Methodist Heritage Committee

The Methodist Heritage Committee is appointed by the Methodist Council to protect, advocate and advance the interests of Methodist heritage throughout the Connexion, with a particular focus on the role of Methodist heritage as a tool for the contemporary mission aims of the Methodist Church.

The membership and responsibilities of the Methodist Heritage Committee are governed by Standing Orders approved by the Methodist Conference (see The Constitutional Practice and Discipline of the Methodist Church Volume 2 Standing Order No. 337).

The Methodist Heritage Committee may include up to 13 members: a chair, four trustees (one each appointed by the respective trustee bodies of the four main heritage sites), the liaison officer for Methodist archives ex officio, a Connexional Team Secretary (or his/her representative), and up to 6 other persons chosen to ensure that the committee has expert knowledge, experience and skills in areas such as:

  • theology
  • historical research
  • archiving and record management
  • the care and conservation of historic buildings, artefacts and records
  • heritage and museum work outside the Church
  • funding, fundraising and marketing; heritage tourism
  • the World Church
  • information technology in heritage and education contexts
  • education and lifelong learning
  • events and activity programming.

The Methodist Heritage Officer convenes the Committee, but is not a voting member.

Chair, Sarah Friswell

Sarah Friswell became the Chair of the Heritage Committee in January 2012. In her working life she is the Public Relations Manager at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Suffolk, where she is responsible for all communications, including liaising with the media, volunteer management and the Ministry of Welcome to visitors.  This is a role she took up in 2009 having been the Visitor Officer at the Cathedral for the previous 8 years. She is part of the senior management team. She is passionate about the need for churches to offer an excellent welcome to all.

Sarah has over 20 years experience in the tourism industry, including working in overseas marketing for the former East of England Tourist Board, working at the local Tourist Information Centre and being a Blue Badge guide for Bury St Edmunds, where she lived for 19 years before recently moving to Downham Market. She has been the Chair of Visit Suffolk Attractions since 2008, convenes the Eastern Cathedrals marketing group, and served on the Council of Cathedrals' Plus from 2002-2008.

A lifelong Methodist, she grew up in Hull, worshipping at Anlaby Park Methodist Church. From 1992-95 Sarah and her husband David worked for USPG (United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel) in Malawi, Central Africa, where Sarah taught English and French at a girls' secondary school.

Since moving to East Anglia, Sarah has become a member of the District World Church Action team and has represented the District at the World Mission Forum.

In 2011 she was elected a member of the British Committee of the World Methodist Council and attended the World Methodist Council and Conference in Durban, South Africa.

Sarah Friswell
Wesley House
Chapel Road
King's Lynn
PE33 9AG
Tel : 01366 500671
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