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APPENDIX 3
FAMILY  TREE  OF  METHODIST CHURCHES
AND  MEMBERSHIP STATISTICS


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Albert Hall Class Membership Returns
Date of meeting Numbers
24/1/1967 (note 1) 682
14/3/1967 (note 1) 680
9/6/1967 (note 1) 677
11/9/1967 (note 1) 672
6/12/1967 (note 1) 671
28/2/1968 (note 1) 680
28/5/1968 (note 1) 677
6/9/1968 (note 1) 679
25/11/1968 (note 1) 676
9/3/1969 (note 2) 666
4/6/1969 (note 2) 655
4/9/1969 (note 2) 647
3/12/1969 (note 2) 643
27/2/1970 (note 2) 638
18/6/1970 (note 2) 625
3/9/1970 (note 2) 625
2/12/1970 (note 2) 625
3/3/1971 (note 2) 620
7/6/1971 (note 2) 609
13/9/1971 (note 2) 600
18/12/1971 (note 2) 600
2/3/1972 (note 2) 604
31/5/1972 (note 2) 608
4/9/1972 (note 2) 613
29/11/1972 (note 2) 617
28/2/1973 (note 2) 620
4/6/1973 (note 2) 622
5/9/1973 (note 2) 625
23/11/1973 (note 2) 618
27/4/1974 (note 2) 621
2/10/1974 (notes 2 and 3) 621
14/1/1975 (notes 2 and 3) 625
12/2/1975 (Nov. '74 (notes 2 and 3)) 625
3/10/1975 (notes 2 and 3) 619
13/2/1976 (notes 2 and 3) no report
15/10/1976 (notes 2 and 3) no report
25/1/1977 (notes 2 and 4) 604
16/2/1977 (notes 2 and 3) no report
25/5/1977 (notes 2 and 3) no report
19/10/1977 (notes 2 and 3) no report
24/1/1978 (notes 2 and 5) 603
7/2/1979 (notes 2 and 6) 517
21/3/1979 (notes 2 and 7) 511

Note 1: Report taken from "Leaders' Meeting Minute Book" September 1958 to January 1969.

Note 2: Report taken from "Leaders' Meeting Minute Book" March 1969 to October 1979.

Note 3: The Leaders' Meeting was replaced by the Church Council.

Note 4: Annual Church Meeting: "Reported that there are many people attached to Fellowship Classes who are not members of the Church. These people were urged to become members".

Note 5: Annual Church Meeting

Note 6: "At 31 October 1978 - 555, now 517."

Note 7: Annual Church Meeting. "Names had been removed from the register."
Mission  Statistics  1970
Branch Number of  Members Sunday Congregations
    Morning Evening
Albert Hall 643 250 700
Aspley Hall 217 80 75
King's Hall 108 20 60

Staff:  three ordained ministers, one full-time deaconess and one part-time deaconess.

The MNC [Methodist New Connexion] circuit plan of 1799 included eighteen preaching places which ranged from Leicester in the south, Mansfield in the north, and Castle Donington and Shepshed in the west. Gradually, those places further away broke off to form their own circuits or become parts of others, so that in 1827 Parliament Street circuit included the chapels at Hyson Green, Bobbers Mill, Arnold, Old Basford, Bulwell, Stapleford, Beeston, and Hucknall. 

Mapperley Chapel on Woodborough Road became the head of the Nottingham East Circuit. The circuit comprised Carlton (Gedling Road), Carlton (Main Street), Burton Joyce (Main Street), Lowdham, St. John's (Standhill Road), Netherfield (Victoria Road), Phoenix Farm (Wollaton Avenue, Gedling), Thurgarton, and Epperstone (Chapel Lane).

Minutes of a meeting of the District Committee held at Nottingham  20 and 21 May 1807 recorded that the circuits  within  the  Nottingham District in 1807 were Nottingham, Newark, Leicester, Grantham, Ashby, Burton and Loughborough.

The Plan of the Nottingham Circuit [presumably of the Wesleyan Methodist Church] 19 August to 11 November 1883 comprised the following churches: Beeston, Bestwood Road (Hucknall), Bobber's Mill, Campbell Street (Robin Hood Street), Chilwell, Hill Top, Hucknall, Hyson Green, Ilkeston, Long Eaton, New Radford, Papplewick, Parliament Street, Stapleford, Wesley, Woodborough and Woodborough Road. Some of these churches shortly split away from the Wesleyan Methodist Church.

The Circuit Plans for the Methodist New Connexion, Nottingham Circuit, for May, June and July 1890 consisted of Parliament Street (Head of the circuit), Arnold, Bobber's Mill, Campbell Street, Hyson Green, New Radford, Redcliffe Road and Rose Street.

Subsequently, Bobber's Mill, Arnold (Front Street) and Arnold (Ebeneezer) [1931-1966]) and Redcliffe Road [1869-1966] were in the Methodist New Connection, Nottingham Central Circuit. Campbell Street, Parliament Street (Head of the circuit) and Woodborough Road went into the Methodist New Connexion, Nottingham East Circuit.

Kelly's Directory of Nottinghamshire, 1900 recorded the Methodist New Connexion, Parliament Street Circuit, as consisting of four churches: Campbell Street (Robin Hood Street), New Radford (Independent st.), Parliament Street (Head of the circuit) and Sycamore Road. The Circuit Plan for May, June and July 1933 for the Methodist New Connexion, Parliament Street Circuit, recorded the same churches but with slightly different names: Campbell Street, Independent Street, Parliament Street (Head of the circuit) and Sycamore Road. The Quarterly Schedule of the United Methodist Church for the December 1934 Quarterly Meeting recorded Parliament Street as having one hundred and eleven members.

"Wesley Chapel" on Broad Street, Nottingham, was built in 1838-1839 (the opening service was on 20 June 1839) as an alternative to enlarging Hockley Chapel. It was the place where, during the visit of Rev. James Caughey  in 1844, the founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth, was converted. The members were transferred to Parliament Street Church in 1954 as the result of the combined effects of declining members and rising costs of maintenance.

Parliament Street Chapel continued as head of the circuit until 1983. At that time Parliament Street amalgamated with the Albert Hall Central Methodist Mission

The following are details of the Membership of the Methodist New Connexion, Nottingham East Circuit.
Date Parliament Street Campbell Street Independent Street Sycamore Road Total
3/10/1908 230 160 36 44 470
27/9/1909 218 166 36 42 462
20/9/1910 219 161 36 42 458
11/12/1911 204 162 27 34 427
9/12/1912 195 167 31 41 434
8/12/1913 195 156 30 37 418
14/12/1914 190 162 17 34 403
13/12/1915 174 165 21 30 390
11/12/1916 163 158 24 33 378
10/12/1917 163 154 22 31 370
9/12/1918 163 148 22 26 359
15/12/1919          
13/12/1920 138 138 19 29 324
20/9/1921 132 140 19 28 319
19/9/1922 142 129 21 27 319
10/12/1923 142 137 32 30 341
8/12/1924          
9/3/1925 144 138 31 27 340
15/3/1926 147 137 34 28 346
14/3/1927 140 140 31 31 342
12/3/1928 130 135 29 28 322
11/3/1929 135 116 27 38 316
9/3/1931 112 121 35 37 305
14/3/1932 116 102 33 35 286
13/3/1933 111 103 32 33 279
11/3/1935 113 109 34 33 289
 

[Circuit meeting at the Albert Hall on Wednesday 5th December 1984.]

Matters arising (c) Albert Hall/ Parliament Street: A single Church Council covering the use of two sets of buildings had now been approved and was in the course of being constituted, following the necessary consultation with both Church Councils and Societies. It had also been agreed by the societies that, commencing in January 1985, combined morning and evening services would be held in Parliament Street and combined evening services in the Albert Hall. On the recommendation of the Chairman, the Circuit Meeting unanimously approved the following: (i) the closing of the Albert Hall for morning services and Parliament Street for evening services with effect from 6th January 1985.

Arkwright Street Methodist Church was in Nottingham South Circuit (e.g. in 1878 to 1901).

Nottingham  Central  Circuit  was formed in 1933 following the reunion of the Wesleyan, Primitive, and United Methodist churches a year earlier. The new circuit included parts of the former Wesley and Tennyson Street (Wesleyan) circuits, part of the second and third Primitive circuits and the whole of the Redcliffe Road and Shakespeare Street (United) circuits.

ANNUAL  RETURNS  OF  MEMBERS AND COMMUNITY  ROLL
Date of meeting Period of count Membership Community Roll
    Circuit Albert Hall Bridge-way Hall King's Hall Parlia-ment Street Albert Hall Bridge-way Hall King's Hall
6/12/1983 Oct. 1983 552 (*1) 342 91 119 [88]      
5/12/1984 Oct. 1984 596 320 89 109 78 280 300 425  
      Central Mission     Total Comm-unity roll Central Mission    
5/3/1986 Oct. 1985 549 353 91 105 624 120 209 295
2/12/1987 Oct. 1986 506              
2/12/1987 Oct. 1987 461 272 87 102 607      
Not recorded Oct. 1988                
11/12/1989 Oct. 1989 418 235 88 95 623 146 241 236
10/12/1990 Oct. 1990 429 (*2) 253 86 90 634      
9/12/1991 Oct. 1991 423 261 83 79 736 155 230 351
8/12/1992 Oct. 1992 403 259 79 65 584 248 264 72
6/12/1993 Oct. 1993 399 257 76 66 334 244 258 76
2/3/1995 Oct. 1994 340 261 79 (*3) 400 189 211  
Not recorded Oct. 1995                

(*1) Excludes Parliament Street

(*2) "Connexional average is two hundred and forty per minister and one of the reasons that we retain three ministers is that it is regarded as of utmost importance to maintain a minister at King's - the only priority appointment in the District [Nottingham and Derby District]. Bridgeway is considered as next in importance, Central Mission third." [Circuit meeting at Bridgeway Hall on Monday 10th December 1990.]

(*3) "The Chairman informed the meeting that the net proceeds from the sale of the premises was approximately £63,000 and that this amount was now held at Manchester and would only be available to us if we wanted to undertake a capital scheme in the St. Ann's area. The members of King's Hall society, remaining in the circuit, had either joined Central or Bridgeway and were meeting monthly at Central as the King's Hall Fellowship." [Circuit meeting at the Central Mission on Wednesday 15th June 1994.] 

 


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