06 September 2012

Celebrating 200 years of Methodism in Werrington

Werrington Methodist Church is inviting the whole community to share in a special weekend of celebrations to commemorate 200 years of Methodism in the area.

Werrington's first Methodist church was built in 1812, but Methodism has changed a great deal since the time of John Wesley and local hero Hugh Bourne, joint founder of Primitive Methodism.

The celebrations will begin at 1pm on Saturday 15 September with a procession from Johnstone Avenue, down to the church at the lower end of Werrington. The procession will be dressed in nineteenth-century costume and will be led by a Boy's Brigade Band. This will be followed by open air worship with a 'Ranter' style sermon by special guest the Revd Steve Wild, Chair of the Cornwall Methodist District. Music will be led by the Salvation Army Band.

A special worship service on Sunday 16 September will give thanks for the last 200 years and the life of the church in the community today.

"Come and experience the past, celebrate the present and be part of the future of Methodism in Werrington!" said Deacon Barbara Crockett.

Additionally, there will be an exhibition of local history. Visitors may even discover that their ancestors were a part of the story of Methodism in Werrington. 

Those who have a particular connection with the Methodist Church in the area are especially encouraged to join the celebrations: "Maybe you were married or baptised in one of the Methodist Chapels in Werrington? Or perhaps you went to Sunday school there? Whatever your connection please come and join us as we celebrate," added Deacon Crockett.

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