29 February 2016

Methodists to commemorate 100 years of legal Conscientious Objections


Methodists from across the country will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the right to refuse to fight in war at a special free event held at Englesea Brook Chapel, Crewe, on Sunday 20 March.

Led by the Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal, former President of the Methodist Conference, this unique service will include prayers and reflections around the commemoration and will be broadcast live online for others to watch around the world.

Dr Jill Barber, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, historian and Director of Englesea Brook Museum explains the relationship between conscientious objection and the Methodist Church: "At the start of the First World War, many Primitive and Wesleyan Methodists were challenged to reconsider their attitude to war and peace. Methodists such as Bert Brocklesby and Jack Foister faced prison, rebuke from their families or church community, and even death, for their principled refusal to take up arms.

"As a result of their courageous stance alongside others, Britain became the first nation to enshrine in law the right to Conscientious Objection."




  1. The event will be held at Englesea Brook Chapel on Sunday 20 March at 2:45pm. The service is free to attend, but ticketed. You can book your tickets online at  http://bit.ly/1PVfxdX
  2. The online broadcast of the event will be taking place live at 2:45pm on Sunday 20 March onwww.methodist.org.uk/co100
  3. Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum of Primitive Methodism is a functioning Chapel, Museum and National Heritage site. For more information you can visit their website www.engleseabrook-museum.org.uk
  4. Dr Jill Barber is available for interview. Please contact the Media Office on mediaoffice@methodistchurch.org.uk or 020 7467 5208

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