Saturday morning talks

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!

  • Sat
    10.30-3.30 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

    Cambridge Primitive Methodist Circuit opposed the introduction of ministerial training, saying, 'We thoroughly disapprove of the proposed training scheme as dangerous to the piety of young men. What they will gain in light they will lose in heat.'  Were they right?

    12.30    Lunch

    13.30    Rev Simon Sutcliffe, Queen's Theological College, Immerse community
    A Plea for (a Methodist) Contextual Theology. 

    Simon Sutcliffe is interested in the need to take context and experience seriously in any modern  theological endeavour. This, in turn, places us in a far better place to engage with that context for the sake of the Gospel.

    14.30   Open Discussion with the Panel

    Cost:  £10.00 (which includes lunch)

    Please contact us to book your place.

  • Sat
    10.30-11.30 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!

  • Sat
    10.30-11.30 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.

  • Sat
    10.30-11.30 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.