Heritage News

The Methodist Church
Autumn 2018

 

Heritage News
The Methodist Church

Welcome to our autumn newsletter, which includes features about the commemoration of the centenary of the end of World War 1 and a pilgrimage to Bristol. 

 

On our centre pages, you’ll read about a little-known aspect of Methodist history hidden in the Peak District – one that brings together John Wesley, a Labour activist and fruitcake! 

 

We also introduce the new Chair of the Methodist Heritage Committee and honour the memory of two champions of our archives.

 

Owen Roberts
Methodist Heritage Officer

 

Introducing Alan Beith (the Rt Hon the Lord Beith), the new Chair of the Heritage Committee

       

"I have had a lifelong interest in Methodism’s heritage of buildings, artefacts and historical records. If I look back far enough, perhaps I can trace my awakening interest to a tablet in the chapel of the former mining village where I was brought up. It dated from the 1840s, and bore the simple message “Coal pits on fire, providentially extinguished without loss of life. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof”. It told a story of work and faith supporting each other. And so much of our heritage has a story to tell."

 

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1OO Days of Peace and Hope

   

Jo Hibbard, Director of Engagement, has been representing the Methodist Church on an ecumenical group coordinated by HOPE Together, meeting to consider how to resource churches to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War 1 (WW1).

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Celebrate the Feast of Love

       

On the first Sunday in July at Woodlands Chapel in Derbyshire, people gather to share testimony, prayer and hymns over fruitcake and water, served in traditional double-handled loving cups.

 

The Lovefeast has taken place since at least the 1760s; John Wesley himself is said to have sheltered in the adjacent Alport Farm and preached in the barn while travelling in the area.

 

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A Bristol pilgrimage

   

Over a hot couple of days in July, a group of 15 pilgrims from Wrexham made their first ‘Bristol Pilgrimage’.

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Charles Wesley and Marylebone

       

Charles Wesley moved from Bristol to Marylebone in the West End of London in 1771. At the time, the area was semi-rural but it developed rapidly in the last quarter of the eighteenth century.

 

The new residents would have seen Charles riding his grey mare three miles across fields to John Wesley’s chapel on City Road, probably composing hymns as he went.

 

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Millie and Tom Skinner: two extraordinary Methodist Heritage champions

   

When Millie Skinner died on 5 May 2018 at the age of 103, Methodism’s archives lost the remaining half of their longestserving duo.

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A tale of two pulpits: Gloucester and George Whitefield

       

Charles St John's Northgate Methodist Church in the heart of Gloucester has become the temporary home of the pulpit from St Mary de Crypt Church, where George Whitefield preached his first sermon.

 

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Dates for your diary

   

Events for those interested in the heritage of Methodism.

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