The Revd Dr Thomas Coke: 200 years - Brecon

An event held in Brecon, May 2014, remembering the life and legacy of the Revd Dr Thomas Coke, Father of Methodist missions and the first co-superintendent (bishop) of the Methodist Church in America.

Sermon by Bishop Thomas Bickerton of the UMC

Readings used in the Gathering in Brecon Cathedral

Wesley, Wales & the rest of the world - Jo Hibbard

Thomas Coke of Brecon - Dr John Vickers

Thomas Coke: looking back, looking forward - Rev the Lord Leslie Griffiths of Burry Port

Getting Coke out of Asbury's Shadow: His Legacy for American Methodism - Robert J. Williams

Flier for the Thomas Coke Commemorative Weekend

Opening of the Exhibition 'Thomas Coke: from Brecon to the World' in Brecknock Museum

On the left Dr John Vickers, who opened the exhibition, in the centre Mr Nigel Blackamore, Senior Curator and on the right Dr John Gibbs, Chairman of the Brecknock Society & Museum Friends

The Ecumenical Eucharist in Brecon Cathedral with the new Enfys (Welsh for rainbow) Service of Holy Communion for use in the Covenanted Churches in Wales

In the centre, the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, The Rt Rev'd John Davies; on the left , Bishop Thomas Bickerton of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church; on the right The Chair of the Wales Synod of the Methodist Church, The Rev'd Dr Stephen Wigley

Bishop Thomas Bickerton preaching on 'how to be a flea'

The Mayoral Reception in the Guildhall

Standing from the left: the Dean of Brecon, the Right Rev'd Geoffrey Marshall; The Mayor of Brecon, Mr Matthew Dorrance; Dr Stephen Wigley; the Chair of Synod Cymru of the Methodist church, The Rev'd Jennie Hurd
Seated: The Rev'd Robert Williams, General Secretary of the Archives and History Commission, United Methodist Church.

Thomas Coke's memorial stone at St Mary's Church


200 years of the MMS, including the 2013 Methodist Missionary History Project conference.

A display exploring the story of the Revd Dr Thomas Coke and the development of the societies that supported the missionary endeavour, including the history of the Prayer Handbook and the launch of 'One Mission', was created by the Heritage team in 2013. The banners and a supporting presentation of images were shown at the Minster celebration in Leeds in October 2013 and used for display at St Mary's Church in Brecon in May 2014. Pdfs of the banners may be viewed below:

Foundations of the Methodist Missionary Work

Building Methodist Missionary Societies

Praying for Methodist Mission

One Mission

If your church, circuit or synod is interested in borrowing these banners for display, please contact the Heritage Officer.






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