Just had a skim thorugh the Methodist Recorder which has twenty pages of news from conference and I have to say there seems to have been some interesting stuff but one thing that amazed me and I think will be received with grave doubts by many ordinary members is the move for a new hymn book in 2010. While as a preacher and organist I can understand that the exisiting book does not really meet the needs of a changing church, I wonder if a new book will do any better and is it really a cost that many churches will either want to incur or indeed be able to. I speak to many of our members who would happily throw Hymns and Psalms away and bring back the 1936 Methodist Hymn Book.
There are so many other hymn books about and the increased use of projectors etc that a new hymn book seems a little bit counter productive to me. I really do think that there will be many of our members who believe there are better projects that we could spen the money on.