Church History

From 5th February the group will meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month 2pm – 4pm at the Eastwood Town Football Club.

The contact for the group is Marianne Chisholm, tel 01159 134 077 email

What is this group about?

We have so far covered the history of Christianity from Old Testament times up to the present, in just 2 sessions!

We discussed Judaism and how it absorbed ideas and imagery from other cultures.  We also learned that Judaism introduced a change in faith involving personal worship.

We have talked about the writing of the gospels, the influence of St. Paul, the non-conformist churches, the Oxford Movement, the Pentecostalists through to the modern churches such as the Vineyard.

The next meeting will be dealing with the role of women, particularly with Mary Magdalene.

After that we plan to look at how the Bible was put together. We are also hoping to look at comparative religion.


Visit to Derby – May 2019.

The Church History group had an interesting visit to Derby. They went to St Mary’s Bridge Chapel where people used to pray for safety going in and out of the city. Then had a guided tour of Derby Cathedral. This was  of interest to some  because of the tomb of Bess of Hardwick. Photo by Sheila Bowerman of Jim in the Bishop’s chair.

Report from Lorna Stirland – April 2018.Church History has been running now for three months.  We have covered various topics; these include the establishment of the early Christian church, the spread of Christianity by the Romans via their trade routes.  Key figures in the early church including Constantine, St Columba, St Cuthbert and Augustine, the establishment of the monasteries and their dissolution under Henry XIII, and the foundation of the Church of England.  In the sixteen hundreds the development began of the non-conformist denominations such as, Baptists, Methodists, Calvinists the Pentecostals and many more, up to the present day with Moody and Sankey, Billy Graham, John Wimber, the Toronto Blessing to name a few.
Our topic in April was the role of women in Christian History; we began with Eve and various other women of the Old Testament including Delilah, Deborah, Sarah, Ruth and others before looking at Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene and other women of the New Testament. We discussed how women were suppressed by early Popes and stopped from preaching and taking leadership roles within the Catholic Church.