The Buzz

The Methodist Church
January 2018 
The Buzz 
 Issue 172
The Methodist Church

Welcome to The Buzz!

My name is Rosie Winn and I am the new Media Officer, having moved across from the World Church Relationships team. I look forward to sharing all the great things happening across the Connexion.


Each month we share good news, illustrating some of the different ways that the Church is living out the four aspects of Our Calling: Worship, Learning & Caring, Service and Evangelism.


As you may have seen, the Church's Publishing and Communications Team has redesigned the poster about Our Calling. It is available in A1 or A2, for your Church, for free at

If you have any stories to share, why not get in touch?

Have a blessed day,


Rosie Winn
Media Officer

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WORSHIP – Shared services in DIY Nativity
  Dundee Methodist Church

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Intriguing new ways of worshipping have been explored in the congregations of Dundee's Methodist Church and United Reformed Church.

Ecumenical working was taken to new heights when an exciting ‘DIY nativity’ service was organised. Led by URC members, the nativity proved popular with the congregations where impromptu participation from members from both churches was encouraged.

The most appropriately qualified people to be angels were Methodist minister, the Revd Nick Baker and URC minister, the Revd Alan McGougan.

It has been such a success that both sides want to work together even more, following months of shared services. The Revd Baker commented:
It is not always easy being Messengers of God but it has been good fun working together!”


          Email: The Revd Nick Baker

LEARNING AND CARING – Football unites nationalities and faiths

Sunderland Methodist Church

Sunderland Methodist Church has started a girls’ soccer team in Kenya. Sunderland Samba Football Club has been promoted into the Kenya Football Federation national league. The scheme provides volunteering, coaching, youth work and international exchange opportunities.

The club brings together people from different nationalities and faiths, helping them to realise that they can achieve more in collaboration, despite ethnic differences. Some of the players are from Kibera, described as one of the biggest slums in East Africa.

Tunde Sobitan, a community and youth worker, believes that the work of Sunderland Samba will last for generations: “It is incredible to see the walls of division that people have built from popular opinions and stereotypes come tumbling down as people start to learn about each other’s lives.”

Email: Tunde Sobitan


EVANGELISM - Minister honoured as Gospel DJ

Methodist Central Hall Westminster

A minister from London has won an award for spinning the gospel! The Revd Tony Miles won the ‘International Honouree’ award that was presented at the Spin Awards 2017, for his Premier Christian Radio show ‘Saturday Quiet Time’.


The ceremony was held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and was established to honour those who spin the gospel message.


Tony is the Deputy Superintendent Minister at Methodist Central Hall Westminster and is also a regular contributor to ‘Pause for Thought’ on BBC Radio 2 on Vanessa Feltz’s breakfast show. The Revd Miles said: "This was a very unexpected start to 2018. It is humbling to receive the award."


Email: The Revd Tony Miles




SERVICE - Organist’s 100th birthday

May Hill Methodist Church

The most senior active organist at May Hill Methodist Church, Joyce Morse, celebrated her 100th birthday recently and received a card from the Queen. Joyce entertained the congregation by playing Sunday morning worship.


Joyce was born in Gloucester and spent her career as a teacher for 42 years. She enjoyed being an organist at Longhope Baptist Church and also helped out occasionally at May Hill Parish Church. When the organist at May Hill Methodist Church retired in 1980, Joyce took over.


Despite her significant birthday, Joyce has no plans to retire from her duties.

Minister at May Hill Methodist Church the Revd Denise Hargreaves said: "Joyce's contribution to worship is unrivalled. She is an amazing lady and has a heart of gold!"

Joyce Morse is pictured with the Revd Dr James Tebbutt and her 100th birthday telegram from the Queen.          


Email: David Bennett



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