United Methodist Free Churches

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One of the bodies which made up the United Methodist Church in 1907. It was an amalgamation of small communities which had broken away from Wesleyan Methodism for constitutional, not doctrinal, reasons. The Protestant Methodists were formed in 1827; the immediate occasion of their secession was the erection of an organ at Brunswick Chapel, Leeds, but the underlying cause was the wish of the laity to have a share in the government of their Church. The Wesleyan Methodist Association was formed in 1835 as the result of a dispute about the foundation of a Theological Institution for the training of ministers; it was joined by the Protestant Methodists in 1836. The Wesleyan Reformers came into being after three ministers had been expelled from the 1849 Conference when they refused to answer questions about some anonymous pamphlets known as Fly Sheets. The Wesleyan Methodist Association and the bulk of the Wesleyan Reformers joined in 1857 to form the United Methodist Free Churches.

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