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Methodist Central Hall celebrates 100 years

Monday, October 15, 2012

Meg Munn MP was honoured to be invited to the special service celebrating the 100 years since the opening of Methodist Central Hall in Westminster.

Situated in Westminster directly across from Westminster Abbey and down the road from Westminster cathedral, the building has been at the heart of many great occasions. During the Second World War thousands of people sought refuge each night in the basement, and just last year it was used as the base for US television stations broadcasting the Royal Wedding. Today the building has a cafe in the basement that is visited by many tourists to the area each day.

Meg, who chairs the Methodist Fellowship in Parliament, said:

“It was a wonderful event to mark this special occasion. We heard about important events that took place in the hall, such as the first meeting of the United Nations and a speech by Mahatma Gandhi.

But we were also reminded that at the heart of the building is the church and the people, those who worship there every week ensuring its continuation as resource not just for Methodists but also for the local community and many visitors to London.”

The fund to establish the Methodist Central Hall at the start of the 20th Century was an initiative to mark the centenary of John Wesley’s death, with the aim of raising 1 million guineas from 1 million Methodists. The vision was for a central Methodist church as a headquarters and also as a great church at the heart of the nation. The fund closed in 1904 after six years and as well as Central Hall it paid for building of chapels, schools and children’s homes all over the country and for missionary work overseas. Methodist Central Hall opened on 3 October 1912.

 

Associated Photograph :

Meg with church member Ron Fennell and Superintendent Minister Martin Turner

Meg with church member Ron Fennell and Superintendent Minister Martin Turner


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