The Week Ahead

The Methodist Church
5 July 2018

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The Week Ahead
The Methodist Church

Hello everyone and welcome to
the Week Ahead from the Methodist Conference in Nottingham.

Today, Thursday 5 July, was the final day of the Conference until it reconvenes again next year. So here are highlights from the past week.

Andy Jackson will be staffing the out-of-hours media support line this week on 020 7467 5170.

Wishing you all a wonderful week.

Michael Ivatt and
Rosie Winn

The Media Office

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Saturday 7 July

Channel 4 8.00pm

With the original Best Exotic Marigold Hotel a roaring success, owner Sonny decides the time is right to expand his business empire. Comedy drama sequel with Maggie Smith and Judi Dench.

Songs of Praise

Sunday 8 July

BBC One, 4.15pm

The Revd Kate Bottley discovers the Christian origins of the YMCA in the Lake District and JB Gill visits the first church with a virtual reality experience.


Sunday 8 July

BBC One, 9.00pm

Grain prices rise, leaving the poor struggling to support their families.

Ross makes a desperate gamble to help them, which draws the attention of the prime minister.

Storm and Stress

Monday 9 July

BBC Radio 4, 9.00pm

What does the new funding announced for the NHS mean for adolescent mental health? Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt answers the team’s questions.

Beyond Belief

Monday 9 July

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm

Ernie Rea is joined by Dinah Birch, John Bowen and Rosemary Mitchell from the library in the Bronte Parsonage Museum at Haworth, West Yorkshire, to discuss the religious content of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.

Making History

Tuesday 10 July

BBC Radio 4, 3.30pm

Tom Holland examines church architecture, and Helen Castor visits Merton College Library in Oxford, which, in the fourteenth century, was the Met Office of its day.

See The Radio Times for further listings.

Presidential address


The address of the new President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Michaela A Youngson, reflected on ‘Radical Grace’. Mr Bala Ghanapragasm, the new Vice-President of the Methodist Conference reflected on ‘Transforming hope’

Election of the designates


The Methodist Conference has elected the Revd Dr Barbara Glassson to serve as President and Professor Clive Marsh to serve as Vice-President, starting their year of office when the Representative Session of the Methodist Conference meets in Birmingham next year.

Mission and Ministry in Covenant


The Methodist Conference has welcomed the Mission and Ministry in Covenant joint report by the Methodist Church and the Church of England. The report outlines proposals for bringing the Methodist Church and the Church of England into closer communion with each other.  

Marriage and Relationships

The Marriage and Relationships Task Group has delivered an interim report to the Methodist Conference who has agreed a change to the way in which the Task Group will complete its work.



The Methodist Youth President, Michael Pryke, told the Methodist Conference about the continued growth of the Church’s annual gathering for young people.



For photos from the Conference, including pictures from behind the scenes, please visit our Flickr, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages.



Throughout the Conference people were joining in conversations online using the hashtag #MethodistConf. Read what people were saying and join in here.

Conference news


For more news stories from the Conference see here.

Conference catch up TV

If you weren’t able to attend the Conference this year, or wanted to catch up on a particular item of business, you

can watch sessions from the Conference online here. These will be available to stream through the website for one month only.

This week in Parliament


You can find the UK Parliamentary business online here. If you want to find out the timetable for the National Assembly for Wales, click here. The Scottish Parliament is in recess until Sunday 2 September 2018.


In the coming week, the Prayer Handbook encourages us to pray for the World Church: Christians in East Africa, the Caribbean, North and Central America, as well as Britain and Ireland. The theme for next week’s A Word in Time Bible studies is ‘Slavery and Freedom’.

Video Thursday: Our Calling

In this week’s film, The Methodist Church reaffirms the nature of its mission, known by Methodists as Our Calling. This film can be shown to churches, groups and Circuits and shared on social media.

The Week Ahead is a regular mailing that aims to give people a heads-up on upcoming events and opportunities, as well as highlighting new information and resources. We don’t always know what is going on, so please do email us if you have any feedback or ideas for items to include.  

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