Posted: July 2018
Last Sunday's Circuit Songs of Praise was based on the great hymns of Charles Wesley and his Methodist founder brother John. And it was John Wesley in 1744 that called the first Methodist Conference. He gathered together his assistants (both ordained ministers and itinerant lay preachers) to confer together about 'what to teach, how to teach, and what to do, i.e. how to regulate our doctrine, discipline and practice.'
The contemporary Conference is a gathering of representatives from each Methodist district, along with some who have been elected by the Conference and some ex officio members and representatives of the Youth Assembly. Representatives are a mixture of lay people, ordained presbyters and deacons. Presbyters and deacons also have their own separate gatherings before the main, decision-making session.
Business for the Conference to decide upon is prepared by the Methodist Council, an elected body that meets regularly. Memorials to Conference may be sent by districts ahead of time, and representatives to Conference may introduce Notices of Motion.
What was covered at this year's Conference? We'll tell you tomorrow!
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
Tonight, 22nd May, we have Wednesday Youth Group! It is for Year 6 upwards! Every Wednesday 6:15 — 7:30 pm. This week is a youth social. Come along!This Friday 24th May is another Mahjong Evening. Mahjong is a fun, sociable game. Come and learn at our next meeting at 7.30pm in Room 2. No previous knowledge or experience required. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Pat or...
'Meeting Christ in Friend and Stranger' is the subtitle of The Good Faith Book Club's Choice to be discussed this Saturday at 2pm in The Welcome Space. The book was written by Sam Wells, Vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and 'one of the finest priest-theologians of our time' according to Archbishop Justin Welby, He also broadcasts regularly on the BBC.You are welcome to come...
Our next event is the ANNUAL CHARITY STALL IN MARKET SQUARE on Saturday 6th July 2019. Gifts suitable for the Tombola & Children's Lucky Dip will be gratefully received at any time. Please give them to: Jennie Torpey 581414 Pauline Noble 484940 or Sandie Steeden 331278.Then, on Action for Children Sunday, 14th July there will be a Cake & Plant Stall in the Hall, after the...