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Glossary

Methodist

This is a religious revival organisation of the 18th century. The name is a nickname that has stuck. It was established in principle by John Wesley to provide a distinctive style of worship for people Wesley thought had no interests and aspiration in the 18th century church. The meetings included Sunday services as normal, but also further meetings as well. The main theme was on personal conversion and salvation - so any personal status or wealth meant nothing. Methodism was especially common in the industrial areas where people had little status or wealth. It was influential in setting up political parties. Though Wesley saw himself as a member of the church his followers carried on his work - this led to it being a separate organisation. (See also Primitive Methodists).

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