Methodist Insurance Company celebrated looking after customers for a century and a half with a ceremony in Manchester.
To celebrate 150 years of Methodist Insurance, the oldest insurance company in the country held a Service of Thanksgiving at the Methodist Central Hall in Manchester on Friday 17 June.
The event was marked with a special service and including speeches from Revd Ian Rutherford, city centre minister in Manchester, Barbara Easton, vice-president designate at the Methodist Church, and Revd Paul Davis, interim chair of Methodist Insurance.
Revd Davies introduced the National Methodist Youth Brass Band, which is sponsored by Methodist Insurance, as they performed to the assembled guests. The sponsorship has provided training for two new minibus drivers to help with the band’s transport needs around the country, as well as new uniforms.
The event was a fantastic way for us to mark this significant milestone in the life of the oldest church insurance company in the UK.
For 150 years, through peace time and two world wars and more recently through the pandemic, we have been giving grants to the Methodist Church to support their mission.
I’m proud of the work we do and of our relationship with the Methodist Church as we strive to make a difference to the communities we work in.
A specially commissioned hymn, written by Andrew Pratt of Stainer and Bell, was performed as part of the service, and a special exhibition showing a visual timeline of the specialist insurer’s 150 years was held in the venue’s Collier Room.
Michael Angell, chief executive of Methodist Insurance, said:
What a wonderful evening we have had celebrating both our legacy as an insurer, but also the work of the Methodist Church.
As the lyrics from the hymn especially written to mark this historic chapter say, ‘So we celebrate this moment, recollecting all that’s past, set upon a firm foundation predecessors built to last’.
We are here for the good times and the bad – for the last 150 years and for many more to come.
Earlier this year the specialist insurer launched its Celebration Awards to give a total of £22,500 to 15 Methodist Churches and the communities they serve.
Entrants are asked to explain, in no more than 300 words, how they would use the £1,500 funding to support their church’s work and how it will benefit the local community.
This year we are celebrating our 150th Anniversary with a £1,500 award to 15 churches, which we believe could make all the difference to them. We hope it will encourage churches to look at ways in which they serve their local communities and that it will be the springboard for new ideas and opportunities for mission.
Full details of the competition, including how to enter, can be found at: https://www.methodistinsurance.co.uk/150awards/. The closing date for entries is Friday 29 July 2022 with winners announced in September.