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Church Union, 1913

Church Union, 1913

In February 1913 the two main branches of New Zealand Methodism – the Wesleyan Methodist Church and the Primitive Methodist Church – united into a single church. The Wesleyans began mission work in New Zealand in 1823, and the Primitive Methodists in 1884. This 1 February 1913 article from Wellington newspaper the Evening Post, says the proposal to unite created difficulties, but these were faced in a 'frank, manly, but brotherly way'.

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Reference: Evening Post, 1 February 1913, p. 12

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Tim Shoebridge, 'Methodist Church - The settler church', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/27517/church-union-1913 (accessed 6 December 2019)

Story by Tim Shoebridge, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018