Let the Methodist New Year Begin! Anyone buried with the Cross and Flame on their headstone would understand what that means. Methodist churches don't hire their pastors; the Bishop assigns them. And, all Methodist ministers agree to move when the Bishop deems it necessary. When does the itinerant's new charge begin? July 1. Thousands of Methodist churches across the country are spending this week giving and receiving lots of howdy-dos. This couple would have been through the ritual many times during their lives. Bloomfield Cemetery.