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 African American, became an ordained minister with the Connexion. In the 1850s, John 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 church has 21 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 attendance at all churches is approximately 1,000 adults and children.
The Connexion has churches at present in:
- Bells Yew Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
- Bolney, Haywards Heath, West Sussex
- Broad Oak, Canterbury, Kent
- Copthorne, West Sussex: Copthorne Chapel
- Cradley, Herefordshire, near Malvern, founded 1823
- Eastbourne, East Sussex: South Street Free Church
- Ebley, Stroud, Gloucestershire
- Ely Cambridgeshire: Countess Free Church, Ely
- Ely, Cambridgeshire: New Connexions Free Church, Ely
- Goring-on-Thames, Reading, Berkshire
- Hailsham, East Sussex
- Middleton, Greater Manchester
- Mortimer West End, Padworth Common, Reading. Berkshire
- Rosedale, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire (Rosedale Community Church) 
- Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey, Kent
- Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex: Shoreham Free Church
- St Ives, Cornwall
- Turners Hill, West Sussex: Turners Hill Free Church
- Wivelsfield, East Sussex
- Woodmancote, Gloucestershire: Woodmancote Evangelical Free Church
- Wormley, between Hoddesdon and Cheshunt, Hertfordshire: Wormley Free Church
No longer active
Connexion churches were formerly active in:
- 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, 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.
- Worcester, Worcestershire - closed as a chapel by 1970, now a concert hall known as Huntingdon Hall.
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