The Methodist Church in Britain has announced that its 2011 Conference will be heading northwest to Southport, from 30 June to 7 July.
The Methodist Conference is the governing body of the Church and meets annually in the summer. It debates key public and ecclesial issues and elects a president each year.
Next year’s Conference will be held in Portsmouth, from 24 June to 1 July, at the Portsmouth Guildhall.
The opening ceremony of the Conference and its worship are due to be held in the Southport Theatre Auditorium with a capacity for seating over 1,600 people. Conference business sessions will take place in the Art Deco Floral Hall in the adjoining convention centre.
The Methodist Church is one of the largest Christian denominations in Britain, with around 265,000 members and regular contact with over 800,000 people.
It has some 5,800 churches around the country, and also maintains links with other Methodist churches, totalling a worldwide membership of 70 million.
Methodism is especially known for its spiritually-inspired social witness.