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Methodist Missionaries belonged to a movement within the Church of England, initiated by John Wesley and his brother, Charles . Members of the "Holy Club," as the early Methodists were nicknamed, the two brothers sought quality religious experience and enthusiasm. They had little use for rigid doctrine and formality in worship. 

Wesleyanism or Methodism became a popular movement among labourers, artisans and the poor. In North America there was long a movement of lay preachers based in the East. Most of the early Methodist preachers in Canada were American. Once the Hudson Bay Company invited missionaries to its trading posts a new mission field - the Canadian West was opened, supplied by missionaries from Britain.






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