Heritage News

The Methodist Church
 

Autumn 2017

Heritage News
The Methodist Church

Welcome to our autumn newsletter, which features some of our increasing number of projects and opportunities to engage with congregations and local communities through our heritage.

Jo Hibbard

Director of Engagement

Epworth Old Rectory celebrates its diamond jubilee

       

June 2017 marked the sixtieth anniversary of Epworth Old Rectory being bought by the World Methodist Council (WMC) and opened to the public – first as bed and breakfast accommodation and latterly as a nationally accredited museum. 

 

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The Fruitful Mother and the Forgotten Son

   

We were recently challenged as to why the rise of Hull as the centre of the Primitive Methodist movement has not featured in Heritage News, given that Hull is currently celebrating its status as City of Culture. In response, it seemed a good time to promote Martin Batstone’s The Fruitful Mother and the Forgotten Son.

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The DMBI: the "Wikipedia of Methodism"?

       

Whatever you are researching in Methodism, you cannot go wrong by starting with a search of the Dictionary of Methodism in Britain and Ireland, an invaluable resource.

 

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Wesley Day at Raithby by Spilsby

   

Awarm summer evening was the setting for a special service to mark Wesley Day in the Mid Lincolnshire Circuit. To coincide with the celebration, the organisers of the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival had arranged a walk around the area finishing at the unique Raithby by Spilsby Chapel, which was open for them to visit.

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New answers to old questions

       

There are two questions people who contact the Methodist Heritage Team often ask:

 

“What can you tell me about my relative who was a Methodist?”

 

“My house was once a Methodist chapel. What have you got on it?”

 

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A light in the city

   

Years of dedicated planning, fundraising and project management at the New Room in Bristol were brought to a climax this summer with a Rededication and Thanksgiving Service on 9 June, followed by the handover of the building from builders, Beard, and the official opening on 13 July in the presence of His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, KG GCVO.

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Legal deposit of church magazines and booklets

       

Philip Thornborow, Liaison Officer for Methodist Archives (the advisor appointed by the Methodist Council to support the Church’s management, deposit and use for mission of our records), was recently asked by the editor of a local church magazine whether they were obliged to send copies to the British Library.

 

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200 Years of Methodism in Stoke Newington

       

In 2016, a brand new church building was opened in Stoke Newington, north London – exactly 200 years after the first Methodist church was built on the same site. To celebrate, the church worked with historians and a photographer to organise events and an exhibition exploring the church’s history.

 

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Then 'til Now: Quilts past and present

   

The Primitive Methodist tradition is famous for taking religion onto the streets and for its large painted and stitched fabric parade banners. Textile arts and quilting link strongly to this tradition. Jackie Smith has been a textile artist for many years and has a wealth of experience in teaching classes and workshops to all ages.

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The mystery of The Methodist

       

The discovery of a 137-year-old time capsule has sparked off a mystery, which Crewkerne Methodist Church is now trying to solve. In the 1990s, the church had some major building work done and part of the church’s old stonework ended up in a local reclamation yard. Then in February this year, a stone-cutter working at the yard found a sealed glass bottle inside a stone that was part of the old church.

 

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