The Methodist Church of Britain has signed the Armed Forces Covenant pledging its commitment to fair treatment and support to the whole Armed Forces community including regulars, reserves, veterans, and their families. The signing took place at Methodist Church House on Tuesday 14 November.
The President of the Methodist Conference, the Reverend Loraine N Mellor said: "Our Armed Forces undertake an often difficult and dangerous job. The impact of their unique role on the service personnel and their families, while they serve and afterwards, cannot be underestimated. I am delighted that the Methodist Church is signing the Covenant to support the Armed Forces community."
On behalf of the Armed Forces the Covenant was signed by The Venerable (Air Vice-Marshal) Jonathan Chaffey, Chaplain-in-Chief RAF, and Commodore David Elford, Naval Commander Regional Forces.
Commodore Elford, said: "The Methodist Church in Britain already plays a substantial role in supporting the Armed Forces community through the great work of its Chaplains across all three services.By signing the Armed Forces Covenant the Church makes a very public statement that it values the work of the Armed Forces and offers its compassion, care and love to support them in the particular circumstances that they, veterans, and their families find themselves in."
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