Who Are We?

Methodist Women in Britain (MWiB) is not a private club that you must join:  if you are a woman and a Methodist, then you already belong to this group.


We have a proud heritage stemming from the twin roots of Women’s Work, founded in the 1858 to support training and care for women missionaries, and Women’s Fellowship, started in 1945 out of a concern to address social problems resulting from the war.
These two movements merged in 1987 to form the Women’s Network of the Methodist Church, with a clear place in the Methodist Connexional team. Change came in 2008 resulting in the launch in 2011 of Methodist Women in Britain as an independent, self-financing organisation.


Our aim today is to connect women with an interest in creative spirituality and a passion for global social justice.
Methodist Women in Britain’s main decision-making body is the FORUM, which meets twice each year.  Every district in the British Methodist Church has a representative on the Forum who meet along with the executive members, the Helen Kim Scholar and the Women’s World Day of Prayer Methodist representative.
MWiB has a seat at the Methodist Conference and relates to many parts of the Connexional Team. However, MWiB does not have Connexional Team staffing, nor funding from the Connexional budget.

For more information about MWiB see the National Website: http://mwib.org.uk/ where you will find useful resources and information about national events.


The District President’s Charities

The District President chooses two charities that over her two-year tenure we support through fund raising and personal giving. An example of this is Sunshine Money which is collected throughout the summer and which is dedicated at an appropriate event.  The idea is that you save a pound (if you can) for each day of sunshine during August and then it is collected in during October.


The charities this year will be Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) which  is a UK registered charity that uses cricket as a vehicle for delivering health and social messages in sub-Saharan Africa. It is run almost entirely by the dedication and enthusiasm of its volunteers.

Since its formation in 2005 CWB has become one of the world’s leading Cricket Development charities. It is dedicated to helping, educating and developing local communities around the world through the spread and growth of cricket.
CWB has three main goals:

To spread cricket through coaching children and teaching adults how to coach; and

To link the sport to health and social messages and incorporate these messages into coaching sessions.

To bring together and empower local communities through cricket.

These goals are achieved through project delivery by volunteers and year-round delivery in-country by their ambassadors.


They are also heavily involved in the work to stop FGM (Female genital mutilation/cutting) which includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15. The procedure has no benefit for women or girls.

FGM is practiced in more than 29 countries across Africa, parts of the Middle East, South East Asia and countries where migrants from FGM affected communities live including the UK. More details can be found on this link:  http://www.cricketwithoutboundaries.com/

The second charity is IDAS, (Independent Domestic Abuse Service) which started life as York Women’s Aid over 40 years ago.  York Women’s Aid was one of the first refuge providers in the UK and was developed from a 2 bedroom flat donated by a local businessman.

More than 10 years ago they started to work outside of the area of York to deliver community based services in Easingwold and Northallerton.  They also began providing support to male victims of abuse.   To reflect their new areas of work and new remit, they decided to change their name to Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS).

In 2010, Harrogate Women’s Aid merged with IDAS and over the next few years, Selby and Craven Domestic Abuse Services did the same.  They now work across North Yorkshire and have won contracts to provide services in Scarborough and Ryedale along with a countywide contract to provide ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) support to victims and survivors of sexual violence. More information can be found on this link: https://www.idas.org.uk/



Circuit Programme 2018/19 and contact details for Circuit Officers:

Tuesday Oct. 23rd  2pm
Dedication of Sunshine Money at Boston Spa Methodist Church

Thursday Nov. 29th – 2pm
Advent Service at Ulleskelf MC at 2pm

Saturday Feb 9th Coffee Morning 10-120 noon
at Wetherby Methodist Church

Sunday May 12th – 6pm
Circuit Service for the Dedication of the Easter Offering Gifts
at Collingham MC. Bring and Share tea to be served from 4:30 pm.

Friday June 21st –
District Summer Event at Gracious Street MC Knaresborough
Buffet from 5pm

Wednesday July 3rd – 7-30pm
A G M at Appleton Roebuck Methodist Church


Circuit PresidentMrs Sue Jakeman
email: susanjakeman@icloud.com

01937 842156

Circuit Secretary – Mrs Joan Dyer
email: jmd45@btinternet.com

01937 843533


Please also look at the District programme and feel free to come to any of the meetings on offer.

details below for our District events and a list of District Officers.


Yorkshire North and East DISTRICT

“Called to Proclaim –

Dare to Act”


2018 – 2019

Friday, September 14th 2018

 “Called to Proclaim – Through Life’s Journey”

District Day at Wesley Centre, Saville Street, Malton

Preacher— Revd. Leslie Newton

pm  Speaker – ‘Journeying with Gill Newton’


Saturday October 27th, 2018

“Life and Learning” World Federation Connexional Day

at St Paul’s Methodist Church, Higher Audley St., Blackburn. BB1 1DH 10am-4pm   See details on website  mwib.org.uk

Booking essential – hot meal provided


Friday, November 2nd 2018

“Called to Proclaim – Partnerships in Action”

District Meeting at Haxby Methodist Church, York

Come and find out more about MWiB,

Connexionally and in the District

pm time of sharing – news, experience, hobbies


Thursday, December 6th, 2018

“Called to Proclaim – The Birth of Christ”

Carols and Cribs –

celebrating Jesus’ birth around the world

At Filey Methodist Church with Liz Cotton


Friday, February 22nd -Sunday 24th 2019

“Called to Proclaim – A Brief Encounter”
District Conference at Cober Hill, Cloughton, Scarborough.  Leader :  Mrs June Anderson

Friday, March 15th, 2019

“Called to Proclaim – Do this in remembrance of me”

District Meeting at Haxby, York.

Everyone welcome to a time of sharing and learning about what’s going on in MWiB

Annual Communion Service led by Revd. Ruth Parry

Friday 5th  – Sunday 7th  April 2019

Swanwick Conference – Keynote Speaker will be

Revd. Val Ogden, former Mission Partner

More details later

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

“Called to Proclaim – Sharing God’s Blessings”

Quiet Day at Barlby & Osgodby

Led by Deacon Denise Creed

Theme – Blessings

Friday, June 21st 2019

“Called to Proclaim – Gathered round the table”

Summer Event at Gracious Street, Knaresborough

– Buffet from 5pm

Details and tickets available nearer the time.


District Officers

President              Mrs. Janice Clark

                                Email –  clark.janice@gmail.com

                              01653 691589  

Vice- President  


 Events                 Mrs. Anne Kirkman

                                Email – anne.kirkman@icloud.com

                                01723 516239

Conference           Mrs. Elaine Turner

                                Email –  jetbev2@gmail.com

                                01482 867573

Minutes                 Mrs. Ruth Bryan-Smith

Email –  ruthmarybryansmith@gmail.com

                            01482  655048

Treasurer              Mrs. Ann Baarda

                              Email –  eabaarda@mypostoffice.co.uk

                               01757  709057

District Chaplain. Rev. Ruth Parry

                                Email – ruth.parry@methodist.org.uk             

                                01765 608587

The Report from our conference to Scarborough 2018: