South Petherton

THOMAS COKE   Commemorative Weekend   May 3rd and 4th 2014  May 3rd sees the 200th anniversary of the death en route to missionary work in South Asia of the Revd Dr Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke was a man who lived on a large map, both geographically and in terms on his involvement of the affairs of the day.At the age of only 23 he was elected baliff (the equivalent to mayor) of Brecon, and throughout his hectic life maintained an affection for his homeland.An Anglican priest, he was much influenced by John Wesley and became actively involved in the Methodist movement. This made for trouble when a new Rector arrived in the South Petherton. This made for trouble when a new Rector arrived in the South Petherton. Thomas Coke had begun to hold cottage services and open services of the sort promoted by Wesley.

He was dismissed from his post on Easter Sunday 1777 and his parishioners celebrated at the Rector's behest by ringing the church bells and opening a hogshead of cider. Almost single-handedly Coke launched what became the Methodist Missionary Society, In 25 years he made 18 crossings of the Atlantic to America and the Caribbean.

An exhibition on Thomas Coke and Methodism in the Methodist Church.

Puppet show for all the children by the Martock Christian Fellowship

Agape meal in the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul

A talk on Thomas Coke at the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul by Rev Pete Pillinger

10am - A special service at the Methodist Church - Preacher Revd Tom Stuckey - pictured

6pm - The Life and times of Thomas Coke in words and music

 


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