Holetown Methodist Church, Holetown, St. James, Barbados Pocket GuideMethodist

Methodism was brought to Barbados in 1788 by Dr. Thomas Coke, a driving force behind early Methodist missionary activity. Methodist meeting houses were pelted with stones and their meetings were often interrupted. The planters' hatred was so strong that in 1823 an angry mob tore down the Methodist chapel in James Street, Bridgetown (their first church of Georgian design).


In addition there were several (unsuccessful) attempts to outlaw Methodism in Barbados. By 1793, Methodists were often viewed by the Barbadian upper classes as anti-slavery agitators and Methodist missionaries regarded as agents of the England-based Anti-Slavery Society.


Sarah Ann Gill

Sarah Ann Gill (1795 - 1866) is one of the ten (10) National Heroes of Barbados. Considered the heroine of Methodism in Barbados, the contribution she made to the Methodist faith was one that strongly aided in the foundation of that particular religion on the island of Barbados. Her strength and determination for the cause at hand, was such that she was willing to risk her very own life for what she believed in.


Her courage, perseverance and commitment to religious freedom set her apart from the unnumbered fine Christian stewards of her day. In thus discharging her primary duty to God, she undoubtedly ensured a standard by which the Barbadian society has been greatly uplifted and enriched.


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