Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion
The Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion is a small society of evangelical churches, founded in 1783 by Selina, Countess of Huntingdon as a result of the Evangelical Revival. For years it was strongly associated with the Calvinist Methodist movement of George Whitefield.
John Marrant (1755–1791), an ordained minister with the Connexion, was a noted evangelist amongst the Cherokee Native Americans and the Black Loyalists of Nova Scotia, some of whom settled in Sierra Leone.
Today the church has 21 congregations in England and some in Sierra Leone. Of the UK churches six normally have full-time pastors: Eastbourne, Ely, Goring, St. Ives, Turners Hill and Ebley. Total attendance at all churches is approximately 1,000 adults and children.
The connexion has churches present in:
- Ely, Cambridgeshire: New Connexions Free Church, Ely
- Copthorne, West Sussex: Copthorne Chapel
- Ely Cambridgeshire: Countess Free Church, Ely
- Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex: Shoreham Free Church
- Eastbourne, East Sussex: South Street Free Church
- Turners Hill, West Sussex: Turners Hill Free Church
- Woodmancote, Gloucestershire: Woodmancote Evangelical Free Church
- Wormey, between Hoddesdon and Cheshunt, Hertfordshire: Wormley Free Church
- Cradley, Herefordshire, near Malvern, founded 1823
- Bells Yew Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
- Bolney, Haywards Heath, West Sussex
- Broad Oak, Canterbury, Kent
- Ebley, Stroud, Gloucestershire
- Goring-on-Thames, Reading, Berkshire
- Hailsham, East Sussex
- Middleton, Greater Manchester
- Mortimer West End, Padworth Common, Reading. Berkshire
- Rosedale, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire
- Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey, Kent
- St Ives, Cornwall
- Wivelsfield, East Sussex
No longer active
Former connexion churches were present in:
- Brighton, East Sussex, the first of the churches, founded at North Street in 1761.
- Fordham, Essex, active in the 19th century.
- Preston, Lancashire, founded before 1826, in Pole Street, the church is now closed.
- South Stoke, Oxfordshire, founded in 1820, is now a private house.
- Tyldesley, Greater Manchester, founded 1789, known as Tyldesley Top Chapel.
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