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FOREWORD

You have nothing to do but to save souls

The Evolution of the Nottingham Central Methodist Mission

Compiled by  Ian Caulfeild Grant

GRANT

Nottingham

Copyright  ©  Ian Caulfeild Grant 2000

ISBN  0 9519651 2 3

Original Cover design by Ian Grant

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Other works by the author.

As author:

The Treasurer's Handbook.  A guide for voluntary organisations. A How to  Guide published by the Charity Aid Foundation.  ISBN 1 85934 018 0
Fovargue Family Indented Pedigree. ISBN 0 9519651 1 5
Fovargue Births, Marriages and Deaths.

As publisher:

Eileen Grant's  Collected Poems
Dear South Park, by Margaret J. Widdowson . ISBN 0 9519651 0 7  (as computer typist and publisher).


FOREWORD

Henry Ford, often quoted unfairly out of context, said: "History is bunk". As a general statement this is manifestly false.  Without our history we should not exist and without historians to record it, we should be greatly impoverished. So I am grateful to Ian Grant for his painstaking research into all that made the Nottingham Central Methodist Mission what it was and has become.


Rev Brian Greet
I have followed the story of the mission for a quarter of a century and, at one time, was closely involved in its life and work. When I came, as Chairman of the Nottingham and Derby District in September 1973, one of my joys was to visit the Albert Hall on many occasions and to preach there often. The days had gone when people queued outside for the Sunday evening service and the hall was packed to capacity. Yet there was a good congregation of loyal, devoted and committed people who worshipped in spirit and in truth and listened attentively to the preacher. But even their unrelenting loyalty could not be expected to sustain the enormous premises and foot the inevitably colossal bills.

I was present at many meetings where various possible schemes were considered; and when conversations began between representatives of the Albert Hall and Parliament Street, I was involved in those too. The joining of the two congregations in the beautifully refurbished premises in Parliament Street was a triumph of grace and faith. I shall never forget that great Covenant Service on 8th January 1989, which I shared with dear Joe Gibbon, and which effectively 'began' services in the newly established headquarters of the Mission.

I commend this book. Its title could mislead those who do not know John Wesley. The Gospel which saved eighteenth century England was not a narrow, inward-looking individualism. Wesley also said: "We speak of a faith productive of good works and all holiness", and "There is no holiness but social holiness".  The history of the Nottingham Central Methodist Mission expounds these inseparable truths and remains, today, committed to the proclamation of the whole Gospel for all people in the entire community and throughout the world.

Thank you to Ian Grant for reminding us of our heritage and stimulating us afresh to serve the present age.

Brian A. Greet, 20 July 1998
Chairman of the Nottingham and Derby District, 1973 to 1988


Albert Hall Institute building
and rear of the Albert Hall
[Back cover]


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