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Women and the Shaping of British MethodismPersistent Preachers, 1807-1907$
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Jennifer M. Lloyd

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719078859

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719078859.001.0001

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Philanthropists, volunteers, fund-raisers, and local preachers

Philanthropists, volunteers, fund-raisers, and local preachers

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Women and the Shaping of British Methodism

Jennifer Lloyd

Manchester University Press

This chapter addresses the essential contributions of women to their Methodist societies as ‘purveyors of hospitality, visitors, class members, and leaders’. It begins with some exceptional female evangelicals, not all Methodists, who stepped outside their domestic environments to engage in philanthropy, founding missions to working men, rescuing prostitutes, organizing mothers' meetings, campaigning for temperance, and recruiting and training Biblewomen. Most Methodist women did not engage in these activities, especially in rural areas, but did sick-visiting, distributed pamphlets, led classes, played the harmonium or sang in choirs. The chapter describes and evaluates the growing opportunity for women as Sunday school teachers, and show how women were important fund-raisers, as missionary fund collectors, bazaar organizers, and tea organizers. The last part of the chapter returns to female evangelism. Female preaching did not die in the 1840s; Primitive Methodists and Bible Christians relied on female local preachers to fill their plans, and female evangelists who preached outside their circuits at special services could be relied on to attract larger than usual congregations and swell the size of the collections. By the mid-century there were women who had developed careers as fund-raisers and revivalists within Methodist circuits.

Keywords:   Methodist societies, Methodist women, female evangelicals, philanthropy, female preachers, Primitive Methodists, Bible Christians

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