- Great Glen Methodist Church
name = Great Glen Methodist Church
img_capt = Great Glen Methodist Hall & Church
denomination = Methodist
founded_date = 1827
style = Chapel
minister = Revd Mark Cheetham
address = Oaks Road, Great Glen, Leicestershire
country = United Kingdom
website = [http://greatglen.libsyn.com/ Download Talks & Sermons]
Great Glen Methodist Church,
Leicestershirewas built in 1827 and a church hall was later added to the east of the Church in 1879. See more detail of the history of the church below in the History section.
The Church today
Selected sermons and talks are recorded and are available for listening or downloading as podcasts free of charge at
[http://greatglen.libsyn.com/ Talks from Great Glen Methodist Church]
An aerial view of the church and its location can be found at [http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Great+Glen+Methodist+Church&sll=52.574948,-1.032511&sspn=0.000823,0.001824&ie=UTF8&ll=52.575127,-1.032511&spn=0.000823,0.001824&t=k&z=19&iwloc=A/ Google Maps]
The Minister is the Reverend Mark J Cheetham (B.Th Cantab)
The Church now has the following activities in addition to its normal morning Sunday service starting at 10:30 am and evening Sunday service starting at 6:30pm:
- Fusion, a Sunday morning children's group for ages 4 to 12 at 10:30am each week in termtime
- Sparklers, a Monday morning mother and toddlers group for youngsters under 4 starting at 9:30am (joint initiative with Anglican church)
- Confusion, an alternate Friday evening group for teenagers starting at 7:30pm
- Bible Fellowship - most Tuesdays at 8:00pm in local homes with fellowship, bible study and prayer
- Morning Prayers - each Saturday at 7:45 am in the Church vestry
History of the Methodist Church in Great Glen
Dissentersfrom the Anglican Church emerged in the 18th Century. In 1712 there were around 12 Presbyterians, 3 Anabaptists, and 3 Quakers reportedly living in Great Glen and nearby. Between 1714 and 1726 six different houses in Great Glen were licensed as meeting-houses for these dissenters. [British History online] [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=22049&strquery=great%20glen#s4/ British History Online]
Most of the leading artisan families in Great Glen were Methodist "dissenters" and prominent people in the Weslyan church congregation included William Edgley - Miller, Thomas Batchelor - Bricklayer, Daniel Allen - Blacksmith, Solomon Banks - Watchmaker, Joseph Smeeton - Framework Knitter, Thomas Smeeton - Carpenter, John Hawley - Grocer, John Haycock - Builder, Robert Holyoak - Tailor, Robert Scampton - Carpenter and William Scott - Tailor.
Kitty Packe who was wife of the Lord of the Manor was much concerned in the middle of the nineteenth century as to the strength of those dissenting from the established Anglican church saying "Now I can sympathise with anybody in Dislike to Dissent but I have no dislike of the poor
dissenters. I would not willingly let a cottage or a farm to a dissenter, and even for an allotment I would give a preference to a Church (ie Anglican) person" Compared to another local village who have a number of agnostics and Independents she says "I have much reason to be thankful in Great Glen that we only have Wesleyans as dissentersamong the poor".
More than concerned and rather more worried about the development of Methodism in Great Glen was an outgoing note to the next incumbent Minister at the Anglican Church in 1866 by the vicar Revd HL Dodds who said "The (Anglican) church is very weak in the parish. The Church people have little zeal especially for missions" ". He contrasts his own congregation with the Wesleyans led by the "prominent and influential people in the village" noting "The quiet and influential opposition is led by the Haycocks & Mrs Cooper".
In being privileged to count many artisans amongst its congregation, the Methodist Church in Great Glen saw its repairs and refurbishments being often completed voluntarily - and free of charge - by the very craftsmen that would enjoy its surroundings each Sunday.
The Church hall was started in 1868 as a drive to house the many children that then needed a Sunday School and completed - no doubt at a very cost-effective price by the many in the congregation who had all the skills to expand their own church. 1876 saw the architects plans drawn up and the building was completed and the Sunday School opened only three years later in 1879.
It would be another 110 years before the next major building work took place to connect the Church an the Sunday school and add toilets, a separate entrance and another function room, to be named after a prominent 20th Century member of the Church congregation, Ruth Warner, in 1989
* [http://greatglen.libsyn.com/ Talks from Great Glen Methodist Church]
* [http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Great+Glen+Methodist+Church&sll=52.574948,-1.032511&sspn=0.000823,0.001824&ie=UTF8&ll=52.575127,-1.032511&spn=0.000823,0.001824&t=k&z=19&iwloc=A/ Methodist Church located on Google Maps]
* [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/494472/ Picture of Church Hall on Geograph UK]
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