It all started back in the early 18th century when John and Charles Wesley
with friends as students at Oxford University began a 'holy club' which
became nicknamed as Methodists and the name stuck. With others they
began a movement which grew with such stength and impact that separation
from the Church of England was inevitable. So by 1795 Methodism was
legally and formally born.
John Wesley & friends at Oxford
Wesley Day also known as Aldersgate Day is May 24th when the Methodist Church recognises and celebrates the experience of John Wesley's conversion in a Meeting Room in Aldersgate Street London when he realised confirmation of his salvation through the grace of God.
Methodism had its challenges particularly between the Wesleyans and
the Primitives. This and other schisms were resolved and unification
happened in 1932 to form the present day Methodist Church.
Charles wrote over 6000+ hymns while John became a famous preacher
whose sermons remain the doctrinal standard of the Methodist Church. It was
John's organisational genius which developed a spontaneous movement into
a structured body which is the origin of the world wide Methodist Church.
If you want to find out more about the history, heritage and all that makes the
Methodist Church of Great Britain visit www.methodist.org.uk
We are the local societies or congregations of Methodist people and friends
who make up the Melton Mowbray Methodist Circuit, which is a group of
churches served by a team of ordained Ministers, Local Preachers, Worship
Leaders, Circuit Officers, Church Stewards and other laity.
We offer worship & activities in:-
Town and village Methodist churches
Partnerships with Anglican churches
People of all ages are welcome to join in worship and activities which you can
find out about in our menu pages. Have fun exploring.
We also produce a Circuit Plan and a Circuit Newsletter.
These provide details of worship and activities throughout our circuit.
Most of our Methodist churches are able to solemise baptisms, weddings and
funerals. Please contact our ministers for details.
Don't worry if you haven't been to a place of worship before or attended in a
long time as everything will be explained to you by a steward or person in
charge.Typically, there will be someone at the door to meet and greet. You
will be given a hymn/song book + possibly printed notices listing activities.
There will be pews or chairs and generally we stand to sing and sit for
just about everything else depending upon local custom. The service is user
friendly and guided by the worship leader/preacher. It usually lasts about an
hour and can take a variety of forms from 'traditional' to 'contemporary'.
Often there is time after the service to socialise with simple refreshments.
If you have something to celebrate or experiencing a personal crisis or want
to know more about the Christian faith we are here for you.
Whatever the reason you will find a smile, a caring welcome and open arms.
Picture by Jez Taylor
We live in and around Melton Mowbray in the predominantly rural and
agricultural north-east Leicestershire landscape of limestone wolds with
woodland and fields dissected by small rivers and streams.
Melton Mowbray (pop. approx.25500) is a medieval market town with its rich
history, heritage and named as the "rural capital of food and drink" with the
distinctive flavours of Melton pork pies and Stilton cheese.
The area (pop. approx.47000) is in the parliamentary constituency of
Rutland & Melton and locally governed by Melton Borough Council.
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Our circuit (no.12) is the northern part of a geographical group of circuits
that form the Northampton District (no.23), which in turn is one of 36 districts
that form the Methodist Church of Great Britain known as the "connexion".
To find out
about the Northampton District click on the logo below.
To find out more about the Methodist Church click on the logo below.
(registered charity number 1132208)