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A sabbatical is a gift from the Church to all presbyters and deacons, providing an opportunity to do something different which will inform and perhaps re‐enthuse their ministry. Ministers may choose to study, travel or even undertake work in a discipline/context new to them.

For Methodist ministers, sabbaticals are compulsory and are to be taken in the 10th, and every subsequent 7th, year of ministry.

Ministers should be contacted by the District Sabbaticals Secretary in the year before they are entitled to take one. Further information about Sabbaticals is available from the Sabbaticals Secretary, Mr Alan Jameson.

Please download the forms from the Sabbaticals pack at the bottom of the page.


Exciting Sabbaticals

Ministers from across the District have done some amazing things during their sabbaticals. Click on the links below for a few examples:

Kenya, Magic and Kilimanjaro

With Revd Roger Dunlop, from the Harrow & Hillingdon Circuit

A focus on prayer

With Revd Nicola Vidamour, from the Newham Circuit

From Rome to Dubai, Clapham to Jamaica...

With Revd Norman Grigg, of the Clapham Circuit


Helpful Resources

For all those interested in Benedictine Spiritual Formation:
Worship materials and more from the Iona Community:
All the latest Taizé news and events:
Oaks Oasis, Porano Italy- a clergy retreat house following in the footsteps of St Francis:


Dates of Future Meetings



Sabbatical Prospectus.docx27.22 KB
Expense Form.docx23.92 KB
Expense Form Guidance.doc110 KB
Advance Expense Request.pdf57.13 KB
Sabbaticals and Money.doc114 KB
Sabbatical Support Group Guidance.pdf70.03 KB
Sabbatical Proposals check list 2014.docx30.19 KB
Sabbaticals Advisory Group