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Too much at stake


The Methodist Church is among other Churches and faith-based organisations who have responded to the government’s announcement of a consultation on proposals for changes to gaming machines. They say:

"Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) present serious problems in society and for local communities, families and individuals. Evidence links them to patterns of addictive behaviour, large financial losses and anti-social and criminal behaviour. While we welcome the Government's consultation, anything approaching an upper limit of £50 would not go far enough to reduce the negative impact these machines can have on individuals, families and the wider society.

“… We urge the Government to view gambling addiction as a public health issue. The Department of Health must engage with gambling addiction strategically, at the levels of both prevention as well as treatment for individuals.

Read the full response here.

In Brief

Rohingya refugee crisis appeal


All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain are calling for support for an urgent appeal for refugees displaced by the recent violence in Myanmar.

Over half a million people have fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The majority of those are Rohingya women and children. Now in Bangladesh, they are in desperate need of water, food, shelter and access to medical care.

To donate, click here.

You can also read a joint statement from All We Can, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR, USA), UnitingWorld (Australia) and Irish Methodist World Development & Relief giving details of the response to the situation.

The Methodist Church needs your prayers


Do you, or someone you know, love to write prayers? Are you resounding with reflective words to help the Methodist Church in its daily devotions? Then why not submit your prayers for use in the next Methodist Prayer Handbook?


The theme for the 2018/2019 Handbook is “a world transformed by God’s love”, inspired by the Methodist Church’s One Mission Statement. Through Christ, in the power of the Spirit, we share God’s mission, both to renew the created order and to transform lives, communities and nations. Christians and their neighbours are not only subjects of change but agents of change. Individually and collectively we are both challenged and changed by God’s transforming love. The gospel of resurrection celebrates the way all things change shape, bringing to birth a new people and a new society and, on a cosmic scale, all things returning to the perfection of God from whom they took their origins.


Email your prayers by 12 January 2018.


For more information and submission guidelines click here.

ICAN win Nobel Peace Prize


The Revd Loraine N Mellor and Jill Baker, the President and the Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, congratulated the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on being awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

ICAN, a coalition of hundreds of non-governmental organisations and faith groups, received the award after being instrumental in getting the majority of the world’s nations to sign up to a UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

The Revd Loraine N Mellor said: “Nuclear weapons are totally opposed to the love that God has for humankind. They represent a denial of hope, a challenge to community and a threat to peace. We live in a world of tension and it is becoming abundantly clear that nuclear weapons do not make us safer but are themselves a source of fear and dispute.”

The Methodist Church has consistently stated that nuclear weapons are incompatible with ethical principles and international law. It has advocated for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons through resources and support of community action. Methodist Church leaders and members have joined with other churches and faith groups in the UK on many occasions, for example with statements in 2015 and in 2016. 

Read more here.

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To be a pilgrim...

Pilgrimage offers much to individual followers of Christ and to the Church - open spaces, companionship on the journey, new ways of seeing a story or a landscape, a sense of adventure, sometimes an element of risk, the need to choose courage… Pilgrimage can help us to think radically about direction, traditions, buildings, prayer, commitment, timing, revelation, sacrifice and God.

This weekend conference at Cliff College is an opportunity to explore different aspects of pilgrimage - through worship, through images and words, through sedentary activities and, for those who want to, using the college grounds and the surrounding countryside. No experience of pilgrimage is needed, just a ‘come and see’ pilgrim spirit.

Find more information and booking details here.

The Coventry Pilgrimage

On 18 November 2017, Coventry Central Hall is hosting a day conference, featuring a keynote address by Jill Baker, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference. For more information on this free event, click here.

The most important Christmas card you'll send this year

Methodist Homes (MHA) is asking church members and children to write just one extra Christmas card and share the joy of Christmas with an MHA resident or Live at Home scheme member. If you can send them your greetings MHA will pass them on.

For more details please follow this link.

Give A Gift of Christmas


A Gift of Christmas (2017 edition) is now available to order from Methodist Publishing. 

This A6 booklet tells the Christmas story using Bible quotes and hymn verses. Filled with gorgeous images and theological reflections, you can use this booklet for personal meditations and to keep with you during this festive period. A Gift of Christmas is perfect to give away to family, friends, small groups and your community.

Share the story of our Lord Jesus Christ this Christmas.

Join us this Christmas

Also available are sets of A4 posters, A5 leaflets and blank service sheets. With these, you overprint details of your services and Christmas activities.

"Come my people" - Advent Offering resources


Worship material for this year’s Advent Offering is available to download. It includes an Advent Candle liturgy for all Sundays in Advent plus Christmas Day.

A Welsh language version is also available.

Power, Politics and The Passion: good news in an age of fake news

The Wesley House Easter School (26-28 March 2018) is designed especially for local preachers and worship leaders. Non-Methodists and those who are ordained are also very welcome. The keynote speakers are Sam Wells, Elaine Storkey and Simangaliso Kumalo.

For more information please visit their website or email Carole Irwin.

All Together Now

Last month the Methodist Church and the Bible Reading Fellowship held a conference exploring Intergenerational Church, which was live-streamed to hundreds of people around the world.

If you were unable to join the stream on the day, you can catch up for yourself here.

Important dates coming up


11   Remembrance Day

12   Remembrance Sunday



3     Advent Sunday (Start of Year B in the RCL)

October meeting of the Methodist Council

The Methodist Council, the body which undertakes work on behalf of the Methodist Conference, met at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, on 16 and 17 October 2017. 

Discover more about their discussions here.

Thy Kingdom Come

Registrations are now open for the global wave of prayer, Thy Kingdom Come, taking place from 10 to 20 May 2018. The initiative, that started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016, has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.


You can read more about how to get involved here.

Raising funds for churches

The annual conference Raising Funds for Christian Charities and Churches 2017 takes place on Tuesday 21 November at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. It provides an opportunity to hear from Christian funders, inspirational church and charity leaders and experts in fundraising for Christian causes.

For more details and to purchase tickets, click here.

Methodist-Catholic dialogue

A delegation of Methodists, including representatives from the World Methodist Council and the Methodist Ecumenical Office in Rome, met with Pope Francis to celebrate 50 years of Methodist-Catholic dialogue.

To learn more, click here.

Chat and play

During November, Action for Children is encouraging churches and partners to run 'Chat and Play Sessions. These are structured events to help tackle loneliness faced by children and parents.

Click here to download your pack, or email Hannah Johnfor more information.

Open Welcome

Open Welcome is a new resource that Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre has produced to help rural churches consider how they might use their building to offer welcome and hospitality to those in their community, both residents and visitors.


Church buildings have the capacity to move people. They are sacred spaces, places of encounter in which individuals and the community meet with God, rather than just bricks and mortar. This practical resource includes opening the building, welcoming visitors and telling the story. It can be downloaded herefor free.

Train named after John Wesley

A new train on the Great Western Railway is to be named after John Wesley. The announcement comes following a competition to find ‘the 100 greatest Westerners of all time’ run by the Bristol Post and the Great Western Railway.


You can read more here.

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