Celebrating 200 years of Methodism in Werrington

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

Werrington's first Methodist church was built in 1812, butMethodism has changed a great deal since the time of John Wesleyand local hero Hugh Bourne, joint founder of PrimitiveMethodism.

The celebrations will begin at 1pm on Saturday 15 September witha procession from Johnstone Avenue, down to the church at the lowerend of Werrington. The procession will be dressed innineteenth-century costume and will be led by a Boy's Brigade Band.This will be followed by open air worship with a 'Ranter' stylesermon by special guest the Revd Steve Wild, Chair of the CornwallMethodist District. Music will be led by the Salvation ArmyBand.

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

"Come and experience the past, celebrate the present and be partof the future of Methodism in Werrington!" said Deacon BarbaraCrockett.

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

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