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. It is a three month break from the normal requirements of circuit life, separate from annual leave. 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, Mrs Nellie Showers.
Please download the forms from the Sabbaticals Information Booklet at the bottom of the page.
Ministers from across the District have done some amazing things during their sabbaticals. Click on the links below for a few examples.
With Revd Nicola Vidamour, from Newham Circuit
With Revd Roger Dunlop,
from the Harrow & Hillingdon Circuit
With Revd Norman Grigg,
formerly from the Clapham Circuit
Sabbaticals Information Booklet
Expense Form Guidance
Advance Expense Request
Sabbaticals and Money
Sabbatical Support Group Guidance
Sabbatical Proposals Checklist