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The Revd Christopher (Chris) Hardy

Rev’d Chris Hardy, a Methodist Minister who began work in the Shropshire and Marches Circuit last September, has died suddenly and unexpectedly at home. Whilst he had only been in post for a short period, Chris has already made many good relationships with local people.  He worked with Methodist congregations…


What sort of welcome would Mary and Joseph receive if they wound up in the UK, instead of Bethlehem, this Christmas? #averybritishnativity challenges us to rethink what we know about the nativity story, by highlighting the treatment and experiences of asylum seekers living in the UK.


Two new opportunities for those who need to undertake Foundation Safeguarding Training, one for those new to the training and one for those needing to undertake a refresher course.  Details can be found here.

Wolverhampton Pioneer Ministeries

Wolverhampton Pioneer Ministries (WPM), also known as Vitalise, won the gold award for the Best Project Advancing the Christian Faith at the national Christian Funders’ Forum (CFF) Awards at a special ceremony at Lambeth Palace last night, 17 November.  WPM, a Fresh Expression of Church, is a joint initiative between…

Ministers Don’t Move A Muscle About Benefit Sanctions

Ministers gathered at Presbyteral Synod didn’t move a muscle yesterday to challenge the regime of sanctions applied to those receiving benefit payments.  Synod was addressed by Paul Morrison of the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) which represents the Methodist Church on issues of social justice.  Santions involve benefit payments being…

Safeguarding Leadership Module

Safeguarding Leadership Module – 22nd October 0930-1600 at Walsall Central Hall.  To book please contact Margaret Reynolds.  Participants should bring their own lunch but tea/coffee will be provided.


Lichfield Diocese Prisons Week | October 2016

I am part of the Lichfield Cathedral Prisons Group as the ecumenical representative, and as an ex prison chaplain when I was in the Chester & Stoke District. For prisons week this year the Cathedral has a number of ways in which it is seeking to highlight the work of…

New Site for the Chair’s Blog

Now that Rachel is in post she will be making more use of Facebook as a means for communicating with people and sharing her travels and thoughts. You can follow her travels by heading across to the Facebook Page and liking it.

Methodist Conference 2016

This week I have been at Methodist Conference meeting at Methodist Central Hall Westminster, it’s been an excellent but long week. Above is a picture from the closing act of worship and below is a picture of some of the District representatives.


Past Cases Review – One Year On

It’s now been a year since The Methodist Church’s Past Cases Review, an report has been produced to highlight some of the progress that has been made since the report was published last year.  This report can be found below. Past Cases Review – One Year On