About Us

About us

Who we are and what we do, our people, structures, function and commitments.


who we are

We one of the 31 Districts that make up the Methodist Connexion of Great Britain.

what we do

The role of the District is defined in the Connexional document  'Constitutional Practice and Disciple of the Methodist Church'  (CPD), Standing Order 400A. 

our people

At the latest count (October 2011) we have 7895 Methodist members. When those is Local Ecumenical Partnerships (LEPs) are taken into account that rises to 9589. There are 9037 so-called 'Pastoral Others' the name now given to those who are not members but have some informal link with the church. Adding these together gives a total Community Roll across the District of 18626.

our structures

The District has nine Methodist Circuits and one Methodist-URC United Area (Wiltshire)  that cover allor most of the county areas of Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Bristol and also the edge of Oxfordshire. For administrative purposes the District is divided into four regions Bristol and South Glocestershire, Gloucestershire, Circuits within the 'old' Somerset and Circuits within the 'old' Wiltshire. For ecumenical working the District relates to five County Ecumenical Bodies: Greater Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire. 

Note: whenever the word 'Circuit' is used on this site it includes the Wiltshire United Area.

our function

The District acts a channel of communication between the Connexion and Circuits and carries out certain roles on the behalf of both, for example the stationing of ministers.

The District carries out its function through Committes, Networks Officers, and Advisors. Thework is divided amongst  seven Portfolios:Connexional,Children and Young People, Development Learning and Training, Ecumenical  and Mission. Each of these Portflio has its own entry in this website.

our commitment

This is expressed in our mission statement