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Actress, closely associated with Sir Henry Irving. On both sides of her family she had strong Methodist links. Her father Benjamin Terry and her mother Sarah Ballard both came from Portsmouth and Sarah's father Peter Ballard was a builder and a Wesleyan local preacher. This does not show up in the autobiography Ellen wrote in her later years, The Story of my Life.

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In 1788 Edward and John Henley of Barton heard John Wesley preach in Exeter and were inspired to introduce Methodist preaching in Torquay, at first in a room in George Street and then at Edward and Mary's home in Swan Street. In 1807 two cottages in Fleet Street became known as 'the Chapel in the Meadow', replaced in 1853 by a chapel in Rock Road, with a schoolroom added in 1858. In the 1870s a site was acquired in Union Street for a larger church and schoolroom; the latter was opened in 1878 and the former in 1879. Following a disastrous fire in 1926 the Union Street church was rebuilt and reopened in 1928.

In the 1850s the Primitive Methodists began to meet in a chapel in Temperance Street which they had bought from the Baptists. It was replaced by a chapel opened early in 1878 in Market Street. By the 1970s deteriorations in this building and problems with the heating system led to a decision to close and join with the former Wesleyans in Union Street and the URC (formerly Congregational) Belgrave Church, in Tor Hill Road (repaired after being damaged during World War II), and to become a single ecumenical congregation. Union Street church was sold to developers and the present Central Church was built on the Belgrave site, opened in 1976.

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See under Shetland.

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The book is a replacement for the 1975 'Methodist Service Book which originated from a request to the Methodist Conference for richer and more varied material for communion services and for worship texts employing inclusive language. On behalf of the Faith and Order Committee its sixteen compilers, between them, met thirty times in eight years for a total of seventy-one days. Over 20,000 originals of draft services were circulated and the sales of the book itself wildly exceeded all estimates and expectations. The book contains a wider and richer provision within its 600 pages than any of its predecessors. Orders are provided for daily prayer, preaching services, healing and wholeness, reconciliation of a penitent and Holy Week as well as all the pastoral offices and a new ordinal. Of the sixteen communion orders, eight are for the main Christian seasons. There is an alternative covenant prayer and a service for extended communion with the sick and the housebound. In addition to the 424 references to God as Father there is one famous and originally controversial reference to ‘God our Father and our Mother’.

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Born in Little Lever near Bolton, Lancs on 15 May 1937, from his early days cricket and the world of journalism were among his lifelong interests. Leaving Bolton School at 16, he joined the staff of the Farnworth Journal as a cub reporter, resulting in a life in journalism which included the Sunday Telegraph, Guardian, News of the World and sub-editor of the Daily Mail. His involvement with the Methodist Recorder lasted for 33 years, first as its Editor and then as a Director of the Methodist Newspaper Company. During that time he introduced such new features as the District Supplements and helpfully covered the Church’s debate on sexuality in the 1980s and 90s.

For many years he also contributed reviews of the press to the Church Times. On his retirement in 1997 he was awarded a Lambeth M Litt (the first non-Anglican layman ever to do so) for his contribution to religious journalism.

As an active member of the Methodist Church at Hove he was senior church steward and also regularly welcomed Sunday morning visitors as they arrived, and visited members when in hospital or nursing home. For 20 years he served on the Conference Committee of . Deteriorating eyesight led to blindness during his closing months. He died in Hove in 2019.

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