British Methodists gear up for annual conference

By staff writers
June 3, 2008

This year's annual Methodist Conference - the governing body of the Church - will take place in Scarborough from 5-10 July.

he Methodist Church is one of the largest Christian denominations in Britain, with nearly 300,000 members and regular contact with some 800,000 people. It has around 5,800 churches and also maintains links with other Methodist churches totalling a worldwide membership of 70 million.

It is the first time that the Conference has been to Scarborough in ten years. Over five days, 384 voting members of the Conference will be joined by thousands of visitors at the Spa Centre to celebrate church life and to discuss issues of both church and public interest.

The annual Conference has a role debating and determining policy and legislation for the Church and considering issues of national and international concern.

Topics for discussion include embryology and early human life, equality and diversity in the Church and the Church's new Youth Participation initiative. There will also be an update on the Anglican-Methodist Covenant.

The full timetable for the Methodist Conference, including downloadable versions of all the reports to be debated, will soon be available online at

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