Societies and classes

Wesley formed converts into local societies, originally modelled upon the 'Religious Societies' and his Oxford group. They were also subdivided into 'classes' which met weekly.

Every year, by horse or carriage, John Wesley travelled the country to visit, encourage and admonish the societies, as well as preaching.

Through the societies, members supported one another spiritually and pastorally, and working people and women often found a status otherwise denied to them.

Wesley insisted that Methodists regularly attend their local parish church as well as Methodist meetings. He did not want Methodism to become a 'break away' movement.

Small groups are still important in Methodism today, for nurturing Christian growth in mutual trust and openness.

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