The Methodist Philatelic Society (MPS) was formed in 1970 to
encourage the study of philately with Methodist Associations and to provide a
means of communication between members.
Since the inaugural meeting held on 19th September 1970 at
Darlington Street Methodist Church, Wolverhampton, the Society has sponsored many
special commemorative covers, cards and postmarks.
It was around the end of 1968 that the idea of forming the MPS
was first suggested. And so it was that fourteen founder members of the Society
met in Wolverhampton and discovered a kindred interest of many in Methodism both
in the United Kingdom and overseas.
At the 1987 Methodist Conference in Portsmouth, the Rev Terry
Harris began a display of Methodist Philatelic material with the following
"'Once Upon a time' is how every good story begins; and once
upon a time there lived in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, a man called J Thomas
Aungiers. This is where our story really begins.
Tom was a stamp collector and a member of Cheadle Hulme
Methodist Church. The embryo of a society was forming in his mind when Tom
brought his Christian faith and his hobby together. And in time this was to lead
to the Methodist Philatelic Society.
Tom was a keen stamp collector, and through his hobby he was
keen to pass on the message of the gospels and to draw others who were
interested in philately to do likewise.
Many of Tom's correspondents were Methodists and this may well
have been where the idea originally took shape, to form among like-minded people
a Society for the exchange of stamps, news and information on the issue of
postage stamps, postal history and postcards relating to Methodism.
In 1968, before the Methodist Philatelic Society was formed,
Tom arranged a commemorative cover to celebrate the opening of the new Methodist
Church at Cheadle Hulme. This was a mammoth task, but very rewarding, as the
project raised the sum of £400.00, exceeding all expectations.
The ordinary copy sold for one shillings (5p in today's
currency), while copies signed by the Rev Amos Cresswell (the then Minister of
Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church) cost one shillings and six pence. Around 7000
stamp covers were printed and Amos Cresswell signed 2000 copies!
The Rev Alan Warrell welcomed the fourteen members present at
the first meeting of the Methodist Philatelic Society which was held at the
Darlington Street Methodist Church, Wolverhampton, on September 19th 1970, and
outlined the events leading up to the inaugural meeting, and Mr Tom Aungier read
some of the many letters welcoming the coming into being of the Society.
An act of Dedication was conducted by the Rev Alan Warrell,
the Rules and Constitution were discussed and adopted. Rev Alan Warrell was
elected as the Hon Chairman and Tom Aungiers was elected as the Hon Secretary -
and so the MPS came into being".
The Society offers its members:-
A 24 page full colour A5 newsletter issued quarterly
A cover service, through which all known Methodist
related stamps, covers and postmarks are supplied to subscribers
A friendly exchange of material and information through
correspondence with fellow members
The annual subscription is £15
For more information about the Methodist Philatelic Society -
and to become a member - please contact:-
Mr Terry Smart 11 Northwood Park Leeds LS26 8PE
Phone:- 0113 282 6988
The President of the Methodist Conference for 2016-2017 is the Rev
Roger is also now our new President of the Methodist
Philatelic Society because all Presidents of the Methodist Conference always
take on the role of President of the MPS.
The above picture is a copy of the special commemorative
cover that we created for
the Methodist Conference of 2016 in London
Our previous President, Rev Steve Wild, is still a member of
the Methodist Philatelic Society and for some time he has been a passionate
collector of Methodist Postcards.
Rev Steve Wild
"I am honoured to
have been the
President of the Methodist Philatelic Society, it is good that we have such
a society within Methodism. A real bonus to being a member is the
excellent magazine, always full of interesting articles and printed to the
highest quality, so that it is a credit to our church.
I have collected
Methodist Postcards for many years. I specialise particularly in postcards
that illustrate the mission of Methodism and that is my passion."
Please click HERE to view three of
Steve's favourite postcards - and why these postcard are important to him.
On March 17th 2016, Steve was the special guest preacher at the Big Sing, arranged by the Gwent Hills and Vale and Newport and Lower Wye Methodist Circuits, which took place at the Blackwood Methodist Church.
To mark this occasion the Society decided to create a commemorative stamp cover:-
The Methodist Philatelic
Society have produced many commemorative stamp covers since 1970. We hope to
include as many as possible during the next few months.
For further information about the Methodist Philatelic
Society please email us at:-