Methodist seasonal message: 'An unpromising Christmas'

Methodist seasonal message: ‘An unpromising Christmas’

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard MBE, speak about the Nativity, Syria and unpromising situations in this year’s Christmas Message. The shabby collection of rooms was perched on the edge of a steep hill above Amman in Jordan. We were visiting a family of Syrian […]

Easter message: Methodist Conference

Easter message: Methodist Conference

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have reminded people of the central Easter message of hope, passion and joy in the midst of despair. You can listen to the Easter messages here Dr Jill Barber said: “This Easter we share Christ’s tears for our world in all its pain. For children drowned fleeing […]

Rev Sally Foster Fulton

Support the most vulnerable, say Churches in open letter to Prime Minister

Leaders from four major UK Churches have signed an open letter to the re-appointed Prime Minister, David Cameron, congratulating him on his election and encouraging him to hold ‘truth, justice, peace and wellbeing’ at the heart of the government. With a focus on ‘loving our neighbour’, the letter reminds the Prime Minister that a wholesome […]

Iain Duncan Smith

Churches call government welfare sanctions ‘inhumane and un-Christian’

A group of churches has called for an urgent overhaul of the government’s benefits sanctions regime, describing it as punitive, inhumane and un-Christian. The churches say the sanctions regime deliberately causes harm to claimants, and suggest that it is aimed more at cutting welfare payments rather than helping people back into work. More than 1 […]

Go-ahead for major church credit union

↑ Interview with Canon Antony MacRow-Wood. Fair returns to savers, fair interest rates on loans and the aspiration to be a flagship credit union are among the aims of the Churches’ Mutual Credit Union Ltd (CMCU) which has received formal authorisation from the regulatory authorities today. This has been a rigorous process undertaken by the […]

Edinburgh church takes up the 'war on Wonga'

Edinburgh church takes up the ‘war on Wonga’

An Edinburgh church is taking a stand against payday lenders by joining forces with a local credit union to bring fair and affordable savings, mortgages and loans to church members and the wider community in Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Borders. The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, based at Nicolson Square, will promote the financial […]

No More Page 3

No More Page 3: Boobs aren’t news, says Methodist Conference

The Methodist Conference has today pledged its support for the No More Page 3 campaign, and is asking all of its members to sign the campaign’s petition. No More Page 3 campaigns for the voluntary removal of ‘Page Three’ from the Sun newspaper, and its supporters include Girls’ Brigade, Mumsnet and the British Youth Council.  […]

Methodist Conference receives report on same-sex marriage

Methodist Conference receives report on same-sex marriage

The Methodist Church has committed to a two year period of listening, reflecting and discernment following the legislation of same-sex marriage in England, Wales and Scotland earlier this year. A report exploring the issues around same-sex marriage was brought by a working party to the Methodist Conference meeting today in Birmingham. The Methodist Church, in […]

Music in the new City of Edinburgh Methodist Church

Nicolson Square re-vamp a vote of confidence for Methodist future

On Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May, the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church will celebrate the official opening of their newly-refurbished facilities at 25 Nicolson Square in Edinburgh. The church has just completed an ambitious three-year long refurbishment project. The original church building dates back to 1815 and carries an ‘A’ listing status. On Saturday […]

Angela Wells

Small business incubation launches at Edinburgh church

Hope’s Garden is an aromatherapy small business set up and run by qualified therapist Angela Wells. It is part of a wider small business incubation initiative at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church called The Dream Factory, which will have its official launch later in the year. Hope’s Garden is the pioneering business for the […]

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