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Methodism began in England during the 18th Century by John and Charles Wesley. The following is a brief account of the inception of the Methodist Movement.
The name "Methodists" was first given by way of derision to four students at the University of Oxford, among them John and Charles Wesley, who in November 1729, began to meet together regularly in a "Holy Club" for study, prayer and communion. According to John Wesley, the exact regularity of their lives and studies occasioned a gentleman of Christ Church to say, "here is sprung up a new sect of Methodists." About ten years later, after the Wesleys had become famous preachers and their movement was spreading, the name was revived, and those who followed them were designated the "people called Methodists!" In 1735, John and Charles Wesley sailed to America as missionaries to Georgia. On their return trip they were impressed with a group of Moravians whose religious faith provided an inner assurance amidst the terrible storms on the sea. John Wesley arrived back in London in February 1738 and sought out a Moravian leader, Peter Bohler, who taught both he and his brother about self-surrender, instantaneous conversion and joy in conscious salvation. John Wesley went to one of the societies on Aldersgate Street in London and heard a layman read Martin Luther's preface to the Epistle to the Romans describing faith. Possessed of such faith, that preface had said the heart is cheered, elevated ad transported with sweet affection toward God. It was at this point that something most dramatic happened to John Wesley. concerning this sudden happening, Wesley wrote, "About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, "I felt my heart strangely warmed. If felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation, and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the 'law of sin and death.'" John Wesley's experience, as referred to by others, was the determinative factor in the rise of Methodism and the evangelistic revival. Thus Methodism was born. During the years following the birth of Methodism, the denomination grew rapidly. The Methodist Episcopal Church North and South was an outgrowth of Wesley's Methodism. Some Blacks, converted to Christianity by their slave masters, accepted the Methodist doctrine as their own. However, after the emancipation of Blacks from slavery, the desire of many freed persons to have and control their own church became primary. This desire led formerly enslaved persons who had been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South to start their own independent religious organization. The Colored Methodist Episcopal Church as it is commonly called, came into existence as a result of the movement from slavery to freedom.
The Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church is a historically African American Christian denomination committed to the continuing work of Jesus through salvation, education, and liberation, and to living out its faith in community. In December 2005, the C.M.E Church celebrated its 135th anniversary. The C.M.E Church claims more than 800,000 members across the United States, and has missions and sister churches in Haiti, Jamaica, Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria.
The Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, or the CME Church as it is commonly called, came into existence as a result of the movement from slavery to freedom. During the years following the birth of Methodism, the denomination grew rapidly. The Methodist Episcopal Church South was an outgrowth of Wesley's Methodism. Some Blacks, converted to Christianity by slave masters, accepted the Methodist doctrine as it was. However, with the passage of time, the emancipation of Blacks from slavery created the desire by Blacks to have and control their own church. This desire led formerly enslaved persons who had been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, to start their own independent religious organization.
The Organizers: Forty-one men who has exemplified leadership qualities gathered together in Jackson, Tennessee on December 16, 1870. With the advice and assistance of the white brethren of the M.E. Church South, the Black religious leaders organized the colored branch of Methodism. On Tuesday, December 20, they adopted the Methodist South's Book of Discipline and on Wednesday, December 21, they elected two of their own preachers - William H. Miles of Kentucky and Richard H. Vanderhorst of Georgia - as their bishops. Gathering in Jackson with only a dream, the religious leaders departed with their own church a reality. In the words of Bishop Randall Albert Carter, "this tender plant of God" had taken root and "was here to live or die." (Biblical basis: Psalm 80.)
The Reid Memorial CME Church is a family of loving believers that believe we are here to advance the Gospel of Jesus in our lives and our city for the fame of Jesus' name this is the purpose for which we were created and the end to which we endeavor. We are a gospel-centered, missional church community. We believe the gospel is more than just a doctrine to believe, a feeling to be experienced or a cause to be championed the gospel is all of these and more. From cover to cover the Bible points to a God, whom in love, gave His son to live a sinless life on our behalf and pay the penalty for our sins so that we may be reconciled to Him. This is the gospel that saves and transforms lives, compelling us through a love experienced in Christ to glorify His name! The eternal salvation we have inherited in Christ moves us as a community of believers to live missionally proclaiming the gospel to the glory of God.
At Reid Memorial CME Church we are committed to building individuals of all race, gender and age through Love & Compassion and our leadership team of individuals whom have been called by God to serve in the ministry are trained and filled with the love of God to handle as well as take on any situation or battle. We here at Reid are here to help Heal Hearts, Change Minds, Save Souls in the name of Jesus through edifying God's creation in Spiritual Formation, Christian Education and the Performing Arts!!..