Epworth League  

A youth order of the Methodist Episcopal Church (Now the United Methodist Church) founded in 1889 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Still active and on-line.  For over half a century the Epworth League, the Methodist youth organization, was especially strong. The group was authorized in 1890 by the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and local churches soon began organizing their youth in Epworth leagues. The purpose of the leagues was to develop young church members in their religious life and to provide training in churchmanship.  It was parallel to the Sunday school and typically met on Sunday nights.  The name Epworth came from the boyhood home in England of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement.

 

         

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