Joint Letter to the Chancellor

Dear Chancellor

We are writing because we are gravely concerned about the growing crisis of household debt that millions of families are facing this Christmas.

As church and Christian leaders from across the country, we have witnessed the hardship experienced by low income families during the pandemic. We have heard countless stories from people who have faced awful choices, such as between affording food or falling behind on rent.

Many of our churches have been on the frontline of providing food and essentials. Hundreds of churches provide debt advice to those at risk. We know from experience that this situation is exceptional, and therefore requires an exceptional response.

Our experiences on the ground are increasingly borne out by the statistical evidence. The pandemic has hit the lowest income families hardest, further lowering incomes and increasing the price of essential outgoings. The Resolution Foundation recently found that 54% of the lowest income families have needed to borrow to pay for necessities during the pandemic.

By August, 6 million people had fallen behind on at least one household bill, and the evidence is that the later lockdowns will have amplified this problem. Rental arrears increased dramatically during lockdown and 350,000 households have been contacted by their landlords about eviction. Tragically, it is families with children who are worst affected. For many this will be a frightening Christmas period.

The charity Stepchange estimates the pandemic has led to 2.87 million people being at high risk of long-term debt. The human cost of problem debt is high and goes beyond simple lack of resources. Worry and stress in households can be debilitating and has long-term mental health consequences, especially for children. There are also economic consequences arising from families being unable to spend, to move and to take up employment. As the economy restarts, many families will be prevented from participating in or benefiting from new opportunities as they are held back by lockdown debt. Creditors, such as private landlords, will also be inhibited by holding large debts which will be difficult or impossible to collect.

This crisis in household debt is continuing to grow, and the current inadequate systems for addressing it will lead to many families facing unnecessary distress and hardship. We are asking that you work with communities, churches, charities and creditors to create a comprehensive and just solution to the unique problem of lockdown debt. Our ambition must go beyond delay or avoidance of eviction. This Christmas is a time to give families burdened by debt a fresh start and a more hopeful future.

Yours Sincerely,

Revd Lynn Green, General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain

Very Rev Dr Susan M Brown, Convenor of the Faith Impact Forum, Church of Scotland

Revd Richard Teal, President of the Methodist Conference

Carolyn Lawrence, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference

Revd Clare Downing, Moderator of the General Assembly, United Reformed Church

Mr Peter Pay, Moderator of General Assembly, United Reformed Church

Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

Rt Rev Dr Alan Smith, Lord Bishop of St Albans

The Rt Revd Dr Joanne Grenfell, Bishop of Stepney, Chair of Capital Mass

The Rt Revd Rob​ Wickham The Bishop of Edmonton, Chair of Capital Mass

Rt. Revd. Adrian Newman, Former Bishop of Stepney and Dean of Rochester, Church Urban Fund

Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant, Salvation Army

Rt Revd Terence P Drainey, Bishop of Middlesbrough and Chair of Caritas Social Action Network

Most Rev Mark Strange Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church

Liz Slade, Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches

Rev. Dyfrig Rees, General Secretary of the Union of Welsh Independents

Rev Canon Dr Ellen Loudon, Director of Social Justice – Diocese of Liverpool, Chair – Together Liverpool

Paula Stringer, Chief Executive, Christians Against Poverty

Bob Fyffe General Secretary, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

Revd Dr Paul Goodliff, General Secretary, Churches Together in England

Revd Paul Rochester, General Secretary of the Free Churches Group

Ms Phoebe Parkin, Youth President of Methodist Church

Archbishop (Emeritus), Doye T Agama, Apostolic Pastoral Congress

Ms Ruth Harvey , The Iona Community

Miss Christine Adams, Seaford Baptist Church

Mr. Michael Adedapo, Methodist Church

Rev Dr Rebecca Aechtner, St Paul’s Scotforth

Mrs Lucy Agars, Trinity Methodist Church

Rev Phil Aindow, St. Martin’s, Liskeard

Ms Diane Allen, South Wigston Methodist Church

Deacon Angela Allport, St John’s Methodist Church, Hereford

Rev William Anderson, Methodist Church

Mrs Marcia Anderson, Perry Hall Methodist Church

Revd Richard Andrew, Chair of Darlington Methodist District

Rt Revd Dr John Armes, Scottish Episcopal Church

Rev. Janine Atkinson, The SPACE Group of Churches

Revd Philip Averay, St Mary’s Priory, Chepstow

Ms. Jill Baker, Methodist Church

Rev Dan Balsdon, Felpham Methodist Church

Rev M Glennys Bamford, Methodist Church Wolverhampton

Revd Peter Barber, Methodist Church

Miss Kirsty Barker, Ashby Wesley, Scunthorpe

Mrs Karen Barker, Methodist Church (Bishop Auckland)

Rev David Barker, Walsgrave Baptist Church

Revd Dr Al Barrett, Hodge Hill Church

Reverend Richard Barrett, Methodist Church

Mrs Elizabeth Barrett, Trinity URC St Albans

Rev Peter Bates, Methodist church

Rev Stephen Bazely, Christ Church Willaston

Rev Paul Beard, Methodist Church

Ms Pat Beazley, Holy Innocents, Kingsbury

Ms Helen Bellamy, Methodist Barnsley North East

Rev Fiona Bennett, Augustine United Church

Reverend Anne Bennett               , Church of the Ascension, Blackheath

Revd Jenny Best, Methodist Church

Reverend Simon Biddlestone, St. Everilda’s Nether Poppleton, All Saints Upper Poppleton and Holy Redeemer Acomb (York)

Rev Andrew Bigggs, Methodist

Miss Karen Bignell, Christian

Rev’d Sarah Bingham, Green Lane Baptist, Walsall

Rev Julia Binney, Abbey Baptist Church, Reading

Rev’d David Bintliff, North Cheshire Methodist Circuit

Rev Sheila Bishop, Methodist Church Gawsworth

Rev James Bissett, Contin and Strathpeffer Church of Scotland

Reverend Edmund Blackie, Society of St Francis

Rev Rich Blake-Lobb, Yiewsley Baptist Church

Rev Dr   Sonia Blakesley, St Mark’s (Oldhall) Church of Scotland, Paisley

Rev Claire Blatchford, Cranham Baptist Church, Essex

Rev Ebenezer Boakye, Winchmore Hill Baptist Church

Revd Bev Boden, Aldridge Methodist Church

Mrs Angela Bogg, URC

Reverend Rachel Borgars, Methodist Church of Great Britain

Mrs Adele Borrowman, Rosyth Methodist Church

Mr David Bowman, Hanborough Methodist

Rev Nic Boyns, Cherry Hinton Baptist Church

Rev Danny Brierley, Chester Road Baptist Church

Dr Elspeth Brighton, Leigh & Hindley Methodist Circuit

Rev Mandy Briggs, The New Room, Bristol

Rev. Dr. D Brower Latz, Nazarene

Deacon Corinne Brown, Bristol & South Gloucestershire Methodist Circuit

Father Christophe Brunet, Christ the King- Cockfosters

Mrs Jan Bryars, Church of the Ressurection, Lancaster

Mrs Angela Brydon, Flitwick Methodist

Right Revd Sarah Bullock, Diocese of Lichfield

Revd Peter Burns, Nailsea Baptist Church

Dr Elizabeth Burroughs, Mount Charles Methodist

Mr Elaine Burrows, Coulsdon Methodist

Rev Hugh Burton, Dudley Team Parish

Mr Christopher Butler, Oxford Methodist Circuit

Revd David Butterworth MA, Methodist Church Birmingham District

Revd. Steve Calder, Woodside Baptist Church

Reverend David Callander, Ilkley Baptist Church

Mrs Lisa Cameron, Church of Scotland

Mr Richard Cannam, United Emmanuel Methodist, Tunbridge Wells

Canon Mike Cansdale, Parish of Keighley

Rev Janet Capstick, Methodist Church

Mrs. Jennifer Carpenter, Former Vice-President of the Methodist Conference

Mr George Carter, St Matthew & St Leonard Bootle

Rev Suva Catford, Stockton on Tees

Rev Linda Catlow, Stoke South Methodist Circuit

Venerable Malcolm Chamberlain, Diocese of Sheffield

Mrs Joy Chambers, Fellside Methodist

Mrs Lesley Chandler, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Ms Cathy Chapman, St Peters House

Rev Steve Charman, Lancaster Methodist Church

Rev Jon Chesworth, Leominster Methodist

Revd Mike Claridge, The Cotteridge Church (Birmingham)

The Rev’d Geoffrey Clarke, United Reformed Church, East Midlands Synod (Moderator)

Miss Imogen Clarke, Birmingham Methodist District

Revd Peter Clarke Methodist Church

Rev Wayne Clarke, Trinity Baptist Church, Gorton, Manchester

Mr Geoffrey E Cleave, United Church Bradford-on-Avon

Mr Len Clift, Stormore Baptist

Mr Iain Cloke, Highfield Trinity Methodist Church

Mrs Charlie Cloke, Highfield Trinity Sheffield

Revd Tim Coates, The Mount

Rev Nigel Coke-Woods, Malvern Methodist Churches

Reverend Christopher Collins, Methodist Church

Rev Kenneth Collins, Methodist Church

Mr Michael Collins, Hadleigh BC

Rev Alan Combes, Methodist Church

Rev Alan Conant, St Anns Rainhill

Mrs Lesley Cook, Springdale Methodist

Mrs Helen Coombes, Templecombe United Reformed Church

Rev Susan Cord Killearnan, l/w Knockbain Parish Churches of Scotland

Rev Lynda Coulthard, Methodist Church – South East Northumberland Ecumenical Area

Miss Sue Covill, Trinity Methodist Church Harrogate

Senior Leader Graham Criddle, West Street Christian Fellowship

Rev Paul Critchley, Downham Market Methodist

Mr Ian Crockford, St Michael’s Hall Green Birmingham

Ms Claire Crowley, Churches Together in South London

Revd Diana Cullum-Hall, United Reformed Church

Mrs Helen Dart, Christ church URC, Rayleigh

Sister Margaret Davis, Knighton Methodist

Ms Liz Davis, St Mary’s Albury

Rev Matt Davis, Cyncoed Ministry Area

Mrs Pauline Davison, Great St Marys Camby

Rev’d Clare Davison, United Reformed Church

Rev Brian Davison, Haggate Baptist Church

Ms Avril Dawson, Bury St. Edmunds Quakers

Mrs Anne Day, Lozells Methodist Church, Birmingham

Revd Andrew de Ville, The Methodist Church in Britain

Mrs Dorothy Dean, Maldon URC

Rev Stuart Dennis, Carey Baptist church, Moulton

Mr David Dixon, Selsey Methodist Church

Mrs Susan Driscoll, Blaenavon Congregational Church

Reverend Nick Drury, Bognor Regis Baptist Church

Dr John Durrant, Bethel Baptist Church, Llantwit Major

Mrs Yvonne Durrant, Market Harborough Baptist Church

Mr Nick Eades, East Plumstead Baptist Church

Rev Dave Eadie, Roundswell Church

Mrs Susan Eardley, St Pauls URC

Rev S Early, Addiscombe Baptist

Reverend James Eaton-Challinor, Shrewsbury Methodist Churches

Rev Andrew Edwards, Christ Church, Norris Green

Mrs Gill Elliott, Trinity URC St Albans

Rev Mark Elvin, Bowthorpe Church

Revd J Elaine Evans, Stafford St Bertelin & St John the Evangelist Whitgreave

Revd Steve Faber, URC West Midlands Synod

Revd Alison Facey, St John’s Methodist Church, Potters Bar

Rev Jeremy Fagan, St. Martin’s Church, Kirkby

Rev’d Geoffrey Farrar, Putney Methodist

Revd Jon Featherstone, Christ Church Cockfosters

Revd. Susan Fender, United Reformed Church

Mrs Cristine Ferguson, Stromness Church of Scotland

Mrs Ruth Filsak, Marlpool URC

Ms. Bernadette Fisher,  St Joseph and St Margaret Clitherow Bracknell

Revd Andrew Fitchet, Andover Methodist Church

Rev David Fleming, Rugby Baptist Church

Rev Sean Fountain, Pier Avenue Baptist church

Mr Rob Fountain, Knighton

Revd Rowena Francis, Wells United Church

Rev Helen Freeston, Methodist Church

Revd Ruth Fry, Methodist Church

Rev Catherine Gale, Methodist Church

Rev Ian Galloway, Gorbals Parish Church

Revd Leslie Gill, Wigston URC

The Rev’d Dr Julie Gittoes, Church of England

Rev Andy Glover, HBC Chester

Mrs Penelope Golding, St. Michael and All Angels Paulsgrove, Portsmouth

Rev Andrew Goldsmith, Ampthill Baptist Church

Rev Raymond Goode, Methodist Church

Rev Gerard Goshawk, Six Ways Baptist Church

Rev Paul Graham, Clare Baptist Church

Revd Kate Gray, The Dandelion Community

Mr Christopher J Green, Central Manchester Local Quaker Meeting

Rev Robert Green, Garland Street Baptist Church

Canon Martin Greenfield, All Saints Sanderstead

Rev Leigh Greenwood, Stoneygate Baptist Church

Revd Heston Groenewald, All Hallows Church

Rev Nigel Guthrie, St David, Exeter

Mrs Alison Hadley, Abbots Road United Reformed Church

Rev Caz Hague, Dorridge & Shirley Methodist Churches

Rev Simon Hall, Chapel Allerton Baptist Church

Rev Richard Hall, Shropshire and Marches Methodist

Revd Revd Ian P. Hamilton, Methodist Church in Britain & Ireland

Mrs Nicola Hamilton, Union Chapel Fallowfield (Baptist)

Reverend James Hamilton, Emmanuel Church, Redditch

Rev Charity Hamilton, Middlesbrough & Eston Methodist Circuit

Rev Matt Harbage, St Paul’s New Southgate

Pastor Mark Harbour, Cambridge Vineyard Church

Rev John Hardaker, Trinity United Reformed Church, St Albans

Ms. Hayley Harding, Restore Community Church

Revd. David Hardman, Glossop & Tameside Methodist Circuit

Reverend Andrew Hardwick, Rugby and Daventry Methodist Circuit

Rev Sue Hardwidge, Winchester Baptist

Rev Brian Harley, Shanklin URC

Mrs Helen Harrigan, Laindon Baptist Church

Revd Mark Harwood, Methodist Church in Widnes

Revd David Haslam MBE, South Worcestershire Methodist Circuit

The Very Rev’d Joseph Hawes, St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Revd Graham Hawley, Methodist Church

Revd John Hayes, Tower Hamlets Methodist Circuit

Reverend Richard Heard, St Francis of Assisi, West Bessacarr

Rev Antony Hearle, Church Stretton

Mrs Margaret Heibel, Neston Methodist

Rev George Heinz, Craven Arms, Church Stretton & Clun Methodist churches

Rev John Hellyer, Gloucestershire Methodist Circuit

Rev James Henley, Budleigh Salterton Baptist Church

Revd James Henley, Cyncoed Ministry Area

Revd John Henry, The Methodist Church

Reverend David Herbert, United Reformed Church

Mrs Rachel Hewings, Chelmsford Cathedral

Reverend Kevin Highfield, Methodist Church, Cleveland and Danby Circuit

Rev Ian Hill, Poppleton Methodist

Mrs Mary Hilton, St Marys, St Helens

Mr John Hindson, The Methodist Church

Revd Terence Hinks, Trinity URC, High Wycombe and Cores End URC

Mr Keith Hiscock, Daventry Methodist Church

Mrs Irene Hoar, Carnoustie Church

Rev Beverly Hollings, Castle Eden Methodist Circuit

Rev Jim Hollyman, URC of St Andrew and St George Bolton

Rev Kevin Hooke, Methodist Church

The Revd Michael Hopkins, United Reformed Church

Mrs Helen Howard, Seaford Baptist church

Pastor David Howe, Heanor Baptist Church

Mrs Jean Hudson, Friary United Reformed Church, West Bridgford

Ms Natalie Hughes, Church From Scratch

Revd Gavin Hume, Newcastle Central & East Circuit

Deacon Tracey Hume, Newcastle Methodist District

Rev Deborah Humphries, The Methodist Church, Birmingham Circuit

Mr Fraser Hunter, The Salvation Army

Mrs Lesley Hutchinson, Lidgett Methodist

Mr Philip Hyne, Cinderford Methodist Church

Rev Adedayo Ige, Harringay United Church

Mrs Lesley Ireland-Livingstone, Chadwick Mount URC

Miss Collette      Jackman, Woodhouse Close Church & Community

Rev Lynne Jackson, St Ann’s Rainhill

Rev Steve Jackson, St. John’s Methodist Church

Reverend Steve Jakeman, Tadcaster Methodist Circuit

Ms Annette James, Christ Church, Toxteth Park, Liverpool

Reverend Karen James, Poole Bay Methodist Circuit

Rev Amanda James, Enfield Baptist Church

Rev Anne Jeffrey, Methodist Church

Rev Ruth Jeffries, Market Drayton Methodist

Rev Sarah Jemison, Methodist Church

Rev Dr Neil Johnson, Methodist Church

Reverend Nina Johnson, South Beds Circuit Methodist Church

Deacon Jenny Jones, Nottingham North East Methodist Circuit

Rev. Fr Allan Jones, CRIC, Our Lady of Charity & St Augustine’s Daventry

Rev Robert Jordan, United Reformed Church

Rev Sue Keegan von Allmen, Superintendent Minister, Winchester, Eastleigh and Romsey Circuit

Mrs Margaret Kerry, Seaford Baptist Church

Mr John Kidd, Methodist Church

Mrs Lynn Kitchen, Diss Quaker House

Reverend Andrew Kleissner, Christchurch United Church, Llanedeyrn, Cardiff

Mrs Sheila Knopp, Trinity URC St Albans

Ms Rachel Lampard, Former Vice-President, Methodist Church

Mrs Diane Le Fevre, St John’s Methodist Church, Horwich, Lancashire

Church Secretary David Leadbeater, URC Swindon

Mr Matthew Lee, Melbourne Methodist Church

Rev Danielle Leigh, Stafford Baptist Church

Rev Canon Shaun Lennard, Our Lady & St Vincent Potters Bar

Revd Dr Peter Levitt, Methodist Church

Rev Susan Levitt, Stourport Methodist Church

Mrs Sue Liddell, Saxmundham URC

Rev Trevor Lockwood, Emmanuel URC/Methodist, Redditch

Rev Andrew Lomax, Methodist Church

Miss Sally Long, Methodist Church

Rev Angela Long, Methodist Church

Deacon Becky Lovatt, Methodist Church

Mr Simon Loveitt, United Reformed Church

Rev Sharon Lovelock, Tonbridge Methodist Church

Reverend Ashley Lovett, Socketts Heath Baptist Church

Territorial Envoy Gordon Lovie, Salvation Army

Rev Andy Lowe, Hove Methodist Church

Rev Mehall Lowry, St Monica’s Church

Rev Andrew Lunn, Methodist Church, Manchester & Stockport District

Mrs Helen Lunn, Enfield Methodist Circuit

Senior Steward Shan Lythgoe, Bearsted Methodist

Rev Andy Machin, Seaford Baptist

Reverend Cammy Mackenzie, Tron Kirk Church of Scotland

Ms Val Main, Roundswell Church

Dr Tony Males, Arbury Community Church, Cambridge

Rev. Peter Mansfield, St Aidans Coulsdon

Mr Neil Manthorpe, High Wycombe Methodist Circuit

Rev Dr Jill Marsh, Methodist Church

Rev Paul Martin, Cardiff Methodist Circuit

Rev Paul Martin, Methodist Church

Revd Charles Mather, Bar Hill LEP & St Luke’s LEP, Cambridge

Rev Dr Stephen Maunder, Rose Hill Methodist Church

The Revd Leigh Maydew, Bristol & South Gloucestershire Methodist Circuit

Rev Adam Maynard, St George’s Everton

Rev David Mayne, Shoeburyness & Thorpe Bay Baptist Church

Rev Jennifer Mayo, St Martins Church Walsall

Deacon Karen McBride, Methodist Diaconal Order

Mrs Rachel McCallam, The Methodist Church in Great Britain

Mr Richard Mccaughran, Woodlawn Church

Deacon Sarah McDowall, Methodist Church

Reverend Barbara McIntivey, Methodist Church

Revd Bob McKay, Milton Baptist Church

Rev Derek McLean, Oadby Trinity Methodist Church

Deacon Alison McMillan, Methodist Central Hall Westminster

Rev Mark Meatcher, North Enfield Group of the United Reformed Church

Rev Joel Mercer, Potters Bar Baptist Church

Ms Sally Meredith, Alcester Methodist Church

Rev Paul Meredith, Ryde Elim Church

Pastor Stephen Merrick, Hollymoor Community Church

Rev Jules Middleton, TRINITY, Lewes

Mrs Anne Mills, General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches: Vice-President

Mr Gareth Mills-Bennett, South West Wales

Mr Simeon Mitchell, Oxford Methodist Circuit

Rev Gary Molver, Methodist Church

Prof Geoff Moore, St Brandon’s, Brancepeth, Durham

Rev Simon Moore, Simon Moore

Mr Ian Morris, Ilford High Road Baptist Church

Reverend Miriam Moul, Oxford Methodist Circuit

Dr Miranda Mugford, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Dr Daleep Mukarji, Methodist Church

Mrs. Cynthia Mumford, Mumbles Methodist Church

Rev Andrew Mumford, Falmouth Methodist

Rev Andrew Murphy, Market Harborough Methodist Circuit

Rev Carmel Murphy Elliott, Chorlton Central Church

Revd David Muskett, East Solent & Downs Methodist Circuit

Rev Trevor Neill, Selsdon Baptist Church

Revd Margaret Newman, Methodist Church

Revd Leslie Newton, Yorkshire North and East District of the Methodist Church

Deacon Selina Nisbett, Trinity and All Saints Abingdon

Reverend John Nugent, Wick St Fergus Church of Scotland

The Revd Naomi Oates, North Kent Methodist Circuit

Mr Owen O’Brien, Churchcentral

Rev Richard Ormrod, Rhyddings Methodist Church

Reverend Pam Owen, Penge Congregational Church

Rev Ann Owen, Portishead

Mr Ronald Page, Christ’s Kirk, Glenrothes

Major Dean Pallant, The Salvation Army

Mr Matt Pallister, Durham Martyrs RC

Revd David Parkes, Methodist Church

Rev’d Rachel Parkinson, Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District of the Methodist Church

Mrs Ruth Parrott, Methodist Women in Britain

Ms Lisa Pearce, Quaker

Rev Lindsey Pearson, Parish of Beeston

Rev Yvonne Pearson, Methodist Church

Rev Dr Michael Peat, Free Church Chaplain, University of Bristol

Revd John Peet, Anglican / Methodist

Reverend Fiona Pennie, St. Aidan’s, St Mary’s & St Nathanael’s Churches Walton on the Hill Liverpool

Mrs Susan Percival, Methodist Church

Mrs Sue Pestell, Benefice of the Guitings, Farmcote, Cutsdean, the Slaughters with Eyford and Naunton

Revd Paul Peterson, Christ Church Downend

Reverend Sarah Phillpot, Horfield Baptist Church

Rev Louise Polhill, The Grove Centre Church, Sydenham

Mrs Beatrice Pollard, St Paul’s URC South Croydon

Revd Andrew Pottage, Methodist Church

Mrs Hazel Powell, Great Barr Methodist Church

Reverend Kathryn Price, Alun Vale Pastorate, URC, North Wales

Mr Andy Proffitt, Keyworth Methodist Church

Rev John Purdy, Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

Mrs Lynn Quinn, Hyde Central Methodist Church

Rev Stephen Radford, Kirkby Stephen Methodist Church

Asst. Pastor Simone Ramacci, Wivenhoe Congregational Church

Mr Alan Ramage, St Werbughs

Revd Jo Rand, Methodist Church

Dr John Randall, Bradmore Methodist Church

Mrs. Margaret Raw, Chorlton Central

Rev’d Branwen Rees, Cwmbran URC

Rev Julia Reid, Richmond Methodist Church

Mr Alasdair Reid, Stirling Methodist Church

Revd Emily Reynolds, St John’s Pleck and Bescot

The Rev Canon David Richards, St Paul’s and St George’s, Edinburgh

Reverend Alison Richards, Methodist Church

Mr Stuart Richardson, Cramond Kirk

Rev Rosie Richardson, Holy Trinity Northwood

Mr John Roberts, St. Mary’s, Llanfairpwll

Mrs Celia Roberts, URC

Mr David Robinson, PAMC, Hull

Mr Donald Rolls, Methodist Church

Rev Simon Rose, Bridgeway Hall Methodist Mission

Rev. Ian Rutherford, Methodist Central Hall, Manchester

Ms. Joanna Rutherford, Central Hall Methodist church

Mr Stephen Ryan, Draycott in the Clay Methodist Church

Miss Margaret Samuel, Trinity URC St Albans

Rev’d Bruce Sawyer, West Durham Methodist Circuit

Deacon Kerry Scarlett, Birmingham District Methodist Church

Revd Peter Scott, The Apostles with St Cuthbert’s, Miles Platting

Ms Marva Scott, Rhema Christian Ministries

Rev John Scrivens, Selsey Methodist Church

Revd Nel Shallow, Grantham & Vale of Belvoir Methodist

Rev Dr Norman Shanks, Wellington Church, Glasgow Former Leader of the Iona Community

Rev Michael Shaw, Devonport Community Baptist Church

Rev Matt Sheard, Bede Methodist Circuit

Reverend Dale Sherriff, Methodist Church

Rev. Fr John Shewring, Mary, Mother of God

Reverend Lorraine Shorten, Hall Green United Community Church

Revd Ruth Simpson, Methodist Church

Rev Audrey Simpson, Stratford Upon Avon Methodist Church

Mrs Anne Sixsmith, Life Church Bath

Mr Lyn Smalridge , City of Edinburgh Methodist Church

Mrs Fiona Smith, Church of Scotland

Revd. Melanie Smith, Enfield URCs

Rev Stephen Smith, Greenfield Church, Urmston

Rev Olwen Smith, St Mary’s Church Bloxham

Mrs Ann Smith, R.C Redditch

Reverend Pamela Smith, United Reformed Church, Abbots Road, Leicester.

Pastor Brian Smith, GCI Coulsdon Community Church

Ms Sue Smith, Central Hall Methodist, Walsall

Rev Nadene Snyman, Christ Church URC, Petts Wood

Rev Peter Spence, Warley Baptist Church

Rev Ivor Sperring, Methodist Church

Fr. Nicolas Spicer, Worksop Priory

Rev Neil Stacey, North Cheshire Methodist Circuit

Mrs Jan Stanley, Baptist

Mr Mark Stephens, Riverside Church

Revd Gregor Stewart, Eccleston Team, St Helens

Rev Kim Stilwell, Ludlow Methodist Church

Rev Patrick Stonehewer,The Methodist Church

Ms Pat Stonehouse, Burntwood Methodist Church

Rev Sue Swires, Mottram St Andrew

Rev. Margaret Taylor, Loughborough United Reformed Church

Revd Dr James Tebbutt, Cumbria Methodist District

Deaon Annabel Terry, Castle Eden Methodist Circuit

Professor David M Thompson, United Reformed Church

Revd. Graham Thompson, Methodist Church

Rev Gill Thurgood, Guiseley Baptist Church

Pastor David Todd, St John’s Church, Linlithgow

Miss Sarah Tolley, Perry Hall Methodist Church

Rev Alison Tomlin, Methodist Church

Mr Anthony Tonge, Hazel Grove Methodist Church

Elder Michael Topple, Chappel United Reformed Church

Revd. David Tubby, Heaton Baptist Church

Rev Adrian Tuckwell, St Anne, Winlaton

Mrs Susan Tuke, Strensall Methodist Church

Revd Nigel Uden, Downing Place United Reformed Church, Cambridge

Rev Clare van den Berg, Strode Crescent Baptist

Rev Ann Varker, Strathmore Road Methodist Church

Rev Laurent Vernet, Trinity Methodist Church Shettleston

Mrs Liz Vizard, South Street Baptist Church Exeter

Rev Alison Walker, Cambridge Methodist Churches Circuit

The Reverend Simon Walkling, The United Reformed Church National Synod of Wales

Rev Rachel Ward, Trinity Bramley and Hyde Park Methodist Churches, Leeds South and West Methodist Circuit

Rev Allison Waterhouse, Putney Methodist Church

Revd. Sue Watson, St. Benedict Biscop, Wombourne, South Staffs

Rev’d Nick Watson, St Thomas’, Wednesfield

Mrs Loretta Watson, St Anthony’s Church

Rev Andrew Waugh, Stockton Baptist Church

Revd Jenny Webb, March Team Ministry

Rev Jayne Webb, Tewkesbury Methodist

Reverend Karen Webber, Methodist Church

Rev Andrew Webster, Methodist Church

Mrs Kirsty Wesson, Brough Methodist Church

Rev Robert Weston, Tavistock United Reformed Church

Rev Tom Wharin, Wotton Baptist Church

Mr Nathan Whitbread, Arbury Community Church

Rev Meryl White, United Reformed Church

Revd Ruth Whitehead, United Reformed Church

Revd Paul Whittle, Moderator, Eastern Synod, United Reformed Church

Reverend John Whittle, Methodist Church

Reverend Heather Whyte, URC in Luton and Dunstable

Reverend Caroline Wickens, Whalley Range Methodist Church

Miss Audrey Wilks, Hunslet Methodist Church

Reverend Jeff Williams, Union of Welsh Independents

Mr Geoffrey Williams, Abbotsham Baptist

Rt Rev Bridget Wilson Hall, Liberal Catholic Universalist Church

Mr Brian Winder, Catholic Chelmsford

Rev Nick Wood, Methodist Church

Revd Rachel Wood, Walsall Methodist Church

Revd Adrian Wood, London Colney Baptist Church

Rev Sue Woolley, Unitarian

Revd Peter Woolway, South Street BC Exeter

Rev Paul Worsnop, Bede Methodist Circuit

Rev Dan Yarnell, Redditch Church of Christ

Rev Dee Yeadon, Blackheath and Crystal Palace Circuit

Mrs Ruth Young, Church of England

Revd Naomi Young-Rodas, Christ Church United Reformed Church, Rayleigh

Revd Michaela Youngson, Methodist Church

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