For the past few months I’ve been hard at work with colleagues in The Methodist Church producing the first edition of a new magazine. We’ve called it the connexion and it’s born today!
We’re really delighted with how it looks and think it has a lot of helpful material in it for the Methodist people all over the British Isles.
What’s it for? Well, the plan is to keep people up to date with life across the Methodist Church, not just here but all across the globe. In this first edition there are stories from North Korea and from survivors of the 2004 Asian tsunami.
We will have three editions during 2015 with a theme for each edition. This time around it’s evangelism and there is a range of pieces in it about what it means for Methodists to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in their settings, including:
- The Lab in Newport: a 10-year-old Fresh Expression
- Whitley Church in Wiltshire: a village church that grasped a vision for growth
- An interview with General Secretary Martyn Atkins about “elevating the e-word”.
Who gets it? We’ve printed close to 100,000 copies and every ordained person, Local Preacher, Steward and office holder should have three posted to their home address (except for a handful of districts who chose to have them delivered in bulk).
We’ve asked that people read one copy, give away two and encourage sharing to make sure that the connexion is read as widely as possible.
If you’d like to download a .pdf file of the magazine and read it online you can do that here.
Why the name? The word connexion is a classic Methodist word and has lovely resonances with our global bonds of fellowship. But, for me, as I say in the welcome column, it is also reminiscent of St Paul’s description of the Church as a body with a variety of parts – but all connected.
Sadly, too many of us talk about the Connexion as “that lot up in London” and it’s never been that. Even more so now with a dispersed team that has staff living all over the nations, the Connexion is all of us, the whole Methodist people.
Anyway, the connexion magazine is a way of communicating some of the good stuff that’s going on in the Methodist Church. I hope you enjoy it as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together.
There are two videos linked to it. There’s a fascinating discussion between Martyn Atkins and Connexional Secretary Doug Swanney on evangelism, which you can find here. There’s also a short introduction to the magazine from me below.