Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion
The Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion is a small society of evangelical churches, founded in 1783 by Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, as a result of the Evangelical Revival. For many years it was strongly associated with the Calvinist Methodist movement of George Whitefield.
John Marrant (1755–1791), an African American, became an ordained minister with the Connexion. In Canada in the 1850s, Thomas Molson built a church for the Connexion group near his brewery in Montreal, but it was poorly attended and soon became used instead as a military barracks.
Today the Connexion has 22 congregations in England and some in Sierra Leone. Of the UK churches, seven normally have full-time pastors: Eastbourne, Ely, Goring, Rosedale, St. Ives, Turners Hill and Ebley. Total regular attendance at all churches is approximately 1,000 adults and children.
|Bells Yew Green Chapel||Bells Yew Green, Kent|
|Bolney Village Chapel||Bolney, West Sussex||||Simon Allaby|
|Broad Oak Chapel||Broad Oak, Kent||1867|
|Copthorne Chapel||Copthorne, West Sussex||1822|||
|Cradley Chapel||Cradley, Herefordshire||1823||Ken Hart|
|South Street Free Church||Eastbourne, East Sussex||1897||||David Batchelor|
|Ebley Chapel||Ebley, Stroud, Gloucestershire|||
|Countess Free Church, Ely||Ely, Cambridgeshire||1785||||Karl Relton|
|New Connexions Free Church, Ely||Ely, Cambridgeshire||||Keith Waters|
|Goring Free Church||Goring-on-Thames, Berkshire||1788||||Nigel Gordon-Potts|
|Hailsham Gospel Mission||Hailsham, East Sussex|
|St Stephen's Church, Middleton||Middleton, Greater Manchester|
|Mortimer West End Chapel||Mortimer West End, Hampshire|||
|Rosedale Community Church||Cheshunt, Hertfordshire||||Bethany Green|
|Sheppey Evangelical Church||Leysdown-on-Sea, Kent||||Joe Gregory|
|Shoreham Free Church||Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex|||
|Slough Community Church||Slough, Berkshire|||
|Zion Community Church St Ives||St Ives, Cornwall||Tim Dennick|
|Turners Hill Free Church||Turners Hill, West Sussex||||Geoff Chapman|
|Ote Hall Chapel||Wivelsfield, East Sussex|
|Woodmancote Evangelical Free Church||Woodmancote, Gloucestershire||||Andrew Hiscock|
|Wormley Free Church||Wormley, Hertfordshire||1834||||Ben Quant|
No longer active
Connexion churches were formerly active in:
- Bath, Somerset: founded in 1765, later Trinity United Reformed Church and now the Museum of Bath Architecture
- Bodmin, Cornwall: in January 1880 the congregation bought the "very desirable" property known as Springfield for a minister's residence.
- Brighton, East Sussex, the first of the churches, was founded at North Street in 1761.
- East Grinstead, West Sussex: Zion Chapel founded in 1810, now the West Street Baptist Church
- Fordham, Essex was active in the 19th century.
- Preston, Lancashire, founded before 1826, in Pole Street, is now closed.
- South Stoke, Oxfordshire, founded in 1820, is now a private house.
- Steyning, West Sussex: Jarvis Hall, a Connexion church from 1835 to 1841
- Tyldesley, Greater Manchester, founded in 1789, was known as Tyldesley Top Chapel.
- Worcester, Worcestershire was closed as a chapel by 1970. It is now a concert hall known as Huntingdon Hall.
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- Montreal Gazette, 15 February 1986. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
- The Gospel Coalition Retrieved 20 May 2017.
- There were said to be 16 congregations in Sierra Leone in 2003.Retrieved 30 January 2019.
- "Connexion Network". www.cofhconnexion.org.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
- "Bodmin". The Cornishman (81). 29 January 1880.
- "North Street: The Countess of Huntingdon's Church, by Jennifer Drury". 24 August 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
- "St Mark, Preston- Lady Huntingdons Connexion". genuki.org.uk. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
- Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 774. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
- "Oxfordshire Churches & Chapels website: South Stoke". Oxfordshirechurches.info. Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- http://www.worcesterlive.co.uk/about-us.asp Huntingdon Hall, part of Worcester Live charitable trust
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