Barnes Healing Church
|Barnes Healing Church|
|Founder(s)||Sidney Ernest Wiles|
Barnes Healing Church is a Christian Spiritualist church on White Hart Lane in Barnes in Richmond upon Thames, London. It holds services on Sunday evenings with a guest medium and also a Wednesday evening session of clairvoyance.
Josiah Mee, a student at the Wesleyan College on Richmond Hill, collected the money to buy, in 1867, the land on which the church is built; it was open for worship in April 1868, when he sold it to Rev. William Fiddian Moulton and eleven others.
In 1906 the President of the Methodist Church authorised the sale of the church. It was bought by members of the congregation and renamed the Barnes Primitive Methodist Church. In 1949 the church formally re-entered the Methodist Church Union.
After the church was again declared to be no longer required for Methodist Trust purposes and was purchased by Sidney Ernest Wiles in December 1966. For the next 28 years Wiles ran "Barnes Healing Church" as a Christian Spiritualist Church. It closed when he died in 1994, aged 96.
For the next nine years the church remained closed but was renovated from the proceeds of Wiles' estate. In 2003 a limited company was set up to manage the church and it reopened in April 2003. It is run entirely by volunteers.
Notes and references
- "A very warm welcome to Barnes Healing Church". Barnes Healing Church. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
- "The History of Barnes Healing Church". Barnes Healing Church. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
- Minutes and accounts from 1867 to 1967 and papers relating to its closure are held at Surrey History Centre."White Hart Lane Primitive Methodist Church, Barnes GB/NNAF/C6988". The National Archives (United Kingdom). Retrieved 12 April 2013.
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