Chorley and Leyland Methodist Circuit

Conference 2018

Conference 2018






The Methodist Conference of 2018 will be held on the campus of Nottingham University from June 28th to July 5th.

You can  watch and listen to its sessions via the internet. This live stream can be accessed at 
www.methodist.org.uk/conferencelive for the following sessions:

 

Friday, 29th June: Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance of  Ministers Who Have Died  (2.15pm – 2.45pm)

 

Saturday, 30th June: Opening of the Conference (from 2.15pm)

 

Sunday, 1st July:  Reception into Full Connexion of Ordinands and Conference Worship

 

Monday, 2nd July to Thursday, 4th July: Conference Sessions




News release

4 July 2018

The Revd Dr Barbara Glasson and Professor Clive Marsh elected as President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference for 2019/20

The Methodist Conference has elected the Revd Dr Barbara Glasson to serve as President and Professor Clive Marsh to serve as Vice-President, starting their year of office when the Representative Session of the Methodist Conference meets in Birmingham next year.

 

Barbara’s ministry with the Bread Church working with diverse people in Liverpool, Touchstone, a Methodist interfaith project in Bradford, and with people who have experienced abuse following the Past Cases Review, shows her work with 'prophetic communities for transformation'.

 

The Revd Glasson said: "It is a privilege to be elected to serve as President. My interest is in enabling and honouring Connexional communities that are courageous and rooted in prayer. God is transforming the old and calling us into new things that are a joyful outcome of our Methodist inheritance. I believe that if the Church is authentic and inclusive it will also grow numerically and spiritually.”

 

Professor Clive Marsh’s 35 years as a Methodist has shaped his work profoundly. He has sought to help people think creatively about how faith, life and popular culture interweave, and what happens to theology as a result.

 

Clive has taught in theological colleges and universities and is currently Head of the University of Leicester’s Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning and an International Research Consultant at the Queen’s Foundation. He is a church member, local preacher and tutor in the Leicester Trinity Circuit. Clive was also Faith and Order Committee Secretary from 2000-2007.

 

On hearing of his election, he said: "It is an honour to be elected Vice-President. I have a deep commitment to encouraging others in learning, no matter what their stage of life or what previous experience they have. My calling as a Methodist leads me to prompt people to think creatively about their life experience and the world around them, in developing a practical, theologically-informed faith.”

 

The role of President of the Methodist Conference is reserved for presbyters and that of Vice-President for lay people or Deacons.

 

Images of Barbara and Clive can be found on the Methodist Flickr page.

Notes: 

  1. The Conference is the body that agrees policy for the Methodist Church. It meets annually as a group of 306 representatives, along with a number of ecumenical and World Church associate members. This year's Conference is being held at the University of Nottingham from 28 June to 5 July. For more information, visit theMethodist website.
  2. You can watch the Conference live here.
  3. Follow the Conference conversation on Twitter via the #methodistconf hastag. Please note that comments and opinions on Twitter and the blog do not necessarily represent the Methodist Church's position.

About the Methodist Church

The Methodist Church is one of the largest Christian churches serving Great Britain, with around 188,000 members and regular contact with nearly 500,000 people. It has 4,650 churches in Great Britain, and also maintains links with other Methodist churches with a worldwide total membership of over 80 million. Its activities, both alone and with ecumenical and secular partners, are based on four aims known as Our Calling: 
•   To increase awareness of God's presence and to celebrate God's love 
   To help people to grow and learn as Christians through mutual support and care 
   To be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice 
   To make more followers of Jesus Christ.

Registered charity no. 1132208

For more information contact:

Michael Ivatt
Lead Media Officer
Methodist Church House
25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR
T 0207 467 5208
M 07881 783812
ivattm@methodistchurch.org.uk

  

Rosie Winn
Media Officer
Methodist Church House
25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR
T 0207 467 5277
M 07969 985376
winnr@methodistchurch.org.uk


New President of the Methodist Conference promises a year of radical grace

The Revd Michaela A Youngson has been elected and inducted as the new President of the Methodist Conference, taking over from the Revd Loraine N Mellor. The induction took place on Saturday 30 June. 

It is the first time in the history of the Methodist Church that a woman has been elected to succeed a woman President. During the ceremony, the new President receives a Bible that was used by John Wesley.


During his lifetime John Wesley chaired the Methodist Conference but after his death the Conference determined to elect a President annually.



New Vice-President reflects on Transforming Hope

In his address made earlier todayBala Gnanapragasam, the newly elected and inducted Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, reflected on ‘Transforming Hope’.

 

At the Methodist Conference, taking place at the University of Nottingham until 5 July, Bala Gnanapragasam, a Trustee at Christian Aid and former Labour Councillor, shared emotive stories that looked at the importance of inspiring hope and challenging injustice.

Reflecting on hope, Bala said: “Hope is vital, and it is right at the heart of our faith. I want to engage in the sort of listening and conversation that makes friendships, builds communities, and encourages hope.”


Click Here to read more about the President and Vice President



News release

2 July 2018

Methodists to continue exploring a relationship of communion with Anglicans

The Methodist Conference, meeting in Nottingham until July 5, has welcomed the Mission and Ministry in Covenant joint report by the Methodist Church and the Church of England. The report outlines proposals for bringing the Methodist Church and the Church of England into communion with each other.  


If accepted the proposals would enable interchangeability between presbyteral ministries and see increased missional opportunities as the two churches work closer together to support the communities they serve.


The report was positively received by representatives at the annual Methodist Conference, the governing body of the Methodist Church which is currently meeting in Nottingham. The Church’s Faith and Order Committee, with the Church of England’s Faith and Order Commission, will now undertake further work on the issues detailed in the report and bring its response back to the Conference in 2019 for consideration.


The joint report has already been welcomed by the Church of England at its General Synod in February 2018 and the Bishop of Carlisle and the Bishop of Aston were invited to address the Methodist Conference before it received an update on the work, which included responses from the Church’s ecumenical partners.  

The discussion gave members of the Conference an opportunity to consider the Mission and Ministry in Covenant report and the impact of its proposals, including what difference the proposals could make and whether they are consistent with Methodist theology. The Conference asked for further work to be done and for a further report to be brought to the 2019 Conference.


The Revd Canon Gareth J Powell, Secretary of the Conference, commented: “These proposals seek to articulate common ground and to honour the differences between our Churches. This is not about each partner becoming more like the other but about discovering ways of being in a closer relationship with integrity, grace and generosity.


“The path towards reconciliation is of great significance to all within our Churches and there are many steps that will be required to be undertaken by both Churches as we continue on this process of discernment.”


The full Faith and Order Committee Report can be found here.

Notes: 

  1. The Conference is the body that agrees policy for the Methodist Church. It meets annually as a group of 306 representatives, along with a number of ecumenical and World Church associate members. This year's Conference is being held at the University of Nottingham from 28 June to 5 July. For more information, visit theMethodist website.
  2. You can watch the Conference live here.
  3. Follow the Conference conversation on Twitter via the #methodistconf hastag. Please note that comments and opinions on Twitter and the blog do not necessarily represent the Methodist Church's position.

About the Methodist Church

The Methodist Church is one of the largest Christian churches serving Great Britain, with around 188,000 members and regular contact with nearly 500,000 people. It has 4,650 churches in Great Britain, and also maintains links with other Methodist churches with a worldwide total membership of over 80 million. Its activities, both alone and with ecumenical and secular partners, are based on four aims known as Our Calling: 
•   To increase awareness of God's presence and to celebrate God's love 
   To help people to grow and learn as Christians through mutual support and care 
   To be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice 
   To make more followers of Jesus Christ.

Registered charity no. 1132208

For more information contact:

Michael Ivatt
Lead Media Officer
Methodist Church House
25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR
T 0207 467 5208
M 07881 783812
ivattm@methodistchurch.org.uk

  

Rosie Winn
Media Officer
Methodist Church House
25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR
T 0207 467 5277
M 07969 985376
winnr@methodistchurch.org.uk



News release

2 July 2018

3Generate event for young Methodists continues to grow in strength and confidence

3Generate, the Methodist Children and Youth Assembly, continues to grow in strength and confidence.

 

At the 2018 Methodist Conference, meeting in Nottingham until July 5, Youth President Michael Pryke shared the news that in November, the event for young people in Southport is expected to attract more than 1,200 participants.


The event has had six years of sustained growth since the first 3Generate event took place in 2012 when 220 young people attended.

This year, 3Generate is encouraging the Church to work inter-generationally to tackle issues of faith and justice and for local churches to get to know their local MP.


Michael Pryke, the 2017-2018 Youth President, said: “Children and young people of the Methodist Church feel strongly about the issues of justice and social action, therefore support from the Church in resourcing, thinking and acting for justice is an essential part of our faith, our heritage and Our Calling.


“To tackle this, 3Generate has challenged the Methodist Church to work for justice inter-generationally. We also encourage every church to get to know their MP so that they can raise issues of justice with them. 3Generate challenges each Methodist District to show their passion for justice through committing to take a single action to challenge injustice.”


Jill Baker, Ex Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, said: “3Generate is more than an event. It is, at every stage, a participative process enabling children and young people to respond to the gospel of God’s love and to live out their discipleship in worship and mission.


“The growth in our children, youth and family ministry, and the enthusiasm of all involved with 3Generate, is a cause for real rejoicing in the Methodist Church.”

The full 3Generate report to the Methodist Conference is available here.

Notes: 

  1. The Conference is the body that agrees policy for the Methodist Church. It meets annually as a group of 306 representatives, along with a number of ecumenical and World Church associate members. This year's Conference is being held at the University of Nottingham from 28 June to 5 July. For more information, visit theMethodist website.
  2. You can watch the Conference live here.
  3. Follow the Conference conversation on Twitter via the #methodistconf hastag. Please note that comments and opinions on Twitter and the blog do not necessarily represent the Methodist Church's position.

About the Methodist Church

The Methodist Church is one of the largest Christian churches serving Great Britain, with around 188,000 members and regular contact with nearly 500,000 people. It has 4,650 churches in Great Britain, and also maintains links with other Methodist churches with a worldwide total membership of over 80 million. Its activities, both alone and with ecumenical and secular partners, are based on four aims known as Our Calling: 
•   To increase awareness of God's presence and to celebrate God's love 
   To help people to grow and learn as Christians through mutual support and care 
   To be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice 
   To make more followers of Jesus Christ.

Registered charity no. 1132208

For more information contact:

Michael Ivatt
Lead Media Officer
Methodist Church House
25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR
T 0207 467 5208
M 07881 783812
ivattm@methodistchurch.org.uk

  

Rosie Winn
Media Officer
Methodist Church House
25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR
T 0207 467 5277
M 07969 985376
winnr@methodistchurch.org.uk



News release
4 July 2018 

Report on Marriage and Relationships

The Marriage and Relationships Task Group has delivered an interim report to the Methodist Conference, the governing body of the Methodist Church, which is meeting in Nottingham. The Conference agreed a change to the way in which the Task Group will complete its work.
    

After discussion of issues raised by the draft report in workshops and long and respectful debate on the floor of the Conference, the Task Group will now produce a further report containing a number of key theological arguments and recommendations. 
   

This report will be delivered at the 2019 Conference and, subject to acceptance, will be referred to the District Synods of the Church for a year-long process of consideration and approval. 
    

The 2020 Conference will then make a final decision, with any provision implemented with immediate effect. None of this prevents a longer and more detailed Conference Statement being presented at a later stage.
   

Local churches, circuits and individual members are being encouraged to feed in their opinions about this work through their Synods.
  

A video from the Methodist Conference featuring members of the Task Group with different perspectives will shortly be available to help these discussions.
  

The Conference was also reminded about the Model Statement for Living with Contrary Convictions from the 2016 Conference. 
  

Chair of the Marriage and Relationships Task Group, and former President of the Conference, the Revd Kenneth G Howcroft, said: “The group’s task is great while its timetable is short. The group has worked with commitment since the 2016 Conference and has engaged in a lot of thinking, praying, research and writing.”
  

The report observes that: “As with all matters of policy, any recommendations should be based on prayerful discernment; careful reading, interpretation and application of the Scriptures; and rigorous thinking. We have come to see that the key aspect in all relationships is the Christ-like quality of the way in which people relate.”

Living with Contradictory Convictions


Included in the report to the 2016 Conference by the previous Marriage and Relationships Task Group.


We continue to believe that God has been revealed in Jesus Christ, accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, and live in communion with God and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

We cherish our place within Christ's Church recognising that it is Christ alone who chooses, calls and confirms us as members of His church, the body of Christ. 

Whilst we may not all agree about everything, we recognise the importance of the truths which bind us together as well as the issues which currently divide us.


Therefore, we resolve:

  • To engage with each other openly, honestly, prayerfully and graciously
  • To treat each other with respect and dignity, recognising the sincerity of the faith of those who may see things differently
  • To seek to learn from one another as we travel together as fellow pilgrims
  • To renounce all language and behaviours that attempt to coerce others to change their views or beliefs
  • To seek, as far as conscience allows, to preserve the fellowship of Christ's Church
  • To unite under the authority

Notes:

  1. The Conference is the body that agrees policy for the Methodist Church. It meets annually as a group of 306 representatives, along with a number of ecumenical and World Church associate members. This year's Conference is being held at Central Hall Westminster from 30 June 7 July. For more information, visit the Methodist website.
  2. You can watch the Conference live here.
  3. Follow the Conference conversation on Twitter via the #methodistconf hastag. Please note that comments and opinions on Twitter and the blog do not necessarily represent the Methodist Church's position.

About the Methodist Church

The Methodist Church is one of the largest Christian churches serving Great Britain, with around 188,000 members and regular contact with nearly 500,000 people. It has 4,650 churches in Great Britain, and also maintains links with other Methodist churches with a worldwide total membership of over 80 million. Its activities, both alone and with ecumenical and secular partners, are based on four aims known as Our Calling: 
•  To increase awareness of God's presence and to celebrate God's love 
  To help people to grow and learn as Christians through mutual support and care 
  To be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice 
  To make more followers of Jesus Christ.

Registered charity no. 1132208

For more information contact:

Michael Ivatt
Lead Media Officer
Methodist Church House
25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR
T 0207 467 5208
M 07881 783 812
ivattm@methodistchurch.org.uk

  

Rosie Winn
Media Officer
Methodist Church House
25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR
T 0207 467 5277
M 0796 985 376
winnr@methodistchurch.org.uk