questionnaires and discussion documents have been sent to all circuit local preachers' secretaries and circui...

     
  • Church leaders have called on European politicians to make firm commitments on climate change policy at the EU summit meeting in Strasbourg, which starts today (October 29). The Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the Un...

     
  • The leader of the Methodist Church in Britain has welcomed moves by Church leaders in Pakistan which call on the Pakistani government to end religious violence in the country. This year, violent attacks against Christians have left many dead ...

     
  • This week, the Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church have called for transparency in money-lending and greater protection for borrowers. In a submission to the Office of Fair Trading, the Churches...

     
  • Copies of Hope in God's Future - a report and study guide addressing climate change - are flying off the shelves just days after the first printed editions became available. The first print run of the booklet has sold out and Methodist Publi...

     
  • An appeal for prayer and funds for victims of the tsunami and earthquake tragedies in Samoa, Tonga and Indonesia has been launched by the Methodist Church in Britain. The Church's World Mission Fund granted £10,000 to aid the relief work of ...

     
  • Three national Church leaders have criticised Gordon Brown over his 'feeble and ineffective' pledge to reduce the UK's nuclear submarine fleet from four to three. The leaders have made their statement following reports that Gordon Brown will...

     
  • Today, nine Methodist Church leaders have returned to court in order to negotiate their bail conditions and seek greater religious freedom for their Church. The leaders, including the Church's President, Revd Ame Tugaue and General Secretary...

     
  • The Methodist Council met on 21-22 September at Methodist Church House in London. This is the first Council meeting of the new Church year. Discipleship was high on the agenda for this Council meeting. General Secretary the Revd Dr Martyn At...

     
  • Two Methodist weblogs received awards at this year's Christian Web and New Media Awards. The Revd David Perry won the award for Best Christian Blog and The President and Vice President's blog came runner up in the Most Inspiring Leadership B...

     
  • This Sunday, half a million Christians will be inviting someone special to come back to church in one of the largest co-ordinated ecumenical evangelism events staged across Britain. Churches across the UK and further afield will be offering a...

     
  • Christian leaders will engage with politicians at the three main party political conferences over the next few weeks. Senior representatives from the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and The Sal...

     
  • Church leaders are being encouraged to mark The International Day of Peace on Peacemaking Sunday using worship resources provided by The Baptist Union of Great Britain, The Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church. The three Churches ...

     
  • Methodists will attend the Trade Union Congress in Liverpool on Tuesday (September 15) to build further relationships with Trade Unionists. David Gamble, President of the Methodist Conference, and Dr Richard Vautrey, Vice-President of the Me...

     
  • Church leaders from all over Europe will meet in Manchester this weekend to discuss mass unemployment, migration, Christian and Muslim dialogue and ecumenical relationships. Methodists from Ireland in the West across to Russia in the East an...

     
  • This Sunday a church organist will be taking to Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth with the simple aim of making London happy with music. For one hour only, from 6pm on Sunday 13 September, Peter Harding, from Solihull will play the accordion ...

     
  •  'Outdated' law is fuelling interreligious violence The Methodist Church in Britain is calling on the Pakistani government to repeal its controversial blasphemy law, and is encouraging Christians to sign an online petition. The blasph...

     
  • British Methodists have expressed solidarity with Methodists in Fiji following the country's expulsion from the Commonwealth yesterday. The Methodist Church in Britain called on the Government of Fiji to allow the Methodist Church to exercis...

     
  • The Methodist Church will take a snapshot of its richness and diversity through the launch of a web-based survey next month. From September 1 Methodists across the country will be given the chance to feed back on equality and diversity in th...

     
  • New swine flu guidance from the Methodist Church encourages those who are housebound with the virus to worship online or share in a service broadcast on the radio. The online guidance (www.methodist.org.uk/swineflu), also offers practical ad...

     
  • Nine Methodist Church leaders in Fiji have appeared in court, pleading not guilty to charges of breaching Public Emergency Regulations. The nine leaders, including the Church's President, Revd Ame Tugaue and General Secretary Revd Tuikilakil...

     
  • Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Church in Britain, has expressed deep concern over violence against Christians in Pakistan. Over the last week in Pakistan many acts of violence have been committed against Christians...

     
  • A Methodist minister will be offering visitors to Trafalgar Square a touch of midweek spirituality as he leads a worship service from the fourth plinth, alongside Nelson's Column and the imposing facade of the National Gallery. From 9-10am o...

     
  • The British Methodist Church is calling on Christians to pray for the Methodist Church in Fiji following the arrests of seven Church leaders by Fiji's military government. Earlier this week the church leaders, including the general secretary...

     
  • A Methodist supported biblical literacy study has made headlines around the world. The National Biblical Literacy Study 2009, which found that knowledge of the Bible is declining with fewer than one in 20 people able to name all the 10 comma...

     
  • The General Secretary of the Methodist Church has responded to the BBC Trust consideration of non-religious voices to be included on Radio 4's Thought For The Day. Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Church, said: "Faith-based ...

     
  • The annual Conference of the Methodist Church, meeting in Wolverhampton, has agreed that no member of the Church can also be a member of a political party whose constitution, aims or objectives promote racism. This specifically includes, but...

     
  • The Revd Alison Tomlin has been elected President Designate of the Methodist Conference for 2010-2011, and Deacon Eunice Attwood has been elected Vice President Designate. The elections were announced at the annual Methodist Conference in Wolv...

     
  • The Methodist Church has reiterated its commitment to ecumenical relationships at its annual Conference in Wolverhampton. A vision statement received by the Conference stated that the Methodist Church would commit itself to worshiping, learni...

     
  • Young people have highlighted ways in which churches can be more open and accessible to all, regardless of age or sexuality. Young Methodists have asked the 2009 Methodist Conference in Wolverhampton to train preachers in leading services whi...

     
  • The Methodist Church is urging Christians to repent of the sins that contribute to climate change. A report received by the annual Methodist Conference in Wolverhampton today encourages people to acknowledge their complicity in systems that exp...

     
  • In his inaugural presidential address to the annual Methodist Conference, Revd David Gamble spoke of the need for the Church to be a 'safer space' for people from every walk of life. David spoke particularly of the importance of supporting th...

     
  • The new Vice-President of the Conference, Dr Richard Vautrey, called on Methodists to push boundaries, test new ideas and embrace new technology in order to reach out beyond the walls of churches and chapels. In his inaugural speech to the C...

     
  • Revd Stephen Poxon, President of the Methodist Conference, has joined public figures from around the world in lighting a candle for Rwanda on camera (www.candlesforrwanda.org/view/52/stephen-poxon). 'Candles for Rwanda' is global initiative m...

     
  • It is with great regret that we have heard of the fake British Citizenship ceremony held at the Methodist Central Hall Westminster in December 2007. Many people were deceived by these fraudsters, including us. We were informed that the event wa...

     
  • A masculine Christ, a radiating Abel eyed by a simmering Cain and a floating vision of a dove are just a few of the works of art now online in the Methodist Art Collection: http://www.methodist.org.uk/artcollection. Art lovers have already be...

     
  • The Methodist Conference will meet in Wolverhampton this July. The Conference is the governing body of the Methodist Church and is also a festival of celebration, worship and friendship. More than 300 representatives from across British Metho...

     
  • Disappointment and concern have been expressed by Christians following gains made by the British National Party (BNP) in last week's European Parliament Elections. In elections held last Thursday, the BNP won two seats in the European Parlia...

     
  • "We call on UK Christians to give voice to their values by voting at next week's European Parliamentary Elections on June 4. "In a world grappling with global financial meltdown, climate change and poverty it is more important than ever tha...

     
  • The Methodist Church has continued its commitment to empowering young people with the appointment of a Youth Participation Development Officer. Jude Levermore will dedicate her time in the newly-created post to enabling young people engage i...

     
  • The Methodist Church's Fund for World Mission is working with local churches in Sri Lanka to deliver immediate aid and relief. The Church is appealing for people to help alleviate the suffering caused by the conflict by donating to the Fund....

     
  • Three British Churches have expressed optimism following the conclusion of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committee meeting in New York. Leaders of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the Unit...

     
  • Churchgoers around world are set personally to invite more than half a million people to services on Back to Church Sunday. The event will be one of the largest co-ordinated ecumenical evangelism events staged across Britain. Christians acro...

     
  • The Methodist Church has circulated guidance among Church leaders in the event of a swine flu pandemic in the UK. Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Church, sent a message to deacons, presbyters, district local preacher...

     
  • As the recession continues to dig in its heels, the Methodist Church is pioneering ways to bridge the gap between work and place of worship. May 3 will see the first Business Sunday, a day when leaders of Methodist services will be encourage...

     
  • Yesterday Parliament agreed to double the amount of money that can be staked and won on the kind of fruit machines found in pubs and amusement arcades. This means that the prize limit on fruit machines will be higher than weekly benefit levels,...

     
  • The Methodist Church has welcomed the Chancellor's commitment to provide work or training for under 25s who have been jobless for more than a year. In previous recessions, youth unemployment has posed a major challenge, as have longer term s...

     
  • • Election pack highlights BNP threat On 4 June 2009 every adult in the UK will have the opportunity to vote in the European Parliament Elections. There will also be some English County Council elections. A briefing from the Baptist Union ...

     
  • In his Easter message the Revd Stephen Poxon, President of the Methodist Conference, speaks of the emotions of Easter and a hope that never dies. The full text follows: "Life is full of thrills…..some come unexpectedly whilst others we go...

     
  • The Methodist Council met on 3-4 April at All Saints Pastoral Centre in London Colney. This is the third and final meeting planned for the current Church year. Climate Change was a key issue for the Council, which approved for presentation t...

     
  • Three British Churches have reminded people of the true Christian message of love for all people following the inclusion of Jesus in a BNP election campaign. The Baptist Union of Great Britain, The Methodist Church and The United Reformed Ch...

     
  • Today the Commons Delegated Legislative Committee will review Government proposals to double the stake and the prize money for pub gambling machines. For the first time ever, this would increase the levels of prize money available to casual gam...

     
  • Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Church leaders have challenged the G20 heads of government, meeting in London next week, to show real leadership and ensure that solutions to the current economic crisis lead to action on global warming. T...

     
  • The Methodist Church has welcomed news that Gordon Brown has pledged to consider cutting Britain's nuclear arsenal. The Prime Minister made the pledge yesterday as he announced that Britain would be at the forefront of the move towards a multil...

     
  • Jo Hibbard has been appointed Methodist Heritage Officer in a brand new initiative designed to enrich the life of the Church through greater engagement with Methodist heritage sites. The Church aims to provide greater financial and organisati...

     
  • Christian groups are accusing the Government of gambling with lives in a response to plans from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). DCMS are planning to increase stakes and prizes for the most widely available slot machines...

     
  • Three church leaders have added their voices to The Church of England and The Church of Scotland's in warning the Prime Minister that not acting urgently at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference would be a "moral failure". The Methodist C...

     
  • The first UK Christian denomination to employ young people in a new youth strategy has pushed the boundaries of youth participation. Eight 17 to 23-year-olds have begun part-time jobs on the Church's Connexional Team in order to lay the foun...

     
  • Six Christian organisations and denominations have produced a joint statement in response to the proposed visit of Westboro Baptist Church to picket in the UK. A joint statement follows. "We are dismayed that members of Westboro Baptist Chur...

     
  • Ever feel that there simply aren't enough hours in the day? If you're a member of the younger generation, chances are you'd like more time to squeeze in your to-do list. In a YouGov survey commissioned by the British Methodist Church, partic...

     
  • As fighting in Sri Lanka reached a climax this month, The Methodist Church in Britain has urged people to pray for hundreds of thousands of displaced civilians. Reports from the President of the Methodist Church in Sri Lanka have revealed th...

     
  • The Methodist Council met on 16-17 February at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hertfordshire. This is the second of three meetings planned for the current Church year. In a ground-breaking new initiative, the Council approved the appointment...

     
  • The Methodist Church has welcomed a day of celebration dedicated to the achievements of scientist Charles Darwin during the year marking his 200th birthday and 150-year-old theory of evolution. Methodists praised Darwin's ground-breaking wor...

     
  • Since our concerns about proposed changes to the BBC's Religion and Ethics department were initially raised on Saturday, we are pleased to have received some clarification from the BBC. The changes principally concern the management structure...

     
  • In a letter to the BBC's Director General, the Methodist Church has expressed 'deep concern' over the announcement of immediate structural changes to the BBC's Religion and Ethics department. The Manchester-based Religion and Ethics team wil...

     
  • With economic recession looming large and severe weather conditions causing chaos, some may feel that 2009 has got off to a rather gloomy start. But the Methodist Church is offering a little bit of hope and grace with their hugely popular 'In Y...

     
  • The Revd Ian Bell has been appointed Pioneering Ministries Coordinator, overseeing a major new initiative designed to reach out to young adults who have no contact with the Church. The church is investing £7million over ten years in the schem...

     
  • In a submission to the Department for Culture Media and Support (DCMS), the British Methodist Church has criticised the Government for 'irresponsible' and 'potentially dangerous' gambling legislation proposals. The DCMS is accused of giving ...

     
  • Christian thinkers came together at Methodist Church House in London yesterday to talk about how the Churches could lead the way through the economic crisis. The speakers at the conference organised by Churches Together in Britain and Irelan...

     
  • The people of Zimbabwe will be held in the thoughts of Methodists and United Reformed Church members on an Africa Day of Prayer. The two denominations have backed the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC's) call for churches around the wo...

     
  • Many people aren't aware that there are Christians in North Korea, let alone that The Methodist Church has been working with them. This month, The Fund for World Mission will grant £5,000 to help the Church in North Korea run a food producti...

     
  • The Atheist Bus Campaign will be hitting London today with ads that read 'There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life'. British comedy writer Ariane Sherine is the brains behind the Campaign, which has been welcomed by the...

     
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