Friday Forum Theatre

In 2024 we continue our series of occasional shows researched, written and performed by our Learning Officer, Elizabeth Morris, dealing with individuals and topics connected to local Primitive Methodist history.

Three stories of inspirational Primitive Methodists who lived the truth of their faith to the full, told by Englesea Brook’s resident storyteller Elizabeth Morris in the beautiful and atmospheric setting of Englesea Brook Chapel.

Each performance will be followed by a discussion of the issues raised. Tickets £8. Contact for bookings.

Not suitable for under 12s.

10th May: The Providence of Mary Porteus

Mary Porteus (1783-1861) was one of the longest-serving female preachers in Primitive Methodism and an inspiration to all she met and ministered to for her resilience and faith. It was her tenacious faith that God would always provide that carried her through tragedy, desperation and danger. Her story is a remarkable witness to Spirit-filled living.

Mary Porteus portrait 16x9

26th July: Tales from the Pot Bank – the Early Life of William Clowes

William Clowes (1780-1851) was one of the founders of Primitive Methodism. Converted in 1805, he was a charismatic leader with almost ‘supernatural’ powers. Born into the famous Wedgwood family on his mother’s side and the son of a drunken potter, discover how his troubled youth led to his transformation into one of the greatest evangelists of the day.

William Clowes portrait 16x9

13th September: A Tale of Two Missions

Amy Richardson (1872-1953) was the first female missionary to Eastern Nigeria at the turn of the 20th century. Her story inspired Sister Elizabeth Stead MBE to follow in her footsteps a few years later. Hear the story of these two remarkable women and learn how mission evolved to meet the needs of the people they served.

Elizabeth Stead portrait 16x9
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