Methodist Conference 2017

The Presbyteral conference take place on Thursday and Friday 22 and 23 June 2017. The Representative Conference starts on Saturday 24 June, and ends on Thursday 29 June. Both are in Birmingham.

There will be live streaming of services and conference sessions; details of times. All live streaming sessions will be available to watch again from shortly after each session ends for one month after Conference finishes.

3-12 Month Overseas Mission opportunities

Encounter Worldwide is a new short-term overseas mission programme that places self-funding volunteers to work in partnership with Methodist churches, communities and organizations around the world for a period of 3 – 12 months.  The aim is for volunteers to explore faith, share skills and enrich mission for both the overseas and volunteer’s church communities.

Volunteers will take a journey – deciding if this is the right call for them; applying; being matched to a host; fundraising; preparing and training.  They will undertake the placement, be supported in their return home and take the experience they have had to continue mission within the Methodist Church locally, regionally and nationally.

Further information.

3GENERATE 2017 – join the group going from Scotland

3Generate is an action-packed and inspiring weekend for hearing the voice of children and young people across the Methodist Church, focusing on fun, faith and friends. It takes place at Pontins, Southport 24 – 26 November.

We hope to take a group of children and young people and their leaders to the weekend as a group from Scotland, and places will be booked as part of this group. To give a flavour of what’s to come, and encourage children and young people to take an active role in the life of their local church, we hope to run the Big SleepOver and the Big Session in Scotland too!

We need to confirm numbers and names by early June. We hope to offer substantial subsidies to enable attendance and transport will be provided.

For booking information and more details about the events contact

The new agency for Social Security in Scotland – volunteers required

The Scottish Government will be taking over the payment of some Social Security benefits – primarily those in receipt of benefits because of poor health. The Government is seeking volunteers for panels to to join Experience Panels.

“We want to work with people who have recent experience of receiving these benefits so that we can design a new social security system with – and for – the people of Scotland.”

More details; the deadline for registering is Friday 12th May 2017.

Vacancy for hospital chaplain

The retiring chaplain writes,

“I am just letting you know that a hospital Chaplaincy post is being advertised for York Hospital, which will be open to Ministers in the Free Church tradition.  I wondered if it would be possible for you to enable this information to be circulated around the District.

The closing date is the 14th May, which is quite a tight deadline.

The vacancy has been posted up to the TRAC system and to the site. It can be viewed at


Methodist Homes

In line with their ongoing campaign, Best Week for Ages, Methodist Homes have designated June 11th Best Sunday for Ages

The theme of worship for 2017 is Befriending Age and looks at ways in which we can help one another support older members of our church and society as well as learn from them how best to plan our own ageing journey.

Resources may be downloaded or requested by post. The material may be used on any Sunday.

To request a speaker for your service, order Gift Aid or collection envelopes or for more information contact Lesley France on 01332 296200 or email