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The Methodist News

2 July 2020

Hello everyone and welcome to the The Methodist News.

Yours, in prayer,

The Communications team


Please note guidance for re-opening churches for worship

Worship during the pandemic

Suggestions for worship opportunities and how to help others in worship can be found here, including service sheets to be printed at home. For those Methodists feeling the loss of communion, there is a short act of spiritual communion.

Streamed services

A selection of streamed Methodist services are taking place online. The list of services, produced with current guidelines in place, can be found here.

Re-opening churches 

Some churches in England are able to re-open, under specific guidance, from 4 July. The Methodist Church’s Property team have been working hard throughout the lockdown to produce relevant guidance for Managing Trustees and Ministers based on the Government’s own guidelines here. Beyond Exile, a service to celebrate a return to public worship, can be found here.

The Methodist Conference

Sessions of the Methodist Conference are available to watch again here.

New President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference inducted

The Revd Richard Teal has been inducted as the new President of the Methodist Conference, taking over from the Revd Dr Barbara Glasson. The Vice-President, Carolyn Lawrence, was also  inducted. Read more here.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The Methodist Conference has voted to bolster and increase work on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion throughout the Connexion. Representatives voted to ensure better scrutiny of the implementation of the Inclusive Methodist Church Strategy, better collection and analysis of appropriate EDI statistics and a transparent system for monitoring and reviewing stationing outcomes with regard to EDI concerns. Read more here.

President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference elected for 2021/22

The Methodist Conference has elected the Revd Sonia Hicks to serve as President and Barbara Easton to serve as Vice-President, starting their year of office when the Representative Session of the Methodist Conference opens in June 2021. Read more here.

Evangelism and Growth 

The Methodist Conference has voted overwhelmingly to implement a new Church-wide strategy for Evangelism and Growth. The God for All strategy commits the Church theologically, culturally, and financially to deepen its mission to be a growing, evangelistic, justice-seeking, and inclusive Church.

Children and Youth  

In her speech to the Methodist Conference the Methodist Youth President, Thelma Commey, has spoken of the decision to change the format of this year’s 3Generate, the Methodist Church’s Children and Youth Assembly, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.

Oversight and trustee structure

The Conference voted through the next steps of work around plans to simplify the oversight and trustee structure of the Methodist Church in Britain with the aim of providing greater support; enabling ministry, mission and broader strategic thinking; and promoting better coordination. Read more here.


All We Can 

Big Church Sing 

This weekend, get ready to enjoy another instalment of the Big Church Sing – the exciting online worship event for all to enjoy. Get your singing voices ready, and join in on the Methodist Church Youtube Channel at 4pm this Sunday. 



Beckly Lecture 

The Beckly Lecture 2020 was given by Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal OBE. Inderjit spoke from his many years’ experience as a public and practical theologian, about how our world and our churches face the challenges ahead. When it feels as if different priorities are competing, how can we respond with integrity to God’s call for justice and peace? The lecture is also transcribed here.


The Methodist Podcast

We talk to the new President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, hear a response to the Methodist Conference debate on race, we discuss churches returning to worship and hear from some of those who have been received into Full Connexion. Listen here.

Online lecture

Theological education past and present

Jonathan Dean and Tim Macquiban will be giving an online lecture, Theological education past and present, via Zoom on Saturday 4 July at 11am, organised by Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum. For a Zoom invitation please email:


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