Our Saturday morning talks are held in the Chapel, and usually last about an hour including questions.
Refreshments are available from 10.00am in the Tea Room.
Free entry, donations welcome!
Sat12May201810.30-11.30 Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum
A talk by John Anderson
Charles Shaw's autobiography, When I was a Child, with its dominant themes of education and child labour, covers the years from his birth in 1832 in Tunstall in the Potteries until 1853 when he was accepted into the ministry of the Methodist New Connexion. From his own experiences he gives vivid account of social and industrial life of the Potteries in the 1830s and 40s, which enables us set the story of Primitive Methodism in this period in its context.
Sat16Jun201810.30-11.30 Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum
Dr Jeremy Crump (De Montfort University) traces the Primitive Methodist missionary effort in Africa and evaluates the impact of missionary work on the host communities and on the Connexion back in the UK. Drawing on the very rich collection of correspondence between missionaries and the General Missionary Committee in the archive of the School of Oriental and African Studies, as well as missionary memoirs and the Connexional press, the talk examines the careers of the African ministers William Napoleon Barleycorn and John Msikinya and draws conclusions about the part which the Primitive Methodist missions played in the establishment of colonial society.
Sat14Jul201810.30-3.30 Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum
Did the Primitive Methodist Arthur Samuel Peake, the Wesleyan Joseph Agar Beet, and others, by enabling their students to accept biblical criticism and by adapting tradition to modern insights, help to take Methodism forward into the 20th century and beyond or merely drive the first nails into its coffin?
Programme for the day
10.00 Tea and coffee on arrival
10.30 Revd Dr Martin Wellings, Oxford Memorial Church, Methodist historian
The Preacher and the Modern Mind: A Wesleyan Methodist Case Study in Light and Heat'
11.30 David Young
Change and Decay : Primitive Methodism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
13.30 Rev Simon Sutcliffe, Queen's Theological College, Immerse community
talk on the debate in the church today (title to be confirmed)
14.30 Discussion and debate
Cost: £10.00 (which includes lunch)
Please contact us to book your place.
Sat11Aug201810.30-11.30 Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum
Jill Barber will reveal the unknown story of one of the first Primitive Methodist women itinerant preachers. Hannah sailed to America with the first missionaries in 1829, but as a married woman her husband got all the credit!
Sat15Sep201810.30-11.30 Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum
On 12 January 1918, 156 men and boys died in the Minnie Pit disaster at Halmer End. The Primitive Methodist Chapel became a mortuary. It took 18 months for all the men and boys to be recovered. Jill Barber looks at why so many Miners were Methodists, and the impact of their faith on life and death.
Sat13Oct201810.30-11.30 Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum
A renowned Victorian artist, Titcomb was inspired to produce three paintings by a trip to St Ives in Cornwall, including 'Primitive Methodists at Prayer'. David Leese explores the story behind the painting.