Primitive Methodism

primitivemethodism.wordpress.com/ is an interesting website on Primitive Methodism.

The author, David Young, is a friend of David Hunt who looks after the St Michael’s newsletter. Although David Young has lived in Wrexham, North Wales, for many years, his origins were in Basingstoke and some of his writings relate to that geographical area.

The website is a resource of articles and books related to old-time Evangelical Methodism, the beliefs, ethos, sufferings, expansion and decline of Methodism with special but not sole focus on Primitive and Wesleyan Methodism.

Some quotes from the site:

Fellow labourers, wherever there is an open door, enter in and preach the Gospel. If it be two or three under a hedge or a tree, preach the Gospel. Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in the poor, the maimed, the halt and the blind”
Then lifting up his slender hands, while the tears flowed freely down his venerable face, he exclaimed: “And yet there is room!”
He then added with emphasis: “ and this was the way the primitive Methodists did.”

– William E. Farndale writing of John Wesley aged 87 in The Secret of Mow Cop

 In hundreds of villages in this country the only evangelical interpretation of the Gospel is in the Methodist chapel. Quite often it is the only Free Church in the hamlet and bears the immense responsibility of offering Christ (as evangelicals understand it) alone. The importance of this in the spiritual life of England could barely be exaggerated. The withdrawal of this ministry would be a calamity which few who care for spiritual things could contemplate with equanimity.– William E. Sangster (1947) Methodism: her unfinished task (London: Epworth)

We cannot afford to lose our hold upon the villages, neither can the villages afford that we desert them.
– Conference Address to the Churches, 1912 (Primitive Methodist Aldersgate
Magazine)

And some suggested places to visit:

  • Walk from Bishopstone (Salisbury) to Botley Copse (Swindon), mindful of the walk and prayer of John Ride and Thomas Russell, February 1830
  • Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum of Primitive Methodism—www.engleseabrook-museum.org.uk (south-east of Crewe)
  • Mow Cop (24 miles south of Manchester ,6 miles north of Stoke-on-Trent).
  • The charity bookshop at Hassall Road, Alsager, which supports the Museum at Englesea Brook and has a wide range of Methodist (including Primitive Methodist) books often at very favourable prices. (north-west of Stoke-on-Trent and east of Crewe).