Monday, May 30, 2011

On this day ...

... two hundred years ago a new movement emerged. One of the visible aspects of this movement was membership tickets.

In May 1811, Hugh Bourne’s Camp Meeting Methodists and the Clowesites agreed to join forces. In so doing, a new denomination was born, although they had no formal name. The printed ticket of membership was the first visible symbol of corporate life. The tickets were dated May 30, 1811 and contained the following quotation from Acts 28:22 in the King James translation:

“But we desire to hear of what thou thinkest:
for as concerning this sect,
we know that everywhere it is spoken against”

Persecution and opposition became a badge of honour for this movement, later known as Primitive Methodism.

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