The Methodist Conference will meet in Wolverhampton this July. The Conference is the governing body of the Methodist Church and is also a festival of celebration, worship and friendship.
More than 300 representatives from across British Methodism will gather at the Civic Hall from July 2 to 9, as well as hundreds of visitors. New Methodist ministers will be ordained in a two-part ceremony and then at services across the Midlands.
The Conference will also celebrate new President, the Revd David Gamble, and Vice-President, Dr Richard Vautrey, at the start of their year in office. The ceremonial swearing-in of President and Vice-President will open the main Conference on the afternoon of July 4.
Debates on climate change, young people and leadership and ethical investment are on the Conference agenda.
The Methodist Media Service will run a full press office for the duration of Conference. Journalists wishing to attend for some or all of Conference should contact Anna Drew or Karen Burke.
There will be two ISDN-equipped radio studios for broadcast interviews throughout the week. Audio from the Conference sessions will be streamed live in partnership with Premier Media Group (www.premier.org.uk) and will later be available on the Methodist Web Radio page (http://www.methodist.org.uk/index.cfm?fuseaction=opentogod.webradio). A twitter feed and a daily blog update will also be available.
There is great excitement here in Caversham because our Deacon, Becky Bawden, is one of the 64 Ministers to be ordained at this year's Methodist Conference.