United Methodist Church (Great Britain)
|Part of a series on|
The United Methodist Church in Great Britain was a Protestant denomination that existed in the early twentieth century. It was a relatively small grouping of British Methodism, formed in 1907 by the union of the United Methodist Free Churches with two other small groupings, the Bible Christian Church and the Methodist New Connexion.
The act of Parliament which enabled this amalgamation received the royal assent on the 26th of July 1907, and authorized the union "to deal with real and personal property belonging to the said three churches or denominations, to provide for the vesting of the said property in trust for the United Church so formed and for the assimilation of the trusts thereof, and for other purposes." The union was completed on the 16th of September 1907 in Wesley's Chapel, City Road, London. The Church gave power of speech and vote in its meetings to every member of 18 years of age and upwards. Its principal courts were constituted of an equal number of ministers and laymen. The Church had theological colleges at Manchester and Sheffield, boys' schools at Shebbear, Devon, and at Harrogate, and a girls' school at Bideford. It issued a weekly and two monthly journals. It formed one of the three streams of Methodism then extant in Britain.
The British United Methodist Church had no particular connection with the much larger United Methodist Church in the United States, other than the common heritage shared by all Methodist denominations; the American church did not take the name "United Methodist Church" until 1968.
- Davies, R. E. (1985). Methodism (2nd ed.). Peterborough: Epworth Press. pp. 159–161.
- One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "United Methodist Church". Encyclopædia Britannica 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 608.
- Davies, R. E. (1985). Methodism (2nd ed.). Peterborough: Epworth Press. p. 143.
|This Methodism-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|