Revd Dr Margaret Goodall

Hi, I'm Margaret. I live in Castlethorpe, have three grown up sons, and have recently become a grandmother for the first time! 

It is a joy for me to walk the next part of my journey with the people at Stony Stratford Methodist Church

I came to the Milton Keynes Circuit in 1991. In 2006 I went to work for Methodist Homes, training Chaplains and developing spiritual care for those who are living with dementia. I have now retired from full-time service as a minister but have come back on a voluntary basis to look after Stony Stratford Methodist Church during a period of change.

Change is always a challenge and as a Church we need to think and talk about how we see our future and then together work out where God is leading us  My prayer is that this challenge will enable opportunities and new ways of being church that will benefit us as individuals and the community in which we live.  I look forward to getting to know you and working with you to further God’s work in Stony Stratford.

Wesley's Tree in the Market Square circa 1905

Methodism in Stony Stratford

John Wesley (1709-91), the founding father of Methodism, visited Stony Stratford on a number of occasions.  Although he was an ordained Anglican minister, the authorities of the Church of England were not comfortable with the self-disciplined lives and methodical approach to prayer and the study of the Bible that were the hall-mark of John Wesley, his brother Charles and their friends.  Hence, the term 'Methodist' was applied to them as a mark of derision.

The Anglican Church authorities became incensed by the message of radical Christian love that these 'Methodists' were proclaiming that they were prevented from preaching in many parish churches.  Instead, they started to preach at market crosses and in other public places. John Wesley is said to have visited Stony Stratford at least five times and is reputed to have preached under a tree in the market square  

In the 1770s a local group of these 'Methodists' began to meet for worship in a large barn behind the Talbot Inn in Stony Stratford (now 81 to 85 High Street).  It remained their meeting place until 1844 when the present church was built in Cow Lane near Coffereys (formerly Cow Fryers) Close. Cow Lane is now Silver Street and Coffereys Close is now Cofferidge Close.

Left: Silver Street in the early 20th century (?), with the Methodist church by the lamp-post (which is still there in its modern form - see picture on home page).

Top: Wesley's Tree in the market square circa 1905 


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