This website is dedicated to the Bible Christians, a nineteenth-century Methodist denomination, who celebrated the 200th anniversary of their founding in 2015. Many of the early converts were Cornish miners, whose skills were in demand worldwide. When they emigrated to find work abroad, they took their evangelical Christian faith (and Cornish pasties) with them. As a result, you may find you have Bible Christian ancestors in Canada, Australia, or North America, as well as the British Isles. Browse through our photos, stories and research resources to find out about the Bible Christians’ beliefs, buildings and the people called Methodist who joined them – and are part of your family tree.
This website is one of a growing network of ‘community archives’ supported by the Methodist Church in Britian called ‘My Methodist Ancestors’. It is maintained by volunteer editors enthusiastic about family history and the heritage of the Methodist Church back to the 1700s. Since 2008, the Methodist Council (the executive of the Church’s governing body, the Methodist Conference) has employed a Methodist Heritage Officer and appointed an expert, volunteer Methodist Heritage Committee to oversee the preservation and use of the Church’s heritage. The ‘My Methodist Ancestors’ website network is a key component in the Church’s communication of its story and the promotion and increase of access to its rich archives, store of historic artefacts and built heritage.
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Contributing to the site
You can add a comment about anything on the website by clicking on the ‘Add a comment’ link at the bottom of each page. You can also submit your own photos, stories or information to the site by using our contribution form. Contributions are reviewed by our editorial team before ‘going live’, so posts do not appear immediately on the site.