50th anniversary of global Methodist partnership

The Methodist Church

News release

7 August 2018

50th anniversary of global Methodist partnership

A series of services, workshops and discussions is taking place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the partnership between the Methodist Church in Great Britain and The United Methodist Church (UMC).


From Friday 10 to Sunday 12 August, senior representatives, members and officers from The UMC will meet in London with their counterparts from the Methodist Church in Great Britain to celebrate the formal link between these two Churches, known as the Concordat.


The meeting is themed ‘Dreaming New Dreams: Expressing the Concordat for this generation’ and will look to the future with conversations about closer partnerships, deeper engagement and collaborative work.


Doug Swanney, Connexional Secretary of the Methodist Church in Britain and the Revd Dr Jean Hawxhurst, Ecumenical Staff Officer for Leadership Development for The Council of Bishops of The UMC, have been overseeing the planning of the anniversary.


Mr Swanney said: “Marking this 50th anniversary is not only about celebrating what has been but is also taking time to imagine how our ongoing partnership could best serve the Gospel in the decades to come.


“Relationships between our two denominations are important in an ever-changing and more demanding world. The Concordat was written in the context of a time five decades ago and we want to reimagine what it could mean for our own and future generations.”


“Methodism remains a growing global movement and we both want to continue to play our part in that.”


The United Methodist Church is a global denomination with 12 million members. The UMC was founded in 1968 by the union of The Methodist Church (USA) and the Evangelical United Brethren Church.


The weekend will begin with a service and worship at Wesley’s Chapel on Friday 10 August.


A day of presentations, workshops and discussions follows at Methodist Central Hall Westminster on August 11, looking at joint ministries, social justice, global mission and ecumenical interaction.


On Sunday 12 August, the final business session takes place, culminating with worship at Methodist Central Hall Westminster at 11am.

The services at Wesley’s Chapel on Friday 10 August and at Methodist Central Hall Westminster on Sunday 12 August are open to the public.

• Members of the press are welcome at the above services. Please email mediaoffice@methodistchurch.org.uk. Photographs from the weekend will also be available.



About the Methodist Church

The Methodist Church is one of the largest Christian churches serving Great Britain, with around 200,000 members and regular contact with nearly 500,000 people. It has 4,650 churches in Great Britain, and also maintains links with other Methodist churches with a worldwide total membership of over 80 million. Its activities, both alone and with ecumenical and secular partners, are based on four aims known as Our Calling:
•   To increase awareness of God’s presence and to celebrate God’s love
•   To help people to grow and learn as Christians through mutual support and care
•   To be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice
•   To make more followers of Jesus Christ.

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Michael Ivatt
Lead Media Officer

Methodist Church House

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E ivattm@methodistchurch.org.uk

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