St. Peter's Methodist Church are proud to annouce that we have become members of the national Inclusive Church network.
We have spent a great deal of time and effort in becoming as inclusive as possible, therefore we are very happy to be recognised and registered with inclusive-church.org.
Inclusive Church is an educational charity (no. 1102676) founded in 2003. Although originally Anglican in origin, they now work with churches of different denominations encouraging them to explore ways in which they may become more inclusive.
In 2015 the Trustees of Inclusive Church compiled a document 'Clarifying the Purpose of Inclusive Church' This may be viewed by clicking here.
Inclusive Church was initiated in 2003 in response to a particular incident within the life of the Church of England. The Rev’d Dr Jeffrey John had been nominated as Bishop of Reading; this was withdrawn when it became publicly known that Jeffrey John was in a long-term same-sex relationship. The unease felt by so many led to the creation of an online petition, asking individuals and churches to support what became known as the Inclusive Church Vision Statement.
The response was immense and soon the Petition reached nearly 10,000 signatories. Subsequently a small group of supporters met to consider this overwhelming response, and concluded that Inclusive Church was here to stay.