Over the last eleven months I have been typing excerpts from “Glorious Burden” the history of Epsom Methodist Church which celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 1964. The history was written by Rev Leonard Barnett who introduced his book as “a brief sketch of the work of the people called Methodists in Epsom, Surrey since the commencement of their witness in 1840.”
I have to confess that at times, particularly in the early chapters, it was hard to maintain enthusiasm for the task. As the months have gone by however, I have been steadily won over by the commitment and devotion of all those worthy souls who have gone before.
In the general scheme of things, I am a relative newcomer to EMC but I hope and pray that as we approach our centenary, we can continue to be worthy successors to our founding fathers.
Footnote 1 Current data on the Internet. In 2008, £7,700 (Cost of Church in Ashley Road) from 1914 is worth £2,939,000 using average earnings.
If you are asking what a monetary value in the past is "worth" today, there is no one correct answer. A price or an income in the past would have been valued in different ways in that time by different people and under different contexts. That must be taken into account when asking the same question today.
Footnote 2 Camp Fire was founded in 1910 by Luther Gulick, M.D., and his wife, Charlotte Gulick, as the first non-sectarian organization for girls in the United States. In 1975, the organization was expanded to include boys. Camp Fire USA is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo
First meetings of Camp Fire Girls are held in Vermont. Dr. Gulick chooses the name "Camp Fire" because campfires were the origin of the first communities and domestic life. Once people learned to make and control fire, they could develop and nurture a sense of community.
Footnote 3 Whilst above is History the recent History can be seen in reports and pictures as follows:- Recent redevelopment of the Epsom Methodist Church -- here Construction of the New Youth Hall -- here