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Osmotherley Methodist Church was founded by a group of Methodists who formed a society there following the influence of John Wesley who visited Osmotherley 17 times. It is one of the earliest Chapels in Methodism, being built in 1754 - a fact very clearly indicated by the engraving on the lintel of the entrance door.
The building might not look much like a church to those who are unaware of the history of Methodism in the United Kingdom, but it was not built as a 'church' as such, but as a society meeting house. In John Wesley's day, the Methodists consisted of 'classes' or small groups of people who wished to read and study the Bible and pray together. They sought to develop their 'scriptural holiness' and thereby avoid the 'wrath that is to come'.
It was much later, after Mr Wesley had died, that the pressures became overwhelming and the Methodist Societies became a new denomination of Church. But it must be said that John Wesley was always strongly against such a move.
But what drew Mr. Wesley to visit in the first place? This is a strange event, for in fact it was no Anglican who invited him there but a Fransican monk who had heard 'so many strange accounts of the Methodists' that he must find out for himself just who this man was. So he called on Mr. Wesley, after which he 'returned home fully satisfied with his journey'.
I am sorry that the site is still under construction at the moment, but I am busy working on it so that you can learn some fascinating stuff about Osmotherley Methodist Church - one of the Methodist Church's Heritage Sites - and also John Wesley and his links with the beautiful village of Osmotherley in North Yorkshire...
Come and visit us simply to immerse yourself in the beauty of the North Yorkshire countryside to walk, partake of the local hostelries or soak up the history of this unique village.
As you will see from the headings above, there is a lot going on here and if you love the countryside or history you will find plenty to keep you busy!
Come for a day, or stay for a while....
In the meantime you could also visit: www.methodistheritage.org.uk/osmotherley.htm
Watch this space....!