Feast Porcelain Plate
||JOHN WESLEY, M.A. BORN AT EPWORTH JUNE 17th 1703 DIED IN LONDON, MARCH 2nd, 1791 CENTENARY OF WESLEYAN METHODISM 1839|
John Wesley first introduced the Love Feast, or Agape, to the Fetter Lane Society in London. It became an integral and important part of the devotional life of Methodism. Its popularity lessened after World War I. In Canada, the Love Feast was observed quarterly. During the one-hour service, hymns, prayers, testimonials, an offering for the poor, and a blessing were given. However, to differentiate the Love Feast from a Communion Service, bread or plain white cake was broken into small portions and placed on a porcelain plate. A Loving Cup with two handles were provided for water. In 1925, this tradition ceased with Church Union.