Here are some articles I and others have written concerning Methodist history, belief and ethos.

Primitive Methodism: what is it?

A brief overview of the origin, beliefs and character of Primitive Methodism.

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The Primitive Methodist (Continuing) Church

This article arose from a paper given at a residential conference held by the Christianity and History Forum at All Nations College, Ware, in 2017. It looks at the background, formation and later progress of the Primitive Methodist (Continuing) circuit of churches in East Yorkshire.

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METHODISM 1960s: Hampshire, Cambridgeshire, Swabia

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Methodism in Kosova

The first Evangelical congregations in what became, in February 2008, the Republic of Kosova were Methodist. This article explores their origin in the late nineteenth century down to the beginning of the present-day movement about a century later.

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Peake is seen as probably the greatest influence, from the 1890s till his death in 1929, in bringing new teachings into Primitive Methodism, which moved away, under his and others’ influence, from its earlier teachings. Such writings disturbed the faith of many of his readers. This article is an abbreviation of a much fuller exploration of his influence and theological innovations which appears in the book Change and Decay: Primitive Methodism from late Victorian times to World War 1. Click here to read the article: Arthur Samuel PEAKE.

Wesleyan Methodism in Basingstoke and nearby Villages

A look at the introduction of Wesleyan Methodism into the area, from the visits of John Wesley down to the 1830s. The article and the book entitled Basingstoke: Church Street Methodist Circuit continue the story.

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“Yonder Country is ours!”: what really happened at Botley Copse?

The prolonged and repeated prayer which John Ride and Thomas Russell held on the Russley Downs in February 1830, and concluded in the snow in Botley Copse, prior to the start of the Berkshire mission, are an integral part in the folk memory of Primitive Methodism. The story sometimes became compacted or a little confused over time. What really happened on that seminal day?

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The Bourne Valley, 1950s

All the chapels in the Bourne Valley, in Hampshire, were previously Primitive except one Wesleyan. There was a resurgence of evangelistic life and activity in the 1950s, and the article consists of a narrative from two men who were in their 80s and 90s when they supplied their reminiscences.

The Bourne Valley, Hampshire

William O’Bryan, the Bible Christian movement, and opposition from Christians to your calling and service

Click to read a brief article on the story of O’Bryan, and some thoughts on opposition to your service from other Christians

Studies in Immortality: Shall we be re-united in the Beyond?

by Rev. William E. Farndale, Aldersgate Magazine, 1919

A persuasive argument from Scripture, by a former Primitive Methodist minister, President of the Methodist Conference in 1947, that those who die in the Lord will know one another after death, and will be reunited, albeit without resumption of the earthly family relationship.

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Thorin Oakenshield: some thoughts on his death

Thorin is a leading character in J. R. R. Tolkien’s story The Hobbit, who dies a heroic death in the events the story relates, and utters some deeply meaningful words at his death scene.

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A number of congregations – maybe two dozen or more – were formed in the final four decades of the 20th century by people who decided for a range of reasons to leave the Methodist Church. This article relates something of their stories, and looks at their reasons.

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Village Chapels (and cottage services)

by David Young,  Richard Pyke, sometime President of the United Methodist Conference, Lewis H. Court, Thomas Willshaw

“The restoration of the country chapel to its proper position as a citadel of spiritual power, is a necessity that demands patient and serious thought. There are few questions indeed which are more urgent than this. … We cannot afford to lose our hold upon the villages, neither can the villages afford that we desert them.”

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Academic Theses about Primitive Methodism

This is a list and review of fourteen M Phil and Ph D theses about Primitive Methodism gained at British Universities from 1967, with a description of the theme of each one.

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Blaenavon Wesleyan Methodism, a Glimpse into 1852 to 1923

This article is written to give a flavour of Wesleyan Methodism as it was in Blaenavon and no doubt other South Wales coal mining towns, through the experiences of my Wesleyan family (especially my father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather), drawn from family papers and reminiscences, Wesleyan archives, and the local press, including extracts describing the 1904 revival in the town.

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Minera and Coedpoeth: one of the most powerful early Wesleyan circuits in North Wales

A short article, with photographs, about a powerful Wesleyan movement which began in a thatched cottage near Coedpoeth.

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Another (earlier) “Primitive Methodist Church”

William Hammett formed an earlier Primitive Methodist Church in 1791 which lasted till 1803 or beyond. Click here to read an article about him and those churches: Another (earlier) Primitive Methodist Church .

The Methodist Squatters of Newtown Mountain

Newtown Mountain was in the old parish of Ruabon, between Llangollen and Wrexham, before the parish of Penycae was created. An article appears here (a talk is also available for your church, family history group, local history group, &c, if you book me up) about the settlement and its chapels. There were two chapels at the hamlet, an English Primitive Methodist chapel built in 1861 at the cost of £23.0.0, and an earlier Welsh Calvinistic Methodist chapel known as Capel y Mynydd.

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Paul Mojzes on the history of Methodism in Bulgaria and Yugoslavia

Click on the link below to read Paul Mojzes’ 1965 doctoral thesis on this subject. Chapters 6, 7, 10-12 deal specifically with Methodism. The thesis also studies Congregationalism in those countries.

Methodism in Bulgaria and Macedonia

Classic Pentecostals:
was there an affinity with Primitive Methodism?

The article explores the affinity, similarities and differences, between Primitive Methodism and early British Pentecostalism, or ‘classic Pentecostalism’. Click on the link below to read the article:

Classic Pentecostals: was there an affinity with Primitive Methodism?

GUATEMALA: Primitive Methodists, and a misleading post on the Internet

A website run by British Methodists has published a muddled and misleading report on Primitive Methodism in Guatemala. Click here to read the a corrected and fuller version: GUATEMALA: a misleading post on the Internet

William Jenkyn JONES (1852-1925), Methodist missionary to Brittany

Click here to read about W. J. Jones and other Methodist missionary work in Brittany

SMALL CHURCHES: is it worth bothering?

In hundreds, thousands, of towns and villages in Britain there are small congregations often struggling to keep their chapels open and hoping that their churches have a future. Is it worth bothering to put the time, effort and finance into sustaining them? Click on the link to read some serious thoughts on the matter. SMALL CHURCHES: is it worth bothering?

Some Thoughts about the Coronavirus Epidemic 2020

As the coronavirus spreads from China across the world and kills people in Britain, many may be asking “Where is God in all this? What is God doing? And why? Can I find him?

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Methodist Emigration to America and elsewhere

Mid 19th century emigration from Britain to America and elsewhere in the New World set in motion a continuing problem for sustaining a viable Primitive Methodist presence, and was one of the contributing causes to the closure of so many rural chapels. But many emigrants who hoped for a new life in another land met only tragedy. Click here to read this brief article: METHODIST EMIGRATION TO AMERICA AND ELSEWHERE

France, Switzerland, Methodists, and Pentecostals

The articles on this website on Brittany and on Classic Pentecostalism show the link between Methodism and classic Pentecostalism. This article narrates experiences (as one with a Methodist heart) in Pentecostal missions in France and French-speaking Switzerland.