Holy Club

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The Holy Club was an organization at Christ Church, Oxford, set up by brothers John and Charles Wesley in 1729, who later contributed to the formation of the Methodist Church.[1][2][3]

Jeering college students scoffed at these "Methodists" who tried to systematically serve God every hour of the day.[3] They set aside time for praying, examining their spiritual lives, studying the Bible, and meeting together.[3] In addition, they took food to poor families, visited lonely people in prison, and taught orphans how to read.[3] Members of the organization celebrated Holy Communion frequently and fasted on Wednesdays and Fridays until 3 P.M.[1][2] Fellows of the Holy Club also studied and discussed the Novum Testamentum Graece as well as the Classics.[1] Critics of the Holy Club on the Oxford Campus said:

This organisation is often said to be the root of the influential Methodist Church.[1]

Notable persons[edit]

The individuals listed below are notable members of the Holy Club who distinguished themselves later in life.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Holy Club". Christianity Today. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Holy Club". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Keysor, Charles W. (1996). Our Methodist Heritage. Good News. p. 12. ISBN 0-912692-27-8. 

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