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1 Using churches for tourism Jo Hibbard Methodist Heritage Officer 1C100U / 25 March 2011

2 Methodist Heritage & Contemporary Mission Approved by the Methodist Conference in 2008 Recognised potential for mission of Church’s heritage But agreed poorly co-ordinated, under exploited and without necessary resources

3 Telling the story of the people called Methodists

4 Over 100 places to visit … Family homes, unique outdoor preaching places, beautifully-restored chapels linked to the life of John Wesley and his legacy of the Methodist movement… … and that’s without most of our hundreds of historic chapels: c550 are listed

5 Travel trade show launch in March 2010: Online from March 2011: Methodist Heritage Handbook

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7 Our Calling – as a model for Methodist Heritage The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God's love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission. Worship – work is rooted in worship Learn & Care – stewards of a rich heritage, responsible for its care, but also custodians and tellers of its story Service –heritage can help us to engage with our communities and neighbours Evangelism – our heritage is a tool to speak about God’s love in Christ

8 Telling a good story – the good news John 20: 30 & Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

9 Telling your Good News story 1.The local story – invite others (including in your wider community) to share ‘memories’ 2.YOUR story ‘then’ – seek out oral histories, experts, records 3.Your story ‘now’ – similarities? 4.The Methodist story – when and why did the Church engage in this ministry or teach this theology? 5.The Gospel story – why we do, what we do!

10 The Old Rectory, Epworth Wesley’s Chapel, House & Museum, London The New Room, Bristol Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum, Crewe Four ‘key’ heritage sites and two ‘Connexional archives’

11 Building from the bottom up An ‘upside-down wedding cake’ model for developing Methodist Heritage Key site EOR Key site WChpl Key site EBC&M Key site NRB Conn’xl Archives ’Second tier’ Methodist Heritage sites and regional groupings of wider Connexional significance And District Archives Network Historic chapels (c550 listed), church collections, church/circuit/private archives

12 The New Room & Charles Wesley’s House, Bristol – tourist attractions with discipleship potential The New Room First ever Methodist building Multipurpose from start Engaging today with civic and community life A city centre pastoral ministry A new green space in shopping centre coming soon Charles Wesley’s family home 18thC town house nearby Aim to focus on the heritage of our hymnody Developing educational programme

13 2 nd tier: Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Chapel, near Dorchester – making friends and having influence Nationally famous and internationally significant story in development of trade unionism “Martyrs” mostly Methodists and local preachers New Friends Development Group aiming for ‘new’ chapel to become part of village attractions: ‘old’? Developing displays that explore complementary stories to TUC Museum Linked in; being relevant to 21stC

14 What about our historic chapels: 550 are ‘listed’? Can… get involved: Methodist Heritage Sites’ Network Annual meeting – 25 February 2012 At Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum of Primitive Methodism, near Crewe Keep in touch: Heritage News Tell your story online Next phase (2012) of new Methodist Heritage website; in collaboration with Connexional Property Team

15 North Shore Methodist Church, Blackpool – opening the doors and telling their story 8 – 11 September 2011

16 The Churches Tourism Association The UK's leading body for promoting best practice in welcoming visitors to places of worship and developing the tourism

17 Contact Jo Hibbard Methodist Heritage Officer Methodist Heritage Methodist Church House 25 Marylebone Road London NW1 5JR E: T:


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