Whitefield's two pulpits come together

Home » News Stories » Whitefield's two pulpits
St- Johns Northgate Methodist Church - Revd John Kime and Jenine de Vries from Project DeCrypt
St- Johns Northgate Methodist - Whitefield Pulpit Jan 2018
St- Johns Northgate Methodist Church - Wesleys Pulpit - Jan 2018

St John's Methodist Church has become the temporary home of the pulpit from St Mary de Crypt Church, where city-born evangelist George Whitefield preached his first sermon.

This important historical artefact will remain there until the £2 million regeneration project work at St Mary de Crypt in Southgate Street is completed. The project, known as Discover DeCrypt, has been made possible through a £1.36m Heritage Lottery Fund grant and will make St Mary de Crypt Church and the Old Crypt Schoolroom fully accessible community and heritage spaces in the centre of Gloucester.

Back in the late 1700's Whitefield, who was just 21 and had just been ordained a Deacon, was invited to preach at St Mary de Crypt, the church where he was baptised. Now at St John's the pulpit sits alongside theirs, from which both the founder of the Methodist movement John Wesley and George Whitefield preached.

Revd John Kime, Minister for St John's, said "Whilst the work at St. Mary de Crypt is underway, tourists can come to this church and learn more about our heritage which had a massive global impact. The incredible story and journey of Gloucester man George Whitefield, born in the Bell Hotel in Southgate Street who played such an important role in the evangelical revival of the 18th century holds a central place and we can learn from it now".

St. Mary de Crypt Church and the Old Schoolrooms will re-open in Spring 2019. The pulpit will be returned to its original place with a specialist interactive multi-media heritage trail celebrating the lives of George Whitefield, Robert Raikes and Joan Cook, benefactor of the Crypt School.

You may also be interested in

phone, telephone, call
Circuit Webteam: Wed 17 Jun 12:00pm

Dial-a-PrayerFREE phone lines for prayers and news from the Methodist ChurchListen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514Listen to news: 0808 281 2478Content is updated weekly on Thursday afternoonDownload a print-and-cut-out sheet with details to send to others...

Revd John Hellyer - Gloucestershire Methodist Superindent Minister
Circuit Webteam: Wed 03 Jun 2:24pm

It will not be possible to hold Superintendent's Lunch Clubs for some time, so Rev'd John Hellyer would like to invite you to meet him from the comfort of your own home by joining in a Zoom conversation. If you would like to join in any of these informal meetings simply email John at superintendent@gloscircuit.co.uk and he will send you the Zoom link that you need. If you're not...

patrick-fore-b_SHPU5M3nk-unsplash
Circuit Webteam: Wed 03 Jun 11:00am

This year MHA Sunday will be 'Virtual' — broadcast on YouTube at 3pm on Sunday 14 June. The service will be a memorial and remembrance to those we have lost within our MHA family and the many thousands worldwide who have been affected by this tragedy.Further information including the YouTube link will be made available nearer the time. The service will feature hymns, prayers and...