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Formation of the Methodist Church (Canada, Newfoundland, Bermuda) 1884

Formation of the Methodist Church

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

Formation of the Methodist Church

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Hastings
The City of Belleville
In front of the church on the northwest corner of
Bridge Street East and Church Street


Coordinates: N 44 09.871 W 77 22.879

Map

Plaque Text

The largest Protestant denomination in Canada during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Methodist Church (Canada, Newfoundland, Bermuda) was established in 1884. Its formation marked the culmination of a long series of mergers between groups of British and American origin. The first broad union occurred in 1874 when three denominations, amalgamations of smaller groups, joined to form the Methodist Church of Canada. Nine years later, at meetings held in Belleville, union of all mainline Methodists was proposed. After intense debate, delegates representing the Methodist Episcopal Church in Canada, the Bible Christian Church of Canada, the Primitive Methodist Church in Canada and the Methodist Church of Canada approved the merger and on July 1, 1884 the Methodist Church (Canada, Newfoundland, Bermuda) was officially established.

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