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.
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.
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.
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.
“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?
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 .
Primitive 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, including a Primitive Methodist chapel built in 1861 at the cost of £23.0.0.
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: