Person NamePeterhead Methodist Church; 1815-
ActivityAlthough Methodists first visited Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, in 1759 it was not until 1815 that there were enough members with funds to allow the purchase of their own place of worship. In the same year the Peterhead Circuit was formed and preachers from the town visited surrounding villages but Methodism continued to struggle to establish a firm foothold. In 1828 the serving minister was withdrawn and the chapel closed but the members used their own funds to buy the chapel back and hire a preacher only to have the chapel closed again in 1834. By 1845, however, the congregation had increased and the chapel was reopened and by 1864 Methodism was so well established that a committee was formed to organise the building of a new premises. The present Wesley Methodist Church was opened in 1866 in Queen Street, Peterhead. Peterhead Methodist Church currently forms part of the North of Scotland Mission Circuit. The Aberdeen Circuit which included Dundee for some time was established in 1765 and the Circuit organisation varied from time to time according to the survival of the churches. Later it became known as the North of Scotland Mission Circuit as it is today.
Corporate NamePeterhead Methodist Church
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